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When it comes to Christmas lunch we're always torn between trying something new and erring on the side of nostalgia. Should we swap our mum's always amazing roast turkey for goose this time around? But as we've found putting this issue together, there are so many opportunities for festive innovation.

In our Ultimate Guide to Festive Eating we've enlisted some of our favourite cooks to give the traditional lunch a delicious makeover, including Christmas pud alternatives from Mary Berry and Rachel Allen, five fantastic plan-ahead roasts from James Ramsden and simply stunning starters from Valentine Warner and Lorraine Pascale. We've also been busy in the GBF test kitchen concocting the perfect recipes for (in our opinion!) the stalwarts of any Christmas dinner: roast potatoes, turkey gravy and mince pies.

It's never been easier to eat local at this time of year, and when it comes to the finest festive produce we've got you covered – whether you're looking for British gins and ales for the drinks cabinet, smoked fish for your Boxing Day buffet or a plump free-range bird for the main event. Skip to our Eat Local section to discover the stories behind some of our favourite artisan producers.

And don't forget to fill in our reader survey at to be in with a chance of winning 1 of 10 £100 Achica gift vouchers!

Great British Food Magazine

With top chefs clamouring to cook with local, seasonal and British produce and increasing numbers of small producers creating delicious regional food for everyone to enjoy, there has never been a better time to celebrate the revival of British food.

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