Make feasting the top of your agenda this Christmas and indulge in first-class cuisine. To make choosing your venue easier, here’s our round-up of some of the best eateries in the East Midlands for a little festive indulgence.
The Joiners, Bruntingthorpe
t: 0116 247 8258 w: www.thejoinersarms.co.uk
This family-run gastropub receives rave reviews from all who visit, and its expertly prepared cuisine has earned it a place in The Michelin Guide 2018. Showcasing the finest produce Britain has to offer, from Scottish beef to Cornish seafood, the team whips up a festive feast that gets even the grumpiest of Scrooges in the mood for Christmas. Exceptional cuisine is paired with an extensive wine list and offered at remarkably reasonable prices. The setting is equally delightful, with cosy traditional elements such as original oak beams and a flagstone floor, while the open fire and friendly staff ensure you’ll always receive a warm welcome. If you’re after a cracking venue in which to enjoy a glorious Christmas meal with colleagues or loved ones, you certainly won’t be disappointed with The Joiners.
Barnsdale Lodge, Oakham
t: 01572 724678 w: www.barnsdalelodge.co.uk
Occupying a delightful spot on the north shore of Rutland Water, this charming hotel is an idyllic spot in which to retreat and enjoy a Christmas celebration, yet is within easy reach of both Oakham and Uppingham. The team has a wealth of experience in catering for groups, ensuring that festivities go without a hitch. The beautiful surrounds make dining here all the more enjoyable, and when paired with exquisite food, ensures that your celebration will be one to remember. The Christmas menu features starters such as whipped Yellison goat’s cheese with walnut pesto, pickled girolle mushrooms and baby beetroot, followed by slow-cooked beef cheek with celeriac purée and watercress and smoked garlic mash. Each dish is prepared with care and precision using high-quality local ingredients, including vegetables and herbs from the hotel’s garden.