Update 11/05/20: Although the UK's lockdown restrictions have been eased ever so slightly, the demand for food delivery and click & collect slots continues to remain high. Availability varies day-by-day and differs depending on which supermarket you choose, but over the last few weeks we've definitely seen a slight uptick in free slots during May, with Sainsbury's in particular showing great availability last week.
For the first time since lockdown began, we've been able to find a couple of Waitrose home delivery slots, and Tesco continues to be a good option, even though free slots tend to appear sporadically throughout the week.
Morrisons is still showing a limited number of food delivery slots available, but you can order an essential food box from Morrisons from £30 and there's good availability, too. We've tried it, and it's a great option if you aren't after specific brands and just want to stock up on the basics. You can also order Morrisons products through Amazon Prime Now in some areas of the UK. If you don't have a Prime membership, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Prime, and cancel before the trial ends with no strings attached.
We still haven't had any luck with either Ocado (who are prioritising existing and vulnerable customers) and Asda, however, with each retailer failing to show any free food delivery slots.
To help identify elderly and vulnerable customers, supermarkets are using customer and government data to prioritise food delivery slots for those who need it most. Make sure you've signed up to the government's database of clinically vulnerable people if you need support.
Some meal delivery services are still running too, and may prove to be a better alternative – see below. There are also plenty of local community groups that are organising food delivery for people who are self-isolating via Facebook, WhatsApp and more, so keep an eye on what's happening in your area.
Online food delivery services have been under strain since the coronavirus lockdown. It's been hard to book a grocery delivery, but as we move further into April we're starting to see small signs of progress.
The main advice, still, is to visit a physical store if you can, so that supermarkets can prioritise food delivery slots for elderly or vulnerable customers. However, if you need to order food online, many supermarkets are releasing small numbers of food delivery slots for elderly or vulnerable customers throughout the day – so keep trying. You should be able to find a slot eventually.
Food delivery: quick links
- Amazon Fresh – grocery delivery to select cities
- Amazon Pantry – order everyday food essentials with Prime delivery
- Asda – no delivery slots available
- Co-op – some new delivery slots during the day, restricted to 20 item limit
- Iceland – some new delivery slots throughout the day
- Morrisons – limited delivery slots available
- Morrisons food box – vegetarian, meat and family boxes from £30
- Ocado – some new delivery slots for priority customers
- Sainsbury's – some delivery slots are available
- Tesco – new delivery slots added each day
- Waitrose – slots are being added daily, but demand is still high
Recipe box and meal delivery
- Allplants – plant-based meal delivery, cooked by chefs
- Feast Box – £20 off your first world food recipe box
- Mindful Chef – healthy recipe boxes with fresh ingredients for you to cook
- SimplyCook – Get a £3 trial recipe box to cook at home
- Domino's – 50% off pizza when you spend £35 or more
- Pizza Hut – get two medium pizzas and a classic side for £20
- Papa John's – contact-free pizza delivery
- Deliveroo – takeaway delivery from top restaurants
- Just Eat – takeaway delivery from local restaurants
- Uber Eats – takeaway delivery from your favourite restaurants
- Beer Hawk – free delivery on beer orders over £50
- The Bottle Club – 5% off when you spend £30 with code: PUBSCLOSED5
- The Drink Shop – 20% off selected wine, beer and spirits
- Vinatis – up to 50% off select wines
So when will more online grocery delivery slots open up? We've signed up to all the major supermarkets and we're assessing the situation daily across the country, in London, Leeds, Portsmouth, Manchester and Bath.
Your area may differ, but the situation changes daily so it's important to keep checking. Currently, it looks like it'll be mid-April before we start to see many more food delivery slots available. However, we'll tell you which supermarkets are offering food delivery slots here, as soon as we see them.
Please remember to use all food delivery services responsibly. Only order what you need to preserve stocks for others who might be in need.
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