Christmas opening hours and last order dates

Whether you’ve still got presents to buy,or you’re just stocking up ahead of a few days elective hibernation, don’t get caught out – read on for our special festive opening hours and Christmas ordering information.

Online Orders

If you would like to order online and pick-up in store, TODAY (Tuesday 19 December) is the last day to do so. Choose ‘Click & Collect’ when you check out and please allow 48 hours for your order to arrive in store (though we’ll let you know if it comes in sooner).

TOMORROW (Wednesday 20 December) is the last online order date for nationwide Christmas delivery. If you’re stocking up for New Year’s Eve, you’ll need to order before Wednesday 27 December.

Christmas Opening Hours

Borough Market, SE1

  • Tuesday 19 December -10am – 5pm
  • Wednesday 20 December -10am – 8pm
  • Thursday 21 December – 8am – 8pm
  • Friday 22 December – 8am – 6pm
  • Saturday 23 December – 8am – 5pm
  • Sunday 24 December – 10am – 4pm
  • Christmas Day & Boxing Day – CLOSED
  • Wednesday 27 December – 9am – 6pm
  • Thursday 28 December & Friday 29 December –10am – 6pm
  • Saturday 30 December – 8am – 6pm
  • Sunday 31 December – 10am – 4pm
  • Monday 1 January – Tuesday 2 January – CLOSED
  • Open as normal from Wednesday 3 January

Stoke Newington, N16

  • Open as normal until Saturday 23 December
  • Sunday 24 December – 10am – 4pm
  • Christmas Day & Boxing Day – CLOSED
  • Wednesday 27 December – 10am – 9pm
  • Thursday 28 December – Saturday 30 December – 10am – 10pm
  • Sunday 31 December – 10am – 8.30pm
  • Monday 1 January – CLOSED
  • Open as normal from Tuesday 2 January

Hackney, E8

  • Open as normal until Saturday 23 December
  • Sunday 24 December – 10am – 4pm
  • Christmas Day & Boxing Day – CLOSED
  • Wednesday 27 December – 1pm – 9pm
  • Thursday 28 December & Friday 29 December – 1pm – 10pm
  • Saturday 30 December – 11am – 10pm
  • Sunday 31 December – 11am – 8.30pm
  • Monday 1 January – CLOSED
  • Open as normal from Tuesday 2 January

Essex Road, N1

  • Open as normal until Saturday 23 December
  • Sunday 24 December – 10am – 4pm
  • Christmas Day & Boxing Day – CLOSED
  • Wednesday 27 December & Thursday 28 December– 1pm – 9pm
  • Friday 29 December – 1pm – 10pm
  • Saturday 30 December – 11am – 10pm
  • Sunday 31 December – 11am – 8.30pm
  • Monday 1 January – CLOSED
  • Open as normal from Tuesday 2 January

Exmouth Market, EC1

  • Open as normal until Saturday 23 December
  • Sunday 24 December – 10am – 4pm
  • Christmas Day & Boxing Day – CLOSED
  • Wednesday 27 December – CLOSED
  • Thursday 28 December – Saturday 30 December – 11am – 9pm
  • Sunday 31 December – 11am – 8.30pm
  • Monday 1 January – CLOSED
  • Open as normal from Tuesday 2 January

Battersea Park, SW11

  • Open as normal until Saturday 23 December
  • Sunday 24 December – 10am – 4pm
  • Christmas Day & Boxing Day – CLOSED
  • Wednesday 27 December & Thursday 28 December– 11am – 8pm
  • Friday 29 December – 11am – 10pm
  • Saturday 30 December – 11am – 10pm
  • Sunday 31 December – 11am – 8.30pm
  • Monday 1 January – CLOSED
  • Open as normal from Tuesday 2 January

Kensal Rise, NW10

  • Open as normal until Saturday 23 December
  • Sunday 24 December – 10am – 4pm
  • Christmas Day & Boxing Day – CLOSED
  • Wednesday 27 December – 1pm – 9pm
  • Thursday 28 December – 1pm – 10pm
  • Friday 29 December – 10am – 10pm
  • Saturday 30 December – 11am – 10pm
  • Sunday 31 December – 11am – 8.30pm
  • Monday 1 January – CLOSED
  • Open as normal from Tuesday 2 January

Turnham Green, W4

  • Open as normal until Saturday 23 December
  • Sunday 24 December – 10am – 4pm
  • Christmas Day & Boxing Day – CLOSED
  • Wednesday 27 December – 10am – 9pm
  • Thursday 28 December – Saturday 30 December – 10am – 10pm
  • Sunday 31 December – 11am – 8.30pm
  • Monday 1 January – CLOSED
  • Open as normal from Tuesday 2 January

Currant affairs with Nancy Mahon, maker of Aunt Alice’s Christmas Puddings

When we heard that our former Borough Market neighbour Nancy Mahon was no longer selling her handmade Aunt Alice’s Christmas Puddings to the public, we worried about the future of our favourite figgy pudding and therefore – Christmas itself.

Thankfully, we persuaded Nancy to bake us a batch exclusively for Borough Wines customers. So this year, you’ll find us peddling puddings as part of our Christmas selection, alongside our cases, festive bubbles and other gifts.

‘Why give a fig?’ I hear you cry! Well this is no ordinary pudding. Fantastically delicious, surprisingly light and boasting some famous – nay, regal – fans, it’s a pudding worth pondering.

We sat down with Nancy to do just that and to give it an official taste test.

How long have you been making Christmas puddings?

Since 1998, on and off. The recipe is much older though – it was first made by my Great Aunt Alice in the 1930s. Her father was a member of the royal court, so eventually the pudding reached King Edward V, who was supposedly a big fan!

Alice was good at figuring out the ratios of ingredients. For example, she worked out how to use as little flour and eggs as possible – as this can make it stodgy – and more of the fruits and nuts.

Aside from its royal history, what makes this pudding so special?

The main thing is the almond content; we use a large amount of ground almonds instead of flour, which makes the pudding much lighter. Also, there is a very large fruit to pudding ratio – in a 10lb pudding, 6lbs of that is fruit. Of course, the fruits available to me now are far superior to those from 100 years ago.

Additionally I use the best spirits that I can find, something specified by Aunt Alice herself.

The puddings are also steamed for 9-12 hours before they are even packaged up. When they are steamed for a further 2 hours before eating, all the fruit bursts, adding so much flavour.

What is your baking process?

Well, it’s a rigid but relaxed approach if that makes sense. All 22 ingredients are weighed precisely. The cherries are then soaked in cognac, the apples in calvados, and the blueberries in rum, to bring out a range of different flavours that blend together beautifully. All the fruits are then mixed together, before adding the binding ingredients.

Over the years I’ve tried a number of different ways of putting it all together, but this one always came out on top.

I am charge of every pudding. I have help in the kitchen, but nothing gets past me. If there is a problem, I know about it and I fix it. That’s what you get with cottage cooking, I much prefer it to the factory system.

When did you first start selling the puddings?

I initially started selling puddings at Borough Market in 1999 with my company Pudding Lane. I was one of the original traders.

It was a family member who suggested that I start selling Aunt Alice’s pudding, and it quickly became popular and seemingly famous! People started saying they were at the Aunt Alice stand, so I decided to change the name and the rest is history.

Why did you decide to start selling through Borough Wines?

Well, the main reason is simply because I’m such good friends with Muriel [Founder of Borough Wines]. We were neighbours on the market, and every time I’ve seen her she always says how much she loves the pudding! We bumped into each other not that long ago and she finally convinced me. It’s also such a good fit with everything else that Borough Wines has on offer, especially at Christmas.

Any tips for people attempting to make their own puddings?

Don’t! If you do go for it, you’ve really got to put your whole self into it, you’ve got to love it. The trouble with making Christmas pudding is that it steams the whole house out for a day, who wants that?

Will you ever reveal your recipe?

I’m sure a few people who have worked with me know it. My children know it, my son sometimes helps me, but he’s living in Spain now. There have been offers of people wanting to buy the business, and I’d maybe consider that later down the line, because it really is such hard work.

Thanks Nancy!

Aunt Alice’s Christmas Pudding is available now in the Borough Wines shops and online, in 0.5 pint and 1.5 pint versions, priced at £9 and £23 respectively. 

Christmas shopping evenings this week

Whether you’re stocking up on treats for the big day, or splashing out on gifts for others – chances are you’ll be hitting the shops a fair bit over the coming weeks.

To make the trudge to the tills a little easier – or at least, a little more mull-filled – we’re providing inspiration and festive spirit aplenty at our Christmas shopping evenings in the stores this week:

  • Tuesday 28 November, 6-9pm – Borough Wines & Beers Kensal Rise (NW10)
  • Wednesday 29 November, 6-9pm – Borough Wines & Beers Battersea Park (SW11)
  • Friday 01 December, 6-9pm – Borough Wines & Beers Stoke Newington (N16)

Drop in to taste wines and beers from our Christmas cases and peruse our range of non-drink gifts – including candles, fancy glasses, chocolates and Christmas Puddings.

There will be free mince pies to munch on and warming, spicy mulled wine to sip too. We’ll also be on hand to help with recommendations and advice.

The Twelve Wines of Christmas
The Twelve Wines of Christmas case

Place your orders and arrange delivery of anything you buy – so no navigating the Bakerloo line with bulging bags and heavy bottles.

It’s free entry and no booking required, no purchase necessary and no one judging if you take a second mince pie. See you there!