Last year was the first time I tried a gift guide and after a tough 2020 it went down a treat. So here we are again – a few ideas of Coventry and Warwickshire Christmas food and drink gifts from producers and makers across the area that you can snap up this Christmas. Don’t forget restaurants tend to do gift vouchers too, so you could always buy someone a special meal.
Coventry and Warwickshire Christmas food gifts
Christmas box selections from Emma’s Pantry
Emma is one of the most talented people I know and she’s doing gorgeous selection boxes for Christmas, from ‘Festive Favourites’ to mince pie cookies. Perfect for someone with a sweet tooth. Find her menus on Facebook here.
Gifts and hampers from Treacle’s Farm to Fork, Rugby
The Panettone Store by Cafe Cannoli
Cafe Cannoli gifted me some beeyoootiful cannoli during lockdown number one, and I know I’m not the only one to have fallen in love with their treats. I’ve watched them go from strength to strength this year, despite the obstacles in their way and that includes opening ‘The Panettone Store’.
Yes, you did read that right – an online store dedicated entirely to panettone, and therefore the perfect place to buy some beautifully-tasting, perfectly packaged gifts. You could also gift someone some cannoli providing you’re careful with your ordering dates, and they also do cannoli kits too. Check out the Panettone Store website here.
Christmas gift box from Earlsdon Supper Club
Tobias Reutt has been impressing people with his cooking for quite some time (and I am LONG overdue in getting myself to one of his supper clubs) but he’s found the perfect way to help you treat a loved one to his cooking. He’s doing a Christmas Gift Box that includes a Hot Chocolate Bomb, ESC Chapelfields Honey Truffles and some Macarons, including free local delivery. Check out his website here.
Baking Kits from Proof Bakery, Coventry
If you want to do something good whilst also treating someone to a Christmas food gift from a Warwickshire business, you need to check out Proof Bakery. The artisan bakery started by Chernise Neo trains and employs refugees, allowing them to use their bread-making skills and then selling that bread.
Proof have some lovely Christmas gift ideas including baking kits that you could send to a loved one. They’re delivering sourdough baking kits anywhere in the UK, including their tried-and-tested sourdough starter, as well as the tools and recipes they use to make delicious, beautiful loaves.
They also do a range of home delivery boxes, from bread to sweet treats including baklava buns, cinnamon buns, a slice of lemon, almond and coconut basbousa cake, and their house brownie with a tahini swirl and sea salt. You could also maybe gift someone a bakery class to use for the future. Visit their website here.
All the sweet stuff from Sweet Retreat, Rugby
Sweet Retreat in Rugby is a lovely little independent who keep everyone’s sweet tooth needs catered for all year round. They have loads of Christmas goodies, from gifts under £5 like chocolate packs and sweet cones, as well as treat boxes, gift boxes, sweet jars and gift cards. Check out their website here.
Cookie gifts from Cookie Cottage, Stratford
These guys have recently opened their very own shop in Stratford providing all the cookie goodness. You can order cookie boxes and cookie pies for Christmas. Find more info here.
Hampers of delights from Lola Provisions
I haven’t actually ever made it to Lola Provisions in Leamington but it looks right up my street. Natural wine, coffee, pastries, sourdough, they have it all. And you too can have it all this Christmas thanks to some lovely looking hampers that they’ve put together. Go and check out their website.
Chilli chutneys, rubs and charcuterie from Prices Spices
If there’s a chilli lover in your life, I have the perfect gift for you. Prices Spices was the subject of my latest blog post on the people behind the food scene in Warwickshire, and lucky for you, Mike does options for gifting through his website.
Build your own triple jar gift boxes or triple sauce boxes, or assemble your own hamper, choosing from all sorts of fiery treats including chutneys, pickles, spice mixes and chocolate. Find the website here.
Build your own Christmas hamper from CVC Kitchen & Deli
CVC Kitchen & Deli in Rugby stocks all sorts of lovely treats that would be great as presents or stocking fillers, but they’re also doing a ‘build your own’ hamper service where you choose the size you want, and customise all the bits inside.
Hampers from British Regional Hampers
British Regional Hampers provide hampers that showcase artisan food and drink producers from across the UK.
The hampers include the best of British produce from high-quality independent suppliers, offering products not usually available in the mass retail market.
The Christmas 2021 collection includes:
Christmas Celebration Hamper including sparkling wine from Warwickshire, blueberry ice wine from Cambridgeshire, brie from the Cotswolds, beech-smoked duck breast and salmon from Worcestershire, spice plum chutney from the West Midlands, plum and date toasts from Derbyshire, and mince pie chocolates from Solihull.
Christmas Afternoon Tea Hamper, including sparkling wine from Worcestershire, Christmas cake from Warwickshire, Christmas pudding marmalade and Christmas cake-infused tea from Sussex, and strawberry conserve from Cornwall.
New Year’s Eve & Hangover Hamper: see out the old year with a sparkling wine from the Teme Valley, oak-smoked flour and chilli crackers from Derbyshire, Herefordshire cider & apple-cured salmon, and black garlic pickle from the Lake District. And if you’ve over-indulged, there’s the ultimate hangover cure: hot kiln-roasted smoked salmon and caviar, black garlic vodka from the Isle of Wight, tomato juice from Suffolk, scotch bonnet hot sauce from Manchester, and Droitwich salt combining natural brine, charcoal, black trumpet mushroom and garlic, developed in conjunction with Michelin-starred chef Brad Carter.
Coventry and Warwickshire Christmas drinks gifts
Wine hampers from Gallachers of Rugby
Gallaghers of Rugby is one of my fave local businesses (because wine) and as well as their online shop packed with every single bottle you could possibly need for the festive season, they’re doing some lovely gift sets and hampers. They also do gins, spirits, decanters, and all sorts. Check out their website here, or take a look at their social media.
Gin gift sets from Rugby Distillery
I’ve told you about Rugby Distillery before and as well as their full size bottles, you can treat the gin-lover in your life to some smaller sizes. Or just hide them in the Christmas tree for when things get tough during the festive season…
Give the gift of wine from Welcombe Hills Vineyard
Want to gift someone wine from right here in Warwickshire? Get yourself to Welcombe Hills Vineyard and order either some fizz, or some lovely wines all boasting names inspired by Shakespeare. I can confirm they are rather good 😉
Visit their website here.
Christmas Cocktail Box from The Little Cocktail Bar
Is there any better gift than the gift of cocktails? This could be an early Christmas gift, a Christmas gift if you time it right or just a treat for yourself. I’ve tried The Little Cocktail Bar’s cocktail and they’re lovely. They’re doing a special Christmas box as well as a winter Prosecco box that’s available weekly until the New Year. Find their website here.
Elderflower Liqueur from St Maur
St Maur is the creation of William and Kelsey Seymour, Earl and Countess of Yarmouth, and is a hand-crafted premium elderflower liqueur using ingredients from the family’s woodlands. The award-winning drink is apparently perfect for sipping or mixing and can be served as a beautiful aperitif on its own, or in cocktails. It’s available in 70cl and 20cl bottles and could make a great Christmas gift.
Experiences & other gifts
Cook with Michelin-starred chef Paul Foster
I’ve told you previously about Paul Foster’s newly-launched virtual masterclasses from his Salt Cookery School. The subscription service is super affordable and can all be done at your own pace and from your own home – so why not treat someone else to it.
You could also buy someone Paul Foster’s book ‘How to Cook Meat Properly’ which is definitely going on my list for a few people.
Give the gift of cooking with Sophie Hyam
Sophie is a great local chef and you could give the gift of her great food with a range of options. Sophie’s offering gift vouchers for private dine experiences in your own home, or maybe cookery lessons.
You’ll get a bespoke pdf voucher sent ready for you to print for your recipient. Email her on firstname.lastname@example.org or send her a message on social media.
Private Dining Vouchers from Bramble Dining
For a special treat, how about a private dining experience courtesy of Bramble Dining. I’ve been lucky enough to try Richard’s food before and it’s superlative. He offers a range of five-course luxury dining menus, but it’s not just about the food.
You get it served to you in the comfort of your own home, and they even do the washing up for you. Restaurant food right in the comfort of your own home. What more could you want?
Vouchers for The Castle Gin School
As you may have read on this blog before, award-winning gin distiller Pinnock Gin and The Castle at Edgehill are about to launch the new Castle Gin School in the tower of the latter’s former 17th century castle overlooking the Battle of Edgehill site.
Visitors to The Castle can choose from a one-hour Pinnock Gin Taster Session or three-hour Gin School (for parties of up to 14 people), during which you’ll learn about the history and provenance of the product and location, before being guided by Dan through the gin-making process using a range of botanicals. As well as enjoying plenty of gin samples along the way, you’ll get to take home a 70cl bottle of your own unique recipe, which you can also reorder from the distillery at a later date.