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Christmas puddings

We’ve scoffed our way through the South West's finest Christmas puddings to bring you five of the fruity best
Christmas Puddings
Christmas Puddings

If you missed stir-up Sunday (or, quite frankly, can’t be bothered with all that soaking, stirring and steaming), don’t fret: we’ve scoffed our way through the South West’s finest Christmas puddings to bring you five of the fruity best

Figgy’s Christmas Pudding, Devon

A flaming pudding is the grand finale to Christmas dinner, and this one makes for a boozy centrepiece. Those who like their pud laced with something lush will appreciate the addition of ten-year-old Somerset Cider Brandy and Hanlon’s Port Stout.

Traditionalists will also dig the fruity kick of Californian raisins sun-dried on the vine for maximum flavour. The website has sold out for 2020 but you can find them in South West farm shops, delis and garden centres.

£17.95 (550g)

Christmas puddings
Carved Angel (left) and Figgy’s (right)

The Carved Angel Christmas Pudding, Devon

If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser which suits the whole family’s tastes (even those who don’t usually get excited by this annual tradition), then this cult pud ticks a lot of boxes: not too dark, not too pale, moist, light and sweet.

It’s not like a traditional rich pudding handcrafted by your grandma, but the subtle spicing and soft fruit texture give a mild, balanced and satisfying taste of the season.

£11.95 (454g)

Plum Duff and Stuff Traditional (Vegan) Christmas Pudding, Somerset

This fruit-packed, rich-flavoured showstopper has lusciously dark flavours and notes of orange and lemon zest (without any sharpness). It makes for a classic (and vegan) finish to your festive feast – especially recommended if you are looking to pass off a pud as your own. (We won’t tell, if you won’t).  

£14 (680g)

Christmas puddings
Plum Duff and Stuff (left) and Christine’s (right)

Christine’s Puddings Luxury Christmas Pudding, Dorset

No need to miss out on a fabulous pud just because a guest has a gluten intolerance. The addition of ginger, apricot, pineapple and Cointreau in this light and fruity pudding make it an elegant alternative to one made using flour. There’s also a dairy-free version of the Dorset-made delicacy if you have free-from family members.  

£12.50 (454g)

Georgie Porgie’s The Ultimate Gin Pudding, Devon

A festive mix of trend and tradition, this pud might just leave your gin-loving guests feeling a tad giddy with joy. A hit of juniper and zesty lime creates a Christmas Day pudding with a twist – and the bonus is you don’t just have to serve it on the 25th as it’s ideal for wintry supper parties too.

£9 (454g)

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