Wednesday, 29 December 2010

My new friend the milkman, and not a negligee in sight ~ a review of Milk & More

When I was growing up we used to have a lot of our food delivered right to our door. No, not with a fancy supermarket delivery - we didn't even have supermarkets then, there were grocers, butchers, fishmongers, etc. but by door to door delivery vans. 

Our milk was delivered fresh to the doorstep in environmentally friendly glass bottles, with cream at the top and different coloured foil seals to distinguish the type of milk. Our bread was delivered by...guess who?...the bread man. Our bread man was a bit of a character, his nickname was Fingers - although I don't want to think about why - he had long sideburns and looked a bit like Mungo Jerry.  My brother used to help out on the bread van and occasionally we would get some unwanted squashed loaves that had gone unsold.

Then there would be a weekly visit from the fishmonger - always on a Friday, when good Catholics didn't eat meat, and I remember the veg man would deliver a 56lb bag of spuds to the backdoor so that Mum didn't have to try and carry it through the house. It's funny how all those years ago home deliveries were standard, and now it's gone full circle and people want their groceries delivered straight to their door again.

I'm all for convenience, so when I was asked if I'd like to try the Milk & More service I was more than happy to give it a go.  Now I don't know about you but I haven't used the milkman for a long time, probably years. After all it's so easy to buy your milk in those huge plastic containers and keep enough in the fridge, until realised you've run out and it's 7am and you need a cup of tea.

I had a look at the website and was surprised at the range of products (pet food, toilet rolls and dishwasher tablets amongst many other products) and while that's all good, I think the beauty of this service is that you can place an order up until 9pm the night before for the things you know you'll need the next day. I placed my order last night for milk, fresh orange juice, apple juice, eggs, yoghurt and bread. I got up this morning at 8am conscious that the milk man might knock, although I wasn't even sure if he would even deliver it,  but he'd already left my delivery in the porch! I smiled when I saw it, I really did. There's something very satisfying about using this service, I don't know what it is - a nostalgic reassurance perhaps - but here's the clincher: there's no delivery charge!  Yeah, try and ask Tesco to deliver a bottle of milk and half a dozen eggs for no charge, and see what they say!

So would I recommend Milk&More? Well, put it this way I'll be ordering with them again. And again. And again.