The ultimate guide to Christmas chocolate

We asked one of London’s finest chocolatiers to review high-street Christmas chocolate.

Five special cheeses for Christmas

Go for something more exciting than your usual stilton and cheddar

Recipe: three ways to spruce up brussels sprouts

Overcooking sprouts is the ultimate festive crime, but it doesn’t stop most of us doing it year on year.

The best wines for Christmas 2017

A guide to this year’s best value supermarket wines

Why brandy is the true spirit of Christmas

Plus a selection of the best brandies to sample this festive season

Recipe: spiced red cabbage

A little judicious Christmas spicing can be completely glorious

Perfect presents for foodies

The ultimate gift guide for keen cooks and enthusiastic gourmands

Recipe: Christmas stollen

The advent calendars are out – and that means it’s also time for this delicious festive fruit bread

A woman on a mission to keep the fine wine flowing

Lizzy Rudd, the new chairman of Berry Bros & Rudd, on the tricks of the wine trade, working with family and drinking responsibly

Five rare breed cheeses to try

Across the world, historic cheese-making techniques are being rediscovered and deployed to stunning effect

Go free range for turkey delight this Christmas

Olivia Potts visits one of Britain’s most outstanding turkey farms

Breakfast is so Brexit (but avocados are definitely Remain)

Beware: one suspect meal could land you on the wrong side of the great divide

The best hampers for Christmas 2017

Succulent ham, salted caramel sauce, and rare-breed pork salami… wicker baskets have never been so exotic

I love Advent – it’s the gentle waltz to Christmas excess

You owe it to your liver to prepare it for the onslaught to come

Ditch the kitsch and give your Christmas vol-au-vents a modern makeover

These ones, on a Middle Eastern theme, make the idea retro canapé

Everyone loves a bar-room bawl

Britain’s traditional drinking ballads are dying out – and it’s time for a revival

20 courses with 20 wines? These are pairings from paradise

Mugaritz in Basque Country offers the most memorable foodie experience anywhere on the planet

Christmas sandwiches 2017: the best and worst

This year’s turkey sandwiches and veggie options tasted and rated

The best restaurants in Soho

Old haunts and brilliant new restaurants in the heart of London

London’s best pop-up bars for winter

Where to go for rooftop lounging, warming cocktails and delicious street food

Recipe: Chocolate tiffin

Add whatever sweet treats you like to this no-bake cake

Wine holidays off the beaten track

Vintage wine trips aren’t just the reserve of Napa Valley and the south of France