The season is indeed upon us and we are delighted to bring you our guide to festive dining in the lead up to Christmas. Whether you are looking for the traditional or the experimental, the sumptuous or the sophisticated, our guide has it all covered. And the best bit? Member cards are accepted on all of these menus right up to Christmas week!

  1. Lainston House, Nr. Winchester, Hampshire

Lainston House, Nr. Winchester
Lainston House, Nr. Winchester

Christmas is such a magical time of the year at Lainston House – the charming 17th Century country house is elegantly framed by welcoming stone archways and overlooks a most impressive view down the mile long avenue of lime trees – perfect with a sprinkling of snow!

Example festive seasonal menu (£26 for 2 courses, £32.50 for 3 courses)

Starter: Smoked Salmon with Pickled Beetroot, Watercress and Lime

Main Course: Roast Chicken with Celeriac, Roast Cabbage and Rhubarb

Dessert: Orange and Chocolate, Mandarin Sorbet, Crumble

Full menu link here. Details of the club offer and timings (member dines complimentary) here.

2. The Palm Court at The Langham, Regent Street, London

Palm Court
Palm Court

Palm Court in The Langham is the sparkling centrepiece of this historic location and famed as the birthplace of the afternoon tea tradition.  The lounge has just undergone a stunning refurbishment that we could resist to showcasing.  As variation, why not consider a seasonal festive tea.  The presentation is super cute and includes a selection of over 30 tea blends.

Example festive afternoon tea (£49 per person, £59 per person with Champagne):

Selection of festive savouries including Roast Bronze Turkey, celery and mustard mayonnaise.

Scones & Preserves including Apple and Cranberry jam

Pasteries including Festive chocolate yule log, Christmas bauble

Full menu link here. Details of club offer and timings (10% reduction off afternoon tea) here.  Dinner also available for member reduction.

3. Colette’s at The Grove, Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire

The Grove
The Grove

Take a trip to The Grove, as Queen Victoria used to, for a festive break with all the trimmings.  Escape, as she regularly did, for a refined time at this leading hotel known as London’s Country Estate.  At the heart of the 18th Century mansion house is Colette’s Restaurant where a marvellous menu is cooked up by the National Chef of the Year, Russell Bateman.

Two festive menus on offer: Haiku £65 for 3 course a la carte available Tuesday to Thursday or the Special £35 for 3 course menu available on following dates: Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 9th December, Tuesday 15th December, Tuesday 22nd December and Wednesday 23rd December.

Menu link here. Details of club offer and timings (member dines complimentary) here.

4. Huttusa Restaurant, Berwick Lodge, Bristol

Berwick Lodge
Berwick Lodge

Enjoy the magical tradition and warm welcome at Berwick Lodge with its comfy sofas and roaring fire. This country retreat has a rich history and boasts an excellent restaurant.

Example festive menu (£30 for 3 course lunch Monday-Thursday, £35 Friday and Saturday): 

Starter: Lamb Belly, Beetroot, Anchovy, Black Olive Caramel, Goats Curd

Main Course: Bronze Turkey Breast and Leg, Apricot and Sage Stuffing, Crispy Potatoes, Sprouts, Chestnuts, Bacon and Cranberry Sauce OR Sea Trout
Verjus Butter, Golden Raisins, Smoked Pancetta, Kale, Violet Potatoes

Dessert: Chocolate and Chestnut Mille-Feuille, Orange and White Chocolate Sorbet

Full menu link here. Details of club offer and timings (20% off food bill) here.

5. Gravetye Manor, Nr. East Grinstead, Sussex

Gravetye Manor
Gravetye Manor

Gravetye is a glorious, unspoilt Elizabethan Manor House dating from 1598. Furnished with antiquities, squeaking floors and log fires, it can best be described as a quintessential English home with 17 bedrooms if you fancy a stopover. And of course this year it celebrated a Michelin star.  Get all sparkly here.

Example festive menu (£65 for 3 course lunch Monday to Saturday)

Starter: Glazed “Tart” of Pig Cheek and Penny Bun roasted celeriac and pear sorbet

Main course: Roasted Breast and Confit Thigh of Guinea Fowl cauliflower, English truffle, pak choi, potato and thyme pressing and mead sauce OR Pine Smoked Haunch of Local Venison Crown Prince pumpkin, kale, granola and game jus 

Dessert: Raspberry Crumble Soufflé clotted cream ice cream, raspberry and mint compote

Full menu link here. Details of club offer and timings (member dines complimentary) here.

6. Luton Hoo, Luton, Bedfordshire

Luton Hoo
Luton Hoo

Lose yourself behind the magnificent facade of the Mansion House and enjoy the grandeur of a bygone age. The ultra-elegant Wernher Restaurant provides a truly spectacular backdrop reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles.

Example festive menu (Wernher Restaurant £30 for 3 course lunch Wednesday to Sunday)

Starter: Potted Pink Shrimp and Crayfish with Bloody Mary Dressing, Avocado, Citrus Salsa and Wholemeal Toast

Main course: Traditional Norfolk Bronze Turkey Roast Potatoes, Sage and Onion Stuffing, Chipolatas in Pancetta, Seasonal Vegetables and Roast Pan Juices OR Pumpkin and Basil Fondant with Wilted Greens, Root Vegetables, Salsify Chips and Truffle Cream (v)

Dessert: Traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce and Clotted Cream

Full menu link here. Details of club offer and timings (member dines complimentary) here.

7. André Garrett at Cliveden, Taplow, Berkshire

Cliveden
Cliveden

Cliveden provides a magical and very special backdrop for Christmas entertaining.  From the giant Nordmann fir in the Great Hall, abundant decorations all around the house to the roaring fires, matched in warmth by the hospitality of their staff, Cliveden is certainly one of the finest choices around.

Example festive a la carte menu (£72.50 for 3 course a la carte)

Starter: English Rose Veal and Porthilly Oyster Tartare, Exmoor Caviar, Dashi, Nasturtium, Sourdough Melba

Main Course: Roasted Yorkshire Red Leg Partridge, Parsley Root, Salsify, Muscat, Walnut Crumble

Dessert: Homemade mincemeat tart white chocolate crumble, muscovado ice cream 

Full menu link here. Details of club offer and timings (member dines complimentary from the festive a la carte menu) here.

8. Estate Grill, Great Fosters, Egham, Surrey

Great Fosters
Great Fosters

Great Fosters at Christmas is full of romance and luxury.  Beautifully decked in Christmas decorations throughout, share in the Grade I listed hotel’s rich heritage with some of the best festive dining around in its elegant Estate Grill.

Example festive menu (£32 for 3 course lunch Monday to Saturday and £37 on Sunday)

Starter: Confit Salmon, Choucroute, Vanilla and Cranberry Dressing

Main course: Traditional Roast Turkey, Chestnut Stuffing, 
Chipolata, Caramelised Sprouts and Cranberry Sauce OR Roast Fillet of Cod, Sarladaise, Cucumber Emulsion, Brown Shrimp

Dessert: Christmas Pudding, Cherry Compote and Brandy Sauce

Full menu link here. Details of club offer and timings (member dines complimentary) here.

9. Restaurant Coworth Park, Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire

Coworth Park
Coworth Park

Head to the relaxed elegance of Coworth, part of the world exclusive Dorchester Collection. Glamorous yet comfortable the exquisite cuisine of Restaurant Coworth Park showcases a modern outlook on classical British dishes.

Example festive menu (£35 for 3 course lunch- includes glass of house wine, tea, coffee and hand made chocolates)

Starter: Trio of Scottish salmon

Main course: Ballotine of turkey with roasted root vegetables, potatoes and chestnuts OR Pan seared halibut, crab potato cake and shellfish nage

Dessert: Dark chocolate, cherry and kirsch yule log

Full menu link here. Details of club offer and timings (member receives 10% reduction from food and beverage bill) here.

10.  Aviator Hotel, Farnborough

Aviator by Tag
Aviator by Tag

For sheer style and sophistication this year look no further than The Aviator By Tag. Inspired by classic Vogue and Vanity Fair magazine covers and the famous photographers of our time, Aviator will transform into a month-long glittering celebration fuelled with glamour, style and sophistication.

Example festive menu (£29.50 for 3-course lunch):

Starter – Confit duck ragout with cauliflower velouté and black truffle shavings

Main Course – Roast breast of turkey with ballotine turkey leg stuffed with cranberry & chestnuts, bread & cranberry sauce and ‘all the trimmings’ OR Filet of stone bass with polenta gnocchi, celeriac purée and mussels

Dessert – Prune & Armagnac rice pudding with raisin shortbread

Full menu link here Details of club offer and timings (member dines complimentary) here

11. Chewton Glen, New Forest, Hampshire

Chewton Glen visited by Santa
Chewton Glen visited by Santa

There is something very, very grand and very Christmas about this famous 5 AA Red Star destination.  Chewton Glen knows just how to do Christmas – relaxed, stylish, innovative and bags of fun, it has been a purveyor of some of the very best Xmas’s since the 60’s.  Festive menus have lots of choices.

Example festive menu (£37 for 3 courses lunch, £60 for 5 course dinner)

Starter: Celeriac, Parsnip & Apple Soup with Blue Cheese Beignets

Main Course: Roast New Forest ‘Wrolstad’ Bronze Turkey with Traditional Trimmings & Roasted Vegetables

Desserts: Warm Chocolate Mousse, Tonka Bean Ice Cream & Salted Nuts

Full menu link here.  Details of club offer and timings (10% off food and beverage) here.

12. Seaham Hall, Byron’s Bar & Grill, County Durham

Seaham Hall
Seaham Hall

Seaham Hall comes into its own at this time of year.  A perfect sanctuary for snug winter days or evenings and a cosy getaway from those winter blues. The Byron’s Bar & Grill in the mansion house offers a scrumptious destination to bring in Christmas.

Example festive menu (£30 for 3 course lunch Monday – Friday)

Starter: Goosnargh duck pressing with spiced brioche and apricot

Main course: Traditional roast Bronze turkey with chestnut stuffing, chipolata sausage, button sprouts and cranberry sauce OR Slow cooked blade beef with smoted potato puree and sweet carrot

Dessert: Christmas pudding, cherry compote and brandy sauce

Full menu link here. Details of club offer and timings (member receives 20% reduction from food bill) here.

13. Greywalls, Chez Roux, Muirfield, Edinburgh

Greywalls, Edinburgh
Greywalls, Edinburgh

Not just a golfers Christmas paradise with its views over the 9th and 18th holes of the famous greens of Muirfield, but also a diners.  Home to Chez Rouz and the recent winner of Best Fine Dining Restaurant East Lothian 2015 accolade, Greywalls is a stylish, tranquil retreat full of Edwardian splendour and Scottish hospitality.  Perfect to get you feeling relaxed and full of winter cheer.

Example festive menu available from 1st December (£28.50 for a 3 course lunch, £31.50 for a three course dinner)

Starter: Braised Ox-Tail in Crepinette with Smoked Bone Marrow and Dandelion Salad

Main Course: Breast of Borders Pheasant and mini pie, with Dauphinoise Potato and Broccoli, Light Pheasant Jus with Tarragon Oil

Dessert: Homemade Christmas Pudding, Brandy Sauce

Full menu link here.  Details of club offer and timings (15% from total food and beverage bill) here.

14. Dukes London – THIRTY SIX by Nigel Mendham

Dukes - THIRTY SIX by Nigel Mendham, London
Dukes – THIRTY SIX by Nigel Mendham, London

With long-established traditions and fantastic trimmings, Dukes lends itself perfectly to this time of year.  As a holder of the World’s Ultimate Service award, attention to detail and exacting standards are evident.  Join in the celebratory fun with the finest 3 AA Rosette food in Thirty Six restaurant.

Example festive set menu available from 1st December (£42 for 3 course lunch to include a welcome glass of Prosecco, £49 for dinner to include a welcome glass of Prosecco)

Starter: Rabbit with Apple, Celeriac, Mustard Seed, Raisin  

Main Course: Pheasant with Confit Swede, Charred Sprouts, Rillet, Winter Leaves

Dessert: Rice Pudding with Caramelised Pineapple, Coconut Ice, Macadamia Nut and Coriander

Full menu link here.  Details of club offer and timings (members and guests receive a glass of wine) here.

15. The Spread Eagle, Midhurst, West Sussex

The Spread Eagle, Midhurst
The Spread Eagle, Midhurst

For that special time of year where better to spend a classic Christmas than this very special building dating back to 1430.  Characterised by roaring log-fires, oak-panelled rooms and ancient timbers in the heart of the medieval market town of Midhurst, book to dine here to unlock fond memories of bygone Christmas’s past.

Example set festive lunch menu (£19.50 for 2 courses, £23 for 3 courses

Starter: Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Smoked Salmon Cream

Main Course: Traditional Roast Turkey with Rosemary Potatoes, Bacon Chipolatas, Cheshnut Stuffing, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Bread Sauce and Cranberry Sauce

Dessert: The Spread Eagle’s Famous Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce

Full menu link here.  Details of club offer and timings (member dines complimentary) here.

16. Hartwell House, Nr. Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Hartwell House, Nr Aylesbury
Hartwell House, Nr Aylesbury

For a grand launch to Christmas we recommend a trip to historic stately home and National Trust treasure of Hartwell House.  Meet in the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere of one of the magnificent drawing rooms with a glass of Prosecco and canapes before enjoying the delicious menus.

Example festive menu from 1st to 23rd December, excluding Sunday (£40 for courses with Prosecco

Starter: Smoked salmon filled with a smoked fish and crab mousse with beetroot caviar

Main Course: Roasted breast of Chiltern Valley pheasant, with sauté Savoy cabbage, pancetta lardons and chestnuts, Hartwell honey glazed carrots, creamed potatoes, rich red wine sauce

Dessert:  Layered Valrhona Azelia and Opyals chocolate mousse on feuilletine biscuit topped with cranberry jelly with poached raspberries and cranberry and raspberry sorbet 

Coffee and mince pies

Full menu link here.   Details of club offer and timings (15% off total food and beverage bill) here.

17. Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Nr. Forest Row, Sussex

Ashdown Park
Ashdown Park

The magnificent manor house of Ashdown Park Hotel, within its 186 acre estate in the heart of Ashdown Forest, provides the perfect welcoming setting for a traditional and cosy Christmas.  Throughout December the Anderida Restaurant is serving 4 different choices per course of marvellous festive fayre.

Example festive menu from 1st to 23rd December (£27.50 for 3 course lunch Monday to Saturday, Sunday lunch £30, £42.50 for 3 course dinner for Monday to Saturday.

Starter: Hot Smoked Salmon Terrine, Whipped Horseradish, Pickled Apple

Main Course: Traditional Roast Local Turkey, Apricot and Sage Stuffing, Smoked Bacon, Savoy Cabbage, Cranberry and Orange Preserve

Dessert: Steamed Traditional Christmas Pudding, Ginger Ice Cream, Pistachio Crumble

Full menu link here.  Details of club offer and timings (member dines complimentary) here.

18. L’Ortolan, Shinfield, Nr. Reading, Berkshire

L'ortolan
L’ortolan

Foodies will love this treat in the Michelin-starred L’Ortolan.  The Grade II listed building gets into full party swing for a taste of true luxury, exquisite wines and super-friendly service.  There are plenty of choices for you to indulge in.

Example festive menus (£38 for 3 course lunch, £48 for 6 course festive tasting lunch, £55 for 6 course festive midweek dinner)

Starter: Pan Fried Mackerel, Ponzu Dressed Mackerel, Tartare, Miso

Main Course: Roasted Beef Rump of Beef, Pomme Puree, Textures of Cauliflower, Red Wine Jus

Dessert: Christmas Pudding, Cinnamon & Nutmeg Streusel, Rum Crème Anglaise, Cointreau Sorbet

Full menu link here.  Details of club offer and timings (10% from the total food bill) here.

19. Galvin at Windows, London W1

Galvin at Windows

Treat someone special to a memorable pre-Christmas lunch or dinner at the Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows on Park Lane.  With 360-degree views and an exquisite French menu this is a perfect landmark destination.

Example festive menu (£80 for 3 courses from 25 November to 24 December)

Starter: Veloute of Wild Mushroom served with Poached Hen Egg and Potato Cream

Main Course: Braised Ox Cheeks served with Foie Gras, Root Vegetables and Jus Diablo

Dessert: Tarte Tatin of Williams Pear served with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce 

Full menu link here. Details of club offer and timings (members and guests enjoy a glass of Champagne) here.

20. Humphry’s at Stoke Park, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire

Stoke Park
Stoke Park

And exhale!  Picture yourself relaxing in the warmth of hospitality at Stoke Park, one of the most famous country landmark houses.  This magical destination offers both excellent value for money, incredible service and a five choices per course on a superb festive pre-Christmas menu.

Example festive menu (£36 for 3 courses for lunch or dinner)

Starter: Lobster Bisque with Mini Lobster Ravioli

Main Course: Roast Turkey with Traditional Accompaniments, Seasonal Vegetables and Herb Roasted Potatoes

Dessert: Spiced Citrus Fruit Jelly with Mandarin Sorbet, Citrus Foam and Chocolate Sauce 

Full menu link here. Details of club offer and timings (member dines complimentary) here.

21. Chinese Cricket Club Restaurant, Crowne Plaza London

Chinese Cricket Club
Chinese Cricket Club

Located on the corner of New Bridge Street in Blackfriars, we invite you experience the modern menu of Sichuan specialities created by Executive head chef Ken Wang. For those that prefer an asian twist to their turkey!

Example festive menu (£35 for 4 course lunch)

Starter: Crispy squid in salt and pepper and Crispy Aromatic Duck 

Main course: Diced Turkey with Kung-po sauce

Dessert: Traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce

Full menu link here. Details of club offer and timings (member receives 20% reduction from food bill) here.

22.  The Riverside Restaurant at The Compleat Angler, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

The Compleat Angler
The Compleat Angler

 

Add some sparkle to your season at the Compleat Angler.  Its setting overlooking the Marlow Weir is hugely impressive both night and day.  Atmospheric, intimate and memorable, this newly revamped restaurant is a perfect stop for Santa.

Example festive menu (£25 for 2 course lunch, £28.50 for 3 course lunch, £39.50 for 2 course dinner and £45.50 for 3 course dinner)

Starter: Burnt Honey and Parsnip Soup

Main Course: Roast British Turkey with Sage and Onion Stuffing, Roast Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Pigs in Blankets and Bread Sauce

Dessert: ‘Hot Chocolate’ Mousse and Vanilla Marshmallow

Full menu link here.  Details of club offer and timings (member dines complimentary) here.

23. Belmond British Pullman, London to various locations

Belmond British Pullman
Belmond British Pullman

Step on board Belmond British Pullman – sister train to the Venice Simpson-Orient Express, and experience fine dining on a luxury train with ever changing views. This is the ultimate Christmas dining experience where from the moment you join the train you will be transported to a world of pure indulgence. Take a seat in one of the vintage 1920’s carriages for a stylish trip gliding through stunning scenery.  Expect glamour, fine dining and fun on Belmond British Pullman.

Festive trips from £370 includes round trip from London Victoria, table top magicians, 5 course lunch with Champagne and half a bottle of wine per person.

Full details here.  Details of club offer and timings (10% off for bookings prior to 31 December 2015) here.

24. Rudding Park, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Rudding Park
Rudding Park

With crisp winter mornings, roaring log fires and carols in the Chapel, Rudding Park is a magical place to experience Christmas – check out their fun Christmas photography.  Award-winning Rudding Park is one of the most beautiful Harrogate hotels and voted the Best UK Hotel outside London by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2015.  Take a trip to The Clocktower Restaurant for a healthy dose of merriment.

Example festive menu from 1st to 23 December (£44 for 3 courses, or prebook for discounted prices £26 for lunch Monday to Thursday or £31.50 for Friday, £37 over weekend.  £36.50 for dinner Sunday to Thursday and £42.50 for Friday and Saturday).  Choices of 4 dishes per course.

Starter: Confit Duck, Tangerine & Cumin Jam and Watercress Salad

Main Course: Pork Fillet, Serrano Ham, Honey Roast Baby Parsnips, Pommes Puree, Crispy Kale

Dessert: Clementine Panna Cotta, Cranberry Compote, Orange and Walnut Brittle

Full menu link here.  Details of club offer and timings (member dines complimentary) here.

25.  Paris House, Woburn Park, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire

Paris House
Paris House

Enjoy an unforgettable festive culinary journey at Phil Fanning’s divine Paris House with his seasonal six course tasting menu.  Bursting with delightful produce and all highlighted with Christmas extravagance, this Michelin restaurant is set in a 22 acre deer park – guaranteed to get you in the spirit.

Six course festive lunch tasting menu £52 per person includes:

Starter: Duck Liver, Pumpkin, Grape and Kombu

Main course: Lobster, Cockles, Braised Red Cabbage and Soured Beetroot

Dessert: Tiramisu, Coffee, Chocolate and Frangelico

Full menu link here.  Details of club offer and timings (members enjoy a 25% reduction) here.

Not a member? Join the Luxury Restaurant Club today to take advantage of these amazing Christmas offers – or why not buy a membership as a present? Find out more at www.luxuryrestaurantguide.com.

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