Update 04/04/20: Sainsbury’s announced on Friday that it will have 600,000 online food delivery and click-and-collect slots available by Easter. That’s up from 370,000 two weeks ago, “…and we will continue to add more capacity over the coming weeks,” says chief executive Mike Coupe.
On Thursday, Ocado said it will have a “few” food delivery slots for general release over the next 24 hours for vulnerable customers. Meanwhile on Wednesday, Tesco expanded its food delivery and click-and-collect capacity to around 780,000 delivery slots – up from 660,000 two weeks ago. It has also announced plans to add another 100,000 in the coming weeks.
Most supermarkets are still requesting that you visit stores in person, if you can, so they can prioritise food delivery slots for elderly or vulnerable customers. If you need to order food online, keep checking the website of your local supermarket throughout the day. Some meal delivery services are still operating too – details below.
Online food delivery services have been under strain for weeks – but as we move into April, we’re starting to see small signs of progress. Since the coronavirus lockdown, there’s been a huge surge in people looking to buy food online. That’s meant it hasn’t been easy to book an online grocery delivery.
But with many online supermarkets quietly releasing small numbers of slots for elderly or vulnerable customers throughout the day, chances are that if you need to order food online – and keep trying throughout the day – you’ll be able to find a slot eventually.
Food delivery: quick links
Recipe box and meal delivery
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 it currently 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 items
Amazon 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). 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 day
Tesco has expanded its food delivery and click-and-collect capacity to around 780,000 delivery slots, and has 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
Iceland food delivery: new slots available throughout the day
Iceland 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
Ocado food delivery: a few slots for general release for the next 24 hours
Ocado has been releasing food delivery slots gradually, but it’s been a while since we’ve been able to find any ourselves. Nevertheless, the online supermarket announced on Thursday that it will have a “few slots for general release for the next 24 hours” so keep checking back. (Note that these will be prioritised for certain deliveries, including to vulnerable customers.) Look for a delivery slot at Ocado
Sainsbury’s food delivery: some new slots available throughout the day
Sainsbury’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
Domino’s: Get up to 50% off pizza + contact-free delivery
Domino’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.
Pizza Hut: 2 medium pizzas and a classic side for £20
You 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 spirits
Amazon 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 liquors
Alcohol 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.
Vinatis: Save up to 28% on select bottles of wine
Wine 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.
Beer Hawk: Free delivery on beer orders over £50
Beer 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.