The Shop Cornish guide to Cornish food and drink this festive season
Christmas is a glorious time of celebration, and delicious food and drink play a very important part in making things extra special. It’s an occasion to indulge in quality Christmas fare and to ‘eat, drink and be merry’ to our heart’s content.
In the spirit of Christmas feasting, we share some of the finest Cornish food and drink that our marvellous county has to offer. And whether you choose to stock up your larder for Christmas, or to spoil a loved one, these tempting Cornish delights promise a fabulous Christmas.
Star of the Christmas table
Imagine their faces when a succulent, golden turkey is placed on centre stage of the Christmas dinner table. We’d like to introduce Banbury’s Turkeys – a family-run farm near Padstow that hand-rears premium traditional white, and free-range bronze turkeys with great love and care.
As a multiple Taste of the West Gold Award Winner, you know that Banbury’s turkeys taste very special indeed. They have a limited number left for this Christmas, so reserve yours without delay! And we must also recommend their Easy Carve Turkey Crown for a deliciously fuss-free Christmas meal.
We’d like to let you in on a secret…
Some say that the best pork they’ve ever tasted comes from Primrose Herd! A multiple award-winning, family-run farm in Cornwall that rears traditional and rare breed pigs both slowly and naturally outdoors. Their non-intensive approach to farming produces premium Cornish pork such as cuts, bacon, and sausages with an out-of-this-world taste.
Snap up the Primrose Herd Christmas Family Hamper, containing all the pork you’ll need to see you through Christmas. Full of pork shoulder, unsmoked gammon, chipolatas, bacon, and sausage meat – that’s a lot of meals taken care of!
Pigs-in-blankets obsessives will be seventh heaven with Primrose Herd’s Pigs-in-Blankets! Made from a tried and tested family recipe of chipolatas wrapped in dry cured streaky bacon, these little beauties might well be eaten long before the Christmas dinner!
A little luxury
It wouldn’t be Christmas without smoked treats. Tregida Smokehouse, based deep in the Cornish countryside has this festive delicacy all wrapped up for us with their Luxury Hamper that’s packed full of smoked chicken, duck, trout, mackerel, and of course smoked salmon. They’ve even popped in an Oak-Smoked Cheddar and a bottle of Camel Valley Brut for good measure! If you’d like to send this hamper as a gift, you have the option to enclose a special Christmas message. Simply perfect.
The ultimate festive cheeseboard
Elevate your Christmas cheeseboard with award-winning, handmade Cornish cheeses.
Guests will be bowled over by the Large Festive Cheeseboard, by Lynher Dairies, containing 3 large 450g wedges of their signature cheeses, a jar of Cornish honey and 2 packs of Belle & Wilde toasts. Choose from Cornish Kern, Stithians, Nettled Wrapped Cornish Yarg and Wild Garlic Yarg – all made using the rich and creamy milk from the farm’s herd of Ayrshire cows.
Leading the way in artisan Cornish blue cheese is The Cornish Cheese Co. who bring us their mouth-watering Christmas Bundle made up of generously sized 1kg rounds of soft and creamy Cornish Blue, soft-ripened farmhouse Cornish Brie and nettled covered Cornish Yarg.
You might also like to treat your guests to the tasty Pâté Set from The Cornish Cheese Co. Think Cornish Blue Cheese blended perfectly with pear and walnut or sweet fig.
A jar of Christmas cheer
A superb accompaniment to cheese is Cornish Chillies’ Cherry Bomb Chilli Jam – a sweet red jam with a lovely gentle heat. Made from Cornish Chillies’ home-grown cherry bomb chillies – this jam goes with anything from cheese to turkey sandwiches! And while we think of it, make sure you check out their Chilli Sauce Gift Pack and Hamper Box too.
Not forgetting Father Christmas
Furniss Biscuits have done us proud with their drums of Christmas biscuits – great as Christmas gifts or something yummy to offer guests (and even the big man himself on Christmas Eve!)
Established over 136 years ago in Truro, Furniss Biscuits know a thing or two about good biscuit making! You won’t want to miss out on their Christmas Shortbread made with Cornish clotted cream, and their Christmas Original Gingerbread Biscuits that are spiced to perfection.
Round off festive dinners with a box of 12 Luxury Handmade Chocolates from artisan Cornish chocolatier, Trenance Chocolate. This indulgent selection contains 12 of the most popular flavours to share with friends (or perhaps keep to yourself!) Opt for a gift message if you’re sending this as a present, and you can also pick the colour of the box lid for that extra personal touch.
Please the G&T fans
A well-stocked drinks tray is a must over the holiday season, and no home should be without a bottle of fine craft gin. Make guests feel welcome with a glass of Falmouth Black Rock Gin – excellent served with fragrant tonic and a generous wedge of lemon.
This Cornish gin will be a real talking point – not just because of its distinctive crisp taste of citrus, elderberries, and eucalyptus, but also because of its links to Cornish maritime history. The company itself was named after the imposing Black Rock that marks the entrance to Falmouth Harbour. Available in 70cl, 35cl and a 5cl miniature – to suit all budgets.
Surprise friends with something different
Nothing warms the cockles better than a shot on a cold winter’s day – especially the Copperfish Chocolate Orange Cornish Rum (40% ABV) that is handcrafted in Looe, Cornwall.
This limited-edition tipple gives a festive nod to Christmas with its delicious chocolate orange flavours that taste fabulously smooth neat. It also works beautifully as a shot in coffee or served classically with ice, cola, and fresh lime.
Pick up a set of Copperfish Rum Beakers to enjoy a cheeky drink on the beach with friends this holiday season – they’ll love you for it!
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