Christmas Dinner - Top 10 Best Artisan Food for Christmas


November 22, 2016

What the best-dressed dining table should wear, from marbled award-winning Sirloin to the finest after dinner coffee.

Christmas dinner

As those few precious days away from the hurly-burly of work draws closer, here, Cotswold Foodie Tours offers our suggestions for what the well-dressed dining table should be wearing this Christmas! Luxury artisan festival food that can be summoned at the click of a mouse.

We have long admired the exquisite, melt in the mouth Longhorn beef cooked by Head Chef, Tom Rains at TheDaffodil, Cheltenham, from Cotswold award-winning butcher and farmer Martin Gilder: his Longhorn wing rib of sirloin was awarded three stars at this year's Great Taste Awards and can now be bought online direct at Martin's Meats. Beautifully marbled with flavorful fat and dry-aged in Martin's Himalayan salt chamber for at least 28 days, it is the perfect centerpiece to a Christmas spread. For boxing day sandwiches, just add watercress and a lick of English mustard: ideally, Tewkesbury Hot Mustard, another three star winner.

Christmas table
Cheese board

No festive table is complete without a well stocked cheeseboard, and a place at the heart of the Cotswolds delivers exactly that. The Cheeseworks is regarded as one of the finest British cheesemongers, and their selection of cheese for Christmas is second to none. Try the Hereford Hop for a hard, tangy cheese, deliciously wrapped in toasted hops. It is made by Charles Martell, one of the best cheese makers in the country. His Stinking Bishop, made famous by Wallace & Gromit, is also a firm favourite on the cheese board.

The Cotswold's specialises in some of the top charcuterie being made in this country, so for added pizzazz, try a charcuterie board with salami and chorizo from The Cotswold Curer

Charcuterie board
Coffee and biscuits
To finish, coffee and chocolates: for the former, none surpasses Ue Artisan Coffee wood fired roasted beans. Their tiny factory in Witney produces small, but heavenly flavoured coffee, and is supplied to many a Michelin star restaurant and hotel to enjoy, like fine wine.
For a cocoa hit, The Cotswold Chocolate Company is the place to go. Chocolate supplied to Soho House is good enough for us. Their Limoncello white chocolate truffles, or Raspberry Champagne dark chocolate truffles really work for something special at Christmas. Of course a wee dram of something from the Cotswolds Distillery would not go amiss. Self indulgent heaven!
Cotswold chocolates
If this all seems a lot to take in, go directly to our favourite hamper specialists, Hamptons Hampers or Love Local and they will do it all for you.

Happy Foodie Christmas Everyone!

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