If you’re looking to treat top management to a memorable festive feast or to wine and dine a key customer, the venues below are suitably exceptional.
In this elegant listed building head chef Tom Clarke crafts exquisite contemporary cuisine that has won him both a Michelin star and three AA rosettes. Expert sommeliers are on-hand to suggest equally exquisite wine pairings. Private dining rooms are available for 8 to 22 guests, or you can hire the whole restaurant for exclusive use.
The rustic pub ambience and the simplicity of the menu at Orwells belie the sophistication of the three-AA-rosetted cuisine. Chefs Ryan Simpson and Liam Trotman are highly skilled at revealing the full flavour of the ingredients and combining them harmoniously in dishes that are refined yet unfussy. Fruit and vegetables are sourced from the restaurant’s own smallholding, and honey from the apiary.
A meal or overnight stay at this imposing mansion provides a real sense of occasion.The hotel boasts an impressive five AA red stars, the top rating awarded, and offers a spa and golf club. The restaurant, presided over by head chef Chris Wheeler, holds three AA rosettes, and its floor-to-ceiling windows afford glorious panoramic views of the estate and lake.
This four-star hotel overlooking the River Thames and the Surrey countryside blends Victorian splendour with contemporary luxury. Head chef Adebola Adeshina trained under Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing, and his creative modern British dishes have earned him two AA rosettes.
Cilantro offers the refined presentation and discreet yet welcoming staff that you’d expect from a silver-service restaurant with two AA rosettes. The hotel itself is located at the heart of Reading’s business district, making it easily accessible, and offers four-star facilities with Jacuzzi, sauna and treatment rooms.
Lower Guinea Street, Bristol, BS1 6SY
Web • Tel: 0117 959 2884
Ever since winning its Michelin star in 2009, Casamia has stood as a beacon for epicurean delights in the South West. The newly opened premises in The General have given this elegant establishment a more central harbourside location, giving fine dining fans even more reason to visit. The new winter menu will be launched on 28th November, just in time for a seasonal celebration to remember. The menu promises to walk you through a celebration of the Sanchez brothers’ childhood memories and the places they’ve been.
The great gourmands behind The Ethicurean know how to impress diners. A combination of stunning vistas of the surrounding countryside, a charming and whimsical walled garden and a season-led menu mean that this foodie hotspot is a sure-fire success, whatever the occasion. This Christmas, plump for the Full Festive Feast for £45, or, for a lunchtime visit, the Full Festive Lunch – at only £32 for three courses and £26 for two, you can celebrate in style without breaking the bank.
Long admired as arguably the city’s finest cocktail bar, The Rummer is a spectacular venue year-round. Come Christmas, you can expect a refined and exciting menu of exquisitely presented dishes, and a cosy yet classy setting. Think crackling log fires, fine food and lively libations from the cocktail bar – what a way to see in the festive season.
Merchants Road, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4PZ
Web • Tel: 0117 927 2229
The Pump House has long been a favourite among Bristol’s discerning diners. Situated on the waterfront but tucked away from the crowds, The Pump House is home to an award-winning mezzanine restaurant, a cosy but refined bar area and a selection of over 700 gins. The menu is seasonal and exciting, and the decor is classy – there won’t be a Christmas jumper in sight.
For a chic and elegant Christmas celebration, opt for The Ivy. Clifton’s newest gourmet establishment has two simply stunning private dining rooms that are ideal for special occasions. The Eastern room can accommodate 12 guests on one long table, while The Western has space for 16 – perfect for a Christmas meal for your team. Chandeliers, parquet floor and table decorations of seasonal flowers and twinkly tealights are the icing on the cake when it comes to the decor.