London's Christmas Meal Kits 2022

London's Christmas Meal Kits 2022

The Caribbean glazed ham from Andi Oliver. Image by Dishpatch.

Combining the decadence of Christmas lunch at your favourite London restaurant, with the luxury of being able to pass out on your sofa in a gravy-stained fugue state straight after: here's our pick of London's festive meal kits for delivery.

Bubala — Vegetarian Festive Feast

Image by Bubala, Spitalfields.

A four-course feast from east London mezze-slingers Bubala, the Festive Feast's an elaborate vegetarian spread — think dishes like za'atar dusted labneh, whipped carrot with coriander oil, crispy parsnips with zhoug and date syrup, and a main course of roasted celeriac with sumac onions and miso sauce.

Details: £95 for two people.

Order the Bubala Vegetarian Festive Feast.

Andi Oliver — the Caribbean rum-glazed ham

Studded with cloves, poached in spices: the Caribbean-spiced ham from Andi Oliver looks relatively low effort and extremely high-swagger, with little more prep work involved than some pre-oven and mid-roast basting with the brown sugar and rum glaze. And the chilli shrimp mac and cheese — cooked in a chilli and langoustine bisque, topped with coconut-crumb prawns — might technically be meant as a bolt-on side dish, but it's bringing a lot of main character energy.

Details: £75 for four people, and an extra £16 for a side of chilli shrimp mac and cheese, delivery on 16 and 23 December.

Order the Andi Oliver Caribbean rum-glazed ham.

Swaledale Butchers — the Christmas meat box

Image by Swaledale.

A swaggering 4.5kg of free-range meat from butchers Swaledale, this is one for turkey refuseniks. The centrepiece is a rolled sirloin joint, along with a (huge) dry-cured ham rump, and a lot of pigs in blankets. All the meat you need, basically, to make a Tudor-banqueting-hall level of food for 8+ people on Christmas Day, and still be eating leftovers well into Twixtmas.  

Details: £110, delivery 20-24 December.

Order the Swaledale Christmas meat box.

Gunpowder — the Festive Stuffed Chicken

The Festive Stuffed Chicken from Gunpowder. Image by Dishpatch.

Rather than an entire meal kit, the centre of Gunpowder's festive offering is a stuffed chicken — a twist on murgh mussallam, the cornfed chicken's marinated in yoghurt, roasted red peppers, and tandoori spices then stuffed with pork mince, dried apricots, hot lime, mango pickle, ginger, chilli, and a boiled egg. Delivered up to you with very little to do other than scatter it with more spices, roast, and serve it in a sea of Gunpowder’s makhani sauce. You can also order extra sides and starters to go with it.

Details: £35 for the stuffed chicken, delivery on 16 and 23 December.

Order the Gunpowder Festive Stuffed Chicken.

Simon Rogan — the five-course Christmas box

The Simon Rogan meal kit boxes are relatively high prep compared to some others — but instructions are clear, and Christmas is a time to get everything in your kitchen dirty in the pursuit of ultimate hedonism. Their Christmas box is built along indulgent and trad lines — five courses, sides, and snacks, including an artichoke, cheese and chestnut starter, potted and smoked salmon, turkey with rillettes, and an array of sides, desserts, and decadent frills. There's also a vegetarian menu that gives the meat version some solid competition for allure.

Pricey, but the fact you can bespoke it a bit — order per person, rather than in batches of two, choose from meat and vegetarian options per person, and choose a lot of extra flourishes (wine, cheese, truffles) to add — is an added bonus.

Details: £95 a head, delivery on 22 December.

Order the Simon Rogan five-course Christmas box.

Last Updated 30 November 2022

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