Christmas markets and independent food shops: shop local for tasty treats

Christmas is a busy time for us all and it's tempting to go with convenience when it comes to stocking up on our festive food.

But we thought we'd make it a little easier for you to support local businesses this year by picking our top 10, then rounding up hundreds of Christmas markets and independent stores near you on our Local sites...

 

Southbank Centre Christmas market
Real Food Christmas Market, South Bank Centre 

Cornish food box
The Cornish Food Box Company, Cornwall

bread
The Friendly Loaf Co, Suffolk

 

Mumsnet Southwark logoReal Food Christmas Market, South Bank Centre Square London

Locally produced foods adorn the Christmas Market at the South Bank Centre, from Brixton Botanicals marmalade to British cheeses, mince pies and mulled wine. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.

 

Mumsnet Leicestershire logoSugar Mouse, Lutterworth Leicestershire

If you're looking for a charming independent sweet shop, Sugar Mouse won't disappoint. There are over 250 jars each containing a different type of sweet, from classic to extraordinary. 

 

Mumsnet Local Bournemouth and PooleChococo, Swanage Bournemouth & Poole

Husband and wife team Andy and Claire make their chocolates using fresh cream that's locally sourced and includes no additives or preservatives. This could make a wonderful Christmas gift or fifth course for a festive feast, and if you're not local then you can take advantage of their mail order service.

 tea

Mumsnet Local CornwallTregothnan: Teas, biscuits and honey, Truro Cornwall 

For a proper English breakfast, source your tea from England's only tea plantation. Tregothnan's Christmas hampers also make a lovely gift.

 

Mumsnet BGT logoBlaenafon Cheddar Company, Blaenavon Wales

If you're partial to a good Cheddar, revamp your cheese board with some of the 11 flavours available at the Blaenafon Cheddar Company. Matured at the bottom of a local well, the Cheddars are flavoured with local ingredients such as Penderyn Welsh Whisky.

 

Mumsnet BirminghamRossiters Organic Butchers, Bournville and Selly Oak Birmingham

For high-quality local meat Rossiters are the butchers to head to. Everything is sourced from organic and free-range farms in the surrounding counties. Locals queue around the block to collect their Christmas orders from Rossiters.

 

Mumsnet SuffolkThe Friendly Loaf Co, Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

Using fresh and local ingredients where possible, the bread at The Friendly Loaf Co is renowned in Suffolk. If you want your bread for Christmas morning to be DIY, you could also attend one of their baking classes. And, reputedly, owner Mark's chocolate brownies are devilishly good. 

 

Mumsnet Local CornwallThe Cornish Food Box Company, Truro Cornwall

Only stocking Cornish, The Cornish Food Box Company works with more than 85 local businesses to bring together the best of Cornish cuisine all under one roof. You can get Christmas dinner with all the trimmings delivered to your door ready to cook. And if you're not local, don't despair: their food boxes are now delivered to London as well as throughout Cornwall.

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Mumsnet ShropshireAppleby's Cheese, Whitchurch Shropshire 

Delicious, award-winning Cheshire cheese has been lovingly made by the Appleby family for 60 years. Also available online.

 

Mumsnet Local Manchester & TraffordA Taste of Honey, West Didsbury Manchester

Serving locally sourced, delicious food and with a constantly evolving range of products, A Taste of Honey deli is a little local treasure in West Didsbury that is foodie heaven: you can even request them to source something if they don't have it already.

 

Other independent food stores and markets near you...

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Last updated: 07-Jan-2014 at 4:26 PM