2020 has been a year of lockdowns and tiers and unprecedented restrictions on people’s movement in UK. For much of the year, only essential shops could stay open – food shops, of course, being one of them. The run-up to the first lockdown in March saw people beginning to stock up on food. Images of supermarket shelves stripped bare of essentials such as pasta, tinned food and flour proliferated and spread unease. People began shopping in smaller food shops near where they lived as an alternative to crowded supermarkets. I spoke to three independent food shops to find out what their experience of this pandemic year had been.