London’s Best Festive Menus
by Ellie Smith
Planning on eating out on Christmas Day now restaurants in London are allowed to re-open? If you’re not in the mood for hosting this year, fear not: there are an abundance of chefs willing to do the hard work for you. Here are London’s best festive menus for traditionalists.
Best Festive Menus in London
With its stylish interiors and sweeping views over Green Park, Mayfair hotel The Athenaeum is always a delight. Its Christmas Day menu begins with either sweet potato and thyme gougère or a caramelised onion and black olive galette, followed by a choice of four starters and four mains. Starter highlights include treacle cured salmon and sauteed scallops, while mains include turkey ballotine with sage and onion stuffing, and a wild mushroom risotto with winter truffle. Finish with a classic Christmas pudding – served here with brandy sauce and tonka bean ice cream – or mix it up with a pecan tart. £95pp, athenaeumhotel.com
This King’s Road landmark is the go-to for Chelsea locals, and its festive offering is always a hit. Head here on Christmas Day for festive dishes like Loch Duart salmon and soda bread, roast Norfolk bronze turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding with warm brandy crème and a spiced gingerbread chocolate cheesecake. Round off festivities with coffee and mince pies. £120pp, bluebird-restaurant.co.uk
Boasting panoramic city views, a trip to Michelin-starred Angler always feels special – which makes it a perfect location for Christmas Day. Being a seafood restaurant, the festive tasting menu focuses on fish. Dishes include Dorset crab with avocado and wasabi, wild Cornish turbot with boullibaisse sauce, and Beef Wellington with truffled cream potato. You’ll be treated to a whole host of desserts too, including a chocolate tart with macadamia nut brittle ice cream and festive petits fours. £100pp, anglerrestaurant.com
An idyllic spot perched next to the river in Hammersmith, Sam’s Riverside is open from midday on 25 December. Festivities begin with a glass of Pommery Champagne and smoked salmon canapes, followed by Scottish Queen scallop starters, roast turkey mains and Christmas puddings. Why mess with tradition? £110pp, samsriverside.co.uk
Christmas starts early at The Northall, one of the restaurants in the glorious Corinthia London. Its three-course festive menu is available from 2 December, running throughout the month and available on Christmas Day from 12.30pm until 9pm. Snack on lobster gelée before getting stuck into the main event: Cornish crab with mackerel tartare, free-range Norfolk Bronze turkey with all the trimmings, and a Christmas pudding with brandy custard. Festive pastries and cheeses are also included. £225pp, corinthia.com
With its wall to wall paintings, elegant interiors and cosy booths, you can’t go wrong with Berners Tavern, one of the most beautiful restaurants this city has to offer. And with Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton at the forefront, it’s no surprise the food is great too. The Christmas Feast kicks off with champagne and nibbles, followed by Buccleuch Estate beef tartare, Norfolk bronze turkey with sage and onion stuffing, Christmas pudding Baked Alaska and a bitter chocolate and orange yule log. £150pp, bernerstavern.com
For the first time in its 51-year history, Notting Hill institution Julie’s will open on Christmas Day. Chef Patron Shay Cooper has created a luxurious five-course set menu for the occasion, featuring dishes such as Cotswold duck consommé, traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings, langoustine tartare and chocolate yule log. £145pp, juliesrestaurant.com
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