Grab a take out or order a delivery – Your local cafe still needs you

Grab a take out or order a delivery – Your local cafe still needs you


Many independent bars, cafes, restaurants and pubs in York are still open in a new format.

And even after the welcome announcement of guaranteed staff wages, rather than being forced to action mass lay-offs, they need your custom.

We know the pubs/cafes are officially closed for sit down service and communal gathering, but our independents are being innovative for your benefit.

Many are offering take away food and drink direct from their door. Some have paired-down menus and are delivering to your door.

Some are converting into shops so they can sell you produce, food and drink directly.

And just announced are some amazing food establishments who are turning to making and delivering affordable homemade meals for our older and more vulnerable residents.

That’s because many of our cafes and bars still have food and beverage stock that would be ruined should they close. It’s also because it is their livelihood and passion.

And importantly, it is because they want to support you the York residents and our amazing key workers and our vulnerable population at this unprecedented time.

And all the owners I spoke to are being extra vigilant about hygiene, fully taking into account the government’s recommendations.

Knowing who is doing delivery and take outs will be so useful, we want to support the businesses and replace all our celebratory planned meals out over the next couple of months with deliveries.

Emma, Acomb resident

The questions to you, good people of York, are:

  • Can you pick up a takeaway from them?
  • Can you order a delivery?
  • Could you buy a voucher from them to use in the future?

At this exceptional time, answering positively to any of these questions could be the difference between that business – your favourite hang out maybe – surviving, or not.

At the time of writing (March 21st) the following cafe/bars were open and offering takeaway/delivery.

*Please note, circumstances are changing rapidly though, so best to check their social media to see the most up-to-date news.

Ambiente, Fossgate – Takeaway tapas plus 30% off Call 01904 698784

Street Cleaver at Fossgate Social, Fossgate – Inbox your orders

Robinsons, Bishopthorpe Road – Takeaway and local delivery Call 01904 674447

Trinacria, Bishopthorpe Road –  Home delivery 07421058429

Trembling Madness, Stonegate – Open to sell beer

Brew & Brownie, Museum Street – Takeouts to order 01904647420

Star Seed Catering – offering deliveries to your door

Dough Eyed Pizza – Delivery. Order online

Brew York, Walmgate – Delivering beer

Pairings Wine Bar, Castlegate – Offering free toilet roll with every bottle of takeaway wine

Cave Cochon, Walmgate – Takeaway Wine offer (35% discount on wine offers), also cheese and meat – Collection only (at time of going to press)

Shambles Kitchen, The Shambles – Delivery and meals for the vulnerable  – Calll 01904 674684 or WhatsApp Message +44750646639

Tea on the Green, Acomb  – Takeaway tapas. Call 01904 789380

Wheldrakes, Goodramgate  – Takeaway

Goji Deli, Goodramgate – Takeaway. Call 01904 622614

Robertos, Goodramgate Order pizza and ice cream  Email: Send a message on Facebook at Roberto’s Gelato Facebook page. Call 01904849500

Le Cochon Aveugle, Walmgate About to start up a 3 course meal delivery. Check out their social media

Gateshouse Coffee, Walmgate Bar – Delivering coffee beans locally to self isolators

L’uva, Bridge Street – Working on a delivery strategy. Call 01904 626900

Cakes D’licious, Clifton –  Open and delivering cakes. Call 01904 541100

And bearing in mind that the supermarkets shelves are low, there are also many independent food shops that have a good range of supplies, still open and  some offering delivery service. So where you can, get your groceries locally. These include:

The Hairy Fig, Fossgate – Open and delivering 01904 677074 or email or text 07884493309

Frutique, Bishopthorpe Road – Open and delivering  fruit and veg. Call 01904 653821

Miller Food Service, Dunnington – Open on Sunday as a Cash and Carry and now delivering to the public. Call on 01904655368

Alligator, Fishergate – Open for all things veggie/vegan and cheese

Good Food Shop, Bishopthorpe Road – Their delivery service for those isolated and in need of food is ready to go. Call 01904 637445 and they will get food to people via their amazing volunteers. Please call 9am – 2pm and keep trying if they don’t answer straight away.

Bluebird Bakery, Little Shambles- Home deliveries of bread. Email with your name, address, tel and order and we’ll tell you what day we can get it to you and how to pay

Shambles Market – open as ever from 7am, 7 days a week

Red Tower York, Foss Islands Road –   Pay-as-you-feel food shop Monday 11.30am – 2pm

Indie York – For a full map and details of all of York’s independents check out:

And don’t forget your local corner shop!

Whilst the likes of Sainsburys and Tesco might be out of the basics, I have so far found that I can always get toilet roll, bread and beans from my local, friendly One Stop.

Stay safe, support your independents and shop local.


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