Christmas Market News
This is going to be a very different Christmas. So, we said to our buying team to make it a special one, to go all the way, and bring the best we can into our shops, and into our customer’s homes! Probably we won’t get to see everyone we usually would, it might be more intimate, so the experiences we share with the people we gather together with become all the more important…with this in mind, we sent the team out, got our chefs cooking, and came up with some gorgeous stuff for Christmas. A few favourites are below, there is plenty more in store, and some surprises on the way for New Year’s Eve.
We always love lebkuchen at Christmas. What we dreamed of was finding an authentic, artisan, small scale producer that could blow us away. And that is exactly what we found. Leupoldt Lebkuchen has been being lovingly made since 1905. Their product pair tradition with verve. They are fresh, flavoursome, delightfully packaged, and about the best Lebkuchen you are likely to try. They only use Lübeck marzipan and finest dark chocolate, and high-quality whole meal flour. Truly delicious.
We have recently launched beautiful Bayley & Sage chocolate thins, in a lovely selection of flavours, perfect for a gift, or after a meal with a glass of port. Just the ticket for that after dinner chocolate hit. We have our blood orange thins, with a beautiful citrus burst from Spanish blood orange, English sea salted thins, dark mint thins made with refreshingly zingy Black Mitchum mint, from Hampshire. Lastly, our rich dark thins, made of the best chocolate from West Africa.
For a special Christmas treat why not a glass of fine wine, we have a handful of especially delectable wines that are drinking perfectly for Christmas. If you really want something particularly delicious, we have a very select number of bottles of Sassicaia 2018 Super Tuscan! Definitely worth trying.
You might have noticed several goodies from our very own Bayley & Sage kitchen. Honey Roast Nuts and Mixed Olives, displayed in lovely Kilner jars. Great in the Christmas larder, and perfect to pull out for nibbles and aperitifs. And of course, they work as a gift too. This is a small offering on top of all those other Christmas essentials that our team in the kitchen will be busy producing, like our Highland Malt Whiskey & Marmalade Ham, perfect for the Christmas table, just like our selection of side dishes you can either pick up in the final rush (or order online!). This year we have also included some classic desserts such as a Strawberry Trifle, and if you can’t get enough of our Panettones, there is always a Panettone Bread & Butter Pudding! Scrumptious.
We will have a great selection of Bronze Free Range Turkeys, for your centrepiece. But to liven up the Christmas table, in addition to our Bronze Turkeys, Breast, and Crowns why not try Duck with Pork, Spiced Apple & Apricot Stuffing, or our Stuffed Turkey Breast Sage & Sausage Meat. We continue offer high-quality free range meat from Rhug Estate, our very favourite butchers and meat growers: Rolled Loins of Lamb with Black Pudding, Boneless Loin Pork with Apple Sauce, 45 Day Aged on the Bone Sirloin Joint. You’ll obviously be dying for some seasonal Rhug Estate sausages to serve on the side, Pork or Venison with Cranberry, surely that’s a Christmas must! Or can we tempt you with a deliciously adorned Pork & Cranberry Raised Pie?
You can come and talk to our lovely staff and get their advice on all your Christmas shop, or go online and make your order there.
There is of course a selection of hugely popular Panetonnes, this year we are getting ours directly from Vergani, which our seasonal buyer Jonathan, says are the very best he tried, in his quest for the perfect panettone. We really think you will agree, they are fabulous.
You’ll also be needing the right bottle of wine for Christmas time, we have a very superb collection to cover all the bases, but there are few wines that are especially versatile… the award-wining organic Amirault Crément de Loire, a very elegant bottle, and is a well-balanced sparkling wine with plenty of finesse, perfect with fish (or even our Royal Crab of Kamchatka) or with white meats and desserts, and as a festive party starter! For Christmas Lunch, if you’re looking for a special white to serve with Turkey it has to be our Dauvissat Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaum, a white Burgundy from one Chablis’ most celebrated Appellations. And for your red, you will be spoilt for choice, one of the old favorites perhaps Chateau Panet, or Château Haut Bataille, or a Pauillac Cru Class Chateau Pedesclaux!
And last, of all, there is no Christmas without Cheese! Cheese! Cheese! The list is too long, the cheeses are too delicious, you’ll definitely have to come in to see…. however! We can offer a few suggestions of great cheeses, from close to home, that we will be adding into our Christmas selection for the Christmas that is CHRISTMAS 2020!!! Something to melt: Jamie Montgomerys Ogleshield, a truckle for the fridge or as a gift, Wookey Cave Cheddar age matured in deep caves that go by the same name, there is also a sneaky Truffle Bomber (if you want some noise on your taste buds), Pitchfork Cheddar, Double Gloucester – and most pleasing of all our very own Bayley Blue which we launched in 2020, to kick start this year, the first new cheese in Britain in 2020! Versatile, blue and creamy – lovely in canapes, starters and at home on your cheese board too.
As for New Year, our wine buyer tasted a Crément de Bourgogne from a grand old estate in Chablis, and we are hell-bent on a partnership to bring our customers this beautiful bubbly just in time to go pop and hello 2021!!!
The choice can be almost too much! Just come in, have a browse and pick up what sings out, its as easy as that. We are always on hand for party food, fabulous food gifts and hampers, cheese advice, easy home made food, rich fruity mince pies, Christmas Puddings, Christmas Crackers, our amazing deli counter and general deliciousness! All in store – we hope to see you soon. And don’t forget to order your Christmas turkey! If you want to place your Christmas orders this year, we are online and ready to help you prepare for our favourite day of the year.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from us all at Bayley & Sage.