From chutneys and cookery classes to hampers and homewares, those buying Christmas gifts for foodies have a huge variety to choose from. Have a flick through flavour’s festive foodie gift round up for some inspiration…
The Foodies Larder
A ‘Foodies Hamper’ from The Foodies Larder is a handpicked selection of natural food and ingredients sourced from artisan producers around Spain.
Every month, there is a fresh selection of gourmet goodies – each different from the last, and each based on the season. Gift hampers are available as a one off hamper or as a 3 or 6 month subscription. A single hamper is priced at £30, with the 3 month plan priced at £90 and the 6 month plan discounted at £165. All plans include delivery to any address in mainland UK. A perfect gift, as the gifts just keep on coming, even long after Christmas!
Ashburton Cookery School
Old Exeter Road,
Devon TQ13 7LG
Call: 01364 652784
A great gift idea for keen cooks is an Ashburton Cookery School gift voucher, available from £50.
Voted Cookery School of the Year, this Devon school offers over 40 cookery courses – from one-day courses to weekend breaks and longer cookery holidays so you can be sure you will find the course.
Master a specific cuisine such as Italian, Indian or Thai, or specific skills such as patisserie or fish and seafood. Quality B&B accommodation is also available.
Clayton’s Kitchen Product Range
Head Chef Rob Clayton has revealed some of the secret ingredients and utensils that go into making the perfect Clayton’s Kitchen dish.
Adorn your table with giant salt and pepper mills, use the luxury heavyweight pestle and mortar to grind your spices, or equip yourself with basics such as rolling pins, pastry brushes, honey dippers and more.
You can also create the perfect dish by using some of the locally sourced produce to make the perfect dining experience. Enjoy oils, vinegars, dried mushrooms, capers, Griottine cherries and more, or sample Rob’s dad’s rapeseed honey from the Clayton family home. Clayton’s Kitchen even has its own coffee bean variety to round off the meal, from master roaster Brian Wogan.
All items can be bought individually or can be purchased as a hamper, making it the ideal Christmas present for all fans of good food.
Capreolus Fine Foods
Capreolus is an artisan charcuterie in West Dorset producing continental- style air-dried and smoked meats using meat from local farms.
They won Champion Product with their Guanciale at the 2013 Taste of the West Awards and picked up 10 Gold Awards for 10 entries – a feat never previously achieved.
Featured here are their Guanciale, Black Strap Streaky Bacon (which won Best Bacon 2013), and their Smoked Mutton (another Gold Award winner). Head over to the Open Day on December 7 to find out more about Capreolus.
The Bertinet Kitchen & Bakery
We know it feels early but unbelievably the last posting dates for surface mail for some overseas destinations have already passed! Last dates for airmail start from 4 December so if you are in a far flung corner of the globe but would still like a Bertinet Christmas pud on your festive table or need a special present for the baker or chef in your life then start shopping now!
Our full range of Christmas goodies will be available from November but all of the items shown here are suitable for shipping worldwide…
- Christmas Puddings (Small £10, Large £16)
- French Tapered Rolling Pin (£9.95)
- Baker’s Rolling Pin (£12.95)
- Solid Beech Bakers’ Peel (£20)
- Nougat (£4.75)
Woolsgrove Cookery School
Devon, EX17 4PJ
Call: 01363 851555
Pondering the perfect Christmas gift? Why not give the food lover in your life a day out at Woolsgrove Cookery School?
Woolsgrove is in rural Mid-Devon, less than 30 minutes from Exeter . Gretchen Oldland has been teaching cooking for over 12 years and loves to welcome food and wine enthusiasts to her beautiful school, a stunning converted barn that was once a bake house . Gretchen demonstrates 10 to 12 recipes a day on a given theme, to a class of up to 15 people only – days are fun, personal and interactive, as well as informative . Guests enjoy tasting all the dishes throughout the day.
Gretchen also specialises in bespoke days, where groups or businesses arrange their own private classes, meetings and accommodation . Bespoke days have been tailored at Woolsgrove for children, clubs, corporations and private tuition .
So if you are looking for an experience to remember, buy a day at Woolsgrove Cookery School this Christmas .
Programme of Cookery Classes – 2014 Prices including VAT
|Friday 10th||Winter Mid-Week: Quick, Cheap, Different Family Suppers||£70|
|Friday 17th||Winter Baking and Puddings||£70|
|Friday 24th||Burns Night: Modern Scottish Showstoppers, no Haggis!||£70|
|Wednesday 29th||Chinese new year – Feast dishes and Everyday recipes||£70|
|Saturday 1st||Hands-On: Chocolate Making – Create your own Chocolates||£80|
|Friday 14th||Hands-On: Make your own Valentine’s tasting menu to take home||£80|
|Monday 17th||Half Term Cookery Day: Teenagers, Age 13-18, 6 hours||£55|
|Wednesday 19th||Half Term Cookery Day: Youngsters, Age 8-10, 4 hours||£35|
|Friday 21st||Half Term Cookery Day: Youngsters, Age 11-12, 4 hours||£35|
|Wednesday 26th||Soup Workshop – All New Favourite Soups and Accompaniments||£80|
|Saturday 15th||Best of the West – Cooking from Devon’s Larder||£90|
|Wednesday 19th||Hands-On: Fresh Pasta, Sauces and Italian Puddings||£90|
|Saturday 22nd||Menu Degustation: Eight tasting courses and accompanying wines||£120|
|Friday 28th||Mother’s Day – spoiling recipes made with time and love!||£90|
|Wednesday 2nd||Vegetarian Spring and Summer||£80|
|Friday 4th||Easter Entertainment – make it easy on yourself!||£90|
|Wednesday 30th||Spring Mid-Week: Quick, Cheap, Different Family Suppers||£80|
|Wednesday 7th||Spring and Summer Fish and Shellfish||£100|
|Saturday 10th||Fiesta! Spanish tapas and Spanish wines||£100|
|Friday 16th||Modern Greek – healthy, delicious summer sunshine dishes||£90|
|Wednesday 21st||Summer Baking and Puddings||£90|
|Friday 6th||Summer Entertainment: Marinades, Buffets, Picnics and Suppers||£90|
|Saturday 14th||Father’s Day: Men Only: Menu Degustation as above||£120|
|Wednesday 18th||Summer Mid-Week: Quick, Cheap, Different Family Suppers||£80|
|Friday 27th||Thai – Fast, Easy Thai flavours for midweek and special suppers||£90|
|2nd – 4th incl||3 day Woolsgrove Cookery Class – Learn to Cook in a Thrice!||£395|
|7th – 11th incl||5 day Woolsgrove Cookery Class – Cooking Confidence Assured!||£795|
|Friday 12th||Autumn Mid-Week: Quick, Cheap, Different Family Suppers||£80|
|Friday 19th||Batch Cooking: Freeze a Base, add flavours from around the World||£90|
|Wednesday 24th||Jewish Food: traditional, modern, deli and preserving||£90|
|Saturday 27th||Autumn and Winter Fish and Shellfish||£100|
|Friday 3rd||Vegetarian Autumn and Winter||£80|
|Saturday 11th||Menu Degustation: Eight tasting courses and accompanying wines||£120|
|Friday 17th||Autumn Baking and Puddings||£90|
|Wednesday 22nd||Diwali: Indian Feast Foods||£90|
|Monday 27th||Half Term Cookery Day: Teenagers, Age 13-18, 6 hours||£55|
|Wednesday 29th||Half Term Cookery Day: Youngsters, Age 11-12, 4 hours||£35|
|Friday 31st||Halloween Half Term Cookery Day: Youngsters, Age 8-10, 4 hours||£35|
|Friday 7th||Around the World in 80 Canapes – new ideas, techniques, variations||£90|
|Saturday 15th||Modern Game: Fur & Feathers, Traditional & Modern||£100|
|Wednesday 19th||Modern American: New trends and methods, LA to the Big Apple||£90|
|Saturday 22nd||Winter Mid-Week: Quick, Cheap, Different Family Suppers||£80|
|Friday 5th||French Christmas: Put a little Ooh La La into your Noel||£90|
At Christmas time it’s always good to have a few alternative drinks on hand, and Essential has a fantastic range of herbal teas. The teas are all ethically-sourced, organic and Fairtrade, with Essential’s farming partners (Sekem – a farming co- operative in Egypt) growing the plants biodynamically.
The range is packaged in distinctive designs and jewel-like colours that make a truly beautiful gift.
At just £8.00, the full selection of 6 teas (Camomile, Camomile & Spearmint, Fennel, Hibiscus, Peppermint and Peppermint & Spearmint), as a set, makes the perfect ‘Secret Santa’ for the office, present for your child’s teacher at school, or a thank you token for friends and family who are offering you hospitality during the festive season.
Discover your dark side with Apothic Red
The brand new enchanting and mysterious red wine On sale now at all major retailers
Wine aisles across the UK are now getting a touch of the dark side with bold new Apothic Red, perfect for enchanting evenings in, or to add an extra level of sophistication to any occasion.
Named after a mysterious place, Apotheca, where vintners stored their most coveted concoctions in 13th century Europe, Apothic Red blends Old World intrigue with modern sophistication. Its distinctive character makes Apothic Red stand out from the rest, not only because of its iconic black label and mysterious red logo, but because of its truly unique and captivating taste.
Capturing and blending brambly, fruity flavours of Zinfandel and the soft mouthfeel of Merlot, layered with elegant blueberry notes of Syrah, supported by bold dark notes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Apothic Red temptingly reveals intense aromas of rhubarb and black cherry, complemented by hints of mocha, chocolate, oak and vanilla.
Each lingering mouthful is velvety, and plush and the smooth finish rounds out this intriguing full-bodied blend making it the perfect red wine indulgence. A true original with an ABV of 13%, Apothic Red is THE sophisticated wine choice.
The beautifully blended red wine has already taken Canada and the US by storm, and its mysterious touch is set to do the same in the UK – and at a RRP of £9.99 it’s a sophisticated wine choice at an affordable price.
Apothic Red is available at all major UK retailers including Tesco, ASDA and Sainsbury’s.
The London Gift & Hamper Company
The London Gift & Hamper Company is a tight knit team of fastidious foodies who saw an opportunity to create exquisite gifts and hampers.
We support small, independent suppliers with Great Taste Award winning products. Wines and spirits are chosen to complement our range of foods and satisfy the connoisseurs among you, and are chosen by Julian Twaites, an expert with 40 years’ experience.
Visit our website to see the latest Christmas range.
Do you have fond memories of savouring delicious French treats on holiday and long to find a reliable source back home, or are you looking for something authentically French as a special gift?
Truly French offer a range of products, many of which have a Brittany connection, that suit all budgets and make ideal gifts for friends and family, or treats for you.
Truly French have some fantastic Christmas gift options available, including the following…
Mini Madame Goudig Salted Butter Toffees Available in either apple or chocolate varieties, perfect for stocking fillers! £2.50 each
French Salted Butter Caramel Toffees from Brittany, packaged in an attractive vintage-style anniversary edition tin. £6.50
Renowned French sardines from Concarneau in Brittany, with chilli, green peppercorns, lemon or onion compote. Perfect for hampers! £4 each
For those aspiring chefs amongst you, this unique set is sure not to disappoint. It includes an “exclusive to Truly French” handmade traditional pottery salt pig, as well as a linen bag containing the renowned “Fleur de sel” from Guérande that they call “the caviar of the salt” and a mini wooden scoop. £15
Breton butter biscuits made with A-grade cask butter, which gives a unique caramelised taste. These superb biscuits come in a delightful red tin with a unique design showing “Concarneau”, a famous beauty spot in Brittany. £10￼￼￼￼￼
WIN! herbs and spices from The Bart Ingredients Co Ltd
Sage and parsley adding gentle warming notes to goose and turkey stuffing. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and mace creating heady aromas in puddings, cakes and mulling spices. Cloves bringing out the tangy zest of decorative oranges. Exotic curry blends creating a new dimension in Boxing Day leftovers. Christmas is a time when cooks rediscover ancient and traditional herbs and spices which create the unique flavour of the season.
At The Bart Ingredients Co Ltd® there is a special celebration, as the company’s ingenious lid design – the canny SpoonklerTM – has won a best design prize at the UK Packaging Awards, which celebrates the best of British design.
So to share the excitement, the company is offering two sets of 12 essential herbs and spices to help you enjoy all 12 days of Christmas (and many more in the New Year too): the perfect accessory for every creative cook.
All of the company’s ingredients are created with the greatest of care and attention to detail, to preserve flavour, colour and texture and ensure the best quality.