30 Nov Festive Private Dining & Group Menus in London
As we begin the countdown to the festive period, here’s a little taster of what’s on offer around the capital. From special party menus to private meals with family and friends, alongside Christmas Day lunch options and holiday tipples, ‘tis officially the season to be indulgent. We also run through our suggestions on where to go this New Year’s Eve.
For a taste of Portugal, restaurant and wine bar Bar Douro are serving a family-style feast (£45 per head), designed for sharing, to be enjoyed in their private dining room for groups of up to 14. Get ready for regional Portuguese classics such as Croquetas de Alheira and succulent Chanfana de Borrego (Braised lamb in red wine), as well as supplementary wines from the Douro Valley, and lots and lots of Port.
The Hero of Maida, the latest pub opening from celebrated chef Henry Harris will welcome guests throughout the Christmas period with a selection of feasting-style menus (from £30 per person) featuring a platter of duck magret, duck confit, grilled lamb chops, rabbit, and Gascon black pudding.
Adding a touch of class, Cantonese restaurant and bar China Tang at The Dorchester offers three unique private dining spaces – Ping, Pang and Pong (named after characters in Puccini’s opera Tarandot). You’ll find exceptional Dim Sum, as well as the signature Peking Duck, widely considered to be best in London. Uniquely, the three rooms can be used individually or combined to accommodate up to 80 seated guests.
The Whitechapel Refectory in East London’s Whitechapel Gallery from the team behind 10 Greek Street offers partygoers the perfect combination of culture and food, catering for parties and events with a selection of canapes and bowl food for small parties in the café as well as private hire of the gallery.
London’s original American restaurant Christopher’s in Covent Garden provides the perfect location for celebrations both in the Club Room (40 people seated or 90 standing, complete with private bar), and in the spectacular high ceilinged dining room, overlooking Waterloo Bridge.
For the ultimate Christmas celebration, Peardrop London bespoke caterers to the worlds of fashion, film and media, have developed festive menus that go above and beyond your standard seasonal spread. Their premium menus are ideal for anyone looking to outsource catering for a party at home or in a private event space. From winter-themed canapes, to warming comfort food such as Baby cranberry & brie croque monsieur and apple cider.
Rail House Café, Riding House Café and Village East have developed a festive feasting menu selection that ensures vegan options are as plentiful as the more traditional carnivorous offerings (from £35).
Kingsland Road’s cocktail emporium TT Liquor have teamed up once again with immersive dining experts Kino Vino for a Christmas feasting extravaganza. Hosted on the upper floor of TT Liquor on Wednesday 19th December, guests will be treated to a festive Moroccan dinner from chef Nargisse Benkabbou (The Observer, Rising Star 2018), paired with boozy cocktails and film classic Casablanca. Tickets are £65 per person, which includes a welcome drink and canapes, film screening, dinner and cocktail pairing, plus goodie bags to take home.
Queens Park Aussie brunch spot and natural wine bar, Milk Beach, are hosting a series of Wine Wednesdays, culminating in a festive-themed wine dinner exploring bubbly, fruity and spicy varieties on Wednesday 5th December. It’s the perfect opportunity to deepen your wine knowledge, and, who knows, maybe find that perfect bottle for Christmas Day.
Soho favourite 10 Greek Street is offering a Mediterranean take on festive classics. Think turkey involtini with brussel tops, chestnuts, parsnips & lardons, or truffle dauphinoise, served alongside Rib of Longhorn beef. Save some space for spiced treacle tart and crème fraiche – desserts don’t get more nostalgic than this.
Coming down the (wood oven) chimney at Canova Hall (Brixton)and Martello Hall (Hackney) will be the Santa Baby pizza, topped with Brussel sprouts, pancetta, chestnuts, lemon zest and stracciatella; it is perfectly accompanied by a warm bag of baby bombolini with Nutella.
Over at Farm Girl (Notting Hill, Chelsea, Soho) enjoy Blondies Mince Pie Cookie Cups, alongside a Happy Hot Chocolate (featuring CBD oil and Matcha).
Take the pressure off hosting Christmas at home this year and head to Maida Vale pub The Hero of Maida where dishes created by chef Henry Harris include Duck and Foie Gras Terrine with quince chutney, and Roast Norfolk Bronze Turkey with chipolata and bacon rolls, pork and chestnut stuffing, gravy, bread and cranberry sauces, duck fat roast potatoes, sprouts and carrots. Follow this with an extraordinary cheese course and signature Christmas Pudding (priced at £65).
Open from noon until 6pm, Rail House Café, Riding House Café and Village East have space for all the family. There will be an array of dishes, from beetroot arancini with pea and mint dipping sauce, to slow-roasted pork belly with celeriac puree, apple chutney, and crackling. Or you can opt for the full works – roast turkey with all the trimmings.
Avoid the washing up on Boxing Day this year and visit Canova Hall (Brixton), The Hero of Maida (Maida Vale), The Coach (Clerkenwell), Riding House Café (Fitzrovia), Rail House Café (Victoria), Village East (Bermondsey) or China Tang at The Dorchester (Mayfair).
Throughout December, Spitalfields cocktail bar Discount Suit Company is serving its guest cocktail The Nutcracker (blend of Glenfiddich IPA Cask, Sage, Chestnut Syrup, Walnut Aperitif, Orange and Abbott’s Bitters), which should warm those proverbial cockles. 10 Greek Street co-owner and resident wine expert Luke Wilson has a comprehensive, constantly evolving list broadcasting a variety of wines, as well as his ‘little black book’ of rarer wines from their cellar – the perfect excuse to kick start the holiday season. Cattivo, Canova Hall’s naughty little brother, and new Brixton hotspot, has launched the Rhubarb and Thyme Bellini as their ode to the festive season.
This year China Tang at the Dorchester will be hosting the most glamorous New Year’s Eve Party in town. Paying homage to the romance of pre-war Shanghai, there will be an indulgent tasting menu and optional wine pairing, and the ever-stylish London Swing Orchestra keeping things sophisticated till late.
New Year’s at The Hero of Maida and The Coach in Clerkenwell will see the kitchens open until late with the a la carte menu on offer, whilst the bars will shut at 1am with a DJ at the Hero providing the party soundtrack.
Christopher’s of Covent Garden will be offering their much-loved A’ La Carte menu all night, with the option of a glass of champagne included with a minimum spend of £110 a head, for tables after 8:30pm.
We are thrilled to be supporting the 2018 StreetSmart campaign throughout November and December as the charity marks its twenty-first anniversary. StreetSmart raises funds for homeless and vulnerable people through the simple idea of adding a voluntary £1 to diners’ bills throughout the festive months. Every penny (or pound) raised is then distributed to local charities. Over 500 restaurants across the UK are currently lined up to participate in this year’s campaign, including 300 venues in London.