The main event

Make sure your Christmas feast tastes amazing, and that everyone goes home happy, with our guide to getting through the big day in style

Choose your centrepiece

For us, the journey for the perfect turkey starts months ahead, on Justin Scale’s small farm in the lush fields of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Our turkeys are slowly grown and forage on clover-strewn pasture that’s rich with herbs and wild flowers, creating a succulent texture and rich flavour. Decide on the size you need using our guide choose your turkey, and be sure to order in plenty of time. We recommend picking up your turkey on 22 December, as this is our least busy collection day. For the ultimate failsafe centrepiece, you can't go wrong with our British Oakham™ turkey with pork, chestnut, bacon and thyme stuffing.

Serve sensational sides

Christmas is all about indulgence, so don’t hold back when it comes to the accompaniments to your roast. Our ready-to-go sides mean you'll spend less time peeling and chopping and more chatting to family and friends. After all, that’s what the festive period is all about! Try our luxury vegetable selection: it contains all the veg you need to complete a traditional Christmas spread. There’s zingy red cabbage; sprouts with chestnuts and bacon; honey-roast parsnips; carrot and swede crush; oozy cauliflower cheese and those all-important roasties. Ours are cooked in goose fat, which makes them gloriously golden and crisp. Finally, don’t forget the trimmings and sauces – you can never have too much gravy!

Start as you mean to go on

Serving an elegant starter will make your guests feel really looked-after, especially when it’s served with a glass or two of fizz. Our Christmas Food to Order selection this year has a choice of restaurant-quality options to kick off your Christmas feast in style. A light and elegant seafood starter is sure to impress: our crab and avocado spheres, for example, combine avocado, chilli and lime with sweet Orkney crab and a luxurious Marie Rose sauce, topped with white crab meat. Or, for something a little more traditional, serve a perfect prawn cocktail. Ours is made with juicy cold-water prawns and a Marie Rose sauce with a kick of Tabasco and brandy. Whatever you choose, our starters come in table-presentable dishes.

Be the host with the most

• As Christmas gets closer, make a list of the number of guests you have coming, adding any dietary requirements
• Decide on your dishes, not forgetting extra veggie and gluten-free options, desserts and starters, plus food for your Boxing Day buffet
• Order by 5pm on 15 December, and collect from a store that suits you. 22 December will be our least-busy day.
• Allow half a bottle of wine per person with food, and non-alcoholic options.
• As the day gets closer, check you have enough cutlery, crockery, tablecloths, carafes and chairs, as well as essentials like crackers, festive flowers and candles.

  1. IN THE MORNINGLet your turkey come to room temperature before you put it in the oven, for an even cook. Allow time for the roast to rest – this results in a tastier, tender turkey and will leave time to finish the vegetables.
  2. STAY ON TRACKOnce the turkey is cooking delegate setting the table and serving drinks while you focus on the food. When the turkey is resting, cook the roast potatoes first, then root vegetables and finally the other veg.
  3. READY TO SERVEThere are a few tasks to be done at the last minute: heat the gravy, warm serving dishes in hot water or the oven, light the candles, ice the bubbly and take your dazzling centrepiece to the table.

Style a fabulously festive table

Give your table as much love as you do your Christmas tree with our suggestions for a stylish set up. Start by choosing an accent colour – we like gold – for accessories, such as place mats and napkin rings. Team with white plates and linen or cotton napkins tied with fragrant bunches of fresh herbs and gold ribbon. Setting the table is a lovely thing to get the family involved with come Christmas eve: let little ones ice Christmas biscuits for guests to take home, head out to snip holly and foliage to create a centrepiece, and hand-write name cards.

Don't forget desserts

Our creative desserts and cakes will provide the ultimate sweet ending to your big-day. Chocoholics will love our Belgian chocolate and hazelnut mirror glaze cake, with its triple-layers of chocolate sponge filled with chocolate praline ganache and a crunchy hazelnut feuilletine layer, all covered in a glossy glaze. Cheesecake fans, meanwhile, will delight in our winter woodland cheesecake, filled with a cherry compote centre. If you've got gluten-free guests, opt for our Made Without Wheat New York cheesecake, with a luscious Madagascan vanilla topping.