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Cheshire food busi­nesses are weath­er­ing the Covid-19 storm with take­aways and com­mu­nity boxes


This pink-doored-palace in Alder­ley Edge has proved phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful since open­ing last year – a rev­e­la­tory laid­back space squished into the sparkly joints the Edge has be­come syn­ony­mous with.

And dur­ing lock­down Les

Deux con­tin­ues to hand-stretch its su­perb piz­zas and dish up creamy bur­rata and tasty starters (cour­gette tem­pura, ce­viche, char­cu­terie), divvy­ing them out via De­liv­eroo ev­ery day of the week.


Live within three miles of Mob­ber­ley and you can still chow down on re­as­sur­ing com­fort dishes from the lock­down pop-up Pub Hub Shop, cour­tesy of The Bulls Head, The Church Inn and The Roe­buck. Daily chang­ing menus can be de­liv­ered or picked up with re­li­ably tasty items such as beef bour­guignon, fish pie and hearty break­fasts; there are lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, from Cheshire Farm ice cream to Sapling Farm eggs and fruit and veg from Wel­locks. Oh, and there’s gin from Mob­ber­ley-based Big Hill Dis­tillery, plus whole casks with enough ale for 72 pints.


Stock­port’s game-chang­ing, farmto-fork restau­rant has a tem­po­rary in­car­na­tion dur­ing lock­down: The Pickle Fac­tory. Off the back of his starry ap­pear­ance on Great Bri­tish

Menu chef-owner Sam Buck­ley launched his new con­cept at break­neck speed fol­low­ing the coro­n­avirus out­break in the UK, and in­stead of pulling up chairs in his 30-cover space, din­ers can buy his in­no­va­tive dishes as take­away and pick up boxes of fresh in­gre­di­ents with recipe ideas – some of which have been dug up from his car-park-topped gar­den.


With a pen­chant for feel­good food, un­der­pinned by home­grown, bu­colic flavours, this boho café in a cor­ner of Con­gle­ton now deals in one-off fam­ily boxes and plant-based dishes to take away. There’s avo­cado smash with chilli jam, Thai noo­dle sal­ads with a zesty peanut sauce, and cauliflowe­r nuggets with a side of sweet chilli – all avail­able via con­tact­less col­lec­tion or de­liv­ery. And it’s got our seal of ap­proval: Wild & Wild won Cheshire Life’s best café in the county last year.


It’s not just restau­rants show­ing re­silience. The crusty, oozy ar­ti­san bakes from the Great North Pie Co can usu­ally be found at the stalls of Cheshire’s farm­ers’ mar­kets. But for­mer po­lice­man and cham­pion piemaker Neil Broom­field plans to keep feed­ing his loyal fans via a new home de­liv­ery ser­vice, whether you want to sink your teeth into a car­niv­o­rous beef and ale pie or go meat-free with a clas­sic cheese and onion or a jumble of sweet potato, pearl bar­ley and kale.

Les Deux Pizza Bar is box­ing clever to carry on cook­ing pub­hub­mob­ber­

great­north­ BE­LOW: Take com­fort in a home de­liv­ery of heart-warm­ing de­li­cious­ness from the Great North­ern Pie com­pany

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