Christmas food shopping: online deadlines

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Ocado, the online retailer which delivers Waitrose goods, has contacted its top customers urging them to book a slot for festive food deliveries from 8 October — a full 11 weeks before Christmas and a week earlier than last year. We drove 7 miles last year. Jennifer Ann Duncan jenniferduncan Ocado - shame on you for giving people different book delivery slot days for Christmas! What you eat depends on how you — or your hosts — choose to shop.

If you are one of the people who thought about this a month ago, congratulations — and enjoy your Doritos.

This has now been corrected. At the last count, the latter was almost full for deliveries, but if you're on his route, you might be lucky. Have we missed any? Tesco said shoppers who had signed up to its Delivery Saver scheme — in which they pay a monthly subscription for as many deliveries as they want over a year — would be able to book their Christmas delivery slot from the end of November — about a week earlier than other shoppers.

It's nice to be able to test the quality of your veg by squeezing a tomato not too hard!

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Our local Riverford is sold out of most turkeys and geese, but what they do have will be delivered from the 18th with shelf life up to the 27th. An earlier version stated Ocado was urging customers to book a slot by 8 October. KellyBronzethey of the famous turkeys, are delivering on the 22nd and will close their order book appealingly late at 8am on Monday 19th.

Christopher Thomond for the Guardian There is a big-deal meal happening in 12 days' time. In theory I could actually go to the shops, but home-shopping "pickers" - as well as regular shoppers - clog up the aisles at our local superstore to the extent that a personal visit is a deeply frustrating experience, even at 7.

I am the 15th others the 8th.

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Because some smaller suppliers close after Christmas, and New Year dinners demand luxurious ingredients and possibly ras-el-hanout, pretendy caviar or fresh tarragon, the 31 December food shop can be even more traumatic. Since online food shopping became reliable stifle your snorts if you've had Doritos substituted for Bordeauxmany people have come to rely on it.

The major supermarkets, which tend to release online grocery delivery slots around three weeks before the festivities, with some giving first refusal to regular customers, are mostly sold out of van time. Better book a delivery slot.

The rush to secure orders over the most important week of the year for UK retailers comes after a series of glitches and disrupted deliveries last year. And although it's still many hours and other, probably better meals away, the options for the Christmas lunch shop are disappearing fast. Deadlines for local butchers and fishmongers might be long past our butcher deliberately over-orders, then sells the extras to those who do the best begging facebut there are other ways to get your food roughly when you want it.

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Northern Harvestthe veg box and food delivery company are doing all their deliveries, including turkeys, on 22 and 23 December; orders must be in by noon on the 14th. Checking on Saturday for available slots for deliveries to our house near Manchester made me thank the little baby Jesus that we're not hosting anything that demands more than tea and mince pies four winds casino dowagiac buffet year.

Of course, Christmas lunch isn't the only festive feast.

Gourmet butchers Donald Russell deliver nationwide right up until Christmas Eve, although meat is delivered frozen so big roasting joints should be ordered in time to ensure they're thoroughly defrosted up to 72 hours. Waitrose and Tesco's best slots were the few remaining on 21 December, while Ocado and Sainsbury's could only offer the day before.

Share via Email This article is over 2 years old Ocado is offering customers the chance to book delivery slots early — 11 weeks early, in fact. Delivery on Friday 23 December, the in-demand day due to its proximity to the big one and the chance to nip out on Christmas Eve if you or the supermarket miss something, is a pipedream. Read more Asda has yet to confirm its plans.

How far is too far to go to collect a lobster? On the micro level, Mark " Marky Market " White, who shops at Billingsgate and Smithfield markets for his London customers, is doing market runs daily between Tuesday 20 and Friday 23 December.

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Morrisons is also offering its delivery pass shoppers priority booking over Christmas with two deliveries between 20 December and 24 December included in the annual fee.

Only Asda could have done the Friday, and as far as I can see they don't sell whole fresh turkeys. Where "click and collect" services exist they do the shopping, you go and fetch it all the shops required us to drive past christmas grocery delivery slots huge local stores and on into unfamiliar territory for the pickup, which would feel slightly too much like buying stolen art in a layby.

Hobby cooks like nothing better than an excuse for a "special" meal and a chance to crack the spine of their Christmas cookbook. While sales are falling in big supermarkets, they are rising online and all the big players want to ensure as large a slice of the action as possible. Daylesford Organicswhose last Christmas order is the 16th, do a surprisingly well-priced Christmas lunch box that they'll deliver in one of two time slots on the 21st or 22nd.

If not, what's your plan?