Liquid Gold: The Very Best Olive Oils For Cooking, Dipping, Drizzling & Gifting

Selecting a decent bottle of olive oil can be baffling. Here’s our edit to the top oils online – starting at £3.

Colour, cost, terminology, provenance: there’s a myriad of factors to contemplate when selecting your olive oil, whether it’s for yourself or as a present.

What to consider? As a rule, ‘extra-virgin oil’ is the highest quality pure oil because it’s free of chemicals, it is unrefined and hasn’t been treated with heat. Be suspicious of the terminology ‘light olive oil’ because there is no such thing as a low-fat olive oil. It is a red herring marketing ploy. Last but not least, do check the oil’s source on the back label. Your best bet is finding an oil that comes from a single place, contents and packaging. Whether it’s Italy, Greece or California, the best quality will be both produced and bottled in one country.

Gifting a beautiful bottle of olive oil is akin to parting with a good bottle of red. Here’s our edit of the best olive oils for cooking, dipping and drizzling.

By Annabel Jack
November 2022

Selfridges & Co

Frescobaldi Extra Virgin Olive Oil, £34.99

Lina Stores

Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, £18.95


Finca La Barca Smoked Olive Oil, £9.40


Muraglia Pitted Extra Virgin Olive Oil, £13.99

Agora Greek Delicacies

Cretan Extra Virgin Olive Oil Liokarpi, £32.49


Primo DOP Monti Iblei Extra Virgin Olive Oil, £16.10


Filippo Berio Pure Olive Oil, £7.49


Karyatis Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil, £3


Belazu Early Harvest Olive Oil Tin, £15.95

Sous Chef

Puglian Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Red Splatter Ceramic Bottle, £27.50


Alziari Extra Virgin Olive Oil, £18

The Newt In Somerset

Babylonstoren Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Frantoio, £15

Annabel Jack

Contributing Editor

Annabel is a regular contributor to The GWG, with a taste for finest in food, fashion and interiors.