19 Dec Festive Food You Must Try In London This Christmas
Family may be the most important thing at Christmas, but food comes a close second. Whether you’re a traditionalist that prefers to stick to turkey and all the trimmings, or you’re happy to try something a little more exotic at Christmas time, London has you covered.
Christmas dinner in pie form
When temperatures start to fall, there are not many better foods for keeping you warm than a pie. And now Piebury Corner, which has branches in Kings Cross, Highbury and Holloway, has introduced a special Christmas pie to their menu. Featuring turkey, chestnut stuffing and cranberry, the festive treat is sure to tide you over until Christmas Day. There’s also a vegan version, made with mixed nuts instead of turkey, and customers can team their pie with roast potatoes, honey roasted carrots and gravy.
Fortnum and Mason’s festive hamper
Food also makes for a great gift at Christmas time, so why not take a trip to Fortnum and Mason and pick up one of their famous festive hampers. Inside you’ll find beautiful tea blends, deliciously rich biscuits, fantastic preserves and a bit of bubbly too. However, there’s no need to stick to an off-the-shelf offering. Creating your own hamper is a great way of injecting a personal touch into the gift and gives you a reason to explore all six floors of this amazing shop. And don’t forget to pick up a treat for yourself too!
Celebrate Bavarian style
There are many reasons to visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park: the ice skating, the rides, Santa’s grotto and market stalls selling gifts, for example. Another reason is the food. The Bavarian Village, in particular, which is celebrating ten years at Hyde Park, has a multitude of delights on offer. You’ll find traditional German sausages, roast pork with potatoes and dumplings, fresh pretzels and, of course, steins of beer. Be sure to stay near Hyde Park so you can stagger back to your room and relax after gorging on plate after plate of Bavarian fare.
Polo Bar Christmas Breakfast
Polo Bar, located a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street Station has been keeping Londoners well-fed since the 1950s. It’s also open 24 hours a day, so you can sample its delights whenever you fancy. If you want to start your day on the right track, be sure to pop and sample Santa’s Big Breakfast. It comes with pigs in blankets, a free range egg, home-made stuffing, Cajun sweet potato chips, slow roasted thyme tomatoes, Christmas-style baked beans and a pot of chilli cranberry sauce. And, if you’re still hungry, you can give the Christmas cake pancake challenge a try.
Sprouts and pizza
Some people love brussel sprouts, others only eat them at this time of year for the sake of tradition. If you’re in the former camp, however, then Yard Sale Pizza has the perfect festive special for you. Its “Damn Son” pizza is topped with shredded brussel sprouts, pancetta, mozzarella cheese and garlic and chilli mayo. It’s different, delicious and definitely Christmas-y!