Christmas party menus Brighton 2014

by - September 29, 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the year. No, no it's not, it's time to organise the office Christmas party or a festive gathering for friends and the pressure is on to choose somewhere that everybody is going to love or you'll have ruined EVERYTHING. Get organised and book somewhere that you can bank on will be special, even that really picky boss of yours. Don't get lumped with the chain restaurant and a turkey pizza now will you.

I will add more to the list as my select restaurants release their Christmas menus.

If you prefer a conscious Christmas, then the UKs first zero waste restaurant have created a menu of carefully sourced ingredients. Sticking with their standard format, they will have a plant, dairy, fish and meat options like Beetroot Steak with Smoked Shropshire Quinoa or a more traditional Sheffield Farm Turkey with Rye Bread Sauce. I've recently visited and a big fan of this place.

The Ginger Group
For a guaranteed quality meal, then you can't go wrong with any of The Gingerman restaurants. Depending on your style and budget preference, either The Gingerman, The Ginger Dog or The Ginger Pig would be a great choice. Think game, souffles and inventive desserts. Sign me up for the Apple and Agen Prune Crumble with Sloe Gin Custard.

£30 - 37 per person for 3 courses

Sam's of Brighton
A smart bistro with elegant food, Sam's is a great choice for Christmas parties. Sussex Pork Belly, 10 hour Red Wine Braised Shoulder of Beef and Steamed Vegetable Pudding all feature. This is robust, flavour packed food.

£24 for lunch and £28 for dinner per person

The Coal Shed
The cosy, bustling restaurant environment is not the only thing to love at The Coal Shed. Their well put together Christmas menu is a treat. Roast Venison, Grilled Half Lobster or Rib-Eye Steak with festive sides and accompaniments. Starters and desserts are really special too.

£40 per person

64 Degrees
If you have all been very good girls and boys then you may be treated to 64 Degrees for your Christmas party. Serving only small groups of six or less, or for exclusive hire, the format of the menu will be the same as their standard, but with a festive twist.

The food at Drakes is a notch above most places in the city. For a smart Christmas party with elegant food then this venue is ideal. There's a different lunch and dinner menu but both include a meat, fish and vegetarian option. The Truffle and Pecorino Gnocchi include all my own personal nutritional food groups or there is duck breast with cassis sauce and Valrhona chocolate tart with pistachio ice cream. If there are up to 12 of you, you can also book the private room for no additional charge.

£30 for lunch and £40 for dinner per person

Curry Leaf Cafe
Heck with British tradition! Curry Leaf Cafe's Christmas menu will warm you to the core. Their fresh, Indian food has been given a festive tweak and includes Guinea Fowl Mappas, Kharai Paneer (intrinsic to an Indian festival buffet), Venison Chettinad and Aad Ularthiyathu, which is a Keralan Christmas classic. There isn't a set menu but a seasonal full menu on offer.  This restaurant has been one of the best new Brighton openings of 2014 so great to end the year with.

Christmas menu available from 24th November

Riddle & Finns
If you prefer fish to turkey (who doesn't) then Riddle & Finns would be fabulous. Dover Sole Meuniere, Turbot en Papillot, Dressed Local Crab and Seared Scallops. You can also decorate your menu with additional oysters, palate cleansers and caviar.

£35 for the Magnum Menu and £45 for the Jeroboam Menu per person

Terre a Terre
It wouldn't be a Brighton Christmas without a Terre a Terre tongue in cheek menu. This is the local go-to for the most creative vegetarian food. The menu this year includes Aubergine Dengaku and a take on their famous rosti. And the pun of the year? Their Truly Plum-sious pudding.

£28-32 per person

English's of Brighton
A classically glamorous venue for Christmas would be English's of Brighton. Known for exceptional seafood and Champagne, their festive menu obviously reflects this with whole roasted plaice, mussels in marsala wine and a seafood pie. There is plenty on the menu for the non fish eaters (game pie/chicken liver parfait/wild mushroom pithivier). And there's a glass of bubbles on the house too.

2 courses £14.95; 3 courses £19.95 Starter only: £6.95; Main course only £12.95

The Chilli Pickle
Oh Chilli Pickle! You can always guarantee a mouthwatering Christmas menu here. Start with nibbles then go onto the Seasonal Goose Momos or Duck Harleem. Mains include Tandoor Pheasant Breast, Vindaloo Pork Chop and Hara Seabass. The vegetarian options are interesting too. Why does my boss have to dislike spicy food, WHY??

£24.50 for 2 courses / £28.50 for 3 courses per person

Coggings & Co.
For a more laid back approach, how about burgers? But proper burgers that are well sourced with a high attention to sustainability. Start with sharing platters followed by beef, turkey, brisket or vegetarian burgers with triple cooked chips and some of the best desserts in town. It will still feel special in their nice restaurant environment.

£21.95 for 3 courses per person

The Creperie
A very easy on the wallet choice for budget conscious groups would be the alternative Christmas menu at The Creperie. Cheese fondue, meat or vegetarian sharing platters followed by a crepe (obviously) or gelato and a glass of wine. Bargain.

£16.50 per person

The Manor
If you want a private dining space all to yourselves then parties can book out The Manor for groups of 10-50. Shredded confit duck salad with sour cherries and Guinness braised beef short rib with a Guinness and clementine gravy feature with other delicious festive classics.

£25 for 3 courses and digestifs per person

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