In Your Basket: May

Every month our Editor Ellen Pope shouts about the latest food and drink products on the market you can add straight to your basket - especially that social distanced online shop.


This month we look at PIES PIES PIES, a boozy tea, a range of spirits for everyone's taste, a healthy chocolate bar recreating the classics, a new no-carb hard seltzer, a classic cheese made from monks and an energy drink to perk you back up.


Pie-Fection, Gourmet Pies by Chef James Jay


I mean, hands up, who loves a pie. Yeah, we see ALL OF YOU.

In the midst of lockdown Chef James Jay has pie-voted (ok that is the last pie pun) from Head Chef at The Easton White Horse, Suffolk to head pie maker from home. His lockdown gourmet pies already sell out in advance of distribution, so we suggest if you fancy one, you need to get in quite quick.

The pies are delivered straight to your home, and are frozen - so you can pop them straight in the freezer for when you need them - or straight in the oven depending on how hungry you are. We tried the pork and chicken pies and they were rammed full of shredded meat and vegetables. No skimping on these pies.

Buy Now: Follow James on @chefjjay86 on Instagram and drop him a DM for the latest pie menu

Price: £6.50 each or 4 for £20 includes free local delivery/collection in Surrey, with UK couriering available for an extra charge.

Sloemotion Distillery: Finders Spirit



Award-winning Yorkshire-based Sloemotion Distillery has created a brand-new range of seven adventurous drinks, called Finders Spirits - and it contains a little something for everyone including velvety rums, zingy vodkas and fruity gins.

The popularity of gin, rum and vodka has surged in recent years with more of us wanting to try different flavours and experiences. The range of spirits been designed to be fun and vibrant and to deliver a taste sensation that can be enjoyed with a simple mixer or in a cocktail.

These include Fruits of the Forest Gin, Lemon & Lime Gin and a classic London Dry Gin. Also in the range is Sherbet Lemon Vodka and two velvety Oak-Aged spiced rums with Chocolate & Coffee Rum and Spiced Orange and Raisin Rum.

Buy Now: Finders Spirits

Price: £25 - but currently available for a launch price of £20

Fortnum’s X Conker Distillery Cold Brew Tea Liqueur

Need a brew with a bit more, well, punch? Well, look no further than Fortnum’s X Conker Distillery Cold Brew Tea Liqueur.

Expertly cold-brewed for 24 hours, this revolutionary liqueur is distilled in traditional copper pot stills at Dorset's Conker Spirit Distillery and blended with Fortnum's signature Countess Grey black tea, New Forest spring water and patience in abundance. Delicately handcrafted, the tea itself has been cold brewed – opposing traditional hot water methods – allowing the flavours to gently diffuse from the tea leaf for over 24 hours.

The resulting liqueur is complex and intricate, with bergamot and orange notes packed into every sip, and a soft, elegant mouthfeel and natural sweetness. It is recommended to be best enjoyed in a champagne cocktail, served long with soda and a peach wedge, or over ice for an after-dinner tipple. But why not get creative and create your own cocktail - serve it in a teacup, we won’t judge you.

Buy Now: Fortnums