As any fans of Perthshire will know, we produce a wealth of wonderful food, from meats, poultry and cheeses to chocolates, fruits, fungi and vegetables. But did you know that you can buy your entire Christmas dinner right here in Perth from our amazing foodie shops, restaurants and producers?

We’ve put together an essential guide for every part of your festive feast, including the drinks. We even have suggestions for the perfect table décor – and for washing up afterwards! Hope you have fun compiling your Christmas list.

The starter

As the main course is usually hearty and filling, it’s good to keep the starter light.

A seafood starter can be a lovely way to start Christmas lunch. George Campbell & Sons, a Perth favourite now managed by its fourth generation, offers a large selection of fresh seafood in its retail shop, including smoked salmon, smoked trout and smoked gravadlax.

Or you could make up some canapés – Provender Brown offers croustades for canapés, and all sorts of lovely things to put in them. Serve with fresh veg from Martin’s Fruit Bazaar or Touch of Poland.

The Main

If you like a traditional Christmas roast, you don’t have to order from afar when we have brilliant suppliers of high-quality meats right here in Perth. Order from DG Lindsay or Simon Howie and you’ll get locally sourced produce from farms that they know and trust.

They’ll also supply your sausages, homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, and goose fat for roast potatoes. (You can even order your steak pie for New Year!)

Perth Farmers’ Market

Is a wonderful opportunity to buy your Christmas mains, with suppliers offering venison, pork, beef and much more. There are also many stalls supplying cheese, jams and chutneys, drinks, veg, breads (which you could freeze) and confectionery. There are two Saturday markets in December – on the 1st and 15th .

You can also get a dazzling array of fruit and veg, including wonderful local tatties, sprouts, beetroot and carrots, from Martin’s Fruit Bazaar. Touch of Poland sells fresh and frozen fruit and veg, pickles and fruits in syrup, too.

 

Have Yourself a Very Vegan Christmas…

If you’re looking for something inspirational for a vegan or vegetarian Christmas dinner, head along to Highland Health Foods for great nut roasts, pies, spreads, cheeses, herbs, pulses, flours, mayonnaise and much more.

Or pop along to Perth Farmers’ Market on 1st or 15th December, Martin’s Fruit Bazaar or Touch of Poland to pick up veg, cheese, eggs, oils and more, and make your own! These easy and delicious recipes, from the Perth Farmers’ Market Archives, will delight any guest!

Top it off with a vegan wine selection from Exel Wines.

Don’t Forget the Bubbly!

Exel Wines and Provender Brown have excellent selections of fine wines, spirits and soft drinks. When your guests arrive, treat them to a light and bubbly Prosecco. Accompany your starter with a chilled crisp white and you’re off and running! Pair your main course with a spicy and full-bodied red wine, or try a fruity local favourite from Cairn O’ Mohr – also available from Provender Brown and Perth Farmers’ Market. You can also get lovely soft drinks from these places, too!

Gin

You’ll delight your guests if you serve the ultra-popular Pickerings Gin baubles, available to order from Graysons Wine Café, or a locally produced gin from one of our many Perthshire distilleries such as Persie or Strathearn, available to buy from Provender Brown or Exel Wines.

Beer

For the beer drinkers, you can buy directly from Inveralmond Brewery, one of Perthshire’s longest-established breweries, from the Craft Beer Bottle Shop or from the shops mentioned above.

Whisky

Later on, when guests are mellowing (and before they fall asleep in front of the Bond film), why not pass round a single malt from one of our Perthshire distilleries? You can buy these directly from the distilleries or from Exel Wines and Provender Brown.

Exel Wines and Provender Brown have excellent selections of fine wines, spirits and soft drinks. When your guests arrive, treat them to a light and bubbly Prosecco. Accompany your starter with a chilled crisp white and you’re off and running! Pair your main course with a spicy and full-bodied red wine, or try a fruity local favourite from Cairn O’ Mohr – also available from Provender Brown and Perth Farmers’ Market. You can also get lovely soft drinks from these places, too!

Gin

You’ll delight your guests if you serve the ultra-popular Pickerings Gin baubles, available to order from Graysons Wine Café, or a locally produced gin from one of our many Perthshire distilleries such as Persie or Strathearn, available to buy from Provender Brown or Exel Wines.

The Pudding

The alternative pud

Fancy an alternative to the usual Christmas pud? Why not try a delicious, handmade panettone from Casella and Polegato, available throughout December, or Provender Brown? Or fantastically flavoured macarons from Chardon?

The classic pud

If you do fancy a classic fruit pudding, though, pop along to Provender Brown who’ll be able to supply delicious Christmas pudding, Christmas cake or Clootie Dumpling.

The vegan pud

If you or someone in your family is vegan, or eats a dairy-free diet, you can get delicious mince pies, ice cream, pouring cream and many types of chocolate from Highland Health Store. Perth’s 269 Vegan Café also sells vegan panettone and will be making their own mince pies soon to eat in or take away!

The Décor and Crackers

Now that the food’s sorted, how about some ideas to make the house look and smell amazing? Festoon your Christmas table with beautiful greenery and wreaths from these Perth florists:

 

Add some beautifully scented candles and gorgeous table decorations from Whispers of the Past. Precious Sparkle also has many ideal accessories for Christmas time, including standing ornaments, glitter tea lights, candle holders and Christmas-scented candles and reed diffusers.

If you’re feeling creative, you’ll get beautiful stationery to make your place cards or thank you cards from Dunns Art Store. And pop along to The Peacock and The Tortoise for fab ideas for Christmas tablecloths, runners and even fabric crackers you can make yourself!

The Great Clean-up

It has to be done at some point (Boxing Day, perhaps?!) so why not keep the earth happy by being eco-friendly for your cleaning and washing up?

Pop into the Perth Community Farm Shop in Hospital Street or Highland Health Store in St John’s Street now to pick up your laundry liquid, fabric softener and washing-up liquid, and you can refill them to your heart’s content when they run out! Both of these friendly, family-run stores offer refills on these essential items – and more!

Don’t be a Stranger!

We hope we’ve given you lots of ideas and inspiration for your Christmas dinner, and shown you that, when it comes to shopping, there’s no place like local! Follow Perth City Centre on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for all the latest local news and events.

 

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