Dorset Foodie Feed
Christmas Gift Guide 2020
Christmas is the time of year when our amazing food and drink producers dust off their festive recipe books and get making. Here are some of the fab products on offer this Christmas but do check out your favourite producers and restaurants as many have their own festive offerings.
Don’t forget you can find your local food and drink businesses via our online Directory listing over 500 businesses.
You can either scroll down to see them all, or you can jump to the sections via the links below.
Weymouth 51 are a new and enthusiastic company, growing 51 varieties of chillies on land begged or borrowed from friends in and around Weymouth. They are careful when blending their chillies to achieve a tasty and spicy range of sauces with a high percentage of fresh chillies in each bottle.
This Christmas, Weymouth51 are selling their Luxury Christmas Pudding Fermented Chilli Sauce. It not only contains all the festive fruits and spices, it also has lashings of locally grown Naga, Chocolate Scorpian, Chocolate Habanero chillis, along with many more.
You can buy their chilli sauces via their website for home delivery, as well as a handful of Dorset stockists listed on their website. www.weymouth51.co.uk
TWO FIELDS ZAKROS
THE BOOK & BUCKET CHEESE COMPANY
Recently voted Dorset Food, Drink & Farming Best Producer of 2020 and winning 10 gold stars and medals in prestigious awards this summer, The Book & Bucket Cheese Company was founded in 2019. Peter started his cheese business in the hope of creating some delicious cheeses made with 100% Dorset milk and now has a range of cheese suitable for any cheese board or meal.
This Christmas, Peter has put together some curated selection packs that are perfect for your Christmas table.
The Christmas Cheese Table selection includes ‘Blyton’ their brie style cow’s milk cheese, ‘Pratchett’ their new blue cheese, ‘Hardys’ their hard, mature Manchego style cheese and their beautiful ‘Orwell’ that has been topped with edible flowers. All that plus a local chutney and some sourdough cheese biscuits for just £28.
Or you can get The Works with no less than 7 different cheeses, a local chutney and a box of sourdough cheese biscuits. The perfect selection for any cheese fans and a snip at just £40.
Order either of these selection packs or choose your cheese individually via their online shop for delivery across Dorset (and beyond). www.thebookandbucketcheesecompany.co.uk
Launching in time for Christmas, Polly’s Petals have a range of edible kits that are perfect for adding a ‘wow’ to your Christmas celebration or for giving as gifts.
For example their ‘Dress up your Drinks’ kit contains 6 little jars of petals and dried flower buds to add to your drinks and cocktails. Some change the colour, some add flavour and some just look beautiful.
All of Polly’s Petals kits start from £13 and can be purchased from their website for home delivery. https://www.pollyspetals.co.uk/
You can read our review of Polly’s Petals here.
Kate ‘Ma’ Bolton is a gluten free food producer and chef extraordinaire. Often experimenting with ingredients, Kate’s produce is an amazing addition to the ‘free from’ sector as her food is often so nutritious as well as so full of flavour. Often making dairy free and vegan items as well, Kate is known for her gluten free pasties, her award winning pastry mix, her syrups and her ‘Marma’gin’ (gin marmalade).
This Christmas, in a special limited run, Ma Bolton is selling some Christmas puddings. These puds are luxury, gluten free and dairy free (nb. not vegan). Packed with vine fruits, prunes, apricots, cherries and almonds, finished with brandy and gluten free ale. Feeding 4-6 people, they cost £12 each.
You can also buy a vegan and gluten free Figgy Pudding. These are lighter than a Christmas pudding and sweeter due to the figs. Very traditional and absolutely delicious. They do not contain the numerous spices of a Christmas pudding, but do contain the traditional allspice. These puddings cost £6 and serve 2-3 people.
Each pudding is wrapped by hand and finished with a hand painted label.
You can order Ma Bolton’s Christmas and Figgy puddings via email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate wrote a gluten free recipe for us in April for gluten free wraps, which you can read here.
For generations, Italians have been growing olives on their small, family farms, free from chemicals, hand picked and lovingly pressed. Their olive oil is full of natural flavour and drenched in Italian sunshine but their farms are small so the oil is usually given away to family and sold in local Italian markets. Olivero Extra Virgin Olive Oil is your chance to buy a little bit of that Italian sunshine.
Olivero was founded by Angela in 2020, taking her family’s delicious olive oil and bringing it to Dorset. Olivero Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made with Organic olives grown in sunny southern Italy. The olives are left to grow entirely free from any chemical and are hand picked when ripe and cold pressed. This process leaves the oil full of natural flavour as well as full of many health benefits.
Olivero Extra Virgin Olive Oil starts at £5 for 100ml (plus delivery) and you can order yours for home delivery by visiting their website. www.oliveroonline.com
You can read our review Olivero here.
SID AND NANCY COOKING ACADEMY
Sid and Nancy Cooking Academy was founded by Nic and named after her two children, Sid and Nancy. The Cooking Academy was born out of a love of food and a desire to create family moments centred around making food together. After spending time cooking with her two children, Nic discovered that they asked loads of questions, they made a mess… and they loved it!
So Sid and Nancy Cooking Academy was born and with it, a box of goodies to allow children to cook with their adults, learn about the science of cooking (there are fun facts throughout the recipes and extra activities), have lots of fun …and probably make a mess! These kits are carefully thought through and beautifully illustrated to make them easy and fun to use.
The boxes can be bought as a one of purchase, or in a subscription of 3, 6 or 12 months or a rolling monthly subscription and prices start at £14 for 1 box (including delivery). They also have a festive offer for an annual subscription which includes one free box.
To find out more and purchase your recipe box head to sidandnancycookingacademy.com/
You can read our review of Sid and Nancy Cooking Academy here.
Ajar Of is run by Tracey and offers a range of fine handmade preserves, chutneys, jams, marmalades and sauces. All the products are handmade by Tracey and have been made with great care and attention to detail in the heart of the Dorset countryside, winning recognition from the Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste awards.
This Christmas, Ajar Of have a ‘Christmas Shop’ full of festive chutneys and jams, including their ‘Fizz Bang Cranberry Jam’ made with cranberries, sparkling wine and edible glitter! Ajar Of also have Christmas puddings, traditional mincemeat and what sounds particularly amazing… rum spiced caramel sauce!
You can buy all of Ajar Of’s produce via their online shop for home delivery. www.ajar-of.co.uk/christmas
FOUNTAIN ROCK COFFEE
Dorset Ginger sell award-winning, non-alcoholic ginger drinks. Handmade in Dorset, they now have 4 different types of ginger drinks, varying by strength, as well as a delicious Sicilian lemonade and an apple drink (with a warm ginger kick).
This Christmas, they have packaged their tasty ginger drinks in a miniatures gift set. The gift set includes 5 of their favourites in 33cl bottles – Apple with a Ginger kick, Original Ginger, Strong Ginger, Extra Strong Ginger and Extra Strong Ginger with Cinnamon.
You can buy the gift set for £15 from their website for home delivery – www.dorsetginger.ltd
Read our review of Dorset Ginger here.
In 2020 and because of lockdown in March, Dark Bear began to sell their cocktails for home delivery. Their home deliveries have done so well, they were recently awarded ‘Best Food/Drink Delivery Experience at the 2020 Dorset Food, Drink & Farming Awards.
For Christmas, Dark Bear have put together a 12 day Advent Calendar which is full of cocktails to see you through the last 12 days before Christmas. The advent calendar costs £75 and is available via their website (along with all their cocktails for home delivery or collection in Bridport). www.darkbear.shop
CHOCOCO CHOCOLATE & CHOCOCAKE
You can buy their huge range of handmade chocolates direct from their website, including their festive ranges, advent calendars and hampers.
You can also buy Chococo Chocolates from Chococake in Wimborne, as well as their bespoke range of festive celebration cakes.
Chococo – www.chococo.co.uk
Chococake – chococake.co.uk
Cakes & Brownies
LIZZIE BAKING BIRD
This Christmas, Lizzie’s Christmas menu is a delicious array of sweet and savoury festive bakes from a Christmas cake to mince pies, stollen, Christmas pudding or yule log to sausage rolls and pies, to cheese boards, cookies and biscotti. You can order these individually or make up a tasty selection box.
This year, Lizzie is also offering special individual festive boxes including a small cake, a pudding, a preserve, shortbread, savoury biscotti, sweet biscotti, and mince pies. These cost £25 and are boxed and gift wrapped. Perfect as gift or as a special treat if you are isolating.
To view Lizzie’s full menu and to order, visit Lizzie’s website – lizziebakingbird.co.uk
You can read our review of Lizzie’s Isolation Boxes here.
Rona’s brownies are extremely popular so getting a Christmas delivery might be tricky but keep an eye on their social to see when they have slots available.
You can also buy gift vouchers if you want to gift someone some delicious brownies in January (who doesn’t want fudgy chocolate brownies in January?!).
For more details, visit Rona’s website – www.ronasdelights.com
You can read our review of Rona’s brownies here.
All of the bakes are made fresh to order and many of the hamper extras are sourced from local producers.
For Christmas, Cakey Love have a festive afternoon tea, boxes of mince pies, cookies or brownies as well as mixed graze boxes. They are also offering a ‘Christmas in a Tin’ gift option – for just £7, you can choose two of their best selling brownie flavours, beautifully wrapped and in a lovely tin. These would make amazing secret Santa gifts or office treats if people are working from home.
You can see Cakey Love’s full range on their website – www.cakeylove.com
CAKES BY SADIE
For Christmas, Sadie has a range of sweet bake treat boxes and cupcakes, as well bespoke Christmas cakes. Gift boxes and hampers can be ordered for couples or families as well as for more corporate settings.
You can also buy sweet little Christmas Eve boxes for children complete with a mince pie for Santa and reindeer food, as well as sweet treats for the child. These cost £12 for local collection (Bournemouth).
For more information, visit Sadie’s website – cakebysadiesmith.co.uk
Last Christmas, Sadie wrote a guest recipe for crumble mince pies which you can see here.
Alix Fauvel – Cakesmith
Alix Fauvel runs her bespoke bakery in Dorset creating hand painted baked creations that are both sold in Selfridges, independents and are now sold online too.
Alix’s festive menu includes hand painted Christmas cakes and biscuits, Alix’s Great Taste award winning fig and chocolate ‘salami’, as well as a range of Christmas DIY kits. These kits include gingerbread Christmas tree decorations, a gingerbread biscuit Santa and reindeer as well and mug toppers to assemble and enjoy with some hot chocolate. Each kit comes presented in a beautiful gift box and are a fun and tasty activity to do with your friends or family (costing £20).
You can view Alix’s full festive range on their website – www.alixfauvel.co.uk
Louise Katherine Custom Cakes
This festive season, they are offering a range of festive cupcakes as well as decorated Christmas cakes. Louise is also offering their normal menu which includes pick and dip brownies boxes for £15 and cupcake bouquets for £25.
For more details and to see their entire list of cakes, visit their website – louisekatherinecakesshop.co.uk
Pili Pala Cakehouse
Now specialising in bespoke cakes made to order, this Christmas, they have a festive menu containing Spiced Rum mince pies, crumble mince pies and bakewell tarts, Christmas cakes, cupcakes and yule logs. They also have some Baileys and white chocolate brownies (£15 for 12) which sound delicious.
For more information and how to order, visit their website – www.pilipalacakehouse.co.uk
Fearne’s bakery was launched just this autumn and this Christmas they have a range of Christmas cakes, sweet bakes and gingerbread biscuits available to order.
You can see their full range on their instagram and to order, just send them a Direct Message – @fearnesbakes
For more details and to order, visit their instagram page – @browniepointsbakes
Restaurants, Caterers & Hampers
Grazing Blue also work with other local businesses to curate special events providing not just food but styling and flowers too so you really can just turn up and enjoy the company of your guests.
This Christmas, Aimee has curated some festive platters including a ‘Christmas Cheese Cake‘ which includes a 1kg wheel of brie topped with an abundance of charcuterie, fresh and dried fruit, olives and honeycomb. This costs £64 and feeds 6-8 people.
They also have a Christmas platter on a beautiful hand crafted wooden board from Woodshop 51 in Dorchester. The platter costs £80, feeds 4 people and includes the hand made cheese board, 3 local cheeses and lots of treats.
Thyme after Time
In normal circumstances, their cafe is open for all kinds of handmade tasty items. Their catering company would also be delivering canapés and all kinds of delicious buffets. This year, during Lockdown they have been operating a takeaway service which includes breakfast items and hot drinks as well as evening takeaway dishes.
For Christmas, they are offering some festive afternoon teas, full of sandwiches, scones and sweet bakes. These can be ordered individually or to scale so if you are looking for a simple way to treat your staff this Christmas, then Thyme after Time can cater up to 50 people with their handmade festive afternoon teas.
For more information of all the tasty things Thyme after Time are offering, simply check their website – www.thymeaftertimecafe.com
This Christmas, they are offering a festive afternoon tea box for £25 for two people and including scones, sandwiches and sweet bakes.
In lockdown, Dine Divine are also offering Sunday Roasts, delivered hot and ready to eat. Sign up fast to avoid missing out.
For more information, visit their website – dine-divine.co.uk
Their Christmas range includes Christmas cream Teas, food hampers and cheese baskets. For example their red Jute bags are filled with delicious treats like the Night before Christmas bag full of items perfect for Christmas Eve. They even have gift hampers for those with pets which includes treats for both the owners and their pets.
For more information and to view their wide range of gift options, visit www.dorsettreasures.co.uk.
Full disclosure: Each business contacted Dorset Foodie Feed to request to put their Christmas products on this list but there was no cost to be a part of this feature.
Heather has also worked with Olivero and The Book & Bucket Cheese Company to help with their website and some of their photography/marketing. If you would like help with your website or marketing then do get in touch by visiting Heather’s website – www.heather-brown.com