Fruitcake facts

Fruitcake facts are a little known subject, but will come in handy over Christmas. Whether you are swotting-up for the local Christmas quiz or simply want to impress, take your…

Christmas Stilton

A Christmas cheeseboard is guaranteed to go down a treat. And there’s only one essential – the Christmas Stilton. But despite it’s popularity, it remains a misunderstood cheese. Read Hattie…

Holly. Thorburn painting

There’s no symbol more synonymous with Christmas than holly. Every December the dark-green, spiky leaves and bright red berries are everywhere. They feature in our songs, on our Christmas cards…

Christmas ham

If you have the family descending this Christmas, have a ham to hand. Gleaming and studded with cloves, a Christmas ham is excellent for the Christmas Eve supper, breakfast with…

The history of Christmas crackers. The festive table is incomplete without a Christmas cracker.

Charlotte Mackaness doffs her paper hat to a cracking invention that makes each Christmas go with a bang.

How to use the Christmas leftovers

With the Christmas plates cleared, best silver back in the cupboard and comedy hats discarded – it’s time to get inventive with the leftovers. Don’t let your fare go to…

The 12 Field days of Christmas

Christmas is all the more jolly for the sporting opportunities it brings. Whether you are headed for a boxing day shoot or hunt meet, feeding the family on game from…

Clean silver well

It may be one of those Christmas tasks you are keen to delay, but learning how to clean silver well is essential ahead of the festive lunch. There is much…