Best Gifts for British Foodies
A Lovely and Useful Gift Guide for British Foodies and Those Who Love Them
Looking for British foodie gift ideas? Right this way.
In this guide, we focus on British businesses offering truly fantastic items—from quality ingredients and hand-forged chefs knives to kits and prepared foods, plus classes, experiences, homewares and select kitchen gear.
Honestly, there is such an embarrassment of riches here, you may be hard pressed to choose to perfect gift.
Fine Ingredients and Provisions
Through Good Sixty you can order from independent food retailers and producers around the UK. Their Artisans by Post service showcases producers selling unique food gifts and specialist items—delivered to wherever you are in the country. Local grocery deliveries are also available in London, Bristol, Oxford, Leeds, Exeter and Bath. The gift options are many, from individual items to subscriptions.
Biryani feast with sparkling wine? Grilled paneer? Chai and chutney? Say hello to food kits and gift from Dishoom. 'An eclectic mix of favourites to discover, from make-at-home Dishoom favourites, to Permit Room tipples, our cookbook and much more besides.'
Panzer’s Deli & Grocery
Panzer's is a beloved grocer (established in 1944) that carries curated products from over 80 countries, and you can now order many lovely items from them online. They are also known for their extensive collection of Kosher items.
The Courtyard Dairy is a specialist cheese shop in North Yorkshire that won ‘Best New Cheese Retailer’ at the British Cheese Awards and ‘Cheesemonger of the Year’ at the World Cheese Awards. Your gift options include a rolling 3-cheese monthly subscription and other delights.
Welsh Cheese Company
A fine gift option from the Welsh Cheese Company is the Taste of Wales collection, which includes cheeses from Ceredigion, Anglesey, Wye Valley and Pembrokeshire.
The Baker’s Pig
Sticking with the Welsh theme, The Baker's Pig is a provider of Welsh Charcuterie with many deliverable gift items available.
Melrose and Morgan
Based in Hampstead and Primrose Hill, Melrose and Morgan sell provisions, cheese and charcuterie as well as wine and spirits—all of which can be combined in various ways to form a lovely gift hamper. Delivery is available.
Fortnum & Mason
The grandfather of wicker gift hampers is an easy win. The Fortnum & Mason Savoury Selection Hamper is especially nice come Christmas. The vegan mushroom pâté is a nice choice for vegans and vegetarians.
Cutter & Squidge
Cutter & Squidge is a great source for gift hampers and a variety of other delights—and they deliver throughout the UK! 'Playfulness is our passion; we love to create exciting, experimental flavours and artisan designs, having fun in the process.' Cheers to that.
The nice thing about shopping with National Trust is that it benefits National Trust. 'Working with specialist producers, our fruity jams, tasty curds, crunchy biscuits and very quaffable wines are all locally sourced, UK-made and completely moreish.'
Charbonnel et Walker
Founded in 1875, Charbonnel et Walker is one of Britain’s earliest chocolatiers, with a half-dozen locations in London. Their online store allows you to sort items by flavour, from 'alcohol' to 'truffle' and more. Their boxes and wrappings are just as beautiful as their chocolates and this is partly what makes them a lovely gift.
Whilst just about anything from Hotel Chocolat makes an excellent gift, if you're looking for a fantastic gadget for the foodie who has everything, look no further than the Velvister Hot Chocolate Maker.
Melt's monthly chocolate subscription is a lovely gift idea, as are their personalised chocolates and gift vouchers. Melt also hosts chocolate making courses available on site in London and virtually, another great gift idea.
Another chocolatier that does a nice job with packaging and presentation is Rococo. They have 5 'brand pillars' and one of them is British Creativity. For a gift that keeps on giving, check out the Fresh Collection, available monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly. They also offer many lovely Christmas themed collections.
Bettys offers all manner of delightful gifts related to tea and baked goods, including cakes, biscuits, hampers and gift boxes for a variety of occasions. If you're in Yorkshire, take advantage of their baking-focused cookery school (in Harrogate) or pop in for afternoon tea. Hampers and other gifts are available for delivery.
Biscuiteers makes a wide variety of hand-iced biscuits and they deliver worldwide—next day within the UK! They have two Icing Cafes in London where they also host icing classes in the School of Icing.
'Our biscuits are hand-iced in London and each one is unique. Our luxury biscuits are made the old-fashioned way and we aim for 100% biscuit happiness on every order! Add a message (if you like) and we’ll carefully deliver your gift on a day of your choice.'
The Gift of Knowledge and Skill
Here are some great places for British foodies to learn and refine new cooking skills. Note that many of the UK business listed in this guide (bakeries, chocolatiers, etc) offer classes locally.
Whilst Le Cordon Bleu London is a world-class school for professional chefs, short summer courses and online courses are available, starting at around the 200 pound price point. The classes run the gamut from cooking skills (cheesemaking, fermentation) to business skills (the French do have a word for entrepreneur) and even food writing and photography.
A subscription to Masterclass gives one access to many high-quality video classes from chefs like Yotam Ottolenghi. You can download or print the notes and recipes from each class and add them to your cookbook collection or recipe file. An annual subscription costs around 200 pounds.
One of the great things about Sous Chef, based in North London, is the availability of their Sets for Cookbooks. In one go, you get a cookbook and the set of unusual and/or premium ingredients used in the recipes within. Such a thoughtful (and efficient) gift idea.
Books by Chefs & Restaurant Cookbooks
Speaking of books, Britain has loads of brilliant chefs who've published scores of lovely and useful books—and they make great gifts. We recommend getting these from your local bookseller, perhaps a Waterstones.
A few authors to consider (in alphabetical order) for a book gift:
- Mary Berry (Baking Bible, Simple Comforts and more)
- Raymond Blanc (The Lost Orchard and more)
- Mark Hix (British Regional Food and more)
- Nadiya Hussain (Nadiya Bakes, Time to Eat and more)
- Nigella Lawson (Cook, Eat, Repeat and more)
- James Martin (Great British Adventure and more)
- Thomasina Miers (Meat-Free Mexican and more)
- Jamie Oliver (5 Ingredients, Food Escapes and more)
- Yotam Ottolenghi (Plenty, Simple, Sweet and more)
- Gordon Ramsay (Derisive Screaming and more)
- Claudia Roden (The Food of Spain and more)
- Rick Stein (From Venice to Istanbul and more)
This is a partial list. Who is your gift recipient's favourite chef? Many UK restaurants and locales have namesake cookbooks, such as:
- The Borough Market Cookbook
- East London Food
- Gail's Bakery
- Hawksmoor at Home
- The Incredible Spice Men
- Monica's Kitchen
- The Red Rooster Cookbook
- The Ritz London
- Rosa's Thai Cafe
And many more. If your foodie has a favourite restaurant, see if they've published a cookbook.
Experiential Gifts for British Foodies
Taste of London
This London food festival features 5 days of feasting from 30+ restaurants with 100+ dishes from 50+ chefs for 55,000 guests. Tickets to Taste of London could be a great gift. Pro tip: Perusing their list of participating restaurants is a great way to get ideas for a night out at a particular place.
A Market Trip
A day trip to a fantastic food market (your local or somewhere farther afield) is an excellent gift idea and there are so many fabulous markets to choose from. In London alone, we have Borough Market, Greenwich Market, Seven Dials and so many more. And within any of these markets are many gifting possibilities.
A Guided Food Tour
Some of the aforementioned markets are so rich with possibility and history, it's nice to have a professional guide take you through them—or through any number of other food-focused destinations.
A Coastal Foraging experience will teach you about edible seafood and where to find or catch it. These courses take place within 10 to 20 minutes of Tenby or Saundersfoot. A dash of local history gets added to the mix.
Homewares and Gear
If your foodie is in the market for a high-quality chefs knife, take a look at the hand-forged knives from Blenheim Forge. As a bonus, they also offer a knife sharpening class at their Peckham location in London.
'From start to finish our knives are carefully hand-made. We have spent many years fine-tuning our hand-forging process in order to create knives of the highest character and performance that are loved by world-class chefs and cooking-enthusiasts alike.'
Caro carries items that are so lovely, one feels compelled to buy them even when one doesn't really need them. If an essential non-essential is what you're looking for, look to Caro Somerset.
Another source for achingly beautiful and functional tableware and more is Soho Home based in Soho, London.
Founded in 1899, Tala is one of the oldest kitchenware, bakeware and cookware brands. Their dry cook's measure (one of many possible gifts from Tala) is still produced in the same way, on the same machines, as it was in 1934.
The Thermapen is a UK item and the company now offers a range of similar products, all of which could make an enduring and utterly useful gift.
Top Foodie Gifts from Jolly & Goode
- Ministry of Biscuits collection
- Lord Snoggington's Pudding Emporium collection
- Dr Tuttington's Diet Logbook
- Loire Alley London Wines collection
It's a great time to be a foodie in Britain, and London is one of the top food cities in the world. Many of the best retailers, producers and artisans can now deliver items anywhere in the UK (sometimes within a day). World-class instruction is also available in the form of evening, daylong, weekend, weeklong and online courses.
We hope this British foodie gift guide gives you some solid ideas and is something you can return to, like a favourite dish. Cheers.