Gifts for Her
With Christmas not far away now is the ideal time to discover Barbury Hill’s carefully selected range of food and drink gifts. Our handpicked offering of independent British producers can be delivered to any address in mainland UK, and with a personalised message from Barbury Hill these are gourmet gifts that earn serious brownie points.
When searching for a gift for a loved one, wine and chocolates are often first to mind. But why not think outside the (chocolate) box this year? With many of us making small tweaks to our diet to start 2021 on a healthier footing, a low or no alcohol option shows imagination and care. Just one of Barbury Hill’s zero-alcohol offerings, Jukes Cordialities offer the depth of flavour and complexity of wine without the fuzzy head. Featured on the menus of Michelin-starred restaurants, you can be confident that you’re in good company with this gift.
Along the same lines, Percival & Co’s hard tonics are low alcohol and low calorie, and their refined, summertime flavours are a joyful nod to warmer days to come. We adore the delicate florals and botanical notes of the Rose and Juniper, while one sip of Elderflower whisks us off to a quintessentially English landscape of hedgerows, dappled fields and rolling hills. The pack of four is ideal as a gift for mothers, sisters or partners, allowing them to discover this small British producer through Barbury Hill.
We’ve long been a fan of Beth’s squidgy but surprisingly wholesome bars and brownies. Her bakes may be gluten and refined-sugar free and made with vegan ingredients but they taste sinfully indulgent. The Salted Caramel bars are a particularly decadent treat, their raw biscuit base smothered in date caramel and topped with rich dark chocolate - the delicate edible flowers that adorn them offer just a hint of the natural and organic ingredients. As a gift for her, the mixed box of six is sure to be well-received and the simple yet elegant packaging makes a statement when it arrives through the letterbox.
If these suggestions are a little too health-conscious, dive into the award-winning botanicals of River Test Distillery’s London Dry Gin. Crafted with meadowsweet and chalk-filtered waters, this is a gin that’s more than deserving of its ‘Best English London Dry’ win at the 2020 World Gin Awards. This young producer is one to watch, and Barbury Hill are proud to be an early champion. As a gift it is an opportunity to be ahead of the trend, to introduce your loved ones to the honeyed floral notes that pair so beautifully with a premium tonic but are equally at home in a cocktail.
And it just wouldn’t be a round-up of the best gifts for her if we didn’t mention the exquisite Tadinka nougats. These chewy, utterly moreish bonbons are a taste sensation with the occasional crunch of macadamia nut, fruity zing of raspberry, or rich dark chocolate building layers of flavour and texture that intrigue and delight. Visually, they’re equally joyous, the edible flowers and gold leaf adding a romantic beauty that makes them perfect as a Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day present.
From brownies that earn brownie points, to floral botanicals in gin rather than a bouquet, Barbury Hill’s thoughtful gifts deliver joy to your loved ones, while championing small businesses and local British producers.
Rebecca, a talented writer, is a friend of Barbury Hill’s. When she’s not eating the best of British food and drink, she is writing about it. And when she’s not writing about it, she’s thinking about it.