The end of England's second coronavirus lockdown of the year is now in sight. Throughout November, the population has once again been reliant on grocery deliveries sent to their homes.
At the moment, after taking a look through delivery slots and options available from Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Asda, Iceland and more, we've found that availability has stayed generally rather good during the month.
As it stands, Tesco home delivery (opens in new tab) is filling up fast but there's still plenty of available slots for this week depending on your location. Towards the start of December and onwards there are more slots up for grabs. But come December 2, the UK will be out of lockdown and we won't have to rely too heavily on shopping deliveries.
Morrisons (opens in new tab), on the other hand, has no availability over the next three days. Iceland in London (opens in new tab) has free slots for the entire week and into December and beyond. In general, we've seen shops showing greater availability compared to the first lockdown, which is a huge relief.
Supermarkets will continue to offer priority delivery slots to elderly and vulnerable customers. Supermarkets are using customer and government data to prioritise food delivery slots for those who need it most. Make sure you've signed up to the government's database (opens in new tab) of clinically vulnerable people if you need support. Sainsbury's, for instance, has a special service which you can see here (opens in new tab).
Earlier this year, both Morrisons and Asda launched a food box service to help cope with demand caused by the first lockdown, and this will continue as we enter the second. Morrisons food boxes (opens in new tab) offer a great range of options, while Asda's food box is best if you need to fill your cupboards with household essentials.
Food delivery: quick links
- Amazon Fresh - grocery delivery to select cities (opens in new tab)
- Asda - next day delivery possible (opens in new tab)
- Co-op - delivery and collection available (opens in new tab)
- Iceland - delivery slots available (opens in new tab)
- Morrisons - no slots over the next three days (opens in new tab)
- Ocado - no delivery slots available (opens in new tab)
- Sainsbury's - home delivery and click & collect slots available (opens in new tab)
- Tesco - delivery available, Click & Collect is better (opens in new tab)
- Waitrose - limited delivery for the coming week, Click & Collect is better (opens in new tab)
Recipe box and meal delivery
- Allplants - plant-based meal delivery, cooked by chefs (opens in new tab)
- Feast Box - order your first-world food recipe box (opens in new tab)
- Mindful Chef - healthy recipe boxes with fresh ingredients for you to cook (opens in new tab)
- SimplyCook - Get a £3 trial recipe box to cook at home (opens in new tab)
- Hello Fresh - meal prep delivered for every person and diet (opens in new tab)
- Pasta Evangelists - Restaurant-quality pasta meals available for delivery (opens in new tab)
- Domino's - 50% off pizza when you spend £35 or more (opens in new tab)
- Pizza Hut - two large pizzas and a classic side for £22 (opens in new tab)
- Papa John's - 33% off your order when you spend £30
- Deliveroo - takeaway delivery from top restaurants (opens in new tab)
- Just Eat - takeaway delivery from local restaurants (opens in new tab)
- Uber Eats - takeaway delivery from your favourite restaurants (opens in new tab)
- Beer Hawk - free delivery on beer orders over £50 (opens in new tab)
- The Drink Shop - 20% off selected wine, beer and spirits (opens in new tab)
- Vinatis - Plenty of deals available, with many wines on offer. (opens in new tab)
- Majestic Wines - stores are open to customers and are also operating a next-day order and collect service (opens in new tab)
- Honestbrew - free delivery on orders over £50 in the UK (opens in new tab)
- Flavourly - 20 craft beers and two free glasses for £29.95, with free delivery (opens in new tab)
Just like the first lockdown, we've signed up to all the major supermarkets and we're assessing the situation daily across the country, in London, Leeds, Portsmouth, Manchester and Bath. Your area may differ and indeed your shops may also differ, but there's plenty of reason to believe that availability on delivering groceries should be much easier than it was earlier in the year.
Importantly, for all of the below supermarkets, you will need an account which we recommend you do as soon as you can as doing so will allow you to see your own local availability for deliveries.
Amazon Fresh food delivery: Delivery is included in your Prime membership for orders above £40 (opens in new tab)
Amazon Fresh is included with Amazon Prime, allowing customers to get fresh groceries delivered on the same day as ordering at a low-price. (If you don't have Prime, you can sign up for a free trial (opens in new tab) and cancel before the trial ends with no strings attached.) In the UK, a service which was live earlier this year called Amazon Pantry is no longer available as of June 30.
Tesco food delivery: available slots for delivery and collection (opens in new tab)
If you're a Tesco shopper, you have some options for delivery, but those are mostly starting next week, otherwise, there's some available this week. With that in mind, Click and Collect slots are plentiful and have remained so throughout lockdown. Look for a delivery slot at Tesco (opens in new tab)
Morrisons food delivery: no slots available for the next three days (opens in new tab)
Morrisons has slowly been opening more as we move through November, generally showing decent availability apart from now. The next three days, however, are showing to be completely booked up everywhere. Buy Morrisons shopping online (opens in new tab).
Iceland food delivery: slots available for the week (opens in new tab)
In London, Iceland is showing available slots through to December 3. It has remained relatively unchanged throughout lockdown and there's a chance you can get delivery for tomorrow, with plenty of options to get one later in the week - make sure you check out Iceland's website for availability. (opens in new tab) You can grab free next day delivery from Iceland when you spend £35, so fill your freezers up.
Asda food delivery: more delivery available this week (opens in new tab)
Asda is showing delivery options well into December at this point, but it's all filling up quickly. All areas other than Leeds seem to be showing better availability as we approach December, with next day delivery possible right now and a few more slots popping up from Sunday into next week and beyond. In Leeds, the next available slot is December 15. Book an Asda delivery now (opens in new tab).
Ocado food delivery: no delivery slots available (opens in new tab)
Ocado is appearing the same as Morrisons in that it shows the next three days from right now. There are no delivery slots available at all. As each day goes by this might well change and we will let you know when it does. During the first lockdown, Ocado was emailing customers with priority access to delivery. Look for a delivery slot at Ocado (opens in new tab)
Sainsbury's food delivery: home delivery and click & collect slots available (opens in new tab)
Sainsbury's has more availability today, with loads of slots going everywhere apart from Leeds. Sunday is the earliest delivery slot available, with plenty more opening up from Monday onwards. There are also a healthy amount of Click & Collect options which we would encourage you to use. As always, this will depend on your local store. Look for a delivery slot at Sainsbury's (opens in new tab)
Waitrose food delivery: limited delivery until next week (opens in new tab)
Waitrose has a smattering of available slots this week, but there's not much until December now and this is the case with every location we checked. There's more choice if you're willing to opt for Click & Collect. The supermarket is continuing its Volunteer's Shopping Card for self-isolating customers who can't get to the shops themselves. Look for a delivery slot at Waitrose (opens in new tab)
HelloFresh: meal prep delivered for every person and diet (opens in new tab)
HelloFresh is a well-known name in the meal prep delivery game. The service offers enough variety to cater to dietary preferences like avoiding beef/pork/seafood, vegetarian, or even meals geared toward appealing to kids. Now with more choices every week and meals starting from just £3.44. Browse HelloFresh here. (opens in new tab)
Pasta Evangelists: Restaurant-quality pasta meals available for delivery (opens in new tab)
Pasta is amazing and the only thing better is restaurant-quality pasta. Simply head to the website, choose from the weekly menu of
15 pasta dishes which will then be delivered the following day or the day you choose. Even better, the instructions to whack your pasta dish together are easy to follow and you can prepare everything in five minutes. Give the site a browse now for something to chomp on (opens in new tab).
Mindful Chef: healthy recipe boxes, frozen meals and smoothie delivery (opens in new tab)
Healthy recipe box company Mindful Chef delivers fresh, nutritious recipes to your door. It offers free delivery across the whole nation and the company has joined with Leon to deliver limited-edition recipes. Choose a meal and they'll deliver all the fresh ingredients for you to cook at home - or if you're feeling lazy, you can pick from their chef-prepared frozen range. Browse Mindful Chef recipe boxes (opens in new tab)
Allplants: Plant-based meal delivery - cancel your subscription anytime (opens in new tab)
Allplants aims to help you eat well without any hassle. The meal delivery service's chefs cook 100% plant-based meals, and they'll deliver them frozen to your door. All you have to is heat them up. There are over 22 to meals to choose between, and if you subscribe to the service you can save 12%. Browse meals at Allplants (opens in new tab)
Domino's: 50% off pizza when you spend £35 or more (opens in new tab)
Domino's sets its deals by region, but plenty of stores around the UK are offering up to half price on their pizzas when you spend over a certain threshold. Just enter your delivery information to see how much you can save on pizza delivery this week. Plus, there's contact-less delivery too, if you order and pre-pay online.
Pizza Hut: 2 large pizzas and a classic side for £22 (opens in new tab)
You can grab two large pizzas and a classic side for just £22 at Pizza Hut right now. There are also plenty of other Pizza Hut deals to take advantage of - just pop your postcode in to see what your local restaurants have on offer. Pizza Hut is doing contact-less delivery too.
Majestic Wines: stores are open to customers and are also operating a next-day order and collect service (opens in new tab)
Majestic Wines will remain open to customers during the coronavirus and it will also be operating a next-day order and collect service, as well as continuing to offer a home delivery service – click here to find your local Majestic (opens in new tab). Have a gander through their selection of wines, which you'll find to be at an excellent price.
Honestbrew: free delivery on orders over £50 in the UK (opens in new tab)
Honestbrew is an excellent way to discover your next favourite beer. Its crates offer an excellent selection depending on which one you choose and there's plenty of variety, recommendations and options to select if you know what you're into. On top of that, you can get free delivery on orders over £50 in the UK.
Flavourly: 20 craft beers and two free glasses for £29.95, with free delivery (opens in new tab)
If you need to get your craft beer fix, with a decent selection then Flavourly will be your first stop. While the range on offer at Honestbrew is typically better, you can't fault the price and offers you see from Flavourly.
Regarding the coronavirus, Flavourly has added the following information its blog: "Due to safety precautions in our warehouse and our courier's depots, please do be aware that delivery may take an extra 2-3 business days."
Amazon UK: Browse all wine, beer and spirits (opens in new tab)
Amazon doesn't just do food delivery, it also sells a huge range of alcoholic beverages: wine, beer, spirits, cider, sake and more. What sets Amazon apart from other alcohol delivery services is its Prime delivery, which means that in normal times you'll be able to get your hands on a bottle or keg in double-quick time.
The Drink Shop: 20% off selected wine, beer and liquors (opens in new tab)
Alcohol delivery service The Drink Shop is offering delivery, and you can get 20% off selected booze this November. Head over to the online store now to check out its selection of lagers, ciders, wines, spirits, mixers and everything in between.
Vinatis: Plenty of deals available, with many wines on offer. (opens in new tab)
Your one-stop-shop for all your wine needs during the lockdown. Vinatis is offering a huge selection of wines at a reduced price throughout the whole month. White, red, rose, champagne, you name it and you'll be able to grab a new favourite wine (or an old reliable one) at any time this month.
Beer Hawk: Free delivery on beer orders over £50 (opens in new tab)
Beer delivery service Beer Hawk is one of your best bets right now if you're looking for a keg or want to restock on craft beers. With over 1000 delicious brews to choose from including German beers, American beers and British beers, you'll be spoilt for choice.
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