What would we do without a Friday night takeaway to make us feel special during these dark evenings at home?
Restaurateurs across the county are making sure we can still have meals to enjoy and keeping the Kent economy ticking over ‘til we can get back to some sort of normality. In the second in our series, we pick seven more suggestions for food that might be near you:
The Walnut Tree, Aldington
The traditional country pub has been busy serving up some goodies for locals in lockdown, including its popular Big Piggy Sunday Roast.
One told us: "Karen and her helpers go the extra mile, supplying variable delicious takeaways at extremely reasonable prices and even served up a delicious Christmas day lunch - brilliant!"
Lily's Social Kitchen, Canterbury
A social enterprise employing people with learning disabilities, the team have also been supplying food parcels to those in need since the pandemic began. The team also use food from Fareshare to reduce food waste
As if that wasn't enough, they have also been creating recipe boxes for people to have a go at home - which are also good for a home schooling activity. Order at yourlocal.delivery/lilys-bistro or find them on Facebook if you are in the area.
Bollywood Buffet, Gillingham
The family-run business in Canterbury Street, Gillingham, is busy producing its popular Buffet Boxes throughout the lockdown every Friday and Saturday, with 14 items for only £25 with an optional upgrade for £35. If you're in the area, you can collect or book a delivery with UberEats. Caroline Banfield said of the team: "A family-run business, who have gone above and beyond, right from the start of this crisis."
Order by visiting the Facebook page or calling 01634 939677.
The Pantry at Fort Amherst, Chatham
The coffee shop and eatery based in the grounds of historic Fort Amherst has a range of tasty cakes, and afternoon teas to pick up. There are also movie sharer boxes for £18, which include treats for two to three people, dipping doughnuts, flapjack, a chocolate brownie as well as dips and fresh fruit and staff have even worked out how to fit a full English breakfast into a box. Order at thepantrychatham.com or visit the Facebook page.
The grounds of Fort Amherst are also open during weekdays for fresh air and exercise.
V. C Jones in Whitstable
The fish restaurant has been serving up one of the nation's favourite dish by the seaside since 1962. The business in Harbour Street is currently operating a contact-free collection and delivery service. Just give the friendly team a ring, pay over the phone, and either collect or receive your freshly cooked fish and chips if you live in the area. Victoria Ann says emphatically of the firm: "Best fish and chips around."
To see the menu and order go to vcjones.co.uk or call 01227 272703 or 07907 037999.
The Dead Pigeon Pub, Old High Street, Rochester
There's a January ale sale happening online at the pub, as well as some tasty dishes to enjoy in lockdown.
In fact, don't take our word for it - customer Rob Brooks tells us: "The Dead Pigeon Pub - best burgers around!"
Offering pizzas, burgers, dips and deserts, their signature burger costs £10.95 and is a double cheeseburger with maple syrup bacon, gherkins, dill, pickled onions and homemade roasted garlic sauce and bacon jam. Check the Medway areas currently being delivered to and order at thedeadpigeon.com or visit the Facebook page.
The Scared Crow, West Malling
The pub in Offham Road, West Malling, has embraced takeaways during our lockdowns. Choose from pizzas, burgers and Mexican food to lasagne and not forgetting those garlic mushrooms that come as a free extra. If you live in the area, you can leave your name and number on the answer machine for staff to get back to you after 4.30pm on a Friday. Check out the menu at scaredcrow.co.uk, see the Facebook page, and call 01732 840408. Kent Online reader Kate Minns says of everyone there: "They are amazing."
Here's how you can also help...
1 Let us know if you have somewhere for us to feature by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Get a takeaway: We often opt for the big chains when we could be supporting local businesses. See if somewhere local you know could give you the same food fix as the big names.
3 Order to cook at home: Why not feel like a masterchef and order a meal to prepare at home? Some restaurants have embraced this idea, and you will too once you've tried it.
4 Buy a gift voucher or make a booking: Even local restaurants that have completely shut are still crying out for bookings for the future. Get one for a loved one - or just treat yourself.
5 Leave a review : Reviews are so important to smaller businesses - but have you ever left one? Let others know what's out there that's good.
6 Shop locally - even online: Let your shopping come to you safely - and make it local so that you’re helping a firm near you.