This year hotels and restaurants across London have upped their game with a selection of hampers almost too good to be true.
This year hotels and restaurants across London have upped their game with a selection of hampers almost too good to be true. From Claridge’s festive hampers, to Oranj Wine’s Christmas wine cases, to Pasta Remoli’s truffled pasta delights, to Brixton-based Guzzl’s hip hampers, there is something for everyone.
Brixton-born Guzzl are offering the coolest and ultra-bespoke hampers this year. You can literally choose item by item for yourself, or a loved one (you can also choose a pre-made hamper if that’s your preferred choice). Championing local artisans, Guzzl offers treats such as Brixton Brewery’s lagers, Bermondsey Street Honey and Ace Tea of London’s variety of teas, amongst a huge range of other foodie gifts. You can also choose an environmentally friendly hamper to package your Christmas feast up. As well as this, vegetarian and vegan options are available. The Guzzl pre-made food and drink hamper costs a modest £50. For more information, visit: https://guzzl.co.uk/collections/hampers
Looking for a gift for a budding sommelier or just a wine lover yourself? Marlo Wine is offering an incredibly indulgent hamper. Champagne, a Sancerre and a punchy Tuscan red are the three wines included. As well as this, the team at Marlo have put together an array of tasty snacks. Think Truffle honey, truffle nuts, and chilli and almond biscuits. From £195, for more information visit: https://marlo.wine/collections/gifts/products/marlo-luxury-christmas-hamper
Paxton & Whitfield
London’s most loved and trusted cheesemonger has pulled out the stops with their limited Christmas hamper. Full to the brim with fine artisan cheese, a spiced plum chutney and a selection of Paxton & Whitfield crackers (not to mention a few handbaked gingerbread men thrown in for good measure), this hamper is a must-have for Christmas Day. From £65, for more information visit: https://www.paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk/shop/cheese-board-collections
Bocca di Lupo
Soho restaurant Bocca di Lupo are offering bespoke hamper boxes filled with products from some of their most favourite suppliers from across Italy. Inside will be an artisan Forno Gentile panettone studded with raisins and candied orange (a showstopper also available to be purchased on its own), cold-pressed chocolate bars from Modica, Sicily as well as the finest Giandujotti from Guido Gobbino, Columbian coffee roasted in Italy and two of Bocca di Lupo’s signature Negronis. From £63, for more information visit: https://boccadilupoathome.com/products/christmas-hamper
Think of every type of tipple you can dream of, all bundled in with handcrafted sweet and savoury treats to complement the perfect Christmas drinking experience. There you have it: The Tom Savano Boozy Christmas Explorer Hamper. Included in this bundle of joy are various pre-made cocktails, booze infused sweet treats such as whiskey fudge, spirit condiments (think whiskey marmalade and bloody mary ketchup), and more for £140. All hampers are curated by Tom Savano but each item has been carefully selected by multiple artisans. All profits from these hampers are donated to help feed families in need this Christmas. We can’t think of a better reason to buy a hamper this year. For more information, visit https://tomsavano.com/product/the-boozy-explorer/
Just in time for Christmas, Chris Leach, chef and co-founder of Manteca, the Soho restaurant focusing on nose to tail cooking, hand rolled pastas and fire cooked cuts to share, will be packing up boxes of his Christmas favourites for delivery nationwide. The perfect gift or for those who want to stock up their larder for the festive season, they come in three sizes. There is the ‘classico’ box, which includes their house made salami selection; smoked cod’s roe; chicken liver parfait and date jam; Christmas pudding and amaretti (£60). The next one up, ‘classico plus’ includes all of the above, with the addition of goose, cranberry and pistachio sausage; grape mostarda and pear and date chutney. For those wanting to go all out, the ‘whole hog’ features everything, plus tortellini in brodo; Porchetta with apple ketchup and four pillowy brioche buns ready to be stuffed the next day with leftover Porchetta trimmings and apple ketchup. At House of Coco, we’re opting for the whole hog. For more information, visit: https://mantecarestaurant.co.uk/shop
Anthony Demetre’s Modern European restaurant at Sofitel London St James, combines classic French techniques with the finest British produce. Anthony and the team have created two limited edition Christmas hampers, including traditional French delicacies and festive treats produced at the restaurant. Our choice is the Classic Wild Honey Hamper: think Wild Honey’s own pre-made negroni, Béret Basque saucisson and two confit duck legs, amongst other tasty French delicacies. From £175, for more information please visit: https://www.wildhoneystjames.co.uk/
Want to do Christmas the Ottelenghi way? Look no further foodies, the brand-new Ottolenghi FLAVOUR hamper is the most unusual, colourful one yet. Selected by Yotam and Ixta Belfrage, the hamper consists of the pair’s ‘FLAVOUR favourites,’ along with a signed copy of the cookbook and tote bag. The hamper is designed for real food fanatics, including the likes of Hibiscus Flowers, Gochujang Paste, Black Garlic and Whole Dried Lime amongst other ingredients. From £95, for more information visit here: https://ottolenghi.co.uk/shop/hampers-and-gifts/flavour-hamper
Pasta aficionados look no further: this Christmas, Pasta Remoli will be celebrating the season in true Italian style, with an abundance of food and seasonal hampers. The most luxurious hamper of Remoli’s collection is the Truffle Christmas Box (£90) which is a feast for four to six guests and includes everything needed to recreate Pasta Remoli’s enduring best seller; 1kg of handmade Truffle Ravioli, a silky creamy Mushroom Sauce, 24 month aged Vacca Rossa parmesan and White Truffle extra virgin olive oil. Those with a sweet tooth are treated to Chocolate Torrone and the essential Panettone or Pandoro – a certain staple in any household over the festive period. To raise a glass to the season, the box also includes a bottle of Prosecco. From £95, for more information visit: https://pasta-remoli.upmenusite.com/
Oranj Christmas Bottle Shop
Oranj is an innovative platform that not celebrates the combination of natural wine, art and music. For Christmas, Oranj have some treats under the tree in the form of Oranj Christmas Cases, which will offer bundles of two wines for £50, 3 for £65 or 6 for £120. Top picks include Noble Rot’s Chin Chin 2019 Vintage and bottles by Anders Frederik Steen, a small producer from the Ardèche region of Southern France. For more information visit: https://oranj.co.uk/
This festive period, Brindisa Foods is excited to unveil a collection of beautifully curated hampers filled with the finest Spanish fare for all special occasions. Each hamper is carefully hand-picked by founder Monika Linton to celebrate the best of Spain. Reunite with friends and family, toast to new beginnings and tuck into a hearty hamper of delicious, gourmet finery, together with Brindisa’s new celebratory New Year’s Eve Box, the perfect accompaniment to see in the new year. The box includes a selection of charcuterie, soft cheese, olives and Cava Mas Macia Brut to wash it all down (amongst other delicacies). From £100, for more information visit: https://brindisa.com/collections/hampers-and-gifts
Calling all chocolate fiends: Chococo has put together a special selection of Christmas chocolates for 2020. These are the ideal choice for sharing with friends and family over the Christmas period and the perfect stocking filler too. Amongst some of the items included in the hamper include limited edition Christmas clusters, assorted mini snowmen and milk chocolate baubles filled with caramelised white chocolate buttons. Hungry yet? Prices start from £50, for more information visit: https://www.chococo.co.uk/assorted-christmas-chocolate-hamper-bag.html
Bolney Wine Estate
You might have thought that all your gifts were unwrapped on Christmas Day – but there’s one further treat you won’t want to miss – the Bolney Boxing Day Hamper, designed especially to complement anything that remains of your Christmas Day feasting.
The turkey may have been eaten, the crackers pulled and the Queen’s speech delivered for the year, but the good food and drink continues with this hamper. The pear piccalilli goes exceptionally well with turkey and other cold meats and sandwiches, as does their very own Bolney Bacchus Chutney. There’s also some delicious Wyfe of Bath and Sinodun English cheeses, with ultra-crisp and nutty water crackers, perfect to enjoy with Lychgate Red and Bacchus wines that they’ve included. And they’ve thrown in a fun wine tasting game too to enjoy with friends and family, to help your Boxing Day be the perfect follow-up to Christmas Day. From £95, for more information visit: https://bolneywineestate.com/collections/hampers-1/
Claridge’s know how to do a hamper and their Davies Hamper is the ultimate way to bring the Claridge’s festivities home this year. The team have carefully packed this hamper with home-made, exclusive and specially-selected products including delicate and delicious Florentines, their Christmas cake and a selection of chutneys and preserves. From £495, for more information visit: https://shop.claridges.co.uk/collections/christmas
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