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.

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