Images above: Deliveries from Urban Pantry and D Grande Tex Mex
So we’re out of lockdown, at least for the time being. But while some customers were keen to rush back into shops and restaurants when they opened up fully in July (remember those queues outside Primark?) others have remained more cautious.
The clinically vulnerable, for example, will probably try to avoid visiting pubs, restaurants, or even shops, for the foreseeable future. Others may be concerned at yesterday’s report in the Evening Standard, suggesting that the Covid-19 infection rate in London (including Hounslow) appears to be creeping up again.
For that reason, online deliveries and click and collect, while not at the website-crashing peaks we witnessed in March and April, remain extremely popular.
Images above: Amazon Prime; Ocado
Since the beginning of lockdown, the big supermarkets have upped their game, massively increasing their delivery slots. Now both Amazon Prime and Ocado have entered the fray, offering same-day deliveries.
This week, I tried the new Ocado Zoom service which is being tried out in west London. I was mightily impressed that they delivered my order in just over an hour, with nothing missing and no substitutions. Minimum spend is only £15 and Ocado is offering a hefty discount if you make your first order by 25 August. Zoom is currently delivering products from Waitrose and Ocado’s own brand, but is shortly due to transition to M&S products.
So what are Chiswick’s local shops and restaurants offering people who continue to shield? (Click on the links below to see what each individual shop or restaurant is offering, or visit the Covid-19 Deliveries option on our website.)
In terms of local restaurants, a few, like Vinoteca on Devonshire Road and Angie’s Little Food Shop on the High Road have now stopped doing food deliveries. although they have collection options available (and nationwide wine deliveries, in the case of Vinoteca).
But some are increasing their delivery options.
Images above: Mari Deli, Chiswick Mall; D Grande
The new Tex-Mex on Chiswick High Road, D Grande is currently closed for refurbishment. But when it reopens later this month, Manager Hannah Waddington says the restaurant will be hiring more drivers to allow it to expand its delivery service. Mario at Mari Cafe, Restaurant and Deli just over the Hammersmith border on Eyot Gardens by the river, says he’s also introducing a new delivery service, which will be offered via its website and special app in the next few weeks.
Another Italian cafe and deli, The Italians, is also continuing to offer a combination of deliveries and online shopping, as are Cote and Hack and Veldt on Turnham Green Terrace. The Post Room cafe on Bedford Corner and La Tarantella restaurant on Elliott Road are both continuing to offer grocery items (and, in La Tarantella’s case, specialist Italian goods) as well as their traditional fare. The Urban Pantry is another example of a “hybrid” operation, with owner Kate Frobisher continuing to offer her lockdown DIY brunch kits for delivery.
Image above: Harriet and Alan, who are Harriet’s Kitchen
Harriet’s Kitchen, new on the scene, produces a weekly menu of high quality take away food – European classics, curries, Moroccan tagines and a range of delicious starters and puddings at reasonable prices. All you have to do is warm them through and voilà you have a ready made dinner party.
Meanwhile, most restaurants and cafes in the Chiswick area continue to provide click and collect (or phone in and collect) services, as well as listing their menus with independent delivery firms like Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat. So you can still get your favourite Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Indian, or Vietnamese food delivered. Some, like Shams Lebanese restaurant will also take orders over the phone and deliver locally for free.
Images above: Bears ice cream; Oddono’s gelati
As for the shops, a number of those on Turnham Green Terrace are continuing to offer home deliveries, including Macken Brothers Butcher’s, Covent Garden Fishmongers, The Source Bulk Foods and Lemon and Limes greengrocers.
For those of you with a sweet tooth, Outsider Tart is still offering its delicious cakes both through Deliveroo and a personal delivery service. You can order afternoon tea from Tom’s or pastries from Gail’s. And, as we head towards another mini heatwave this weekend, you can even get your ice cream delivered from Fouberts, Bears Ice Cream or Oddono.
The Government keeps telling us that Covid-19 will be with us for some time. The shopkeepers and restaurateurs of Chiswick, it seems, are planning accordingly.
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