Update 17/04/20: Food delivery slots and click & collect services are still very hard to come by, but Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Asda have all increased capacity to meet demand. Tesco, in particular, is showing some signs of improvement, with delivery slots currently available from April 20-26 in our research areas.
Supermarkets are using customer and government data to identify elderly and vulnerable customers for priority food delivery slots, so make sure you’ve signed up to the government’s database of clinically vulnerable people if you need support.
Morrisons has a limited number of food delivery slots available, but you can 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. You can also order an essential food box from Morrisons from £30, which will be delivered to your door.
Some meal delivery services are still running too – 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.
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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.
Amazon Pantry food delivery: free delivery with any four eligible itemsAmazon Pantry is a Prime-exclusive service, offering Prime members low-priced everyday essentials. (If you don’t have Prime, you can sign up for a free trial and cancel before the trial ends with no strings attached.) It’s currently out of stock of some high-demand items such as pasta, but there are plenty of food and household items you can still get hold of now. Minimum spend is £15 and Amazon Pantry delivers to the entire United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands. Order food at Amazon Pantry
Tesco food delivery: new slots available throughout the dayTesco has expanded its food delivery and click-and-collect capacity to around 780,000 delivery slots, and says it plans to add another 100,000 in the coming weeks. Minimum spend is £40 (or a £4 charge for under £40). It’s currently prioritising elderly and vulnerable customers, and there’s a restriction of three items per customer (two items for painkillers and toilet roll). Look for a delivery slot at Tesco
Morrisons food delivery: Essential food boxes from £30 There are currently a limited amount of food delivery slots at Morrisons, and when we checked there was a 10-minute wait to get onto the Morrisons website. But if you’re stuck at home at the moment, you can order an essential Morrisons food box, starting from £30, which will be delivered straight to your door. Look for a delivery slot at Morrisons
Iceland food delivery: new slots available throughout the dayIceland is prioritising customers who are over state pension age, self-isolating or vulnerable. When we checked there were no food delivery slots available, but the supermarket says it is releasing new food delivery slots throughout the day so keep an eye on the site. In store, Iceland has reserved the last hour of trade each day to NHS workers. Look for a delivery slot at Iceland
Sainsbury’s food delivery: only click and collect slots available right nowSainsbury’s is prioritising elderly and vulnerable customers for its new online food delivery slots. The supermarket is expanding its grocery delivery service from 370,000 slots two weeks ago up to 600,000 slots. It says it will achieve this by Easter “…and we will continue to add more capacity over the coming weeks” said Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe. Look for a delivery slot at Sainsbury’s
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Domino’s: Get up to 50% off pizza + contact-free deliveryDomino’s sets its deals by region, but plenty of stores around the UK are offering up to half price on their pizzas when you spend over a certain threshold. Just enter your delivery information to see how much you can save on pizza delivery this week. Plus, there’s contact-less delivery too, if you order and pre-pay online.View Deal
Pizza Hut: 2 medium pizzas and a classic side for £20You can grab two medium pizzas and a classic side for just £20 at Pizza Hut right now, or upgrade to large for just £2 extra. There are also plenty of other Pizza Hut deals to take advantage of – just pop your postcode in to see what your local restaurants have on offer. Pizza Hut is doing contact-less delivery too.
Amazon UK: Browse all wine, beer and spiritsAmazon doesn’t just do food delivery, it also sells a huge range of alcoholic beverages: wine, beer, spirits, cider, sake and more. What sets Amazon apart from other alcohol delivery services is its Prime delivery, which means that in normal times you’ll be able to get your hands on a bottle or keg in double-quick time.
The Drink Shop: 20% off selected wine, beer and liquorsAlcohol delivery service The Drink Shop is currently still open, and you can get 20% off selected booze this month. Head over to the online store now to check out its selection of lagers, ciders, wines, spirits, mixers and everything in between.View Deal
Vinatis: Save up to 28% on select bottles of wineWine retailer Vinatis is currently offering free wine delivery on all orders over £150, as well as discounts of up to 28% on select bottles over in its flash sale. The company has a wide range of whites, reds, roses and sparkling wines in stock today, and is also offering a £5 off voucher if you sign up for its newsletter.View Deal
Beer Hawk: Free delivery on beer orders over £50Beer delivery service Beer Hawk is one of your best bets right now if you’re looking for a keg or want to restock on craft beers. The retailer is currently donating £1 of every beer delivery order to support hospitality workers affected by pub and bar closures brought about by the COVID-19 crisis – which is even more reason to browse its excellent beer selection.View Deal