8 of the best UK food-subscription boxes

Sign up to doorstep drops of chocolate treats or pasta feasts

Pasta Evangelists delivers fresh pasta-recipe boxes to homes across the UK
Pasta Evangelists delivers fresh pasta-recipe boxes to homes across the UK

Pasta Evangelists

With a menu ranging from a “carbonara of dreams” with fresh bucatini and crispy pancetta to a wild mushroom ravioli, Pasta Evangelists delivers fresh pasta-recipe boxes to homes across the UK. Each week, there’s a selection of 10 dishes to choose from, most of which can be cooked in five minutes – and can also be frozen for a month or longer. From £13.50 for two recipes; pastaevangelists.com

The Fine Cheese Company provides a monthly drop of three seasonal cheeses
The Fine Cheese Company provides a monthly drop of three seasonal cheeses
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The Fine Cheese Company

This subscription plan provides a monthly drop of three seasonal cheeses, with tasting notes and something to accompany them. A culinary journey as much as a delight, the service comes with a guarantee that no same cheese will be delivered twice if you get a 12-month subscription. From £108 for three months; finecheese.co.uk

Mindful Chef

Set up by schoolfriends Giles, Myles and Rob in 2015, Mindful Chef has since sent more than 10 million ingredients from small, family-run farms to homes across the UK. Its boxes are designed to benefit both body and mind, with ingredients and recipes to make your own nutritionist-approved meals without sugar and refined carbs – so bread, white rice and pasta are all off the cards. Popular recipes include  duck and nectarine noodle salad; harissa chickpeas with courgette; and spicy Madras fish curry. From £10 per head; mindfulchef.com   

One of Mindful Chef’s nutritionist-approved recipe boxes
One of Mindful Chef’s nutritionist-approved recipe boxes
Allplants’ supergreen risotto
Allplants’ supergreen risotto

Allplants

For a vegan fix, Allplants will help you build a box of six plant-based meals, from supergreen risotto to polpette orzo. Ingredients are delivered frozen, packaging is recyclable, and every angle of the business is tackled from under the same roof. From £40.50 for six meals; allplants.com

The Spicery

Choose from eight different packages of fresh spices, all ground and blended to order. Each month, new menu cards are sent out with corresponding spices, allowing subscribers to choose from 450 curry recipes from around the world. From £18 per month; thespicery.com

The Spicery allows subscribers to choose from 450 curry recipes
The Spicery allows subscribers to choose from 450 curry recipes
The Chocolate Society offers six seasonal flavours in each selection
The Chocolate Society offers six seasonal flavours in each selection

The Chocolate Society

Each monthly box of Somerset-made chocolates is made with fresh cream and butter, and flavoured with herbs and spices. There are six seasonal flavours in each selection, from a gelato-inspired offering in summer to a blackberry-based pâte de fruit for January. £22.50 per box; chocolate.co.uk

Local Honey Man

Four subscriptions are offered by London’s Local Honey Man, a Walthamstow-based purveyor of raw honey “direct from the beekeeper”. Curtis Thompson creates both golden and borage honey, as well as varieties infused with ginger or lemon zest, all in 340g jars. From £14 every three months; localhoneyman.co.uk

London’s Local Honey Man delivers raw honey “direct from the beekeeper”
London’s Local Honey Man delivers raw honey “direct from the beekeeper”
An Eat Better Meat box by Farmison & Co
An Eat Better Meat box by Farmison & Co

Farmison & Co

It’s not often that you hear about Victorian-cured back bacon or Swaledale mutton Tomahawk winning awards, but these are just some of the trophies given to online meat magnifico Farmison & Co. “The farmers we work with across Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria deliver a diverse choice of heritage-breed meat,” explains Andy Cavanna, commercial director at Farmison & Co, who, as former head buyer of fresh food at Fortnum & Mason, knows a thing or two about good produce. Its chef-designed Eat Better Meat boxes arrive every one, two or four weeks and can be tailored to couples or families. From £36.50 per box; farmison.com. BEATRICE AIDIN 

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