British Christmas from Bayley & Sage
Home grown Christmas with all the trimmings….
We are proudly celebrating our British produce this Christmas with some really spectacular food all lovingly made here on home shores. Join us on our festive food journey as we wend our way across our green isle stopping off at only the very best producers for a very British and delicious Christmas table….
Lets start with the fizz! Fabulous sparkling wine from Wiston Estate, harvested on the chalky slopes of the South Downs. With enticing notes of fragrant orchard fruits, chocolate, nougat, toasted hazelnuts and brioche, impressive depth and complexity. We love it. A marvellous way to begin Christmas. Chin chin!
Exmoor Caviar benefits from 40 million litres of fresh Devonshire water, naturally filtered through slate, shale and sandstone, passing through the farm every day. Cornish Sea Salt enhances the natural flavours and richness of the roe. Best enjoyed simply, on blinis or try on top of chargrilled scallops. Exquisite.
Secret Smoke House based in Stepney, supplies us with the most delicious smoked salmon, produced in small batches. Farmed in Scotland then hand-filleted and oak-smoked. The salmon has a gentle smoke and a ‘melt in your mouth consistency’ – perfect with brown bread and butter and a squeeze of lemon.
Charlie Trout’S Cold Oak Smoked Trout hails from the crystal-clear water of the River Avon. Smoked using sawdust from green Wiltshire oak, the fillets are carefully hand sliced and hand packed. The ideal feature of a salad starter on a bed of soft leaves, with a drizzle of citrus, a sprinkling of dill and some horse radish crème fraiche. Just add some toasted sourdough.
The main event…Turkey, Beef and Goose
Our exceptional free-range bronze turkeys with delicious flavour, rich in taste and succulence come from Blackwells Farm in Essex. With a natural fat layer which enhances the flavour, is easy to cook and a delight to eat. A whole bird is fabulous for feeding a crowd, but we also offer crowns, for those who prefer the white meat and succulent, flavourful, rolled stuffed joints which are great for smaller gatherings and require less carving expertise!
Our geese also come from Blackwells – game hung for rich, dark and succulent meat that can be cooked to perfection with a crisp golden skin. Seriously tasty.
Rhug Organic Dee Valley Bronze Turkey: Acclaimed as one of the best tasting turkeys in the UK, these turkeys enjoy exploring the clover rich pasture, feeding on organic oats and enjoying a stress-free life, ensuring self-basting, rich and tender meat, tasting so good, that even Michelin-starred restaurants feature it on their festive menu.
We also go to Rhug Estate for our organic beef – succulent cuts of beef to feed a hungry crowd. Fat marbling adds a rich, deep flavour and ensures the meat is tender. Choose from boned and rolled Sirloin of Beef or the spectacular French Trimmed Rib.
Raise a glass this year with award winning wines from Bolney Estate, Sussex which will work perfectly with your Christmas table. Firstly, Bolney Estate Bacchus, a complex yet rounded white that marries classic elderflower and gooseberry with savoury notes of white pepper and citrus undertones. The red is a delicious cool climate Pinot Noir – with soft tannins, juicy strawberry and red cherry. Merry Christmas!
Traditional Christmas cheese always wins. Include a cheddar, such as Keens, with its characteristic moist texture, tangy bite and full bodied flavour. Stilton – choose from Cropwell Bishop’s rich tangy flavour and meltingly soft crumbly texture, or Colston Basset’s intense rich and creamy stilton. The rest is up to you! We have cheese for everyone.
Do pop into your local store, talk to our team for advice and ask for a taste of any of our cheese. Maybe try something like Double Barrel Lincolnshire Poacher – somewhere between a Cheddar and Comte, it has a rich, savoury taste and packs real flavour.
Sally Clarkes’ special Christmas Puddings are made in small batches in Notting Hill every August giving them plenty of time to mature in texture and flavour ready for the big day. Using a lovely selection of dried fruits and nuts, along with a warm blend of spices. They are moist, sweet and fudgy and calling out for a dollop of brandy butter!
Sally Clarkes Mince Pies: Gorgeous fruity mince meat sitting in a sweet buttery pastry case. Simply warm these little pies in the oven, dust them with icing sugar and enjoy the taste of Christmas! Try with a slab of salty cheese such as Lancashire or Cheddar.
So, light the fire, invite friends and family over, make a ot of tea or open a bottle of your favourite wine, sit back and enjoy a very British Christmas.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!