Best Places for a Festive Meal in the East Midlands

Fancy something festive? Grab your friends and tuck into these scrumptious dishes!

Choosing a food place for an outing with colleagues can be just as overwhelming as planning a big corporate party. To make it easier, here’s a round-up of our favourite eateries in the East Midlands for some festive feasting!

Hand & Heart, Nottingham

65-67 Derby Rd, Nottingham, NG1 5BA  •  Web    Email Link 

This award-winning pub, which started its commercial life in 1866 as a brewery, reopened as a restaurant in 2008 – and is a fantastic spot for a traditional Christmas lunch. The festive menu is hearty and includes dishes such as roast sirloin of British beef with Yorkshire pudding; duck breast with plum stuffing wrapped in smoked bacon; and wild mushroom and almond nut roast with red wine and shallot sauce.

Hand & Heart

NO3 THE YARD, Stamford 

No. 3 The Yard, Ironmonger St, Stamford, PE9 1PL  •  Web  •   Email Link 

Situated in a secluded courtyard this ideally located restaurant serves British dishes with a Mediterranean twist. Their Christmas party menu showcases starters such as ham hock, parma ham and pickle terrine to French onion soup, croutons and gruyere cheese.  The main menu includes scrumptious food such as pan-fried fillet of seabass, mini smoked fish pie, fondant potato, seasonal greens and homemade tartar sauce. 


1573 Grill Restaurant, Leicester 

The Old Grammar School, 41 Freeschool Lane, LE1 4PB  •  Web  •  Email Link

Located within a grade II listed grammar school that was built in 1573, this independent restaurant produces fantastic meals using fresh seasonal produce. This Christmas, their mouthwatering set menu includes mains such as roast turkey crown, honey chipolatas wrapped in bacon and thyme potatoes with seasonal vegetables. For dessert you can delve into warm chocolate brownie served with amaretto ice cream or if you fancy something savoury opt for the fine cheese selection with mixed biscuits.  

1573 Grill Restaurant

Halcyon Kitchen, Leicester

95 Queens Road, Leicester, LE2 1TT  •  Web  •  Email Link 
This new kid on the block opened in 2017 and has had many brilliant reviews from locals in the area! They are offering a Christmas menu with a brilliant twist as they have an authentic pizza oven on site. The three-course festive menu will be available from the first of December and starts at only  £19.95 per guest. Starters include crostini of Scottish smoked salmon with lemon crème Fraiche to chicken liver pâté with onion marmalade and brown toast. The main menu offers a unique twist this Christmas with a range of festively themed pizzas including a pizza with roast turkey, chestnuts and spinach served with a tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese. Try this new restaurant and be wowed by their range of unique mains to British Christmas dishes. 
Halcyon Kitchen
Halcyon Kitchen 

The Boars Head Hotel, Derbyshire

 Station Road, Draycott-in-the-clay, Ashbourne, DE6 5GX  •  Web  •  Email Link

Owned by the Crooks family since 1984, The Boars Head Hotel is a historic building that was originally part of the Vernon Estate and is situated in eight and a half acres of beautiful Derbyshire countryside. The venue is a popular eatery with a warm and welcoming atmosphere – and a delicious lunch menu to boast. Carefully crafted by head chef Carl Lavery, dishes include pan-fried pheasant breasts with thyme mash; tender diced beef with ale, shallots and button mushrooms; and roast loin of cod with chive mash and minted-pea cream.

The Boars Head Hotel
The Boars Head Hotel

Four Bells Inn, Woodborough

87 Main St, Woodborough, Nottingham NG14 6EA  •  Web  •  Email Link 

This cosy Tudor-style pub with its wood-burning stove and countryside setting is a fantastic spot for a Christmas outing away from the city. Run by a husband-and-wife team, Craig and Gaynor Smith, the Four Bells Inn has excellent service and a hearty Christmas lunch menu. Dishes include goose, wood pigeon and partridge coarse-cut pâté with rhubarb and chutney toast; and scallop, mussel and clam stew with spring onions, new potatoes, and vodka and chive dumplings.

Four Bells Inn

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