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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.