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A selection of products from Notting Hill Fish Shop laid out including three knives, a whole lobster, a whole crab, lots of coloured small packets

11 indie online food shops to support

Published: November 12, 2020 at 2:15 pm

Want to give independent food businesses a boost? Make someone's day by perusing some of the best curations of artisan produce that the UK has to offer

Though it can be harder to spot online, there's a passionate individual or small team behind every independent online business. Each time you make an order, you make someone's day. Put a smile on the face of hard-working foodies and dedicated artisans during this difficult time by checking out their websites, buying treats and spreading the word amongst your loved ones. Here's our pick of independent foodie businesses to support during lockdown, the festive season and beyond...


The Courtyard Dairy – for cheese (nationwide delivery)

This cheese shop nestled in the Yorkshire Dales champions British artisan cheesemongers. Create your own cheeseboard by mixing and matching from the range of farmhouse cheeses on the website, including creamy blue Stichelton, rich Tunworth camembert and smooth, grassy Hebdon goat (made in Yorkshire by Gillian and her 10 goats!). Let the experts do the selecting for you and buy a themed box such as ‘A Taste of the Dales’, or sign up to the monthly cheese club subscription to support British cheese on a monthly basis. Thecourtyarddairy.co.uk

A man in a green apron behind a counter of cheese

Arabica – for Middle-Eastern food and drink (nationwide delivery)

Create your own mezze feast with silky homemade hummus, vibrant tabbouleh, and huge lamb-and-potato-stuffed boregi pastry spirals, plus baked-to-order baklava. If you want to making your own Middle-Eastern dishes, stock up on pretty jars of unique spice blends to add to your storecupboard, including wild sumac, ras el hanout and Lebanese seven spice. Arabicalondon.com

Lina Stores – for Italian food and drink (nationwide delivery)

Stock up for an Italian dinner with the finest passata, olive oil, olives and more from this legendary Soho institution. Lina Stores offers nationwide delivery of everything from fresh ravioli filled with ’nduja, pumpkin or ricotta to Italian salumi (finocchiona, prosciutto, nduja) and cheese (buffalo mozzarella, provolone, gorgonzola). There are also fresh Sicilian cannoli, homemade tiramisu and more fresh products for London delivery. Shop.linastores.co.uk

Lina Stores hamper

Comins tea – for tea (nationwide delivery)

Rob and Michelle Comins have travelled the world to source single estate loose leaf teas to sell in their contemporary tea shops in Dorset and Bath, as well as online. Peruse the varieties available, from amber-hued oolongs to nutty green varieties and smoky black tea. All teas make about five infusions, so they’re great value for money. There’s also an impressive selection of hand-picked teaware from Taiwan, Japan and beyond, as well as cute British crafted tins and tea bowls. Cominstea.com

Two tea cups with a tea caddy and a wooden scoop

Butchery at Bowhouse – for premium Scottish meat

Based in Fife, Scotland, this artisan food and drink space recently launched an in-house butcher. Sophie Cumber specialises in nose-to-tail butchery, so meat boxes, including a rare-breed Lincoln Red cattle box, offer a wide variety of cuts. There’s a ready-rolled roasting joint, a bone-in prime steak, sausages, mince and bone marrow beef burgers, as well as plenty more prime steaks and pieces for roasting, stewing and more. Check out the range of boxes, steaks, jerky and smoking joints online. Openfoodnetwork.org

Lincoln Red Beef Cattle in a field with hills in the background

Scandinavian Kitchen – for Scandinavian food and drink (nationwide delivery)

From summer crayfish parties to cosy winter feasts, this one-stop shop caters to all Scandi-inspired occasions. Gather a smorgasbord of wild lingonberry jam, gravalax sauce, pickled herring and more to create your own Nordic spread. Then add on gingerbread dough, classic Swedish biscuits and a few handfuls of Scandi pick ’ n’ mix sweets for pud. Scandikitchen.co.uk

Shop Cuvée – for cocktails (nationwide delivery)

Renowned bartender and owner Max Venning has curated an impressive selection of funky natural wines, colourful cans of craft beer and cocktails from London’s best bars. Recreate your favourite drinking den at home with pre-bottled cocktails from the capital's most-loved bars, including Three Sheets’ superb French 75, Scout’s tropical old fashioned and Tayēr + Elementary’s bergamot margarita. Shopcuvee.com

Five pre-bottled cocktails

Rosehip + Rye – for eastern European food and drink (nationwide delivery)

Estonian Katya and Moscow-born Karina missed home comforts when they moved to the UK and started a supper club in 2012 to showcase food from the 'New East'. When the lockdown came, the girls quickly set up an online shop with deliveries across London. Weekly changing menus include homemade pelmeni (Siberian dumplins), pumpkin and caramelised onion caviar, borsch pie (an innovative take on the classic soup) boozy chocolate kartoshka truffles and many Georgian-inspired recipes from Karina’s grandma, such as walnut and cardamom pastries. The girls mainly use local ingredients from nearby Maltby Street Market and also stock artisanal products from the likes of Trealy Charcuterie in Wales and Abbey Road’s Coastline Galicia fishmongers, as well as Oliveology's honey and Karaway bakery's award-winning rye breads. Shop.rosehipandrye.co.uk

A table laid with rye bread, plates of mezze, a jar of cutney etc

Coaltown Coffee Roasters – for coffee (nationwide delivery)

Scott James launched this artisan coffee roasters to breathe life back into his hometown of Ammanford in Carmarthenshire and help support the area’s local mining families. Shop for house blends including nutty, chocolaty, biscuity Black Gold and Candle Light with its dark chocolate and tobacco notes. There are signature blend trio boxes for a home tasting session, espresso machine pods and plenty of geeky coffee equipment to get your own brewing station set up. There’s even a downloadable brew bible containing essential info to get the most out of your home brew. Coaltowncoffee.co.uk

A man is holding a copper coffee pot. He is pouring it over a V60 with a paper filter in a cup

Philip Warren Butchers – for restaurant-quality meat (nationwide delivery)

On the Pass is a website set up by Philip Warren Butchers and Matt Chatfield (The Cornwall Project) in the South West, which allows home cooks to get their mitts on the top-drawer meat that’s been reared and aged for some of the country’s finest restaurants. This means you can now cook the likes of 55-day aged Brat sirloin, whole beef fillet reared for Paul Ainsworth at No 6, The Ledbury’s English guinea fowl and Kiln’s hogget at home. Winner. Philipwarrenbutchers.co.uk/collections/on-the-pass

Brat sirloin warrens on the pass

Hole Farm Food Hub – for South-West produce (Devon delivery)

Ben’s Farm Shop has been running for more than three decades in the South West and now has several shops and a restaurant to its name. Like so many others in the trade, it’s been forced to change direction due to the current climate so has just revealed a brand new online store. As well as its own air-dried meats, fresh produce and ready-made meals (think chef-cooked stews, curries and pies), it’s also offering goods from local businesses – Barnaby’s Brewhouse’s Devon craft ales, The Almond Thief’s bread, Sharpham’s cheeses, Crock & Cole’s artisan ferments and more. Order for local delivery. Holefarmfoodhub.co.uk


Notting Hill Fish Shop, London W11 (London delivery)

This long-established fish shop has teamed up with other local indies – think H.G. Walter butchers, Hedone bakery and veg shop Natoora – to form an online supermarket. The service is helping to keep fishermen in action as well as taking on hospitality pros who have lost their jobs, all while supplying sustainable food to the community. Live in West London? You can get your order delivered, otherwise, try the click and collect service. Nottinghillfishshop.co.uk

A selection of products from Notting Hill Fish Shop laid out including three knives, a whole lobster, a whole crab, lots of coloured small packets

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