Once again our local producers, pubs and restaurants have had to close their doors but behind the scenes they are valiantly helping to keep us fed and watered.
The Kings Head, Aylesbury has its own food hall in the stable barn (and online) of this historic pub in the town centre. Essentials such as eggs, bread, milk, fruit and veg are on sale from local producers, in addition to beers (draught and bottled), wines, gin and tonics, soft drinks and fresh orange juice. Seasonal fruit and veg boxes are available or you can order a ready meal and forget about the cooking. If you can’t or don’t want to come in person (although, of course, strict social distancing will be in place), a delivery service is also on offer.
The Chiltern Brewery, near Wendover, is the oldest independent brewery in the Chilterns. Their shop is open (maximum 4 customers are a time) and they offer a click and collect service, as well as deliveries within a twenty mile radius, so you can enjoy their excellent ales and beers, brewed with 40 years of experience, at home. They also sell spirits, wines and a selection of local deli goods.
Peterley Manor Farm, Prestwood, has a farm shop that is open for socially distanced shopping plus it runs a click and collect service and local delivery. They have fresh fruit and veg boxes, meat, dairy, eggs, bread, alcohol, snacks and lots of other products from local suppliers. The Wild Strawberry Café is closed for the winter.
Malt the Brewery, also in Prestwood, will deliver their craft ales and beers, wine, artisan spirits and snacks FREE to 12 HP postcode areas. Visit their website to buy online. You can also enjoy their new Brewery Tour in a Box - guided tastings online with the founders, a history of brewing and a behind the scenes tour to see how they make the beer.
Orchard View Farm, near Princes Risborough, has an excellent farm shop with local essentials such as bread, fruit and veg, as well as produce packs, meat from the award-winning butchery and freshly prepared meals, so you can take a break from cooking. You'll also find sweet treats, cakes, oils, honey, jams, drinks and snacks to help you get through lockdown.
Bokkie Foods, in Aylesbury, brings South African street food to your door. Curries, peri-peri chicken, pap dumplings and more will whisk you off to sunny climes.
No.2 Pound Street, in Wendover, has an online shop with local and national delivery, selling wine, British cheese and deli items. During lockdown they are also hosting online tastings and classes.
Beechwood Fine Foods in Tring has a large selection of high quality products, including Wagyu beef, caviar, truffles, seafood and shellfish which should help make lockdown more bearable. You can buy online with next day delivery if you order before 11am.
The Full Moon Pub, Hawridge, has a tempting menu of breads, bacon rolls and pastries to take away with speciality coffees and hot chocolates as well as a packed menu of sandwiches, baguettes and prepared meals. Thursday is fish and chips night - order in advance.
Norsk, in Haddenham, has opened its cafe at Fort End for take aways from Wednesday to Sundays with a selection of its well-renowned coffees, frappes, pastries, cakes, salads and bacon sarnies.
Rumsey’s Chocolate Shop in Wendover and Thame are currently closed but you can order online and have chocolates delivered to your door within a 5 mile radius for free!
Wendover Woods Cafe is open for takeaways so you can enjoy a bracing walk round the many acres of Wendover Woods with a hot drink in hand or grab something to eat and drink once you've done your exercise and feel you deserve it.
Hawkyns by Atul Kochhar has a menu that harmoniously intertwines British and Indian flavours. This Indian fine dining experience is currently available as a takeaway so you can enjoy this Michelin-starred chef's creations in the comfort of your own home.