If you’re stuck for ideas for what to buy someone this Yuletide, creating a Christmas hamper brimming with delicious food and drink is always a fail-safe option. Our Christmas Market is usually the perfect opportunity to buy locally made treats from an array of artisan makers – although it was postponed this year, it’ll be returning in November 2021.
Liberty Fields Dessert Cider is a deliciously different, rich and intense cider. It makes the perfect accompaniment to a plate of mince pies or Christmas pudding. And because it’s only 7%, it’s a fabulous alternative to a heavy port or liqueur. Made only with Dorset apples, it’s a unique Christmas present. The team at Liberty Fields is made up of Robert Imlach, Vicky Morland, Pete Lemmey and Alison Lemmey – four friends who were interested in food, growing trees, biodiversity, and looking at serious alternative uses for some land on an organic dairy farm in Dorset.
Cocoa’s range of Christmas novelty chocolate bars are great stocking fillers and are made using the finest Belgian chocolate. They are based very locally at Bicknoller and offer a wide range of flavoured bars. Founded by Jemma Bristow five years ago, they are a regular at Hestercombe’s Christmas Market.
Christmas in a bottle
Hervy 4’s Chaider is made from local Somerset apples mixed with the perfect blend of Indian Chai spices and is best described as Christmas in a bottle. Normally drunk hot, it is the perfect non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine or cider. Simply open a bottle, pour it into a saucepan and gently heat. Once nice and warm, enjoy the Christmassy flavour of the drink that in 2017 won the prestigious Taste of the West Champions award for hot drinks.
Herby 4 is a small family business based in the Quantock Hills.
The Bumblee’s Gin & Tonic Marmalade is a lemon marmalade with the addition of a delicious craft gin and tonic. What better way to start the day than with a bit of tipsy toast? They’ve been making it since 2012 and it has become a firm favourite with their customers. in 2018 it was entered into the World Marmalade Awards and returned with a silver award. They usually bring several boozy marmalades and jams, together with more traditional flavours, to Hestercombe’s Christmas Market.
Bumblee’s Preserves are handmade in a Somerset kitchen using as much homegrown and locally sourced produce as possible.
Grown Up Marshmallows are handmade in small batches and flavoured with organic fruit grown in rich soil in Exmoor National Park. Nourished by nature and pollinated by bumblebees, the hand-picked berries create an exciting flavour for summer fruit marshmallows. The Grown Up Marshmallow range are free from gluten, egg, dairy, fat, palm oil and GMO. No artificial colourings, flavourings or drying agents are used in their production. They are made by Janet Thompson who four years ago switched careers from teaching Environmental Ethics to making marshmallows.
Whilst this year’s annual Hestercombe Christmas Market had to be postponed, we hope that you have enjoyed this small selection of our regular stallholders!
Watch out for news of our 2021 Christmas Market, which will be held from 19th-21st November 2021.