There are plenty of things to miss during the lockdown – and the numerous high quality food and drink establishments in Manchester are certainly some of them. If you’re chomping at the bit for some of Isca’s natural wines, a greasy Koffee Pot brekkie or The Sparrows carb fest, then you’re in luck – as you can enjoy them at home. With plenty of traders adapting to the new ways of doing things, we round up some of the best lockdown takeaways and collections around.

Isca Wines

After a long time in the making, Isca Wine finally opened its doors a few months, so it’s good to see that they are still trading during the lockdown. The Levenshulme natural wine and organic food bar is offering collections and local delivery on their selections of local beer, natural wine and food boxes – including an essential selection and an indulgence box, which includes pickles, wines and cheeses amongst other delights.

Flok

Stevenson Square’s bar on the corner may be where many of us expected to be hanging out as the sun beat down the last few days, but if you want a bit of Flok in your own space they have just opened up for takeaway. With local delivery available as well as collection, their specially curated wine lists are available for purchase as well as craft beer and their Spanish inspired bar snacks.

Koffee Pot

If you’ve been enjoying a few cocktails on Zoom or HouseParty into the wee hours, then you’ll be pleased to know one of Manchester’s finest hangover cures is available for home delivery. Oldham Street’s Koffee Pot is offering the Lockdown DIY Brekkie. For £20 get a veggie, vegan or meat version of their Full Fry that’ll be sure to mop up last night’s booze. If you want something sweeter, they’ve even got a DIY Pancake kit or a burger kit for the evenings. Deliveries are on Friday between 10am-7pm and they do booze too.

The Sparrows

Described by Guardian restaurant critic Jay Rayner as ‘a glorious carb-fest’ in their old Mirabel unit, The Sparrows has recently moved to the Green Quarter and it is from there that they are offering their Tyroleon food for takeaway. The indulgent dumplings and pasta can be ordered daily between 3-9pm and you can pick up some home cooking ingredients like their delicious wild garlic paste or focaccia.

Higher Ground

The very new restaurant in the grounds of the latest Capital + Centric neighbourhood, Kampus, has been offering takeout meals and wines since the beginning of the lockdown. Having now teamed up with Cloudwater to ensure they can cover a good local area, diners can get their hands on ‘Joe’s 29 Minute Meals’ which allow you to cook up a close-to-Higher-Ground-quality meal in your house, having been started by their star chef Joseph Ottoway. He’ll even guide you through it every Friday at 7pm on their Instagram page. Deliveries include a 4 pack of Cloudwater Helles and they’re only available Friday and Saturday, but their high quality vegetable boxes are available to a wider area all week. Whilst you’re at the Cloudwater shop, you can check out their selection of beers which includes a wide variety of beers from brewers around the UK.

Where The Light Gets In

Considering the Stockport restaurant has links to both Isca and Higher Ground, it would be remiss to miss out their takeaway selections. Relaunching during the lockdown as The Pickle Factory, the much lauded Stockfordian eatery is offering set menus for 1 or for 4 (£35 and £120 respectively) including wine and pudding. The menus for the following week sell out sharpish so it’s worth keeping alert for when they go on sale on a Friday for delivery two weeks after.

Kettle Bell Kitchen

The recently rebranded Kettlebell Kitchen is offering an essentials box for delivery throughout the city from its Great Ancoats Street restaurant. For £45 for one person, the box contains a selection of fruits, vegetables, meats, grains, pasta, bread and more. What’s more, all the profits go direct to the NHS so you can help others whilst filling up on grub. Customers can upgrade to a two person box for an extra £15.

James Martin Chef Exose Grant Lopo-Ndinga's home-delivered dishes

James Martin chef and Masterchef grad Exose Grant Lopo-Ndinga has recently unveiled a brand new mini-menu of soups, main dishes, desserts and specials that can be enjoyed at home. Each order must be placed three days in advance, with delivery slots available every Wednesday and Friday between Wednesday 3 – Friday 12 June for a small £2 fee to all addresses within a three mile radius of Chorlton. Outside this delivery perimeter? Don’t worry – you can still get access to Exose’s critically acclaimed food for a small additional delivery fee. Follow the book now button below to learn more about how you can place your order.

Piccolino

Piccolino2Go.com allows customers to order their favourite Italian meals from any of the restaurant’s Greater Manchester venues (Alderley Edge, Hale, Didsbury, city centre and Bramhall) up to two days in advance for delivery or pick up. Many dishes are up to 50% off – and discounts are also available for those who can collect directly or live within five miles of a restaurant. If that counts you out, don’t worry – delivery is just £5 for all those a little further out. Many of the restaurant’s most popular dishes are available, including the delicious Ravioli Granchio featuring hand-picked crab, a spot-hitting selection of Neapolitan style pizzas and a range of fresh salads including the zesty and fresh caprese. They’ve even got a Sunday Roast, Piccolino-style, available each Sunday.

Common

If there is one thing that makes it clear the Northern Quarter is not back to normal yet, it’s seeing an empty Common. Thankfully there is a small chink of normality as Common bring their recently launched Nell’s Pizza out of lockdown and into your homes. Download the Common & Co app and you can order one of their massive 16 inch pizza pies to click and collect.

Sugo

Sugo caused quite the excitement when it was announced they would be doing takeaways from their Altrincham and Manchester branches. The much adored pasta restaurant has been sorely missed from many a person’s life going by the social media buzz that has accompanied their lockdown linguine. If you’re wanting to get their pasta in your life, it’s worth planning ahead as the popularity of their delivery slots can mean a long wait time.

Mughli

One of Curry Mile’s finest is offering contactless delivery and collection from their Rusholme restaurant. Mughli, previously nominated for Best British Takeaway, and loved by foodies as diverse as Nigel Slater and Andrew Flintoff, is available for collection from 4.30pm every evening with a huge selection available. They even have a ‘My First Curry’ for the less adventurous of your lockdown buddies.

Rudy’s

If it’s pizza you want in Manchester city centre then not much can match up to Rudy’s and fans of the Neapolitan restaurants can rest happy that both the Peter Street and Cutting Room Square sites are open for delivery and collection. For those who want a bit more flexibility, they even offer a partially cooked, vacuum sealed version of their pizza for you to finish off at home. You can even get nationwide delivery for those who are isolating or just too far away.

Bundobust

This week has seen the Indian street food restaurant Bundobust fling open its doors to Deliveroo drivers as they fire up their kitchen for the first time in months. Hungry fans of the Leeds based group can get delivery of the vada pav, paneer tikka, and more (though it seems no okra fries!) from 4-9pm Thursday-Sunday. For those further afield, Liverpool and Leeds should be launching next week.

Erst

The small plates restaurant from the folks behind Trove has been a hit with Ancoats diners over the last year or so and they are now offering Thursday and Friday deliveries of a special changing weekly menu (last week included a kebab menu). Orders must be made between Saturday and Monday for delivering the following Thursday and Friday and you can even add a couple of bottles from their natural wine selection if you’re making a night of it.

The French's Adam Reid

Award winning chef of The French, Adam Reid, has launched a home delivery service for those looking for something a little fancy. Maybe you’re celebrating a special occasion, marking an important anniversary or simply want to splash out on something a little extra when it comes to lockdown eats –  Reid has you covered with his 2019 Great British Menu featuring four deliciously different courses. £90 will get you tater’ash with malt bread & beef butter, almond poached cod with smoked roe sauce, garlic & herb roasted chicken with barley stew – all topped off with a treacle tart with clotted cream. Bubbly is also available for those looking to go the whole hog.

The Allotment Vegan Eatery

Those looking for delicious free from dishes can now order meals from The Allotment Vegan Eatery through Deliveroo. This popular Manchester eatery has made a variety of small and large plates available for home delivery – with the likes of cauliflower wings, chunky skin on chips, salt and pepper tofu laksa, vegan fish and chips and green and healthy Budda Bowls all available to enjoy from your sofa. Head to their website to explore the full menu.

Capocci's Italian

Following a successful pop-up in MediaCityUK last year, Italian family run-restaurant Capocci’s can now be ordered via Deliveroo. Authentic, Italian sourced dishes are the name of the game here – with a secret gelato recipe that has been handed down over the generations. A selection of pizzas and nibbles are also available to enjoy at home. Visit their Deliveroo page for full details.

Rosa's Thai Cafe

Having launched shortly before lockdown began, Rosa’s Thai Cafe didn’t have long to serve hungry Manchester punters their delicious authentic thai cuisine before being forced to temporarily close their doors. Thankfully, we can now all enjoy dishes like Rosa’s pad thai, butternut red curry and other much-loved menu items via Deliveroo and a click and collect service. Head to the Deansgate restaurant’s website to find out more and to place your order.

Thyme Out Food Co Neapolitan Pizza Kits

Manchester chef Ben Hayes of West Didsbury’s Thyme Out Food Co has launched a range of affordable and authentic Neapolitan pizza kits that can be enjoyed at home. Crafted in the catering company’s local kitchens using only the finest ingredients sourced direct from Italy, these easy-to-make Dough Re-Mi pizza kits contain everything you need to enjoy a delicious restaurant-style slice from the comfort of your sofa. Each kit includes 48-hour naturally fermented Caputo flour pizza dough, their signature tomato sauce made from San Marzano tomatoes and delicious fior di latte mozzarella. Ben’s classic Neapolitan pizza kits come in two different portion sizes: due for two people priced at £15 and Famiglia for four people priced at £25. A variety of dietary options are also available – including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free alternatives and delivery is available nation-wide.

Words:
Joe Daly
Published on:
Sat 13 Jun 2020