With Christmas plans looking increasingly unsure, you might be thinking twice about about bit family get-togethers.
But a slightly toned down Christmas doesn’t have to mean beans on toast on the big day.
Instead you could save on the cooking altogether and order in a festive meal – complete with all the trimmings – for just a few people.
Whether you fancy a vegan version of the traditional roast or a spicy Indian feast, there are plenty of delivery box options to choose from.
Plus you could even order a DIY kit to have a go at baking some festive favourites yourself.
Here are some of the best delivery boxes available for Christmas:
Noble House vegetarian Christmas dinner package
Tuck into a tasty vegan Christmas dinner courtesy of Noble House Prepared. The centrepiece is a roasted wild mushroom, leek and sage stuffing pie with roasted mushroom gravy, and it comes with a range of accompaniments including roast potatoes, maple syrup-baked carrots and parsnips, braised red cabbage with apple, green beans and cranberry sauce, which all arrives freshly frozen.
Serves two, £41.50, delivery available nationwide, noblehouseprepared.com.
Flor baking kits
Make your own mince pies with a little help from Borough Market bakery Flor. Baking kits come with either mincemeat — yes, made with actual beef — or, for vegetarians, ‘quincemeat’, with roast quince.
You also get home-made pastry and baking tins. Each kit makes 12 pies and comes with a recipe card for how to prepare and finish them at home.
£45, delivery available nationwide, flor-bakery.com.
Lina Stores panettone
As an alternative to a heavy Christmas pudding, try a delicious light and fluffy chocolate chip panettone from Italian specialists Lina Stores.
Don’t worry, it’s got raisins and fruit peel in it too.
£25.95, delivery nationwide, shop.linastores.co.uk.
10 Greek Street Beef Banquet
Beef up the festive proceedings with Soho restaurant 10 Greek Street’s lavish Beef Banquet.
Things kick off with butternut squash with walnut, chicory and goat’s cheese, as well as dill-cured salmon with beetroot remoulade, but loosen those trousers for the main: côte de boeuf with horseradish crème fraîche and red wine jus, served with duck fat potato terrine, thyme-roasted carrots and cavolo nero with chestnuts.
Save space for the spiced ginger cake with rum butterscotch sauce.
Serves two, £155, delivery available nationwide, dishpatch.co.uk.
Cinnamon Club Christmas Day Meal Kit
Acclaimed chef Vivek Singh, from the prestigious Cinnamon Club restaurant, has produced a five-course Christmas Day meal kit to spice up your celebrations.
It comes complete with canapés, starters — including Madras shrimp pepper fry with curry leaf and black pepper — lamb shank rogan josh and his famous garam masala sticky toffee pudding with warming nutmeg custard.
Serves two, £130 delivery available nationwide, thecinnamoncolletion.com
Gunpowder Festive Stuffed Chicken
If you’ve got the starters, sides and desserts covered but fancy an unusual main, Indian restaurant Gunpowder is launching its festive stuffed chicken, a take on the popular murgh musallam.
Marinated in tandoori spices and yoghurt, it’s filled with pork mince, dried apricots, mango pickle, ginger, chilli and spices, and arrives ready to roast along with an in-house makhani sauce.
Serves two, £22, delivery nationwide, dishpatch.co.uk
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