London's 2020 Christmas specials - bao buns, turkey ice cream and more...

Christmas buns from Bun House

Christmas buns from Bun House

26-27 Lisle St, West End, London WC2H 7BA (and delivery)

Soho's Bun House has put together a pot of sweet buns for Christmas, all decked out in Christmassy toppings. Inside you'll find fillings of their rich egg yolk custard, spiced gingerbread caramel and black sesame lava. These can be either picked up or you can get them delivered across London. 

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Turkey ice-cream from Chin Chin

Turkey ice-cream from Chin Chin

Soho and Camden

Never ones to shy away from something more challenging, nitro ice cream specialists Chin Chin have a number of festive ice creams. The one that really sticks out is their "Turkey Dinner Sundae" - that's a turkey gravy caramel ice cream rippled with nut roasted crumble & sweet cranberry sauce, finished with a dusting of Brussel sprout dinner. Sounds like something we have to try. If that's not your thing, there are the Xmas Tree 10th Anniversary ice cream or the Vegan Eggnog options too. 

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Santa bao buns from BAO

Santa bao buns from BAO

Delivery and King's Cross

You can trust BAO to put out a great looking seasonal offering - and this year is no different. This is the Molten Chocolate Santa Hat BAO which are exactly that they sound like - santa hat decked baos which you can steam to get the molten goodness.

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Turkey and waffles from Dirty Bones

Dirty Bones turkey waffles

Kensington, Carnaby, Shoreditch and Soho

Sprout lovers need to try this waffle special at Dirty Bones - featuring turkey sandwiched between two sweet potato waffles with sprouts, bread sauce aioli and sweet and sour cranberry sauce with some extra crispy sprouts on the side.

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Rum Baba/ Christmas pudding mash-up from Manteca

Rum Baba/ Christmas pudding mash-up from Manteca

58-59 Great Marlborough St, Soho, London W1F 7JY

A mash-up of two desserts. this is a citrus baba with whipped custard and PX jelly - and then topped with a Christmas pudding for good measure. It's currently on the menu at the Soho restaurant. 

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"Pigs in Blankets" from Smoke + Salt

"Pigs in Blankets" from Smoke & Salt

115 Tooting High Street, London SW17 0SY

For us, it's not Christmas until we've had a few dozen pigs in blankets. This version from Smoke & Salt, spending their first Christmas in their new Tooting restaurant, combines homemade sausage, bacon and sherry for a deconstructed version. Their Christmas menu also features a turkey thigh roulade and brussel sprout skewers.

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Turkey tacos from Cue Point

Turkey Nacos from Cue Point

Delivery nationwide

Cue Point are a delivery-only Afghan barbecue operation (that we were impressed with on a recent Test Drive). Their nacos (tacos from naan bread) are their signature and for Christmas, they have a naco set that's 24-hour brined, 6-hour oak-smoked turkey with onion gravy, saffron & cranberry dip, sage, onion & rosemary stuffing and crispy onions, If you'd prefer brisket, there's a naco brisket set which also includes stuffing.

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Figgy cocktails from Heads & Tails

Figgy cocktails from Heads & Tails

175 W End Ln, West Hampstead, London NW6 2LH (and delivery)

Heads & Tails have produced some outstanding bottled cocktails throughout the year and they've moved on to some special festive editions. The one that's really caught our eye is Figs in Blankets - that's a festive twist on an Old Fashioned with Wild Turkey bourbon, fig liqueur and winter spices.

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Bone Daddies Sprouts

Deep-fried sprouts from Bone Daddies

Various locations (and local delivery)

You'll find a good selection of brussels sprouts in many a restaurant over the festive season, but surely deep-frying them is the way to go? These are a seasonal favourite from the crew at Bone Daddies - double-fried sprouts with orange, ponzu, pomegranate. We might have to try this ourselves on Christmas Day...

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Gingerbread houses from Corbin and King

Gingerbread houses from Corbin & King

Various locations

Yes, you could make your own gingerbread house - but why not get an expert to do all the hard work? This comes from the head of pastry at Corbin & King, Regis Negrier. Order in advance (£20) and they'll personalise the house - and you can pick it up at any of their restaurants. 

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Turkey waffles from The Breakfast Club

Turkey waffles from The Breakfast Club

Various locations

The breakfast club has three specials on for the festive season. There's a sandwich stuffed with deep-fried camembert, butternut and sprout bubble and cranberry sauce along with eggnog and chocolate pancakes and the above. It's the Turkey & Waffle Dinner - which has buttermilk fried turkey, goose fat roast potato waffle, pigs in blankets, caramelised sprouts, pecan and cranberries, American gravy & sage. 

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Christmas donut kits from Treats Club

Christmas donut kits from Treats Club

Netil Market, Hackney and Seven Dials Market

Treats Club have introduced three new hot doughnuts for Christmas - all cooked to order. They include one with biscoff baileys salted caramel glaze, chocolate drizzle and choc fudge brownie as well as this Nutella gold Xmas tree version. It's a Christmas tree donut, filled with sea salt nutella ganache, topped with torched marshmallow fluff and edible glitter.

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Looking for burgers and sandwiches?

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