This year, touching all the wood, restaurants will actually be allowed to open on Christmas Day. More and more places are adding their menus in the coming weeks. We're starting with hotels and we'll restaurants and pubs here as the info comes in.
Corinthia Hotel - Whitehall Pl, Westminster, London SW1A 2BD
Tom Kerridge's London restaurant will have a five-course menu on the day including game terrine with spiced quince chutney, lobster scotch egg with “thermidor“ sauce and either rôtisserie roasted Norfolk brown turkey or rôtisserie roasted fillet of beef as the main event. After dessert, it all ends with a truffle baked Camembert for the table and JKerridge's Christmas pudding.
Price: £250 per person
St James - 8 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5NG
Anthony Demetre’s Wild Honey has a eight-course menu with options that include duck and foie gras ‘en terrine, agnolotti of wild mushrooms, roast west coast Scottish langoustines. There's either grilled Cornish seabass, bronze feathered turkey or roast sirloin of Scottish grass fed beef for the main and Vacherin Mont d’Or, Christmas pudding or the amazing Wild Honey ice cream and warm honey for dessert.
Holborn - 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
This year's three-course menu at Holborn Dining Room has has a choice of dishes for a three course meal. On top of the turkey and trimmings, there's rabbit and bacon en croute (which. as it's Calum Franklin should definitely be your choice), Cornish cod forestiere, or a pump street chocolate brulee or trifle for dessert.
Price: £175 per person
The City - South Place Hotel, 3 South Pl, London EC2M 2AF
Angler - there’s a distinct seafood theme to the five-course Christmas Day lunch menu at this City restaurant which includes Squid ink cracker with taramasalata and Dorset crab with green apple, avocado and wasabi on the menu with a main of roast Challans with duck foie gras, orange blossom honey and chicory rather than turkey.
Price: £125 per person
South Bank - 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD
The Sea Containers restaurant on the South Bank is putting on a three-course Christmas Day menu. While the mains have a choice of turkey and beef - there is also turbot with salsify, Jerusalem artichoke and lobster essence or orecchiette with winter truffle and mushroom sauce. There's also an option of game terrine to start and traditional Christmas pudding to finish.
Price: £115 per person
Dinner by Heston (Knightsbridge) - For Christmas at Heston's, there's a plum meat fruit, roast duck instead of turkey and a special Christmas tipsy cake for dessert (£295 for five courses, vegetarian version available)
Celeste at The Lanesborough (Belgravia) - This Michelin-starred restaurant is a five-course affair for £260 with dishes including Native Lobster Royale Fennel pollen, Champagne jelly and Oscietra caviar with an egg nog bauble for dessert.
The Game Bird at the Stafford (overseen by Lisa Goodwin-Allen of Northcote) has a four-course menu (plus canapes) for £250 per person, which includes winter truffle arancini, smoked duck eccles cake and a butter poached native lobster as well as the turkey and pudding.
The Goring (Belgravia) - The Queen's favourite hotel (we're pretty sure she will be elsewhere) has a three-course menu for £295 per person, which includes their famed native lobster omelette to start.
The Ritz (Mayfair) - If you're after something spectacular, then the Ritz should do the job. There are a few options for the Christmas day lunch which start at £450 and there will be a live band, a magician and, of course, a visit from Father Christmas.
The Dorchester (Mayfair) - There are multiple options at The Dorchester. There's Christmas Day lunch at The Grill for £350 (including live music), and afternoon tea on The Promenade for £110 or a six course menu at the three Michelin starred Alain Ducasse for £360.
Claridge's (Mayfair) - They'll have Christmas Day lunch in both the Foyer & Reading Room (£395) or in Daniel Humm's Michlien-starred Davies & Brook (also £395) which will include dishes like a caviar slice with English muffin, roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing and rillette and a flambéed Christmas pudding.
The Connaught (Mayfair) - Both Jean Georges and Helene Darroze have Christmas Day menus, Jean-Georges is £225 for a four-course menu where choices include ‘Prince de Dombes’ duck and a Christmas log (as well as traditional turkey). Meanwhile, the three Michelin-starred Helene Darroze has a menu for £325 where the main event is a capon with black truffle, celeriac, and “Albufera sauce” (or you can go for Christmas Day dinner for £225).
Mayfair - 12a Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BS
This year, Benares will open on Christmas Day for the first time. They'll have a Michelin-starred feast created by Executive Chef Sameer Taneja, matched with expertly paired wines. We're told to expect a "culinary journey across India with a Christmas twist" and dishes include Scottish scallop tartlet, tawa masala wild halibut and clam moilee and tandoori muntjac and turkey biryani for mains.
77 Highgate W Hill, Highgate, London N6 6BU
Work up an appetite before Christmas lunch at this Highgate pub or walk it off on the heath afterwards. The three-course menu has plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Along with traditional dishes, there's Owton’s dry-aged beef Wellington or a guinea fowl breast & thigh and the butterscotch savarin cheesecake sounds very good indeed.
Windmill Dr, London SW4 9DE
This festive-looking Clapham pub has an extensive menu on offer on Christmas Day. Start with Roast cauliflower soup and toasted chestnuts, move on to a Hampshire game & juniper suet pie and there's spiced orange and cranberry syllabub among the dessert options.
Price: £105 (£50 - child)
Greenwich - Park Row, London SE10 9NW
Walk along the Thames on Christmas Day to the Trafalgar Tavern at Royal Greenwich where their three-course Christmas Day menu choices of spiced & grilled cauliflower, turkey and trimmings and forerib of beef - as well as a sticky toffee Christmas pudding for dessert.
Price: £95 including a glass of Prosecco.
15 Selwood Terrace, London SW7 3QG
There's a three-course festive menu on the big day at this South Kensington pub - which kicks off with an amuse-bouche of stuffed figs with torched clementines and concludes with some appealing sounding petit fours of white chocolate fudge with pistachio and cranberries.With turkey in between, of course.
The Owl and Pussycat (Shoreditch) - They have a three-course menu for £75 (£55 for kids) with plenty of choices for the main, including turkey, striploin of beef, sea bass and a Chanterelle mushroom, truffle & pearl barley risotto.
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