If you can’t get out to the shops to restock your food cupboard and have been unable to book a home delivery slot then M&S may well have the answer for you.
The store has introduced a food box delivery service priced £35 plus £3.99 for home delivery via courier.
Shoppers simply purchase the box online, choose whether they would prefer a meat-eaters’ or vegetarian box, and then await an email confirming the delivery slot.
Unlike the very popular Morrisons food delivery boxes, M&S tells its customers the exact contents of each box. My meat-eaters’ box was exactly as I had anticipated. Unlike a regular home delivery shop the purchase process takes just moments.
I ordered the box on a Tuesday and received an email saying that it would be delivered three days later, on the Friday. It didn’t actually turn up until three days after that, on the morning of the following Monday. I didn’t receive any communication explaining the delay, but we’re in the middle of a global pandemic so I’m not complaining.
A large M&S-branded cardboard box was delivered to my door by a DPD courier, who politely kept his distance. He didn’t ask for a signature but did take a photo of my open door as proof that it had been delivered.
M&S offer free gift labels so I chose: “To Jenny. Enjoy! Love from, Jenny.” Well it made me smile anyway.
The full list of contents for the meat-eaters’ box is:
- Fusilli (500g)
- Baked beans (220g)
- Tomato and herb pasta sauce (550g)
- Beef Bolognese pour over pasta sauce (340g)
- Chunky vegetable soup (400g)
- Basmati rice (500g)
- Cream of tomato soup (400g)
- Chunky steak (206g)
- Rich roast instant coffee (100g)
- English breakfast tea bags (125g/50 bags)
- Scottish all butter homebake style shortbread squares (200g)
- Dark chocolate (100g)
- Milk chocolate (100g)
- Prime corned beef (205g)
- Wild Alaskan red salmon (213g)
- Vegetable curry (400g)
- Roasted and salted large peanuts (200g)
- Giant milk chocolate buttons (150g)
- Percy Pig™ (170g)
- Soft white 2-ply toilet tissue (pack of 4)
This food box is more of a luxury treat than a box of absolute essentials. We’ll use everything included, and the sweets and chocolate will be very popular with my little girl, but some people may feel that it includes too many treats.
It’s more of a pantry top up for the middle classes than a way to feed the masses, but I’m going to enjoy eating or drinking every bit of it (other than the toilet rolls).
If you have a self-isolating loved one then this may be a way of sending them a treat if you can’t see them for a special occasion.