The chestnuts are roasting, the holly is bristling and Buble is carolling. The Christmas countdown has begun. So, to make Christmas lunch a little less daunting, if you're in London this Christmas Day we’ve compiled this list of luxury restaurants which will be flinging open their doors on the big day, offering a special menus and more for the occasion. Stay local or take a little trip out on quiet roads.
This festive pop-up restaurant found on the Roof of Selfridges, offers the best seasonal and locally sourced ingredients with amazing Oxford Street views. Le Chalet, by Q Grill, opens for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks or even a cigar or two. Visit for a special occasion, a festive celebration or a Christmas shopping pit-stop/break with a view when visiting Selfridges. Open on Christmas day, Le Chalet Christmas menus is ideal for groups of over 10, from £35-£55. – Menu available to view here – includes Pit roasted butternut squash soup, Pit roasted beef short rib, USDA fillet of beef, rosemary & shallot sauce, Bermondsey honey glazed parsnips, Christmas pudding soufflé and brandy ice cream.
Set in the heart of Marylebone, 108 offers a truly local all-day dining experience. 108 Brasserie, just off Marylebone High Street houses two distinctive areas; the bar, a chic and sophisticated drinking and dining area and the brasserie’s dining space, where its modern British dishes take centre stage. Representing local dining at its best 108 presents hearty, uncomplicated food made from the highest quality ingredients centred around the restaurant’s Josper grill. 108’s dining area offers brasserie-style dining and is open all day, seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner - great food, good wine and friendly service are the order of the day.
108 are also offering a Christmas Day feast – See menu attached. The just-revamped brasserie is ideal if you're looking for somewhere in Marylebone. The menu will include seared scallop, celeriac and apple; foie gras parfait, mulled wine jelly, brioche toast; Norfolk bronze turkey, chestnut stuffing, bread sauce and Christmas pudding.
Price: £80 per person for five courses.
Holborn Dining Room
Set in midtown London, Holborn Dining Room serves up seasonal, locally sourced British cuisine with a twist in a vibrantly bustling dining salon. Holborn Dining Room is offering a Christmas Day menu; 3 course lunch for £65 accompanied by a string trio from 12pm-5pm – Menu available to view here - The menu includes: roast parsnip soup truffled Bermondsey honey; hand carved Maldon smoked salmon spiced avocado; roast Norfolk bronze turkey red cabbage, cranberry sauce; roast ribeye “club cut” pepper sauce, crispy onions; Christmas pudding soufflé; chocolate bomb kirsch cherries.
Found at Piccolino, the Ciccehetti Bar is a stylish new drinking and dining destination in London’s West End. Serving Venetian style tapas, Italian wine and Italian inspired cocktails Cicchetti Bar is the destination for the best late night Italian food in London. Live music is performed on Wednesdays and in-house DJs play on Thursdays to Saturdays, creating the perfect atmosphere for a great night out. Situated on the lower ground floor of Piccolino on Heddon Street, Cicchetti is open till late, Monday to Saturday, making it the perfect late night drinking and dining spot. The drinks list at Cicchetti Bar includes an amazing selection of Bellini’s and other Prosecco-based cocktails and could be great for a drink after work during the festive period or as a spot of relaxation after a day of Christmas shopping in the West End.
Q on Ice
Another winter pop-up restaurant, based at Canary Wharf Ice Rink. It’s perfect for couples, families and groups and offers a wide selection of food from the BBQ menu and raw bar. There’s also lots of winter/festive inspired cocktails, chocktails (hot chocolate cocktails) and crafts beers to enjoy whilst watching the ice skating!
Bel & The Dragon
Paper crowns and duck fat roasties it must be Christmas Day! We love it, but it’s hard work preparing all that food. Take a year off. Bel & The Dragon country inns and restaurants will cook, serve and even do the washing up for you this Christmas. Head Chef Ronnie Kimbugwe has created a Christmas Day menu for everyone which focuses on fresh locally sourced ingredients, favouring small independent producers, whilst incorporating all the wonderful flavours of Christmas. Priced at £75 per person dishes include Pumpkin Soup, Shaved Truffle & Garlic Croutons, Traditional Local Roast Turkey with ALL the trimmings, Josper Grilled Jack O’shea Rib-Eye of Beef, Caramelised Root Vegetables & Fresh Horseradish, Classic Christmas Pudding, Homemade Brandy Butter and Sipsmith Vodka & Lemon Zest Sorbet.. and of course Homemade Mince Pies. Enjoy Christmas Day with the family by an open fire and to truly relax why not stay overnight in one of their stylishly cosy bedrooms.
The Greyhound on the Test
Head to the Michelin pub of the year, The Greyhound on the Test in Hampshire, to celebrate the festive season in front of roaring fires in this award winning pub. On Christmas eve there will be Carol singers from 1pm and head chef, Neil Cooper has put together a Christmas menu with dishes that include starters such as Roast Celeriac Soup with Honey & Chestnut or Guinea Fowl Terrine, Pickled Vegetables & Toasted Brioche, main courses of Roast Breast of Hampshire Turkey, Confit leg, Stuffing & all the trimmings or Steak and Greyhound Ale Pie with Braised Red Cabbage & Winter Greens. For Desserts try Christmas pudding with custard, Lemon Possset with Poached Pear and Shortbread or A selection of Hampshire cheeses. The three course menu is priced at £35 per person.
Stoke Place Hotel
Stoke Place hotel in Buckinghamshire will be celebrating Christmas this year in their brand new restaurant, Seasons at Stoke Place. Head chef James Dugan will be offering a special Christmas Eve Dinner as well as Christmas Lunch, Boxing Day Brunch and a Festive Afternoon Tea. For those looking ahead to New Years Eve Stoke Place will be seeing in 2015 with a gastronomic New Year’s Eve tasting menu specially created by James with Champagne and canapés. On New Year’s Day the hotel will be serving a relaxed brunch. One to three night breaks for the family start from £120 per person.
Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded Indian Essence will be opening its doors on Christmas day to serve you modern Indian cuisine with a festive focus. Atul Kochhar has created a luxurious Christmas lunch menu for all those who seek seasonal Indian twists on Christmas classics. Receive champagne on arrival before sitting down to your five course Christmas cuisine. Atul will be creating butter lobster asparagus cream, followed by a choice of venison brochette kebabs, squid ink pepper crusted grilled king prawn, crisp vegetable bhanjee or corn fed thin chicken breast. For mains opt for your ‘anything but traditional’ tandoori masala turkey supreme or choose between a braised leg of lamb, a south Indian seafood kofta or organic stuffed courgette. For dessert go adventurous with a Christmas mincemeat samosa or a peanut butter parfait. Keeping it traditional with after dinner coffee and mince pies Indian Essence will metamorphose into your home away from home this Christmas day. Christmas Lunch is £60 per person.