We’ve been on the hunt for the best food and drink to have delivered to your door. Forget Waitrose and Ocado, these suppliers are independent and produce the most stunning food for you to wow your guests at any dinner party. We’ve discovered some incredible bakers, some indulgent, ethical chocolate makers and tea and coffee that will make your heart sing, along with a little drop of whisky and gin!

We’ve tested every macaron, sipped every loose blend tea and shared every spirit so you can order with confidence knowing something incredibly special is about to arrive on your doorstep.

We’ve even been brutal with suppliers and if we’ve not liked it we’ve carefully crafted constructive feedback to let them know why, such as the incredibly gorgeous baker who uses real edible flowers in her cakes who delivered stunning centrepieces but didn’t didn’t consider that once the flowers were a few days old they would taste like paper. Along with the very well known online shopping brand who launched their party food but sent it with only hours left on the best before dates and with so much packaging we couldn’t ethically recommend them.

We’re very pleased to say that these have taken on the feedback and are striving to adapt. This makes them worthy of inclusion, as your experience will now be different to ours. They did have the initial wow factor too.

If you’re looking for more inspiration check out our luxury chocolate guide or our food and drink delivered guide.

Without further ado, lets start with our absolute favourite of this year,

This is Anna

The macaron wheel is a wheel of wonder as it delivers a concentric rainbow of the tastiest macarons we’ve ever experienced. Even the box is magnificent and we’ll be repurposing it into a wreath. It’s hard to describe just how jaw droppingly great This is Anna is, from the delivery to the consumption, the packaging to the full experience. Delivered with a menu, we loved trying out new flavours of macarons and discovering new sensations. They look incredible, they taste fantastic and of course, they win our Top Product Award.

This is Anna wins our Top Product Award

Blue Tea Box

We love loose leaf tea and Blue Tea Box is one of our favourites. You can sign up to a subscription or make a gift box, it’s entirely up to you. The ingredients are fresh and refreshing and they look great in the pot too! We love that they fit through a letterbox yet give a generous amount of loose leaf tea. A great gift for a tea lover.

Spice Kitchen UK

This collection of spices, presented in a sari wrap is stunningly beautiful. The spices are fresh and ready to use and will jazz up any meal. The spices are also generously sized, so you have flavour for many meals. The Spice Kitchen Uk is the brainchild of Sanjay and his mum Shashi. Shashi is currently running for mature preneuer winner in the Independent awards. Please do pop by and give her a vote, she deserves it! Find the details on Twitter @spicekitchenUK Of course they win our Best New Brand Award!

Spice kitchen win our Best New Brand award

Walker’s Shortbread

Walker’s Shortbread is our go to luxury biscuit, no other shortbread compares, not even homemade. We’ve tried alternatives and are always left disappointed as they don’t match the sweet, buttery goodness with a rich crumb that we’ve come to associate with Walker’s only. In addition to this, Walker’s are always innovating, they’re always playing with their moulds and releasing adorable shortbread that puts a smile on the coldest of faces. Their presentation is second to none and you know if you gift Walker’s to a friend or neighbour, you’ll have a friend for life. Look at this year’s shortbread. They’re amazing. Word of warning, the mince pies are delicious and you’ll want to inhale the entire box yourself.

The Advent Calendar is delicious
The mince pies are so moreish

Lola’s Cupcakes

If you want to wow guests this year or if you’re looking to treat your family, or even yourself, then become acquainted with Lola’s cupcakes. It’s incredible that beautiful cupcakes and brownies like these can be delivered direct to your door in a day, no matter where you are the UK. It will appear as if you’ve hired the very best caterers as you adorn the dining table with these fun and glorious desserts but it doesn’t stop there! They taste amazing too and leave you wanting more. You’ll soon find that Lola’s cupcakes are not just for Christmas, they’re for birthdays, Easter, Halloween, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday too! We love them. look at that Santa’s Sleigh Bell? Such incredible delectable detail!

They don’t just make cupcakes either, give them a Google and you’ll see a full range of stunning bakery goodness.

Lola’s Cupcakes were very close to winning our Top Product Award

Baked By Steph

There are so many inspiring bakers out there right now, all of whom are incredibly talented. It was so difficult to pick one for the Top Product Award. I’m always in awe of how skilled they are, especially Baked by Steph. The biscuits are not only eye catching and gloriously fun they can also be personalised. They put a huge smile on my daughter’s faces and, of course, both had to instantly snapchat their gifts!

You can personalise one big one or a selection
How do you say Macaron?