Chef Nicola Hordern

Nicola Hordern’s Christmas Pudding *SOLD OUT*


The ultimate treat for Christmas, Chef Nicola Hordern’s Christmas Figgy Pudding! A perfect present or an indulgence for yourself.

A limited edition Christmas Pudding by Nicola Horden, ex head chef of Darsham Nurseries.

Nicola’s puddings are inspired by Eliza Acton’s recipe from her book, Modern Cookery for Private Families 1874, then evolved to make this Figgy Pudding very much Nicola’s own!

A remarkably light, rich pudding, not overly sweet with A SUMPTUOUS MARRIAGE of spices, fruit, Nicola’s own candied orange and lemon peel, bullace cheese, (similar to membrillo) and laced with apple brandy!

Each pudding is in a Mason Cash ceramic bowl and wrapped in muslin.

600g pudding serves 4.

We are taking orders through our website or the shop in Woodbridge, (call or visit). Orders must be in by Friday 17th December and collection is from Monday 20th December.


Organic stoneground flour, sourdough breadcrumbs, beef suet, figs, prunes, raisins, currants, brandy, organic sugar, quince, bullace cheese, candied orange and lemon peel, eggs, mixed spices

Not suitable for vegetarians. Contains gluten. May contain nuts, sesame, sulphites.

If kept in a cool, dark place the pudding will keep for a year, but we would recommend thoroughly enjoying them this Christmas with a good helping of brandy cream!


Nicola Hordern

Chef Nicola Hordern moved to Suffolk from Jeremy Lee’s Quo Vadis in London, having trained at Ballymaloe Cookery School and completing a stage at legendary Chez Panisse.

In Suffolk, Nicola was the head chef at Darsham Nurseries where her vegetable-led, Mediterranean-inspired menus were designed daily around the garden’s produce, with Nicola working closely alongside the gardeners.


Eliza Acton

Eliza lived in Suffolk for a time and was a 19th century English poet and pioneer of cookery writing. It was Eliza who introduced the universal practice of listing ingredients and cooking times for each recipe. Isabella Beeton followed her example much later and made a great commercial success of her venture.

Eliza was born Elizabeth Acton in the south coast Sussex town of Battle on the 17th April 1788. Her mother produced five children and her father was a brewer in Suffolk. The family moved to Ipswich when Eliza was still a baby. She went to school there and, in 1816, was the co-founder of a school for girls in Claydon, a small town just to the north of Ipswich.



To reheat; remove foil and parchment paper. Recover bowl with fresh foil or cling film making sure it is properly sealed.

Place in a large pot on top of a trivet or upturned saucer. Fill pot with boiling water to half way up the side of the pudding bowl and simmer with lid on at a moderate heat for 2 hours. Check water level regularly and top up with boiling water from the kettle as necessary.

Take pan off heat and when it is cool enough to touch, gently run a knife around the edge of the bowl, place a plate on top of the pudding bowl and then turn both over together. Remove the basin - the pudding should move easily on to the plate.

To serve: Gently warm a glass or ladle of brandy, pour over the pudding and ignite.

We aim to make ordering from us as straightforward as possible.

Once your online transaction has been completed your order will be confirmed by email within 24 hours. If your order is placed on a Friday, or over the weekend, your item will be shipped within 3 days from the Monday.

Using Royal Mail our shipping rates are calculated based on the estimated weight and size of the items. 

You have the option of First Class Delivery (which cannot be tracked), or Tracked delivery ( to enable you to track your package through all stages of the delivery process)


Please allow 3-5 working days for delivery in the UK. In most cases it will be less.


We do ship outside of the UK and are delighted to do so, but we ask you to email,, so we may give you an accurate shipping cost to your destination.

Any customs or import duties are charged once the parcel reaches its destination country. These charges must be paid by the recipient of the parcel. Unfortunately, we have no control over these charges, and cannot tell you what the cost would be, as customs policies and import duties vary widely from country to country.


We recommend contacting your local customs office for current charges before you order, so you are not surprised by charges you were not expecting.

Please be aware that your parcel can be also delayed by customs and subsequent charges can be applied. We have no control over this, and cannot supply any details why or for how long your parcel will be delayed.

If you wish to return a purchase please notify us at

If you are unhappy with our products in any way, they can be returned provided they are in saleable condition.

If you wish to return your item and receive a full refund items need to posted/couriered back to us within 7 days of being received by you.

Please note refunds to Debit/Credit Cards normally clear in 1/2 days after receipt of the returned goods.

Returns received outside the above time frame will not be accepted. For all returns you will be required to arrange and pay for the return of the products to us.

We will only accept returns provided the goods are received by us in the condition they were in when delivered to you.


Please returns items to: 

The Merchant’s Table
10 Church Street
Suffolk IP12 1DH

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