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.

Festive Feasts

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 or dinner in the Bistro throughout December.

From 1st to 23rd December choose from a 2 or 3 course Festive Lunch Menu at the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club. Small and large groups catered for with panoramic views across Poole Harbour. Prices start at £25 per person.

The Boat That Rocks at Portland Marina is offering their festive menu from 1st December with 2 courses at £22.95 and 3 courses at £27.95. For tables of 10 people or more, when you buy 2 bottles of House Red or White Wine or Prosecco, you get the third bottle for free.  

The New Inn at Church Knowle's party menu is available Wednesday through to Saturday and includes a main course, dessert and coffee for £19.95 per person, with the option of adding a starter for an extra £6. 

The Ollerod in Beaminster will be offering both a Festive Set Menu for lunchtime (Thursday to Monday from 25th November to 24 December) for £37 per person and dinner (Thursday to Tuesday from 25th November to 23rd December) for £45. They also have a Christmas Eve menu including amuse bouche and cocktail on arrival, followed by 4 course dinner for £95.

In both Bournemouth and Dorchester, Côte Brasserie offer their Menu de Noël from 23rd November. Full of French flavours, this 3 course menu is priced at £29.95.

Join the Dinner and Disco Christmas Party Nights at the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club on 11th and 18th December - an excellent way to ensure your party has atmosphere. Choose from 2 courses at £25 or 3 courses at £30. Put your party shoes on and dance the night away. The Golf Club also has a Festive Dinner Menu on the 3rd, 10th and 17th December (without the disco).

Mortons Manor at Corfe Castle is set within an Elizabethan country house and from the 8th December their 3 courses menu is available for lunch or dinner for £37.50.

During December, The Brewery Tap in Blandford have their Christmas Celebration Menu for all your Christmas party wishes. Opt for either a 2 course (main and dessert) menu at £23.50 per person or a 3 course menu for £28.50 per person.

Book before 25th November and get a free bottle of house wine at The Green Man in Wimborne. Available from the 1st to 24th December, there are 2 and 3 course options starting at £19.95 per adult and £9.95 per child. 

The Station Kitchen at Bridport has their set Festive Lunch Menu available during December. You can choose from either 2 courses at £25 per person or 3 courses for £32.50. This restaurant is very unique being set within an old railway carriage.

Overlooking Swanage Bay, the Coast Restaurant at Grand Hotel are hosting Christmas Party Nights with a welcome drink, carvery dinner and a disco for £28.95 per person. 

The Eastbury at Sherborne have 3 weekends in December when they are offering their Festive Nights on Fridays and Saturdays, accommodation parties from 9-45 guests. Starting on Friday 3rd through to 18th December, enjoy a 3 course meal followed by coffee, tea and mince pies. It's £45 per person and there are options to hire the library private dining room for up to 12 guests, or even have exclusive use of the restaurant.

On Friday 17th December, Keyneston Mill near Blandford is hosting a Christmas Meal with live music from Sarah Munro. Championed by Jamie Cullum and Jo Whiley, Sarah Munro is a rising star, with a pure angelic voice which shines whether in her renditions of contemporary numbers, classics or her own compositions. £85 per person.

Christmas Day

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 and half a bottle of wine per person with your meal. £185 per person.

Cosy up to the real log fire at The New Inn near Corfe Castle on Christmas Day. They have a wonderful 3 course menu to choose from priced at £75 per adult.

Christmas Day at The Old Inn Holt near Wimborne includes a Champagne starter, 3 courses with coffee and petit fours to finish, plus Dorset homemade crackers. £100 per person. 

Boxing Day

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.

In Beaminster, The Ollerod are putting both Boxing Day Lunch and Dinner menus. Lunch is a 3 course menu for £65 per person and dinner is 3 courses plus tea or coffee and petit fours for £75 per person.

On 26th December, enjoy a Tom Jones and Neil Diamond Tribute Show at The New Inn near Corfe Castle. Tom Canning, who’s performances all over the world has wowed audiences and won him great acclaim. Lunches (including the Full Menu) are available from 12 noon until 2.30pm. The show commences 3.30pm with music for dancing throughout the afternoon until around 7,30pm. 

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