We love a good Christmas sarnie but this is the time of year where anything goes, and not just between two slices of bread. Every Christmas, London restaurants and foodies go all out to make the best festive specials they can, so we’ve rounded our faves of the season so far.
Bun House’s Festive Buns
Bun House is going big this Christmas with three different festive buns. There’s a Santa bun, filled with golden gingerbread salted caramel and a Christmas present bun with a molten lava black sesame centre, both of which need to pre-ordered for collection. The third, a strawberry lollipop bun with a matcha dip, is available for eat-in or takeaway, so you can just pop in and grab one.
Available at Bun House Chinatown from 15th – 23rd December 2022
Yard Sale Pizza x Willy’s Pies’ Ding Dong Merrily On Pie
Pie meets pizza in this festive special from Yard Sale, who have teamed up with Willy’s Pies for the Ding Dong Merrily On Pie. It’s topped with Willy’s fave festive pie fillings, including red wine-braised beef cheek, smoked bacon lardons, mushrooms, goose fat savoy cabbage, fior di latte mozzarella and Yard Sale’s slow-cooked tomato sauce. If that didn’t sound tasty enough, £1 from each pizza will be donated to The Trussell Trust.
Available at all Yard Sale Pizza locations
Honest Burgers’ Christmas Burger
How do you make a burger Christmassy? Whack in a load of cranberry sauce and a massive wodge of deep-fried camembert of course. Honest Burgers has also nestled some smoked bacon in there along with rocket, because you need to eat your greens. And there’s a vegan version with a plant-based burger, THIS Isn’t Bacon, double Applewood vegan cheese, shoestring fries, cranberry sauce and rocket, with both burgers coming with Honest’s signature rosemary salted chips.
Available at all Honest Burger locations until 2nd January 2023
Chick’n’Sours’ The Chickmas Dinner
The Chick ‘n’ Sours crew are bringing us their Christmas chicken burger for another year, topping a fried thigh with kewpie mayo, cranberry hoi sin sauce, cheese, smoky pink kraut and pigs in blankets. Pair with a Sloe Gin Sour and prepare to get messy.
Available at all Chick’n’Sours locations until 26th December 2022
Poppies’ Deep-Fried Ferrero Rocher
You’ve heard of the deep-fried Mars bar, you may have heard of the deep-fried Oreo, now get ready for the deep-fried Ferrero Rocher. In usual Poppies-at-Christmas style, the fish and chips restaurant has battered another classically festive food. In previous years it was Quality Street, pigs in blankets and brussels sprouts, this year it’s the crispy n’ crunchy hazelnutty chocolate. If you thought Christmas treats couldn’t get more decadent, you were so wrong.
Available at Poppies Soho from 10th – 24th December 2022
James Cochran’s Mince Pie Doughnut
You no longer need to use your imagination to see what a mince pie-doughnut hybrid would look like, James Cochran’s gone and made it. The pud is stuffed with mincemeat, orange zest and dark chocolate and topped with a whisky-infused cream and pieces of pie crust. A must-try if you tend to spend the big day munching on mince pies.
Available at Valderrama’s locations from 8th December 2022
Eggslut Cranberry Turkey Sausage Sandwich
A fan fave from last year, Eggslut’s Cranberry Turkey Sausage sandwich is back on the menu for Christmas ’22. The house-made turkey and green herb burger patty is served on a warm Bread Ahead Brioche roll with Christmas spiced butter, cranberry sauce, rocket salad and (of course) a Clarence Court over-medium fried egg. And you can pair yours with another popular Eggslut spesh, their non-alcoholic Eggnog.
Available at all Eggslut locations from 21st November 2022
PubLove’s Christmas Pudding Burger
This one turned our stomachs at first but once you read the ingredients of this Christmas pudding burger, it could be pretty tasty. The charcoal brioche bun is filed with Cumberland sausage patties, oak & chestnut smoked streaky Suffolk bacon, Christmas pudding chutney and Wensleydale custard. Cheese custard you say? We’re interested.
Available at all PubLove London locations until the end of December 2022
The Breakfast Club’s Turkey Waffle Dinner
The Breakfast Club’s Christmas menu is back and that means that the Turkey Waffle Dinner, their stacked seasonal special, is as well. The one-plate feast features a waffle topped with buttermilk fried turkey, bacon, syrup and sage leaves – have yourself a merry little (well, big) breakfast.
Available at all The Breakfast Club locations from 1st – 31st December 2022
Tonkotsu’s Spiced Duck Leg Ramen
Tonkostu is getting into the spirit with a new seasonal spiced duck leg ramen. Made with chicken broth & sea salt base, topped with a Christmas-spiced glazed duck leg, rainbow chard, spring onions and half a seasoned egg, this warming and fragrant bowl has come just in time for colder months.
Available at Tonkotsu from 29th November – 1st January 2023
Blacklock’s Christmas in a Bun
The Blacklock Christmas burger is back for another year and we couldn’t be happier about it. With grilled turkey thigh, sausage patty, Middlewhite bacon, winter slaw, cranberry ketchup and melted camembert cheese all stuffed into soft brioche, it really is Christmas in a bun.
Available at all Blacklock locations from 28th November 2022
Marugame Udon’s Tempura Brussel Sprouts
Marugame Udon is getting into the Christmas spirit by putting a Japanese twist on an iconic British veg with their tempura brussel spouts. If that doesn’t get you eating the veg, we don’t know what will. Pair it with the Festive Udon, with stuffing balls, pickled red cabbage, sprout leaves and cranberry, and then head up to the ice cream machine for their seasonal vegan gingerbread soft serve.
Available at all Marugame Udon locations until 2nd January 2023
West Cornwall Pasty Co’s Roast Turkey Dinner
Forget the crackers and the cooking, with West Cornwall Pasty Co’s festive pasty you don’t even need knives and forks for a Christmas dinner because they’ve packed the lot into a shortcrust pasty. Filled with turkey, mini roast potatoes, parsnips, cranberries, pork, & sage stuffing, brussels sprouts and gravy, this Roast Turkey Dinner pasty is literally Christmas all wrapped up in a neat package.
Available at West Cornwall Pasty Co now
Dishoom’s Bacon & Brie Naan
Dishoom’s famous breakfast bacon naan is getting a Christmassy makeover with the addition of brie inside the naan and a sour-sweet cranberry-chilli chutney on the side. Just add a Chai Eggnog and you’re basically ready for Santa.
Available at Dishoom from 21st November 2022
Chin Chin’s Christmas Tree Baked Alaska
What do you get when you cover nougat glacé hazelnut ice cream, chocolate cake and sour cherries in meringue? Chin Chin’s Christmas tree baked Alaska, that’s what. This spesh is available only at Chin Chin’s Soho site, another TREEmendous addition to the menu right?
Available at Chin Chin Soho from 2nd November – 24th December 2022
DE NADAS’ Brusselnada
The much-maligned sprout is taking centre stage at Argentinian empanaderia DE NADAS this Chirstmas with the Brusselnada – that’s slow-roasted brussel sprouts, melted goat’s cheese and caramelised onions (plus bacon for the meaty version) wrapped in pastry. Get them individually or as a whole box.
Available at DE NADAS from 15th November – 31st December 2022
Selfridges Selection’s Really Big Panettone
Selfridges really said go big or go home this festive season as they’ve created their biggest panettone yet – an 8kg one that can be shared with 100 people – for this year. All proceeds from the Really Big Panettone will be donated to the department store’s Christmas charity partner, Centrepoint.
Available at Selfridges now
Shake Shack’s Holiday Menu
Two fan faves are returning to Shake Shack this Christmas – the Christmas Cookie Shake topped with whipped cream and sprinkles and the Chocolate Milk & Cookies Shake topped with whipped cream and cookie crumbs – alongside a brand new raceltte cheeseburger with pickled red onions and tangy dijonnaise.
Available at Shake Shack from 15th November 2022
Crosstown’s Christmas Doughnuts
Crosstown always do an excellent sweet treat selection for Christmas and this year is no different. Their festive doughnut flavours include vegan brown butter & chestnut, pear & ginger and black forest gateau, alongside Christmas pudding and date & miso caramel and new chocolate & hazelnut and cinnamon & blackberry biscuits.
Available from Crosstown now
Flat Earth Pizzas’ Festive Pizzas
Flat Earth Pizza is marking its first Christmas in its Bethnal Green home with not one but THREE festive pizzas made using their heritage grain dough. There’s the roasted Christmas veg & Shropshire Blue; pear, walnut & blue cheese; and charred sprouts, cranberry & chestnut stuffing, and they can all be made vegan too.
Available at Flat Earth Pizza from 23rd November 2022