A taste of local Christmas

Christmas dinner is one of the most special meals of the year, but we spend most of the season rushing in a tizzy from supermarket to supermarket accumulating mass quantities of humdrum groceries to knock together the annual Christmas dinner.

On the eve of Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink, we invite household chefs to source home-grown ingredients and flavour your Christmas dinner with the taste of local.

When writing your shopping list, why not consider some of these local food producers, who are all located on the doorstep of Dufferin Coaching Inn in Killyleagh:

Pheasants’ Hill Farm

Buy your bird from our neighbours, Pheasants’ Hill Farm Shop in Killyleagh. With free-range poultry raised locally, this is the freshest and fastest way to get your Turkey from farm to fork, and you can feel good knowing that your meat has been sourced from an ethical, local producer.


Indulge in award-winning artisan food by adding some venison to your yuletide spread. A succulent venison starter course is a sure way to impress guests. Having worked with renowned chefs including Paul Rankin, Gordon Ramsay, Rick Stein and Heston Blumenthal, Finnebrogue produce the very finest local ingredients which have been celebrated globally.


This family farm, based in Comber, specialises in potato production. With a vast range of spuds grown on-site, their farm shop is the perfect place to pick up your tatties for delicious creamy mash and roasties. They also harvest a great selection of fresh veg so your side dishes are sorted! Visit their farm shop, which is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9-5pm.

Heavenly Good Desserts  

Let these sweet Newtownards pastry chefs polish off your festive feast with their exquisite selection of hand-crafted desserts, from traditional sponges and puds to decadent cheesecakes . A Slice of Heaven can sort out afters this year, leaving you more time to savour spending time with your loved ones, and less time scrubbing up on Christmas night.

James Nicholson Wines

Who doesn’t love a tipple or two with their Christmas dinner? Perfect your wine pairings with the help of the wine connoisseurs at this Crossgar based wine merchant. Offering a range of wines to fit any occasion or budget, take advantage of local expert knowledge by having their team assist you with your booze selections this Christmas.