Waitrose isn’t going to let the weight of the cost of living crisis crush a plentiful, opulent Christmas. The retailer is preparing for shoppers to pick up multiple meaty main courses, patisserie-inspired desserts and booze-drenched sides aplenty. Here’s our pick of what Waitrose will have in store this Christmas

Main courses


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Heston from Waitrose Festive Peking Duck

Rsp: £40/1.63kg

If you hadn’t already guessed from the name of his restaurant, Waitrose partner chef Heston Blumenthal is a fan of ducks. The chef’s predilection for the Peking variety in particular has inspired the addition of this new Christmas table centrepiece. A partly deboned British duck is rubbed with aromatic festive spices, slathered with a mulled wine hoisin glaze and sold with a crisp duck crackling for sprinkling on top. 


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Treacle Cure Bone-in Gammon

Rsp: £25/1.9kg

This treacle-cured, outdoor-bred ham is slow-cooked for 10 hours with warming Christmas spices before being topped with a black treacle glaze.


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Vegan Jewelled Roast with a Fruity Centre

Rsp: £5.99

Let’s face it, meat alternatives aren’t always the most appetising to look at. The glistening fruity garnish topping on this main aims to make the plant-based option just as visually appealing as the meatier dishes on the table this year. It’s a savoury mushroom-based roast featuring caramelised onions, chestnuts, a clove-spiced centre and the topping stars apricots, cranberries, chestnuts and pine nuts. It’s one of 20 new plant-based products hitting shelves this Christmas. 




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British Pork Jewelled Stuffing Wreath

Rsp: £12/694g

Continuing the opulent jewelled theme, this stuffing wreath is studded with candied clementine, cranberries and blood orange.


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Three Bird Pigs in Blankets 

Rsp: £10/12

We’ve seen so much innovation in pigs in blankets that it’s no surprise that poultry has now muscled in on the action. In the Heston from Waitrose range, dry-cured treacle bacon wraps a chicken, pheasant, duck and pork chipolata, flavoured with Seville orange, marmalade and festive spices. 


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No.1 Brussels Sprout Truffle Gratin 

Rsp: £3.75/400g

The dream product for those people who struggle to eat their sprouts, this gratin combines them with cauliflower, leeks and a truffle flavoured sauce. 


Party Food and Deli


‘Nduja and Burrata Profiteroles

Rsp: £6/335g

Ever wished profiteroles were savoury? This one’s for you. Choux pastry is stuffed with spicy ’nduja sausage and a blend of burrata, cheddar and mozzarella. 


Vegan 10 Mini No Beef Empanadas

Rsp: £5.50/220g

Another one of the 20 new vegan lines, these mini Spanish-style pastries are filled with soya mince, red pepper and carrot and spiced with warming black pepper, cinnamon, coriander, chilli and turmeric. 


No.1 Three-Bird Layered Pork Pie

Rsp: £15/850g

Sitting pretty on Waitrose deli counters during the festive season, the pork pie is given a Christmas makeover with the addition of pheasant, turkey and duck liver pâté, hand-finished with port jelly. 


Desserts and confectionery


Parmesan & Cracked Black Pepper Panettone

Rsp: £10/750g

Waitrose says this savoury approach to a panettone has never been done by a supermarket before. The addition of black pepper and parmesan has reinvented this Italian cake to be a charcuterie accompaniment, vessel for pâté or a base for an avocado and poached egg brunch. 


No.1 Blood Orange & White Chocolate Quenelle

Rsp: £16/750g

Inspired by the delicate treats in the windows of French patisseries, this pudding comprises an intricately shaped Belgian white chocolate and blood orange mousse, a mandarin compote centre and a chocolate biscuit and cranberry base. If all that wasn’t enough, it also shimmers. 


Heston from Waitrose Chocolate Pennies

Rsp: £6/78g

In what is possibly its most on-brand move yet, Waitrose has decided to posh up chocolate coins. They’re made with 65% Dominican Republic single origin dark chocolate and Fairtrade cocoa, and they’re stuffed with gianduja praline. Waitrose says its new pennies can be enjoyed by all the family, while grown-ups can plop one in their glass of mulled wine.