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Buckinghamshire businesses diversify during lockdown

Last Updated: 25th March

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Local businesses offering takeaway during COVID-19

With everything we’re going through right now we’d like to share some positive information about businesses locally still offering their services to many of you.

Whether it’s an online fitness class, or food dropped on your doorstep, a variation of people in Bucks are working hard to help those stuck in self-isolation. We love seeing how this community has come together to support one another, minus 1% of the population who we’ve seen fighting in the supermarkets. Please note this is subject to change, we will update it as much as we can, keep an eye out for information on our social media channels.

We’ve all been advised to stay at home as much as possible. It isn’t necessary to “pop” to the shops on a regular basis. Use what you have in your cupboards and your freezer – dig out that old tin of lentils you’ve had for 3 years and turn it into something delicious by using recipes like these: https://www.rachelscreativecooking.co.uk/tarka-dhal/

However, if you fancy the occasional takeaway, or need a food item urgently, the following businesses are here to help. Wherever possible have things delivered. The less cars on the road the less likely our key workers are needed to attend road traffic accidents. Please everyone, stay indoors!
If you are not on this list and would like to be please email natalie@hiyabucks.com.

Burger Daddy

In these difficult times we need all the support we can. As our seating area has had to be closed down, we have stepped up our already busy delivery operation so our customers can still enjoy our burgers directly in their house.

We take pride in our burgers and only use the best fresh ingredients. Our homemade Mac ‘n’ cheese is made freshly in store every day, as also our onion rings and Mozzarella sticks. We have 5* hygiene ratings.

www.burgerdaddy.co.uk
01494 444188
156, Desborough road, High Wycombe, HP11 2QA

Teacups and Tandems

Although our workshops have all been cancelled, we are still taking orders for biscuits which can be posted. Ordered can be placed via our social media pages or on email.

Orders take 3-5 days working days.

Email: sayhello@teacupsandtandems.com
Instagram: @teacupsandtandems
59 High St, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

The Fitness Garden

The Fitness Garden will be launching our online community this week which is a little earlier than scheduled. It makes sense in line with the increased need for support for people looking to strengthen their health, fitness and mental wellbeing in unique circumstances. Our private Facebook group THE FITNESS GARDEN ONLINE will be a hub of FREE resources for people to become educated around Health, Fitness and Mental Wellbeing. By increasing people’s knowledge around these subjects we believe it will help them to make better choices on where and how to engage with activities to suit their personal circumstances. As a not for profit organisation we will be working with partners in the industry to offer regular free content to our online community.

To join THE FITNESS GARDEN ONLINE you just need to search for us on the Facebook search bar and request to join. We already have some home workouts and mindset coaching content available. There is content scheduled from Fitness, Yoga, Pilates and Mindset professionals around the UK and some guest appearances planned from coaches in the U.S. All of this will always be a FREE resource.

Facebook: The Fitness Garden
Facebook: The Fitness Concierge
Instagram: @thefitnessgarden
Instagram: @fitnessconciergeuk
Twitter: @bensonmiyoba
Email: results@bensonjames.co.uk

The Kings Head, Aylesbury

We’ve opened a Food Hall/Farm Shop in the old stables in our courtyard, selling staple foods – milk, bread, eggs, flour, veg and fruit and coffee. We also have draught and bottled beers, wines, soft-drinks, tea and coffee and meals for takeaway.

We really want to support and help our local area and those who live in the town centre and around us; as well as wanting to look after our staff and keep ourselves busy! So as soon as we heard the announcement Friday 20th March, that all pubs had to close, we set about creating a shop and stocked it from scratch in 48 hours. It was an empty stable on Friday night, but by Sunday night, all we needed was the veg and fruit to put out on display.

Using the amazing local suppliers who we have worked with for years, we’ve had constant deliveries and we keep in touch daily to make sure we have regular deliveries.

“We are so proud of our staff who have worked hard with us to get our shop up and running, and our suppliers who are working with us to keep stocks up. These are such unusual times that sticking together, keeping in touch and not letting our spirits drop, is important!”

Opening hours are 10am until 7pm, although these could change depending on when we find customers want to come in – in either case it is very different from what we’re used to with pub hours! We use social media throughout the day, to let everyone know what we’re doing, what we have in stock and what we’re expecting the next day. We also love to hear what customers would like us to stock.

We have bread from Tring, eggs from Aylesbury, milk and butter due in from Prestwood, bacon and sausages from Aylesbury too and of course great beer to take away in 2 & 4 pint containers from The Chiltern Brewery! All our veg and fruit comes to us via our local supplier in Aylesbury.

The King’s Head has been the heart of Aylesbury for 565 years. In that time, we have weathered all manner of local, national and international happenings – ‘Flu pandemics, Civil war, world wars and by the grace of God, we shall weather this too! We have no intention of closing our doors and want to do all we can to help and support those around us.

kingsheadaylesbury.co.uk/

The Spice Merchant

Although our three restaurants are temporarily closed for dining in, we’re still delivering takeaways between 4.30-9.30pm daily via our Home Delivery Service, Feast-Online (www.feast-online.co.uk). Our drivers are taking all of the necessary hygiene precautions and will be wearing gloves. Your feast box will be dropped outside your door.

Customers can pre-book and pay for their order up to three days in advance online.

Delivery Website: www.feast-online.co.uk

Pinewood Nurseries, Stoke Poges

As this pandemic evolves we have taken the decision to close our shop at 6pm Tuesday 24th March and move to a click and collect pre-order service. We feel changing to a collection only service is best for the foreseen future to protect our customers and our staff, and follow the government guidelines.

We will be launching an easy online order service in the next few days. You’ll be able to order essentials and collect them on either Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We will be closed all the other days preparing these orders and ensuring our supply chain is not under pressure.

With the online system, which will be taking orders for next week, you will pay £5 deposit and then the balance on collection, which will be through the window of the shop by card and then we’ll bring your box out in a trolley. This will keep us all safe.

Next week we are hoping to be able to give customers a one hour slot which we hope people will stick to. So we can ensure that there is a queue at no point.

People will be sent a link on their collection day to pay the balance only if they have someone else collecting the order. Otherwise, it will be easier for us if you just pay by card when you collect, but of course our priority is keeping things smooth and easy for our elderly and those self-isolating.

We are trying our upmost, and will be adding COOK meals, local cakes and plants and compost to the form over the coming weeks.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who have come forward to assist with this website development.

pinewoodnurseries.co.uk/

Roast Lab Coffee Roasters

We are still running our online business. We are respecting the 2 metre social distancing and are giving local customers the option to collect from us, leaving the parcel outside of the premises and making only online transactions. We also offer free delivery to our local customers in Farnham common, using the same method as collections or we post packages out further afield.

We are happy to share that after a recent food inspection by South Bucks District Council, we received a 5* Food Hygiene rating. Measures we take as standard are:

  • Storing our green and roasted beans separately in official food grade safe barrels with air, water and tamper proof tight seals
  • Wearing gloves and hair nets whilst working to prevent contamination
  • Washing our hands regularly with hot soapy water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cleaning and sanitising all preparation and work surfaces before and after each use

We are adhering to Government guidelines and will stay open for business while respecting the social distancing and non-contact regulations.

www.roastlab.coffee
07548 895 358

Chapel Dental

We are currently vetting patients and asking specific health related questions before we see them if they are not registered with us. They are to contact me directly on 07946 769032 to answer questions before being seen. This is to protect our staff and other patients against Coronovirus.

I am available on that emergency number 10am-6pm. I will then proceed to see them on a Monday or Saturday once they have been vetted.

I will be at the practice Mondays and Saturdays between 10am-3pm to see our own regular patients so we can see walk in patients during those times.

We will only be seeing fee paying patients. The cost of the emergency appointment is £35 + any treatment required.

www.chapeldentalpractice.co.uk/

Yummy Juice Company

The yummy juice company is still delivering fresh made 3 and 5 day cleanses packed with nutrients you can drink one or 2 each day to keep you healthy.

theyummyjuicecompany.com/

Nellies Bakes

The idea is that people can choose what they’d like from the menu, bank transfer the money and I can deliver it wherever they’d like! Whether that’s to themselves as a treat or so a friend or relative in isolation or poorly.

The menu is:

  • Box of 6 surprise cupcakes £12
  • Box of Nellie’s famous caramalised blondies £10
  • Box of 9 brownies £10
  • Lemon or honey and orange blossom loaf £8
  • A dozen proper chocolate chip cookies £10

Nearly everything can be made gluten free and/or vegan. If anyone is having a birthday or a special occasion during self-isolation I can still produce my normal big cakes.

Free delivery to: Amersham Old Town, Beaconsfield Old Town, Bourne End, Chalfont St Giles, Chalfont St Peter, Flackwell Heath, High Wycombe, Loudwater, Seer Green and Wooburn Green.

Customers can order through my socials or by email: hello@nelliesbakes.co.uk.

The Front Room

Delivery
Coffee, cakes, porridge, soup, wraps and baguettes
07736777364

The Last Viceroy, Bourne End

For now of course until further notice from the Government, as you know more shops were told to close yesterday and only essential shops to stay open, there was no mention of takeaways to close, therefore we remain open until further notice.

With regards to our options we run a local home delivery service, as well as takeout. We open from 6pm to 11pm every day.

www.thelastviceroy.co.uk/restaurant.html
01628 531383

Progress Bakery, Hazlemere

Home delivery
Eggs, cheese, milk, tins of tuna, fresh bread
01494 530149

The Pantry, Hazlemere

Home delivery – Hot drinks, cakes and food
01494 712300

Pop-in Cafe, Hazlemere

Food delivery
01494 717633

The Full Moon, Little Kingshill

Home delivery
Full menu and beer takeaway
In light of recent events we will be hosting our weekly Full Moon quiz at home via Facebook on Thursday 26th March at 8:30pm. We will do 4 rounds of 10 questions each. Get your pens and papers ready!

01494 862397

Hazlemere Golf Club

Drive thru – Coffee service
01494 719300

Hazlemere Lighting

Home delivery
Bulb and batteries. Min order £10 in 2.5 mile radius
01494 719300

We’re still open normal hours. We have contacted the local authority to follow correct advice and as a hardware store for electrical supplies we are still allowed to be open. We have found that people still require lamps for day to day use at home especially now people have been told to stay indoors.

Also, we have fuses and batteries on hand if you have any electrical emergencies.

We are delivering to save you having to come out of your homes. Deliveries will be made within a radius of 2.5 miles from the shop, they must be made by phone order only, there’s a minimum order value for delivery is £10. Payment must be made upfront over the phone (this enables us to deliver your items to your door without having any contact to keep within current guidelines of self-isolation.)

Deliveries will be made weekly (we will let you know delivery date when ordering). Delivery items available to order: incandescent bulbs, halogen bulbs, LED bulbs, fluorescent tubes, fluorescent starters, batteries, plug tops, fuses, mini-LED torches.

Obviously if the guidelines change as to which essential shops can stay open we will revise what we do but as it stands we are still open.

Halls of Hazlemere

Local butchery, also selling pies and cheese

Until further notice we will be limiting our deliveries to people who unable to get to us as we do not have the capacity to deliver to everyone. We are offering an order collection service.

Call us on 01494 711565, place your order and pay over the phone. Collect your order at an allocated time.

Hildreth’s Garden Centre, Prestwood

Drive thru

Bread, hand sanitiser, pet supplies, garden supplies. Drive in and beep your horn for service directly to your car.
01494 862720

Wren Davis, Prestwood

Home delivery – Milk
Phone between 10-12 or 2-4 for deliveries Mon/Wed/Fri
01494 862224

Jus Deli, Penn

Home delivery

Bread, cakes, deli items, meals to reheat
01494 819933

Hughenden Village Stores

In light of the announcement regarding the Coronavirus restrictions, the shop will be closed Tuesday 24th March for the day whilst we update our processes.

The safety of our all our staff is of paramount importance and whilst providing a service for the community, we must ensure that this does not put the team at risk.

We hope to open again on Wednesday 25th March, but it may be that we only open for taking orders and making up home deliveries.

Deliveries of groceries for the elderly, sick and housebound locally
01494 568653

Cryers Hill Post Office

The post office is an *essential service* and the shop sells essentials.

We are keeping our opening hours for the Post office as 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and the shop will be open from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday. The Post office part will be closed on Sundays.

Malt Brewery, Prestwood

Order online or by phone

The brewery van will visit your property and leave your sanitised order on the door step. We will ring the doorbell and step away.

www.maltthebrewery.co.uk
01494 865063

Lewis Twydle, Private Chef

Ex-Artichoke Chef who featured on MasterChef the Professionals Lewis Twydle is offering his service to you.

Home delivery

Prepared meals, please contact for menu

07767 853841

Ashdormer – Brow Technician

Calling all PMU Artists, Tattoo Artists or anyone else that falls into the category that usually uses PPE (personal protective equipment) and now cannot make use of them for the foreseeable future. Please consider donating these to your local NHS trust or reach out to a local nurse/doctor that can take them in for you. I have spoken to a local nurse and they are especially in short supply of masks.

Please donate:
Masks, Disposable aprons/overalls, Gloves, Hairnets

www.ashdormer.com
Instagram: @ashdormer_brows

The Cooking Academy

The Cooking Academy will be working their hardest to provide wellness tips and recipes to keep you fuelled and motivated when at home. They also want to help the community whether that’s shopping for food, preparing meals or offering advice on cooking and nutrition, let them know on social media if they can help.

thecookingacademy.co.uk
Socials – @thecookingacademy
Email – cook@thecookingacademy.co.uk

Gill Connolly – That Girl In Green

Instagram: @that.girl.in.green
www.facebook.com/thatgirlingreen
www.thatgirlingreen.com

Free postage for the duration.

Griffiths Brothers Gin

The shop is not open but still available for drive thru pickups. In the interest of keeping our customers safe we are now giving our brand new Gin Hand Tonic hand sanitiser bottles away with any 70cl bottle order via our online shop, although we are down to the last few bottles! More bottles coming in on Thursday, so get your order in.

We are offering free delivery to these local postcodes if they email the order via the following email address: info@griffithsbrothers.com

HP5, HP6, HP7, HP8, HP9, HP10, HP11, HP12, SL6, SL7, SL8, SL9

www.griffithsbrothers.com/home

Mama Dor’s Kitchen

So, during this strange time, I am offering free delivery locally (which covers Chinnor, Thame, Longwick, Towersey, Long Credon etc). I will be only taking orders through my website www.mamadorskitchen.co.uk to minimise the need for contact. When delivering, I will leave orders (safely packaged) on the doorstep. Again, this is to minimise unnecessary contact. I will undertake deliveries at a maximum of one time per day, in order to adhere to the stay at home guidelines

I’ve also created two new packages to give people a starter pack of spice blends. These are £20 each and contain three of my most popular blends in each. There’s a veggie and non veggie version. Again, full details can be found on my website.

Suum Vietnamese Kitchen

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop we would like to take this opportunity to reassure you of our commitment to adhere to the strictest W.H.O Guidelines. Your safety and wellbeing is our priority and as a neighbourhood restaurant we are doing everything we can to keep calm and carry on.

  • No contact food delivery within Marlow: Place your order by phone, when your food is ready, we will deliver it to doorstep.
  • Food for your freezer: We are selling frozen food freshly made at the restaurant, easy to cook at home and keep in your freezer. Please ring to pre-order and advise us when you will be collecting. Dishes include: mixed pork and prawns spring roll, vegetables spring roll (VG), chilli tofu mix with aubergine (VG ), HN grilled pork, Char-Grilled Pork & Beef Wrapped in Betel Leaves, Ha Noi’s famous turmeric grilled fish, beef stew, pork stew,  aubergine stew ( VG ),  Naughty Roti (curry) choice of : chicken , prawns, beef and vegetables.
  • 20% discount for all NHS workers on restaurant food takeaways (please show your badge)
  • 15% discount on all food takeaways from the restaurant
  • Social distancing: There is now 1.5 metres between all our tables

Please be aware it may become increasingly difficult to source all ingredients and some dishes may become unavailable.

We would like to thank you for your continued support and loyalty. This is a difficult time for all, especially for smaller local businesses. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by these unprecedented events, and we ask that wherever possible you continue to support local businesses throughout this period.

suumkitchen.com/

We Made Drinks

Refreshingly strong still drinks. Real fruit, no refined sugar, no artificial nonsense. 4 flavours – made in the UK and available on our store.

We’ve launched a sale so that everyone stuck at home on lockdown can still get their fix. Buy a case of any flavour for just £11.99, or a mixed case for £13.99 and we’ll deliver straight to your door! Stay safe.

www.wemadedrinks.com/

Woody & Friends

Customers are still able to shop remotely for dog food, treats, chews, poo bags and other dog accessories needed by calling Katherine on 07809 599012.

Payment can be made by card or BACS transfer and we can offer free delivery in the local area or collect on the shop doorstop at an agreed time.

woodyandfriends.co.uk/

Rebalance with Pilates

Dear NHS,
During this challenging time of taking care of others remember it’s important to take care of YOU…
I’m offering free online Pilates and relaxation classes. Please share this with all NHS workers you may know and follow my Instagram for more details. Direct message me on Instagram to book in for the Tuesday 7pm NHS class!

Insta account – @rebalancewithpilates

Peterley Manor Farm

We are now offering a click and collect service for the Wild Strawberry Café, which can include: afternoon tea hampers (including vegan and veggie options), yurt survival kits, whole cakes and bakes and lunch takeaways too!

They can be ordered online through our website. Collection in the yurt involves minimal contact, only one customer is allowed in the yurt at any time.

We have set up an online store for the farm shop but which is click and collect only, unfortunately we haven’t set up a delivery service yet but hope to very soon. Our fruit and vegetable boxes are extremely limited as we have been so busy, but keep your eyes open for more to come soon. We are also selling a few other bits like pasta, cake and other foodie items.

Please see our shop opening hours below:
Tuesday – Friday 8:30 until 5pm
Saturday 9am until 4pm

These hours may change soon, please check our website and social media channels for details.

We have enforced some strict Covid-19 rules including limited customers in the shop at any one time and other social distancing measures to protect our staff and customers. We are now a cash free shop to maintain the best hygiene standards possible, keeping our staff and valued customers safe and healthy.

www.peterleymanorfarm.co.uk/

 

Burnt Toast Designs

Due to the current circumstances having an effect on everyone, I am offering my design, photography and online services to small business that may need content as a small favour in this difficult time. This is allowing me to connect more with the local community and gain new clients for the future. After all, a little bit of networking goes a long way!

I am also working with local businesses who have taken this ‘down-time’ as an opportunity to enhance the marketing and design aspects of their business. I am working with companies to enhance their social media strategy, develop visual content and even rebrand. As I am an all-round creative and thoroughly enjoy working on a variety of projects with like-minded people, this is proving to be of great way of finding new clients in need of some creative help!

burnttoastdesigns.co.uk

07974 238 201

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hiya bucks

Here at hiya bucks we go on regular walks exploring the local towns, villages, public footpaths, gardens, rivers, lakes and more! We love getting out and about discovering new places to visit and we thoroughly enjoy going to local events and getting involved with the community. We hope to inspire others to step out of their daily routines and see more of our Beautiful Buckinghamshire.