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Let the Festivities Begin – Christmas Fine Dining Ideas & Treats for All in December
Festive frivolities have started with Christmas fare making its first joyous appearance on special seasonal menus now. From the tastiest smoked salmon, your classic roast turkey with sage and onion stuffing, Christmas pudding with brandy butter and moreish mince pies…it’s perfect to celebrate with family, friends and work pals that you may not be spending the big day with. Here are some of the best pre-Christmas and ‘Twixmas’ menus, plus luxury treating, to put on your wishlist:
Morton’s Club, 28 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6EN Tel: 020 7499 0363
Ready for a glitzy Christmas? Morton’s, the exclusive but very relaxed members club in fashionable Berkeley Square, has launched its pre-christmas menu. Enjoy an amazing two course festive lunch for £35 per person or three courses for £39 per person. Or, dinner is three courses for just £49 per person. Dress code applies and pre-booking is required.
Luxury Restaurant Club members are given access and receive a 15% reduction from total bill and one complimentary cocktail per person. See Club details.
The Idle Rocks, Harbourside, St. Mawes, Cornwall TR2 5AN Tel: 01326 270270
What about a stunning waterside location for a festive feast, then venture to The Idle Rocks, the boutique Cornish hotel in St Mawes with its fabulous harbour views.
The Idle Rocks offers a choice of well-priced two course seasonal lunch menu of £27.50 per person or three courses for £35 per person. A tasting menu is also available for lunch and dinner for £75 per person. The festive menus are available from 1st December to 22nd December. Lunch is served from 12pm to 2.30pm and dinner from 7pm to 9pm.
Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy a complimentary glass of local Cornish organic sparkling wine to accompany their meal. See Club details.
Coworth Park, Blacknest Rd, Sunningdale, Ascot SL5 7SE Tel: 01344 876600
Seeking a refined yet relaxing retreat, try Dorchester Collection’s country house hotel in Ascot, bordering on Windsor Great Park. Enjoy three great choices for dining: Michelin-starred Restaurant Coworth Park for fine dining; The Barn for a more rustic setting or perhaps a festive afternoon tea in the Drawing Room. And, don’t forget to make time afterwards to wrap up and take a stroll through the grounds. Unbeatable!
Restaurant Coworth Park: Lunch £45 per person for 3 courses inclusive of a glass of house wine, coffee and chocolates. Friday and Saturday only from Friday 1st December – Saturday 23rd December. See Festive Lunch Menu.
Dinner £50 per person for 3 courses inclusive of a glass of house wine, coffee and chocolates. Wednesday – Friday only from Wednesday 29th November – Friday 22nd December. See Festive Dinner Menu.
The Barn: Lunch £45 per person for 3 courses inclusive of a glass of house wine, coffee and mince pies. Monday – Friday only from Monday 27th November – Friday 22nd December. See The Barn Festive Lunch Menu.
Dinner £50 per person for 3 courses inclusive of a glass of house wine, coffee and mince pies. Monday – Thursday only from Monday 27th November – Thursday 21st December. See The Barn Festive Dinner Menu.
The Drawing Room: Festive Afternoon Tea priced at £34 per person for Traditional or £46 per person for Champagne Afternoon Tea. Monday – Friday only. Monday 20th November – Friday 22nd December. See Festive Afternoon Tea Menu.
Christmas Carols Afternoon Tea, priced at £55 per person with a glass of Champagne. Local choir singing carols during tea service. Saturday and Sunday only. Saturday 18th November – Saturday 23rd December, excluding Sunday 26th November. See Christmas Carols Afternoon Tea Menu.
Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy 10% reduction from the food and beverage bill. See Club details.
The Lygon Arms, High Street, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7DU Tel: 01386 852 255
For something extra special for the young ones, we highly recommend taking them to ‘Meet Santa‘ at The Lygon Arms. Available on 2nd, 9th and 16th December. On the menu, the little ones will meet Santa whilst enjoying an indulgent seasonal selection of savoury and sweet treats.
Enjoy…Honey roast ham sandwiches, Cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, Jam sandwiches, fllowed by…Warm scones with clotted cream and jam, Chocolate brownie, Snowflake cupcake, Gingerbread men, Marshmallow pops, Chocolate coins. Santa will be enjoying the day from 2.30pm – 5.30pm and there will be a gift for every child.£18 per child (up to 12) & £25 per adult. To book call reservations on 01386 852255.
Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy dining benefits at the hotel but please note the ‘Meet Santa’ is as per ticket cost and not valid with member offer.
Petrus, 1 Kinnerton St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8EA Tel: 020 7592 1609
For a very special Kitchen Table experience…and a very French Christmas, look no further than the Petrus. This festive Kitchen Table experience has been created by Head Chef Larry Jayasekara. It’s perfect for a theatrical family-inspired feast that celebrates French cooking of the highest standard, featuring the best French ingredients and impeccable service. The menu provides a unique opportunity to learn about French culinary savoir-faire from Larry and his team as they celebrate the festive season in true style. Featuring modern interpretations of classic French dishes, such as beef tartare and Jerusalem artichoke velouté with black truffle, the main part of the festive feast culminates with a slow roasted whole capon. The bird is brought to the table and carved for each group family-style and accompanied with a gratin of dauphinoise, sautéed mushrooms and a jus rôti. To finish, guests will be treated to baked Vacherin cheese with grilled sourdough and a prune and Armagnac soufflé.
The Christmas Kitchen Table experience provides a truly memorable gastronomic experience for enthusiasts of fine dining to indulge with family or friends during the festive period. Available to book for four to eight guests, from 1st – 23rd December and priced at £185 per person and at £300 per person including wine pairings. To book email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 592 1373.
Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy benefits when dining in the restaurant from the a la carte menu, but excludes this special Kitchen Table experience. See Club details.
Cliveden, Taplow, Berkshire, England SL6 0JF Tel: 01628 607107
There are very few places more impressive than Cliveden, if any at all. For the grandest of Christmas’s and friendliest of greetings, Restaurant Andre Garrett is one for your Santa wish list. Gather family, friends and colleagues and enjoy their Festive Market Menu for £40 per person for three courses. Available for parties of eight or less, Monday to Saturday…and includes crackers. Available from the 25th November to 2nd January 2018. See Festive Market Menu.
A trip to Cliveden would not be complete without a leisurely stroll around the beautiful 376 acre estate. An additional charge of £7 is levied by the National Trust for all guests visiting Cliveden House although if you are already a National Trust member there is no extra charge.
Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy a 10% reduction from the Festive Market Menu for lunch on days detailed in link, or members dine complimentary from a la carte or tasting menus. See Club details.
The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia, London SW1X 7TA Tel: 020 7259 5599
For small groups of four or more guests, enjoy a three-course set menu in the Michelin-starred Céleste restaurant from 24th November until 23rd December. Served from 12pm to 2.30pm, it is a beautiful setting (and perfect for Knightsbridge shopping) for a celebratory, relaxed lunch with friends, colleagues or family. Three courses are available at £45 per person.
Or, for a Festive Afternoon Tea from 24th November until 30th December, the Lanesborough gives its award-winning afternoon tea a festive twist, recreating Christmas classics in the form of delicate pastries. Served in the spectacular setting of Céleste, enjoy your tea accompanied with piano music playing familiar festive classics from £48 per person. Also, on the 10th and 16th of December Festive Afternoon Tea service will be accompanied by live carols between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.
Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne when dining. See Club details.
Chewton Glen, Christchurch Rd, New Milton BH25 6QS Tel: 01425 275341
Can you spot Santa above? Hampshire’s grandest hotel and spa, on the edges of the New Forest in New Milton, brings you a home from home experience. The Dining Room at Chewton Glen offers a three course festive lunch for £45 per person, including coffee and mince pies. See Festive Lunch Menu.
Or, celebrate Christmas coming by booking the five course festive dinner for £70 per person, including coffee and spiced macarons. See Festive Dinner Menu. Available from Saturday 25th November to Sunday 24th December 2017. Santa not included…well, he’s busy.
Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy 10% off all food and beverage. See Club details.
The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury RG20 8JU Tel: 01635 528770
For an extra special December with extra special wines, The Vineyard at Stockcross is a must. Close to Newbury and Reading, the hotel is easily accessible and has an excellent priced festive menu. Available between 1st and 23rd December 2017 a special à la carte menu will be available for £29 per person and Sunday lunches are priced at £39 per person. And no, the wines do not come out of the tree.
Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with the festive menu. See Club details.
Wanting to be grand … then enjoy festivities in the magnificent five star Luton Hoo. Take in the pillared halls, elegant lounges, period rooms, formal gardens and the award-winning Wernher Restaurant for a touch of gracious living.
Festive dining starts 1st December to 24th December for lunch Wednesday to Saturday 12.30pm – 2pm for a three course menu for £32 per person. Dinner Wednesday to Friday 7pm – 10pm, Saturday 6.30pm – 10.30pm for a three course menu for £45 per person. See Festive Dining Menu.
Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy complimentary member dining (just pay for guests). See Club details.
Blakes Hotel, 33 Roland Gardens, London SW7 3PF Tel: 0207 370 6701
Looking for a drinks party, stop here! Blakes Courtyard has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland in collaboration with Laurent-Perrier this festive season, as the Laurent Perrier Winter Garden. Cosy up with your friends and loved ones under heated umbrellas and warm blankets by Laurent-Perrier. Certainly a very different and uplifting place to go for drinks in small groups.
Enjoy a selection of the finest champagnes, including Cuveé Rose, Grand Siècle and Ultra Brut, paired with a delectable offering of Blakes signature dishes such as oysters, caviar and yellowtail tartare. See the Laurent Perrier Winter Garden Menu of Champagne and oysters.
The garden is running from 20th November 2017 – 7th January 2018. To book please call +44(0)207 370 6701 or email email@example.com
Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy savings of 10% off lunch time dining from the a la carte menu, and a glass of champagne for dinner dining should members wish to dine in the restaurant. Please note offer is not valid in the Winter Wonderland. See Club details.
Great Fosters, Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey TW20 9UR Tel: 01784 433822
Traditionalists, art lovers and foodies, step forth to Great Fosters. It’s less than 30 minutes outside London, a building of great historical importance, and a setting where Christmas can be truly appreciated. The Estate Grill is one of their beautiful dining rooms with graceful oak beams and contemporary art. It offers a festive menu for lunch and dinner available from Monday 4th December until Saturday 23rd December. They are able to accommodate up to 12 guests on any one table too … and crackers are included!
Lunch Monday – Saturday £32, Lunch Sunday £37, Dinner Monday – Sunday £45. All prices are per person. The Estate Grill is open daily from 12.30pm – 2.30pm Monday – Friday, all day on Saturday and on Sunday from 12.30pm – 4pm and 6.30pm – 9pm. To book, call 01784 433822. See Festive Menu.
Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy 10% reduction from the total food bill when dining from the festive menu. See Club details.
Boisdales, Swedeland Court, 202 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4NR Tel: 020 7283 1763
At Boisdale of Bishopsgate it always seems like Christmas. A traditional Scottish restaurant with live music, jazz and fine dining, there is always a party atmosphere here. They offer a Christmas menu throughout December at great value – a delicious two course Set Bar Menu from just £24.50, with roast free range bronze turkey with all the trimmings! See Festive Bar Menu.
Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne to accompany the Festive Set Bar Menu on Mondays and Tuesday in December on 4th and 5th, 11th and 12th, 18th and 19th December. Applicable for up to six guests. See Club details.
L’Ortolan, Church Lane, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY Tel: 0118 988 8500
Boutique foodie paradise, its all here. Michelin-starred L’Ortolan in the Berkshire countryside near Reading introduces its festive lunches for Monday to Saturday from Friday 1st December to Friday 22nd December. Lunch is three courses at £43 per person. See Festive Lunch Menu. Dinner is six courses at £58 per person. See Festive Dinner Menu. Please note, on Monday Lunchtimes throughout December, the Festive Lunch is the only menu available.
Lainston House, Woodman Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester SO21 2LT Tel: 01962 776088
And finally, Christmas is a wonderful time of year to spend at the five star Lainston House, part of the Exclusive Hotels group, situated on the outskirts of Winchester. Think log fires, cosy lounges, elegant dining rooms and the most delicious food. Join family, friends or colleagues for a festive two-course lunch in beautiful The Avenue restaurant, available throughout December. From £26 per person. Here’s hoping for a white Christmas full of snowmen around the 63 acres of idyllic grounds. We can’t wait to start rolling snowballs from this picture!
Luxury Restaurant Club members enjoy 20% reduction from the food and beverage bill. See Club details.
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