The annual eating season is upon us. Christmas is just a few weeks away (!) and time to get that Christmas dinner party booked. Here are some ideas for where to book your Christmas party in Brighton from traditional Christmas dinners with a twist to some alternative dining options. There are also a couple of ideas if you don't fancy sitting around a table at all but still want something delicious to do.
Great quality, traditional food with a twist
The East Brighton super restaurant/pub that is consistently good. Think all the trimmings in a smart but relaxed environment and you have the perfect Christmas venue. On the menu are two bird roasts, slow braised beef shin and some enticing fish and vegetarian options too. B&W are also knocking everyone else out of the Christmas pudding game too. They are making Christmas puddings that Boho Gelato will make into ice-cream to serve with their steamed ginger puddings **DOUBLE PUDDING KLAXON**. There's also a chocolate mousse with pistachio genoise sponge and clementine jelly with my name on it too.
2 courses £24/3 courses £32
|The Ginger Pig|
The Gingerman Restaurants
Of course you'd have to include the Ginger group. All of the four sites will have their own menu with slightly different styles. The Gingerman is more formal, the Ginger Dog and Pig are relaxed with a refined edge and the Ginger Fox is an upmarket country pub. I'd eat happily in all of them. Also James Villiers, Head Chef from the Dog is currently is on Masterchef Professionals, raising their profile and cooking refined, quality food that you really want to eat. Which is what the Gingerman Group is all about.
Prices vary gingermanrestaurants.com
Something a little different
|Banquet at The Chilli Pickle|
For those really not interested in a Traditional Christmas dinner, then this is it. All the spice, all the warmth, all the vibrancy. The menu has some old festive favourites like the Goose Momos to some new dishes like the smoked salmon marinated in honey kasundi, coriander and spice, parsnip and curry leaf pakora. For mains the mutton curry with ginger, cardamom and cashew or pannier shaslick with glazed pumpkin sound a treat. Finish with a vanilla and buffalo milk kulfi or pineapple gingercake and coconut ice.
Giggling Squid have a couple 3 course evening menus on offer with plenty of the fresh, vibrant Thai food we know and love them for. There is also a lunch option with a selection of Thai tapas sets too. Read my full review here where I try the Christmas evening options out.
3 course menus £24.95 or £29.95. Lunchmenu £18.95.
|Slow cooked duck, parsnip purée, smoked walnuts, orange oil and coriander shoots - Silo Christmas 2015|
I would love to try Silo's take on Christmas. As usual there is a herbivore and omnivore menu with dishes like Venison Tartar & Sprouts, Shitake Mushroom, Worksop Blue & Dumplings and Salted Pear, St James & Elderflower. Amazingly they do have Turkey on the menu, but it will be unlike anything you've had before with with January King (I had to Google that too) & Sourdough sauce.
£36/38 per menu
I really loved my visit to Senor Buddah despite my huge reservations and preconceptions of Asian Spanish fusion food - I was sold!! For Christmas they are offering 3 tapas dishes with half a bottle of wine and complimentary pintxos.
£25 set menu
The cafe in the North Laine? Yes, that's the one. But set aside the scrambled eggs on toast as their evening Christmas menu is stunning. 5 courses, with meat or vegetarian options, that reads so well and has zero turkey content. Instead expect smoked duck breast w/ spiced plum chutney & celeriac remoulade, Slow braised pigs cheeks, Guinness & Clementine mushrooms finishing with spiced poached pears.
At £35 pp, this is a steal.
Obviously no turkey on the menu here at this vegetarian restaurant, but I guarantee you won't miss it judging by my last visit. Instead, expect globe artichoke ravioli and braised fennel shank with parsnip purée, black truffle and a mushroom and thyme jus. I love the sound of their parsnip doughnuts with apple parsnip cider for dessert too! All mains are served with a ‘christmas tree’ of accompaniments on their bespoke stands.
5 courses £32.50
Cheap and cheerful
|Christmas at Coggings & Co|
Coggings & CoThis is a great for groups. In fact, I pointed Mr GF and his team there last year who had a great time. Start with sharing platters of dips, breads and nibbles then choose from a selection of their festive burgers. The pork & sage burger with wholegrain mustard mayo, pork & chestnut stuffing, apple sauce and salad would be for me. Desserts here have always been good and the choice doesn't disappoint from the Chocolate & cognac parfait to the crowd pleasing sticky toffee pudding.
£21.95 per person for 3 courses
Blow the budget
|Little Fish Market|
Little Fish Market
Probably my favourite Brighton restaurant. When I think of a treat meal, I think of this place. They aren't doing a Christmas menu as such, but their winter tasting menu uses seasonal ingredients and a visit to this restaurant will always feel like a celebration. Read about my last visit here.
£50 for Five Courses
Have the team done particularly well this year and profits are up? Or are you just a lovely boss? The young team at IssacAt are still finalising their menu (perfectionists that they are) but they will be adding a festive twist to their set and tasting menus. The food is elegant, modern and exciting.
Not a mealIf you don't fancy a sit-down meal but still want something delicious, how about these for an alternative?
Brighton Food Tour
I really enjoyed my food tour with this company, it's really good fun. They are hosting a Brighton Food & Drink Christmas Special Tour that will give you the chance to do a bit of Christmas shopping with festive tastings, tipples and exclusive discounts on Christmas food and presents. It's also a really fun thing to do as a group and meet some local producers and retailers along the way. You can then decamp to the nearest pub.
Ten Green Bottles
This place is great for learning more about wine in an informal, stylish setting. They do lots of different tasting events for groups large and small, and exclusive events for larger groups. I like the sound of their Cheese and Wine Challenge which includes a competitive element. Perfect for that office-angst that builds up over the year. The challenge includes a glass of fizz on arrival, tasting samples of six wines, a cheese matching challenge, a selection of breads, olives and nuts and a bottle of fizz for the winning team.
£30 p/head, including prize (for larger groups, from 6 people to 30)