Shropshire Christmas Food

PUBLISHED: 08:46 08 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:25 20 February 2013

Shropshire Christmas Food

Shropshire Christmas Food

Lynn Wood of HEART of ENGLAND fine foods recommends festive fare with a generous dash of local flavour

If you struggle with buying Christmas presents and keep falling into the trap of


socks, bubble bath or vouchers, why not


make a hamper of regional food and drink


for a foodie friend or family member? It


shows youve put thought and effort into


their present and supports local businesses.


You can fill the hamper with their food and


drink favourites. For drinks you cant go far


wrong with a bottle of fizz, so try


Wroxeter Roman Vineyards Brut Vintage


Reserve, or Clee Sunburst, a pink sparkling


wine from Ludlow Vineyard. For beerlovers,


choose a bottle of Christmas


Cracker from The Wood Brewery, Craven


Arms. Aroma Tea & Coffee Merchants,


Shrewsbury, offers a range of roasted


coffee and speciality teas including a


Shropshire Brew.


Shropshire is lucky enough to be home to


some fantastic cheesemakers so youre


spoilt for choice here. Perhaps try


Tanatside with cranberries from Shropshire


Cheese Company, Llanyblodwel; Wrekin


White or Newport varieties from Mr


Moydens Handmade Cheese, Newport, or


Applebys Smoked from Applebys, Prees.


To accompany the cheese include some


chutney. Try HEFF Diamond Awardwinning


Spiced Carrot Chutney from


Heathers Harvest, Shrewsbury. She also


produces jams and marmalades including


orange and whiskey marmalade, apple and


ginger jam and raspberry and apple jam.


A Christmas hamper wouldnt be the same


without Christmas cake so contact


Handmade in Ludlow; The Connoisseur


Cake Company, Whitchurch or Snapcake,


Shrewsbury, and order one for yourself


while youre at it.


The Best of Taste Company, Oswestry,


produces jewelled fruits in a Madeira sauce


which is a great alternative to a Christmas


pudding and makes a range of fruit coulis


including cranberry with orange and



Cointreau, and damson and sloe gin.


For something different, Image on Food


of Market Drayton, has Santa gingerbread


men, reindeer shortbread, gift bags of mini


cookies, cookie bouquets and cookie cards


Christmas cards with a cookie inside


which can be send out on your behalf. And


no hamper would be complete without a


box of chocolates so make sure theyre


local and try Bonbonniere, Shrewsbury, or


Chokolit, Bridgnorth.


Ir time is against you, you could opt for


a ready-made hamper. Bings Heath


Smokery, Shrewsbury, provides lovely


hampers full of foodie favourites. Varieties


include Christmas Cracker, Bings Stocking


and Shropshire Celebration.


And if all your time has been taken up


Christmas shopping and youre yet to


order your bird for Christmas dinner, make


sure look across the border into


Worcestershire and contact Goodmans


Geese, Great Witley, who produce geese


and turkeys (see recipe opposite). They


also produce goose fat which is perfect for


roast potatoes. If you fancy a fish starter or


main course, try Fish-in-a-Box, Newport


for a range of options including smoked


salmon, prawns and mackerel.


Then treat yourself to some festive


limited edition ice cream from Top House


Dairy Ice Cream. Indulge in Figgy Vanilla,


Christmas Ice Cream, or Celebration


Cherry soaked in Kirsch as a reward for all


your hard work.


Remember to visit your local farm shop


or independent retailer to see what


regional food and drink they are stocking


and pay a visit to the HEFF Shrewsbury


Food and Drink Fair in The Square,


Shrewsbury, on Friday,


December 4.


Contact details of


producers


mentioned


and retailers


near you at


www.heff.co.uk

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