Many of our favourite local haunts – restaurants, pubs, and shops alike – are adapting their services to serve the local community while implementing social distancing guidelines. In these uncertain times, it’s crucial to support them, and, for many of us, food from our favourites never fails to lift spirits.
From takeaway offers to frozen ready meal delivery, we have put together a list of businesses across Midlothian and the Borders that make sure their local communities continue to be supported – why not show them some love and place an order?
Please be aware that due to the ever evolving situation around COVID-19, information and availability may change. Please check our advice page for up to date information.
Pre-ordering is essential, and spaces may be limited. Adhere to Government guidelines and do not leave your area. The information below was correct at time of publishing – 26 March 2020.
Itihaas’ award-winning Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine offers popular Indian curry and tandoori dishes as well as a range of specialities on their takeaway menu. A discount is available for carers and emergency staff.
The country inn has transformed into a community hub: “Shoe heat by You” frozen ready meals can be pre-ordered and either collected or delivered two days a week. Veg boxes by George Anderson and Sons, butcher’s pies and essentials such as milk and bread are also available for pre-order.
This award-winning restaurant in the centre of Selkirk offers a social distancing delivery menu featuring hearty casseroles, pies and bakes that are also suitable for home freezing.
Seasons in Gattonside, Melrose is turning into a community shop: Their ‘Seasons at Home’ and Neighbourhood Shop menu offers a range of ready meals, home-baked bread, as well as fish, meat and veg from local suppliers, all through a pre-ordered collection service.
The restaurant offers a combination of traditional Scottish favourites and international flavours on their takeaway menu.
Orde Food Company – Kelso
The Orde Food Company have created a delivery menu of frozen ready meals inspired by their very own ‘Mum’s Comfort Cuisine’ – a range of hearty pies and classic desserts. A discount is available for NHS workers.
A range of frozen pies – traditional meat, fish and vegetarian filled options – is available for online order and delivery. Pre-orders over the phone with designated pick up times at the shop are also possible.
Our advice doesn’t just apply to Midlothian and the Borders though: At this time, there are struggling local businesses around the world that need support. Share their offer, recommend them to friends and let them know that you’re thinking of them; ready to visit once the situation has improved.
Postpone, don’t cancel
Do you already have a booking and now need to revisit your plans? Many businesses offer free rebookings or even discounts for later in the year. If you have the flexibility, check your options before cancelling.