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Eat, drink and be merry this Christmas. At the end of this unprecedented year, don’t we all deserve to treat ourselves or splash out on our friends and family?

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Discover delicious award-winning products, rarely seen on the high street, from a gluten-free vegan Christmas pudding to Sir Ranulph Fiennes rum.

Champion cheeses, special sweets and English wine are among the tempting treats that are available from  the online marketplace Barbury Hill.

Gluten-free pudding

Mulled gin is the alcoholic ingredient in SLAB Bakery’s gluten-free Christmas pudding which is packed with fruit and spices. The pudding serves four to five people and costs £10.50.

Those with a sweet tooth will love Bakery Number Eight’s triple chocolate brownies with a fudgy, gooey centre. The brownies have four mouth-watering toppings: creamy white chocolate, Kinder Bueno, Terry’s Chocolate Orange and Lotus Biscoff. These delicious confectioneries cost £21 for eight brownies or £38 for 16.

If you want a stunning centrepiece for your Christmas table or looking for a gift for a gourmet, Bath Soft Cheese Company’s Festive Weekender Hamper ticks all the boxes. Costing £45, the hamper includes Bath Soft Cheese (250g), Supreme Champion award-winning Wyfe of Bath (250g), Bath Blue (200g) and Merry Wyfe (200g) alongside a trio of chutneys and sourdough crackers.

Sweet treat

Tuck into premium handmade nougat in award-winning flavours including soft and chewy toasted almond and macadamia nut and pistachio and cranberry. with pistachio and cranberry. Beautifully packaged, the Tadinka Nougat Festive Deluxe Box contains 36 pieces and costs £32.

World-famous explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has partnered with pioneering distiller Dr John Walters to craft a British rum. The rum is triple distilled from fermented molasses and blended with charred woods. Ideal sipped neat over ice, in any golden rum cocktail, or with your favourite mixer. Sir Ranulph Fiennes Great British Rum costs £40.

Gin lovers should treat themselves to an award-winning spirit that has with gentle honeyed, flora notes and is infused with handpicked meadowsweet flowers. The River Test Gin won best English London Dry Gin 2020 - judge for yourself by ordering a bottle, priced £37.95.

Adult soft drinks

If you’re looking for a special drink, but without alcohol, check out Juke’s Cordialities. inspired and crafted by award-winning wine writer Mattew Jukes. Available in two sets – each containing nine 35ml bottles – choose either Jukes 6, which offers a depth of flavour full of berries and stone fruits with a rich and earthy finish, or Jukes 1, which boasts fragrant tones of peach blossom and cucumber blended with plums, tart apples and pineapple husk. Juke’s Cordialities cost £36 for six bottles.

All these products and more can be ordered from the www.barburyhill.com website.

The company offers nationwide delivery to the UK mainland only. Delivery charges may apply.

Photo: Bath Soft Cheese Company’s Festive Weekender Hamper.