These are the most effective new retail platforms operated from London eating places


Since the hotel industry continues to have problems as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, countless restaurants have cleverly “turned” their business models. With the introduction of the 10pm curfew, new restrictions and the murmur of another national lockdown, more and more restaurants have launched new retail stores alongside growing demand for delivery and DIY meal sets. We select the best new retail platforms for restaurants in London.

Best platforms for restaurant retail


Stevie Parles JOY in Portobello has launched BUY JOY, a new online retail platform that sells groceries and more. The new store follows the success of The Goods Shed business at JOY. A third of the guests who visit the Flora restaurant have taken advantage of what the store has to offer. Since the delivery of JOY, The Goods Shed has also doubled the sales of the farms the company works with.

BUY JOY sells the best, fresh, seasonal produce delivered daily from Kent including fruits, vegetables, meats and fish. Fresh pasta from Pastaio is available alongside Unchartered Wines, Biercraft beers, honey from Parle’s own beehives, cheese from Kent, sourdough from E5 Bakehouse and many other staple foods. A selection of Flora Restaurant’s most popular dishes is also available, including American plum cake. double baked chocolate cake; and whole cooked lobster, chilled and served with aioli.

The business has also partnered with City Harvest to provide fresh raw materials to local residents in need. Customers have the option of “paying forward” and donating a box of fresh fruit and vegetables in addition to their purchases. Listed at £ 20, the JOY team doubles the value for every purchase made and donates £ 40 in fresh produce to feed the hungry and most vulnerable.

More information can be found here.

Ambassador General Store from JKS Restaurants

JKS Restaurants offers the best of Gymkhana, Trishna and Brigadiers and has launched the Ambassador General Store. The new retail platform is a one-stop-shop for Indian food boxes, ready-to-eat meals and beverages, and delivers to households across the country. The food boxes reflect the typical style of each restaurant and offer a selection of wines, beers and cocktails through the Indian off-license Daru Shop. In addition to the experiences in the meal box, the store offers stock items and single dishes from all three restaurants so that customers can order items individually. In the coming weeks, the group will further develop the range of shops with festive Diwali and Christmas specialties as well as new beer and cocktail collaborations. Delivery takes place on Fridays between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

More information can be found here.

Shop Cuvee

Buy cuvée

During the lockdown, the Top Cuvée restaurant and wine bar in North London was temporarily renamed Shop Cuvée. After the success of the lockdown retail project by Brodie Meah and Max Venning, Shop Cuvée opened the doors of the stationary area just around the corner from the restaurant. In response to overwhelming demand, Shop Cuvée is offering nationwide next day delivery of hundreds of natural wines. Snacks are also available, including cold cuts from Cobble Lane and cheese from Neal’s Yard, as well as top-blended dishes such as pork head terrine, guinea fowl rillette and smoked cod roe.

More information can be found here.

Ombra food

Ombra Pastifico & Deli

Ombra, one of the best Italian restaurants in London, quickly switched to a new business model when it had to temporarily close earlier this year. Hackney Restaurant offers not only a hot delivery service, but also a new range of pasta and delicacies. While normal service for dinner has resumed (although the restaurant will be closed for quarantine until Friday October 30th), the retail platform for pastifico and deli has remained, ultimately becoming another line of business. The focus here is on pasta. In addition to cold cuts, cheese, wines, cocktails and some fresh foods, there is also a selection of simple sauces.

More information can be found here.

HOME-X from Six by Nico

HOME-X is a new retail platform from the team behind Six by Nico restaurants, serving restaurant-quality food and drink to households across the UK. With the introduction of HOME-X, groceries from the Six by Nico team became available across the UK for the first time. The platform was initially launched with six new food and beverage brands preparing vegan-tasting dishes, artisanal cheeses, wines and pre-Chateaubriand. The first brands to be launched on the new retail platform include the STEM Wine Club, Cheateau-X, the Cheese Club, 24 Carrot and Home by Nico. Home by Nico follows a similar format to the Six by Nico restaurants, with four-course tasting menus that deal with memories or locations. The experiences are also updated every month. Delivery takes place across the UK.

More information can be found here.

Hoppers Cash & Kari Retail

Cash & Kari from Hoppers

Hoppers just celebrated its fifth birthday and launched Cash & Kari, a new online and in-store retail platform. Delivering home nationwide, Cash & Kari initially launched a range of condiments, pantry essentials, snacks, Kari home meal sets, bottle cocktails, hoppers and the restaurant’s own beers, including toddy ale, with Salt Brewery and ‘Tropical Lager’ brewed by Camden Town Brewery. Kari Home Kits contain a selection of ready-to-eat and home-cooked dishes, including Paneer Kothu (£ 30, 2-3 people), Lamb Kothu (£ 30, 2-3 people) and Kalupol Chicken (£ 45, 3-4 People). All meal sets are customizable with a number of add-ons and are easy to make at home with clear instructions for each cooking level. Signature dishes are also available in the form of DIY meals that can be prepared at home. Hoppers Cash & Kari orders must be placed by 23:00 every Sunday in order for them to be delivered the following Friday.

At the launch of Cash & Kari, Karan Gokani, Director of Hoppers said, “We have always been preparing to develop a retail presence, but the last few months have really shown us the demand for it and pushed us to bring our products to market. Just as Hoppers was inspired by the whirlwind shops and street food stalls in Sri Lanka and South India, Cash & Kari emulates the small family-run shops in cities in the region and sells their own mix of spices, doughs, snacks and homemade drinks. We’re excited to be bringing a taste of Hoppers to homes across the country at a time when not everyone can enjoy the pleasure of dining out. “

More information can be found here.

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