Meal delivery takes away the tasks of shopping, cooking and cleaning which can prove difficult for elderly Surrey residents. A regular meal delivery service means stress-free access to a hot and healthy meal, and prolonged independence. For more information, on elderly well being, please see our Age Space Guide to Keeping Healthy in Old Age.
As well as meal delivery in Surrey, you may want to take a look at Lunch Clubs in Surrey and Day Care Centres in Surrey. These options also provide a hot meal, along with the chance to socialise and sometimes take part in activities.
This guide will look at options available in Surrey, pricing and how to make a referral/order. Meal delivery services are provided by the local councils and private companies. However, it is important to note that Surrey local council services are only available to the most vulnerable residents. This means your elderly relative must be either:
- unable to cook or shop for themselves
- not motivated to cook and is in danger of malnutrition
- unaware of the time or the need to eat regular meals
- have a disability or long term illness
- have recently left hospital and need extra support for a while
If your relative does not fall into these categories, but would like to access a meal delivery service, please take a look at Surrey Private Meal Delivery Services.
Local Borough and District Council Meal Delivery Services in Surrey
- Elmbridge (runs Mole Valley service too)
- Epsom & Ewell
- Reigate and Banstead
- Surrey Heath
Sometimes councils will install a key safe for those who use their meal delivery service. Only those with access to the property will know the code. Installation is normally free, and the key safe can be beneficial in the case of emergencies. Please get in touch with your local council for more information.
Elmbridge & Mole Valley
In Elmbridge and Mole Valley, hot meals consist of a main course and dessert, and can meet dietary requirements. Breakfast (for the following day) and supper can be delivered alongside the hot meal. For more information about the menu, you can download a copy of the council Meal Services Leaflet.
The service delivers to Elmbridge residents 7 days a week. For Mole Valley residents, the service runs Monday to Friday. However frozen meals can be delivered on Friday (with the hot meal) to cover the weekend.
Elmbridge residents can also be referred at a preferential rate to the frozen meals service provided by Wiltshire Farm Foods. Meals are delivered fortnightly costing £2.63 a day for meal and dessert.
Hot meal and dessert – £3.50
Supper service – £3.10
Breakfast service – £1.60
Hot meal and dessert – £4.40
Supper service – £3.10
Breakfast service – £1.60
Epsom & Ewell
Hot meals are delivered between 11am – 2pm, Mondays to Fridays. Frozen meals can be delivered for the weekend and all dietary requirements can be catered for. There is also a sandwich service for those who need an extra snack at tea time. Payment must be made in advance.
Hot meal – £2.95
Dessert – £1.05
Sandwich – £2.25
Telephone: 01372 732000
Two course hot meals are delivered 7 days a week between 11.30am – 2pm. Customers can choose from a range of meals in advance; take a look at the sample menu. Payment is made in monthly arrears by direct debit.
Hot meal and dessert – £4.40
Telephone: 01483 444285
Reigate and Banstead
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council do not currently provide a meal delivery service for residents. However, those living in Horley are eligible to access the Tandridge service. Otherwise, please take a look at Private Meal Delivery Services in Surrey.
The Runnymede meal delivery service is available 7 days a week between 11.30am – 2pm, including bank holidays. Specific days each week can be chosen and meals can be requested for a short period.
A two course meal includes a main course and dessert whilst a three course meal also comes with soup. Dietary requirements can be catered for, take a look at the sample menu.
Two courses – £4.30 weekdays, £4.80 weekends and bank holidays
Three courses – £4.80 weekdays, £5.40 weekends and bank holidays
Telephone: 01932 425010
Spelthorne Meal on Wheels deliver hot and nutritious meals, up to 7 days a week between 11.30am – 2pm. Hot meals consist of a main course and pudding; sandwiches can be delivered in addition. Dietary requirements can be catered for.
Meals can be provided for long or short periods of time, e.g. in the event of illness or when a family member is on holiday.
Hot meal and dessert – £3.90
Sandwich service – £1.80
Telephone: 01784 444265
Meals are delivered between 11.30am – 2.15pm, 7 days a week. Staff also check on wellbeing when delivering meals, which can be reassuring for relatives.
Hot meals include a dessert, and a sandwich service is also offered. Dietary requirements can be catered for, take a look at Surrey Heath’s sample menu.
Hot meal and dessert – £4.10 weekdays, £5.35 weekends and bank holidays
Sandwich service – £2.10 daily
Telephone: 01276 707651
In Tandridge, the hot meal service is delivered between 12pm – 2pm Monday to Friday, with frozen meals available for the weekend. In addition, the council offers a tea (consisting on a sandwich and cake) which is delivered at the same time as the lunch.
Dietary requirements can be catered for but may be for an increased fee. Payment is usually made by cash or cheque monthly in advance.
Hot meal and dessert – £4.70
Tea time meal – £3.60
Telephone: 01883 347230
Five centres across Waverley distribute hot, freshly cooked and healthy meals with optional afternoon tea, Monday to Friday. Residents are able to request frozen meals for weekends and bank holidays. Meals are delivered between 12pm – 2pm.
Hot meal and dessert – £6.50
Tea time snack – £3.25
Frozen weekend meal and dessert – £6.00
Rowleys Centre for the Community, Cranleigh
Telephone: 01483 277155
The Gostrey Centre, Farnham
Telephone: 01252 727280
Waverley Borough Council, Godalming
Telephone: 07771 805414
Farncombe Day Centre
Telephone: 01483 426685
Haslewey Community Centre, Haslemere
Telephone: 01428 648716
In Woking, hot meal deliveries are made between 11.15am – 1.45pm. The council are able to deliver frozen meals for those who may want to eat later in the day or need to attend hospital appointments. Dietary requirements can be catered; view a sample menu.
Hot meal and dessert – £4
Tea time snack – £2
Breakfast pack – £1
Telephone: 01483 770 777
Private Meal Delivery Services in Surrey
Private Meal Delivery services are services run outside of the council. They can provide meals to any resident in Surrey who wants them. Albeit these meals are sometimes slightly more expensive than council services, but there is also much wider choice. All meals are delivered frozen so can be heated at a suitable time.
Oakhouse Foods are a frozen meal delivery service. This means meals are delviered frozen and can be cooked at any time. There is no commitment to the service, as much or as little can be ordered as per preference. However it is worth noting that 14 day packs of meals and/or desserts are available at a discounted price.
Telephone: 0333 370 6700
Ofishial Foods specialise in catering for the elderly. They offer home delivery of their full range of main courses, sides and desserts. Meals are delivered frozen and can be heated up in a few minutes in the microwave. Ofishial Foods provide low fat, low sugar, dairy-free and vegetarian options. Prices are charged per size of meal and range between £2 -£6. Orders can be placed online or using the contact details below.
Surrey is outside of Ofishial Food’s area of free delivery. However, a set of meals can be delivered frozen for a delivery fee of £8, or for free if the order is over £70.
Telephone: 01295 680999
Wiltshire Farm Foods
Wiltshire Farm Foods offer a wide range of over 300 meal choices to suit different tastes. Different appetites are catered for as the meals come in 3 different sizes. Meal costs vary between £3 – £6, depending on the meal and size. Desserts cost between £1 – £3. Wiltshire Farm Foods caters for nutrition and dietary requirements.
Meals are delivered frozen, free of delivery cost. There is no contract or limit on the number of meals that can be ordered. You can request a brochure on behalf of your relative and order over the phone, or on the website.
Telephone: 0800 077 3100