To me, some brands are just synonymous with Christmas. And when I think of filling my belly with delicious Christmas food, I always think of Marks and Spencer. When my brother and I both still lived at home we were sometimes (naively) put in charge of the Christmas food shop, and we would always choose M&S to visit to fill the trolley with Christmassy yumminess. There just isn’t anyone else who compares in the party food stakes in my opinion.
We are lucky enough to have an M&S Simply Food in Christchurch and it’s always my first stop when we have friends visiting. I was recently contacted by M&S to let me know about their new store in Blandford Forum (not too far from me in North Dorset) and to try out some of the delicious food they have in for Christmas. But if you also want to have a Christmas food feast (and you live near North Dorset) then carry on reading for how you could win a £100 gift card to use in the Blandford Forum store… (that’s a lot of Percy Pigs!)
Looking through the M&S Christmas Food catalogue is one of my favourite things to do just before Christmas, dreaming of stuffing the house with delicious desserts and mouthwatering party snacks. I chose a few little treats and brought some to Katy’s house a couple of weekends ago – including the much discussed Brusselsmole (£1.50)! Yes it is exactly what you think, like guacamole but with brussels sprouts – it was delicious! I also took with me their Pigs in Blankets (£4) and some other snack-y bits, and we had a feast…
Tom had already had his eye on the Cornish Camembert and Brioche Wreath (£8) and so I couldn’t take that up to Northampton with me however, and we had that earlier this week with the Caramelised Cheddar Bauble (£6) and Brie, Truffle and Honey Terrine (£6). That was a great evening – being able to eat cheese for dinner has to be one of the best things about being an adult…
One of the things I love about M&S is that every Christmas there’s always new things to try (wouldn’t you love to be Chief Food Taster?) Their Christmas Pudding Cookies (£1.10) were amazing and would make a great stocking filler – they also kept me going through a mammoth Christmas present wrapping session this weekend!
Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies, and M&S Mince Pies (£2.50) unsurprisingly are the best I’ve tried (they just always get it just right don’t they?). We had them warm with their West Country Cream with Orange Liquer (£2.80).
Oh and you can just see the Clementine and Cassis Bucks Fizz (£5) sneaking into the background there – well, what could be a better pairing with Christmas wrapping than some Bucks Fizz? Bucks Fizz is also the traditional Tapping family first drink on Christmas Day – I had better get a few bottles in!
I can’t wait to visit the new Foodhall at Blandford Forum – 9,000 square foot of M&S Food? Heaven by any other name! If you live locally and fancy winning a gift card for use in the new store then just enter the Rafflecopter below and you could be in with a chance of a gift card that would cover all of the yummy food above (and a few bottles of fizz to wash it all down with!)
The giveaway is open for a week, and then I’ll draw a winner and the gift card will be sent straight away by Recorded Delivery. Good luck!
What’s your favourite M&S food treat? (You have to try that Camembert Wreath!)