Finest Christmas Menus in London 2014

Christopher Old
Finest Christmas Menus in London

The temptation to cook for your entire extended family is, as we know, always strong at Christmas time. But imagine a world where your only exertions on Christmas Day were travelling to a fine restaurant and actually enjoying the dinner. We’re not saying it will be better than what you normally prepare, but these places are rather good.

L’Etranger

The first of our finest Christmas menus in London, L’Etranger might just be the best hidden gem restaurant in all of the capital. You’ll be rubbing shoulders with the best if you opt for Christmas lunch here – the likes of Prince Harry, Liz Hurley and Kofi Annan are known to dine here, along with your usual Kensington crowd of Russian oligarchs.

To start

  • Jerusalem Artichoke Soup, Truffle & Chestnut
  • North Sea Crispy Squid with Chilli & Spring Onion
  • Marinated Mackerel, Mouli & Granny Smith Apples
  • Duck and Foie Gras terrine, PlumPuree, Port Reduction & pain d’épices

Main course

  • Fregola, Artichoke, Goat Cheese & Herbs
  • Roasted Pork Belly, Celeriac, Red Cabbage & Quince
  • Chestnuts Stuffed Roasted Turkey, Wild Mushroom & Baby Onions
  • Pan Roasted Salty Cod, Chorizo, Avocado, Fondant Potatoes & Black Olive

Dessert

  • Christmas Pudding, Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Baked Cheese Cake with Wild Berries Compote
  • Orange and Coffee Crème Brulée, White Chocolate Foam
  • Apple Crumble, Milk & Liquorice Ice Cream, Sauterne Espuma

£36.50 per head

The Square
Outside The Square

The Square

Having held two Michelin stars for longer than any of us care to remember, The Square assures quality of the utmost. Chef Phil Howard’s Christmas menu shows as many deft touches of brilliance as ever, creating a delightful festive three-course offering.

To start

  • Roast Turkey Jelly with Cauliflower Cream, Pickled Walnuts, Bacon and Sage

To follow

  • Lasagne of Langoustine Claws and Scallop with Cappuccino of Shellfish and Champagne Foam
  • Terrine of Partridge and Foie Gras with Air Dried Quince and Mead Jelly

Main course

  • Roast Haunch of Windsor Park Venison with Celeriac, Pear, Potato and Bacon
  • Fillet of Cornish Cod with Butternut Gnocchi, Chestnuts, Black Mushrooms and Roasting Juices

Dessert

  • Christmas Pudding with Christmas Pudding Ice Cream, Macadamia Nut and Brandy Brittle
  • Baked Brillat-Savarin Cheesecake with Clementine and Vanilla
  • Or Cheeses

Petit Fours

  • Chocolates and Mince Pies

£50 per head

Learn more about The Square’s Christmas Menu >>

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Finest Christmas Menus in London

The Goring’s Christmas platter / The Goring

The Goring

This traditional English hotel is the last remaining family-run five-star in London. Aptly, it’s located just around the corner from Buckingham Palace, since the hotel holds a Royal Warrant and was the location where Kate Middleton stayed on the eve of her wedding. The Christmas lunch in the Dining Room here retains English tradition at its most sublime.

To start

  • Chestnut soup, roast foie gras, hazelnut and truffle
  • Salad of seared rare beef, winter vegetables, goat’s curd, truffle dressing
  • Cornish brill, crispy fried oyster, confit potatoes, oyster vinaigrette
  • Cured organic salmon, scrambled egg, smoked eel, caviar

Main courses

  • Roast Norfolk turkey, chestnut stuffing, parsnip, cranberry, chipolata, bread sauce
  • Scottish beef Wellington, cep croquette, watercress, Madeira
  • Roast halibut, artichoke, cucumber, scallop, citrus dressing

(All served with roast potatoes, roast parsnips with honey and mustard, Brussels sprouts with smoked bacon, crushed carrot and swede.)

Dessert

  • The Goring Christmas pudding with brandy sauce
  • Manjari chocolate ganache, hazelnut praline, buttermilk ice cream
  • Baked Alaska, spiced winter fruits
  • Granny Smith apple tart, Tahitian vanilla ice cream, cider custard

£220 per head

Learn more about The Goring’s Christmas Menu >>

Alyn Williams
Inside Alyn Williams at the Westbury

Alyn Williams at the Westbury

Having worked under the tutelage of Marcus Wareing for a number of years, Alyn Williams flew the nest in 2011 and opened his eponymous restaurant in the five-star Westbury Mayfair. The Christmas lunch here takes the form of a tasting menu of sorts, with a festive gastronomic journey for all.

Tasting Menu

  • Canapés
  • Jerusalem Artichoke Velouté, Blood orange, Gnocchi
  • Venison Terrine, Truffled Potatoes, Beets, Goats’ Cheese
  • Lobster Ravioli, coleslaw, coriander
  • Rib of Galloway Beef, Barbequed Honey Onion, Beef and Horseradish Dumpling Casserole
  • Or Kelly Bronze Turkey, Chestnut Stuffing, Bacon Wrapped Sprouts, Bread Sauce, Glazed Carrots
  • Cheese Selection
  • Pre-dessert
  • Apple Tarte Tatin, Christmas Spiced Ice Cream
  • Or Ginger Pannacotta, Chestnuts, Bitter Chocolate Sorbet
  • Coffee, Tea, Mini Mince Pies, Clementine Chocolates

£180 per head, includes a vegetarian option
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Finest Christmas Menus in London

The Cinnamon Club’s Christmas offering / Cinnamon Club

Cinnamon Club

Chef Vivek Singh has helped revolutionise Indian cuisine in the UK. Classically trained in India, Singh marries traditional approaches to Indian gastronomy with innovative European approaches. This results in fusion cuisine that is anything but gimmicky.

To start

  • Keralan style lobster soup flamed with brandy, garlic naan
  • Stir-fry of shrimps with cracked pepper and curry leaves, rice pancake
  • Chargrilled Scottish salmon with soola masala, shallot riata
  • Tandoori breast of Cartmel Valley pheasant with pickling spices, coriander chutney Clove smoked Welsh lamb fillet with caper kachumber
  • Chickpea and sesame cake with smoked aubergine chutney
  • Steamed Nepalese vegetable momos with peanut chutney

Interim course

  • Bengali style vegetable cake with kasundi mustard, salsify chips

Main courses

  • Chargrilled Halibut with Coconut and Ginger Sauce, Tomato Rice
  • Tandoori Wild Spencer Gulf King Prawns with Saffron Almond Sauce, Pilau Rice
  • Cafreal of Black Leg Chicken Breast, Brown Basmati Rice and Goan Curry Sauce
  • South Indian Style Stir Fry of Goose Breast with Red Onion and Curry Leaf, Layered Paratha
  • Slow-braised Pyrenean Milk-fed Lamb Shoulder with Saffron Sauce, Lamb Galauti Kebab Hyderabad Style Biryani of Root Vegetables with Boorani Raita, Ground Vegetable Kebab
  • Tandoori Portobello Mushroom, Winter Vegetable Curry and Jumbo Morels Filled with Paneer

Side dishes

  • Masala Mash Potatoes
  • Cumin Flavoured Yoghurt with Cucumber
  • Black Lentils

Dessert

  • Garam Masala Christmas Pudding with Nutmeg Custard
  • Spiced Carrot Cake with Carrot and Ginger Sorbet, Pistachio Foam
  • Original Beans Milk Chocolate and Pecan Nut Pudding with Thandai Ice Cream Lemon tart with Bergamot Sorbet, Iced Lemon Mousse
  • Ice Cream or Sorbet Selection
  • Selection of English Farmhouse Cheeses with Quince Chutney

Coffee and Petit Fours

£85 per head, includes an aperitif of Christmas punch

Learn more about Cinnamon Club’s Christmas menu >>

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Finest Christmas Menus in London - Duck and Waffle
The view from the Duck and Waffle / Duck and Waffle

Duck and Waffle

The final offering of our finest Christmas menus in London comes from high above. Located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, the Duck and Waffle offers quite sensational views over the capital. Here’s hoping their festive menu will be paired with a white Christmas to look upon.

Tasting menu

  • Devilled Quail Eggs – truffle, parmesan
  • Roasted Parsnip Soup – toffee apples, hazelnuts, parsnip crisps
  • Roast Barbary Duck – pearl barley & confit leg ragout, pumpkin purée & trompettes
  • or Jerusalem Artichoke Ravioli – hazelnuts, turnip tops, pecorino
  • Port Infused Stilton – homemade oatcakes, grapes
  • Torrejas – maple glazed apples, Christmas pudding ice cream
  • Coffee & Mince Pies

£85 per head

Learn more about Duck and Waffle’s Christmas menu >>

 
 

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