Wine & Food

    10 New Year’s Eve boxes for a sublime evening in

    16 December 2020

    Rarely has the end of a year been anticipated so eagerly as this one. With Christmas ‘bubbles’ popping on 28th December after five days of eased restrictions, New Year’s Eve celebrations will be on the small side. But you can still see the year out/ put two fingers up at 2020 in style — with one of these sumptuous home delivery boxes.

    Drinks Fusion DIY cocktails (from £18 for two servings)

    Start the evening with a seasonal Lingon Berry Cosmo or Clear Winter Punch from Drinks Fusion; the latter is their take on the old English milk punch recipe, blending brandy, whisky, botanicals and clarified milk.

    Each DIY craft cocktail serves two and if you don’t have the kit you need to be a mixologist at home, they can supply gorgeous rose gold or stainless steel shaker sets and glassware, too.

     Quo Vadis (£95 for two)

    The Grande Dame of Dean Street is extending her Quo Vadis At Home service born out of Lockdown 2.0 until New Year’s Eve. Jeremy Lee’s divine festive fayre includes goose and pork rillettes and a turkey and ham pie. Delivery is on 30 December to re-heat on New Year’s Eve. Martinis and Negronis are an optional extra ‘but very much encouraged’. Anyone who returns their pie dish will receive a complimentary Negroni.

    Simon Rogan At Home (blini package from £20 for two)

    Five course New Year’s Eve dinners from the Cartmel-based Michelin-starred chef sold out weeks ago, but at the time of writing, home deliveries of his blini packages were still available. Starting at £20 for blinis for two with smoked mackerel and horseradish cream, you can increase the luxury factor by adding in Petrossian caviar and Exton Park sparkling wine.

    Daylesford Organic (££ various)

    Spoiling deliveries from one of Daylesford’s London or Cotswolds farm shops are available until 30th December. Start by pouring a Kir Royale from their Good Cheer Hamper (£90) accompanied by the Smoked Salmon Trio (£28) and blinis (£2.99) or Exmoor caviar (from £60). If you can be bothered to cook after all that, then the French trim beef rib makes an impressive centrepiece.

    Hawksmoor at Home Festive Box (£165 for two)

    During lockdown, the award-winning steakhouse pivoted successfully to home deliveries, which are continuing through December. The Festive Box brings together some Hawksmoor classics (fillet steak, fat chips and bone marrow gravy), plus sticky toffee pudding and all the booze you’ll need for a truly indulgent feast. (Order by 21 December for New Year’s Eve.)

    Wine, beer, gin and tonic kits and delicious bottled cocktails, including Hawksmoor’s butter-infused Fuller-Fat Old-Fashioned, can also be ordered from their online shop.

    Berry Bros. & Rudd At Home

    Why not have wine and food delivered, with Berry Bros. & Rudd’s new At Home service? Each week their in-house chef Stewart Turner prepares a regionally themed three-course menu, which can be paired with wine from their shortlist of recommended bottles. From a cosy Burgundian feast to a delicious Spanish line-up, the food is a fabulous reminder of the joys of this marvellous old London establishment.

    Peapod & Co (Dinner-in-a-Box from £60 per person, excluding VAT and delivery)

    Peapod, renowned for their canapés, have launched a New Year’s Eve box

    Ballymaloe-trained chef Henrietta Russell (aka the Canapé Queen) can deliver a delectable three-course New Year’s Eve dinner to homes across London, Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire. There’s crab and avocado mousse on the menu followed by beef fillet and pommes Anna with a lemon verbena posset or tarte tatin for pudding. For an additional cost, you can enjoy pre-dinner drinks with a selection of her famous canapés. Order by Boxing Day for delivery on 30 December.

    Richard Haward’s Oysters (from approx. £16 for a dozen, excluding delivery)

    Sauvignon Blanc gift set

    The Haward family have been cultivating oysters around Mersea Island, off the coast of north Essex, since the 1700s. Their very 21st century delivery service will bring a dozen oysters to your door on New Year’s Eve, or you can order a Sauvignon Blanc gift set complete with oyster knife, two different dressings, a lemon and lime — everything you need to get shucking.

    Corbin and King Home Dining (minimum spend £40)

    Corbin and King’s Home Dining service delivers meals prepared to recipes from their restaurants (think The Wolseley’s wiener schnitzel or Colbert’s duck confit) within eight miles of Colbert, SW1 (courier delivery available for further afield; enquire via email).

    La Tua Pasta (£66.50; serves four, or two hungry people)

    Crab and lobster tortelloni with lemon butter from La Tua pasta

    Say Ciao to 2020 with artisan pasta makers, La Tua, suppliers to Claridges, the Dorchester and Jason Atherton. Their New Year’s Eve box includes crab and lobster tortelloni with lemon butter,  a chocolate Panettone and bottle of cloudy Prosecco.

    Bocca di Lupo (from £48 for two, excluding drinks)

    Roast suckling pig is on the New Year’s Eve delivery menu

    As with most Italian festivals, food plays a big part in New Year’s Eve celebrations. Soho institution Bocca di Lupo (‘For when you’re hungry like the wolf’) is delivering three-course Piemonte feasts for two — with or without truffles — nationwide. There’s a good selection of wine available, plus the ubiquitous Negroni — including a three-bottle kit of Italian gin, vermouth and bitters that makes 28 servings, for those who want to go big — and go home.