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The best Christmas restaurant menus for 2016

The best Christmas restaurant menus for 2016

by Great British Chefs 09 November 2016

Looking for a festive feast without the washing up afterwards? We’ve sought out the very best Christmas menus on offer across the UK, from Michelin star turkey dinners to dishes influenced by international traditions.

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Gathering friends and family round the table at Christmas is one of the best things about the holidays, but more and more of us are deciding to leave the kitchen well alone and let someone else do all the hard work for us instead. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to go with colleagues in the run-up to Christmas or want to spend the actual day being served the finest food and drink at a Michelin star restaurant, here are our top picks for what promises to be a memorable Christmas banquet.

Traditional fare

Sometimes Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a nice bit of turkey, plenty of roast potatoes and a bowlful of figgy pudding at the end. Here’s where to go if you want the traditional taste of the festive season.

Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire

With a shellfish cocktail to start and a turkey with all the trimmings for main and Christmas pud for dessert, traditionalists will be more than catered for at this Michelin-starred pub in Clitheroe. But it’s a world away from your average home-cooked meal; with triple-cooked duck fat potatoes, sous vide turkey and more adventurous options (such as the delicious sounding sherry trifle with Pedro Ximenez jelly) on offer, this is a Christmas lunch to remember.

£105 per person. For more information click here.

Galvin at Centurion Club, Hertfordshire

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Feast like the French with the Galvin brothers’ Christmas menu at their new restaurant near St Albans. Turkey is an option, but the truffled Brie de Meaux, foie gras parfait and Clementine cheesecake make this menu much more than what you’d get at home. If turkey isn’t your thing, then there’s the roast Cumbrian chateaubriand or winter truffle risotto, while the warm mince pies served with coffee at the end of the evening ensure you’ll leave full of Christmas cheer.

£155 per person. For more information click here.

Northcote, Lancashire

Nigel Haworth has been cooking turkey and Christmas pudding in the same way at Northcote for the past thirty years, using traditional recipes that have stood the test of time. The pud comes from an eighteenth century recipe given to him by the grandmother of the restaurant’s managing director Craig Bancroft, while the turkey breast comes with a slow-cooked leg to ensure it’s as moist and flavourful as possible.

£44.50 for a four-course lunch. For more information click here.

Ocean at the Atlantic, Jersey

Blending traditional dishes that we all know and love come Christmas with contemporary cooking techniques, Mark Jordan’s famed Jersey restaurant offers diners the choice of turkey, beef, lamb, salmon, cod or mushroom risotto for main, covering all the bases. To start, favourites such as oak-smoked salmon are given the Michelin star treatment by the likes of crab ketchup and pink grapefruit, and the traditional Christmas pudding is made on the premises and serves with a cognac sauce.

£95 for three courses. For more information click here.

Ormer, Jersey

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Venison with medjool dates at Ormer in Jersey

Elsewhere on the island, Shaun Rankin is taking the best local and seasonal ingredients and adding his own Christmas sparkle. Turkey with apple and sage stuffing, spiced cranberry and bread sauce will please those after a classic feast, but turbot and venison alternatives are there for those wanting something different. The desserts in particular stand out; chestnut and vanilla soufflé comes with a Christmas pudding ice cream, and the mulled wine artic roll is complemented with a poached clementine.

£45 per person. For more information click here.

The Elephant, Devon

What makes The Elephant’s Christmas menu special is the fact that the Kelly Bronze turkeys are reared on the restaurant’s own dedicated farm. Served with salt-baked carrots, savoy cabbage and a cranberry and pancetta jus, you’ll be hard put to find a better turkey dinner anywhere else in the country. One of the starters – a velouté of pheasant and wild mushroom with a quail Scotch egg – also sounds like a real treat.

£90 per person. For more information click here.

The Masons Arms, Devon

Sometimes a simple Christmas dinner is best – something which Mark Dodson at The Masons Arms knows all too well. That’s why dishes include smoked salmon with blinis, traditional roasted turkey and Christmas pudding with brandy sauce. It’s testament to the chef that he can make these ingredients sing with flavour – luckily, you can book yourself onto one of his masterclasses and see how he does it.

For more information click here.

The Terrace at The Montagu Arms, Hampshire

Stichelton salad with pear, walnuts and beetroot, butter-roasted turkey and steamed Christmas pudding are just a few of the tempting courses on offer at The Terrace’s Christmas Day feast, but it’s the little courses in between that really stand out. Potted Lancashire Bomber cheese and a gin and tonic sorbet certainly mark the occasion, while alternatives like a sloe gin and blackberry crumble or escalope of South Coast turbot mean there’s plenty of choice.

£235 per person (Christmas Day). For more information click here.

Tredwells, London

There are four different ‘feasts’ on offer this year at Chantelle Nicholson’s Tredwells, with each one offering plenty of flavour and interesting little twists. Traditional confit turkey legs can be swapped out for a Lake District hanger steak, and the hot smoked salmon starter can be upgraded to a Brixham crab salad with pear, Parmesan and chestnuts. The puddings stray from the classic Christmas pud, but if you’re more of a cheese fan then these can be swapped out for a selection from La Fromagerie.

£45–£75 per person. For more information click here.

Upstairs at Trinity, London

 
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Adam Byatt's shared goose platter at Trinity

Bring a crowd for this menu, as the star of the meal is a roast goose for the table to share served with goose fat potatoes, buttered sprout tops and cranberry stuffing. To start, go with the in-house gin-cured salmon with pickles and dill, or enjoy a taste of northern Italy with the barbecued broccoli and bagna cauda (an anchovy-based dip).

£55 per person. For more information click here.

Waters, Birmingham

Turkey here is served ‘Waters’ style’, taking the roast meat and turning it into a brioche bon bon with pork stuffing, chestnuts and cranberries, while Christmas pudding comes in the form of a soufflé with mulled wine syrup, ice cream and chocolate holly leaves.

£35 per person. For more information click here.

Festive twists

With a nod to festive traditions but leaving the classic turkey dinner to home cooks, these are the restaurants serving truly special menus that make the most of winter’s bounty.

Coast, Pembrokeshire

There might not be an iconic roast turkey with all the trimmings on Will Holland’s menu, but take a closer look and all those traditional flavours we love are there. Chargrilled turkey escalopes come with shredded Brussels sprouts and bread sauce, the smoked ham hock ballotine is lifted with a pineapple chutney and bitter leaves and the crusted cod fillet is flavoured with sage, onion, chestnut and cockle butter.

£29 for three courses. For more information click here.

Elystan Street, London

Entirely inspired by classical Christmas flavours but delivered with a sprinkling of contemporary flair, Phil Howard’s new restaurant offers plenty of choice and the very finest produce. Stuffing-crusted Gigha halibut, Montgomery cheddar roulade, goose spring rolls, griddled sprouts with salt-baked celeriac and a black velvet ice cream are just some of the dishes available.

£50 for three courses. For more information click here.

Grain Store, London

 
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Vegetable-led dishes make Grain Store's Christmas menu a real treat

Stand out dishes at Bruno Loubet’s vegetable-led restaurant include mushroom and Montgomery cheddar croquettes to start followed by the roast cauliflower and gingerbread puree with braised endive, green onion and duck fat salsa and roast partridge. While none of the dishes are what you’d normally find on the table come Christmas Day, each one is positively bursting with festive flavour and makes the most of produce at the height of its season.

£34.50 per person. For more information click here.

Hix, London

Designed to be shared by the whole table, Mark Hix’s various festive feasts include three starters, a showstopper of a main with sides and one giant dessert for everyone to tuck into. For a real treat, go for the roast shellfish feast, featuring Dorset lobster, Portland crab, razor clams, Dublin Bay prawns and scallops, or opt for a Goodman’s goose with quince sauce and chestnuts.

£47.50 to £80 per person. For more information click here.

Odette’s, London

The black beef fillet at Bryn Williams’ Primrose Hill stalwart comes with hassleback potatoes, celeriac and truffle, which promises to be something to remember. Whet your appetite with a Parmesan arancini or crab lasagna, and finish off the meal with a piece of Christmas pudding doused in bay leaf custard with a cranberry sorbet on the side.

£40 or £60 per person. For more information click here.

Paris House, Bedfordshire

 
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Just one of the beautiful festive dishes on offer at Paris House

Set in the stunning Woburn Estate, Phil Fanning’s eclectic cuisine has been wowing diners for years, and it looks like its festive offering is no different. There’s no roast turkey to be seen, with dishes like slow-cooked oxtail stuffed with bacon and shallot or quince with a gingerbread-spiced mousse instead. There are six-, eight- and ten-course menus available, expertly paired with the world’s best wines.

£52 to £109 per person. For more information click here.

The Cross, Warwickshire

Chef Adam Bennett is a firm believer in the significance of the traditional Christmas lunch, but prefers to leave the turkey and pudding for the day itself. Instead, he takes the best of the season and adds that festive touch with ingredients such as chestnuts and wild cranberries. Celeriac soup with lovage oil, slow-cooked beef cheek and warm hazelnut cake are just some of the treats on offer.

£45 for three courses. For more information click here.

The Pony and Trap, Somerset

 
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The Pony & Trap offers a seven-course tasting menu

Nine courses of the finest food in the South West will be on offer at Josh Eggleton’s Michelin-starred inn, including a very festive partridge and pear terrine, blue cheese and leek scones, Yorkshire puddings with steak tartare and sea bass with a bouillabaisse dressing. However, if you’re after something a little more traditional, there’s also the four-course Christmas à la carte, where you can tuck into a nice piece of goose, venison or sole.

£70 per person. For more information click here.

Bohemia, Jersey

With a parsnip and Vacherin set cream to start, beef cheek in brown butter for main and a bouche d’Noel and clementine to finish (among many other delicious dishes), the offering at Bohemia is incredibly good value and offers something a little different for people looking for a festive meal out.

£25 per person (lunch), £35 per person (dinner). For more information click here.

International influences

Looking for a Christmas feast within the capital? There are dozens of award-winning and Michelin-starred restaurants offering menus that combine seasonal ingredients with festive flavours and traditions from all over the world. If you’re after something a little different than the traditional Christmas dinner, these are the restaurants to book a table at.

The Modern Pantry, London

Anna Hansen’s unmistakable cuisine is given a subtle festive twist in her incredible Christmas menu. While more familiar ingredients like sprout tops, pickled red cabbage, clementines and chestnuts make an appearance, it’s the coconut rice-stuffed inari, brazil nut relish, kumquat and pumpkin seed salsa that’s really got us interested. If you’re a bit tired of the same old dishes in December, The Modern Pantry is where you should be making a reservation.

£45 for three courses. For more information click here.

The Providores, London

You know this won’t be your average Christmas dinner when you’re handed a sparkling umeshu cocktail on arrival. From then on there are certainly nods to traditional flavours (pheasant terrine with mustard fruits, Stilton with chicory and Brussels sprouts) but each one has been given the Peter Gordon treatment. Creedy Carver duck breast comes with orange and cinnamon spiced polenta and a goose croquette, while baked mackerel is served with black garlic and a tomato and curry leaf salad.

£54 for three courses. For more information click here.

Cinnamon Club, London

 
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The garam masala Christmas pudding at Cinnamon Club

Both of Vivek Singh’s famed restaurants offer an alternative feast on Christmas Day with a modern Indian flair. Tuck into Keralan-style lobster soup flamed with cognac or South Indian-spiced goose breast with red onion and curry leaves, with a cinnamon bellini to put you in the mood. To finish, try the garam masala Christmas pudding or the chocolate and cumin tart.

£45 for three courses. For more information click here.

Lima, London

The Peruvians do Christmas a little differently than here in the UK, something that’s expertly reflected in Robert Ortiz’s festive menu. Suckling pig – served with a sweet mandarin compote and corn cake – is the stand out dish, as is the octopus braised in cactus juice with yellow potatoes for starters. With completely different flavours to the traditional British Christmas dinner, it’s perfect for people who aren’t a fan of all the rich, meaty dishes usually on offer.

£45 per person. For more information click here.

Tamarind, London

If there’s a group of you looking for a place to celebrate, then Tamarind’s festive Indian menu is perfect. Pheasant tikka, Andhra chicken curry, broccoli with kale and parsnips and a warm ginger rice pudding are just some of the dishes available, and the wines are perfectly matched with the spicy flavours.

£42 per person. For more information click here.

Texture, London

Fancy something completely different? Agnar Sverrison’s Michelin-starred menu is full of Icelandic influences, and while the salmon gravlax with mustard and dill and the roe deer with sprouts and chocolate sauce might be familiar, a starter of herring with akvavit (a Scandinavian flavoured spirit) is something truly unique. Agnar’s style of cooking replaces butter and cream with light olive oil, too, so it’s great if you’re not a fan of fatty food.

£99 per person. For more information click here.

José Pizarro Broadgate, London

With a selection of charcuterie, salmon, pork and other lovely tapas to share, José Pizarro’s flagship restaurant is great for groups of friends looking for an informal festive get-together. Everyone gets their own main – lamb cutlets, sea bass or lentils with butternut squash and blue cheese – before a giant Tarta Isabel (a type of apple tarte Tatin) is brought to the table.

£35 per person. For more information click here.

Sartoria, London

Southern Italian cooking is some of the most flavourful in Europe, and the dishes being served up at Sartoria do not disappoint. To start, the brown and white crab salad with gorgeous Tropea onions sets the scene, before moving on to a plate of Grana Padano and wild mushroom gnocchi. The main event sees a Sardinian-style suckling pig served with double-baked potatoes and pinzimonio, with one of the best tiramisus in London to finish.

£55 for three courses, £70 for four courses. For more information click here.

 
 

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