Illustration by Ingram Pinn of Christmas red wines
©Ingram Pinn

Christmas red wines

Twenty of the finest reds to have spread themselves across my palate over the past few months

On the menu

Our Christmas gift guide has treats for all the family – provided, of course, they’ve been well behaved
Jared Brown, master distiller, making sloe satsuma punch ©Rosie Hallam
It’s easier than you think to be your own bartender. These quick holiday drinks recipes show you how
Fish la Boissonnerie, Paris

The meals that made my year

In his 25th year of writing for the FT, our Restaurant Insider shares his highlights from around the globe

Oyster buns
©Andy Sewell

Salsify and Parma ham rolls and oyster buns

A borrowing here, a tweak there . . . a little culinary plagiarism has gone into these Christmassy snacks

Chocolate coin

The taste test: chocolate coins and spiced lattes

‘A plea for next year: a dark chocolate coin, for adults only. Aren’t we allowed a treat too?’

An illustration by William Grill depicting people enjoying the snow
©William Grill

Gourmet pub recipes

Pub dining used to mean a begrudging bit of grub alongside your tipple. This season’s fare is polished and hearty

restaurant reviews
The imposing interior of Spring restaurant
©Amber Rowlands

Spring, London

‘The redevelopment reveals a style of restaurant that London has not seen for many years’

Donna Carmela
©Alfio Garozzo

Four restaurants in Catania, Sicily

The mozzarella was the whitest, freshest, saltiest and most delicious I have yet encountered

Ariana II, Kilburn
©Charlie Bibby

Colbeh and Ariana II, London

‘The warmth generated by the naan oven made me realise that this set-up is the original “‘open kitchen”’

Gordon Ramsay restaurant
©Gordon Ramsay Holdings

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London

‘We shared a glass of Barbeito Rainwater Madeira over Smyth’s signature dessert, a lemonade parfait’

The Foxhunter

The Walnut Tree Inn and The Foxhunter, Abergavenny, Wales

‘The skate had been sautéed, then the shrimps were added, alongside creamy mashed potatoes’