Eating in is the new eating out
Mix up your meals with takeaways, food boxes, and restaurant dishes delivered straight to your door
If you’re struggling to find inspiration in the kitchen during lockodwn, we’ve compiled a quick list of businesses across our city, coast and countryside offering great at home deliveries, takeaways and meal kits so you and your bubble can enjoy exceptional, locally-prepared dishes in the comfort of your own home.
It’s more important than ever to support local businesses so make sure you keep checking what your favourite independent shops and bistros are offering during lockdown. Share your own tips – and pics! – on social media of great foodie spots keeping you sated and sane with #BringingCanterburyToYou.
So whether you want a cooking kit, a killer coffee or a roast you can raise a toast to, there’s never been a better time to step out of your comfort zone and to try something new on your plate. After all, eating in is the new eating out!
Living on takeaways seven days a week will always be the dream, but if you still want to prep your own dishes then swap the supermarket shop for a big box of fresh produce from local suppliers?
Suppliers like The Goods Shed, Peter’s Produce and The Wonky Parsnip can deliver big boxes of seasonal produce, fresh meat and fish, pantry staples and other treats straight to your door. A great way to keep your carbon footprint down, support local farmers and to make more interesting meals.
When it comes to the ultimate comfort food, accept nothing but the best. And luckily, we’ve got some strong contenders for the best pizza around.
Repeatedly praised as producing the best pizza outside of Italy, A Casa Mia in Herne Bay is open for takeaway. In Whitstable, the award-winning Nomad Pizza is open for collections and even has a special offer on Tuesdays. Italian restaurant Posillipo has launched its own app so you can order pizza, baked pasta, meat and fish dishes, AND wine for delivery. Bellissimo!
Taste the world
By now we’ll assume you’ve got your favourite Indian and Chinese takeaways on speed dial (but have a look at our Food and Drink page if you need inspiration!)
But if you want to take your taste buds on a wider journey, we recommend heading to Thailand via Thai Orchid in Whitstable, Malaysia through the Coconut Tree Noodle Bar or indulge in Turkish fare from A La Turka (Canterbury and Herne Bay). All offer takeaways and deliveries.
If you want to try some new dishes at home, Thais R Us supermarket is still open and stocks an incredible array of oriental and exotic ingredients.
Whether you want to treat someone in the house – or if you just want to treat yourself – there’s always room for afternoon tea.
The Ambrette Restaurant is not only offering takeaways of its full contemporary Asian menu, but they also have an indulgent afternoon tea with a touch of eastern spice available to pre-order for delivery. You can add a glass of fizz for a special treat, and there are even children’s options so you can create your very own family tea party at home.
You can also bag a ‘Tea Party In A Box’ from Butterfly Garden Tea Party in Herne Bay. Choose a traditional afternoon tea, or indulge in a chocolate or Christmas box, with dainty finger sandwiches, sweet treats and the all important tea to wash it down. All are £15 per box, available for Friday, Saturday or Sunday deliveries.
Sometimes only a roast will do. And if you can’t muster the energy to make one yourself, help is at hand.
The Old Coach and Horses in Lower Harbledown, The Fitzwalter Arms at Goodnestone and The Heron in Herne Bay are all offering roast deliveries, so your Sunday need not be spent slaving over a hot stove.
If you’re set on making your own, make sure you choose a local butcher for your joint of meat and head to your nearest farm shop for the fresh seasonal veg.
While dinner parties may be on hold, you can still push the boat out with a sumptuous meal at home with a little help from local top chefs.
You can pick up expertly prepped dishes from restaurant team at The Goods Shed, Canterbury, and create the perfect dinner party at home with minimal fuss. The farmers’ market’s other concessions Wild Goose and Gills Café & Delicatessen also do great take away dishes, and you can also stock up on wine, cheese, Italian goods and fresh produce from the market stalls while there.
A great option if you’re celebrating a special occasion at home!
Don’t panic – many of the best independent cafés in the city and along the coast are still trading, so you can get your hands on a lunchtime latte or morning flat white when your energy flags.
There are very few restaurants and cafés that don’t have excellent vegan options on your menu, but for fully plant-based fayre you can pre-order grazing boxes and light lunches from the Raw Bar and the Wallflower Café in Herne Bay.
A little tippled
Raise a glass to the district’s amazing drink producers during lockdown, and stock up on beers, juices and fine wines made only a few miles from your door.
The Foundry Brew Pub is offering both click & collect and delivery for their delicious real ale, lagers and Canterbury gin. You can also get a case of beer dropped straight to your door from local brewers Wantsum, Goody Ales, and The Canterbury Ales. And for great cider, check out Kentish Pip.
And remember to check if your local pub is offering take away drinks, so you can keep supporting them each week.
Businesses across Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay look forward to welcoming you back into our city and towns when they reopen. They continue to work hard to keep you safe and follow government’s covid guidelines. For example, adapting their spaces to allow you to maintain social distance, wearing face coverings, having hand sanitising stations, introducing one way systems and reduced capacity, taking online bookings only, offering contactless collection and delivery, and, where applicable, following the government's Track and Trace guidelines.