Whether you leave them out for Father Christmas or indulge in them yourself with a cup of tea, nothing conjures up Christmas-time quite like a mince pie. It’s therefore very fortunate that several companies have tried to ensure that people with food intolerances don’t miss out. Abel & Cole, organic food delivery professionals, have mastered the taste and the quality of gluten-free mince pies, which you can order direct from their website here. The Village Bakery has gone a step further by producing wheat, gluten and dairy free mince pies, and you wouldn’t know it – they’re really delicious! If you’re looking for that extra seal of approval, The Foods of Athenry’s free-from pies have won a Great Taste award and are available from Ocado.
Christmas at Daylesford
This isn’t the first time we’ve featured Daylesford this year, in fact it’s the third. This organic farm shop has kept us constantly on our toes with the launch of their superfood menus and cold-pressed juices in their London stores. But we wanted to draw your attention to the latest development from Daylesford HQ: their Christmas shop. From traditional favourites to new discoveries, stocking fillers to spectacular hampers, you can be sure that your food from Daylesford is wonderfully fresh, organic, packed with goodness and most importantly, absolutely delicious. Whether you favour a bronze turkey, the traditional Christmas goose or an award-winning rib of Aberdeen Angus beef, all their meats were raised on the lush organic pastures of Daylesford in Gloucestershire. Other edible highlights include their range of artisan cheeses, or how about some beautiful organic chocolate Christmas crackers to get you into the festive spirit? Beyond the edible, Daylesford also stock their own range of wonderful natural cosmetics and candles, all of which would make perfect presents this Christmas. What’s not to love about Christmas at Daylesford? Find your nearest store or order online here.
Eco potted trees
The centrepiece of all Christmas celebrations is the tree, but a couple weeks after the big day all the decorations come down and off it goes to the Christmas tree afterlife….Well we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way! You can give your Christmas tree a permanent home and make your Christmas last that little bit longer by sourcing a potted tree that can be replanted afterwards. Clifton Nurseries delivers potted Christmas trees to London homes, and encourages the rehoming of them in gardens or open spaces after the festive period comes to an end. The replanted trees can then live on happily for many years. You can also order Clifton Nurseries’ beautiful handmade wreaths from their website, which come in both traditional and edible varieties. We think eating our wreaths is eco-friendly indeed!
A Fair Christmas Fayre
Heading to Oxford Street on a Saturday in the run up to Christmas is most people’s idea of a nightmare. But there will be a hiatus of calm descending on this shopping hotspot on the 29th November from 11am – 6pm. Over 35 stalls will be selling the best in eco/recycled/upcycled/fair trade gifts and ethical fashion for the annual Fair Christmas Fayre at Regents Hall, just opposite BHS. The first Fair Christmas Fayre was held seven years ago, as a way of bringing ethical Christmas gifts to the crowds of shoppers and they are back this year with a bigger and better Fayre! Each year increasing numbers of Fairtrade, handmade, eco and vintage traders have participated, and each year thousands of shoppers flock through the doors. Fair Christmas Fayre is London’s longest running ethical marketplace, now in its seventh year. This is the perfect place to pick up all your ethical pressies under one roof!