If festive burgers aren’t really your thing and you can’t think of anything worse than turkey and sprouts, here are a few ways to get those taste buds tingling with a vaguely Christmassy vibe. Here are our selection of the best festive treats this X-mas period.
Dirty Bones' Smashed Mince Pie
This is only a small part of the sprawling festive feast available on the Dirty Bones Christmas set menu (£23-£28pp). However, it's also a good example of how they've taken the Xmas theme and smushed it together with American comfort food. The Dirty Bone’s smashed mince pie (pictured above) is served with a generous dollop of brandy butter gelato and sprinkled with coconut snow for a unique, vaguely exotic take on the festive favourite.
Flesh & Buns' Festive Feasting Baskets
For those already tired of turkey and ham, Flesh & Buns has brought back its hugely successful, limited edition festive feasting basket. A fun take on the Japanese obsession with eating KFC on Christmas Day, the meal – to be shared between two – consists of a steamer basket of buttermilk and shichimi fried chicken, barbecue mayo, fresh salad and steamed buns, for a DIY feast. Also included is a rich chocolate Yamazaki cake and spiced rum and grenadine hard shake for each diner.
Hawksmoor's Christmas Nugget
The Hawksmoor is not known for light, health-conscious cuisine and the Christmas Nugget is no exception to this rule. Minced, buttermilk-fried turkey thigh, Ginger Pig sausage meat and bacon are wrapped around a cheese sauce core, served with a cranberry ketchup: this is by no means your average nugget. It's available from November 23 at the Hawksmoor Spitalfields bar, where you can pair it with a cocktail from the fabulous selection of Christmas Desert Island Drinks (drinks available from December 1).
Lanes of London's Festive Afternoon Tea
A great themed treat to round off a day of Christmassy activities. Relax in the sumptuous, classic surroundings of this modern British restaurant and indulge with this afternoon tea. Although it’s pricey at £39–£55pp (depending on the cocktail or champagne you want to accompany your tea), it does come with a tasty selection of sandwiches, including beetroot toast bread, smoked salmon and cream cheese and sweet or savoury scones. Themed pastries include almond and chocolate brownie Christmas trees, snowman macarons and stollen.
Ginger Pig's Christmas Sausage Roll
In response to the many sandwich chain specials, Ginger Pig has come up trumps with its festive sausage roll. Made with premium sausage meat (a blend of pork belly and shoulder for optimum fat content) as well as plenty of herbs, seasoning and breadcrumbs, the roll also includes stilton and cranberries, wrapped up in buttery puff pastry. Available from all seven Ginger Pig shops for £4 from now until Christmas – get them while they're hot!
Meat Mission's XXXmas Dog
For an original take on the traditional hot dog, try Meat Mission’s new addition to its Christmas range: the XXXmas Dog. Pigs in blankets, roasted turkey, turkey gravy and cranberry coulis (yes we know, ‘coulis’ makes it sound strangely like a pudding) come together in a hot dog bun, topped off with crispy stuffing sprinkles. Available from December 1, it’s a serious contender for any Christmas food-phobics.
EAT's Pigs in Blankets Pot
If you're one of the many people in frank denial of bacon's new carcinogenic status, EAT’s new festive offering is definitely for you. Three little words destined to make anyone's heart melt over the Xmas season: Pigs. In. Blankets. Need we say anymore? As if they couldn’t get any better, these particular snuggly sausage morsels – made from 100% British pork – are portable, for all your office-based Christmas cravings, served in a little pot with a cranberry ketchup. Neat.
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