boti’s guide to getting essentials

What a whirlwind the last few weeks have been for not only our community here in Brighton & Hove but the entire world. After last night’s news that the majority of us will be spending three weeks self-isolating at home, we’ll be sharing up to date information, useful tools and resources to support you during this time. First up, here’s a round-up of some of our amazing local businesses providing food and essentials, many of which can be delivered to your door. As services are being updated regularly, make sure you are following us on Instagram where we’ve set up some highlights to help, as well as checking back here to see updated information. One of the amazing things we’ve seen so much of in this tough time is the community coming together to diversify their services and help each other. This makes our BOTI hearts so warm. If there is anything we can do to help your business or charity, just get in touch.

The Source Bulk Foods Brighton
They are opening 11.0am until 5.00pm to supply your kitchen cupboards with what they might need right now. Everything from dried pulses and fruit to vegan shampoo, they will be able to keep you going when you need it. They are also looking for new team members right now, so head over to their Instagram to find out how to apply.

HISBE food
A London Road favourite, HISBE has been inundated with demand as you can imagine. They are committed to continuing to help the community and local suppliers too. We will share any updated opening hours and shopper regulations as we get them.

A community staple up at Fiveways, Store is closed at the moment as they switch to a collection only service. They will be reopening on Thursday and we’ll update you with information as we get it. Head over to their Instagram to find out more about the service when they update us all on Wednesday.

The Fruit Shop
We’re big fans of visiting The Open Market for our fruit and veg, always super friendly and family-run which is an added bonus. Keep supporting them to support you, by placing your order for delivery. This has to be done via Instagram, so find them, follow them and DM them with what you need. They will get back to you when they can with the price and payment details. Once your order is placed they hope to deliver the following day on a first-come, first-served basis, on orders over £25. They are offering zero contact deliveries for those that are vulnerable too.

Fiveways Fruits
To help the team lighten the load in their small store and avoiding unnecessary visits. If you are vulnerable or finding it difficult to get out for absolute essentials, they are offering local delivered with a minimum spend of £20. Send them an email with details of what you need and they will get back to you ASAP. Please be patient, as they are sure to have influx after the new restrictions announced on Monday. Their delivery days are currently Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, but we will let you know if these are extended due to the current situation. Make sure you get your delivery in by 5.00pm the day before. They are doing their best to fulfil as many orders as possible at this time.

V and H Cafe
Harry and the team at Hove brunch favourite V and H cafe were quick to adapt their offering for what is needed within the community right now. They have teamed up with Pale Green Dot to be able to supply fresh boxes of veggies to collect from V&H Cafe on Holland Road. You can expect to receive potatoes, carrots, leeks, peppers, vine tomatoes, aubergine, apples, pears, salad bag, savoy cabbage, onions, swede and beetroot for £18, subject to change depending on what they can get from the farm. They are working with The Flour Pot Bakery to supply sourdough bread and English muffins too, with fresh free-range eggs, Westdene sausages and smoked salmon among other things for sale. To order your box, send a DM to V&H Cafe on Instagram or Facebook or call the cafe on 01273 321147. They are now also offering a discounted box for NHS staff too, offering a veg box, sourdough and eggs for just £20.

Grocer and Grain
For anyone in the town centre, Grocer and Grain is an incredible little shop with all your essentials. Now is a good time to think about how you can support local businesses and keep them open, by choosing them over bigger supermarkets if and where you can. On the corner of Surrey Street, they are just down from Brighton train station and have lots of local produce to keep you going.

The Flour Pot
The legends behind The Flour Pot have extended their delivery area to help more people across Brighton & Hove whilst in self-isolation. They can now reach from Saltdean all the way to Shoreham and up to Patcham, so anywhere in BN1, BN2m BN2 BN42 and BN43. And what can you get? Freshly baked bread, their own blend coffee, pastries and their jams, sauces and chutneys. They have also teamed up with other local producers to be able to bring you eggs, butter, cheese and charcuterie. Their deliveries are every day between 12.00pm and 6.00pm, they just need 48 hours notice and will do their best to get you what you need. They are also offering click & collect on £10 minimum orders between 11.00am and 3.00pm each day. Now is a good time to be planning ahead and make it fun.  Head to find out more.

Florence Road Market
So we might not be able to wander aimlessly through the stalls at Florence Road Market right now, but the good news is that it can come to you. Not only can you pre-order Florence Road Market in a box for yourself, but you can order one for someone in need too. This weekend more than 100 virtual market customers spent £1,500 buying food for other families in need, which is beautiful. Their bookings are now open for this week’s virtual market orders… you can expect veg boxes from Fin and Farm, local cheeses, Becky’s browniesCalcot Farm Produce meats, Perfectly Preserved jams and loads more. Head over to their site and get your goodies ordered.

If your evening tipple is an important part of your day then Higgins can help as they are open for business as usual, with just two people allowed in the shop at a time. You’ll find them on Western Road in Hove and they will be able to help you find the perfect independent fine wine, spirit, craft beer, cider and other locally sourced goodies that are perfect for you. Find them at 77-78 Western Road in Hove.

Butlers Wine Cellar
Dream team Cassie and Henry are across two of their shops working hard to fulfil all local and national deliveries while they can. If you’re in need of fine wines then get in quick. They are doing local deliveries on Saturday between 12.00pm and 5.00pm and are hoping to have a click & collect operating from Queens Park Road for Saturday pickups. Head over to their Instagram to check in.

If you run or know of a local business that needs support, please let us know: as this page will be constantly updated.