From the outset of lockdown in march, social distancing was in place, which meant shops operated on a one-in-one-out basis, with no more than four people in a shop at any one time. Where premises were very small, only one person was allowed in the shop at a time.

Businesses offered delivery services to help those self-isolating. Arrangements in place in April were modified following the first release of the lockdown in May. As restrictions continued to be eased in June and July, fewer people depended on home deliveries. Those continuing to self-isolate still welcomed the service, however.

Food shopping



The aisles on the Co-op were narrow,
so the Co-op operated a one-in-one-out policy
for both store and Post Office

Queues formed outside the shop

Orders and card payment by phone

Zone captains arranged delivery for those isolating

Revised opening hours in May: 7am–10pm, incl. Sunday

VIP hour for elderly, NHS and care staff, 9.30–10.30am




Orders and card payment by phone

Only four people allowed in the shop at any one time,
hand sanitiser by the front door

Eagles delivered and orders were also collected by
zone captains

Foodies Café

Café closed, so switched to selling bread, eggs,
pasta, rice and flour

Takeaway hot drinks and sandwiches
were also available


Fenemore Farms Micro Farm Shop, Clifton

Open daily for fresh and frozen lamb, honey, eggs, milk, pasta,
various flours (including gluten-free) and yeast

Also bedding plants from UGM Nursery in Bloxham

Payment by cash or cheque

Farmers’ Market stallholders

Markets were cancelled, but several stallholders
offered online ordering and delivery:
Cornfield Bakery, Granary Oil, Curiosities Company,
Hook Norton Brewery, Cotswold Baking,
Tess’ Brilliant Bakes, Indian Orchard, Knife & Fork Bakery,
Little Oak Vineyard



Knife & Fork Bakery

Baked fresh gluten free breads for local collection
as well as UK delivery

For local collections orders were left in sealed bags
in enclosed boxes to keep everyone free from contact
with anyone else

Bengal Spice Indian Restaurant

Open 5.30pm every day except Tuesday

Last orders 9.30pm

Telephone orders could be collected
from a takeaway point


Rob Hill

The fish van from Grimsby returned at the end of April
to its pitch in the Market Place on Thursday afternoons

Rob wore mask and gloves, and customers respected
social distancing

Cash only. Orders could be placed in advance by phone
or email

Morrisons, Banbury

Delivered to elderly, vulnerable and
self-isolating people only



Sainsburys, Banbury

Open to NHS and social care staff Mon–Sat 7.30am
(30mins before public opening)

Priority shopping 8–9am Mon, Wed and Fri

Open 8am–10pm, 10–4 Sundays


 Take-away services

Popular Chinese, Hempton Road, take-away Chinese, Wed–Sat, 6 -10.30pm
Pickled Ploughman, Aynho Road, Adderbury, take-away pub food
White Horse, Duns Tew, take-away food changing daily from 6pm


Provided three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people referred in crisis. Part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by the Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK

Everyone who came to the foodbank for emergency food needed to have a valid foodbank voucher. Foodbanks worked with a range of local agencies (Citizens Advice, children’s centres and health visitors, etc.) to issue vouchers

Banbury Foodbank, The Church Centre, Horsefair, Banbury, Tue 10-12

Bicester Foodbank, 29a Market Square, Bicester, Mon–Fri 10–12

Non-food shopping

Flower Shop

Delivered locally


Orders and card payment
by phone or email


Order by 3pm



Johnsons Builders Merchant

Closed to trade and general public


Essential building supplies continued to be delivered
as many builders were still working


Telephone orders, payment by bank transfer or credit card,
collection in a timed slot only



The bike shop remained open for all things
bicycle as exercise on
home territory was allowed

Open 9.30am–4pm Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri
9.30am–3pm Sat


Cotefield Nurseries, Bodicote

Plants, compost, etc. could be collected from an outside
collection point, or delivered


Orders and card payment by phone


Reopened 18 May, open daily 9–4, Sun 10–4. Card only


Nicholsons Nurseries, North Aston

The  trees, plants and hedging side
of the nursery stayed open

The plant centre and shop reopened 18 May


Crofts, Banbury

Weekly pet food delivery service by the volunteers


Orders and card payment by phone