Owner of the first twice-Michelin-starred pub in the UK, Buckinghamshire's resident celebrity chef Tom Kerridge knows something about a good roast dinner.

Tom Kerridge, owner of The Coach, The Butcher's Tap and Grill and The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, the latter of which was the first pub in the country to be awarded two Michelin stars, has shared his top tips for a perfect Christmas celebration.

No surprise, the celebrity chef will be doing all the cooking in his house come Monday, and this week he told The Times a few of the ways he plans to take the pressure off hosting for a large family group.

Those cooking for their loved ones should ideally already be up to their elbows in preparation according to Kerridge, who recommends pre-blanching your roasties, peeling your veg and prepping your gravy up to 48 hours before the big day.

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He also recommends a breakfast of smoked salmon blinis on Christmas Day, with a base of store-bought pancakes to save time, and - the true West Country lad that he is - a bottle of homemade mulled cider to serve alongside wine and prosecco on the festive table.

Shop-bought nibbles are another way Kerridge plans to minimise stress on Christmas Day, as well as cooking a topside of beef on the BBQ alongside the traditional roasted turkey.

Pan-fried Brussels sprouts and energy-inducing cappuccino fondants for dessert, served next to a trifle and Christmas pudding, are also among the 50-year-old's tips for anyone manning the oven this year.

His final and most controversial advice? Fried Christmas pudding on Boxing Day, served with a full English. 

Kerridge told The Times: "It goes really nicely with bacon or a fried egg, or crumbled on top of a full English, like a solid brown sauce. Just delicious."

Are you planning to take any of these tips for your Christmas celebrations this year?