The lead up to Christmas Eve is almost as good as the holiday itself and is a perfect time to socialise with friends and work colleagues. It’s also the time when restaurants produce some delicious festive menus which are a fraction of the cost of dining out on Christmas Day. Here we publish a selection of December menus at some of our favourite venues which also represent great value for money – for example members pay as little as £15 pp for an amazing three course festive menu at Great Fosters and Luton Hoo Hotels’. See part one of our ‘festive savers’ post below with part two due later this week.
1. Coworth Park, Ascot
Luxury is all about experience and that comes in abundance at this relaxed and glamorous country manor. Within easy access of London, Dorchester Collection’s 17th Century mansion and polo estate is set in a 240-acre equestrian estate and is the epitome of cool and chic country house living. The 2014 Christmas menu is available in both restaurants, so whether you want to dress up for the restaurant or go casual in The Barn, mulled wine and turkey await!
Restaurant Coworth Park Festive Menu
Lunch – 3 courses for £35.00 including a glass of mulled wine (prior to membership reduction)
Dinner – 3 courses for £40.00 including a glass of mulled wine (prior to membership reduction)
Starters: Parsnip and apple soup (v), Duck liver parfait with sourdough crisps, Homemade gravadlax with fennel and dill salad
Mains: Ballotine of turkey with winter cabbage and roasted potatoes, Open ravioli of goats cheese, beetroot and balsamic onions (v), Stone baked bream with a trio of celeriac
Desserts: Belvedere Forest, milk chocolate, damson; blackberry and sarsaparilla ice cream; Christmas plum pudding, caramelised apple and Somerset cider brandy ; Crème caramel with clementine and festive spice
Enjoy with a glass of mulled wine and mince pies
Available for Lunch Tuesday to Saturday, from Tuesday 2rd December until Saturday 27th December (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing day)
Available for Dinner Tuesday to Friday, from Tuesday 2nd December until Tuesday 23rd December
Members receive a 10% reduction from the total food and beverage bill for lunch Tuesday to Friday and Dinner Tuesday to Thursday.
The Barn Festive Menu
3 courses for £35.00 including a glass of mulled wine (prior to membership reduction)
Starters: East Neuk king prawn and crab cocktail; Sweetcorn velouté with chive crème fraîche; Puddledub pork and black pudding terrine with cranberry chutney
Mains: Peace Hill Farm roast turkey with ‘all the trimmings’; Pan-fried Loch Duart salmon with cauliflower,baby artichokes and spinach; Locally picked wild mushroom risotto with goats cheese and a herb crust
Puddings: Christmas plum pudding with Cumberland rum butter and pouring custard; Gingerbread latte tiramisu, toasted parkin and chocolate sauce; Lemon posset, confit cranberry and all butter shortbread
Enjoy with a glass of mulled wine, coffee and mince pies
Available for both lunch and dinner Monday to Friday from Tuesday 2nd December until Friday 19th December
Members enjoy a 10% reduction from the total food and beverage bill for lunch Monday to Friday and Dinner Sunday to Thursday. For more details of restaurants go www.dorchestercollection.com/en/ascot/coworth-park/restaurant-bars and for member benefit click here.
2. Luton Hoo, Luton, Bedfordshire
Magnificent Luton Hoo lies on the borders of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and like Coworth has enjoyed an amazing refurbishment in the last few years. With pillared halls and elegant lounges the Mansion House has an imposing grandeur but a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Luton’s Chef Kevin Clark has created an inspired Christmas menu which can be enjoyed in the opulent Wernher restaurant.
The Wernher Restaurant Festive Menu
Lunch – 3 Courses for £30.00 per person (prior to membership reduction)
Dinner – 3 Courses for £42.50 per person (prior to membership reduction)
All day Sunday £35.00
Starters: Heritage Carrot Velouté with Onion Seed and Coriander Fritters (v); Beetroot and Dill Cured Scottish Salmon; Celeriac and Horseradish Remoulade, Endive Salad and Wholemeal Black Olive Crostini; Savoury Cheesecake, Walnut Crumble, Red Onion Chutney and a Celery and Confit Tomato Salad (v); Roast Goose and Pheasant Terrine, Poached Kumquat Emulsion, Parsnip Crisps and Tarragon Dressing
Main Course: Traditional Norfolk Bronze Turkey Roast Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Sage and Onion Stuffing, Chipolatas in Pancetta and Roast Pan Juices; Pan Fried Fillet of Seabass Mussel and Crayfish Thermidor, Creamy Mash Potato and Wilted Kale; Twice Baked Cauliflower Soufflé Buttered Baby Vegetables, Sautéed Greens and Black Truffle Sauce (v); Parsnip and Mint Crusted Rump of English Lamb Carrot Purée, Boulangére Rosti, Roast Vegetables and finished with a Redcurrant Jus
Pudding: Traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce and Brandy Butter; ‘Tasting of Chocolate’ with White Chocolate Sorbet; Trio of Pear Crumble, Parfait and Poached with Maple Ice Cream; Wodehill Blue Cheese with Fine Walnut Toast, complemented with Grapes, Almonds and Fig
Available for both lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday for 3rd December to 24th December.
Member dines complimentary when dining with one or more guests when taking lunch Wednesday to Sunday (Please note a minimum of four diners required to use card benefit for Sunday lunch only until 7pm) or dinner Wednesday to Friday and Sunday evening. For more details of restaurant go to www.lutonhoo.co.uk/festive-dining-wernher and for member benefit click here.
3. Great Fosters, Egham, Surrey
This luxury romantic hotel comes into its own during the festive season as its historic features and vast fireplaces are a perfect backdrop to your Christmas meal. Thought to have been built as a royal hunting lodge in 1550 and very much a stately home since then, Great Fosters is now a prestigious 43 bedroom hotel. The Estate Grill is an open beamed space with a permanently changing display of British art adorning the walls giving it a refreshing contemporary look.
The Estate Grill Festive Menu
Lunch – 3 Courses for £30.00 per person (prior to membership reduction)
Dinner – 3 Courses for £45.00 per person (prior to membership reduction)
Sunday Lunch £35.00
Starters: Garden cauliflower velouté, roasted hazelnut cream; Duck and foie gras terrine, pineapple and chilli jam, gingerbread; Carpaccio of tuna, green apple vinaigrette; Salad of Cashel Blue, beetroot, watercress and horseradish
Main Course: Traditional roast turkey, chestnut stuffing, chipolata, caramelised sprouts and cranberry sauce; Braised beef cheek, bourguignon garnish, creamed potato, fresh herbs; Fillet of silver bream, heritage potatoes, scorched leeks, native oyster Pumpkin risotto, toasted seeds, winter truffle
Pudding: Christmas pudding, cherry compote and brandy sauce; Orange and olive oil cake, cranberry sorbet and pistachio cream; Manjari chocolate mousse, caramel ice cream and white chocolate; Selection of British and French cheeses, homemade fig chutney and walnut bread
The Estate Grill is open daily from 12.30 – 9.30pm Monday – Friday and all day on Saturdays and Sunday from 12.30 – 9.30pm.
Member dines complimentary when dining with one or more guests when taking lunch or dinner Monday to Friday. For more details of restaurant go to www.greatfosters.co.uk/Christmas/FestiveDining.aspx and for member benefit click here.
Part two coming later in the week.
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