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The lazy cooks answer to Christmas lunch

Can’t cook? Won’t cook? Or simply want enjoy Christmas with bells on. We hear you. Shopping, cooking and serving a festive feast for your family is a minefield of ingredients, timings, while dodging the gastronomic grenades of different dietary requirements. Yup, the season of goodwill can be sucked out of the room pretty quickly for the homestead head chef.

So why not hand over the basting baton to Berkshire’s finest culinary creators? We’ve found seven chefs offering restaurant-grade, Christmas dinners in a box. It’s a no brainer. No ‘big shop’, no prep, no washing up… no stress. Hallelujah.

Oh, and if you want to take all the credit and ‘forget’ to mention how everything came to be, then this is a safe space – our lips are sealed.

The Hind's Head Bray Christmas turkey roast

The Fat Duck Festive at Home Menu

Twinkle twinkle Michelin stars. The Fat Duck Group’s festive menus are very special indeed. Five delicious courses that feature dishes from Heston Blumenthal’s stable of foodie destinations – available for delivery nationwide over Christmas and New Year, you’ll find Dinner’s iconic Meat Fruit parfait and The Hind’s Head’s turkey roast delivered to your door. The Christmas menu is also available for collection on 17-19 December and 22-24 December. The New Year Menu is available for delivery nor collection on 28-31 December. Price £95pp. Vegetarian options available.

Christmas Day Boxes, Five Bells Wickham

A Christmas gastropub menu to have at home. Chef-owner Duncan Jones (he’s cooked for the Queen y’know) has created a menu of seasonal dishes with minimal cooking required. Ingredients are locally surced, there’s a selection of starters, mains, sides and puds that will tickle the tastebuds of traditionalists and merry mavericks. Prices from £4-£119. Order by 6 Dec for collections 22-24th Dec.

Henry & Joe’s Christmas At Home

Sick of cooking and clearing up after your family in 2020? Then let Michelin-rated foodie gem Henry & Joe’s do the cooking for you. The team at Henry & Joe’s have put together a three-course Christmas feast that only demands a few finishing flourishes. From festive canapés to marmite glazed Brussel sprouts they’ve pulled out all the stops to have a stress-free supper this Christmas. Order now and collect on 22 Dec – all parcelled up, prepped and ready to roast. £75pp.

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Peapod & Co

Award-winning chef, Henrietta Russell of Peapod & Co, is delivering a stress-free Christmas menu to your door. Using only the best fresh, locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, we remove the need for the much dreaded “big shop” and unburden you of your kitchen duties. Three delicious courses available with plenty of extras you can add on and even the option to create something bespoke (POA). They’ll even arrange Champagne and wine, tableware, centrepieces and linens. I’m not sure it gets more luxe than that. Embrace a Marigold free day and book up today. Prices from £81.60pp. Order by 10 Dec.

Roasted by Jack and Scott

Chefs Jack Blumenthal (yup, the son of Heston) and Scott Perkins have served time in multiple Michelin star restaurants and have a new business delivering quality roasts nationwide. They’re offering a two-course Christmas Feast Box for one to six people, plus kids portions too.

Christmas Dinner at Home with Tom Kerridge

Put away the best china, Tom’s not coming round to your gaff to whip up a three-course thriller. But he is serving up a home delivered festive feast from the Hand & Flowers team in Marlow. The delivered Christmas dinner includes canapés and snacky starters, a choice of three mains with all the trimmings, pud and petit fours. It serves 4-6 people and costs £350 plus £30 delivery. Order by 15 Dec.

Rule of Six Christmas Box, Honesty Group

Christmas supper six pack? Your wish is our command. Romilla Arber of the Honesty Group – behind the Honesty Cafes, Crown and Garter in Inkpen and the Hartley Arms in Donnington – have created the Rule Of Six Christmas Box. You have four boxes to choose from Turkey, Salmon Wellington, Rib of Beef and Beef Wellington. Each box is full of gastro goodies to take the festive strain off you in the kitchen. Starters, trimmings and pud, all sorted. Prices from £95. Orders must be placed by 16 Dec.

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