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Season’s Eatings

From pre-Christmas get-togethers to St Stephen's Day feasts, here’s how to make every moment of the festive season taste amazing. The key ingredients? Some extra-special creations you can pick up in store, tasty recipe ideas and a sprinkling of M&S magic...
New Year’s Eve Dine In deal

New Year’s Eve Dine In deal coming soon

Make New Year’s Eve celebrations extra special (and delicious) with our exclusive, limited-edition Dine In deal. Available in store from 29 December, this offer serves two and includes a main, a side, a starter or dessert, all for €15. 


The fuss-free festive fondue

Hosting this new year? Impress your guests by serving up a deliciously indulgent vacherin mont d’or fondue. To make it, simply remove the lid of the cheese box, slice off the top of the cheese and add a dash of white wine. Replace the top of the cheese and bake for 15 minutes at 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6. Serve with fresh bread, gherkins and roast potatoes wrapped in bacon.

Vacherin mont d’or fondue
Mugs of Collection hot chocolate, florentines and cake pops

Chocs away 

’Tis the season to cosy up with your favourite Christmas film and a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Try our two new Collection hot chocolates, in clementine and salted caramel flavours – serve the clementine hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and orange zest, and the salted caramel one with mini marshmallows and grated golden blond chocolate.

Serve your hot drink with a sweet treat like our Collection golden blond chocolate florentines, or whip up some tasty cake pops dipped in chocolate and decorated with Christmas tree sprinkles.

Wow-worthy party nibbles 

Whether you’re looking for picky-tea ideas or irresistible party fare, look no further than M&S. Discover our range of iconic party food, such as Collection mini smoked salmon en croûtes, or get creative by making some homemade nibbles.

Why not raise the party stakes by topping toasted sourdough with rare rib-eye steak and roquefort revelation cheese? Or, for a taste of Scandinavia, top homemade potato latkes (simply combine grated potato with grated onion, flour and egg, then fry) with cream cheese, horseradish, Collection smoked salmon and dill. 

A grazing board eith a selection of party food
Christmas breakfast grazing board

The ultimate festive brekkie

A grazing board filled with Christmas treats is the perfect way to kick off an at-home brunch with friends. The star of the show? Our Collection carving smoked salmon – expertly cured in salt, it comes with a wooden board and knife, ready to slice. Find it in store from 18 December.

Serve the salmon alongside sourdough, truffle cream cheese, capers, soft-boiled eggs, avocado and lemon wedges. For added sparkle, pop a bottle of prosecco and mix with with orange juice, or stir up a fiery bloody mary.

Expert-approved smoked salmon

It wouldn’t be Christmas without smoked salmon! Whether eaten for brunch or served on blinis for a party nibble, our Collection Scottish mild and delicate smoked salmon is a real winner. But don’t just take our word for it – the experts at Good Housekeeping loved it too, saying it was “visually perfect… with light sweetness and gentle smoke”. 

Collection Scottish mild and delicate smoked salmon
A selection of Christmas pastries, biscuits, mince pies and festive drinks

The festive afternoon tea

’Tis the season to cosy up with some Christmassy goodies and catch up with your nearest and dearest. Our new mince pie and custard Danish combines flaky pastry, vanilla custard and spiced mincemeat – it’s available in the bakery. Serve this heavenly treat alongside a mug of indulgent hot chocolate made with our Christmas milk hot chocolate flakes, or our Fairtrade Christmas ground coffee blend, which has hints of chocolate and citrus. Find all these festive favourites in the Foodhall.

The ultimate Christmas brunch

Start the day in style with our pick of festive breakfast must-haves, all available in the Foodhall. Our Collection mild and delicate smoked salmon is twice smoked over whisky shavings by our master smoker, while our Collection 1884 signature smoked bacon is hand-cured, matured and air-dried for 19 days for a distinctive yet delicate flavour. Both taste great on top of our fluffy Christmas tree crumpets. Just add a glass of zesty clementine and cranberry buck’s fizz for good cheer, guaranteed.

A festive brunch with Christmas tree crumpets, smoked salmon and bacon

Top of the chocs

Created by our artisan chocolatier in Northern Italy, our new Collection Italian chocolate hazelnut crème has a beautiful chocolatey, nutty flavour and a rich, creamy texture.

Why not use the crème to make a triple chocolate banana toastie? To make it, simply spread a layer of the chocolate and hazelnut crème onto a slice of our chocolate sourdough (available in store from 3 November), add some sliced banana and a few squares of your favourite chocolate. Top with another slice of sourdough, then toast in a griddle pan until the chocolate melts.

Want more inspiration? Click below to see our recipe for the easiest (and tastiest) chocolate mousse.

Triple chocolate banana toastie made with Collection Italian chocolate hazelnut crème


A selection of cheeses with fruit and veg on a cheeseboard

Christmas cheese? Yes, please!

Keep get-togethers and picky teas fuss-free and luxurious all at once with a selection of our cheeses, from the crumbly, mature Cornish CruncherTM cheddar to a creamy, oozy brie. Once you’ve chosen your cheeses, add some chutneys, crackers, bread, fruit and veg to complete your cheeseboard.

Want to get ahead? Order our Collection cheese selection, Cornish Cruncher™ cheese and cider bake or melty brie en croûte on Christmas Food to Order in time for a Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or St Stephen's Day feast.

The cheesy tree

Available in store from 15 December, our decorate-your-own cheesy pastry Christmas tree is the perfect festive family activity, and would make a great gift for foodies. The kit comes complete with cheddar, mozzarella, pesto and sweety-drop peppers.

If you want to really impress your guests, why not add fresh chillies, jalapeños and cured meats, such as chorizo, bresola or salami? Alternatively, top the pastry with leftover cheese and blobs of fruity chutney, and bake until the pastry is golden and the cheese is oozy.

Cheesy pastry Christmas tree
A Boxing Day feast

The St Stephen's Day buffet

Want to spend more time with your loved ones and less time in the kitchen this festive season? Taking the hassle out of preparing your St Stephen's Day buffet with Christmas Food to Order.

Start by choosing few family favouites, like our Collection St Stephen's Day decorated ham – it’s steeped in spice molasses and roasted with a sweet orange glaze. Next, pick a stunning centrepiece, such as our new Collection turkey and ham Christmas pudding pie that fills all-butter shortcrust pastry with turkey, pulled ham hock and pork stuffing, and is cleverly decorated to look just like a Christmas pudding. Finish with a selection of cured meats and cheeses – and any leftovers from the big day, of course!

Get ahead this year with Christmas Food to Order – you’ll find all these St Stephen's Day delights and so much more. Book a collection slot, order your festive favourites and collect in store.

The Percy Pig grazing board

This selection of moreish Percy treats is perfect for a festive film night. Fill a large board or platter with your favourite Percy Pig sweets – like the classic fruit gums or phizzy pig tails – plus some new-in extras, like Percy Pig pennies and choc corn.

Finally, add bowls of raspberries, strawberries and grapes, and cupcakes decorated with Percy Pig icing and sprinkles. And to drink? Try some beautiful pink hot chocolate made with our new melting choc Percys – simply add to hot milk and stir.

Percy Pig grazing board
Boozy affogato

Boozy affogato

Serve up an easy yet impressive dessert at your festive get-together with our boozy affogato idea. The star of this pefect pudding is our new Marksologist espresso martini cocktail, made with vodka, espresso and Madagascan vanilla.

Simply scoop some vanilla ice cream into a glass or bowl and shave over some dark chocolate. Next, shake the espresso martini in the bottle, then pour it over the ice cream.

Find our Marksologist cocktails in store now – guaranteed to get the party started.

Wow-worthy Christmas cake

Whether you’re a star baker or a complete novice, our new kit features everything you need to bake a fruity, boozy Christmas cake. The kit includes a simple-to-follow recipe, brandy-soaked fruit, ready-to-roll icing, marzipan, cake flour mix, soft brown sugar, chopped almonds and pretty Christmas sprinkles. All you’ll need in addition is butter, eggs, an orange and apricot jam!

You can pick up the Christmas cake kit in store now.

Make-your-own Christmas cake kit