28 Christmas Gift Ideas for Foodies in The Three Counties

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It can be tricky to think of unique Christmas gifts for friends and family, and of course that person who already has everything! Here are 28 great foodie gift ideas from local independent food & drink businesses based across the Three Counties…

A Place at Piston Gin School, Worcester

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The Foodie Card offer – 15% discount if you book 2 places sharing a station or 10% discount if you book one place per station (applies per booking) onto the gin school.

Piston Distillery was founded in 2018 by Nick Weatherall, fascinated by the story of gin and convinced there was a better flavour to be discovered, he was compelled to create his own. The distillery, set in the re-tasked royal porcelain works, currently produces 4 varieties of Gin, with plans for a vodka and some seasonal special editions.

If that’s not exciting enough, there’s also a gin school that’s hosts up to 18 people giving you the opportunity to create your very own Gin. Take advantage of The Foodie Card offer and treat someone to the ultimate gin lovers gift this Christmas.

Click here to buy tickets for the gin school.

Macneil’s Smokehouse Hamper

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The Foodie Card offer: 10% off orders over £35 (plus free shipping to UK mainland) using code: FOODIECARD18 at the checkout

Macneil’s Smokehouse are a Worcestershire based award winning artisan Smokehouse producing everything by hand. They make small batches of smoked products in their professional smokehouse, supplying to shops, caterers and restaurants all over the UK. Hampers are an ideal gift for foodie’s, so why not fill yours with goodies made up from all local producers for a unique and personal treat.

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Burger Lovers Sauces Gift Collection – The Beefy Boys, Hereford

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The Foodie Card offer – 10% off the food bill.

Buy all 3 of The Beefy Boys’ infamous sauces in a cool collection box… the perfect stocking filler gift for the burger lover in your life (or treat yourself). The collection box is £12 and includes; Butty Bach BBQ Sauce; Ronalds Revenge and Zomby Juice. The Beefy Boys also sell the sauces separately, as well as their iconic logo t-shirt, cap, stickers and more in their online shop.

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Grazing Board Night at Henry’s Tea Room, Cheltenham

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The Foodie Card offer: 2 for £20 on Afternoon Tea’s / 2 for £20 on dessert nights

Grazing boards are quickly becoming one of the UK’s favourite dining experiences. A grazing board is an incredible eating experience with a lavish spread of food placed in the middle of a table of your friends and let the good times roll.

Henry’s is the leading Grazing Board venue in Gloucestershire. Their boards are brimming with a variety of Cheeses, rich meats, fresh vegetables, incredible garnishes and a mix of heavenly breads. They finish off with a mix of cakes and desserts (If you have the room).

On the last Friday and Saturday of each month we hold our renowned Grazing Board Evenings. This is the ultimate evening for chat, fun and food in an intimate setting. Costs are kept down with a reasonable price of £15 per head and you can bring your own booze. Soft and hot drinks are available from the venue. These nights are by booking only so make sure you get in touch, they are very popular!

Click here for more information and to book.

Brewery Tour / Make your Own Beer at Hillside Brewery, Stroud

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The Foodie Card offer – A FREE branded glass with any spend over £20 in the on site brewery shop (applies to all products).

The ideal gift for anyone who enjoys real ales! Book a Brewery Tour from just £15 – get up and close and taste a range of ales. For something a little extra special you can book a full day hands on brewing experience with Hillside’s head brewer and design your own recipe to brew and take home.

Click here for more information and to book / enquire.

Kojin Gin – Koj Cheltenham

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The Foodie Card offer – Two for one on buns and donburi bowls at lunch 12-2pm for cardholder and up to 3 guests (excludes Saturdays). Does not include ramen and not in conjunction with any other offer.

Gin lovers will thank you for adding this unique bottle to their collection. This Japanese inspired gin is a collaboration between MasterChef finalist Andrew Kojima and Psychopomp Microdistillery. The gin can be purchased for £40 directly from Koj, Cheltenham’s website and will be shipped directly to you (p&p charges apply).

Click here for more information and to buy.

Afternoon Tea at The King’s Hotel, Chipping Campden

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The Kings Hotel is a charming 18th century Cotswold stone building town house, nestled in the heart of picturesque Chipping Campden.

The Jackrabbit Restaurant which holds 3 AA Rosettes, serves seasonal food, and the relaxed bar area is complete with log burner, perfect for a pint and a relaxed snack after a day of shopping in Chipping Campden’s boutiques.

The Kings Hotel offers a variety of cream teas, full afternoon teas and, for a touch of luxury, sparkling afternoon teas with a glass of fizz. Take yourself back in time and spend an afternoon taking tea without a care in the world!

Their talented pastry chef Patti makes all cakes homemade, it is a special treat and can also be enjoyed in the garden or on the patio in summer.

Click here to view the menu and book and Afternoon Tea.

Speciality Coffee Beans – The Scandinavian Coffee Pod, Cheltenham

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The Foodie Card offer – A FREE coffee of your choice after purchasing a 250g bag of coffee beans.

Give the gift of coffee this Christmas…we know just the place! The Scandinavian Coffee Pod in Cheltenham is a unique coffee shop built upon the Scandinavian principle of doing simple, well; using coffee ethically sourced from the world’s finest coffee farms. The beans are lightly roasted and inspired by the speciality coffee trends out of Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Gift cards can be purchased online or pop into the Cheltenham store to buy a bag or two, and enjoy a coffee whilst you’re there.

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Book a Class at Cookmate Cookery School, Worcester

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The Foodie Card offer – 10% off cookery classes booked online or in store (enter code TheWFoodieCardTen!). The Foodie Card must be presented on arrival.

Based above the Cookmate shop on Broad Street you’ll find the Cookmate Cookery School where you can learn new cookery skills and techniques. The kitchens are designed to give students a relaxed learning environment with the best equipment to utilise. Courses include dinner party skills, quick and easy suppers, best of British, world cuisine, fish filleting and knife skills. Pick a course, or dine in and hear the chef explain the skills used, book a party or hire the venue. A must for people who want to cook and learn at the same time.

Click here to view forthcoming classes and to book.

A Cotswold Airbnb Break – Martha’s Coffee House, Moreton-in-Marsh

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The Foodie Card offer – 10% off food & drink bill (excludes Friday & Saturday).

Located in the beautiful Cotswold village Moreton-in-Marsh, Martha’s Coffee House has a reputation for their delicious sweet and savoury scones, and is the perfect pit-stop for a cream tea. Make Martha’s your base during your Cotswolds getaway and book a room in one of their rooms listed on Airbnb.

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Wine Tasting Event at Astley Vineyard, nr. Stourport-on-Severn

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The Foodie Card offer – 5% off in-store (btl or case) on Severn Vale, Madeleine Angevine, all Dartington Crystal products & all Netherton Foundry products (ask in store for other specials).

Dating back to 1971, Astley Vineyard is one of the UK’s oldest, producing c.9000 bottles of high quality wine each year. You can book a tour with tasting or purchase from the online shop and keep an eye on the website for other events at their Hampstall Lane, Stourport on Severn base. They are also an official stockist of Dartington Crystal. Wine Tasting & Tour vouchers will commence from spring 2019 and can be purchased for £20 per person online as a gift.

Click here to book a wine tasting event and to find out more.

Costello + Hellerstein Luxury Chocolates and Recipe Book

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The Foodie Card offer: Spend over £50 online and get ‘The Artisan Baker’ recipe book for FREE (worth £16.95) using offer code THEFOODIECARDFREEBOOK at the checkout.

Ori Hellerstein’s passion for food started from a young age. As a young boy he would often be found helping out in his mother’s delicatessen in Israel. He remained loyal to the food industry and by his early 20’s he was managing a successful restaurant in Jerusalem. But it was whilst travelling in Central America where his culinary spark was ignited – this was the defining moment when he knew food was his life.

Ori’s love affair for fine food saw him move to London where he graduated as a chef at the renowned French cookery school, Le Cordon Bleu. Highly skilled with extensive experience, Ori joined Galvin at Windows, a Michelin star restaurant in London, where he worked as a pastry chef specialising in breads, cakes and petit fours.

After several years of working as a pastry chef in London, Ori settled in the Cotswolds, England, with his family.  Here he set up a bakery school and started his first food business, selling breads and confectionery locally. Ori is known as The Artisan Baker in his home town – a name taken from the title of his book, where he shares the secrets behind his mouth-watering recipes inspired by his culinary travels across the world.

As demand for his confectionery soared, it was time for Ori to establish his own brand of hand-crafted truffles. Named after his wife, Costèllo + Hellerstein was launched.

Click here to shop the full range of chocolates and for more information about The Artisan Baker

Mixed Case of Bottled Ales from Swan Brewery, Leominster

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The Foodie Card offer – A free extra bottle of Swan Brewery ale with every mixed case of 12 x 500ml 

Founder Jimmy Swan has been hand brewing all of his ales in small batches for over 20 years at Swan Brewery. You’ll find these local ales in pubs across the three counties and  little further afield in Powys. The onsite Leominster shop is open on Fridays (between 9am-4pm) where you can pick up a range of presentation packs, mini casks and polypins. Beer lovers…what are you waiting for?!

Click here for more information about Swan Brewery.

Cookery Workshop with Alice Through the Year, Beckford

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The Foodie Card offer: 10% off when booking any cookery class or workshop with The Foodie Card (card must be presented on arrival).

Professionally trained chef Alice runs seasonal cookery workshops from her little cottage kitchen in Beckford.

Gathered round her old AGA the workshops are a chance to get together with friends and family and enjoy cooking, learning new recipes and picking up some handy hints and tips.

Alice runs a variety of classes from ‘Mid Week Meals,’ Seasonal Suppers’ and ‘Back to Basics.’ With a maximum of 4 per class, each workshop is tailored to the abilities of the class, all abilities are welcome!

Workshops run through the week and weekend to a time that suits you, get in touch with Alice to arrange a time and date. The workshops last between 2-4 hours and finish with a sumptuous meal of all your creations, classes range from £45-£65 per person.

Click here for more information and to book a workshop.

Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony at August Moon Tea, Cheltenham

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The Foodie Card offer: 10% off all shop products (anything above £5), private tea ceremonies and private workshops.

August Moon Tea is here to share with you the authentic Chinese tea culture, the finest and most exclusive china wares and tea, with the most exquisite home decorations and jewellery.

They will provide you with the cultural experience of a traditional Chinese tea ceremony that helps us to find inner peace from ourselves. Tea brings nature to modern city life.

Click here for more information and dates of tea ceremonies and private events

Picnic Bench at Friar Street Kitchen, Worcester

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The Foodie Card offer: 20% off food bill Tues-Thurs (evenings) / Free soft drink with any lunch item Tues-Thurs / Prosecco upgrade with any picnic bench booked.

Friar Street Kitchen aka FSK was opened in April 2017 and has since gone from strength to strength. The owners are from a farming and hospitality background and carefully selected local suppliers to provide the best produce.

There is something for everyone – check out their great steaks, try the fun ‘benches’ and if you like a cheeseburger the raclette is essential! There are delicious options for vegetarians too and a great choice of drinks on offer.

The picnic benches are £18.95 per person (min 2 person sharing), and are the an ideal gift to treat your bestie.

Click here to see what’s on the Christmas bench and to book.

Twisting Spirits Gin

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The Foodie Card offer: 10% off purchases in the online store using code ‘THEFOODIECARD’ at the checkout.

Using a unique dual distillation process the gins Twisting Spirits produce are quite different and distinctive. Using traditional processes and equipment, each distillation run is tiny. The alcohol and a minimum ten quality botanicals are slowly distilled in a traditional copper alembic pot still, fusing the oils and tastes together creating a very high strength Gin.  This is then diluted with pure water to a much more drinkable 41.5% where the flavours and aromas are perfectly expressed.

Finally the two distillations are ‘twisted’ together to produce the finished Gin – perfectly balanced and bursting with fresh aromas and taste. The current Twisting Spirits range consists of three premium Gins initially (more exciting Gins will be added soon); Douglas-Fir, Kaffir Lime and Lemongrass and Earl Grey Gin.

Quite literally Twisting Spirits!

Click here to view the full range of products and to buy Twisting Spirits gin.

Bread Making Workshop with Peter Cooks Bread, Bishops Frome

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The Foodie Card offer: 10% discount on loaves sold at the door both through orders and walk-ins. 

This award winning bakery in Bishop’s Frome, Worcester, produces high quality handmade loaves of bread and pastries. Launched in 2014, they use the finest basic ingredients to produce their baked goods. Sign up for workshops and spend a day learning how to make bread!

Click here for more information about the bread making workshops and to book.

Uniqucorn Popcorn

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The Foodie Card offer: 10% off all bagged popcorn purchased in the online store (merchandise and party favours not included) using code ‘PATTY10’.

Uniqucorn is popped using only the finest pop music (and a little hot air) with no added fats or oils. The popcorn is free from all allergens and all ingredients are free from products derived from animals, although it is magically created in a kitchen which handles both! Ps. No unicorns, rainbows, or 90’s popstars were harmed in the making of this product.

Uniqucorn can provide bespoke popcorn for a wide variety of events from children’s parties to weddings and corporate events, or it can be enjoyed chilling in front of your favourite movie.

Vegan – Gluten Free – 5* Food hygiene rating.

As seen in Heat magazine

Click here to view the full range of products and to buy Uniqucorn Popcorn.

Cidery Tour at Dunkertons Organic Cider, Cheltenham

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The Foodie Card offer: Buy any case of 12 (mixed or one type) in the shop and get a free Dunkertons Glass of your choice.

Dunkertons Organic Cider make premium organic English cider and perry crafted in artisan spirit and vision. Using carefully selected cider apples and perry pears they hand blend the juices using traditional skills and techniques. Just as their founders, Ivor and Susie’s vision intended, “We’re are deep into flavour here. Our ciders and perry really taste of apples”.

You can now visit Dunkertons’ Cheltenham site, where they have a shop selling all of their ciders and perry as well as locally sourced organic breads and cheeses, glassware and pottery, and gifts such as bespoke hampers. You can also book onto a tour to have a unique experience of their state of the art cidery and learn all about the history, and how Dunkertons craft their organic ciders and perry.

Click here for more information and to book a tour

Cookery Class at Eckington Manor, nr. Pershore

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The Foodie Card offer: A complimentary glass of fizz on arrival with dinner reservation / 10% off cookery school classes.

Award winning Eckington Manor offers high end accommodation, food and a cookery school at their beautiful country side location.

There are 17 bedrooms in four converted farm buildings and all have been refurbished to the highest standards. The kitchen produces excellent cuisine using locally sourced ingredients combined with fantastic service and a range of premium drinks on offer. They cater for corporate functions, weddings and there is also a cookery school for those wishing to learn new skills.

Click here to view the range of courses on offer and to book.

Letterbox Brownies from Cotswold Rustic Cakes

Cotswold Rustic Brownies
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The Foodie Card offer: 10% off brownies and celebration cakes on orders when quoting ‘The Foodie Card’.

Cotswold Rustic Brownies bake beautiful bespoke cakes for all occasions drawing inspiration from our natural surroundings here in the Cotswolds, and have just launching their ‘Letterbox brownies’ -brownies of a variety of flavours that can be sent as a gift or a treat to yourself straight to your door.

Maryann does all of her baking at her home in Moreton-in-Marsh, sourcing ingredients locally where possible. Billy’s Eggs are used to make the cakes and brownies, from a farm a few miles away in Stow on the wold, and milk from Butlers Road Farm in Long Compton.

To place an order contact Maryann via Facebook or Instagram.

Afternoon Tea at Longworth Hall, Hereford

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The Foodie Card offer: A FREE glass of Kir Royal per guest with any Afternoon Tea booked.

Afternoon tea at Longworth Hall is a special occasion, as Henry James wrote, “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

Longworth Hall pride themselves on serving afternoon tea using only the finest ingredients. The menus range from the classic traditional English to a creative and modern approach.

The extensive range of the highest quality loose leaf teas are expertly served in fine bone china and antique tea sets, staff are trained in perfectly matching the teas to suite your choice of sandwiches, scones and cakes.

The “flower bud” tea is a spectacle to behold. Watch your chosen tea burst into a flower and release its delicate flavours for you to enjoy.

There is a comprehensive range of Champagnes and Proseccos to add a bit of sparkle to the occasion. And a rather surprisingly nice gin-based tea which Longworth Hall are very pleased to be one of the first in the UK to embrace.

Click here to view the menu and to book.

Hire a Private Chef with Gourmandize Home Dining

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The Foodie Card offer: 10% off any lunch or dinner menu booked Monday-Friday.

Gourmandize use their skills gained from working in some of the UK’s top restaurants to bring a tasty and memorable dining experience to the comfort of your own home. No need to cook, clean or even lay the table… Gourmandize have got it covered. They even bring along all of their own crockery, cutlery and glassware so all you need to do is invite the guests, sit back, relax, indulge in tantalising food and enjoy a memorable experience.

Click here to choose your menu and to book.

Gin Masterclass with The Barkeep

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The Foodie Card offer: 25% off gin masterclasses (minimum booking of 4 people and The Foodie Card must be shown on arrival).

The Barkeep is your go to for private bar hire, cocktail masterclasses and gin tasting experiences.

Fully bespoke to your needs whether it be hen do’s & Weddings or garden parties & festivals the bar and its offering can be tailored to suit you!

Designed to be as fun and as informative as possible the gin masterclass is perfect for dinner parties, team building & more… who needs an excuse to drink gin!

You will be taken through a brief history and the making of gin but swiftly onto the best bit… the tasting! Taking you through the best local gins as well as further afield, and the wide range of different tonics you can pair them with.

Click here to find out more and to book a masterclass.

Pershore Juneberries Gin Liqueur

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The Foodie Card offer: 10% off Pershore Juneberries Gin Liqueur at any UK market or festival event.

Native to the Canadian Prairies, Juneberries had never been grown in the UK as a commercial crop before, until Sophie Sidaway first brought back some trees almost 6 years ago. The unique liqueur that Sophie produces from the super berries is delicious over ice, or served with Elderflower tonic or Prosecco. Something a little different for those who love sloe and damson liqueurs, this is an ideal hip flask filler, or Champagne mixer. Pershore Juneberries grow and harvest every berry required to make this unique liqueur in small batch quantities.

Bottles of Juneberry Gin Liqueur can be purchased directly from Amazon in 2 sizes (Foodie Card discount does not apply to online sales).

Traditional Sweets from Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe, Worcester

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The Foodie Card offer: 10% off any purchase.

Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe is the place in Worcester to find a very wide range of quality sweets from across the world. These include over 40 handmade fudges, a range of chocolate bars, sweets from the US and specialist liquorice from Belgium, Finland and Holland. In addition there is a sugar-free range of sweets with options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets.

The pick ‘n’ mix selection has a choice of 80 sweets, some traditional some modern, and there are pre-packed themed selections which are ideal for party packs. You’ll find the shop at at 97A High Street and their retail ethos is taken from late Victorian times with the emphasis on a flexible, friendly and quality service.

Click here for more information about Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe.

Upton Gin – The Boathouse, Upton-upon-Severn

The Foodie Card offer – 10% off the food bill / buy one get one free cocktails (on the ground floor).

Introducing “Upton Gin”. The Boathouse in Upton-upon-Severn have distilled their first batch of Gin to celebrate the beautiful town of Upton! All of the botanicals have been supplied by Clive’s Fruit Farm making this a uniquely Upton flavour. A dry gin with notes of blackberry and pear and an abv of 42%

70cl and and 20cl bottles are available to buy from The Boathouse, which will make a great Christmas present so hurry while stocks last.

Look out for more flavours arriving in the new year as well as “Upton Vodka” coming in the spring 2020!

Click here for more information about The Boathouse