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How to host an effortless Drinks party

The planning and preparation required to create the perfect, memorable Christmas is off the scale. And that’s just for Christmas Day! If you have invited family or friends for a drinks party over the festive period then it’s a whole new level of entertaining. The key to a perfect cocktail party is to be well prepared so that you can actually relax and enjoy it yourself. Here are our top tips to make your drinks party a roaring success with minimum stress.  You’ll find advice on which wines and fizz to drink over the festive period in our Perfect Christmas...

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Goats Cheese, Apple & Walnut Starter

This goats cheese, apple & walnut recipe is tried and tested and an absolute crowd pleaser for a Christmas Day starter (or for any dinner party for that matter).  Sitting on a bed of rocket or salad leaves with walnuts, apple slices & a dash of cranberry dressing, it is an impressive starter. It’s easy to make and light on the tummy so there will be plenty of room for the turkey feast. You can prep much of this earlier in the day to save time. We always use a Somerset goats cheese called Capricorn which comes as a 100g...

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Deluxe Cranberry Sauce

No Christmas lunch is complete without a glorious dish of rich cranberry sauce to go with your turkey. If you thought making homemade cranberry sauce is too time consuming then think again. You’ll have it in a jar in 30 mins tops. It’s actually something you can plan a week or two in advance as it keeps in the fridge for about 10 days. But if you want to get it off your checklist even earlier then pop it into an air tight container and freeze (once cooled). It can be frozen up to two months in advance. What...

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Gin & Make it – Delicious New Gins

Welcome to the new dawn of Gin-naissance.   We all know that Gin is a top tipple at the moment. In fact, as a nation we are now drinking over 29 million litres a year  – that is a fare few gallons of gin, if not galleons. To add to our obsession and for all the aficionados out there, we have been busy tasting new gins to offer you a unique insight into the best botanical beauties available. Such a hard job sometimes. If you are ever stuck for a present, a good bottle of gin also makes a perfect Christmas...

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5 Ways to Survive a Family Christmas

A. Family. Christmas. Three words that can strike dread into anybody’s festive calendar. Although we love our families to death (we do really), Christmas seems to take any dysfunctional dynamics to a whole new level. It’s no coincidence that divorce enquiries hit a high every year after the Christmas period. Age old grudges, clashing characters and forced family time in an enclosed space over a few days can easily shake Christmas into a cocktail of catastrophe. Here are our 5 tips to survive Christmas with your self-esteem and relationships in tact. 1. PLAN AND PLAN AND PLAN If you...

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