5 of the Best: Breakfast DIY Kits in LondonBy Alicia Grimshaw
Our favourite part of lockdown is hearing a knock at the door and a parcel arriving, especially when there’s food involved. In the spirit of bigging up the capital’s food scene, we’ve discovered five must-try brunch DIY boxes to try at home:
The Lowdown: New for lockdown 2.0, The Address collection of local neighbourhood bars have launched The Address at Home, featuring three breakfast meal kits for two – perfect for making the most of any weekend. The kits are freshly boxed, locally sourced and sustainably packed to the brim with artisanal ingredients from the collection’s suppliers. Take your pick from the Meat Feast box (the whole nine yards), Vegan Feast (the whole plant-powered nine yards), and Grain Box.
Price: All three breakfast boxes are priced at £25
Where: Available for delivery in London within a 5 mile radius of No 11 Pimlico Road. Order here
The Lowdown: The popular Barge House in Hackney have brought brunch to you thanks to their loaded bread loaves. The Original is filled with everything one would expect from a delicious cooked breakfast: oyster mushrooms, bacon, Barge House banger, spinach, egg and much more (and also comes in a scrumptious vegetarian option). The Smokey Salmon features locally smoked salmon from Chapel & Swan combined with crème fraiche, spinach, slow roast tomatoes and leeks. The Au-Barge is perfect for those dreaming of the Mediterranean this winter; filled with baked aubergine and aromatic tomato sauce with black olives, oyster mushrooms, vegan feta, spinach and finished with green sauce.
Price: £15 each
Where: Order here
The Lowdown: Breakfast in bed. Is there anything better? Elevate your weekend with Gail’s Morning After hamper with enough food to see you through lockdown 2.0. Crammed full of locally sourced produce, the hamper is filled with bread 2kg (or choice), butter, marmalade, honey, box of 8 freshly baked Xmas buns (or cinnamon buns if you insist), granola, yoghurt, fresh blueberries, eggs, smoked salmon x2, crème fraiche, juice and coffee 250g.
Where: Order online
The Lowdown: HG Walter has come up trumps with their morning offering – a breakfast box containing the best meat in the business. For the fry up purists, the kit features: country-style sausages, smoked streaky bacon, black pudding, a box of free-range eggs, and Stokes tomato sauce. All you need to provide is bread and beans (if you wish).
Where: Deliveries within the M25. Order here
The Lowdown: Dishoom’s bacon naan kit is their first-ever DIY offering – and it’s sensational. Each kit serves two and contains smoked streaky bacon from Ramsay of Carluke (matured in the traditional Ayrshire way and smoked over applewood and beechwood chips), three naan doughballs (enough for two plus a spare for experimentation), tomato-chilli jam (Dishoom’s sweet, sharp, spicy signature sauce), fresh coriander and cream cheese. Each kit also contains loose-leaf Darjeeling tea and chai spices (black peppercorns, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, cloves, fresh ginger) for recreating Dishoom’s much-loved Masala Chai (just add milk and sugar to brew).
Where: Delivery nationwide. Order here.