Festive Food & Drink Guide 2023

Time to get serious with the festive food and drink for 2023. It’s late November, time is running out, that all important decision over

DukesHill Beef Rib Joint (£170)

For those seeking an exceptional dining experience, the indulgence of a bone-in rib of beef is a timeless choice and DukesHill offer a sublime example. Their grass-fed beef, sourced from traditional breeds raised on English farms, is meticulously selected for superior quality. Each cut boasts impeccable fat coverage and exquisite marbling, further enhanced through careful maturation to achieve unparalleled tenderness and a symphony of rich, intense flavours.

DukesHill Venison Loin Fillet (£28)

A delicious alternative to traditional festive feating, this beautiful venison offers tender and melt in the mouth results.

DukesHill is renowned for its exquisite selection of British Game, including the naturally lean and flavourful Venison Loin Fillet. Pair this exceptional cut with roasted root vegetables and a delectable blackberry sauce for a truly luxurious culinary experience. 

The DukesHill Venison Loin Fillet is not only exceptionally tender but also incredibly succulent, making it a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. Whether you are a seasoned Venison connoisseur or an adventurous palate seeking new culinary horizons, the delicate flavour of this exquisite meat adds a touch of elegance to any dish. 

Lola’s Cupcakes Santa’s Workshop Cupcakes (£21.30 for 6)

A box of Christmas-themed cupcakes with a variety of toppings, including wreaths, elves, gingerbread men, and candy canes. The cupcakes come in vanilla or chocolate flavour and are perfect for a holiday party or as a gift. Absolutely delicious, light, fluffy, flavoursome and everything you want from a cupcake.

Their cupcakes by post are carefully packaged with dry ice and a reusable insulated liner to guarantee their freshness and safe delivery throughout the UK. Upon receiving the cupcakes, simply allow them to reach room temperature before indulging in their delightful flavours. Handmade happiness delivered right to your doorstep!

Classic Panettone 1kg by Tiri (£50)

Pioneering a revolutionary three-stage sourdough process, Tiri’s master bakers have elevated the traditional panettone to new heights and they have been doing so since 1957. Their painstaking 72-hour fermentation method yields an exceptionally soft, fragrant, and easily digestible sourdough, the ideal foundation for their exquisite panettone. Utilizing only the finest ingredients, including Australian raisins and Staccia Lucana orange, Tiri’s panettone is a testament to their mastery of the craft. Simply stunning, you will not find another panettone of this quality anywhere in the world.

Farhi’s Caramelised & Roasted Nut Selection (£35)

Indulge in a delightful assortment of roasted and caramelized nuts, beautifully presented in Fahrhi’s signature gift box. Experience the irresistible crunch of pecans encased in a rich caramel shell, the delicate sweetness of honey-roasted cashews, and the harmonious blend of sweet, salty, and spicy in honey-glazed salted cashews. Savour the richness of honey-drenched almonds, hand-roasted to perfection, and relish the contrasting flavours of chili-dusted and salted peanuts. This luxurious nut selection is a symphony of tastes, sure to captivate any discerning palate.

Farhi’s Crumbly Chocolate Fudge in Tin (£10)

Unwind and savor the crumbly richness of our decadent chocolate fudge, a confection steeped in tradition since the late 19th century. Let its intense cocoa flavour and melt-in-your-mouth texture transport you to a blissful realm of pure indulgence.

Mash Direct Roast Dinner Sides (£20)

Hand farmed by the Hamilton family since the 1800s, this Strangford Lough based land and brand are ideal for all your festive needs. 

This convenient roast box provides all the classic side dishes for a delectable Sunday roast. Each dish is carefully prepared using steam cooking to ensure optimal flavor and texture. The selection includes carrot and parsnip mash, cauliflower cheese gratin, champ, green cabbage, mashed potato, mashed swede, red cabbage and beetroot, and roast potatoes, catering to a variety of tastes.

Bruno Paillard Première Cuvée Extra Brut MV

Established in 1981, Bruno Paillard is an independent, family-run Champagne house dedicated to showcasing the distinct character of Champagne’s northern chalky terroir. Their signature Première Cuvée, a harmonious blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier, epitomizes this philosophy. This elegant and complex Champagne benefits from 20% barrel fermentation and the incorporation of up to 50% reserve wines. It undergoes three years of aging on lees and receives an exceptionally low dosage, resulting in a refined and nuanced expression of Champagne. Maison Bruno Paillard is committed to sustainable viticulture, employing organic and biodynamic practices in their vineyards. This elegant, low-dosage Champagne is an ideal apéritif.

£39.50: Buy Bruno Paillard Brut Premiere Cuvee Champagne France (hedonism.co.uk)

Domaine Bousquet’s Reserve Malbec 

Nestled in the high-altitude Gualtallary sub-region of Tupungato, Mendoza’s Uco Valley, lies Domaine Bousquet, Argentina’s largest certified organic and regenerative winery. Under the stewardship of husband-and-wife team Labid al Ameri and Anne Bousquet, Domaine Bousquet has established itself as a pioneer in organic winemaking since its inception in the 1990s. Their European-inspired winemaking approach ensures the production of exceptional wines, true to the legacy of French winemaking tradition. Embracing sustainability as a core principle, Domaine Bousquet has earned numerous accolades, including B Corp certification in 2022 and, more recently, the prestigious Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC)™ status, becoming only the fourth wine estate worldwide to achieve this distinction. With its unwavering commitment to sustainability and organic practices, Domaine Bousquet stands as a beacon of excellence in the world of wine.

£15.50: Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec | Organic Malbec | Vintage Roots

Campo Viejo Rioja Gran Reserva

A well-balanced and accessible Rioja from the renowned Campo Viejo winery, this 2014 vintage red wine is a perfect accompaniment to hearty dishes like game, lamb stew with chestnut sauce, vegetable tagine, or ratatouille. It also pairs beautifully with chocolate pudding or a traditional Sunday roast. This exceptional wine makes an ideal gift for any occasion and is best savoured at a cool temperature of 15-18°C.

To achieve its rich colour and complex flavour profile, the grapes are fermented at a controlled temperature of around 28°C. The wine is then aged for a minimum of two years in oak casks, resulting in a refined and elegant expression of Rioja’s finest qualities.

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