There’s nothing quite as special as Christmas at home. Whilst the Marble Arch and Edgware Road area has some lovely Christmas Day feasts this year, some of us prefer to stay in and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Christmas, of all days, is for comfort. We have detailed our top choices in the area to pick up everything you need to make sure your holiday meal is perfect in whatever way that means to you.
Buchanans Cheesemongers for cheery cheeses
The cheese counter, which supplies some of London’s top restaurants, is at your finger tips as its a treasure trove bursting with cheesy classics and an ever-changing rotation of new and interesting cheeses such as the rich, buttery Rollright from King Stone dairy and, our personal favourite, truffle filled brie. Custom hampers and gift boxes are also available in the cheese shop. They’re brilliant at helping you put together the perfect selection of tasty goodies to suit your budget.
Abasto for Papá Noel nibbles
Grab some very special Christmas Empanadas at Abasto, our cosy and inviting Argentinian empanada extraordinares and wine wonders. The Christmas empanadas come in Turkey and Cranberry, their twelve rotating empanadas – with five meat varieties (‘Chorizo & Cheese’, ‘Ham & Cheese’, ‘Classic Beef’, ‘Arabic Beef’ and ‘Chicken’), five vegetarian options (‘Blue Cheese & Walnuts’, ‘Caprese’ ´Mushrooms & Raisins’, ‘Spinach & Mozzarella’ and ‘Sweetcorn & Cheddar’), as well as two vegan editions (‘Green Peas’ and ‘Red Kale’). You can grab these pastry parcels pre-frozen to take home and warm up yourself later or, if you’re like us and can’t help yourself, you can eat them in store with a warming glass of Argentinian red wine.
Boxcar for the merry meaty mains
Boxcar is your perfect neighbourhood butcher. This winter, they’ve selected a range of their favourite seasonal cuts from some of the best independent farms across the country. From Yorkshire Texel lamb to 28-day Galloway rare breed beef, the range of festive cuts are perfect to cook for your friends & family at home. For those who prefer a more traditional Christmas Day lunch, they’re also stocking the best free range Bronze & Black turkeys from Castlemead Farm in Somerset. To place your order, visit their website or pop in to 23 New Quebec Street, W1H 7SD before Wednesday 19th December. Last day for collection is 21st December.
La Petite Poissonnerie for fa-la-la-la-la fish mains
Inspired by a passion for French and Japanese cuisine, with a focus on high quality produce, this friendly local fishmonger proffers a wide range of fresh fish and shellfish, including caviar, oyster, lobster and langoustine. Alongside the store is a champagne and seafood bar with a delicious menu showcasing the best of the freshest catch.
As Nature Intended for festive Free-from feasting
With everything from advent calendars to organic wines, fair-trade gifts and free-from food, As Nature Intended is your one-stop-shop for all things veggie, vegan, ethical or gluten free when planning your holiday event.
Vinoteca for wintery wines
Although a wonderful eatery, don’t miss Vinoteca’s incredibly selective and diverse wine shop. With over 200 wines listed to try or buy, you’ll find something for everyone, including alcohol-free options. Don’t miss out on Shop Price Mondays – when you enjoy lunch or dinner on Mondays, you pay only the shop price for any bottle of wine from the menu – saving 40-60% off the usual price!
Marylebone Gin for tinselly tipples
Get in there quickly because this tasty pop-up dashes off on 15 December. Whilst it’s here, make your way to 15 New Quebec Street to snap up their three different types of Marylebone Gin, which is infused with 13 different botanicals including chamomile, grapefruit and lime flower. Also, if you’re keen to impress your guests – they’re also be hosting a variety of gin-based events, which can be booked here.
Boxcar Deli for mince pies and mulled wine
The team at Boxcar Baker & Deli have been working hard to find the perfect mince pie recipe. Baked in small batches every day, each pie is made with their signature buttery pastry and homemade mincemeat and can be washed down with a warming glass of house mulled wine. Available to take away, their mince pie gift boxes are the perfect treat to enjoy at Christmas lunches, dinner parties or even as an afternoon snack!
Markus Coffee for Christmastide coffee
Markus Coffee is a must to stay awake during the festive outings or following your big meal – or even a gift! As one of London’s finest specialist coffee shops, Markus stocks 34 varieties of coffee from 13 different countries. You can even create your own blend with their helpful on-site team.