Treat your colleagues to a superb feast at The White Swan, located in the pretty Leicestershire village of Shawell. Chef-patron Rory McLean honed his craft working with acclaimed chefs such as Angela Hartnett and Marcus Wareing in Michelin-starred restaurants in London, and it shows in the fantastic-quality food served. You’ll start with an amuse-bouche followed by two or three courses that could include the likes of fried lobster ravioli with cauliflower, apple and sesame to start, followed by turkey Wellington, poached quince, Brussels sprouts and chestnut. Finish with eggnog Arctic roll with chocolate sorbet, pistachio and cherry for an upmarket seasonal take on a classic favourite. This fine dining destination retains its traditional country pub charm, and fuses it with first-class cuisine – perfect for a show-stopping Christmas do.
t: 01788 860357 • w: www.whiteswanshawell.co.uk
This idyllic Nottinghamshire inn combines outstanding food and drink with a splendid yet cosy setting, and we’re not the only ones to think so. Recommended by Michelin, Sawday’s, CAMRA and The AA, you’d be hard pressed to find a more impressive food offering this Christmas. The menu has been carefully crafted and there’s an outstanding wine list to complement the food. Named Nottinghamshire’s Dining Pub of the Year for six years running, it’s no surprise that the Christmas offering is up there with the best. Inside, the Grade II listed Martin’s Arms is bursting with historic charm and cosy touches, including a roaring log fire. The current owners have retained its unique, timeless atmosphere, making this a wonderful spot for a traditional Christmas celebration you won’t forget.
t: 01949 81361 • w: www.themartinsarms.co.uk
The beautifully presented food at The George is sure to impress your whole party. The menu honours seasonal produce and ingredients are sourced from neighbouring artisanal suppliers, making dining here a celebration of all things local. Professional staff are on-hand to ensure that your evening runs smoothly and everyone leaves
with a smile on their face, which is exactly what you need for a successful Christmas meal. This beautiful medieval building has been an inn since the 13th century, and after two years of sensitive refurbishment, is now a serene, contemporary setting that harmoniously blends historic character with modern functionality. Easily accessible from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland, it’s a wonderful destination for festive merriment.
t: 01858 452 286 • w: www.thegeorgegreatoxendon.co.uk