It might not be the Christmas we were all expecting, but there are plenty of ways to make it one to remember — and for good reasons. One of these is upping the ante with a five-star Christmas Day lunch, lovingly prepared by some of our favourite London restaurants. With hospitality sadly closed for the festive season, there is no better way to show your support and spoil your guests at the same time. Here is our edit of the best luxury food delivery services in London.
Eating at The Savoy is a very special experience and, this year, its team of chefs have been working hard to ensure you can recreate it at home for Christmas Day lunch. The Savoy’s Norfolk Turkey Feast is a sumptuous three course banquet fit for a king: as well as the main event, expect Cumberland sausages, chestnut and apple stuffing, pigs in blankets, honey glazed carrots, sprouts with streaky bacon and Maris Pipers roasted in duck fat confit — plus bread and cranberry sauces. To start there’s a Jerusalem and smoked tomato veloute and to finish, mince pies with brandy butter. This exquisite menu comes with very thorough instructions, so don’t worry if you are not an expert chef…
From £299 for four people, £450 for eight people with 48 hours’ notice required (and orders taken up until 31 December). Delivery or pick-up within London;
The brothers behind four of London’s most loved neighbourhood restaurants — The Shed, Rabbit, Sussex and Nutbourne — have created two festive delivery boxes to help out with your Christmas cooking, the Essentials and the Luxury. We would, naturally, go for the latter: on top of turkey, gammon, terrines, smoked trout, a wheel of stilton and some puddings, it adds a Beef Wellington, Exmouth caviar and black truffle. There are also five delicious bottles in the box, including two English sparklers and a magnum from the family vineyard in West Sussex – the Nutbourne Sussex Reserve, 2018.
The Essentials Box (£220) and The Luxury Box (£520) both feed up to six people with last orders on 17 December, delivery within London and extra £5 for those within congestion zone;
This season The Wolseley team have curated an outstanding Christmas Day Feast. After choosing whether to go for whole bronze turkey or goose, with all the trimmings you will be spoilt with Severn & Wye smoked salmon, Cropwell Bishop stilton with crackers and a Christmassy chutney, as well as traditional mince pies and Christmas pudding. Heaven. And if you feel up to it, The Wolseley is also offering a Boxing Day box…
£375 and feeds up to six people with last orders taken on 21 December (and last delivery date on 24 December);
To help keep the food industry going, from the farms to the hospitality staff, top chef Jason Atherton has been offering At Home boxes — and he has gone all out for Christmas, bringing you and three others the ultimate three-course dinner. Start with Little Social pork, foie gras and game terrine with pickled cucumbers and red cabbage and sourdough toast; move onto turkey, beef rump and honey & juniper ham with Koffman’s roast potatoes, carrots with beef fat, swede and celeriac gratin and sprouts with chestnut, bacon and sage. For dessert, there is treacle tart and Christmas pudding with Chantilly, as well as as some little extra chocolates and jellies.
£300 and feeds 4 people with last orders by 18 December at 5pm, delivery is nationwide;
Chef Adam Handling (the man behind the The Frog in Covent Garden and The Belmond Cadogan’s restaurant among others) is offering a few different menus for Christmas Day and New Year via his new nationwide food delivery service, Hame. We highly recommend the show-stopping six-course tasting menu for two which includes wagyu and caviar tartare, and an indulgent main of Beef Wellington with clotted cream mash, greens and roasted carrots. And the vegetarian options are just as impressive, with Adam’s signature ‘Mother’ dish -celeriac, dates, apple, truffle – on offer. To make sure you cook each dish to perfection, Adam has created some step-by-step videos accessed. For those partial to a cheese board at Christmas, there’s the option of adding an incredible Truffle Tamworth Whole Cheese with apricot and apple chutney, and a homemade fruit and nut loaf. The boxes all include a bottle of Handing’s own label English sparkling wine and there is an option to add wine pairings for each course.
The New Year’s Eve box is £350 for two people. The Vegetarian New Year’s Eve box is £275 for two people. The final deadline to order the New Year’s Eve box is 23 December. Delivery within a 10-mile radius of Covent Garden is £15 and delivery outside this 10-mile radius is £25;
The much-loved, family-run restaurant in Kensington, Romulo Cafe will be offering its cult following the chance to order its Filipino seasonal dishes to their home — easily the best in London. Sadly its Christmas Eve boxes have already sold out, but the New Year’s Eve Feast is ready and waiting to help you ring in 2021. The box includes Lola Virginia’s Chicken Relleno, Romulo’s take on Filipino festive favourite of boneless chicken, which is roasted and stuffed with ground pork, raisins, chorizo and peas. There is also Lechon Roll, a riff on whole roast pig, and Glazed Ham, which is melt-in-the-mouth good. Sweet treats come in the form of Puto Bumbong, steamed glutinous rice with brown sugar and grated coconut and the Filipino take on creme caramel.
Scandinavians are experts in Christmas and all things cosy, which is why we love the thought of Aquavit’s DIY Christmas kit. The Michelin-starred restaurant has created a three-course menu box including: starters of gravlax with mustard and dill sauce, shrimp Skagen (imagine the most delicious prawn mayonnaise on toast…) and chicken liver pate; mains of Swedish Christmas ham, trout and meatballs with lingonberries and cucumber; sides of sprouts and red cabbage; and a sweet finish on Kladdkaka chocolate cake with whipped cream or cheese and crackers. Instructions on how to heat and plate up are included, so you can’t go wrong.
£160 for two people, delivering nationwide or click and collect from Aquavit restaurant. Orders are sent out each Thursday to arrive on Friday;
One of Soho’s favourite neighbourhood restaurants, 10 Greek Street has put together a delicious Christmas lunch box for those that seek a turkey alternative. The Christmas Beef Banquet stars Welsh Black ribeye of beef as the main event with a short rib pie, potato and truffle gratin, sprouts, chestnuts and lardons on the side. Bookended by Goldstein smoked salmon and Greek Street pickles to start and date and treacle pudding with butterscotch and chinotto mascarpone to finish. For afters, there is Tunworth cheese with fig chutney and chocolate florentines. Everything is prepared so simply heat, serve and voila!
From £110 for two people, delivered nationwide on Fridays to be consumed within three days;