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Christmas Delicatessens

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Lina Stores
The Grocer on Elgin
Mortimer and Bennett
Mortimer and Bennett
 

 

Whether they're sweetly British or exotically foreign London's delis are a great place to pick up gifts for difficult relatives, sort out some impressive extras for your parties, or find little short-cuts to the perfect Christmas dinner. We won't tell anyone if you don't.

 
 

A Gold

This Spitalfield's Deli specialises in top quality British fare.

A Gold A Gold Where:
, 42 Brushfield Street, London London, E1 6AG
Category: Food and Drink Shops

42 Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6AG

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Aldgate East Underground Station

 
 

The painted, panelled exterior could come straight from a BBC Dickens adaptation, making A Gold a perfect spot at Christmas. It's London's only delicatessen to specialise entirely in British produce - from Cornwall in the south (try the saffron cakes) to Scotland in the north (clootie dumplings are a speciality). If you're a fan of the New British style championed by chefs like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Fergus Henderson this place has all the ingredients you need. There are excellent meats and British cheeses and at this time of year their hampers, handmade puddings and sugar mice are especially popular. They also score points with the drinks - try a fermented honey mead or sloe gin - and with biscuits and preserves of bygone eras, which make excellent, nostalgic gifts. Pop into the equally beautiful Verde and Co next door (owned by the writer Jeanette Winterson) if you need to complement your shopping with something more continental.  

 
 
 

Lina Stores

Pay a visit to Lina Stores to stock up on Italian treats for your Christmas spread.

Lina Stores Lina Stores Where:
, 18 Brewer Street, London London, W1F 0SH
Category: Delicatessens

18 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 0SH

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

Stock up on your panettone, panforte and pandoro at Lina Stores, a delightful old delicatessen in the heart of Soho. The family-run establishment is hugely popular with Soho's Italian population and stocks all the essentials, such as homemade pesto, pasta, ravioli, sauces, and a range of hams, cold meats, salamis, breads, olives and cheeses. Italian branded dried pasta, sauces and every day basics are also on offer, while there's a range of Christmas delicacies such as traditional cakes, biscotti and chocolates. Lina Stores was refurbished a couple of years ago but the little place has lost nothing of its classic charm. The centre-piece remains the superb marble and green-tile deli counter, around which legs of ham hang from the rafters and shelves are jam-packed with great, tasty produce. If you're a first-time visitor you're sure to be charmed and will vow to return - and not just at Christmas.

 
 
 

The Grocer on Elgin

Fancy a sneaky Christmas shortcut? Pick up some delicious nibbles at The Grocer.

The Grocer on Elgin The Grocer on Elgin Where:
, 6 Elgin Crescent, London London, W11 2HX
Category: Cafes and Delis

6 Elgin Crescent, Notting Hill, London, W11 2HX

Tube: Ladbroke Grove Station

 
 

On the December days when you don't have to cook roast beef for 11 hours, or get up in the middle of the night to put a 23lb turkey in the oven, it's always tempting to just put your feet up in front of the telly and munch on a ready meal. This is, of course, the worst thing to do if you're wanting to lower the calorie-count in this the most heavily indulgent season of them all. The Grocer on Elgin's fresh easy-to-prepare meals are a healthier solution when you're too tired to cook. Dishes like lemon and thyme risotto or chicken with Alsace bacon and mushrooms are made on the day with organic, free-range ingredients, and can be microwaved up in minutes. They also make absolutely fantastic fresh breads and patisserie. The information below refers to the original Notting Hill store - there is a second branch on the Kings Road.

 
 
 

Mortimer & Bennett

Get everything you need for a foodie Christmas at Mortimer and Bennett.

Mortimer & Bennett Mortimer & Bennett Where:
, 33 Turnham Green Terrace, London London, W4 1RG
Category: Delicatessens

33 Turnham Green Terrace, London, W4 1RG

Tube: Turnham Green Station

 
 

This small delicatessen set up by Dan Mortimer and Di Bennett becomes almost unbearably crowded in the build-up to Christmas, and not only because the knowledgeable staff and customers always have a thorough gossip. Alongside a world-class selection of cheeses, salamis, and pates in the chiller cabinet, the back of the shop is full of thrilling, unusual foodie gifts, sourced from micro-producers throughout Europe. Online orders are usually taken up until mid-December - after that you'll have to front up and join the in-store scrum.

 
 
 

Panzer's

An American foodie haven with Christmas hampers to die for.

Panzer's Panzer's Where:
, 13-19 Circus Road, London London, NW8 6PB
Category: Food and Drink Shops

13-19 Circus Road, St John's Wood, London, NW8 6PB

Tube: St John's Wood Station

 
 

Panzer's have become experts in everything-under-one-roof Christmas shopping for London’s homesick Americans, including 'Skippy' peanut butter and 'Oscar Meyer' bacon (which, incidentally, is far superior to any British brand for making stuffing or pigs-in-blankets). Londoners also travel here from all over the capital for their famous smoked salmon, while north London's Jewish community can celebrate Hanukkah or a secular Christmas with kosher hampers. Christmas Hampers, costing between £85 and £340, can be delivered to UK and European destinations within 24 hours, and cater for all tastes. Try the 'Headonist Hamper', unless the 'Sublime Hamper' sounds more up your street. As they claim on their website, this is American food "to die for".

 
 
 

MacFarlane's

Abbevill Road in Clapham is foodie heaven thanks to MacFarlane's deli and the Ginger Pig.

 

Fine cheeses are a speciality at MacFarlane's, a marvellous deli on Abbeville Road which has been serving the discerning local Clapham community for over 12 years. The cheese counters are filled with high quality, pasteurised and unpasteurised cheeses made from cows', sheep and goats' milk, making their selection one of the finest ranges of cheeses in London. They also have a choice of cured meats and charcuterie, pies and quiches as well as delicious dips and antipasti including hummus, olives and pesto. Organic fruit and vegetables, freshly made deep filled sandwiches and seasonal soups add to the appeal at this delightful independent food shop. This part of Clapham has become a foodie's heaven as the Ginger Pig opened its sixth branch on Abbeville Road on 25th September 2013, in time for the Christmas rush.

 
 
 

Greensmiths Market

Greensmiths combines an excellent butcher's, baker's and greengrocer's under one roof.

Greensmiths Market Greensmiths Market Where:
, 27 Lower Marsh, London London, SE1 7RG
Category: Food and Drink Shops

27 Lower Marsh, South Bank, London, SE1 7RG

Tube: Lambeth North Station, Waterloo Station

 
 

Greensmiths Market on Lower Marsh, Waterloo, combines an excellent butcher's (The Ginger Pig), artisan baker's (The Old Post Office Bakery) and Covent Garden Market greengrocer's (Solstice) under one roof - all considered top quality suppliers in their field. And that's not all, there are also concessions by coffee and drinks specialist Caffe Antica, and local wine merchants the Waterloo Wine Company as well as a specialist cheesemonger, full range of groceries and dairy products. Bringing together all of this expertise and creating one seamless shopping experience makes Greensmiths so much more impresssive than your average local supermarket. Not only can you shop for these products, you can also buy ready made meals cooked at the in-store kitchen to eat in the cafe, take home or take back to the office.

 
 
 

East Dulwich Deli

Delightful destination deli on Lordship Lane.

East Dulwich Deli East Dulwich Deli Where:
, 15 Lordship Lane, London London, SE22 8EW
Category: Delicatessens

15 Lordship Lane, London, SE22 8EW

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 
 

Owners of this delightful destination deli on Lordship Lane, Tracey and Tony Woodward, stock organic and Soil Association approved food. Alongside these goodies they also make their own delicious organic bread sold at delis and restaurants throughout London. They even have a concession in Harrods, next to the Urban Retreat health spa. You'll find all this glorious food in East Dulwich on the ancient thoroughfare of Lordship Lane which, with North Cross Road, has now become a favourite with foodies with a good selection of bars, restaurants and specialist retailers such as The Cheeseblock. But be warned, this deli is a popular place and shoppers at Christmas picking up their free range turkeys were prepared to queue for up to 40 minutes. That's a dedicated bunch of foodie fans.