We’ve rounded up the best Christmas dining spots in London. Whether it’s vegan, traditional or indulgent fare that you’re after, find the festive menu for you…
Riding House Cafe will be offering a Feast menu, served banquet-style for the table. Don’t miss oak-smoked duck with maple-roasted quince and sharing cheese boards.
The one for dim sum lovers
Hakkasan has split its seasonal menu into idioms, highlighting traditional Chinese philosophies brought to life through each dish. The Jade menu has crispy fresh water prawn, a symbol of purity and harmony. Then there’s the Lotus menu with tofu, aubergine and a Japanese mushroom clay pot – the meaning of the water lily plant symbolises a promise of truth and purity. All set menus finish with a secret signature dessert.
The Peruvian one
COYA in Mayfair and Angel Court are going all out this Christmas season – with a South American twist. Highlights include tacos de abio con trufa with celeriac and winter truffles, and langostino, lobster with chilli salsa. Desserts are chocolate fundido (a chocolate fondant with almond ice cream) or churros with white chocolate, dulce de leche and gold leaf.
The vegan one
The new Loyal Tavern has a festive plant-based feast. Sharing platters of bean stew, parsley dumplings, caramelised sprouts, winter tomatoes, pickled strawberries, wild herbs and coal-roasted pineapple with vegan vanilla ice cream abound.
The Turkish one
Rüya Christmas dishes include yoghurt and chili marinated grilled turkey, Turkish cured salmon, borek (filo wrapped feta cheese with carrots, courgette and walnuts) and Turkish Spoon Salad Cag Kebap (wagyu beef and lamb).
If you want a to-go Christmas dinner option, consider Avobar. The all-avocado-everything restaurant in Covent Garden has launched a Pulled Turkey & Autumn Berries burger, which sounds like a total game changer for your midweek lunch.
The Scottish one (on a bus)
Mac & Wild has teamed up with Highland Park Whisky this festive season. The Land Rover Private Dining Gun Bus is parked up outside Mac & Wild Devonshire Square. It’s a festive private dining space, with twinkling lights and cosy blankets.Begin with wee starters including Santa’s Scotch Egg, before Mac & Wild’s Christmas Burger with pork stuffing, venison patty and melted morangie brie. Finish with a whisky sticky toffee pudding.
The Portuguese one
Bar Douro has introduced a Christmas sharing menu available exclusively in the restaurant’s private dining room, focusing on sharing tapas dishes. It features croquettes with smoked sausage, pumpkin with requeijao and marjoram oil, octopus with sweet potato and iberico pork ribs with port glaze. Upon request, Bar Douro will be offering its sought after whole suckling pig for those who don’t fancy turkey. Dessert is – what else – pastel de nata.
The creole one
Plaquemine Lock pub in Angel serves up traditional Louisiana dishes. Christmas is no different – there will be Creole twists on traditional Christmas dishes, including turkey & shrimp gumbo, roast spiced vegetables & stuffing po’boy and candied yam sprouts.
The Indian one
Benares is combining British festive favourites with modern Indian cuisine. There are four festive menus to choose from and dishes include butter chicken samosa chaat, curried samosa, tamarind and mint chutney and baked aromatic rice with vegetables.
With a festive menu like these, you may find yourself deviating from turkey and potatoes this year…
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Charlotte is a London girl through and through. She sweats through spin and puffs through Pilates to justify trying the latest restaurants and devouring copious amounts of sweet potato fries, burrata and bread – preferably on holiday. Her favourite destinations include Italy, the Maldives and anywhere where the sun’s shining and there’s a strong breakfast buffet. She’s obsessed with walking, visiting farmers’ markets and reading. She’s also learning to cook. Wish her (and her husband) luck.