Can’t get a supermarket slot? Try these alternative food delivery services

Supermarket slots are few and far between at the moment, with many companies struggling to cope with increased demand as people opt for online deliveries instead of heading to the shops.

Some businesses, like Ocado and Gousto are prioritising existing customers, so if you’re signing up for the first time you might be waiting a while to place your order.

Whether you just want to order some dishes for the coming week or are looking for particular items that are low in stock in stores – like vegetables, fresh bread or vegan dishes – there are alternative food delivery services that you can use.

We’ve rounded up a list of five companies to try if you’re struggling to get a supermarket slot.

Allplants

If you’re vegan and struggling to find your usual ingredients in stores, you’re in luck.

Allplants is a small vegan company that delivers frozen ready meals that are completely made with, well, plants.

Choose from 22 dishes like Tempeh Rendang Curry, Three Mushroom Risotto, Mac & Greens, BBQ Burrito Bowl and more.

But this isn’t your average frozen meal – each one is made by a chef to preserve the freshness of the ingredients .

We have tried the dishes for ourselves, and they are delicious, but they are on the pricier side.

You can get six dishes for £46.02 or, if you’re ordering for two people, 12 dishes for £68.04. If you want to place regular orders, it might be worth subscribing to the service as you get a 12% discount.

On the plus side, weekday delivery is free.

Hobbs House Bakery

If you’re around the Cotswolds and crave fresh bread on a regular basis, we’ve got good news.

While most bakeries are shut, Hobbs House has adapted with a home delivery service.

And it’s not just bread (although we love bread), but you can also order cakes and other sweet treats like hot cross buns.

They even have a brownie subscription; you get four different flavours for £53.00 (they’re pretty big, not your average size).

The company also sells tools so you can bake for yourself, including sourdough starters.

Meat Home Delivery
The name is pretty self-explanatory.

Those looking for extra fancy steaks to enjoy in self-isolation or who don’t want to go hunting for protein in the supermarket, can order meat online from this family business.

Meat Home Delivery packs your goods in chilled boxes and they should arrive at your door within three to five days.

But the minimum order is £60 – which isn’t bad if you’re a family or in a house share, but if you live alone, make sure you’ve got space in the freezer so your delectable dishes don’t go off.

You can get everything from Sunday roasts to meat bundles, bacon, sausages and chicken.

Pale Green Dot

Can’t find any fresh veg in your local store?

If you’re based in London or the south east, you can order yourself a box of fresh greens from Pale Green Dot.

The best part? You don’t have to wait ages, as the company aims to deliver all boxes by the next working day.

Choose from The Essential Fresh Produce Box for £12.50, which includes root veg such as onions, swede, beetroot, carrots and potatoes as well as leaves and green veg, coloured veg (peppers, tomatoes, that kind of thing) and local fruit.

Or go bigger with The Veg and Staples Box, which features milk, bread and eggs, too, for £20.

Make it a one-off drop or a weekly delivery, it’s up to you.

Paxton & Whitfield
Just because you’re stuck in self-isolation, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a bit of luxury – and what says luxury more than cheese?

Paxton & Whitfield is currently accepting new customer orders, and you can get all the cheesy goodness including cheese board selections, cheese hampers, cheese biscuits or just random cheeses.

The company also has crackers, savoury chutneys and preserves, hams and sweet treats. Order £60 worth and you’ll get the delivery for free (that’s a lot of cheese) or pay £6.95 for delivery.

Crack open a bottle of red – or non-alcoholic grape juice – and you’re gouda to go (sorry).