Eating Out at Christmas
Autumn is here already, which means Christmas is just around the corner! But don't worry if you haven't booked your Christmas day lunch or festive celebrations yet, we've got a great selection of venues for you to choose from.
Dorset's coast is not just for summer. Delight at the amazing sea views from The Heights Hotel on the Isle of Portland. Enjoy their ‘Festive Fayre’ menu at lunchtime in the Café throughout December. Party Nights take place on 3rd, 10th and 17th December including a buffet menu, welcome drink and disco until midnight for £25 per person. Their top floor bistro with its amazing panoramic views is also available for private festive gatherings. Other Christmas food and drink events take place on 2nd, 9th, 16th and 18th December. Visit the Heights Hotel website for more information.
Choose from festive lunches, dinners, disco nights and even a Christmas Eve Brunch at the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club. Lunches are available from 1st to 23rd December with festive dinners on Friday nights and disco nights on Saturday nights. Small and large groups catered for with panoramic views across Poole Harbour. Prices start at £28 per person.
The Boat That Rocks at Portland Marina is offering their festive menu with 2 courses at £25 and 3 courses at £20. Book your table by 15th November and pre-order house red or house white wine for just £18 a bottle.
The Ollerod in Beaminster will be offering a delicious 3 course meal, cocktails, music, crackers, games and fun… Parties available to be booked for lunch or dinner everyday except for Wednesdays. £42 per person and you can add a welcome cocktail for £5.
The Station Kitchen at Bridport has their Festive A' La Carte Menu available from lunch or dinner from 30th November until 31st December. This restaurant is very unique being set within an old railway carriage and you can either choose to dine within the Brunel Carriage on inside the Station House.
The Eastbury at Sherborne have a festive lunch and dinner menu or festive afternoon tea between 1st and 30th December. Starting on Friday 3rd through to 18th December, enjoy a 3 course meal followed by coffee, tea and mince pies. Prices start at £28 per person and festive cocktails, mulled wine and mince pies will be available. There are also options to hire The Library (for 12 guests) or Garden Suite (for 40 guests) as private dining rooms, or even have exclusive use of the restaurant.
The Scented Botanist Bistro at Keyneston Mill near Blandford has a 2 course or 3 course lunch menu starting from £28 per person. They also have numerous Christmas craft workshops where you can make your own candle, reed diffuser or wreath.
Rockfish seafood restaurants in Weymouth and Poole will be serving a festive 3 course menu between 1st -23rd December, which includes many of the Rockfish favourites like roasted scallops and firecracker prawn cocktail, as well as brand new dishes like moules frites or whole roasted monkfish tail, and every meal starts with a delicious glass of prosecco. Bookings big and small can be accommodated in their coastal restaurants. Rockfish also delivers Christmas pre-order seafood to doorsteps nationwide, as well as some fabulous gifting options.
Get festive with The Ollerod in Beaminster this year. Christmas dining at The Ollerod is an unforgettable blend of great hospitality, exquisite food and very special memories. Enjoy a 5-course lunch on 25th December, which includes a glass of Champagne on arrival, wine, tea/coffee and a little gift. £195 per person. Tables are available between 12pm and 3pm.
Enjoy the ultimate five-course feast to delight the taste buds at Summer Lodge Country House Hotel. With tables available from 12pm until 2:30pm, the menu is a real treat for the senses. £199 per person.
Perhaps Boxing Day is your day of celebration, or maybe the thought of washing up is just too much to bear! There are a few options available for set menus on 26th December and other pubs and restaurants will be open but offering their normal menu.
At Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, choose from a Boxing Day Brunch or Black Tie Gala Dinner. Brunch is available from 8am until 2pm and is £45 per person. The 7 course Gala Dinner is paired with matching wines and costs £235 per person.
Take advantage of late-night shopping, free parking and Christmas markets.
Ice-skating, festive markets, pantomimes and not forgetting meeting Father Christmas.
Enjoy family favourites Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.
Book your Christmas or New Year holiday to Dorset and make it one to remember.