The indomitable Cyrus Todiwala would make a rather good Father Christmas, being jolly, jocular and- sorry, sahib- slightly rounded. But that bit of extra padding is just testament, were it needed, to his wicked culinary skills. To my knowledge, Cyrus isn’t planning on appearing in fancy dress, but he does have a fulsome festive offering for his fans.

‘Christmas with Cyrus’ takes place frighteningly close to the big day itself, providing the perfect gastro-workout for those looking to log some practice for the marathon otherwise known as Christmas dinner. To put it mildly, Parsis are renowned for enjoying the odd feast- so it’s likely to be a corker, a banquet of carefully selected seasonal produce prepared with Cyrus’ inimitable zest.

The way-out-West Heathrow airport location of Mr. Todiwala’s Kitchen might necessitate you to make a night of things- and why not, when’Friends of Cyrus’ can enjoy accommodation at the Hilton with breakfast and a wallow in the spa for a pretty decent rate. After the’festive novelties’, half-bottle of wine and disco-ing till the wee small hours, it’s a safe wager all three will be required for a full recovery.

‘Christmas with Cyrus’ takes place on Saturday 22nd December  and costs £75pp. For more details or to book, call 01753 766521 or email [email protected]

‘Friends of Cyrus’ can book an accommodation package including breakfast and use of luxury spa from £75.

Mr. Todiwala’s Kitchen, Poyle Road, Colnbrook, SL3 0FF, 01753 686860. For more information visit