Christmas dinner 2020: cheat with food and drink delivered to your door
Take away the stress with these festive hampers and ‘pub in a box’
Christmas Day offers the perfect opportunity to relax and have fun - provided you’re not the one having to prepare the food, cook the dinner and wash up afterwards.
Peeling Brussel sprouts, basting the turkey and putting the pigs in blankets can take a lot of precious time, both on the big day and before. But you can join the rest of your clan and put your feet up by getting your meals and other edible goodies delivered straight to your door.
Here we pick out some of the best Christmas pre-prepared food and drink options, including festive hampers and a “pub in a box”.
Food options: turkey, meats and all the trimmings
Noilly Prat x Yann Florio Christmas Dinner Boxes
Noilly Prat vermouth has teamed up with MasterChef finalist and Bonne Franquette founder Yann Florio to create a luxurious, festive French fine dining and cocktail experience that can be delivered to your door on 24 or 25 December.
Created using local ingredients sourced in east London, it comes with everything you need to create a French-inspired five-course feast and Boxing Day leftover kit, together with Noilly Prat Le Sud cocktails.
Available with meat and vegetarian options, the dinner boxes are priced at £75 per head (minimum two people) and available nationwide. £75; Nationwide; bonnefranquette.co.uk
Smokestak Christmas at Home
Smokestak chef and founder David Carter will be firing up his wood-fired smoker for the festive season and offering Christmas specials such as treacle-cured smoked gammon (half joint £60, whole £110) and whole smoked aylesbury x peking duck (£48) for nationwide delivery throughout December.
Last orders before Christmas can be placed by 6pm on 21 December for delivery on 23 December. smokestakshop.co.uk
Christmas with Wild Radish
With a meat, fish and vegetarian option available, Wild Radish’s Christmas boxes include easy-to-follow recipes from the likes of Phil Howard, Marianna Leivaditaki and Dan Fletcher. There’s also some festive surprises and farmers’ market-fresh ingredients that are prepared and ready to cook.
Options include: Roasted Wagyu Tomahawk Steak (£315 for four, £455 for six; delivery on 21 December); Red Wine Braised Chestnut and Baby Borettane Onion Stew (£200 for four, £290 for six; delivery on 22 December); and Herb-Crusted Salmon Fillet (£260 for four, £350 for six; delivery on 23 December). wild-radish.co.uk
Best of Norfolk Christmas Hampers from Morton’s Family Farm
Morton’s Family Farm in north Norfolk is offering a range of luxury hampers and products this Christmas. Choices include the Marsh Pig charcuterie selection (£45), East Anglian cheese (£45), medium chicken (£135), smoked deli (£47), and bronze turkey supreme (£100).
If you want the whole feast, then there’s also the Christmas Day Hampers which come in three sizes - small (£85), medium (£150) and large (£190). They contain all the essentials, including: free-range Norfolk bronze turkey (large and medium) or turkey breast joint; smoked salmon; pigs in blankets; free-range pork and chestnut stuffing; Christmas pudding; Oak smoked chicken breasts; Oak smoked duck breasts; turkey gravy, bread and cranberry sauces.
The hampers are available nationwide and will arrive just in time for the big day. Christmas Day Hampers £85-£190; mortonsfarm.co.uk
The Savoy’s Norfolk Turkey Feast
Chefs from The Savoy hotel in London have created an experience for guests to enjoy at home. Customers will be able to celebrate in Savoy style with this three-course banquet.
Items on the menu include: a whole roasted bronze Norfolk turkey, Cumberland sausage, chestnut and apple stuffing, pigs in blankets, honey-glazed carrots, Brussel sprouts with crispy streaky bacon, Maris Piper duck fat confit potatoes, oven-roasted parsnips and turkey gravy, cranberry sauce and bread sauce. This delivery also features a Jerusalem and smoked tomato veloute and a traditional Savoy mince pie with brandy butter to finish.
Available to order from now until 31 December, 48 hours’ notice is required. From £299 for four people, £450 for eight people; thesavoylondon.slerp.com
allplants Vegan Feast Box
This feast box by plant-based company allplants is a festive vegan Christmas roast with all the trimmings. It contains a two-course roast dinner for four people, or two dinners for two, ready to heat up and enjoy within 45 minutes.
Inside the box, there is a delicious cranberry and walnut loaf as the centrepiece, alongside seasonal sides: crispy roast potatoes, spiced red cabbage, rosemary roasted veggies, truffle cauliflower cheese, and a Christmassy cranberry sauce. Four desserts are also included, you can choose from tiramisu cheesecake and sticky banoffee pudding to end your feast. £49.99; allplants.com
Farmison & Co turkeys and chef-prepared meats
Farmison & Co is serving up a festive feast featuring a choice of meats including turkey, beef and goose.
The online butcher can also provide pigs in blankets, stuffing and chef-prepared items such as chicken ballotine, caramelised onion and lemon; beef Wellington for two; Swaledale mutton shoulder with Yorkshire spice; and aromatic spiced duck and plum cocktail sausages.
If you want to keep it traditional and opt for turkey, the free-range heritage breed Bourbon Red (whole or crown), exclusive to Farmison & Co, could be a Christmas dinner winner. Prices for the whole Bourbon Red turkeys (top and above) start from £86.95 (5kg, serves six), and deliveries run from 2 to 23 December. farmison.com/christmas
Farmison & Co Christmas hampers
Farmison & Co also has two Christmas hampers options this year. The Steak & Caviar Christmas Hamper includes a Chateaubriand steak, King’s Imperial caviar, truffle butter and Pump Street Chocolate (£85). The Heritage Beef Christmas Hamper (above) features a wing rib of beef, F&Co English Mustard and a Carved Angel Christmas pudding (£100). farmison.com
Full Monty Events: Ultimate Hassle-Free Christmas at Home
For the ultimate hassle-free Christmas, Full Monty Events can provide not only the food and drinks but also the table decorations for your Christmas Day meal, Christmas Eve dinner and Boxing Day breakfast.
Designed to serve groups of two or more, the options include a Christmas Day-only package for £95 per person that comprises a Christmas Day brunch, canapés, supper, dessert and, of course, that all-important cheeseboard. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dietary requirements can all be catered for too.
Products are sourced from across the country and Full Monty Events delivers nationwide, straight to your doorstep. fullmontyevents.co.uk
Elite Bistros: Christmas Day ‘boxed off’
Elite Bistros has Christmas Day “boxed off” this year. The company will do all the hard work with a choice of festive meal boxes featuring all the trimmings plus turkey (£109-£307), beef (£136-£368) or a butternut squash option (£55-£105). Alternatively, you can order “just the trimmings” (£95-£265).
Orders will arrive on Wednesday 23 December via courier, in a fully curb-side recyclable insulated box. Nationwide delivery; elitebistros.com
Detox Kitchen Vegan Festive Veg Box
This veg box by Detox Kitchen contains a vegan nut roast, vegan gravy and all the fresh veg you need to create a delicious Christmas lunch. There’s recipes to guide you through the prep and added extras in the box include Trussell Trust Christmas crackers, Seedlip Garden 108 & Cucumber Tonic and cacao truffles. Deliveries are Thursday to Saturday throughout the month, up until 24 December. London only delivery; £55; detoxkitchen.co.uk
Scotch & Seafood Hampers by Old Pulteney and Fish To Your Door
Old Pulteney, “The Maritime Malt”, has partnered with sustainable supplier Fish To Your Door to create an “at home” whisky and seafood experience for the festive season.
Featuring a selection of ready to eat seafood alongside whisky, hamper one (£115) includes: Old Pulteney 12 Years Old (70cl) Single Malt Scotch Whisky; oysters; an oyster shucking knife; smoked salmon; dressed crabs; and a cooked or dressed lobster.
With ready to cook fresh seafood in addition to whisky, hamper two (£225) includes: Old Pulteney 12 Years Old; oysters; smoked salmon; fresh fish fillets; hot smoked salmon fillets; cooked lobsters; scallops; white crab meat; smoked mackerel; king prawns; and dressed crabs. Nationwide delivery; £115 or £225; fishtoyourdoor.com
East Anglian Cheese Hamper from Morton’s Family Farm
Every Christmas dinner needs a cheese course and this hamper from Morton’s Family Farm showcases the best that East Anglia has to offer.
The hamper contains: Mrs Temple’s Binham Blue (180g-220g); Norfolk Dapple (180g-220g); Lincolnshire Poacher (180g-220g); Baron Bigod (250g); Bungay Raw Butter (90g); Peter’s Yard Original Sourdough Crispbreads (105g x2); and Candi’s Chutney Norfolk Crier Onion Marmalade (284g jar). £45; mortonsfarm.co.uk
Drinks: spirits, beers, wines and cocktails
The Ultimate St Andrews Hamper
Scottish gin producer Eden Mill has created five luxury hampers for Christmas this year. The Ultimate St Andrews Hamper (above) features a huge selection of spirits including Eden Mill gins, seasonal releases, Scotch whisky, and a hand-picked accompaniment of exclusive collaboration items, from artisan chocolates to whisky sauce, gin-infused jams and a luxury bartender’s cocktail set. £325-£650; edenmill.com
Signature Brew’s Christmas Pub In A Box
Signature Brew brings the fun to you with its Christmas Pub In A Box. This boozy selection includes a selection of award-winning craft beers, plus glassware and Christmas snacks. There’s even a Christmas music quiz and exclusive Christmas playlists curated by music journalists to soundtrack your festivities. Pub In A Box is available throughout the UK and is delivered within one to two days after the order is placed. Pre-orders will be shipped from 1 December. £28; signaturebrew.co.uk
The Sorting Table’s ‘Not Your Average’ Christmas wine case
If you’re bored of the usual Christmas food and wine pairing suspects, this case by The Sorting Table will offer an alternative to the average plonk. This festive mixed case features: Champagne Robert Moncuit Reserve Perpetuelle Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut NV; Frances Semillon 2016; Hirsch Kammern Gruner Veltliner 2017; Holass Balf Kekfrankos 2017; Domaine de Galouchey Vin de Jardin 2016; and Toro Albala Reserva 1990. £160; thesortingtable.co.uk
Bring Your Bar Home cocktail delivery guide
If cocktails are your chosen tipple, and you miss going for a night out, then Bring Your Bar Home could come in handy this Christmas. This is the UK’s first cocktail takeaway and delivery guide personalised to your location. Simply search your postcode at bringyourbarhome.com and discover all the delicious cocktails available for delivery. bringyourbarhome.com