Twickenham Festive 5s 2011: Big Up Yours

Greetings! Christmas is fast approaching you’re probably thinking about those gifts you still need to buy, what food to stock up on, which parties to attend, which ones to avoid and generally pondering on how to cope. You need some need top tips, right? Right!

Perhaps you’re also looking back on the year and thinking of all those New Year’s resolutions from last January that have crumbled to dust in your trembling hands. OK, so forget that for a minute and let’s think positive, festive thoughts and mull over the good stuff.

So whether you’re a retailer, a punter, a blogger, a worker, a vocal local or like us here at twickerati just downright normal, we want to hear the five things, just five things, that we need to know to complete our year. You’ve got the gist of it. We need your Twickenham Festive 5 and this item gives you the chance to big up yours.

Take a look at the replies at the end of the piece to see what’s been added so far.

So if you run a shop, what are your top 5 festive specials? If you run a pub, what are you top 5 Christmas drinks? If you’re a shopper, name 5 good ones? Top 5 festive boozers? Simples. Your 5 fitness tips or cooking ideas? Just tell us! And if you’re sticking around for the next couple of weeks, what are your top tips for a successful Twickenham Christmas?

To kick off here are the Top 5 gifts to look out for in Twickenham’s most local of local gift shops, Par-ici on Church Street. Big thanks for Michele for these:

1. Diary of a Soul Fiend by Saint Jude – the debut CD from a local band already endorsed by the likes of Ronnie Wood and Classic Rock magazine. £10
2. Eel Pie Island – the definitive history of this infamous isle. Signed copies available at Par-ici. £16.99
3. Our Plot – a gorgeous book about the Bushy Park allotments by Chelsea Flower Show winner Cleve West £20
4. Fur Cuffs by Marion Busby – add instant glamour to your outfit with a range of furry cuffs in plain or animal prints. £24
5. Twickers tea-towel – fantastic cartoon of everything that’s great & famous about Twickenham on a handy tea towel! £8

And if you think we’re being coy about this site, we’re not. Here are 5 twickerati highlights from the year:
1. Just keeping going and now getting several hundred page views per day. Thanks.
2. Meeting fellow bloggers & hyperlocals from the area. Who on earth writes these things for no money? Well they do, obviously. Twickerati pays its staff very well, thanks.
3. Getting some excellent contributions from readers both in the comments section and for stand alone articles. It’s your turn next!
4. Topping 1,000 followers on Twitter. The original target was a measly 100.
5. Hearing a rumour that twickerati is produced by someone at Richmond Council. Big LOL on that. Isn’t the van logo a bit of a clue?

C’mon, what’s rocking your yuletide? Or why not go wild and tell us what has rocked your whole flippin year! Everyone loves a list (especially a short one) so why not share yours? It is Christmas after all.

[p.s. no need to provide an email address when making a comment, but if you don’t then the comment will be held for moderating first. Why not add the URL to your own site, if its any good.]


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16 responses to “Twickenham Festive 5s 2011: Big Up Yours

  1. Here are our festive 5 for this Christmas (in no particular order)…

    1) Prosecco Torre Zecchei (Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene)
    This Christmas is all about good Prosecco. Delicate pear and honey: fine
    and durable.

    2) Bacalhoa Moscatel de Setubal (Setúbal Region in Portugal)
    Rich, raisiny and fruity braced with orange zest. Christmas in a glass. Yum!

    3) INNIS & GUNN Winter Cask Oak Aged Beer
    Matured in Bourbon barrels producing a warming, rich, spicy character.

    4) De Bortoli Old Boys Tawny (Rutherglen in Victoria and the Barossa
    Valley in South Australia)
    De Bortoli has extensive collections of aged material maturing in barrel
    in Australia. Old Boys is drawn from these reserves and blended to an
    average age of 21 years. Enjoy after a meal with a platter of cheeses.

    5) …and of course no Christmas is complete without Mulled Wine. Easy to
    make: one bottle of light bodied red wine, handful of cinnamon sticks, a
    smattering of cloves, a dash of brandy/calvados and a bit of orange zest.
    Festive and fun to share.

  2. London Zu in Church Street
    Top 5 recommends
    1) Jacques Storm jewellery
    2) Tipsy Feet foldable shoes
    3) Little Book of Earrings
    4) Di Palomo or Abahna hand, body and fragrance range
    5) Leather wallets and purses from Fossil

  3. And from The Turk’s Head in St. Margarets (via Twitter):
    1) Mulled Wine
    2) Hot Toddy
    3) Baileys Hot Chocolate
    4) Taylors 10 year old port
    5) A bottle of delicious London Porter

    Follow The Turk’s Head!/TurksHeadTW1

  4. kevin

    1. Home made pork pie
    2. John Waters Christmas CD
    3. Boys v girls 12 days of christmas
    4. Hot tub xmas day morning
    5. St stephens xmas concert

  5. Here are my five tips for quality Christmas drinking:

    1. Beer: Brewdog Hardcore IPA
    The big brother to the fabulous Punk IPA (£1.29 also at Sainsbury’s), Brewdog’s Hardcore is an incredible beer. Weighing in at 9.5% alcohol, it’s packed with intense hoppy flavour. I love it. £2.05 Sainsbury’s.

    2. Red Wine: Chapoutier Petite Ruche Rouge 2009 Crozes-Hermitage, Rhône, France
    Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s lovely. Syrah (aka Shiraz) from its birthplace, France’s northern Rhône. Lovely black cherry and blackberry fruit with a bit of peppery freshness. Silky smooth, yet it still has some edges. £14.99 Waitrose.

    3. White Wine: Yalumba Viognier 2010 Eden Valley, Australia
    A really delicious full-flavoured white wine with rich melon, pear and lychee notes. It’s bone dry but there’s a real richness of texture here. Perfect turkey white, I reckon. £10.99 Waitrose.

    4. Port: Noval LBV Port 2005
    I love Port, and this is a really good one from star estate Quinta do Noval. It’s bold, dark, complex, sweet and spicy with lovely dense black fruits. Yum. £13.29 Tesco.

    5. Fizz: Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne
    Majestic currently have some cracking deals on Champagne. Initially, I couldn’t decide whether to go for Bollinger, Roederer, Taittinger or this, the lovely Laurent Perrier Brut NV. It’s a really elegant, gently toasty fizz at a really good price. £25 Majestic.

  6. Top 5 unexpectedly festive foods you can make at home in Twickenham
    (how’s that for a Twickers connection?)

    1. Hot toddy with Elderberry Cordial – delicious AND immune boosting.
    2. Cinnamon sugar on everything – sprinkle it on shortbread, biscuits, or my favourite … hot buttered toast!
    3. Pumpkin spice coffee creamer. Makes your coffee like a fancy coffeshop drink without paying £5.
    4. More a mocha type? Mix half coffee, half hot chocolate for a mocha – add a shot of peppermint schnapps for an extra kick.
    5. Need something sweet go to with those drinks? How about some Orange Walnut Biscotti.

    Happy Christmas everyone!

    Your local source for good food + vintage remedies, Vintage Savoir Faire.

  7. leelcampbell

    Thanks Twickerati!
    For all the news and local updates over the year it’s been much appreciated.
    All best seasons greetings and a happy new year’s bloggin’.

  8. Here’s the Top 5 festive specials from Moore’s Cycles in Twickenham:

    1. Specialized Wiretap Element Gloves : This glove is new for 2012 and is touch screen friendly so you can make that call or change your music without taking your gloves off. They are completely windproof, water resistant and haave highly reflective upper hand details – £39.99

    2. Where to ride London : Where to Ride London picks out idyllic routes starting from all four corners of London. It gives you distances, maps, suggested watering holes it tells you about places that you just wouldn’t discover without the book – £14.99

    3. Specialized Speedzone Sport : Wireless Computer – Easy to use, multi-function, wireless cycle computer. Intuitive interface and compact design. Available in Red, White or Black – £39.99

    4. Limited Edition NEON Micro Scooters : An eye popping new range of Micro Scooters – available in 3 different funky fluorescent colours. For children who want to stand out from the crowd – £59.95

    5. Tacx Lumos Front & Rear Handlebar LED Light Set : Innovative LED light set for road bike bars. Compact, easy to fit and very bright too – £19.99

    Visit our London Road shop next to the Post Office or online at

  9. Coming in from Twitter… Five Christmas drinks…
    From The George, King Street, Twickenham via Twitter:
    1. Mulled Wine
    2. Snowball
    3. Whiskey Mac
    4. Any festive cocktail
    5. JD & Amaretto with Diet Pepsi
    Follow The George on Twitter.

    From The White Swan, Twickenham Riverside via Twitter:
    1. Mulled cider
    2. A cheeky mulled wine
    3. A classic bucks fizz
    4. Our new fave, Lambs wool [editor: that’s a kind of mulled beer!]
    5. and… Eggnog always!!!
    Follow The White Swan on Twitter

  10. George

    Can say that I’ll achieve all of these but here’s hoping:
    1. A pint of two of a winter warmer in the Eel Pie
    2. A pint of two of Bengal Lancer in the Prince Albert
    3, A pint of two of something in the White Swan
    4. Taking the dog for a walk in Bushy Park on Christmas morning and wishing complete strangers a Merry Christmas
    5. Watching too much TV and not feeling guilty about drinking spirits while doing it. Hic.

  11. Simon H

    Top 5 Twickenham Xmas presents

    1. Hamper of retro sweets from Sweet Memories
    2. A jar of retro sweets from Sweet Memories
    3. Some nice posh chcolates from Sweet Memories
    4. Some other stuff from Sweet Memories
    5. Ditto

  12. Alex (@alex_pull)

    My Top 5 Twicker Treets for Christmas

    1. Picking up my Christmas Day lunch from Lavistoke
    2. Seeing all the Christmas trees stacked up outside Cousins greengrocer
    3. Roasting some chestnuts in my back garden
    4. Going on my annual Sibling Pub Crawl through Twickenham on Christmas Eve.
    5. Spending my fist Christmas Day in my own home, rather than at the in-laws or parents.