These top-notch venues offer the best fine festive dining, and are guaranteed to make this Yuletide extra special. Enjoy exquisite menus, beautiful settings and first-class service in the company of your closest family, friends and colleagues, and make this Christmas one to remember.
As Reading’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, L’Ortolan boasts an unparalleled reputation in the area. Head chef Tom Clarke brings a wealth of experience to his position, focusing on modern French cuisine and the use of fresh, local produce to create stunning meals that don’t just satisfy, but astound.
Located in the peaceful village of Shinfield, L’Ortolan plays host to three dining rooms – the Champagne Room, Glass Room and Wine Cellar – and is equally well-suited for large, private parties as it is for smaller, more intimate occasions. This festive season, visitors can sample a six-course tasting dinner – a true Christmas treat – or a traditional three-course lunch, all while taking in the elegant architecture and decor of the restaurant’s Grade II listed building.
Built in the 18th-century, Donnington Grove has a long and illustrious history as the home of noted intellectuals, gentlemen and even an Edwardian fashionista. The estate is located in the village of Newbury, just a stone’s throw from landmarks such as Donnington Castle and Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle.
Christmastime at Donnington Grove Hotel combines a classic English Christmas with modern festive fun. The restaurant’s seasonal menu showcases local produce and features traditional dishes such as roast turkey and topside of beef, as well as a vegetarian nut roast. Meanwhile, those seeking a party atmosphere can choose to join a dedicated party night, host their own private Christmas celebration, or attend the hotel’s glamorous New Year’s Eve event.