The Black Friday emails have been pinging into your inbox all week; Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Currys PC World… the list goes on and on. Sure, there are some mega bargains to be had but there are plenty of small business that need your support too. Below is a list of some lovely independent companies to show some love to.
Small businesses to support this Black Friday
The Address At Home
Next weekend treat yourself to breakfast in bed courtesy of The Address At Home packages. Healthy options include homemade five-grain porridge and artisan sourdough with poached seasonal fruit; or go full English with Lake District bacon, Dingle Dell sausages, free range eggs and mushrooms. Coffee is all from Caravan. Lunch and/or dinner could be rotisserie chicken and charcuterie with moreish chocolate mousse to finish, or opt for one of the delicious burger making kits (halloumi is available in the veggie option).
Award-winning chophouse Blacklock has created meat-tastic roast kits packed with outstanding ingredients and some clever extras (they even come with toothpicks for post-roast oral maintenance!). We’ll be ordering the All In For Two: choose from a selection of beef, lamb and pork chops with All In bread with rosemary butter, beef dripping (oven) chips, kale and parmesan Salad, chop sauce, and white chocolate cheesecake. Loosen your belts, we’re going in…
Shuro Shirin persian foods
So delicious and such good value, Shuro Shirin’s freshly prepared, frozen meals are a whistlestop of Persian cuisine. Think Persian spiced lamb and green bean rice or Aubergine and split pea stew, as well as delicious sweet treats like pistachio baklava (the best) and honey and almond shortbread. All meals are halal and homemade. Free delivery over £50.
LuuLuu’s Vietnamese takeaway (East and North London)
This is a must-try if you’re based in north or east London. The most incredible Vietnamese food, homemade by food writer and supper club host Uyen Luu and her family each Saturday. Order by Friday and enjoy.
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Natural, locally-sourced and calming, add a couple of these handcrafted candles to your basket. With pure cotton wicks and generous doses of their original essential oil blends, these are lovely Christmas presents. A small company with a big heart, this is definitely one to support.
We’re excited about this new brand from fitness instructor Kirby Anne. It’s workout wear you would proudly wear out on a night out too. All made in London, we particularly love the scrunchies (£6) made from waste fabric. As Kirby herself says: ‘One girl’s scrap is another girl’s cute accessory.’
WDC Interiors chocolate
An easy way to show the much-loved Highgate-based WCD Interiors some love is to buy some of their delicious Rococo chocolates. Shouldn’t be too hard, should it…
Muff Liquor Company
This year, make your Christmas cocktails with family-run Muff Liquor’s gin and vodka. Award-winning and handcrafted in Ireland, plus the bottles will look fabulous in your booze cabinet.
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Spin instructor by morning, co-founder of DOSE by day. Shara’s fitness favourites include a sweaty yoga class, reformer pilates, HIIT and spinning of course. Her Spotify list includes nothing but tracks you can spin to. She doesn’t go a day without eggs and avocado and travel is always on her mind! Dreams of Malbec and vodka cocktails.