Traditionally the point at which the decorations come down, there's no need for the festivities to stop with this sumptuous hamper. It's simply bursting with treats to take you well into the New Year although you'll be tempted to try a little of everything before Boxing Day is over! You'll be nibbling delicious Chocolate Biscuits from The Miniature Bakery with Twinings Rich & Velvety Coffee, or for the sweet tooth there are delicious Lily O'Briens Chocolates and a generous helping of Miniature Mincemeat Tarts. With Champagne, Special Reserve Port and two delicious French wines there's plenty to make the season go with a swing.
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Special Reserve is a medium dark ruby colour, with a deep garnet edge. The blend has a clean aroma, showing maturity and finesse, with a hint of dried plums. Off-dry to medium sweet, Special Reserve has a rich, mellow texture and smooth tannin structure, with a long, satisfying finish.
The Brut Rosé is a blend of Champagne Blanc de Blancs, associated with red wine from Epernay. From Pinot Black, and a traditional winemaking, this red wine from our vineyards gives this wine a truly remarkable finesse.
From the Grand Cru area of Mesnil, this champagne is elegant and stylish on the palate with a splendid mousse. A wine of quality from a small producer with a high reputation.
Smart, fruit-forward Cotes-du-Rhone from a great vintage and a winemaker of international pedigree
Domaine Pere Vignal is owned and run entirely by three generations of the same family, with maestro winemaker Thierry Walet. Theirry has worked extensively throughout Burgundy, the Languedoc and the USA before coming to the Rhone Valley.
A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault with a dash of Counoise, the grapes are hand-selected from small individual groups, ensuring that only the very finest fruit at the estate's disposal goes into this gorgeous, every day red.
Two gold medals prove that this is a great quality Sauvingon from the esteemed Bougriers.
Fresh, delicate and full of delightful gooseberry and lime fruit, this is Loire Sauvignon Blanc as it should be. Little wonder too, as it comes from the acclaimed family estate of Bougrier.
This charming white scooped two gold medals in no time at all, and has been commended by the International Wine Challenge. It comes courtesy of a superb vintage too; Loire critic Charles Sydney referred to 2009 as 'The Smiley Vintage' on account of all the happy winemakers after the harvest.
Ahmad Tea is a UK-based family business, drawing on four generations of tea blending and tasting experience. Founded on a passion for the finest tea, Ahmadare dedicated to the unique place that tea drinking commands at the heart of daily life in Britain and beyond.
Applying the knowledge accumulated through the generations, the first UK produced Ahmad Tea was available in 1986. Over the years, as the company'sreputation grew and their reach spread, it became obvious that people throughout the world shared Ahmad's desire for a cup of tea that was much more thansimply refreshment, but an enjoyable, memorable and satisfying experience.
At Arden, food is taken very seriously indeed. The team of passionate foodies have a genuine love and respect for the products and suppliers which theyrepresent. Which is why they’re so committed to finding the best biscuits, baked products and groceries from Europe and around the world.
All of Daylesford Organic's food comes straight from the farm; meat and poultry, fruit and veg from the market garden, bread from the bakery, and cheese,milk and yoghurt from the creamery. Daylesford Organic's chefs use only the freshest ingredients, combined with simple techniques to bring out the naturalflavours of seasonal, organic produce.
When a product is not made on the company's farm, it is sourced from artisan suppliers who share their commitment to quality and sustainability.
The Miniature Bakery was born in 2007 when a team of highly experienced master-bakers and chocolatiers developed a superlative range of chocolate cakes andbiscuits. Combining the traditions of craft bakery and a continental flair for delicate flavours, their master-bakers and chocolatiers have blended tastesand textures of biscuit, cake and premium chocolate confectionery to create an entirely new and utterly irresistible expression of the master baker’s art –named 'fusion bakery' by the company. Hand baked in Yorkshire and using only the finest ingredients, the Miniature Bakery's craftsmen and women add nothingexcept artistry and pride to create an irresistible taste-experience for you.
From beginnings in a pub in Cumbria, to a hotel in Cornwall, and then back up to Cumbria, owners Claire and Michael were often complimented on the jams and chutneys that they made and served in their restaurants. ‘Claire’s Handmade’ began in the family kitchen using a Rayburn and a treasured Aga jam pan, selling products at Farmers’ Markets and local shows.
Ever increasing demand for traditionally made products forced a decision three years ago to move the business into dedicated premises with a purpose-built kitchen. Since then, business has continued to go from strength to strength, with numerous Great Taste Awards and Best Overall Preserve in the North West 2005 and the most recent award was the ‘Lake District Life Food Heroes Award 2008-09’.
The Cottage Delight story had a modest start. In 1974 Nigel Cope was working in the retail industry for a multi national company and had a young family to raise and support. Having worked in what he felt was a large impersonal organisation; Nigel wanted a change for both himself and his family. An opportunity presented itself when Nigel obtained a recipe for traditional melt in the mouth butter fudge. He set about turning his home kitchen into a part time business making and selling his fudge to local independent stores across Staffordshire and Derbyshire.
With an emphasis on producing a quality product, Nigel was adamant that through Cottage Delight he could provide an inspirational alternative to the produce available on supermarket shelves which he felt was limited in terms of choice and taste. By developing strong ties with independent retailers, Cottage Delight quickly grew to enable Nigel to work in the business full time and hire his first employee to help with deliveries.
Nigel worked with a local jam maker to produce the first jarred Cottage Delight products which included a range of jams and chutneys. As the business began to grow Nigel was keen to remain focused on the quality of his product and wanted to ensure that he was able to retain the home made taste and look to his products. His wife Diana hand drew the first Cottage Delight logo, a version of which is still used today, and they created a strong and unique look for the brand.
Everyone loves chocolate! And when you taste the mouth-watering range on offer from award winning chocolatier Lily O Briens it is easy to see why. Using only the finest ingredients combined with a blend of passion and pleasure, these chocolates offer something for everyone.
With the success and growing reputation Lily O’Briens has achieved, it is hard to image than the company began with just two pans and a spoon in a kitchen in the heart of the Irish countryside!
Matthew Walker has been making Christmas puddings since 1899 and is the world’s oldest Christmas pudding maker. Today they manufacture more Christmas puddings than anyone else, combining the finest ingredients from around the world with a traditional steaming process that ensures that every pudding has just the right balance of flavours and is a joy to eat.
Kate Bridges earned the honorary title of ‘Mrs’ Bridges when she became Cook to one of the leading Edwardian families, and London socialites, Lady and Richard Bellamy. During her tenure in the Belgravia kitchen at 165 Eaton Place, London, SW1, Mrs Bridges devised elaborate menus and cooked for some of the leading figures in the capital including the Monarch King Edward.
Mrs Bridges collected her recipes for dishes which would grace regal banquets as well as ‘below the stairs’ suppers. Inspired by the works of Mrs Beeton she drew her recipes into a book which was published in 1905.
The delightful range of exclusive products, lovingly recreated by ‘Mrs Bridges’, brings a charmingly nostalgic taste of a bygone era. From traditional sweets to jams, preserves to condiments, the selection of marmalades, relishes, chutneys and sauces, are produced in a traditional manner using no artificial flavours or preservatives.
The inspiration for Olives et Al was a year long, international motorbike adventure by the soon-to-be-founders of the company. Annie and Giles Henschel travelled through the Mediterranean, the Middle East and North Africa, falling in love with food and flavours along the way. Whilst on their travels they made sure they collected as many recipes as they could and, once back in the UK, proceeded to put their findings into practice. The results speak for themselves. Olives et Al source the finest available olives, nuts, seeds and oils to make delicious snacks following instructions which, in some instances, have been handed down through generations.
The Twining’s story started in 1706 when Thomas Twining first set up shop on London’s Strand. In the age of coffee shops, he was the man who loved tea and worked hard to bring it to the people.
True to Thomas Twining’s exacting standards, the company blend only the finest tea from the finest tea gardens. The expert blenders taste more than 3,000 cups of tea every week. So you can be sure the next cup you taste will be every bit as good as the one yesterday or the day before.
The Walkers story begins over a hundred years ago in 1898, when the twenty-one year old Joseph Walker opened the doors of his own bakery in Torphins with a loan of £50 and the dream of making the finest shortbread in the world.
This pure creamery butter shortbread is baked in the Highland village of Aberlour to an original family recipe perfected by Joseph Walker in 1898.
Walkers Shortbread is baked from the finest ingredients, with no artificial flavouring, colouring or preservative in sight – just as it has always been. The irresistible range of varieties is beautifully presented in Walkers distinctive tartan packaging, making it a reliably welcome gift.