Restaurant Brighton's guide to
Foodie Christmas Gift Ideas
Our top picks
If celebrating has felt rather hampered this year it’s time to reclaim the word! Hampers from The Great British Charcuterie are super gifts for lovers of artisan cured meats, small yield cheese, Sussex wines and beers. There’s something for everyone to enjoy here (including a vegan cheese hamper). All produce is from the British Isles and sourced carefully by the discerning tastebuds of owner and Brighton Chef, Phil Bartley.
“Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day, give him a net and he can eat for life”, but what if he can’t cook? A Brighton Cookery School voucher will entitle the kitchen enthusiast to gain new professional skills and the can’t cook won’t cook type to get a foot in the door. This is the least altruistic of gifts since it is likely to result in the gifter being fed from the fabulous learnings!
Macaron master serves up some special Christmas themed fancies this time of year. A box of these beautiful jewels, flavoured with seasonal tastes is sure to light up anyone’s Christmas. Order by 4 pm and they’ll arrive within 24 hours in any UK destination for perfect freshness. Last year we joined Julien while he made Mince Pie Marcrons, set your tastebuds into overdrive with the video on our YouTube channel.
The Hot Chocolate & Marshmallow gift sets from Knoops are available from their Brighton cafe or for purchase from their online store will make the perfect gift for your chocolate-loving friends this Christmas. Sets include two Knoops classics and can be enjoyed by hot chocolate fans of all ages.
Redraoster have come up with an excellent gift for a coffee lover this Christmas. The 12 days of Christmas calendar includes enough coffee for two cups for every day from the 25 until when you have to take your tree down. It’s totally plastic-free and after you’re done with the coffee you’ve got a handy set of little tins for bits, bobs and trinkets!
Another great gift for the newly skilled up barista is a coffee subscription from Trading Post Roasters. Choose between weekly, fortnightly and monthly subscriptions depending on their level of consumption/ dependence. Trading Post roast their own beans at their roastery near Lewes and are a third generation of master roasters.
Deck your halls with bows of holly but give the gift of gin filled baubles from local distillers Madame Jennifer. These 50ml baubles are filled with small-batch limited edition Sloe or Christmas Gin, making a lovely festive gift for the gin lover in your life (or a nice addition to your own tree).
Why not treat a loved one this Christmas to a delicious case of Brighton Bier? These award winning brews are a great gift to send to a beer lover, while also doing a little boast about how great Brighton is! Brighton Bier can deliver these Christmas Beer Gifts anywhere in the city or nationwide. Right now you can also get 10% off your first order, cheers for that.
As a gift, the Benguela Cove estate (parent to Mannings Heath) has put together the Catalina Semillon exclusive vintage. Only three barrels of this wine were produced and this gift case is a thing to treasure. The first bottle is for immediate pleasure. The second bottle is scheduled for the ‘peak drinking window’, in the next five-plus years. The third bottle is intended for the cellar (up to 10 years if cellared correctly), but we won’t blame you if you pop in right after the second bottle!
As a gift, you can’t go wrong with English sparkling, especially as we have so many great producers here in Sussex. The Rathfinny Estate’s newly released 2018 Rosé with gift box, is a super gift option. It’s a pale pink rosé with a vibrant palate of wild strawberry coulis and candied mandarin zest. 2018 is often referred to as the vintage of the decade. This rosé is a real celebration wine that your giftee will just love.