Trencherman’s guide to gourmet gifts by post

Looking for direct-to-door foodie finds – for yourself or to send as gifts? We’ve handpicked a few outstanding possibilities

Greendale: West Country Cheese Selection Box (pictured above)

Greendale’s deli team have scoured the South West for some of the best artisan cheeses from South West dairies and have come up with a collection that includes Glastonbury Cheddar, Dorset Red Smoked, Dorset Blue Vinny, Cornish Yarg and Devon Sharpham Brie.. They’ll deliver the sealed and hand-tied box direct to whoever you’ve decided deserves it.

Costs £25. Buy it here.

Steins at Home

Stein’s at Home

Get a delivery of all the gorgeous ingredients needed to recreate a fabulous restaurant-style experience at home – care of the Rick Stein crew.

The Stein’s team have created nine different menu boxes, each containing a starter, main and dessert, which simply need to be finished off in the oven or on the hob. The only thing missing is the Padstow sea air.

From £40. Buy it here.

Hobbs House Bakery

Hobbs House Bakery: Sourdough Bread Box

Consider your concerns about the quality of supermarket bread (and the trials of getting your hands on the good stuff) over. All of these loaves are organic and made from a 64-year-old culture. Feast on wild white, light rye, tumeric and chilli, the mighty St Martin and seeded sourdoughs. Just make sure to also source a generous supply of good butter to go with.

Costs £20.75 plus delivery. Buy it here.

Indy Coffee Box

Indy Coffee Box

Don’t let your coffee supply fall short in the run up to Christmas. Get freshly roasted barista-quality beans sent direct to your door care of the coffee pros at Indy Coffee Box. They’ve done the digging to source the best possible beans from world-class British artisan roasteries, all you have to do is brew and succumb to caffeinated bliss.

The speciality coffee subscription also makes a wonderful Christmas present so, if you’re stumped for what to get your brother in-law, niece or a coffee-loving friend, a beautiful Indy Coffee Gift Box could be just the thing. The gift box contains two bags of top-notch speciality grade beans, a gift card and a copy of journal Brew.

Order before December 13 for delivery before Christmas. Trencherman’s readers get free delivery and £5 off their first 3-4 bag box with code: ICB1. A monthly subscription starts from £19.99. Subscribe here.

Hot Smoked

Hot Smoked: BBQ Hot Smoking Kit

The Hot Smoked starter kit contains all the gear needed – bar the barbecue – to hot-smoke food (meat, fish, veggies, it’s all good) at home.

It comes with a metal smoking box, woodchips (choose the right type for the food being smoked – the kit includes hickory, beech and whisky-infused oak chips), BBQ rub and a comprehensive instruction and recipe booklet. You’ll need a barbecue with a lid and something to smoke.

The folk at Food Magazine recently roadtested the kit using butcher-bought brisket, and described the results as ‘mind-blowing‘. Read the full review of the kit here.

Costs £30. Buy it here.

Blakewell-Fisheries

Blakewell Devon Smoked Salmon

Outstanding smoked salmon from a small Devon fishery delivered to your door for Christmas breakfast.

Blakewell is a small trout fishery and smokery in a leafy north Devon valley, where the Nickell brothers have been smoking their own trout for years – hot and cold – developing a ‘Superior Devon Smoke’ recipe using matured beechwood and a no-rush approach. The trout’s great, but it was when they started smoking Atlantic salmon they hit on something seriously special.

Sides of fish are slowly cold-smoked in the Blakewell smoker until they take on crackling fireside flavours weaved with notes of vanilla and autumn, it’s then finely carved into tissue-thin layers to melt on the tongue. The sweet flavours and buttery mouthfeel of the salmon make it a perfect pairing to don’t-hold-the-cream scrambled eggs and chewy sourdough toast. Serve with a glass of Buck’s Fizz and freshly brewed filter coffee for 2020’s wish-list Christmas breakfast.

100g packets of four or five slices – enough for brunch for four – costs £6.25 on Blakewell’s new online shop. Buy it here.

The Chocolate Society

The Chocolate Society: Box of the Month

Who wouldn’t want to receive a monthly supply of high calibre chocs crafted from fresh cream, butter and real herbs and spices? Each month the team of chocolatiers at The Chocolate Society create a Box of the Month which features 18 eye-catching domes, decorated with metallic flecks and housed in a smart box tied with a ribbon. Seasonal chocs in the December box include Mince Pie Caramel, and Mandarin and Yuzu.

Be warned – there are only 750 of them and competition to get your mitts on one is high, especially after it was crowned 2020’s best chocolate subscription box by The Independent.

A three-month subscription costs £65. Subscribe here.

Wicked Wolf Silver Bullet Gin

Wicked Wolf Silver Bullet Gin

For a Negroni that kicks like a mule, Exmoor-distilled Silver Bullet by Wicked Wolf certainly does the job. The navy-strength gin docks at 57 per cent ABV, yet is beautifully balanced and smooth enough to imbibe as a sipping gin.

Costs £56. Source it here.

Food Magazine subscription

Food Magazine subscription

Want to be the first to know about the latest South West restaurant openings, recipes, reviews, interviews with leading foodies and exceptional finds? Get every issue of Food Magazine delivered to your door with a year-long Food Magazine subscription.

Championing the South West food and drink scene since 2003, it’s the original local magazine for the epicurious.

£25 for six issues, including FREE delivery. Order it here.

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