Cheshire food businesses are weathering the Covid-19 storm with takeaways and community boxes
LES DEUX PIZZA BAR
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.
A TRIO OF MOBBERLEY CLASSICS
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.
WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN
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.
WILD & WILD
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.
GREAT NORTH PIE CO
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.
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