Graze Cheshire's Laura Billington has six Cheshire food gift ideas for the food lover in your life this Christmas

The Christmas season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by giving the gift of gourmet delights to the food lover in your life? Here in Cheshire, we are reknowned for our culinary traditions and artisanal food products. So, this year, why not shop local and surprise your loved ones with a taste of Cheshire? Here are my six Cheshire-made gifts that will delight any food enthusiast this Christmas.

Cheshire Cheese

Cheshire is famous for its cheese, and there's no better way to start my food lover's gift guide than with a selection of exquisite Cheshire cheeses.

Great British Life: Cheese and wine and all the trimmings...Cheese and wine and all the trimmings... (Image: Stephen Rowson)

A decadent Christmas Cheese and Wine Hamper from the Cheshire Cheese Company, boasting an impressive selection of award-winning cheese, chutney, and wine is a winner for any food lover. With hampers starting at under £20 there is a gift to suit all tastes and budgets.

Cheshire Chocolates

For the sweet-toothed food lover, Hot Cocoa in Knutsford offers a delightful selection of artisan chocolates. Their range includes a variety of flavours, from rich dark chocolate to creamy milk chocolate handed painted in the most delectable boxes. It's the perfect gift for those who appreciate the finer side of sweets. Gifts from just £3.95.

Cheshire Gin

When it comes to finding the perfect Christmas gift that combines the spirit of the season with a touch of luxury, look no further than Nantwich Gin. Nantwich Gin offers an exquisite range of handcrafted, small-batch gins that are sure to delight any spirits enthusiast.

Great British Life: Three delicious gins to choose from...Three delicious gins to choose from...

Their expertly crafted gins, infused with locally sourced botanicals, bring a taste of Cheshire's rich heritage this Christmas. I love how this gin is a taste of our local culture and adds a touch of sophistication. It's a great way to add a touch of Cheshire charm to the festive celebrations.

Cheshire Smokehouse

Most of the products in the Smokehouse Shop are prepared and freshly made on-site each day, ensuring the highest quality. From home-cured bacon and sausages to smoked fish, which are perfect for the season.

Don't miss their signature hampers, a delightful collection of Cheshire's finest smoked and gourmet treats, thoughtfully curated to create memorable gifts. And if you're seeking a unique twist on holiday snacking, be sure to try their smoked nuts, a delicious blend of smoky flavour and crunch.

Cheshire cook shop

At my favourite cook shop, Brambles, you'll discover a delightful array of renowned brands that will elevate your culinary and gifting experience. You'll find an extensive range of thoughtfully sourced, beautifully crafted products that make for perfect gifts for friends and family. What sets Brambles Cook Shop apart is the personal touch, where the welcoming and knowledgeable owner, Nicola, is happy to help you find the perfect gift, ensuring your visit is enjoyable. You can also buy my cookbook here, should the mood strike...

Cheshire Cookery School

What could please a food lover more than a chance to learn how to cook something usually far out of their range? Participants can learn everything from breadmaking to knife skills, tapas to Asian small plates, with all classes led by professional chefs who love nothing more than sharing their skills.

Laura Billington is a cookbook writer and founder of Graze Cheshire, where you’ll find recipes and grazing board inspiration for every occasion.

I: @grazecheshire