Gifts made by independent producers
When it comes to choosing thoughtful, handpicked presents, nothing beats buying gifts made by independent producers. There’s a certain sense of smug satisfaction to be taken from knowing your gift will be unique; not just one of many boxes of posh supermarket chocolates or French plonk. We love to see your orders come through and write the notes you request that show just how much you’re thinking of the recipient, however far apart you might be. So if you’ve got an occasion coming up, read on to find out which gifts have been delighting our customers over the past months.
We love a box of posh chocolates, but there’s nothing like opening a carefully packed box of Deluxe Nougat and seeing the edible flowers and gold leaf that have been pressed lovingly into the soft, decadent sweets. Toasted almonds add a pleasing crunch, honeycomb and raspberries offer a hint of warmer climes, and dark chocolate delivers an intense moreish quality in this selection of five favourite flavours. With 36 beautifully crafted squares of premium nougat, the Deluxe Nougat Gift Box from Barbury Hill is a luxurious gift that’s sure to delight the recipient.
If anything says celebration more than a bottle of English fizz (more on that later), it’s Gold-dusted Champagne, Raspberry & Chocolate Brownies. Divinely decadent and impossibly tempting, these brownies are made by the skilled hand of Bristolian baker, Megan at Bakery Number Eight. Her cookies are equally delicious, delivered to your loved ones’ door, still with that freshly baked aroma. And if you can’t choose between brownies and cookies, the Brownie & Cookie Tasting Selection Box offers the best of both worlds!
For savoury gifts made by independent producers, look no further than Bath Soft Cheese. With a selection of eight gift boxes and hampers to choose from on Barbury Hill, the hardest part of buying this gift is deciding! Showcase the finest food and drink of the southwest with the charming Champion Cheese Hamper, or the highlights of Bath Soft Cheese with the Cheese & Chutney Gift Box. For a gift that will have them thanking you again and again, choose a six month supply of the award-winning cheese to be delivered to their door.
Low and No-Alcohol
If you’re looking for a gift made by independent producers that’s a little more virtuous, the recipient will thank you for introducing them to Wilfred’s. This ‘sunshine in a glass’ spritz conjures up memories of summer afternoons in sun-drenched gardens; the only thing missing is the after-effects. Carefully crafted from a blend of distilled and extracted bitter orange, rosemary, cloves and rhubarb, Wilfred’s is a reinvented, and in our opinion, perfected, version of the Italian spritz, without allergens, sweeteners and colours. Oh, and it’s naturally low in calories too.
Bring the ‘party’ to their celebrations with Highball Cocktails. The flavours in the Classic G&T, Mojito, Cosmopolitan and more may be authentic, but with no alcohol, and half the calories of a normal cocktail, they’re a less guilt-inducing tipple. So the party can go on all night, and into the next day without any problem.
While we favour a low or no alcohol drink on occasion, we’d never turn down a glass of English Sparkling Wine. Particularly if that wine comes from Langham Wine Estate. The International Wine & Spirit Competition Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year 2020 (won a year earlier by Veuve Clicquot!), Langham produce some of the finest sparkling wines we’ve had the pleasure to taste. And with n fewer than nine options for their award-winning sparkling wines on Barbury Hill, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to spoiling your loved ones!
Another award-winning option to consider, Barbury Hill features a Rosé, Bacchus, Pinot Noir and Madeleine Angevine which is a multiple award-winner and fast becoming one of the UK’s ‘signature varietals’. While white and sparkling English wine are now well established in the UK, it can be trickier to find a good English red wine. But their St Edmundsbury Pinot Noir is a flavour-packed wine that is quite the special find, boasting a generous nose and deep notes of plum, cranberry and rhubarb.
Surprise your loved ones with a gift made by independent producers
Buying from independent producers couldn’t be easier with Barbury Hill’s range of handmade, artisan crafted food and drink from across the British Isles. We hope this run down of our customers’ favourites has given you food for thought, but if you need more inspiration, check out our menu where you can find ideas across categories, including Artisan Cheese, Handmade Treats, Low & No Alcohol, Birthday gifts for her, New parent gifts and Party & Celebration. Our small team can personalise your gift with a handwritten note; just drop us an email or give us a call and we’ll make sure your gift is as special as the lucky recipient.
by Tor Saner, Product & Marketing
Tor ensures our platform and product selection is as good as it can be and is always on the lookout for delicious hidden gems. Tor has eaten her way around the globe and loves nothing more than a glass of chilled Rosé in the sunshine with friends.