Christmas dinner delivered: the best festive food boxes

Date:10-12-2013 08:58:35 read:4

Christmas dinner delivered: the best festive food boxes

If you’ve left it late to organise your turkey and trimmings there are a number of companies you can turn to that will do it for you. Carolyn Hart picks her selection of the season’s offerings

Less stress: Keevil and Keevil's Christmas meat box 

There are only nine Thursdays left until Christmas, some unhelpful person muttered halfway through October. Now there are only two, and the feeling that you’ve forgotten something vital is probably stronger than ever. If it’s to do with turkey, goose or a ham (not yet ordered), Christmas pudding (last year’s resolution to make your own lying dusty and abandoned in some forgotten recess of the mind), or anything concerning the ‘trimmings’, then you’re in luck. This is the year of the Christmas box. It sounds like a gift from a post-vision Scrooge, and that’s pretty much what it is in real life: a box that delivers as much or as little of everything you need for Christmas, barring peace and harmony in the home, in one go.

Keevil & Keevil

One of Smithfield Market’s longest-serving traders (there has been a Keevil brother at Smithfield since 1850) and supplier to many top London restaurants and hotels, Keevil & Keevil recently started a box scheme, available to the general public, and has now introduced a Christmas box to its repertoire. There are two options: either a 6kg goose and 2.5kg beef rib-eye (£165), or an 8kg turkey with 3kg beef topside (£145). Both options include 1kg cocktail sausages, 1.5kg bacon and 1kg goose fat. Boxes may be customised and Butcher’s Box gift certificates are available to give as presents. Delivery by courier, £7.95 (free for orders over £75).

Last orders December 19 (Butcher's Boxes).


Farmison is an online farm shop that sources local seasonal food from small specialist suppliers. Latterly it has begun supplying recipe boxes in conjunction with Saturday Kitchen, the idea being that you cook alongside the various celebrity chefs with all the right ingredients to hand. Its Christmas offerings include Saturday Kitchen Christmas Day lunch boxes, featuring either goose or turkey, which invite you to Christmas ‘cook-alongs with Ken Hom, Raymond Blanc or Mark Hix’. To a normal home cook, attempting to produce Christmas lunch for their family is bad enough – the idea of doing it with even a virtual celebrity chef in tow probably seems like insanity. But still, the Farmison boxes are well put together (among much else, the free-range turkey box contains a 4kg free-range turkey, 24 pigs in blankets, duck fat, spuds, sprouts, Christmas pudding and cranberry sauce), contain some handy tips and cost £114.95 (the 4kg goose box comes in at £109.95). Free nationwide delivery.

Last orders December 21 (Farmison).

Donald Russell

Donald Russell operates from Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, delivering consistently great quality meat all year round. The Queen is one of its customers. For Christmas this season it has produced a box that should go a long way to easing last-minute panic in the cook. The Ultimate Christmas Box (£69) serves 6-8 people and contains a 5kg bronze turkey, 450g sausage meat, eight pigs in blankets, bacon and a Mosimann Christmas pudding (730g). Delivery £5.

Last orders December 18 (01467-629666; Donald Russell).

Field & Flower

The new large and small wild game boxes from Field & Flower make a great alternative to a turkey, or an unusual present. The boxes come in two sizes: the small box, £37, feeds roughly 15 people and contains 12 venison sausages, 400g diced wild venison, four partridge breasts, two pheasant supremes, four wood pigeon breasts and 400g mixed diced game; the large, £80, will feed up to 32 people and contains two partridge, four partridge breasts, two wood pigeons, one pheasant, two pheasant supremes, one wild duck, 12 venison sausages, four venison haunch steaks, 400g diced wild venison, eight wood pigeon breasts and 400g mixed wild game. Delivery every Thursday and Friday, £3.95. Available until February 2014.

Last orders before Christmas, December 17 (Field and Flower).

Abel & Cole

Abel & Cole’s Christmas Day fruit and veg box costs £25 and contains a mix of parsnips, brussels sprouts, potatoes, red cabbage, carrots, onions, three types of herbs as well as clementines and lemons from Sicily. The Terrific Trimmings box is like a Christmas larder in miniature; ordering it means you can chuck out the half-empty jars of cranberry sauce and ancient goose fat accumulated over the years and start afresh. For £19.89 you get: a 210g jar of wild cranberry sauce from Tiptree, a 160g jar of Copas free-range goose fat, 12 chipolatas, 250g smoked streaky bacon, Pegoty Hedge fresh poultry gravy (500ml) and a 385g pack of apricot and walnut stuffing.

Last orders December 23 (08452-626262; Abel and Cole).

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