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20 luxury food treats to enjoy this Christmas (2023) – UK & Europe edition

Savour the joy of Christmas this year with our guide to a whole host of foodie treats. The heart of Christmas gathering starts at the dining table – a place where memories are made, and delicious food is shared. Explore our wide array of offerings from the declious turkey through to a number of sweet treats, and a lot more besides.

The Ultimate Christmas Hamper from Harrods

Treat a loved one to The Ultimate Christmas Hamper courtesy of Harrods – perfect for those who prefer the finer things in life. With all the decadence and indulgence you could possibly desire, it offers a curated selection of wine, tea, coffee, mince pies, marmalade, nuts, caviar, chocolate, foie gras and more, satisfying every festive craving imaginable. Plus, it’s presented in signature wicker baskets, making it an exceedingly thoughtful gift for one very lucky recipient. Please note, individual items may be subject to substitution due to availability.

Beluga Caviar from London Caviar Company

Beluga is the King of the Caviar World. Exclusively from the Huso Huso sturgeon, its large roe are delicate in texture, creamy with a hint of hazelnut, pearl grey in colour with a wonderful consistency, fabulous taste, which experts describe as a faint flavour of the sea! You will most certainly be left wanting more!!

Free Range Bronze Turkey from Morton’s Farm

Experience the pinnacle of Christmas indulgence with a free range bronze turkey from Morton’s Farm. Nestled in the tranquil countryside of North Norfolk, this family-run farm takes pride in delivering sustainable, free-range turkeys directly to your doorstep. Turkeys vary in size from 4.5kg up to 10kg in weight to suit any size Christmas gathering.  The farm prioritises freshness and quality – each succulent turkey is carefully delivered in an insulated box, ready to be effortlessly stored in the fridge or freezer and meticulously packed with giblets, cooking instructions and a curry kit should you have any leftovers. With nationwide delivery and a commitment to sustainability, a Morton’s Farm turkey is the perfect centrepiece for any Christmas feast.

Panettone from Marchesi 1824

On the occasion of Christmas, Marchesi 1824 supports the Pane Quotidiano Association with its traditional 1 kg Panettone. For each Panettone sold, Pasticceria Marchesi will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Association: a delicious Christmas tradition with an altruistic heart. Especially this year, which marks an important milestone for Pane Quotidiano ONLUS, alongside those most in need since 1898. The Association – secular, apolitical, non-partisan, non-profit – in fact celebrates 125 years of constant commitment to ensure free and daily help to the most fragile and disadvantage members of the population, distributing food and relief goods to anyone without any kind of distinction or discrimination. A generous initiative that recalls the true meaning of Christmas: to give.

Artisanal Hazelnut Gianduia Block from Venchi 1878

Perfect as a gift or to share for a snack or dinner with friends, the Gianduia block with whole PGI Piedmont Hazelnuts from Venchi 1878 will satisfy your every chocolate craving. Creamy with crunchy hazelnuts in a maxi version: what more could you ask for?

Celebration Cheese Cake Heart from Godminster

A beautiful 2.65kg tower of some of our favourite British organic cheeses, including a 1kg Organic Brie, a 1kg truckle of our burgundy waxed Godminster Vintage Organic Cheddar, a 250g Organic Brie and Godminster’s 200g Oak Smoked Vintage Organic Cheddar, all topped off with Godminster’s iconic 200g Vintage Organic Cheddar Heart. Suitable for approximately 25-35 people.

Ho Ho Ho! Christmas Pork Pie from Bray’s Cottage Pork Pies

Guaranteed to rise a smile as well as be a very tasty centrepiece, Bray’s Cottage Pork Pies‘ large 7-inch (17cm) pork pie feeds 8-10 people. Perfect for a festive gathering or a wonderful gift.

Cooked and ready to eat. They need at least 4 working days notice from order to delivery day to bake, chill and despatch. The last delivery day will be Friday 22nd December, so last ordering day will be Saturday 16th Dec (although more notice is appreciated, and they do tend to sell out before then, so order early!).

Vegan Christmas Macaron Gift Box from The English Rose Bakery

This beautifully packaged Christmas macaron selection box includes 10 delicate, vegan, French delicacies from The English Rose Bakery. They include praline, cranberry, spiced chocolate, gingerbread and mint chocolate. Made using the finest ingredients in a delicious range of flavours, it’s the perfect Christmas present for a loved one or just an indulgent treat for yourself.

Luxury Chestnut & Apricot Pigs in Blankets from Farmison & Co.

A luxuriously savoury twist on Farmison & Co.‘s traditional pigs in blankets; the sausage meat is infused with luxury chestnut, apricot and cinnamon for outstanding flavour. Snugly wrapped in a blanket of dry-cured streaky bacon to crisp up and caramelise around the pigs. These bite-size sensations easily make for a luxurious party canapé and a must-have at Christmas dinner.

Fresh White Truffles from Fine & Wild

The white truffle, the rarest of the rare, has a short season and is found in Piedmont, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and Marche in Italy. It comes into maturity after the September rains, after the first frost has passed and is available through to December, making it a perfect Christmas treat, available here from Fine & Wild.

Luxury Charcuterie Lovers Gift Set from The Great British Charcuterie Co.

This luxury charcuterie set is the perfect gift for all the charcuterie lovers out there. Sent in a luxury wicker hamper, The Great British Charcuterie‘s Luxury Charcuterie Lovers Gift Set comes with crackers and chutneys. Contents include: Moons Green Wild Mushroom & Truffle (90g), Moons Green Rosemary & Garlic (90g), Wild Venison with Sour Cherries and Pistachio Nuts (55g), Moons Green Beersticks (45g), Lishman’s Spicy N’duja (100g), Tempus Spiced Loin (50g), Tempus Achari Salami (50g), Calcot Coppa (55g), Truffle Beersticks (45g), Calcot Farm Bresaola (50g), Fiery Nduja (100g), Ebony Lamb & Lemon (50g), Moons Green Lamb Sticks (45g), Rebel Hunter Salami (55g), Mangalitza Spalla (50g), Smoked Sussex Venison (50g) and Tempus Spiced Loin (50g).

Celebration Gift Box from On The Table

This Christmas treat your loved ones to the beautifully curated and thoughtfully packaged modern foodie gift boxes from On The Table.  Each is a joy-giving curation of the very best produce from independent suppliers across the UK. Highlights include the Big Celebration Box which is sure to impress. It’s a curation of everything the On The Table team would ever want in a hamper this Winter. Think Nibbly bits for snacking, Sparkling for celebrating and small batch chocolate for afters.  You’ll also discover the best in British cheese and charcuterie, thanks to the Cobble Lane British Mixed Charcuterie Selection featuring Bresola, Coppa and Fennel Seed Salami, plus delicious Lincolnshire Poacher and the handmade Bix Organic Soft Cheese.  Finishing touches include crisp Mor Poppy Seed Crackers, juicy Perello Olives and decadent Torres Truffle Crisps – YUM!  £100.

Ultimate Christmas Hamper from Meg Rivers

Embark on a delectable journey with Meg Rivers‘ Ultimate Christmas Hamper — an unparalleled culinary adventure designed for the discerning traveler. The Limited Edition Stag Classic Christmas Cake, a global sensation, takes the spotlight with its infusion of fine French Brandy, vine fruits and nuts, adorned with marzipan, icing and a regal gold iced stag. This comes with a trio of delightful companions: Mini Frangipane Mince Pies; a generously-sized Christmas pudding; and a tin of Classic Shortbread Shapes. Beyond the epicurean delights, this hamper is a journey with a purpose, contributing a £5 donation to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Or why not try the Mini Christmas Hamper which makes a perfect ‘thank you’ for your hosts. As a special treat for our fellow travel enthusiasts, take advantage of the exclusive offer code ’15luxblog23′ on orders over £25 (excluding wedding cakes and cake or Treat Club subscriptions). Available for delivery through to January.

Organic Smoked Salmon from Ardtaraig

Quite simply the best of the best! Ardtaraig believe there is no better smoked salmon available anywhere. Delicate in flavour with a stunning texture. Try it this Christmas – you will not be disappointed.

DIY Gingerbread House Kit from Biscuiteers

Presented in an ornately decorated square-edged tin, the Biscuiteers gingerbread house kit is a high-end treat that’s ready to assemble and suitable for the whole family.  Families will love decorating them as part of their annual Christmas traditions.

Praline Christmas 144 Piece Woodbox from Läderach

This selection of 144 exquisite Christmas pralinés created by Läderach chocolatier suisse is an unforgettable experience during Advent. Läderach has combined a selection of alcohol-free pralinés and truffles from their classic range with several Christmas-themed seasonal varieties. Presented in a wooden box, these pralinés are an eye-catcher at any holiday gathering. (1680g)

Japanese Chestnuts from Pacific Wild Pick

Indulge in the exquisite flavors of Japanese Tokusen chestnuts, known as “kuri” in Japan, as you immerse yourself in the essence of Christmas. These shiny, brown gems are a culinary treasure, revered for their unique size, taste, and versatility. Perfectly suited for both traditional Japanese dishes and delectable Western-style treats, these chestnuts from Pacific Wild Pick are sure to captivate your taste buds.

Native to Japan and Korea, Japanese Tokusen chestnuts stand out with their impressive size, often larger than their Western counterparts. Boiled in saltwater rather than roasted, these chestnuts offer a tender and fleshy texture with a delightful blend of sweetness and nuttiness.

Spirit-infused Jams & Marmalades Gift Set from Duerr’s

Duerr’s Christmas preserves have been perfectly blended with their favourite spirits, ideal for a leisurely breakfast or an afternoon treat in front of a roaring fire. Moments like these make Christmas that bit sweeter, so why not spread a bit of cheer with Duerr’s this year. Contents include:1 x Lemon & Gin 42g 1 x Blackberry & Gin 42g 1 x Apricot & Brandy 42g 1 x Orange & Vodka 42g 1 x Orange & Whisky 42g 1 x Strawberry & Marc de Champagne 42g.

The Chocolate Wreath Box from Hotel Chocolat

Indulge in the exquisite elegance of Hotel Chocolat‘s Chocolate Wreath Box, a Christmas centrepiece that is sure to be a visual delight. Discover a symphony of flavours with 40 carefully curated chocolates’, each a testament to the artistry and passion of Hotel Chocolat’s master chocolatiers; this Chocolate Wreath Box is more than a mere confectionery collection; it’s an invitation to share moments of joy and delight with loved ones.

Christmas Pudding With Orange Liquer from Cartwright & Butler

It’s said that you tamper with a classic at your own risk. But this is well worth it. Cartwright & Butler took a traditional rich Christmas pudding and added candied lemon and orange peel, a generous slug or two of orange liqueur and then covered the outside in whole slices of candied orange. A new classic that comes presented in one of their signature clip top tins.

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Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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40 Comments

  1. Pigs in blankets are always irresistible. Throw in chestnut and apricot too and they must be beyond heavenly. Harmison are on to a real winner here.

  2. Perhaps reading about all these Xmas treats on the train into work wasn’t the cleverest idea. I’m starving now!!!

  3. There are some great treats in the Meg Rivers luxury hamper. What particularly appeals to me are the Mini Frangipane Mince Pies, far better than a biscuit with coffee at this time of year.

    1. We had them last year and I must confess I’ve had one or two (or should that be three or four) already this year. They are delicious. They don’t keep for such a long time so needs must!

  4. Caviar is something of an acquired taste but now that I’ve got it, Beluga Caviar is definitely my favourite.

  5. Fennel Seed Salami is obviously having a moment as it’s made it into The Gift Box.

    It was also one of the canapés for a superb tasting menu that I had in a restaurant last week.

    Will we be stuffing the turkey with fennel seed salami next?

    1. Ooooh, I hope not, Steve. I prefer things to be kept traditional when it comes to the Christmas turkey. There’s no need to over-complicate things IMHO!

  6. Last Christmas we stayed with my son who had been given a Harrods Christmas Hamper as a thank you from one of his clients.

    There were plenty of delicacies for every meal that made sure that we all had a very enjoyable Christmas.

    1. It would be interesting to know how much the hamper costs and I’m guessing that it comes in different sizes?

  7. Plenty of mouthwatering suggestions here for when I finally sit down to plan what we’re going to eat over the festive season. Thank you.

  8. It’s a pity that I’ve already ordered my turkey as that one from Morton’s Farm looks very special. Love the added extra of the curry kit …

    1. We will be having a Morton’s Farm turkey this year and I’m very much looking forward to it! I think the addition of a curry kit is a really thoughtful one – such a simple idea, but one that demonstrates they’re really going the extra mile to satisfy their customers.

  9. Up until now, I hadn’t been feeling very Christmassy. After all we’re still in November. Then I read this post.

    Now I’m imagining all the tastes and smells of Christmas, especially the chestnuts, and I’m even thinking of getting the Christmas tree out.

  10. The tastes of Christmas are far more exciting today than when I was a young lass.
    We never had macarons, panettone and truffles. Nor did we get anything spirit infused other than the Christmas pudding with a slug of brandy.
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  11. I hope that you will be giving us recommendations on Christmas tipples too. Will there be a festive season drinks special?

  12. “Only 29 days to Christmas,” the BBC newsreader has announced. I’m very grateful for these recommendations which will help us get on with our Xmas shopping. We can get a lot done without straying too far from our devices.

  13. It’s very impressive that the Bray’s Christmas Pork Pie is cooked to order but a little disappointing that I’ll have to wait 4 days for it.

  14. Spirit-infused jams and marmalades aren’t just for Christmas. I enjoy a whisky-infused marmalade most days of the week throughout the year.

  15. I’m always sceptical about statements like “Serves 4.”

    I can’t see that organic cheese tower serving 25 – 35 helpings with my family of cheese addicts around. With the way they help selves to cheese it would probably be closer to a dozen servings.

  16. Never seen a hazelnut block before. It’s certainly a few leagues up from the old Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut bar.

  17. Good to see a recommendation for some classy salmon. We always get some in for Christmas as it makes a nice contrast to turkey.

  18. I like the sound of the Meg Rivers hamper with the mince pies and the Xmas pud and the shortbread …. All the flavours of Christmas.

  19. It’s 1st December and in my mind that’s the official start of the Festive Season. Christmas is on its way and time that I’d better start reading these suggestions seriously. Christmas is coming and nothing’s going to stop it.

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