A table lined with turkey crown, roast potatoes and small ceramic plates of Christmas food

Christmas meal kits

Indulge this Christmas with the help of some of the UK's best chefs and restaurants, from turkey classics to Italian truffle feasts and all the trimmings

Catering for fewer people this year? Looking for ways to treat yourself, cut down on waste and take out some of the effort? Support the UK hospitality industry this Christmas with our pick of the best festive meal kits from restaurants across the country. There are classic Christmas dinner feasts as well as alternative ideas and vegetarian and vegan varieties, with options for two, four, six and more, and various skill levels, so peruse our guide and choose whichever is most suited to you. 

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Truffle turkey crown, Hame by Adam Handling, £250 for 3-4 people

A super-luxe kit with some very special touches, including two of Handling’s signatures; chicken butter and cheese doughnuts. Most of the hard work is done for you. Sourdough rolls just need to be briefly baked and slathered in butter and crispy chicken skin. A substantial oven-ready herb-truffle stuffed crown comes with a clotted cream mash that’s as good as it sounds, pre-peeled and sliced parsnips, and Brussels to be fried with pancetta in more of the chicken butter. All ingredients for a Caesar salad are included: butterhead lettuce, croutons and dressing – the serving suggestion is with the main course, but there’s nothing to stop you having it as a starter. The doughnuts require a little work (roll into balls, leave to prove for two hours, deep-fry in veg oil), so get started early or make them to have warm, with drinks, on Christmas Eve. You can choose from Christmas pudding with rum butter, spiced tarte tatin or a whole truffled Tunworth cheese. Optional extras include a main course veggie pumpkin pie (£20) and the chef’s own-label Sussex sparkling wine (£40). Our preview kit came with easy-to-follow written instructions with the promise of accompanying video links when kits go on sale. Adamhandling.co.uk, CH

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A wooden table lined with a Christmas feast – turkey, carrots, bread sauce, bread, sprouts, crackers and holly

Manteca Christmas box: Classico plus £90 for 4 people

Manteca’s Chris Leach and David Carter are well known for their meat; David Carter is behind Smokestak in Shoreditch, so it’s no surprise that their Christmas box is centred around meat. There’s enough in the Classico Plus for four people to make the base of a really good meal (assuming you will add veg etc) or you can split the box over two or three meals. The Manteca salumi selection is very thinly sliced, it melts deliciously in your mouth, but do plate it while it still has a residual chilly stiffness. Smoked cod roe is light and fluffy and would make a divine Christmas morning snack, as would the chicken liver parfait with homemade date jam. The goose, cranberry and pistachio sausages were meaty and bursting with flavour, their chunky texture made for a side of lentils along with the grape mostardo – they make a very classy wrap for eating outdoors with a glass of mulled wine. The box also holds some pear and date chutney, a Christmas pudding and some of the best amaretti we’ve ever eaten. Mantecarestaurant.co.uk

Italian meats, sausages, christmas pudding, biscuits and jam laid out on a dark background

Piedmont truffle feast, Bocca di Lupo, £99 for 2 people

Rich, meat-free, a doddle to assemble and utterly special, this Soho Italian restaurant kit is an indulgent Christmas Eve or Christmas lunch treat. Cooking instructions promise that ‘sometimes too much is just right’, appropriate for a meal that starts with tonnarelli, fine pasta ribbons drenched in fonduta, sauce made of eggs yolks, parmesan and butter. It’s all pre-prepared, just snip open the packs, boil the pasta, drain, pour over the cheese sauce and smother in shavings of whole Alba truffle. (Keep the remaining truffle in an egg box in the fridge – it’ll give your scrambled eggs a whole other dimension). Next up, rabaton: the hearty chard and ricotta dumplings of this northwestern Italian region. Briefly heat, top with sage fried in browned butter, add parmesan. Pudding is easiest of all: individual bonet, plump little domes of caramel, amaretti, coffee, rum and chocolate that slip easily out of (reusuable) moulds. Add a bottle of wine from £12, or push the boat out with Piedmont’s famous Barolo (£66). Boccadilupoathome.com

Four plates of Italian dishes, one pasta, one green gnocchi, one red dessert

Christmas feast, Tom Kerridge, £350 for four-six people

Tom Kerridge doesn’t do things by halves. There’s everything you need for Christmas day for six and more in this lush kit. Winning at canapés: one mighty sausage roll to be warmed and neatly sliced; mini tart cases are easily filled with salmon mix and topped with cucumber relish and dill; and truffle cream for piping into warm gougeres – all very easy to assemble but super impressive. Main course: we tested the beef wellington (30 mins in the oven and soft as butter) but turkey and slow-cooked venison are also available. All sides are prepared ahead so all you have to do is roast (parsnips, potatoes, pigs in blankets) or sauté (sprouts with chestnuts and bacon, carrots) or bake (cauli cheese). A beautifully handmade Christmas pudding comes with an orange-zest brandy butter, plus chunky mince pies. Caramelised white chocolate ‘pebbles’ are the final cheffy touch. Restaurant-style menus are provided and look great on the table. Tom reckons it takes 90 minutes max cooking time, we did it in a little less. Order by 15 December, delivery costs £30 extra. Tomkerridge.com/ CH

A slice of beef wellington with all the trimmings

The Ninth Christmas Box, The Ninth, from £100 for 2 people (also serving options for 4 and 6)

This beautifully prepared meal from Jun Tanaka’s Michelin starred The Ninth is easy to finish, leaves you with no food waste and, depending on the cost of your Christmas turkey, could work out at very good value. The brined turkey ballotine only needs a quick browning in a pan before roasting, the accompanying rich, highly-flavoured gravy is a mark of the superior kitchen that produced it. Sides include souped-up cauliflower cheese, Jun’s signature hasselback Belle de Fontenay potatoes in an ocean of butter, a sweet, soothing pumpkin purée, stuffing (featuring chicken livers and smoked bacon), red cabbage cooked with pears and sweet-sour glazed carrots and parsnips. The only dish that needs actual cooking is the shredded sprouts with bacon, easily done in a large frying pan. Panettone bread and butter pudding only needs warming through. Everything comes in pouches or containers to be transferred to your own serving dishes before or after heating. The serving size is generous, the left-over turkey slices makes great sandwiches – cranberry sauce is provided. Wine matches are also available, priced per bottle. Order by 12pm on Friday 11 December. Theninthlondon.com

A green table laid with slices of turkey crown, carrots, mash, gravy, red cabbage and more

Feast at Home kit, The Cinnamon Club, £100 for two

This is a Christmas meal with a difference; no turkey for a start, or sprouts. Vivek Singh’s kit comes with more food than you can possibly eat in one meal, though you can have a good try. Everything comes with coloured stickers, so you can easily sort out what goes with what. Mix-it-yourself bhel papdi chaat with a Bombay mix and tamarind & coriander chutney is the starter – this would make an equally good snack to have with a glass of bubby mid-morning if you prefer. There are huge, juicy (peeled) prawns to cook with the madras shrimp sauce, lamb shank roganjosh and 24-hour simmered black lentils that only need reheating, boil-in-a-bag style. Biryani rice is ready-prepared for warming up, and there are little tubs of burhani raita with chilli and garlic, as well as a fresh green chilli and ginger garnish for the lamb. The Christmas pudding is subtly spiced with garam masala and ginger, simple to warm through and comes with a divine nutmeg custard and toffee sauce. You will be beyond replete. Cinnamonclub.com

A large platter of chicken curry surrounded by rice bowls and naan breads

Vegan Christmas Feast Box, Rudy’s Vegan Butcher, £55 for 4 people

So much of Christmas dinner is about the theatre of it – a difficult experience to recreate, if you’re vegan and there’s no turkey to carve. That’s where Camden-based vegan diner Rudy’s comes in. For just £55, it will deliver a bumper Christmas feast box straight to your door, almost overflowing with plant-based versions of Christmas Day classics. Seitan turkey stuffed with cranberries and hazelnuts; a pouch of velvety rosemary gravy; and bright-green Brussels sprouts (vacuum-packed for freshness) that you fry with ‘baycon bits’, to name just three of a dozen Christmassy constituents. We loved roasting the turkey on a bed of vegetables (all included), just as you might do with the real deal, and our pick of the bunch was a surprisingly succulent ‘meatloaf’, gently spiced and wrapped in golden pastry. Leftovers were fried bubble ’n’ squeak style the next day and eaten alongside slices of olive-studded Christmas ham and pastrami.

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French festive feast, Bonne Franquette, from £75 per person

The no-nonsense 7-minute video presented by chef Yann Flori is worth a watch before you get started. Make Le Sud cocktails (Noilly Prat vermouth, frozen grapes, fizzy water) while enjoying artisan bread and seaweed butter, snacks of beetroot and gin cured trout with horseradish cream, Coombe Farm pâté en croute and cute mini croque-madames which need a quick blast in the oven. Warm up salmon brioche (encased in pastry) as a starter, served with a tangy bearnaise/hollandaise hybrid. Turkey ballotine (deboned leg) with tarragon and wild mushroom cooks in 20 minutes while you warm the gravy and microwave the sides: truffled mash, soy and sesame sprouts, braised red cabbage and carrots roasted with Tahitian vanilla. Pudding cooks in 8 minutes, a rich chocolate coulant with tonka-infused custard and praline. Mignardise – marshmallow, whisky and orange chocolates and quince jellies – are a smart way to end. CH

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A Christmas meal laid out with various plates and a bottle of Noilly Prat

Christmas Luxury box, Riding House Café, £140 for two people

There are several components to this kit which makes it a lot of fun to unpack. It may require two of you to cook and assemble, so go easy on the first cocktail, a champagne punch with tiny pegs to clip thyme onto your glass. There are three starters to juggle; a warm artichoke dip with flatbreads, cured salmon with fermented chilli and cucumber and oak-smoked duck with torched quince, puffed barley and umebosi ketchup. The main course of handily vac-packed Norfolk Bronze turkey requires a mix of reheating in hot water and oven roasting and comes with goose fat roasties, sprouts and bacon, pigs in blankets, plus the more unusual creamed corn and truffled mac and cheese (you could save the macaroni for Boxing Day). If sticky toffee pudding and brandy sauce doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, finish on mince pie martinis on ice. A quiz and festive playlist are included.

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A table laid with turkey, potatoes, sprouts, cabbage, carrots, crackers, glasses of red wine

Turkey, porchetta or veg roast, Townsend, £70 for 2 people

This East London modern British restaurant was one of the first to offer Sunday roasts for lockdown delivery, so it’s had plenty of time to perfect its Christmas offering. Choose from turkey or vegetarian root veg and truffle bake mains, or the porchetta we tried for an Italian twist. Prep is minimal – pour boiling water over the pork fat the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight to create crackling. Everything else just needs to be cooked in the oven with a whole host of sides, including pigs in blankets, chestnut and sage stuffing, duck fat roasties and parsnips. On the stove, cook the sprouts, greens, gravy, bread and cranberry sauces. Top and tail it with a choice of starters: treacle-cured smoked salmon and soda bread, goat’s cheese or Paddock Farm pork and prune terrine with pickles and mustard. To end, Christmas pudding, spiced pears or a superlative sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream and custard. Order by 15 December. Townsendrestaurant.co.uk, CH

A wooden table with a turkey, pigs in blankets, gravy boat, potatoes, veg from a bird's eye view

Restaurant-style 5-course festive meal, Simon Rogan at Home, from £95 pp

From the chef/owner of Cumbria’s famed L’Enclume, this menu is prepped in the kitchen at Cartmel. All pre-cooked components arrive in clear pouches or piping bags with easy-to-follow written instructions (plus QR code for video) for finishing at home. It’s fun, not fiddly. Start with a snack of truffle pudding, a rich truffly, croissant-based square fried and dotted with black garlic emulsion. A second course of onion broth with comté is easy to assemble: warm the bags of broth and silky onions in hot water, decorate with pretty silverskin onions and malted barley croutons. Cured trout next – serve on top of cauliflower purée, sprinkle the plate with cauliflower couscous and hazelnuts, drizzle with celeriac oil and top with crispy kale. Individual turkey portions require brief frying and 2 minutes in the oven; other sides are equally easy and quick to reheat including smoked butter potatoes, cabbage, carrots and parsnips with mustard butter, bread sauce, stuffing and turkey sauce. Dots of berry gel make a fun, cheffy touch. Serve little Christmas puds with a delicate woodruff brandy anglaise. Add on a flight of five wines (£75 for two people) or a bottle of Exton Park fizz (£35). Simonroganathome.co.uk, CH

A table lined with turkey crown, roast potatoes and small ceramic plates of Christmas food

Farm to fork Christmas essential box, Gladwin Brothers, £160 for four people

From the brothers behind restaurants including The Shed and Sussex, this kit contains all you need to create a generous, traditional British lunch of Norfolk Bronze turkey to roast at home, and a 1.5kg gammon for Boxing Day. Make your own pigs in blankets with the chipolatas and bacon provided. Go to town on sides: roasties, carrots, parsnips, sprouts, kale, red cabbage, carrots and Jerusalem artichokes. Roasting guides and recipes are provided to make your own cranberry relish and shaved sprouts salad. All veg is seasonal and local, in line with the brother’s commitment to support British farmers, and comes from near Nutbourne, the Sussex vineyard they own. There’s also a whole stilton, Christmas pudding with brandy butter and mince pies. You can add imaginative extras, such as pigeon and apricot terrine (£8.50), tahini cookie dough ice cream (£6) and wines from £11.80. Gladwinbrothers.com, CH

A table piled with Christmas produce including raw turkey, uncooked sausages, fresh red cabbage, fruit, gourds and more

British turkey, beef and ham plus all trimmings, Lake District Farmers and Pollen Street Social, £300 for four people (£450 for six)

Chef Jason Atherton has teamed up with the Lake District Farmers, who supply some of the UK’s top restaurants, including his Pollen Street Social, to create a box containing turkey breast, heritage beef sirloin and Aynhoe Park honey and juniper glazed ham, that will easily serve six people for Christmas lunch with meat leftover for Boxing Day. Other than roasting the meat (instructions provided – a meat thermometer is handy here) all the prep has been done. Start with a pork, game and foie gras terrine – just slice and serve with pistachio, quince and raisin chutney, ribbons of pickled cucumbers, red cabbage paste and sourdough, toasted and slicked with Ampersand cultured butter. Once the meat is in the oven, there is very little else to do: potatoes have been peeled for roasting around the same time as the pigs in blankets. A hearty cheese and celeriac gratin can be cooked when the meat is resting. Buttery mash is a cinch to warm through on the stove, as are the creamy chestnut and bacon sprouts and beef gravy. Appropriately for a restaurant with a dedicated dessert bar, the final course is a twist on tradition: a full treacle tart served with Christmas pudding Chantilly cream. Sour cherry chocolates and mandarin jellies are the final cheffy touch. This kit gets the balance just right: showcasing British producers, no-nonsense instructions and generous serves. This could also easily work as two very special festive meals; turkey, ham and trimmings for Christmas lunch, gratin and beef on Boxing Day. The box for four people comes with beef rump instead of sirloin. Lakedistrictfarmers.co.uk, CH

A table set with a pumpkin pie, beef joint, pistachio-stuffed terrine and a bowl of sprouts

Antona at home kit, Antona, £90pp

A crowd-pleasing luxury Christmas meal with all the classics

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This decadent meal featuring all the Christmas favourites comes with illustrated, easy-to-follow menu cards. Choose the turkey option for four or a beef wellington for two. The meal kicks off with a smoked salmon and crab roulade with pickled cucumber, finished with a small pot of roe – all you need to do is follow the plating-up instructions to create a showstopping starter. The Holly Farm bronze turkey joint needs browning in a pan before transferring to the oven, along with the pigs in blankets, skin-on Chantenay carrots and baby parsnips. Neat slices of leg meat and stuffing are added a little later. A generous portion of goose fat comes to roast the potatoes, and there’s a rich, creamy bread sauce to reheat, as well as gravy, cranberry sauce and sprouts. Serve Baron Bigod cheese with oven-baked fruit bread before digging into sticky toffee pudding smothered in caramel sauce and crème fraîche, as well as dates and pecans to scatter on top. Pre-order before 16 December for delivery on 22 or 23 December.  Antonaathome.co.uk

A Christmas meal laid out on a table with candles