FEMAIL reveals the best Christmas meal kits

Dinner to your door… all you have to do is turn on the oven! FEMAIL reveals the best Christmas meal kits

  • There is a huge demand for high-quality, hassle-free meal kits in the UK 
  • Ingredients include meat from rare-breed animals, reared on smaller farms
  • Rose Prince picked out a selection of the best that do Christmas in a box

The ultimate takeaway is here: everything you need for a bespoke Christmas dinner, delivered to your door by the UK’s finest independent producers.

While there will be many who have ordered online from the vast ranges offered by supermarkets, the trend for a more exclusive service is growing.

There has been a huge demand from customers who want to buy the highest-quality, hassle-free meal kits, and from panicked shoppers with early orders. So much so firms including Daylesford are running out of turkeys.

A personal service, access to ingredients such as meat from rare-breed animals, reared on named, smaller farms; the knowledge that the food is handmade by real chefs as opposed to on a production line — these are the features of food ordering that their customers find increasingly attractive. And the two lockdowns this year have forced many of us to shop differently for food.

Rose Prince revealed a selection of the best hassle-free meal kits for Christmas in a box. Pictured: Daylesford Organic

Now, it has extended to Christmas dinner. It is possible to buy everything prepared, ready to heat, or for keen cooks, all the raw materials you need. Some suppliers send recipes to help you make the best stuffing or other trimmings. Others can pre-prepare complex party pieces. We have chosen five of the best that do Christmas in a box.

Daylesford Organic

daylesford.com

Britain’s finest organic farm has already sold out of turkey but they can still deliver a goose Christmas dinner.

Delivery: Until December 23

Last order date: December 11

Daylesford Christmas goose dinner for 4-5, £174.93

Price per head: £43.73 (4 servings); £34.99 (5 servings)

Cook

cookfood.net

Rose said Cook’s (pictured) are Christmas-in-a-box professionals and have three meal kits still available

Cook’s food has a homemade, natural appeal. They are Christmas-in-a-box professionals with three meal kits still available.

Delivery: Subject to availability, book delivery date online

Stress-free Christmas dinner in a box for 12 without dessert, £160.75 (weights are not given)

Price per head: £13.40

  • Celebration joint of outdoor-reared turkey and duck, stuffed with pork, chestnuts, bacon and cranberries
  • Roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots and Brussels sprouts
  • Pigs in blankets
  • Turkey gravy
  • Extras include red cabbage, bread sauce and Christmas pud

Donald Russell

donaldrussell.com

Rose said Donald Russell (pictured) has provided high-quality, beautifully-matured British grass-fed beef for more than 40 years

The Scotland-based butchery has provided high-quality, beautifully-matured British grass-fed beef for more than 40 years.

Delivery: Subject to availability, book delivery date online

Ultimate Christmas box with veg for 6-8 with dessert, £99

Price per head: £16.50 (6 servings); £12.38 (8 servings)

  • 5kg Loué free-range Bronze turkey
  • 200g smoked dry-cured bacon
  • 8 pigs in blankets (315g)
  • 450g fruity festive stuffing
  • 450g traditional gravy
  • 600g Brussels sprouts with shallots and bacon
  • 600g braised red cabbage
  • 600g goose-fat roast potatoes 
  • 600g caramelised carrots
  • 730g Mosimann’s Christmas pud

Wellocks At Home

wellocksathome.co.uk

Rose said Wellocks At Home (pictured) only has turkey available for Christmas

Wellocks is best known by restaurant chefs as suppliers of fine ingredients. For Christmas there’s only turkey available.

Delivery: Until December 22

Last order date: December 20

5-6kg Christmas turkey dinner for 7-10 with dessert, £151.40

Price per head: £21.63 (7 servings); £15.14 (10 servings)

  • Large Yorkshire-bred oven-ready turkey
  • 20 pigs in blankets
  • 500g sourdough bread sauce
  • Ultimate Christmas vegetable selection: potatoes, Brussels sprouts, parsnips and carrots
  • 500g turkey gravy
  • 454g Christmas pudding
  • 190g brandy butter

Farmison

farmison.com

Rose said Farmison (pictured) is an award-winning online butchery in the Yorkshire Dales that specialises in meat sourced from traditional farms’ heritage breeds

Farmison is an award-winning online butchery in the Yorkshire Dales that specialises in meat sourced from traditional farms’ heritage breeds.

Delivery: Until December 23

Last order date: December 21

Christmas turkey dinner for 8, £178.50

Price per head: £22.31

  • Whole boneless free-range oven-ready Bourbon Red turkey with spiced cranberry and orange stuffing
  • 1.5kg roast potatoes by Pierre Koffmann (par-steamed, coated in goose fat)
  • 30 ultimate pigs in blankets selection — three varieties
  • 20 bacon-wrapped chestnut, apricot and winter sage stuffing balls
  • 900g sausage meat stuffing
  • 500g turkey gravy
  • 500g sourdough bread sauce

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