Festive feasting: The best Christmas dinner home deliveries in London

Luxury London

11 November 2021

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11 November 2021 | Luxury London

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hile none of us are keen to repeat last year's disappointing festive season, one thing that many discovered is that, when it comes to Christmas dinner, you don't actually have to do the cooking yourself. As the popularity of at-home fine dining meal kits boomed during lockdown, so savvy chefs realised that the same approach could be applied to the most lavish meal of the year and, happily, they're back again for 2021 to help even those with just a passing acquaintance with the kitchen serve up a gourmet feast. Whether you are tempted by a traditional roast turkey with all of the trimmings, a glistening beef Wellington or an alternative Indian spread, these London restaurants and home delivery services will deliver a feast fit for a king on Christmas Day. (Sorry, the washing up is still down to you.)

Home-X

Created by the team behind Six by Nico, Home-X has proved that the fine dining meal delivery trend had legs long after lockdown, and has been providing those looking for a taste of luxury at home with meal kits running the gamut from fine dining fish and chips and Chateaubriand to Vietnamese cuisine since early 2020. Having quickly sold out last year, its limited edition Christmas dinner kit is back for 2021 but, with only 1,000 kits available, you'll need to be quick to get your hands on one. Available in both classic and vegetarian options, the multi-course menu includes smoked salmon with pickled cucumber, buttermilk and dill, bacon-wrapped turkey ballotine with pine nut stuffing and potato and truffle gratin, and a hugely indulgent sticky toffee pudding.

£100 for two, home-x.com

Dishpatch

Parsons, Covent Garden

Dispatch is a meal kit connoisseur that works with leading London restaurants including Cafe Murano, Smokestak, Angela Hartnett and Ottolenghi. For an alternative festive feast this Christmas, order a Sri Lanken supper from Hoppers, which includes a flavour-loaded lamb shank, served with a sweet and savoury aubergine moju. For a seafood soiree, order the sea trout en croûte from Parsons in Covent Garden. Everything is sustainably packaged, with clear, concise instructions on how to finish the meal at home. Complete the order with premium wines and cheese from St. JOHN and Neal’s Yard Dairy. 

Delivery nationwide. From £80, dishpatch.co.uk

Tommy Banks x Made in Oldstead

Michelin-starred chef Tommy Banks, who founded fine dining home delivery service Made In Oldstead during the pandemic, has gone all out this Christmas, offering a variety of four- to six-course festive feats, alongside a range of hampers and foodie gifts. Drawing on seasonal ingredients local to his restaurants in York and Oldstead, Christmas dinner meal kits are available in vegetarian, duck crown and beef Wellington versions, all served with trimmings including Pommes Anna and ducks in blankets. There's also smoked salmon with whipped buttermilk or chestnut and artichoke ravioli to start and chocolate pudding for dessert.

From £160 for two, madeinoldstead.co.uk

Cinnamon Club

If a traditional turkey dinner isn't to your taste, turn up the heat with Cinnamon Club's Indian spin on Christmas dinner. Featuring five-courses designed by Vivek Singh, beign with canapés of chickpea gnocchi and Bengali beetroot cake before moving on to Bhel papdi chaat (crisp wheat and puffed rice chaat) and Madras shrimp pepper fry. The star of the show is a slow-braised Kashmiri-style lamb shank Roganjosh served alongside biryani rice, Burhani raita and simmered black lentils, while tradition isn't completely forgotten thanks to a garam masala sticky toffee pudding with nutmeg custard.

£130 for two, thecinnamoncollection.com

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Wild Radish

Roasted wagyu tomahawk steak by Phil Howard

Wild Radish is known for its fine dining recipe boxes curated by the UK's most esteemed chefs and, while it hasn't yet announced its menu for Christmas 2021, if last year's edition is anything to go by, you're going to want to be on the waiting list. Think pre-prepared feasts courtesy of The Square’s Phil Howard, Marianna Leivaditaki of Morito and Daniel Fletcher of 28 Market Place, with highlights including a roasted wagyu tomahawk steak dinner; a meal of red wine braised chestnut and baby borettante onion stew and a herb-crusted salmon fillet with all the trimmings. Like we said, get your name down now

Price TBC, wild-radish.co.uk

Hawksmoor

Far more than just a steak dinner, Hawksmoor has teamed up with Creation Theatre to offer an immersive festive dining experience from the comfort of your own home. Available from 1-31 December, the evening includes a three-course Hawksmoor at Home feast, featuring fillet steak with peppercorn sauce, smoked salmon, triple-cooked chips, garlic mushroom. creamed spinach and sticky toffee pudding, designed to be enjoyed while taking in Creation Theatre's digital-first production of A Christmas Carol. Complete the experience with a little festive cheer in the form of Hawksmoor's sour cherry negroni and a bottle of Rioja Real Agrado.

From £125 for two, thehawksmoor.com

Hame by Adam Handling

Image courtesy Tim Green

Adam Handling, the enterprising, young Scottish chef, has made his mark on London’s dining scene with laidback fine dining lashed with powerful flavours. He’s likely to make a similar mark on your Christmas celebrations with his special festive menu. Enjoy Handling's signature starters – sourdough with chicken butter as well as cheese doughnuts – before launching into a series of dishes that would make Santa blush. Choose between classic turkey or a beef or vegetarian Wellington with all the trimmings, followed by Christmas pudding or sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce. Feeling really indulgent? Finish the meal off with a truffled whole Rollright cheese served with apricot and apple chutney and fruit and nut loaf.

From £250 for three/four, adamhandling.co.uk

Drake & Morgan

If you're looking for the ultimate in traditional Christmas dinners with none of the hassle, Drake & Morgan has got you covered. The upscale bar and restaurant chain is offering nationwide delivery of its decadent Christmas feast, which can be ordered for up to four people. So what's in the box? Kick things off with sourdough bread, Nocellara olives and smoked almonds before sitting down to starters of smoked salmon with soda bread and picalilli, and duck liver parfait with pear chutney and brioche. Then it's on to a lavish turkey dinner served with pigs in blankets, pork and apricot stuffing, goose fat roast potatoes, brussel sprouts with lardons and chestnuts, roast carrots, parsnips and turkey jus. If you can squeeze anything else in, there's also Christmas pudding with brandy custard, alongside chocolate brownies and mini mince pies, for afters. And to toast? Upgrade to the full package to receive two bottles of Prosecco Sylvoz DOC Treviso Le Colture Brut (NV), two bottles of Malbec Bodega Ruca Malen, two bottles of Macon Uchizy and two Espresso Martini cocktails.

From £120 for two, drakeandmorgan.co.uk

Mac & Wild

Caledonian meat maestro Mac & Wild will be bringing its customers together this Christmas with a live cook-a-long with company founder Andy Waugh. Participants will be able to choose from a three-course venison chateaubriand or Christmas burger kit (which looks particularly toothsome to us) and the kits will be dropped on your doorsteps in time for the bubbles being popped. 

The burger kit costs £25 per person and the chateaubriand £30, macandwild.com

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