Ask The Experts

Is planning the 2016 office party presenting you with some puzzling problems?

Here’s how to get the best out of the best night of the year, according to those in the know.



Ryan Simpson, Chef Patron

“A Christmas party is meant to be a really special event to remember, so don’t skimp on quality. At Orwells we use seasonal, sustainable local produce, providing the best quality for our guests. It’s also important to choose a venue where everyone will feel at ease. That’s why we offer a fine dining experience that’s also very accessible, in a setting that is elegantly formal yet relaxed.”

Castle Hotel

Victoria Mallinson, Senior Events Coordinator

“Be brave and try somewhere new to spice up your Christmas party. You’ll be surprised to see what’s out there for your budget, and if you aren’t sure whether it’s exactly what you’re after, you can always organise a show round at the venue. We at the Castle Hotel Windsor would relish the opportunity to welcome you and your colleagues for an informal show round to discuss your ideas and options, as it’s always easier to plan your event when you know the friendly face at the end of the phone.”

The Petersham Hotel

Terence Filipe-O’Neill, Events Manager

“Don’t forget to plan a few little additional touches to make your festive celebration extra special this year. Canapés, champagne or even some surprise entertainment can make all the difference. Push the boat out – it is Christmas after all. We always love coming up with creative ideas to make your party at The Petersham Hotel unique, so get in touch.”

The Boatman

Tina Bamford, Co-Owner

“We find that having a clear start time enables any party to quickly get into the swing of things, and welcome drinks are a great motivator for people to turn up early. An estimated end time works well for all age-groups too, as the party animals in the group can organise their after-party fun, whilst those who don’t want to go on somewhere can order taxis home in advance. We’re lucky, as, being in central Windsor, there’s a wide choice of clubs for people to enjoy into the early hours, and taxis can park up right outside our door too.”

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