Established 1963 - Shipping worldwide since 1975

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of questions that we are sometimes asked. This is not an exhaustive list so please feel free to email any you may have.

  1. What do the emails I receive mean?
  2. How long do I have to wait for my delivery?
  3. When will my delivery arrive?
  4. If I get an email notification about items not being available will any other available items be dispatched?
  5. How long does it take for an unavailable item to become available?
  6. How much will delivery cost?
  7. Do you ship outside the UK?
  8. Is there any discount if I order bulk?
  9. Can I use my OAP / Student / Early Bird discount?
  10. What does the 7 day flag mean?
  11. I can’t get my account to work, can I order by phone?
  12. When will the money be taken from my account for the goods?
  13. What happens if I don’t receive all my goods in my delivery?
  14. Do I have to wait in on the delivery arriving?
  15. What happens if I’m not at home when you try to deliver?
  16. Can I specify a time for delivery?
  17. Do you do next day delivery?
  18. Do you deliver in the evenings or at weekends?

1. What do the emails I receive mean?Top button

It is very important to us that you are kept fully informed of the status of your order. We do this by sending Order Status emails. There are several emails that you could receive and they are all explained in greater detail below.

Order Confirmation

When you place an order you will receive an email with all of the details of the order including the products you have ordered, the total cost, the billing address and the delivery address. This email is just to let you know that we have received your order and that we will now be processing the order.

Awaiting Stock

If we are unable to dispatch the order the next day (Monday to Friday only), you may receive an email to let you know that we are awaiting stock. This generally means that we are expecting a delivery shortly and your order will then be packed and dispatched immediately.

Part Dispatch

If we have most of your order but we are still awaiting a delivery, then we may dispatch part of your order. The delivery slip inside your package will let you know which of your items are not included.

Dispatch

When we have packaged and posted your items, you will receive an email confirming that your items are on their way. You may be given a tracking reference that will enable you to find your order if it is not delivered within the expected time scales. See our Delivery section for full details.

Complete

When we have tracked your order and have received confirmation from Parcelforce or the Royal Mail, you will receive an email letting you know that we now believe the order is complete. If this is not the case, you should Contact Us and let us know immediately.

Cancelled

If you have requested that we cancel your order, you will receive an order confirming cancellation. At this point we will also refund any payments made.

Returned

If you have returned items to us, you will receive a confirmation email when we have received the goods. At this point we will check that all of our conditions have been fulfilled and that the returned items are in their original packing and good general condition. We will then process any refunds necessary.

2. How long do I have to wait for my delivery?Top button

Orders placed before 7pm Monday to Friday will be picked overnight and packed the next day. Dispatch will be in the afternoon and delivery usually takes 2 - 4 working days.

Orders placed between 7pm Friday and 7pm Sunday will be picked overnight on Sunday and packed on Monday. Dispatch will be in the afternoon and delivery usually takes 2 - 4 working days.

If any of your items are unavailable, we will send an email giving you details. Most products can be sourced within 7 days. If we have any difficulties we will contact you to discuss the problems and possible solutions.

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3. When will my delivery arrive?Top button

If all the items you have ordered are available at the time you place your order, delivery is normally between 2 - 4 working days after you receive our email confirming your order.
***Please note that if any items you have ordered aren't available at the time you place your order, we will email you to inform you, at which point you have the opportunity to request your order be sent immediately with all available items.***

4. If I get an email notification about items not being available will any other available items ordered be dispatched?Top button

We will normally hold available items until the whole order is complete. If you wish us to part dispatch the order rather than wait for the order to be complete, please contact us by emailing webshop@realfoods.co.uk.

5. How long does it take for unavailable items to become available?Top button

Most items can be sourced by us and be ready for dispatch within 7 days. If for some reason it is going to take longer we will contact you with further details.

6. How much will delivery cost?Top button

If you live in the GB mainland and Skye and order over £29.00 of items then delivery is FREE!

If you live in UK islands or Northern Ireland and you order over £29.00 then the initial delivery charge is free, however, these orders do incur a delivery surcharge in line with haulier surcharges made on such deliveries. You will be able to see this charge added to your basket when you view the basket.

If you live outside the UK or you are ordering £29.00 or less, then you will be able to see the delivery charge added to your basket when you view the basket. While every effort is made to ensure that these charges are correct, we reserve the right to change them if necessary before dispatch. If this is necessary we will contact you before dispatch.

7. Do you ship outside the UK?Top button

We can ship to anywhere in the world (although restrictions may apply on items such as alcohol).

Please always check the import restrictions for your country before ordering as we are unable to refund the cost of delivery if the goods are refused by your local authorities.

 

8. Is there any discount if I order bulk?Top button

Ordering products, where available, in full sacks or full boxes will give you the cheapest price per kilo. If you buy 2 sacks or boxes you will receive a further 5% discount, order 4 and you will receive a 10% discount (already included in the prices displayed in the web shop).

These wholesale prices are subject to a delivery charge of £4.95 per unit.

If you wish to order large quantities of items with no box or sack prices, please contact us with details of what you wish to buy and we will provide you with our best price.

9. Can I use my OAP / Student / Early Bird discount?Top button

We are unable to offer any of the discounts that we offer in our 2 retail stores in Edinburgh to any orders placed through the webshop. We do offer free delivery on all orders over £29.00 and discounted promotions are also available.

10. What does the 7 day flag mean?Top button

The 7 day flag means that the item is not currently available for us to pick.

In normal circumstances we would expect the product to become available within 7 days. If this is not the case for any reason, we will contact you with further details.

11. I can’t get my account to work, can I order by phone? Top button

Unfortunately we are not able to accept telephone orders for our web shop.

However, we are very happy to work with you to resolve any problems that you may be experiencing with ordering online.

12. When will the money be taken from my account for the goods?Top button

Money is  ringfenced by the card providers on the date the order is placed. Money is taken from your account just before we dispatch the goods to you.

13. What happens if I don’t receive all my goods in my delivery?Top button

If you don't receive all your goods in your delivery, please check you invoice which will be included with the goods.

If you have been charged for goods you have not received, please contact us immediately giving your order number and we will arrange for your card to be refunded.

If you have not received goods and you have not been changed for them, please check your emails to see if you have received any further information from us about these goods. If you have not, please contact us giving you order number and we will investigate.

14. Do I have to wait in on the delivery arriving?Top button

At present we use Parcelforce for items over 1kg and Royal Mail for those under 1kg.  The Parcelforce will deliver between 8:30-5:30 Monday to Friday, Royal Mail will follow your usual postal times. 

It is best that you are available to sign for the order, however  if you have a safe place you would like the delivery to be left in case you are not at home, please give us this information at the time of ordering.

15. What happens if I’m not at home when you try to deliver?Top button

If you have not given us details of a safe place for the delivery to be left in then the package will be left at your nearest post office and you will receive a card with the details.

16. Can I specify a time for delivery?Top button

It is unfortunately not possible to specify a time for delivery at present.

17. Do you do next day delivery?Top button

At present we do not offer this service and delivery normally takes 2 - 4 working days from dispatch.

18. Do you deliver in the evenings or at weekends?Top button

Delivery is Monday to Friday during the working day.