Luxury Christmas Food From Iceland?

Craig spends the day with frozen food giant Iceland and samples some of their Luxury Christmas food range

Christmas, as we know, is a time when we pull out all the stops. It’s a time for giving and for sharing, and food is a massive part of that. It’s a time when we spend a lot of money on food, the type of foods that we love, but don’t have during the rest of the year. We treat ourselves and our loved ones to luxury items. This year Iceland are offering a wide range of luxury foods for Christmas, but is it luxury? and how does it compare to other brands? Why should we buy from Iceland this year? And will our guests know?
The beautiful Iceland Luxury Triple Chocolate showstopping Gateau

The Iceland Luxury Triple Chocolate Gateau

For this sponsored post I want to share my experience and my thoughts on the food that is on offer from Iceland this Christmas.

Arriving at the Iceland head office just outside Chester, we were immediately greeted with a warm welcome, a drink and wonderful aroma of cooking turkey. Not being cooked in a conventional oven I hasten to add but on a barbecue! This is apparently a great way to free up oven space on the big day to ensure that you get those perfect roast potatoes! Who knew!

We were then ushered in to the kitchen where we were treated to a lesson in cooking lobster tails. I have to admit to never having eaten lobster but I have to tell you it was incredible! Cooked on the griddle and then placed on a bed of hay before being set alight to give a smokey taste and then placed in a taco, with guacamole and other delicious accompaniments. The tails cost £11 for two.

Iceland lobster tails, the perfect Christmas starter

The chef prepares the Iceland lobster tails

The Iceland lobster tails, smoked in burned hay

The iceland lobster tails ready to be peeled and eated

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The Marks & Spencer Christmas 2015 Press Day

Craig of That Dapper Chap attends the Marks & Spencer Christmas 2015 Press Day and shows us what’s coming our way this festive season.

Yours truly at the M&S Christmas Press Day

Arriving at the London, Oxford Street store for the press day there was some initial confusion about how I actually got to the press office, but when we eventually found the right place we were greeted with friendly smiles and a gin cocktail. 

Beautiful leather brogues

Seasonal suiting. Party perfect

Just as we’d expect we’re seeing some nice seasonal suiting coming through, including tartan patterns and velvets, which are perfect for that Christmas party. Brogues finish the look as do a good high shine shoe. If it’s a more formal affair don a bow tie, these are again very big this year and there is a good selection on offer at Marks & Spencer.

Patterned and textured knitwear

Knitwear continues to be textured and patterned rather than simple and plain. This adds interest and personality to a garment that, lets face it, could be a tad dull. Muted colours prevail in teals, moss greens, blues and reds. 

A welcome gin cocktail

David Gandys collection was on display

Luxury leather bags are perfect for a weekend away

Looking for a look for Christmas. M&S has it sorted

Tartan and bow ties. Superbly festive

Everyone needs a good bobble hat right?

Not just for dapper days. M&S offer a collection of casual togs too

Heritage style leather brogue boots. Great for winter walks

Line them up please waiter!

Beautiful blazers in traditional fabrics and paterns

Marks & Spencer continue to support British manufacture with their Best Of British collection using fine british tweeds and wools and we’ll see some of this in stores and on line in the coming weeks. The blazers continue in a heritage theme with traditional pattern and fabric but in a more tailored modern fit, keeping things bang on trend.

Keeping out the cold with great accessories

Of course we also saw hats, scarves and coats but again these all feel a little more luxurious than others I’ve seen, particularly the 100% cashmere scarf which is a real must have, if only so you can feel its complete softness.

Roll necks are also big news and are a nice thin knit so that they can be worn under other garments without creating bulk. M&S are offering us roll necks in merino wool with added silk for a great feel.

The dog tooth wool coat over a basket weave sweater

A textured velvet blazer worn over the merino & silk roll neck

All set for that formal festive event

I hope you all keep warm and stylish this festive season, and with this collection from M&S in sumptuous fabrics I’m sure you will.

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