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Around the Christmas Table with Nathan Rollinson

With Christmas just around the corner, we are partnering with different tastemakers to bring you their foolproof tips and tricks for festive hosting.

Clos19 talks to Nathan Rollinson (@therollinsonlondon), London-based travel and lifestyle blogger. Nathan first started as an avid photographer which led to the founding of The Rollinson London in 2015, a social media consultancy specialised in luxury. We discuss Christmas essentials, from table settings and pairings to his go-to Christmas movies.


What is your foolproof dish for the holiday season?

My best-kept recipe is roast potatoes with lemon and oregano. They are light, with lots of earthly flavours coming through and a beautiful zing from the lemon. Another favourite of mine are buttery brussels sprouts with chestnuts and a splash or white wine - absolutely delicious.

What is your drink of choice for the holiday season?

Champagne, of course! My favourite is Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, perfect for a pre-dinner drink or for celebrations with loved ones.

Do you have a favourite winter cocktail?

I do like a classic like a French 75 for a party vibe or Mulled Wine for a cosy evening.

What is your favourite food and wine or champagne pairing?

Classic canapés like smoked salmon on blinis paired with Moët Impérial, can never go wrong. Occasionally, I get to treat myself a Dover Sole served with a dry white Bordeaux when eating out.

Christmas table setting: modern or traditional?

I am quite traditional but I do like to bring together different decors. I usually go for a warm ambience, being cosy together with loved ones is what Christmas is all about.

What are some of your Christmas table setting essentials?

I like a bit of drama when it comes to Christmas table settings. I do like to add some texture and visual on the table such as flower arrangements and candles. Fanciful of napkins, napkins rings and placemats to really elevate it as well. Traditionally, I always go for eco-friendly crackers to bring a little fun and joy to the table and share some jokes together. Last but not least, a large champagne bucket on standby, one bottle of champagne is never enough, right?

Do you have a favourite Christmas playlist?

Does a film count? Two of my all-time favourites are The Holiday or Meet Me in St. Louis. Always something fun, and definitely Home Alone for a true family classic.