The Independent Milton Keynes Guide to Lockdown Shopping

LATEST UPDATE: Tuesday 3rd November

With another lockdown arriving for November, it’s operation support local. My MK food guide to food businesses and vendors offering takeaway and delivery services in Milton Keynes has gone down an absolute storm already which I think proves that there is a real appetite (heh) for supporting local right now.

In this blog post, you’ll find a comprehensive list of local businesses shops and producers that remain open in some (or full) capacity where you can buy food and drink. If you are anything like me, you probably don’t enjoy going to the supermarket much right now, so hopefully, this guide will help you find some alternatives.

Please be aware that I’ve not tried everywhere that I’ve included in this post. I usually only feature places in my MK Food Guides that I have been to myself, but due to the current situation, I think it’s important to give you guys as much choice as possible. I’ve put an asterisk (*) by the services that I’ve tried or used before.

Guide to Lockdown Shopping in MK

Fresh Produce

Groceries & Pantry items

Prepared Foods

Drinks


Fruit & Vegetables

AB Fruits, Bedford

AB Fruits is a family-run fresh produce supplier in Bedford. Run by two brothers, Giovanni and Sabino, it was founded in 1982 by their father. They usually supply the catering industry (MK customers include The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College) but due to mass restaurant closure, AB Fruits had to diversify to offer home delivery. You can purchase individual items or pre-picked produce boxes which are great for vulnerable people who might not be able to get to a supermarket. The ‘Fruit & Veg Box’ is great value at £24.95. Delivery to areas outside of Bedford is £3.95 but it’s certainly worth it for the quality.

How to Order: Via abfruitsathome.co.uk

‘Fruit & Veg Box’ from AB Fruits

Best Fruit – The Online Greengrocer *

Best Fruits is based in Central Milton Keynes’ market and is offering home delivery of fruit and vegetables. Their stall is still open, but if you prefer delivery, you can order online. I like this service because you can choose your own products, unlike some companies where the products in the box are already decided. The produce is more expensive than your typical supermarket shop, but the veg is HUGE and lasts well. Also, there is minimal plastic.

Opening Hours: Every day. Minimum spend of £15 for Milton Keynes delivery, £25 for surrounding areas.

How to Order: Via the website – theonlinegreengrocer.com

Fruit and Vegetable delivery from Best Fruit MK

Harvest to the Home, Olney

Harvest to the Home is an extension of The Harvest Deli in Olney. They are only offering a £20 essentials box for collection (they are trying to limit delivery at the moment) You can pay at the time of order and collect without contact from Fountain Court in Olney.

If you are visiting the shop, they are restricting customers to two at a time and asking that you respect a two-metre distance from other customers and those in the queue.

Opening Hours: The Harvest and the Deli will remain open until further notice, 8am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

How to Order: Call on 01234 240661.


Molly’s Pantry

Molly’s Pantry is a relatively new family business selling fruit and vegetable boxes, as well as locally sourced products such as honey. The produce is as locally sourced as possible. Based in CMK, they can deliver to most MK postcodes and have set delivery days for certain areas. Boxes start at £14.

Opening hours: Set delivery days – contact for details.

How to order: www.mollyspantry.co.uk


Butchers

Best Butchers, Great Brickhill

Best Butchers is based in Great Brickhill and are specialists in dry-aged beef, dry-cured bacon and specialist woodland sausages. They are offering home delivery for their range of meats. Order by Thursday for delivery on Friday. Perfect for an isolation BBQ!

How to Order: www.thebestbutchers.co.uk


Smith & Clay, Buckingham

Butchers in Buckingham famous for sausage rolls! Also sells homemade pies, quiches and locally sourced meat, dairy, artisan bread and British cheese.

They are still open and allowing three people in the shop at any time. You can also order online.

How to Order: www.smithandclay.com


Woburn Country Foods

Woburn Country Foods is a Bedfordshire, family-run business providing excellent meats to the surrounding areas. It already supplies the likes of Phil Fanning at Paris House and Nonna’s in Woburn Sands. Home delivery is now available on their website with contactless delivery as standard.

www.woburncountryfoods.com


General Groceries & Pantry Items

Jasper’s

Jasper’s is a home delivery service for all your weekly grocery needs – this is ideal for older or vulnerable relatives as the deliveries come in bags. They offer a variety of fruit , veg, free-range eggs, milk, cheese, bread and meat from Best Butchers in Great Brickhill. You can order before 2pm for next day delivery.

How to order: www.jaspersmksafefood2u.com


My Refill Market *

My Refill Market is a zero-waste grocery store. From Tuesday 19th May, the shop in Stony Stratford (Open Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday, 9-5pm) Please adhere to social distancing guidelines!

You can still order for delivery if you are self-isolating and orders are delivered on Wednesday. Your order will be packed into paper bags and delivered in.a cardboard box on your doorstep. For liquids, you’ll need to buy the quantity of your container size and leave it on your doorstep. Just order then leave your cardboard box on your doorstep!

How to order: www.myrefillmarket.com/shop/

My Refill Market
My Refill Market, Stony Stratford

Speciality Supermarkets

Central Oriental *

This is a little more niche, but you can still pick up plenty of your essentials from Central Oriental in Stacey Bushes (where Mii & U is!) As well as all your Asian cooking cupboard essentials like soy, oils, and sake, it also sell a small selection of fresh vegetables and trays of eggs. I also managed to buy flour from here too! You aren’t allowed into the supermarket without a mask and gloves on. If you don’t have your own, they sell them at the front of the store for £1.

Opening hours: 9:30am – 6pm Monday – Saturday; 11am – 5pm on Sundays.

Find it: Central House, 73 Alston Dr, Milton Keynes MK13 9HG


Bakeries & Sweet Treats

Click here to find more great cake deliveries in Milton Keynes.

Geoff’s Artisan Bread

Geoff’s Artisan Bread makes beautiful, traditional loaves of bread and other baked goods like cinnamon rolls. His stock is available to Milton Keynes customers via Out Of Office Coffee or MK Biergarten’s delivery services.


Mrs Mac’s Sweet Treats *

Mrs Mac’s is offering contactless delivery of cakes, bakes and sweet treats within an 8 mile radius of their bakery in Bletchley. They are restocking. the online shop at 5pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but be quick because they are selling out SUPER fast every week! Of all the lockdown boxes I’ve tried, these brownies were the best!

How to order: www.mrsmacssweettreats.co.uk

Brownie Box from Mrs Mac’s Sweet Treats, £17 [gifted]

Woodstock’s Bakery, Stony Stratford *

Woodstock’s Bakery in Stony Stratford is open as usual for all your baked goods. They are baking extra bread so accommodate more customers. Only one person is allowed in the shop at any one time.

Opening Hours: 7:30am – 4pm

Read more: A Guide to Stony Stratford

Woodstock Bakery, Stony Stratford
Woodstock’s Artisan Bakery, Stony Stratford

Sweet Treats

The Chocolate Mill MK *

The Chocolate Mill is great for a little treat for yourself or a gift for someone else. You can choose from their range of delicious homemade truffles to create your own bespoke chocolate box! Keep an eye on their Facebook page as they are still operating at some markets such as Odell’s Yard.

How to buy: Order online – www.thechocolatemillmk.co.uk


Linny Lane Chocolatière *

Linny Lane is a Chocolatière based in Woburn Sands. She also runs the Woburn Sands community market. Linny Lane is producing bespoke assortment boxes of homemade chocolates, as well as monthly boxes with a selection of seasonal flavours. The chocolates come beautifully presented in gift boxes and are absolutely delicious!

Delivery is free to Woburn Sands and within a 10-mile radius (including Milton Keynes!) Boxes can also be posted for UK wide delivery.

More information: www.linnylane.co.uk

Chocolate box from Linny Lane Chocolatiere

Willen Ice Cream Company *

Willen Ice Cream Company is a small batch ice cream manufacturer that uses locally sourced milk and ingredients to create unique flavours of dairy and dairy-free ice cream. All flavours come in 450ml tubs and for orders of three or more tubs, delivery in the MK area is free.

I’d recommend the Salted Almond Caramel, Mint Choc Chip and chocolate sorbet! Vegan options are available.

Payment will be via a contactless payment link.

How to order: Via Facebook.

Salted Caramel Ice Cream from The Willen Ice Cream Company

Ready to eat (Deli items etc)

Akhtari’s Samosas *

Delicious homemade samosas from a lovely local business! Choose from chicken, lamb or veggie samosa that are delivered freshly made and ready to fry or freeze or ready to eat. They are delivered to your door.

How to order: Message on Instagram.


Indian Orchard *

The Indian Orchard makes the most delicious chutneys and pickles, inspired by flavours of India. It’s one of my favourite local brands and one I’ve supported for several years – The spicy apple chutney is wonderful! We have stock of beautiful homemade chutneys, pickles, savoury snacks (limited stock), vegetable samosas and takeaway curries (these are made fresh so are also freezable)!

They are offering free contactless delivery within a 10-mile radius of MK3 on orders over £20.

How to order: Message on Facebook or email theindianorchard@gmail.com with your order. Mail order for addresses beyond MK also available.


Labour of Love Preserves *

Based in Aspley Guise and owned by the lovely jane, Labour of Love creates delicious homemade jams, chutneys and other tasty preserves from locally sourced and foraged ingredients. I am already a HUGE fan of Jane’s lemon and limoncello curd. Doorstep collection only.

How to order: Via Instagram or Facebook.


Tea & Coffee

Bogota Coffee Co.

Your favourite coffee shop in Milton Keynes can deliver their delicious coffee! Bogota has the best coffee blend in MK so whilst it’s not open, you can try and recreate it at home. They can deliver UK wide. If you would like your coffee ground, just drop them an email to request what you would like it ground for – cafetiere, stovetop, filter, V60, Aeropress etc.

How to order: www.bogotacoffee.co.uk


Carlo’s Coffee Kitchen *

Carlo’s Coffee Kitchen is a local coffee roaster with the most delicious coffee. You can get beans or ground coffee delivered straight to your door via the post. Order by Monday for same day roast and dispatch.

How to Order: www.carloscoffeekitchen.co.uk

El Carmen Columbia coffee from Carlo’s Coffee Kitchen

Out of Office Coffee *

Out of Office Coffee is now offering a contactless home delivery service for brewing supplies like V60, French Press, Aeropress, Tea Pots, grinders and filter papers. You can also buy buttons for hot chocolate, craft chocolate, some alternate milk and a range of soft drinks. The delivery radius is the whole of Milton Keynes.

How to order: Email hello@outofofficecoffee.co.uk or call 01908 012098


Tea Lab Company *

Tea Lab is one of my favourite places to get loose leaf tea from! As well as traditional teas, they have some really funky flavours. Strawberry rooibos anyone?

Tea Lab is based just across the border in Northamptonshire and is offering delivery UK wide with free delivery over £30.

How to order: www.tealab.co.uk


Beer & Cider

Blackened Sun Brewing Company *

Blackened Sun is based in Stacey Bushes and is a great independent brewery that is an asset to the MK beer scene. The taproom may be closed at the moment, but you can still go and buy your beers from their shop. They are offering take out only at the moment (though MK Biergarten sometimes has their beer available for delivery). You can bring your own growler for filling up.

Opening Hours: Friday 5pm – 8pm; Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 4pm

Browse the beers: www.blackenedsunbrewing.co.uk


Bucks Star Beer *

Bucks Star Beer is a real ale microbrewery based just outside Wolverton producing live, unfiltered beer. It uses a traditional method of brewing using the best ingredients to deliver beer in its purest form. Simply buy a growler of beer, and when you are finished, you simply swap it out. Home delivery is available!

How to order: Online via growlerswap.beer

Read more: Bucks Star Beer Brewery Tour & Tasting

Bucks Star Beer Growler Swap
Growlers of beer from Bucks Star Beer

Hornes Brewery *

Hornes Brewery is based in Bow Brickhill and brews traditional beer. Orders over £30 are free to Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. They also do gluten-free beer.

How to Order: Via hornes.shop


MK Biergarten *

MK Biergarten is delivering beers and other drinks to houses within a 15 minute drive of Wolverton. Choose from both international and local beers or even locally produced spirits. Minimum order is £20 and delivery will be ‘contactless’ as they leave it on your doorstep.

You can also order Geoff’s Artisan Bread for a delicious delivery on Saturdays (must be ordered by Thursday 9am)

How to Order: www.mkbiergarten.co.uk


Saxby’s Cider

My favourite cider ever – I won’t buy anything else! My favourite is Saxby’s rhubarb cider – it’s perfect for enjoying on a hot day. Based just across the border in Northamptonshire, you can purchase Saxby’s via MK Biergarten’s delivery service or order directly from the website for home delivery.

How to order: www.saxbyscider.co.uk

Saxby’s Rhubarb Cider

Spirits

Fruity Farmer *

The Fruity Farmer make fruit gins and liqueurs that really are delicious – my favourite is The Seville Orange gin which is award-winning. There is also have a fabulous range of fruity vodkas, perfect for those spring weekends spent in the garden. They also sell cold-pressed rapeseed oil.

Delivery is free to addresses within 10 miles of Stoke Goldington with a small charge for further. They can accept prepayment and leave it on your doorstep too.

How to order: Message The Fruity Farmer on Facebook.

Seville Orange Gin by The Fruity Farmer

Prococktails *

If you are missing cocktails, then you don’t have to miss them for much longer! Prococktails, the sister ocompany of The Whisk Kitchen is offering home delivery of premixed bottled cocktails. All you need to do is shake, pour and enjoy.

How to order: www.prococktails.shop

Premixed Porn Star Martini by ProCocktails

Wharf Distillery *

Wharf Distillery is a distillery located just across the border in Northamptonshire but Laurence is a huge part of the MK food scene. They are offering a free contactless delivery service to homes within a ten-mile radius of their Pottersbury distillery.

How to order: Online via wharfdistillery.co.uk. Specify in the notes where your order can be delivered whilst maintaining a safe distance.

Wine

Woburn Wine Cellar *

If you’re bored of your usual supermarket selection, Woburn Wine Cellar is offering free delivery within 15 miles of the shop on its vast range of wines. Discounts are also available for bigger orders and delivery is usually same day or next day.

How to order: www.thewinecellar.wine


I hope you find this guide useful! As I said, you are allowed to leave the house for groceries, but please be responsible, limit contact and don’t go out too often, as per the guidelines. I will keep this post updated with more local finds so if you are offering a delivery service for food and drink, please let me know!

Where have you been purchasing your essential items during lockdown? Have you tried any of these?

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2 Comments

  1. JUDITH HOOPER wrote:

    Tring Brewery very good. Order and pay on line for collection only..they have it ready when you arrive to put straight in your boot.

    Posted 5.21.20 Reply
    • Sophie wrote:

      Thanks Judith, sounds great!

      They don’t fall into my coverage (I cover Milton Keynes and MK Postcodes) but feel free to recommend it in my Eat & Explore MK Facebook group! 🙂

      Posted 5.25.20 Reply