The ten best food websites
This Barcelona-based company stocks items you can't find outside the Iberian peninsula. Whole haunches of Serrano ham come with hallmarks to prove their provenance, and the wonderful condiment selection includes olive jam and sherry jelly.
www.delinostrum.com ; 0034 932 189 630
2 Valvona & Crolla
This Edinburgh deli is over 70 years old and is championed by the likes of Rick Stein and Antonio Carluccio. Online you'll find an impressive selection of the shop's products, including Italian wines, Scottish whisky, Amalfi lemons and home-baked focaccia.
www.valvonacrolla.co.uk ; 0131-556 6066
The Queen's appointed grocer sells a wide range of products, from Pimm's, caviar and chocolate truffles to aselection of teas, fine wines and preserves. The site is helpfully divided into organic, vegetarian, diabetic and kosher sections.
www.partridges.co.uk ; 020-7730 0651
4 Foreman and Field
Pies, poultry, pastries, preserves and puddings are all available from Foreman and Field, a food mail-order company that specialises in fresh, British produce from small, independent producers. This site should be in every foodie's favourites folder.
5 Fortnum and Mason
The best things about Fortnum's website are the chocolates and " curiosities". Slather your smoked salmon with King Neptune's relish before gorging on handmade chocolates. Wash down with F&M English cassis.
www.fortnumandmason.com ; 020-7734 8040
6 French Gourmet Store
Francophile gourmets don't have to do the ferry-run to fill their pantries with treats from across the Channel. This firm in Gloucestershire supplies everything from foie gras, snails and truffles to duck confit and goose fat.
www.frenchgourmetstore.com ; 01451 829 003
7 Neal's Yard Dairy
If you like nothing more than breathing in the fumes of a Stinking Bishop, but don't have a cheese shop near you, visit the Neal's Yard website instead. For £175, 4lb of specialist cheeses will land on your doorstep each quarter.
www.nealsyarddairy.co.uk ; 020-7500 7653
8 Food Fullstop
An expansive umbrella website for a broad range of independent luxury food producers. Order smoked salmon from The Organic Smokehouse, Dorset blue from The Cheese Shed and a deli selection from Borough Market Traders on just one site.
www.foodfullstop.com ; 0870 383 0122
9 Portobello Food
Portobello Food will deliver trolley-fulls of top-notch Italian food to your doorstep for just £3.90 in London and £6 outside. The range of both gourmet and everyday products is outstanding, and they will beat or match anyone else's prices.
www.portobellofood.com ; 020-7627 1600
10 Daylesford Organic
This is undoubtedly the poshest of all farm shops. The chickens, recommended by chef Tom Aikens, are fed on clover and grain, the apricot compote is from Nantes and the chutneys are made in the store's own kitchen.
www.daylesfordorganic.com ; 01608 731 700