Services available to access during the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak. This will be added to over time – please check back regularly and feel free to suggest additional providers by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t Sew? – If this is you, then you need Kim Tomes. She is able to offer a no-contact service including collection and delivery within RG10 for any sewing jobs that you’d like completed for clothing or curtains. Now is the time to go through your wardrobes and see what needs tweaking, and to finally get those curtains hanging properly at the right length. Note: only possible for work that you can measure and specify yourself; no fitting or pinning possible. Call Kim for more information.
Food and drink
Binghams Brewery – Now offering free delivery of fresh draught beer in sizes of 1 to 20 litres, plus glass bottled beer. Order online at binghams.co.uk/shop. Delivery is free within the RG10 postcode with no minimum order (use promotion code FREEPOST4RG10), and also free within an 8 mile radius for orders over £20 (quote FREELOCAL).
C A Belcher & Son – Wholesaler of fruit, veg, dairy, dry goods and frozen products now offering a veg box delivery service in and around Reading. Order by phone or online. Follow their Facebook page or cabelcherson on Instagram for up to date news.
Hare Hatch Sheeplands – The Farm Shop offers a wide range of groceries and fresh fruit and vegetables as well as traditional butchers Millard & Lowe and frozen meals from Cook. The shop is open to visitors on a restricted timetable with priority slots for single parents, the elderly and key workers. For more details and latest news see the Facebook page. A delivery service is offered to those in need or vulnerable – PLEASE do not request if you are able to collect. Order by email to email@example.com. Deliveries are carried out by volunteers: more are needed each day so if you can help please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haweli – Indian restaurant taking home delivery orders during opening hours: Monday-Thursday noon to 14:30 and 17:00 to 22:30, Fri-Sat noon to 14:30 and 16:30 to 23:00, Sunday noon to 22:30.
Home Pantry – Usually The Office Pantry supplying businesses, they are temporarily switching their focus to delivering a range of foods and drinks to homes.
Lockey Farm Shop – Located near Arborfield, the farm shop is now offering home delivery within a 7 mile radius to the elderly, vulnerable and those self-isolating. This area includes part of RG10, ie Hurst, Twyford and Charvil. They can supply most meat, bread, milk, fruit and vegetables and also limited eggs and store cupboard goods. For orders do not use the usual contact details: either call this number or use the new dedicated email. For current information see their Facebook page.
Louis’ Home Cooking – Covering Hurst and surrounding areas from 6 April, oven-ready family meals for delivery direct to your home on a first-come, first-served basis. Each week there is a different dish, for example week 1 had macaroni bolognese made with free-range local pork, fennel and sage. Prices are £8 for two, £13 for four, £20 for 6-8. Check the Facebook page for the next dish available. To arrange payment and contactless delivery, either send a direct message from Facebook, call or text, or email Louis. Buon Appetito!
Nyama Catering – This local catering company specialising in BBQ events is using its access to local suppliers of fresh produce to offer a delivery service to selected postcodes around the Reading area. Boxes are available of different sizes for fruit, veg, meat and dairy, with a minimum spend of £35 plus £3 delivery. For more details and to place an order see here.
Parsley Box – Supplier of specially sealed microwave-ready meals that can be stored in a cupboard for up to six months.
Pengelly’s Fish Shop – Cornish fishmongers taking orders over the phone for home delivery. Call 01503 262246 for availability and offers.
Save Thyme Cooking – Small local catering business offering one or two home cooked meals with free delivery from Wargrave a couple of times a week. Follow the Facebook page to see the current dishes and availability.
Stanlake Park Wine Estate – Online orders with 10% off purchases of six bottles or more, free local delivery – or drive-through click & collect from outside the cellar shop in Twyford. No minimum or maximum order. As well as wines produced on the estate, a deli selection is available including crackers, chutney, honey, jam, chocolates, beer, cider, soft drinks, spirits and more. There is also a range of gifts such as wine boxes, candles, handmade soap, greeting cards and other accessories. For latest news see the Facebook page.
Thai Elephant Twyford – Authentic Thai meals freshly prepared at the restaurant. Order by calling 0118 934 9651 for collection, or free delivery within 2 miles for orders over £25 (small fee for further afield). To see the menu visit the Facebook page.
UCS Fresh – Wholesalers of fruit and vegetables who have switched their services to preparing boxes for home delivery during the pandemic, covering a large swathe of the south-east. Keep up to date with their Facebook page.
Veggie Box – A choice of vegetable or fruit boxes available for delivery from Reading, with option to include meat.
Wellocks at Home – A supplier to The Shurlock Inn, this company has joined forces with its restaurant customers in order to deliver food boxes into their local communities, with the restaurants earning from each box sold. Boxes available include fruit and vegetables, cupboard and pantry, breakfast essentials, and dairy.
NOTE: Wellocks box deliveries are to The Shurlock Inn in Shurlock Row. No-contact collection required. Pre-ordered takeaway meal service also available.
Wiltshire Farm Foods – Supplier of frozen ready meals. Although not taking on new customers at the moment, they will respond to enquiries from those identified as clinically ‘extremely vulnerable’.
Gifts, beauty, homewares
Forever (the Aloe Vera company) – order via Rachael Wood‘s online shop for home delivery of aloe based health supplements and skincare products.
Henley Scan – A local business specialising in preserving old photos into memories to treasure. Their latest product launch is the ‘video book’ – the ideal gift for self-isolating family members, especially those not familiar with video calls or sharing digital images. It comprises a personalised A5 or A4 case enclosing a screen with a video that starts automatically on opening the cover. It is created from videos and photos recorded on your smart phone, plus a little information about your loved one for the front cover design (favourite colour, hobbies, interests). The rechargeable device can hold three hours of data, so more content can be added at a later date. See a demonstration on the Henley Scan Facebook page.
Maison Rustic – Home decor and furniture shop in Wokingham, fulfilling online orders with free delivery around Wokingham, Bracknell and south Reading. Think ‘modern rustic’ – visit the website for heaps of inspiration such as accessories around the home, gifts, candles, diffusers and much more. Lovely pictures on the Facebook page too.
The Scarf Giraffe – Scarves and jewellery including a range of accessories featuring endangered animals, designed by local artist Kat Jackson and supporting the WWF.
Local convenience stores
Knowl Hill Stores – Now offering telephone ordering and payment for local residents having to self-isolate or who are unable to get out to do their shopping. Please call on 01628 822579 if you need this service. The shop can also arrange home delivery if necessary through the Knowl Hill C19 Community Support Group. Opening times from 31 March: Wed and Sun 9am to 2pm, all other days 9am to 6pm.
Londis Twyford – The shop on Longfield Road is doing its best to help elderly or vulnerable residents by taking telephone orders and offering free delivery within Twyford. Call 0118 934 4975.