Tag Archive: Christmas

  1. toptable serves up its top ten restaurants with availability on Christmas day

    Holiday GlitterThe holidays are stressful. Booking a gorgeous meal out with friends and family shouldn’t be. toptable has gathered the list of restaurants open on Christmas EveChristmas Day and New Year’s Eve so finding a restaurant with availability for you and your friends and family on Christmas Day will be the one of the quickest items to tick off your list.

    Here is toptable’s round-up of 10 London restaurants with availability for a festive Christmas meal out

    Boundary Restaurant (Shoreditch)
    Offering a 3-course Christmas lunch menu of twice-baked gruyere soufflé, roast venison and Christmas pudding with champagne and canapé reception (from midday-3.30pm) at £100pp

    Four O Nine (Clapham)
    Serving a sparkling wine and canapé reception followed by a 6-course lunch showcasing white bean, truffle & chestnut soup, Devon crab & brown shrimp ravioli, roast Suffolk goose breast for £85pp

    Brasserie Joel (Waterloo)
    Serving a 4-course Christmas lunch (12-5pm) complete with bubbly for the adults and Santa for the children. £69 per person (Children £33). A la carte or 3-course menu for dinner £49pp (5.30-10.30pm)

    Avista (Mayfair)
    Serving a 5-course tasting menu featuring smoked duck breast, foie gras risotto and plum tart with vanilla ice cream for £65pp. 2-course (£22) and 3-course (£27) set menus also avail.

    Bluebird Restaurant (Chelsea)
    Serving a 3-course Christmas menu for £75pp

    Quince at The Mayfair (Mayfair)
    A choice of two 3-course prix fix menus with wild mushroom soup and grilled asparagus tips with white truffle sabayon (£65pp or £85pp)

    Terrace Grill and Bar (Piccadilly)
    Serving a 5-course Christmas menu including a glass of Dembies English Sparkling wine on arrival for £99pp. Vegetarian menu also avail.

    Homage at the Waldorf Hilton (Aldwych)
    Serving a Christmas Day 6-course menu which includes oven roast Turkey roulade or Christmas pudding with brandy sauce and Griottine cherry compote, £82pp

    The Cinnamon Club (St James’s)
    Serving 3-course Christmas menu, including cocktail on arrival for £75pp (£40 children under 12)

    Alyn Williams at The Westbury (Oxford Circus)
    The Splurge: Serving a decadent 8-course tasting menu for £160pp (£40 children under 8)

  2. Leading chefs share their Christmas tips with toptable

    While many of us are frantically planning our Christmas menus and preparing to host family and parties at home, toptable asked seven of the UK’s top chefs to share their top tips for stress free Christmas entertaining.

    Tom Aikens, Michel Roux Jnr, Bruno Loubet, Adam Byatt, and Gordon Ramsay unanimously agreed that their top tip would be to plan well and prepare as much as you can in advance.  As Michel Roux Jnr said “Preparing ahead and keeping it simple means you can spend more time with your friends and family.”

    However Claude Bosi and Francesco Matzei reveal that they’d both recommend going out to eat!  “Go out to eat and make sure the wine keeps pouring”, said Franceso.  Claude said “Go out and don’t cook at home… get invited somewhere!”

    And what simple thing do they advise you do to make that Christmas party a success?  Tom Aikens says, “Prepare ahead so you just have to reheat food and get everyone merry”, Bruno Loubet says, “Make sure you invite the right people”, and Adam Byatt suggests “If it is a staff party – don’t drink.  If it is a family party – do drink!”

    Entertaining family and the in-laws can often be tricky and sometimes daunting.  The chefs’ top tips for keeping them sweet included; “Make sure you cook the food they like…”  – Claude Bosi, “Spoil them with presents and booze…” – Tom Aikens, “…my Christmas pudding based on the traditional Mrs Beeton recipe…” – Michel Roux Jnr and finally,  Adam Byatt quite simply suggested “Gin!”.