Christmas food stockists directory
Where can you get a mail order turkey? How many cheeses should you buy? The answers are here in our delicious. Christmas food stockists and equipment directory.
Copas Turkeys sells around 40,000 free-range turkeys every Christmas and has stockists across the UK. To find one near you, go to the website or call 01628 499980 to place an order or to arrange a farm gate collection. Online orders must be placed by 18 December. Delivered prices start at £51 for a turkey breast roast and £78 for a whole turkey.
KellyBronze high-quality turkeys have been bred by the Kelly family for more than 25 years. The family now also uses certified farms UK-wide. Order via the website or call 01245 223581. There’s also an option to collect from the farm. Last order date is 18 December for guaranteed Christmas delivery. A 5kg KellyBronze costs around £89.
Ham and other Christmas meats
The Well Hung Meat Company, based in Devon, has been winning accolades for its organic meat since it started in 2001. Over the Christmas period, it offers a range of meat boxes, including ham, goose, turkey or rib of beef – prices start at £120. Order online or call 01364 643 087. Last orders for Christmas on 10 December.
HG Walter is a traditional, family butcher based in London that delivers high-quality produce nationwide. It also offers a huge range of deli goods, cheese and vegetables – a great one-stop shop for Christmas. To place an order, go to the website or call 020 7385 6466.
Bleikers won the heart of Rick Stein in his Food Heroes series for its dedicated passion to smoked fish. It’s a family-run smokehouse in Yorkshire that offers only the best quality fish, including wild and Freedom Food-approved farmed salmon. Order online or call 01677 428900.
Get a bespoke box of organic fruit and veg delivered to your door from award-winning delivery company Riverford . You can build your own box to include a range of farm produce including cheese, meat, alcoholic drinks and even gifts for foodies. Order online or call 01803 227227.
Abel & Cole are well-respected and deliver a wide range of organic products around the UK; visit the website or call 08452 626262.
Christmas cakes and puddings
Carved Angel is famous for its hand-made luxury Christmas cakes and puddings, which use the finest ingredients. Order online or call 01752 345120.
Bettys bakes such wonderful Christmas cakes that your guests may think you’ve made them yourself. Order Christmas hampers, sweet treats or stocking fillers from the website or call 0800 456 1919.
Cake decorating suppliers
For sugar pastes, edible food colourings, icings, glitters and other decorations, go to the Squires Kicthen Shop website (01252 260 260).
See our online chocolate shop directory for a wide range of exquisite chocolate and confectionery options.
If you want to buy cheeses online, try Paxton & Whitfield’s – a traditional London cheesemongers which has been running since 1797. They offer special Christmas hampers or you can build your own. Visit the website or call 01451 823460.
Remember, cheese must be served at room temperature and doesn’t enjoy being in the fridge. Store in greaseproof paper in a cool, dark place or a not-too-cold fridge. Bring up to room temperature for at least an hour before serving. These four fab cheeses will make a great combination:
- A classic blue cheese such as Stilton is a must – whether it’s a whole baby Stilton or a nice wedge. Go for a Colston Bassett or Cropwell Bishop and you can’t go wrong. For a real treat, try a Stichelton (unpasteurised, Stilton-style cheese).
- Goat’s cheese is a lovely addition to any cheese board, whether you prefer hard or creamy is up to you.
- As for hard cheese, you can’t beat a good, strong, Cheddar-style cheese. Try a nice chunk of Montgomery’s Cheddar for that real roof-of-the-mouth feel, or a Lincolnshire Poacher for something a bit smoother.
- A soft cheese will complete your cheeseboard. A good, runny Brie or Camembert is a great crowd-pleaser: choose an unpasteurised one. If you’re feeling daring, try Vacherin Mont d’Or, which is superbly oozy and smelly.
Wine & beer
If you’d rather have a case of wine tailored to your needs, and one that’s not heavy on air miles either, try Chapel Down Winery in Kent; visit the website or call0 1580 763033. For beer, we recommend the Hogs Back Brewery (01252 784495).
The right equipment (that will last forever)
When looking for a turkey tin, go for a hard, anodised roasting tin that’s the right size for your bird, otherwise the lovely juices will burn rather than caramelising on the bottom. For a really big turkey, we use a Mermaid roaster (46cm x 34.5cm x 5cm). Although it’s designed to fit snugly in an Aga, it will fit in most conventional ovens. Order at the Salamander Cookshop or ask in your local cookshop.
It’s worth spending a bit on a carving knife as it should last forever. Look for a 20-26cm flexible blade with a sharply pointed tip to free meat from the bone, and opt for a smooth blade, as a serrated one can tear the meat. Sabatier , Wüsthof or Henckels are all excellent brands.
Go for a large, good-quality chopping board that you can prepare large quantities of Christmas veg on, and which also has a channel around the edge to catch the turkey juices as you carve. We love the Croft Collection End Grain in oak from John Lewis. Eliminate the risk of your turkey plummeting to the floor as you take it out of its roasting tin by investing in a pair of large meat forks. From John Lewis and all good cookware shops.