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11 Damned Tasty Ways To Support the Indies When They Need It Most

· Katie Wells · Food and Drink

Nights in just got seriously delicious.

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Get your foodie fix in lockdown with cocktail masterclasses, cheese pairings and more…

Shaking up martinis? Whipping up pasta? Digging into a tasting menu? Now you can do it all without leaving the house because the city’s indies have an array of at-home experiences to keep your lockdown days full of fantastic food and glug-worthy tipples. Just because we’re stuck inside doesn’t mean you have to go without your favourites, so take a look and get feasting!

Pasta Kits from Sarto

You can whip up Sarto’s delectable dishes at home with their pasta kits. Each box comes with homemade pasta, sauce and toppings. You have five delicious options to choose from, including fettuccine covered in spicy ‘nduja ragu or tossed in a creamy mushroom and masala wine sauce. Step-by-step instructions will help you recreate your chosen dish, so you can enjoy piping-hot, restaurant-quality pasta at home.

You can order Sarto’s Pasta Kits online. They cost £8.50.

Virtual Gin School with Hotham’s Gin

This Virtual Gin School will give you an insight into the crisp taste-profiles and distilling secrets of Hotham’s Gin. You’ll be sent a hamper of specially-selected gins, with tonics, tumblers and tasting instructions – but don’t drink it straight away because you’ll be joined by the Head Distiller via video link. They’ll lead you through a live tasting, before using your favourite botanicals to make a bespoke bottle of gin, which you’ll be sent to enjoy at home.

You can book Hotham’s Virtual Gin School by calling 01482 400215. It costs £150 per couple.

Cheese and Charcuterie Pairing Box from Friends of Ham

Cheese, charcuterie and wine! There are few finer things in life and Friends of Ham do them to go. Put together by a charcuterie expert, your box will contain a hard cheese, a soft cheese, a meat and a loaf of sourdough, each specially chosen to pair with a bottle of wine. Or you can swap the wine for three craft beers. Whether you’re snaffling slices of smoky Serrano or hot ‘nduja, it’s a seriously delicious way to spend an evening in lockdown.

You can order Friends of Ham’s Cheese and Charcuterie Pairing Box online. It costs from £35.

Cocktail Kit and Masterclass from Rolands

Why not spend an evening shaking up cocktails with the folk at Rolands? Their online masterclasses cater for for up to six people and start with a welcome Wolfe Bros G&T and a brief history of the tipple, before you dive into mixing Espresso Martinis, Clover Clubs and Margaritas. The mixologists will share their boozy wisdom with you as you go and you’ll be sent everything you’ll need to take part before the event, including a cocktail shaker.

You can book Roland’s Cocktail Masterclass by emailing amanda@doublesixdrinks.com. It costs £50 per person.

Heat Your Greens Ready Meals from Eat Your Greens

Eat Your Greens do a weekly heat-at-home menu to help you fill your fridge with nutritious meals that are ready in a flash. They’re known for their scrumptious, veggie-packed food, so you can expect creative dishes like squash dumplings and miso tofu broth, with something new to try each week. Good luck resisting their homemade desserts. Chocolate banoffee mousse with blood orange shortbread, anyone?

You can order Heat Your Greens meals online. Main courses cost from £7.00.

Takeaway Terrace BBQ from Heaney & Mill

Heaney & Mill have fired up the grill to give you a takeaway menu of gorge-worthy burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches. Try the Rueben – it’s a gloriously messy beef burger, stacked with pastrami, corned beef, pickles, American mustard and aioli. There’s a veggie version too, so no-one has to miss out. Everything is freshly cooked to order and you can visit to collect your feast or get it delivered to your door.

You can order from Heaney & Mill’s Terrace BBQ menu online or visit in-person. Sandwiches cost from £7.50.

Indian Roast Dinner from Jah Jyot

Want to inject some Punjabi spice into your Sundays at home? Jah Jyot are delivering roast dinners with an Indian twist. You can sink your teeth into a succulent tandoori roast chicken with oodles of sides. We’re talking Bombay roast potatoes, chilli peas and gobi cheese. There’s even a naan bread Yorkshire pudding to top it all off. Just heat it up at home for a Sunday roast you won’t forget in a hurry.

You can order Jah Jyot’s Indian Roast Dinner online. It costs £16.50.

Afternoon Tea at Home from Le Chalet

Dainty finger sandwiches, Parisian macarons, refined canapés and fruit scones with plenty of jam and cream to smother on… sounds tasty, right? You can still treat yourself to a luxury afternoon tea in lockdown because Le Chalet are delivering their delectable platters across Leeds. Your sandwiches and cakes come with a soft drink of your choice or you can add on a bottle of bubbly to make the occasion extra special.

You can order Le Chalet’s Afternoon Tea online. It costs from £16.

Make-at-home Pizza Kits from Sela Bar

Pizza and cocktails? Yes please! Sela has your Friday night in sorted. Their make-at-home pizza kits come with sourdough pizza dough, mozzarella and their special-recipe sauce, so you can make two Margheritas. Add a pair of jam jar cocktail, like their Elderflower Collins, Cherry Bakewell or the Refresher, a sharp and fruity mix of Absolut Raspberry, sloe gin, cranberry juice and lime.

You can order Sela Bar’s Pizza Kits online. They cost from £25.

Virtual Hangouts with North Brew Co

Missing the pub? North Brew Co’s Virtual Hangouts are the next best thing. You’ll be sent a selection of craft brews to enjoy with one of their expert brewers over Zoom. They’ll tell you all about North’s beers and their unique brewing process, before giving you a sneak-peek at their new Springwell HQ, which houses a brewery and taproom. It’s a private event tailored to you, so if you have any special requests they’ll try to make it happen.

You can book North Brew Co’s Virtual Hangouts by emailing kate@northbarltd.com. Costs vary depending on your package.

Dine at Home from The Owl

You can make your evenings-in extra special with The Owl’s dine at home experience. Their Signature menu is a five-course dinner for two people, plus snacks and petit fours. The dishes change every week, but you can expect a refined take on classic British fare, with culinary creations like truffle glazed Yorkshire chicken and North Sea lobster with horseradish veloute. The food comes chilled with instructions for you to re-heat and plate it up at home.

You can order The Owl’s Signature Dine at Home menu online. It costs from £85.

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