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Which Christmas pudding?

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We'll be in London in December so I was thinking of buying a pudding there since online options are limited. I found that The Telegraph did a list of the five best puddings last year: Harrods, Selfridges, Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencer, in that order. Another which came up in searches was from Matthew Walker. Which would you pick? Is there some hidden treasure which I've missed?

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  1. We got a nice gift last year of a Fortnum & Mason hamper of goodies. I wouldn't count them out of the search either.

    1. Interestingly, Rick Stein did a Christmas Pudding Taste Test with a Pudding Club and Somerfield came out on top, followed by Aldi (Rick's favourite), and Marks and Spencer.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/christmas/r...

      They didn't taste Harrods or Selfridges. Personally, it is always an M&S pudding at my mother-in-law's house. Don't forget the brandy cream!

      1. I usually go for the Sainsbury "taste the difference" one, which tends to be suitably rich and rib-sticking. I reckon the quality of the accompanying rum sauce is the key factor.

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        1. re: Harters

          It is well worth checking out this company in Alnwick

          http://www.theproofofthepudding.co.uk...

          I went to visit them earlier in the year and their puddings are some of the best I have ever tried. They make their Christmas Pudding with Alnwick Rum,

          Their others are pretty special too

          Hope this helps

          S

          1. re: Simon Majumdar

            Thanks everyone. Maybe I'll have to look for tiny puddings and do a taste test to try them all ;-)
            Simon that website is truly drool-worthy.

            1. re: Simon Majumdar

              It's too bad no one in the South stocks these good-looking puddings. The postage costs more than the small ones. :-)

              1. re: zuriga1

                An update on the pudding question : I decided to give myself an early Christmas present and ordered a sticky toffee pudding and a Christmas pudding from Alnwick. Yes, the postage was quite steep but it *was* a present...
                Naturally I haven't yet tried the Christmas pud, but the STP is incredible. I have never eaten this pudding before so don't really have any credentials to judge and compare, but I'm prepared to go out on a limb and say it has to be among the best around. Nice, friendly people too, it wasn't easy organising the shipment and they were very helpful. Thanks again for the tip, Simon.