The Christmas week is well and truly upon us, which means it’s time to stock up on the food for the impending festive feast. Felicity Carter helps you beat the supermarket rush with these convenient deliver-to-your-door Christmas food classics.
Fortnum’s Savoury Platter at Fortnum & Mason
Fortum & Mason are known for their platters; this one is the perfect Christmas food for sharing, consisting of the classic British pork pie, scotch eggs, quiche, pâté and Fortnum’s famous Piccadilly Piccalilli.
It is a time for decadence and in this vein, try Attilus Caviar. It is created at their very own fishery and what’s more is fully-certified as ecologically-friendly.
This Royal Siberian Caviar, also known as baerii caviar is a fine-grained caviar recognised for its pure and elegant flavour.
£355 for 500g, www.attiluscaviar.co.uk
Shellfish Platter at Marks & Spencer
A delicious shellfish platter from Marks & Spencer, enjoy Canadian lobsters, the best Orkney crab and huge prawns before the turkey.
Indonesian prawns, Vietnamese tiger prawns, 6 Orkney crab claws, 6 Madagascan king prawns, 2 Canadian lobster halves and claws, 2 mini dressed Orkney crabs with lemon, Mayonnaise, Marie Rose sauce, Lemon wedges
£35; serves 4-6 www.marksandspencer.com
Smoked Salmon by H. Forman & Son
From Britain’s oldest salmon curers, this limited edition smoked River Tweed salmon is the very best that you will find on the market. Only 200 packs are available, each hand-sliced by Lance Forman.
250g Serves 3-4, £57.50, www.formans.co.uk
Christmas Feast Box at Abel & Cole
Containing all the Christmas dinner necessities from an award winning 4kg-5kg organic turkey from Paul Kelly to a magnum of fizz and the most loved veggies this box will have you covered.
4kg-5kg organic turkey from Paul Kelly, Butter Roast Turkey with Cider Gravy, Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts & Lardons, Crisp Roast Spuds & Snips, Honeyed Red Cabbage with Bramley Apple, Lemon & Cumin Carrots, Magnum of Prosecco
£159; serves 6-8 people, www.abelandcole.co.uk
Abel & Cole Christmas Day Fruit & Veg Box
For more of the Christmas food essentials to see you right through the festive period order the Fruit and Veg Box, all tried and tested by the people at Abel & Cole to ensure your dinner is delicious.
Parsnips from Organic Dan in Lancashire, Brussels sprouts from Organic Dan in Lancashire, Leeks from James Brown at Pollybell Farm in Yorkshire, Potatoes from Andrew Skea in Dundee, Carrots from Andrew Skea in Dundee, Red cabbage from James Brown at Pollybell Farm in Yorkshire, Onions from Nick Walton at Bagthorpe Farm in Norfolk, Clementines from Alberto Torres near Valencia, Lemons from Pippo Zinno in Sicily, Garlic from Ferme de la Motte in France
Bouquet Garni from Philippe Ayme in France
£26; serves 4-6 people www.abelandcole.co.uk
The Christmas Day Hamper at Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason once again have you covered for Christmas food and drinks – their specialised alcohol hamper is made up of six bottles specially selected to complement all the courses of your festive dinner, from champagne to after-dinner port to go with the crackers and cheese.
Blanc de Blancs Champagne, Sauternes, Crusted Port, Fleurie, Chablis, Saint Emilion
Cheese Celebration Cake at Marks & Spencer
A true showstopper at the end of the meal, this beats your average cheeseboard. With six varieties of cheese from a creamy French brie to a rich stilton this comes with assembly instructions, two boards, pillars and dowel rods. Just add the crackers.
Gould’s cheddar, Creamy Lancashire, White Stilton Cranberry, Brie, Blacksticks Blue
Vintage Dom Perignon at Selfridges
Considered to be the founder of the Champagne industry, treat your loved ones to vintage Dom Pérignon. With notes of wild flowers, ripe mangos and anise this champagne is a sensory adventure that suits all the courses.
Magnificent Christmas Pudding at Fortnum & Mason
An alternative to the classic Christmas pudding, this chocolate pudding is infused with the essence of autumn orchards and features a batter that has been soaked with a generous helping of Armagnac, giving it a rich and decadent flavour. The pudding is crowned with gold dusted apple rings for an impressive finish.
£39.95; serves 6-8, www.fortnumandmason.com