Miss eating out? Here are seven mouth-watering meal kits and delicious deliveries to enjoy
The Italian Job
Exquisite fresh pasta, sauces and antipasti are on the menu at Levante, a small Cambridge kitchen turning out big flavours. Dishes are inspired by the owner’s homeland on the Italian Riviera, where food is abundant in fresh herbs, produce from the vegetable garden and simple, elegant flavours. The menu changes weekly, but there are some mainstays, such as brisket ragu and vegetable pies in crisp pastry. Recent weekly specials, meanwhile, have included chestnut tagliatelle and lasagne with pesto genovese. Deliveries are made Thursday to Saturday and are free for orders over £15 to postcodes CB1-CB5.
If you like pina coladas…
Pick up your phone and call Mill Road’s 196, which is offering cocktail deliveries Thursday to Saturday across the city. You’ll have your pick of the popular drinking den’s menu, which includes Polynesian rum punches, tobacco old fashioneds, mezcal margaritas and more, delivered in sealed jars on the day of your choosing. Follow @196bar on Instagram for more updates.
The legendary Cambridge Chop House has struck gold with its meal kits range, from the homemade pie and mash boxes to the sumptuous steak feasts, but our top pick is the roast for two. A perfect Sunday lunch with all the trimmings and none of the faff, it contains duck parcels to start, roasted beef sirloin with potatoes, yorkies and veg, and sticky toffee pudding to finish. Veggie options are available, and each box is priced at £49.
Best known for its epic toasties and soups, Quayside’s Café Foy has recently branched out into takeaway meals. Comfort food is the order of the day, with recent offerings including beef bourguignon with baguette dumplings, while the popular tartiflette with charcuterie and pickles is making a reappearance on 6 February, £10-£12.50 per person.
The one we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived, with Restaurant Twenty-Two revealing delicious details of its new at-home service. The debut menu featured pig’s head croquettes, stout and treacle bread with chicken fat butter, and braised short rib beef with red wine jus – not forgetting desserts and petit fours, making for a truly epic feast to enjoy at home for £45 per person.
Ever get a craving for the intense sugar hit of a Fitzbillies bun? We know we do, which is why we were so delighted to learn of the cafe’s new express delivery option, which can have a box of syrupy swirls on your doorstep in just 35 minutes. The buns are delivered on bicycle by Foodstuff couriers, who can also deliver your Fitzbillies cakes, bread and other treats in the blink of an eye, so long as you’re within a two-mile radius of central Cambridge. Deliveries can be made between 9.30am and 2.30pm, seven days a week. Those further afield can click and collect from the Bridge Street branch or order for postal delivery anywhere in the UK.
Brix and Mortar’s Sunday roasts are the stuff of legend, so we couldn’t be happier that the restaurant has launched a takeaway service. The two-course meal contains a choice of meats, roast potatoes, seasonal veg, greens and gravy (plus optional extras like a whole roast cauliflower cheese), and chocolate truffle cake. It costs £12-£25 per person and can be collected on Sundays.