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3 great local gifts for food lovers this Christmas

3 great local gifts for food lovers this Christmas

If you’re searching high and low (and online) for the perfect Christmas present for a loved one – who just happens to be mad about food and drink – then look no further than these three festive foodie gifts!

What makes these even more special is that they’re all local to Herefordshire and Shropshire, you can still pick them up during Christmas week and no one will ever be the wiser!

Local retailers and food producers are pulling out all the stops this Christmas to bring you the best The Marches region has to offer. We’re especially proud to see that British Cassis by Jo Hilditch has made it into a Fortnum & Mason Christmas gift box and we’re super excited to see that the brilliant head chef at the Verzon, Callum McDonald, is now giving interactive masterclasses using local food at the Verzon’s new masterclass and tasting room. Your loved ones won’t be disappointed with these three gifts.

1. ‘Gourmet eXperiences’ at The Verzon House Hotel, Ledbury
The fabulous 2 AA Rosette Verzon House in Ledbury has teamed up with ‘Gourmet eXperiences’ to offer five different food experiences your friends or family will love!

Kate Chase of the Verzon and her head chef Callum

Kate Chase and head chef Callum McDonald welcome you to the Verzon

The choices all involve amazing meals, a Chase cocktail or wine and a free goody bag that includes complimentary Chase gifts, plus a free book worth £20. All you have to do is choose one of five Gourmet eXperiences. There are interactive masterclasses of local food with the Verzon’s talented head chef Callum McDonald. There are workshops hosted by local producers, a wine tasting by owner Kate Chase, a Chase Distillery tour and tasting – or even a helicopter ride over Herefordshire! Check out the five different Gourmet eXperiences here!

One amazing time, two choices - book couples or groups!

One amazing time, two choices – book couples or groups!

Special festive prices start from £130 per couple for lunch plus chef demo eXperience, up to £990 per couple for a Chase Distillery Tour, Afternoon Tea, Cocktail, Supper and Overnight Stay at the Verzon. To make your special Christmas gourmet gift even more special ask for an upgrade to include a Chase helicopter ride. What could a food lover not possibly love about this present?

Book a Gourmet eXperience online and receive a voucher for your loved one

Book a Gourmet eXperience online and receive a voucher for your loved one

Special offer for Taste The Marches readers: Order your ‘Verzon Gourmet eXperience’ before Christmas and each couple will receive a complimentary copy of Gourmet Lifestyle’s Signature Chefs Recipe Book. Valued at £20, there are 70 different recipes from the Heart of England and includes a fabulous recipe from Callum McDonald at the Verzon!

2. Fortnum & Mason Kir Royale gift box using British Cassis
Fortnum and Mason is flying the Herefordshire flag in-store and online, and we are thrilled to see that the Classic Kir Royale gift box includes our very own British Cassis from Herefordshire.

Fortnum & Mason proudly states its English Cassis is made in Herefordshire

Fortnum & Mason proudly states its English Cassis is made in Herefordshire

Fortnum & Mason, London’s oldest food and drink retailer located on Piccadilly, calls it Fortnum & Mason’s English Cassis and says: “It is particularly thrilling that this is made with the best ingredients. Our wooden gift box contains both of the essential elements: Brut Champagne from Roederer and a bottle of Cassis made from blackcurrants picked on a Herefordshire family farm. A seductive spritz which makes a superb gift for any occasion.” This is a must-have for the loved one in your life who’s mad about local ingredients. The Kir Royale Box costs £60 from Fortnum & Mason.

3. The Ludlow Christmas Hamper

A delicious array of Ludlow festive gifts - buy online or pick up at the Ludlow Food Centre

A delicious array of Ludlow festive gifts – buy online or pick up at the Ludlow Food Centre

The Ludlow Food Centre is well known for its delicious wicker food hampers and this year, with a total of 13 hampers on offer, is no exception. Inside the Ludlow Christmas Hamper is an array of sumptuous festive treats mostly made at the Ludlow Food Centre in Shropshire.

Among this delicious line-up are its award-winning Seville Orange Marmalade, Hot Chocolate, Devaux Champagne, Marshmallow Melts, Peter’s Yard Crispbreads with Sweet Onion Balsamic Confit Squares, Dill & Mustard Sauce, English Truffle Oil, Spicy Carrot Relish, Figs, Fudge, Clive’s Ground Coffee, Cheese Nibbles and Fruit & Nut Cake. What’s not to love! Price: £100.

Mr Pheasant’s bird-ict: Three exciting choices, one lucky food lover this Christmas!

Mr Pheasant’s bird-ict: Three exciting choices, one lucky food lover this Christmas!

 

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