Food often takes centre stage at Christmas, but there are so many elements to the Christmas meal, it can become overwhelming in the kitchen.
So, this week I thought I’d share some of my festive favourites from local suppliers which will be sure to wow all your guests.
Wine: Ake & Humphris
The turkey may be the main attraction of the table, but we all know the value of a good glass of wine on Christmas day.
This comforting red has gentle notes of fragrant cherry, wild strawberry and raspberry, as well as exotic spices. The savoury characters add complexity to this intriguing pinot with moderate tannins and good body.
It feels like a warm fire on a crisp evening, and has become a staple in my house every Christmas.
The wine, which has aged for more than 4 years in oak barrels, has a velvety and round finish, making it very moreish!
Luckily for Stray Ferret readers, this beautiful wine is available on your doorstep at Ake & Humphris, on Leeds Road.
You can even get 10% off by quoting code GREATWINEFERRET or by ordering it from their website.
Ake & Humphris also offers a six-bottle hamper, specially curated to compliment the entire Christmas meal.
Cheese: The Cheeseboard
When the post-dinner lethargy kicks in, many of us just reach for a packaged selection of cheese for our Christmas cheeseboard, but why not make it a talking-point of the meal?
The Cheeseboard, on Commercial Street in Harrogate, will make all your dairy dreams come true…
One of my personal favourites, the Stonebeck, is made locally in Nidderdale by Stonebeck Wensleydale Farmhouse.
The cheese is made from the milk of Northern Dairy Shorthorn cows, a rare breed native to the Yorkshire Dales, and is hand pressed and bound in calico before maturing.
The taste and texture are an expression of the farm: soft and creamy with long, complex and layered flavours.
It’s delicate and rich and is guaranteed to put a smile on your guests’ faces.
Blue cheese is probably the most polarising of the cheeses, but I can guarantee you’ll fall in love with Swaledale Blue.
This pasteurised cheese, which is made by the Swaledale Cheese Company in Richmondshire, has a soft, melting texture that dissolves to cream on the tongue and a taste that is mild with gentle, herbal sharpness.
It is certainly full of flavour, but the peppery hints take the classic Swaledale cheese to a whole new level.
I cannot recommend these cheeses enough and both can be bought at The Cheeseboard. Make sure to get them before they sell out!
Appleton’s Butchers: Pies
I know many of us devote ourselves to one particular butcher, but Appleton’s Butchers has become a local institution for a reason.
Pork pie is something I look forward to every Christmas and the premium quality meat on offer at Appleton’s has me dreaming of it from summertime.
The standout medium lattice pork pie, which is even loved by King Charles II and Phil Tufnell, is a testament to Appleton’s commitment to quality, with a perfect balance of pork and pastry.
It also offers the highest quality locally-sourced beef, poultry and Yorkshire lamb.
It may seem a risk trying a new butcher, but this one will pay off when you taste Appleton’s Butcher’s meat!
Christmas isn’t complete without condiments – and chutney is no exception.
Fodder, in Harrogate, stocks a wide range of flavours that will accompany your cheeseboard brilliantly.
The Christmas Chutney is made from plums, apples, onions and sultanas, while the Boxing Day chutney offers flavours of caramelised onion and cranberries.
Find them in store, just off Wetherby Road.
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