After the hardest of years, and with Christmas set to look different for most of us, it’s never been more important to support and champion independent British producers.
A champion of promoting the Best of British is Barbury Hill, a new, specialist online platform with a raison d’etre that is just that – to shine a light on the best of British talent and make their products more accessible to a discerning audience. What’s more – they’ve got something for everyone this Christmas!
Set up by Daniel Smith this summer, after Covid brought his role abroad to an abrupt end, Barbury Hill works with a select group of award-winning producers to showcase a tried and tasted selection of the highest quality home-grown food and drink products. Featuring only those that offer exceptional quality and taste, Barbury Hill prides itself on only showcasing makers that are not sold through mainstream retailers. With no middleman, orders are dispatched directly from the producers to ensure that packaging, airmiles and third-party commissions are kept to a minimum, protecting both the brands and the environment.
Showcasing myriad edible and drinkable delights from delicate English still and sparkling wines, to Monmouthshire mead, organic charcuterie, British beer and ciders, small batch cheeses and home baked treats, Barbury Hill is your one stop shop for foodie gifts this Christmas.
Below are a few highlights from the range, all of which are available for nationwide UK delivery – perfect for gifting family, friends and clients, Christmas entertaining, or as a well-needed lockdown treat.
For Christmas Day
The Bath Soft Cheese Co., from £25. Park Farm, the home of international award-winning The Bath Soft Cheese Co., is an organic farm in the heart of Somerset. With over 100 years in the Padfield family, strong traditions are still preserved to this day. Back in 1914. Graham Padfield’s grandmother made cheddar cheese on the site where Graham has been making his cheese for the last 30 years and he strongly believes its these traditional production methods that give his cheeses their distinctive quality. Priced from £25, selection boxes come packed with a range of signature cheeses, many with small batch chutneys and crackers.
For Sweet Treats
Bakery Number Eight, from £14. For festive treats straight to your door look no further than Bakery Number Eight. Run by Megan, a talented Bristolian baker with an enthusiasm for gooey cookies, zesty cakes and brownies, expect interesting flavour combinations, such as the distinctive Japanese matcha and white chocolate cookies and a light and fluffy lemon and pistachio cake. Free UK delivery. British Charcuterie for Light Lunches & Boxing Day Brunches: Beal’s Farm – from £18
Direct from the farm to your kitchen table, Beal’s Farm, a family-run Sussex business, is the home of Mangalitsa charcuterie – award-winning cured meats from rare-breed pigs. Winner of multiple Great Taste Awards, Beal’s look after the entire process of curing, smoking, air-drying and packing to ensure the highest quality, making them the choice of Michelin-starred chefs and restaurants around the country. A wide variety of boxes are available, from the Charcuterie Sharing Selection at £18 through to the Luxury box featuring four varieties of cured meats including Air-dried Ham, Spalla, Coppa and Lomo, and two half sticks of different salamis – Milano, Fennel or Chorizo at £49, ideal for entertaining and family gatherings.
For Wine with Class
Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year, Langham Estate Wines – from £15. In 2009 Justin Langham took over his father’s small-scale vineyard on the Langham Estate, in Dorset where he planted over 30 acres on their Crawthorne farm. Today, Langham is the largest single-site vineyard in the south-west of England and was recently named Sparking Wine Producer of the Year at the international Wine & Spirit Competition, beating top champagne brands to pick up the trophy whilst also scooping a Gold Medal for its Blanc de Blanc Brut. Priced from £15 per bottle, Langham Wine Estate also offer four cases of six bottles – Still, Autumn, Chardonnay and The Langham Collection – for the perfect festive hamper.
For Alcohol-Free celebrations
Jukes Cordialities – £35 for x9 35ml bottles. Jukes Cordialities are inspired and crafted by award-winning wine writer, Matthew Jukes. Throughout his 30-year career, Matthew has sampled and reviewed the world’s finest wines, but unable to find an elegant non-alcoholic drink genuinely satisfying and palatable, he took it upon himself to create his own. Designed to be mixed with still or sparkling water, Jukes Cordialities are healthy and sophisticated non-alcoholic drinks, based around the build-quality of a fine wine using carefully developed recipes and expertise to elevate depth of flavour and complex aromatic characters. Available in two gift sets – each containing nine 35ml bottles – choose either Jukes 6, which offers a depth of flavour full of berries and stone fruits with a rich and earthy finish, or Jukes 1, which boasts fragrant tones of peach blossom and cucumber blended with plums, tart apples and pineapple husk.