Written by Josephine Walbank
Just because we’re all stuck inside, it doesn’t mean that our foodie indulgences and scrummy little treats have to stop. If anything, we’ve all got a bit of extra time on our hands at the moment. So we’d recommend roaming the internet in search of the next best thing from the South West’s fantastic independents. The web is full of delicious artisan luxuries, and small businesses everywhere are creatively innovating to make the best of these challenging circumstances.
Ramsbury Estate Gin
Ramsbury Estate is the very epitome of all things traditionally English. Their decadent gin is a classic tipple that uses Horatio wheat and a chalk filtered water sourced from their stunning – and incredibly sustainable – estate in Wiltshire.
Pentire Drinks’ alcohol-free spirit.
Want to exercise a bit of self-control, on the weekdays at least? If you’re looking to try the latest trend in the spirit world, check out Pentire Drinks’ Adrift; a botanical, non-alcoholic spirit. Pentire distills unique plants which are native to the Cornish coastline to create the perfect, classy option for teetotalers.
These luxury, handcrafted, bean-to-bar chocolates tick all the right boxes. Rio Nuevo aims to help farmers in Ecuador improve their livelihoods, through transparent and ethical trade. These extra-gourmet bars are made with the finest Arriba Nacional Cacao and are also available in brandy, peanut, mint or cinnamon flavours.
It’s a tough task, trying to improve on perfection, but we reckon the team at Langleys might just have cracked it! Belgian chocolate + nougat, marshmallow, sultanas, caramel and honeycomb make their chocolates delicious. Extra flavour variants include cranberries, Cornish sea salt and Trevethan Gin.
Roasted nuts are a time-tested snack and Boundless have played to their strengths by providing a range of uber-moreish snack packs. Alongside sweet varieties, they produce a seriously scrummy Cayenne & Rosemary pack that is brimming with almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Yum!
Cloud Nine Marshmallows
Choccie buttons not quite hitting the spot? Any one with a seriously sweet tooth can upgrade their snacking experience with Cornish Cloud Nine Marshmallows. Expect everything from bright red double raspberry, to pistachio & white chocolate, and coconut & lime; all super-upgraded versions of fluffy marshmallows.
Puddings and sweet treats
Georgie Porgie’s Puddings
We love the proud tradition and history of this charming Devonshire brand. These soft, steamed sponges and fruity puddings are handmade using local ingredients, and time honoured (closely-guarded) recipes. These puds are possibly better than the ones your Grandma used to make and are perfect for a warm, cosy evening in.
The Exploding Bakery
Sometimes, the end of a hard day in your home office calls for a big slab of cake and The Exploding Bakery’s online options are exactly what the doctor ordered. Yes, they may have plenty of delicious classics, but the team is always up for creating something new. Spoil yourself with your pick from the likes of baked passionfruit cheesecake, or orange & pecan polenta cake.
Henny & Joes
Although it may be a slightly newer trend in the UK, few drinks have more tradition and heritage than chai. Henny & Joe’s have taken this rich, highly spiced brew and made an easy prepare-at-home version. The vegan syrup is brimming with spices, and contains 100% natural ingredients (so you know it’s good).
The pioneering team at Far Side are bringing a refreshing alternative to a coffee lover’s morning fix, with their 18-hour-steeped bottles of cold brew. But rather than a more-cream-than-coffee iced frappuccino, these complex flavours pay homage to the bean’s origins.
Stuck on meal ideas? You can only have beans on toast for so long…
Although it’s relatively new to the UK scene, miso has been a go-to ingredient for Japanese home cooks for thousands of years. Tideford’s vegan version provides the perfect punchy booster to soups, marinades and sauces.
The Cornish Seaweed Co
Take your dinner up a notch (and, let’s be real, even the smallest thing is novel at this point in isolation), courtesy of a bit of the green stuff. Sustainable, 100% organic, hand-harvested edible seaweed now comes in the form of sea spaghetti, which makes a delicious, funky addition to pies, spaghetti or seafood dishes.
Riverford Organic Farmers
Riverford have compiled a box dedicated to 100% homegrown veg, and it’s brimming with our favourites. For Spring, we’ve got potatoes, carrots, Jerusalem artichokes, purple sprouting broccoli and many more – all fresh, organic and in a handy box delivered straight to your door. Who needs an allotment when you can get ethical greens delivered right to your door?
Veg in a Box
Granted, there are only so many ways that vegetables can be reimagined, but we like the way that Veg in a Box have put a modern twist on their offerings. The dedicated Low Carbon Footprint version of their bestselling fruit and veg box is taking 2020 in its stride. Absolutely everything in it has been sourced as locally as possible and, naturally, it’s plastic free too!
The Dorset Meat company
With these meat boxes, you can combine quality butchered produce with all the convenience of… well… not even having to leave the house! The Dorset Meat Company specialises in grass-fed meat from small scale, family-run farms. Their boxes cover all bases, with everything from a charcuterie-dedicated selection to a “Phil The Freezer” box, which contains just about everything a greedy family could possibly need.
Good Game Chorizo Jam
This super meaty jam is sure to satisfy the cravings of any carnivore. It’s the innovation of Devonshire-based Good Game, who are proud artisan meat aficionados. They also stock a huge range of salumi, biltong and snack sticks, all of which can be snapped up online!