Nourish York

As of  Tuesday 31st March, after the following announcements there follows a summary of who’s doing what in York right now, currently there are quite a lot of doorstep delivery and takeaway options but many are reconsidering their strategy. Remember, contactless payment is now the norm and it’s essential that you follow the social distancing measures that have been put in place. Only leave home to pick up essentials and do that as infrequently as possible.

Retail propositions that can remain open during the current lockdown conditions

Supermarkets and other food shops, market stalls that offer essential grocery and food, restaurants/bakeries for the collection or delivery of pre-paid orders onlyhealth shops, pharmacies including non-dispensing pharmacies, petrol stations, bicycle shops, home and hardware shops, laundrettes and dry cleaners, garages, car rentals, pet shops, corner shops, newsagents, post offices and banks. 

Yorkshire Food Guide: How you can help to support Yorkshire’s hospitality business

Restaurants and local suppliers are showing true Yorkshire grit in the face of COVID-19 by implementing takeaway and delivery services to aid anyone observing social distancing or in isolation. I’ve teamed up with Yorkshire Food Guide to help spread this news. They’ve created a live article on their website detailing what we can do support Yorkshire’s dining scene right now so that we can ensure that when everything finally returns to normal they’ve made it through. Find out where you can enjoy your favourite restaurant’s food at home, get groceries delivered from local suppliers and bag yourself a bargain on dining vouchers now for you to enjoy later. Head over to their Instagram page page to find out what’s happening in your local area and please share their messages.


Alligator Wholefoods: They have a decent level of stock including Bluebird Bakery bread and Acorn Dairy milk. Please place your orders via email ( or telephone 01904 654525 between 10am and 1pm/8.30pm and 10pm for collection from the shop door (preferred) between Tuesday and Saturday. A local delivery service is also available.

Bishy Weigh: Alice is open today as normal until Saturday, 9am until 5.30. She has set up a system for ordering over the ‘phone for collections between 1pm and 5pm – call her on 01904 631410 between 10am and 12pm. In partnership with local volunteers, she is now able to offer a next day delivery service to those who need it.

Bluebird Bakery: All three shops in York, Leeds and Malton are now open from 9am until 3pm. Meanwhile, they have just launched their ‘Dough to Door’ delivery service. Visit their online shop, place your order and pay. They will then bake to order and let you know when they can deliver.

Café No8 Bistro: Last weeks drop-off menu was a great success and they were intending to do another this week. Unfortunately, Chris has developed a cough over the last day or two so he’s self-isolating. More news to come shortly.

Cave de Cochon: Are offering a wine delivery service. Call them on 01904 633669 to place your order.

Cooper King Distillery: Our friends Chris and Abbie are now producing hand sanitiser to purchase via their website in packs of x3 5cl and x2 30cl. Profits from online sales will help them to continue to provide free sanitiser to local schools, hospitals, care homes and all those that need it.

Costello’s Good Food Shop: This week, Carol is open for pre-order collections only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Place your bread orders for next week via the dedicated page on her website. For other goods, orders/payments will be taken over the phone – 01904 63744 – between 8.30am and 1pm. Collection times are between 3pm and 4.30pm. Please put her in touch with anyone that may need a delivery.

Deborah Bakes: This gorgeous bakery is continuing to bake their Belgian chocolate brownies, blondies, stuffed cookies and cakes for non-contact collection on Boroughbridge Road and non-contact local delivery – and free deliveries of treats to NHS staff, those who are self-isolating on their own and birthday gifts (I love that). They are also offering postal deliveries across the UK, mailing on Thursdays only. All payments are to be organised via bank transfer.

Dough Eyed Pizza: Are continuing their doorstep delivery service, from 5pm until 10pm. Order from their website-based app or via their Facebook page by clicking ‘shop now’.

Flori Bakery: Our very own artisan bakery has released this week’s menu via Instagram (contact me for details if you don’t use the app). Email your order by Thursday 9am for Saturday collection or free local delivery only –

Fowlers of York: Are continuing deliveries of beautifully fresh fish. Check in on their website or call them on 01904 421360 or 07711 808800.

Goodness Growing (Sheriff Hutton): Are inviting you to place your fruit and vegetable orders for collection on Friday 3rd April. Email them for information and time slots

Hairy Fig: Our beloved deli on Fossgate has now closed for the foreseeable but are working on a safe delivery service.

Haxby Bakehouse: Will have bread on their shelves from tomorrow through to Saturday and are inviting people to pre-order for deliveries. They are looking at extending York deliveries but for now their bread is available at Costello’s Good Food Shop on Bishy Road and Love Cheese on Gillygate.

Heima: No food obvs, but check in for all the lovely vessels in which to make and store it. Maff is in the process of updating his website so you can order online for deliveries and shop pick-up. Hopefully, he will be opening the shop for a limited time one day later this week.

House of the Trembling Madness: Has maintained good stock levels of beer, wine, spirits, tobacco and isolation packs. Please order online for deliveries in the York area (free if you spend over £40).

Le Cochon Aveugle: Josh is offering a three-course dinner menu for two with a bottle of wine for £40, deliveries only on Friday between 10am and 6pm – we tried this last Friday and it was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC and a lot of fun. Call the restaurant on 01904 640222 to place your order before 6pm on Wednesday. Meanwhile, he is aiming to launch an online ordering system tomorrow.

Le Cochon 27 Mar 2020

Little Arras: Is open for bread, pastries, cookies and cakes from their new shop at 50 Goodramgate. Call them on 01904 731619 or email them

Little Italy: My favourite Italian deli on Goodramgate remains open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm. Call in for all your Italian ingredients including high quality pasta.

Love Cheese: Open today until Saturday, from 10am until 3.30pm for the sale of pantry essentials including milk, bread, pasta, rice and eggs as, of course, cheese. Meanwhile, Harry has set up a virtual five course cheese and wine tasting experience priced at £40 for two people and will be taking guests through the menu LIVE on Facebook at 8pm on Saturday 4th April. I gather that the event has sold out for this week but watch out for new dates soon.

M&S Food Hall: Not an independent, I know, but when we dropped by during our daily walk at 6pm on Thursday evening, it was virtually empty and we found it to be very well stocked – including fresh produce and flowers. Flowers people!

Millies: My stockists of fresh and pantry ingredients on Bishy Road are pulling out all the stops to provide us with their usual quality and service.

Pig and Pastry: Are back providing free meals – limited to 60 portions/one portion per person – for vulnerable people who are self-isolating and shielded. If you know such a person, please email them ( or call (07849 604911) before 12pm for delivery by GreenLink Cycle Couriers between 1pm and 5pm.

Riverford York and Hull: Are still able to offer a restricted range of fruit and veg boxes, meat, recipe boxes, milk, bread and eggs to existing customers only at the moment. Check in with them regularly to see their policy for new customers because this may well change soon.

Sapori York: This Shambles-based Italian restaurant is now operating a free delivery service. Open from 6pm. Check out their website or call them on 07939 255477. NHS workers can get 25% off all food.

Shambles Market: So far as I know this week, there will be fresh fruit and vegetables on the market every day (except Sunday).

Staalsmokehouse: Providers of hand smoked artisan foods – and, as of today, fresh salmon portions – will deliver to York every Friday, all other deliveries are dispatched by courier. Orders can me made via their website or call them on 01964 541946.

Steenbergs: Providers of organic spices, loose leaf tea and organic pantry ingredients packed with flavour, aroma and provenance will continue their delivery service.

The Old Siam: These gorgeous people are still making food for takeaway and delivery if you live within four miles of their base on Micklegate (free for orders over £15). Call them on 01904 635612.

Tullivers: This long-established wholefoods store on Colliergate has now closed but you can still place a larger orders for collection at the door. You can also order small items and ask them to be mailed to you. Call them on 01904 636437 between 10am and 12pm or email

Finally, do download the Connected York app for a live list of what’s happening on the York food scene.