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Christmas Food and Drink

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

The holidays are coming, and while things look a lot different this year, there are still a variety of Christmas Food and Drink options in the North of England. Eat, drink and be merry, but above all stay safe during the festive season.

Find out about the very best Christmas Food and Drink options in the North of England

You don’t have to regret what you eat and drink this Christmas, courtesy of our guide to the best festive food and drink across the North, taking in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and more. We’ve plucked out some of the very best food and drink-related purchases and events out there, mostly covering festive-themed food and drink to enjoy at home, with the odd outdoors event where you can be socially-distanced. And you’ll find a few takeaway options (including a Christmas pudding, no less) that you should head out and try right now.

Everything festive in the North to make your festive season go with a bang

And it’s not all calorific heavy meals either, we’ve included some of our favourite healthy and vegan choices, with the North’s best independent venues making a good showing. See this year as a kind of pared-down advent calendar – next year we’ll be back in fine fettle, and it just means doing things a little differently this time round.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Hatch


    Hatch, Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7ED - Visit now

    Hatch is open for business for all your independent Christmas shopping, haircuts and takeaway street food needs. This much-loved space will be open from Tuesday to Saturday from midday until 8 pm.

  • 2. Salvi’s Mozzarella Bar

    Salvi’s Mozzarella Bar, 22b, The Corn Exchange, Corporation St, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 3TR - Visit now

    Time to celebrate as one of our favourite Manchester delis is back open and selling a range of wonderfully-festive food-based gift ideas this Christmas. This family-run business has a well-deserved reputation as one of the go-to destinations for authentic Italian delicacies and this year they’re selling Christmas hampers stuffed to the gills with high-quality produce.

  • 3. Six By Nico Manchester

    Six By Nico
    Six By Nico

    Six By Nico Manchester, 60 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 2BQ - Visit now

    Always ahead of the curve, Six By Nico has announced Christmas By Nico as part of their Home-X home delivery service. This teams a four-course Christmas dinner kit with a live quiz held on various dates throughout December in conjunction with fun-juggernaut Bongo’s Bingo.

  • 4. The Spirit of Manchester Distillery

    The Spirit of Manchester Distillery

    The Spirit of Manchester Distillery, 15 Watson St, Manchester, M3 4LP - Visit now

    Award-winning distiller, Manchester Gin, has launched a new limited-edition gin, paying tribute to one of the city’s greatest triumphs, FAC51 aka The Haçienda. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a seasoned clubber, look no further.

  • 5. Northcote


    Northcote, Northcote Rd, Langho, Blackburn, BB6 8BE - Visit now

    As of the 1st of December, Northcote is offering a special festive-themed winter gourmet box that should add a little – no, a lot – of cheer to your life this December. Even better, these are being delivered nationwide, so no matter where you live you can enjoy a Michelin-starred kit meal in your own kitchen.

  • 6. Nibble


    Nibble, 36 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN - Visit now

    A truly special Manchester cafe, Nibble is back open for takeaway throughout December. Nip by and buy some cakes to take home, including one of their made-with-love Christmas puddings.

  • 7. The Refuge

    Heritage Tomatoes, Red Onion

    The Refuge, Oxford Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 7HA - Visit now

    The Kimpton Clocktower is the luxury hotel attached to The Refuge and this year they’re selling gift vouchers to redeem for an overnight star, or a meal or drinks at The Refuge itself. It’s one of the city’s finest spaces to eat or drink and a damn sight more thoughtful than cash or a Christmas jumper that they’ll never wear again.

  • 8. Hawksmoor

    Hawksmoor cocktails

    Hawksmoor, 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3WB - Visit now

    As well as their cocktail box, Hawksmoor is now offering special festive boxes, containing items like old spot belly ribs, Brixham scallops, macaroni cheese, Sunday roasts, salted caramel Rolos and much more. And don’t forget Matt Brown’s Ultimate Oven Chips – once tried, never forgotten.