20 Winter lockdown takeaways
Step away from the stove and support local for fish & chips, wood-fired pizza, sublime Sunday roasts and more.
Bored of lockdown cooking? Us too. Time for a takeaway, methinks! Look out for fresh, heathier weekday meals, weekend blow outs and Sunday roasts with all the trimmings. Whatever you’re in the mood for, down tools and support the great local pubs, cafés and restaurants around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight open for takeaway. Phones at the ready, here’s our pick of some of the best indie offerings near you.
Phoenix Inn, Hartley Wintney, near Basingstoke
What’s cooking: A Muddy Hampshire favourite, the Phoenix opens for Sunday lunch roast chicken and all the trimmings takeaway on 21 Feb. When to get it: Collect between 1pm and 2pm on Sunday 21 Feb from the pub. Pre-order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Same-day orders not available.
The Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover, near Basingstoke
What’s cooking: Award-winning chef Gordon Stott’s pub classics, kids menu, puds (including doggy ice cream!), Fish & Chip Friday and fabulous Sunday roasts. When to get it: Thursday – Saturday 5pm – 8pm; Sunday 12pm – 3pm.
Overton Gallery, Overton
What’s cooking: Soups, sandwiches, salads, pitta, wraps, toasties and homemade cakes. A Saturday special, the sausage sarnies are in hot demand too – locals from outside the village are prepared to cycle miles for them. When to get it: Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 5.30pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm.
The Wellington Arms, Baughurst
What’s cooking: Welli’ Deli daily specials, potpies for the whole family, sticky toffee pudding and other classic puds. When to get it: Tuesday – Saturday, 8:30am to 2pm.
The Crown Inn, Upton, near Andover
What’s cooking: Plenty of choice from Michelin Bib Gourmand head chef patron David Watts like Friday night fish and chips specials, open sandwiches, kids menu, Sunday roasts and rum-roasted pineapple cake for pud. Yum. When to get it: Wednesday – Saturday 5 – 8pm, Sunday 12pm – 4pm. Minimum one hour notice.
Kings Head, Hursley, Winchester
What’s cooking: A weekend menu full of well-executed classics from this popular village inn – burgers, Thai curry, fish and chips pies and Great British roasts on Sundays. Their two or three-course ‘Taste of Hampshire Menu’ showcasing dishes made with top-notch ingredients sourced locally. When to get it: Friday – Saturday, 6pm – 8pm. Sunday 12pm – 3pm. The Taste of Hampshire Menu is available Monday – Friday, 12 noon until 2pm.
The Running Horse, Littleton near Winchester
What’s cooking: A Muddy favourite, The Running Horse has chef specials, fish & chips, Sunday roasts and more. When to get it: Friday – Saturday, 5pm – 8.30pm. Sunday 12pm-4:30pm. Collection only.
The Little Kitchen Company, Winchester and Twyford
What’s cooking: Calamari, gourmet burgers, steak and ale pie from top caterers The Little Kitchen Bistro; curries, crunchy chicken and falafel burgers from The Little Kitchen Bean and Bar, tapas takeaways for two including arancini and charcuterie from both. When to get it: Fridays and Saturdays, 5pm – 9pm.
The Crown at Arford, Headley
What’s cooking: Posh pizzas and comfort food classics including fish and chips and Sunday roasts with gigantic Yorkshire puds for click and collect. When to get it: Wednesday – Sunday, pre-order by 3pm.
The Hen and Chicken, Upper Froyle, near Alton
What’s cooking: Plenty of winter warmers being cooked up at this former old coaching house between Alton and Farnham: venison casserole, vegan tagine, stone-baked pizzas and pub favourites like fish and chips, vegan and beef burgers, roast of the day with all the trimmings. When to get it: Friday & Saturday, 5pm – 8.30pm and Sundays, 12pm – 4pm.
Josies, Bishops Waltham, Romsey, Winchester and Petersfield
What’s cooking: Josie’s awesome signature pancakes (above), loaded tater tots and avocado on sourdough, veggie and Korean-fried chicken burgers, breakfast buns, coffee, smoothies and milkshakes. When to get it: Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm; Sunday 8am – 4pm.
What’s cooking: A full menu of Turkish hot and cold meze like stuffed vine leaves, hummus, Turkish salami, feta pastries, meaty kebabs, lamb and vegetable musaka and more from this tucked-away gem in Bakery Lane. When to get it: Collection only, Monday – Sunday, 10am – 9pm.
The Five Bells, Buriton
What’s cooking: Classic homemade comfort food dishes like the hearty Buriton Burger with chips, chicken or vegetable masala, sausage and mash and cottage pie. When to get it: Tuesday – Saturday 5.30pm – 8.30pm (order by 5pm to arrange a delivery), Sun 12pm – 4pm. Delivery to Petersfield, Weston, Buriton, Ramsden, South Harting and Clanfield.
The Queen’s Head, Sheet
What’s cooking: Posh pizza. This village pub is well known for them. Think Parma ham and rocket, goat’s cheese, Italian sausage, margherita for the kids and a weekly-changing guest pizza. There’s also a loyalty scheme for regulars with a free bottle of wine after ordering eight pizzas. When to get it: Thursday – Friday, 5pm – 8.15pm; Saturday, 10.30am – 2pm (coffees), 5pm – 8.15pm, Sunday 10am – 1pm.
Piecaramba, Southampton and Winchester
What’s cooking: All the comically-titled pies on the menu, including the Notorious P.I.G and the Fun Guy (mushroom, lol) with plenty of kids, veggie and vegan options and a choice of mash. When to get it: Open for collections Monday – Sunday and home delivery via Deliveroo.
Driftwood Café, Emsworth
What’s cooking? Baked goodies like Emsworth butcher-special sausage rolls, breakfasts and a changing menu of lunch specials including warming soups. Driftwood also does great coffee to takeaway and drink on a stroll around the Mill Pond. When to get it? Collection only, Wed – Sunday, 10am – 4pm daily.
The King Street Tavern, Portsmouth
What’s cooking: American-style ‘low n slow’ smokehouse classics like sliced brisket, ribs and vegan-friendly pulled-jack fruit, Sunday roasts rated among the best in Pompey. When to get it: Weekends via Goodeats.
Ray’s Italian Kitchen, Milford on Sea
What’s cooking: Classic and contemporary pizza (above), generous pasta dishes like own-recipe Arrabbiata, Penne di Mare with smoked salmon and vodka and ‘tasty bits’ like olives, arancini and garlic bread. Gluten-free pizza and pasta on request. When to get it: Wednesday – Saturday for takeaway, same-day orders from 5pm. Home deliveries to Milford on Sea, Keyhaven & Downton on Fridays and Saturdays.
Kitchen Social, Lymington
What’s cooking: Healthy food at home featuring local ingredients made by Annabelle, a graduate of Leiths cookery school and the founder of Kitchen Social. Order a weekend blowout or stock up for the week – meals keep for 2 – 3 days in the fridge and can be frozen, too. When to get it: Order by 12pm Tuesdays for Friday delivery. Pre-arranged collection in Lymington; delivery up to 10 miles from SO41 costs £3; delivery up to 20 miles is £10.
33 St. Helens, East Isle of Wight
What’s cooking: Weekend specials at this fab East Wight restaurant: Fish & Chips Fridays, Thai Night on Saturday (above) and Sunday lunches. When to get it: Friday – Saturday 6 – 8pm, Sunday 12 – 3pm.
Prego, East Cowes, Isle of Wight
What’s cooking: Pizza, pasta and puds at this popular Italian, with plenty of salads, vegan and kids options too – including a new vegan tiramisu. When to get it: Monday – Saturday, 3pm – 9pm. Last orders 8pm.