Gloucestershire plays host to a sparkling array of Christmas party venues, so whether you are looking for the perfect setting for your office party, festive celebrations with friends, or somewhere for a family get together to treasure, you’re sure to find it in the hugely popular annual SoGlos Christmas party guide, which is proudly sponsored by Hype Agency in 2017.
From Champagne toasts, traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings, and crackers, to mince pies, magical live entertainment and energetic dancefloor moves, plan your perfect Christmas party, with the following sensational Gloucestershire party venues all coming highly recommended for hosting the finest festive merriment in the county.
Plus, don’t miss the Christmas day suggestions, if you’re looking for the perfect place to eat, drink and be merry on Monday 25 December 2017.
Marketing image from previous Hype parties at Cheltenham Town Hall.
Venue: Cheltenham Town Hall
On the menu: Nine nights of extravagant Christmas parties are planned by events company Hype Agency, when Cheltenham Town Hall is transformed into the enchanted winter wonderland of Narnia, where magical creatures take party-goers on an unforgettable festive journey. Ideal for corporate celebrations and groups of friends alike, The Narnia Christmas Parties will begin with a mystical drinks reception, before revellers take their seats for a spectacular three-course dinner, carefully crafted by Hype’s award-winning in-house caterers, Fosters Events. Cocktails will be flowing and guests can work off dinner on the dance floor to a fantastic DJ and disco. Hype Agency is well-known for producing the biggest and best Christmas parties in the south west, which sell-out year on year, so be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment and prepare for a memorable night reliving one of the most-loved tales.While the iconic setting of Cheltenham Town Hall takes some beating, added wow factor will come from a backdrop of themed decorations and magical creatures; while a photo booth will provide plenty of opportunities for festive souvenirs!
SoGlos loves: Hype Agency is also throwing a fun-filled Narnia Afternoon Tea at Cheltenham Town Hall on Saturday 9 December 2017. The family-friendly event includes the chance for little ones to meet Santa and enter the magical world of Narnia.
When: The Narnia Christmas Parties take place every evening from Friday 8 to Saturday 16 December 2017. Please note that Friday 8 and Saturday 9 have now sold out.
How much: Ticket prices start from £32 + vat per person, depending on which night you attend.
To book: Call 0117 971 0320, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hypeagency.co.uk directly.
On the menu: This festive season, Ian Coley Shooting School near Cheltenham is offering revellers the chance to get out in the great outdoors and practice your marksmanship skills. Choose from a range of shooting experiences, including Coley's Christmas Cracker, which invites participants to try a variety of different clay targets before taking on a best of 10 challenge. Finish off the session with tea, coffee, mince pies and prizes for the winner. The Not So Silent Night package also offers the chance to test out your skills on a host of targets, with sloe gin included alongside tea, coffee and mince pies. For the ultimate shooting experience, opt for the All the Trimmings package, with participants treated to bacon rolls and tea or coffee before heading out to take aim on the clay targets. After a break for refreshments, guests can enjoy some friendly competition, complete with prizes, before finishing with lunch at a local pub or hotel.
SoGlos loves: The on-site shop at Ian Coley is great for picking up festive gifts for country sports enthusiasts, with a wide range of new and used shotguns, along with accessories and clothing.
When: Throughout November, December and January.
How much?: Minimum booking for 10 people, with the Coley’s Christmas Cracker £50+VAT per person; the Not So Silent Night is £70+VAT per person; and the All the Trimmings is from £98+VAT per person.
To book: Call (01242) 870391, email email@example.com or visit iancoley.co.uk directly.
On the menu: As purveyors of some of the finest steaks and cocktails in town, diners looking for a Christmas feast are in for a treat at The Ox Cheltenham. The restaurant’s three-course festive menu, which includes a welcome glass of fizz, is designed to offer a delicious alternative to the traditional Christmas turkey. Starters include house hot-smoked salmon with beetroot, horseradish and apple; deep fried globe artichoke with poached pheasant egg, truffle sauce and shaved black truffle; foie gras parfait with Sauterne jelly and homemade crumpets; and seared pork with black pudding terrine, Jerusalem artichoke and crispy pig ear salad. For main course, diners can choose from crisp root vegetable rosti with mushroom ragout, braised winter greens and fried onion pangritata; seared filled of cod with Cornish shellfish chowder, herb and gram cracker crust; roast breast and crisp leg of duck with smoked sausage choucroute, pomme anna and duck sauce; and charcoal roasted sirloin with oxtail and onion boulangere, parsnip purée and cavolo nero. Round off your meal with caramel profiteroles with vanilla cream, poached William’s pear and hazelnut praline; bitter chocolate cremeux with clementine and orange blossom cream and candid walnuts; apple and blackberry crumble; or Bath Blue cheese with sourdough crispbread.
SoGlos loves: The Ox’s expert bartenders will be on hand to whip up festive cocktails to ensure you get into the party spirit, while its extensive wine menu has plenty to ensure the perfect pairing with your festive feast.
When: Friday 1 to Saturday 23 December 2017
How much: The Christmas Party Menu is £29.50 per person for lunch and £39.50 per person for dinner.
To book: Call (01242) 234779, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit theoxcheltenham.com directly.
On the menu: The luxurious setting of Cowley Manor provides the perfect backdrop for festive get-togethers. Guests can choose between dining in the Study, which has seating for 14 on one table, or the Garden Room, which can welcome up to 30 across three tables. The Set Menus invite diners to enjoy two or three courses from the Christmas menu, which features the likes of carpaccio of beef with celeriac remoulade to start, pancetta wrapped cod loin with clam chowder for main, and ginger crème caramel for dessert. The Family Feast option gives diners the choice of one starter and pudding from the Christmas menu, along with selecting two mains for the table, including roast sirloin of beef; turkey breast with chestnut and sage stuffing; seasonal nut roast; or glazed Christmas ham, served with all the festive trimmings. The Party Package includes prosecco and canapés on arrival followed by a three-course meal, half a bottle of house wine, and tea and coffee.
SoGlos loves: Get ready for the party season at the hotel’s Green & Spring Festive Day Spa, available throughout December. For £125, guests can enjoy a spiced drink and mince pie on arrival, followed by a two-course lunch or dinner with a glass of prosecco, along with a facial or other 60-minute treatment and a Green & Spring festive gift to take home.
When: Throughout December
How much: The Set Menu is £19 for two course and £24 for three at lunchtime, while dinner is £29 for two and £34 for three, with room hire £150 for the Garden Room or £75 for the Study. The Family Feast is £50 per person, inclusive of room hire, while the Party Package is £65 per person inclusive of room hire for eight guests and more.
To book: Call (01242) 870900, email email@example.com or visit cowleymanor.com directly.
On the menu: Go back in time this festive season when Manor By The Lake hosts a roaring 1920s-themed Christmas bash. The venue’s impressive ballroom and marquee, which can welcome up to 200 guests, will be decked out in vintage-themed decor to add a touch of class to the proceedings, while a 1920s band adds nostalgia to what promises to be a superb event. The parties, which include a sparkling welcome drink, a three-course seasonal dinner, live jazz and entertainment or resident DJ, Christmas crackers and party games, are available on an exclusive basis or shared with other businesses or groups.
SoGlos loves: This December Manor By The Lake is also offering the chance to enjoy Christmas Lunch or Dinner with friends, family or colleagues in the spectacular setting of the Victorian manor house. Available for exclusive-use for up to 60 guests, the evening includes a three-course banquet, while the roaring open fires and Christmas decorations add to the seasonal feel.
When: Exclusive parties are held on Monday 4, Wednesday 13, Thursday 21 and Friday 22 December, while the shared parties are on Thursdays 7 and 14 and Wednesday 20 December 2017. The Christmas Dinner evenings are held on Wednesday 6, Thursdays 7, 14 and 21, and Tuesday 12 December 2017; while the Lunches are on Thursday 7, Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 20 December 2017.
How much: Tickets to the 1920s parties cost from £37.50+ VAT per person, while the Christmas Lunch is £25+ VAT, and Christmas Dinner is £37.50.
To book: Call (01242) 245071, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit manorbythelake.co.uk directly. Viewings by appointment only.
On the menu: Whether you're planning a work bash, a family party, or a celebration with friends, The Fire Station in Cheltenham has something to tempt everyone this festive season. The restaurant's Christmas menu offers the chance to indulge in two or three courses, with starters including roast cauliflower soup with rarebit toast; and game terrine with truffle butter and apple and pear chutney. The main choices span Norfolk turkey with all the trimmings; glazed short rib with horseradish and red wine jus; and wild mushroom and spinach pithvier with truffle sauce. For dessert, diners can savour dishes including clementine and prosecco trifle; and Christmas pudding. If you want to indulge as a group, opt for the feasting menu, which is for parties of 12 or more and includes a glass of prosecco on arrival, followed by a pre-starter of celeriac, chestnut and truffle soup. The table can then enjoy smoked salmon with pickled cucumber and horseradish cream, before tucking into guinea fowl and foie gras terrine with roasted quinces and hazelnuts. Guests can then savour glazed ham along with either a whole goose or a whole turkey, complete with all the festive trimmings, followed by dessert.
SoGlos loves: If you want to indulge in drinks and nibbles with friends, the Christmas platters area ideal, with a land and sea, vegetarian and festive-themed options to choose from.
When: Throughout December
How much: The Christmas menu is £24 for two courses, and £29 for three courses; the feasting menu is £45 per person, with the cheese courses an additional £5 for both menus; and the platter menu is from £35, offering a light nibble for eight people and a more substantial meal for four to five.
To book: Call (01242) 809135, email email@example.com, or visit thefirestationcheltenham.co.uk directly.
On the menu: Whether you’re planning a festive dinner with friends or a work Christmas do, Cheltenham’s Montpellier Lodge makes the perfect setting for a seasonal gathering. The independent restaurant, located in a restored park-keeper’s lodge adjacent to Montpellier Gardens, champions local and seasonal produce, with its three-course festive menu a real treat for the taste buds. The delicious seasonal offering includes starters of Jerusalem artichoke soup with apple purée, crispy artichokes and wood sorrel; chicken liver parfait with pickled girolles, quince jelly and toasted brioche; and smoked salmon mousse with split bean and watercress salad, sourdough croutons and caviar dressing. Diners can expect dishes such as traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings; catch of the day with sautéed pak choi, buttered linguine and shellfish bisque; beef Bourguignon with parsnip creamed potatoes, button mushrooms and pancetta; and red wine and blue cheese risotto with baby onions, crispy shallots and a port wine syrup. The tempting desserts span winter spiced apple and pear crumble; Christmas pudding with brandy custard; warm chocolate and chestnut cake with cherry purée and salted caramel ice-cream, or a selection of English cheeses.
SoGlos loves: Whether you want to kick off with a glass of Champagne, enjoy a fine glass of red with dinner, or finish with a dessert tipple, Montpellier Lodge’s extensive wine list has plenty to get you in the festive mood.
When: Throughout December
How much?: The Festive Party Menu is £27 for two courses and £32 for three.
To book: Call (01242) 262666, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit montpellier-lodge.co.uk directly.
On the menu: Jurys Inn hotel in Cheltenham offers the ideal setting for festive gatherings and has a host of ways to get in the seasonal spirit. The Festive Disco Party Night includes a three-course meal and disco, with dishes including starters of smoked ham hock terrine, or butternut squash and rosemary soup; festive roast turkey and the trimmings for main; and chocolate and salted caramel torte with vanilla ice-cream for dessert. The hotel is also hosting Live Band Party Nights, inviting party-goers to enjoy a three-course feast followed by live musical entertainment. Diners can expect to tuck into crayfish and prawn cocktail served with avocado mousse and a spicy Bloody Mary dressing to start; blade of British beef with bubble and squeak and a Bourguignon sauce for main; and traditional Christmas pudding. And if it is lunch you fancy, Jurys Inn is also offering a Festive Lunch, with three course of seasonal dishes to savour.
SoGlos loves: If you don’t fancy worrying about organising taxis, book to stay at the hotel which is offering rates from £70 per room for single occupancy, including breakfast.
When: The Festive Disco is on Fridays 24 November 1, 8, 15 and 22 December, Saturday 25 November, Sundays 3, 10 and 17 December, and Thursdays 14 and 21 December; while the Live Band is on Saturdays 2, 9 and 16 December.
How much: The Festive Disco Party Nights are £24.95 in November and January and £29.95 in December; and the Festive Lunch is £19.95.
On Christmas Day: The four-course feast is served between 1.30pm and 2.30pm and is £65 for adults, £25 for children aged six to 12, and free for under fives.
To book: Call (01242) 232691, email email@example.com or visit jurysinns.com/hotels/Cheltenham directly.
On the menu: Cheltenham’s Storyteller Restaurant offers a lively setting for enjoying a festive get together with friends, family or colleagues this December. The restaurant’s three-course Christmas Party Menu features starters of parsnip, carrot and cumin soup; courgette fritters with goat’s cheese and a fig compote; mango marinated chicken skewers with a tomato plum chutney and pineapple salsa; chargrilled bruschetta with grilled beef and chorizo; and smoked mackerel with a medley of grilled peppers. For main course, diners can tuck into turkey breast wrapped in bacon filled with a sausage, sage and onion stuffing; slow cooked lamb shank with crushed potatoes, and roasted root vegetables; a chargrilled sirloin steak with chips and coleslaw; pan fried sea trout or cod fillet served with wild and basmati rice and a smoked paprika and coconut sauce; or go for the more exotic option of seared kangaroo rump with baked sweet potato, green vegetables and a pink peppercorn and mushroom sauce.
Round off your seasonal feast with sticky toffee pudding; cheesecake with fruits of the forest compote; chocolate torte with vanilla bean ice-cream and a sea salt caramel drizzle; or cheese and biscuits with homemade fruit chutney.
SoGlos loves: Storyteller is giving party-goers the chance to save 15 per cent when dining from Sunday to Wednesday, offering even more incentive to book your Christmas gathering at the popular Cheltenham eatery.
When: Friday 1 to Sunday 31 December 2017
How much: The Christmas Party Menu is £28.95 per person, with a £3 supplement for the kangaroo and steak main courses. Lunchtime diners can also opt to have just two courses for £24 per person.
To book: Call (01242) 250343, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit storyteller.co.uk directly.
On the menu: The restaurant, which specialises in pizza, pies and cider, has a variety of seasonal dining experiences to choose from, whether you're planning a family dinner or a night out with colleagues. The Sharing Menu is for groups of 20 or more and invites diners to tuck into a selection of special Christmas pizzas or vegan pizzas, potato wedges, salad, mince pies and warm chocolate brownies, with the option to include a glass of house wine or half a pint of cider. For a more formal option, choose the eatery's Set Menu, with the chance to have two or three courses, including starters of a cured meat or cheese sharing boards and garlic bread. The seasonal pizzas include the Turkey Gobbler, topped with free-range roasted turkey, chipolata meatballs, herb roasted potatoes, crispy bacon, caramelised onions, fresh sage and mozzarella; while there are also festive pies to tempt, such as the Squish Squash, filled with butternut squash, goat’s cheese, spinach, and plum chutney. Round off your meal with Christmas pudding or hot apple and blackberry crumble pie with clotted cream. The restaurant also has a dedicated seasonal vegan menu, featuring meat and dairy-free alternatives.
SoGlos loves: The Christmas Cider Experience is for groups of up to 15 and offers the chance to sample a selection of tipples guided by a Cider Master, along with enjoying a buffet-style selection of pizzas, cheese and charcuterie, followed by cider brandies and Christmas pud.
When: Throughout December
How much?: The Sharing Menu is £15 per person, or £18 with a drink; the Christmas Cider Experience is £30 per person; and the Set Menu is £19 for two courses and £24 for three.
To book: Call (01242) 514163, email email@example.com or visit stablepizza.com directly.
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On the menu: Escape to the Cotswolds this festive season and enjoy a party to remember at The Barn Upcote, a picture-perfect venue located on the outskirts of Cheltenham. Throughout December, the converted barn will be transformed into a winter wonderland to welcome party-goers looking to host Christmas celebrations in a truly memorable setting. The evening kicks off at 6.30pm, with the option to have a three-course meal or a hot fork buffet when dinner is served at 7.30pm. Those opting for the three-course menu can enjoy honey drizzled pumpkin arancini with winter vegetable slaw to start; with roast turkey ballotine, braised red cabbage, pommes Anna and chestnuts for main, while you can round off your feast with cherry frangipane tart with Amaretto cream and caramelised clementine. The buffet menu choices include the likes of Moroccan lamb tagine with minted yoghurt; and fish pie topped with creamy mash, braised leeks and crunchy carrots; along with side dish options which span new potatoes with warm stilton dressing; and winter greens with white beans, cranberry and orange. And you can enjoy a sweet treat by tucking into chestnut meringue roulade with salted caramel, or apple and blackberry cobbler.
SoGlos loves: From 8pm to 12am party-goers can hit the dance floor and bust out some moves to classic festive tunes, while there’s also the option to include drinks packages with your evening’s entertainment.
When: From Sunday 3 to Wednesday 20 December 2017
How much: From £39.50 per person.
To book: Call (01242) 890332, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit thebarnatupcote.co.uk directly.
On the menu: Get into the seasonal spirit at DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham, with the hotel offering Festive Party Nights which invite party-goers to indulge in a three-course dinner, before dancing the night away at the disco, while revellers at the Christmas Casino Nights can also hit the roulette tables. The hotel's Festive Lunches offer a more relaxed way to celebrate, with the three-course meal featuring a set menu option and the chance to choose from a selection of dishes, including prawn and crayfish cocktail; mushroom and stilton Wellington, and orange and Champagne torte.
SoGlos loves: Take advantage of the hotel’s three or four-night Christmas Packages, running from either Saturday 23 or Sunday 24 to Wednesday 27 December 2017. Guests will be spoilt with delicious food, while festive films and carol singers add to the seasonal charm.
When: The Festive Party nights are on Fridays 24 November, 1, 8, 15, and 22 December; Saturdays 25 November, 2, 9 and 16 December; and Thursday 7, 14 and 21 December 2017; the Casino Nights are on Friday 1, 8 and 15 December, and Saturdays 2, 9, and 16 December 2017; while the Festive Lunches are available from Friday 1 to Friday 22 December 2017.
How much?: The Festive Party Nights are £26.95 per person; the Casino Nights are £39.95 per person; the Festive Lunches are £20 for the set menu and £23 for the choice menu; the Christmas Packages are £399 per person for three nights, and £449 for four nights.
On Christmas Day: The hotel’s four-course festive feast is perfect for those wanting a stress-free Christmas Day, with the lunch £79.95 for adults and £35 for children ages 12 and under.
To book: Call (01242) 222021, email email@example.com, or visit doubletreecheltenham.com directly.
On the menu: Stylish Cheltenham hotel and restaurant, Malmaison, has a host of festive treats in store this Christmas. The three-course Celebrations Menu is bursting with seasonal flavours, with starters including Roquefort, endive, and mulled wine poached pear salad with caramelised pecans; main courses of ballotine of free-range turkey with cranberry and orange stuffing and all the trimmings; while the dessert choices feature classic sherry and raspberry trifle. If you're looking to celebrate with a group, there's also the option to enjoy your meal in one of the hotel's private dining rooms. For a delicious lunchtime treat, savour the Festive Prix Fixe Menu, with the option to indulge with two or three courses, while those looking for a fun-filled night can take advantage of the Bar Parties, which offer festive munchies to accompany your drinks. For a relaxed weekend dining experience, book a table for Festive Sunday Lunch, or if you want an excuse to get together with your nearest and dearest, tuck into a delicious seasonal Festive Afternoon Tea.
SoGlos loves: Malmaison has a host of drinks packages to choose from, whether you want to pre-order wine with dinner, Champagne for getting the night off to a sparkling start or cocktails for the table.
When: The Celebrations Menu will be available from Thursday 23 November to Sunday 24 December 2017; Private Dining is from Friday 1 to Sunday 24 December 2017; the Festive Prix Fixe Menu is from Thursday 23 November to Saturday 23 December 2017; the Festive Sunday Lunch is on Sundays 3, 10, 17 and 24 December 2017; and the Festive Afternoon Tea is from Friday 1 to Sunday 24 December 2017.
How much?: The Celebrations Menu is from £29.95; Private Dining from £35; the Festive Prix Fixe Menu is £19.95 for two courses, and £24.95 for three; the Bar Parties are £16.95 per person; the Festive Sunday Lunch is £24.95; and the Festive Afternoon Tea is £25.
On Christmas Day: Forget about cooking and washing up and instead opt to enjoy Malmaison’s three-course feast, with prices £49.50 for children under 12, and £99 for adults, including a glass of Champagne and festive favours.
To book: Call (01242) 370655, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit malmaison.com directly.
On the menu: Cheltenham's bustling Brewery Quarter has plenty of restaurants, bars and attractions to tempt party-goers this festive season. Its newest arrival, Babel is tempting diners with a three-course festive menu that's available for groups of six and more. Dishes span a sharing board of nachos to start; mains of turkey Kiev with Brussel sprout and butternut hash and cranberry chutney, while desserts include lemon meringue pie. Brewhouse & Kitchen's Christmas Menu features starters of rosemary and garlic crusted deep-fried brie with beetroot chutney and frisée salad; mains of venison and red wine sausage with bubble and squeak and braised red cabbage; and desserts including peanut and caramel tart to finish. Cosy Club's three-course Festive Feast Menu features a sharing platter for starter; a choice of mains such as slow-cooked pork belly with dauphinoise potatoes, braised red cabbage, watercress and red wine gravy; with desserts including spiced chocolate torte. If you want to inject a bit of competitive fun this festive season, take advantage of Hollywood Bowl's Christmas Party Package, which includes a drink on arrival; two games of bowling, nachos on the lane and a festive buffet after; and fun prizes and awards.
SoGlos loves: The Brewery's new attraction, Mr Mulligan's Lost World Golf is getting in the seasonal spirit with a choice of festive packages to choose from, offering the chance to test your crazy golf skills and enjoy some food and drink.
When: Babel’s Festive Menu is available from Friday 1 to Sunday 24 December 2017; Brewhouse & Kitchen’s Christmas Menu is served from Monday 20 November to Sunday 24 December 2017; and Cosy Club’s Festive Feast Menu is available from Friday 24 November to Sunday 24 December 2017.
How much?: Babel’s Festive Menu is £24.50; Brewhouse & Kitchen’s Christmas Menu is £23 for lunch and £28 for dinner; Cosy Club’s Festive Feast Menu is £27.95; Hollywood Bowl’s Christmas Party Package is from £17.99 from Sunday to Thursday and from £21.99 on Fridays and Saturdays; and Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf Christmas packages range from £14.50 to £26.50.
To book: Call The Brewery Quarter on (01242) 574378, or visit thebreweryquarter.com directly.
On the menu: Get into the seasonal spirit this December at four-star hotel, De Vere Cotswold Water Park. The hotel has the choice of two joiner parties – making it the ideal spot for small businesses or groups of friends to enjoy a lively party atmosphere. The hotel’s Mallard Suite is hosting Joiner Party nights throughout December, with the evening kicking off at 7pm with arrival drinks before guests tuck into a three-course festive feast. The hotel’s Brasserie will also be offering party nights, including a soup and salad bar to start, followed by a carvery main course, and a set dessert. At both events, the disco will be playing party tunes till 2am – giving revellers plenty of time to hit the dance floor.
SoGlos loves: The hotel is offering party-goers the chance to take advantage of its special overnight Christmas rate, with bed and breakfast just £86 per room per night, meaning you won’t have to worry about queuing for a taxi home!
When: The Joiner Party nights take place on Fridays 1, 8 and 15, Saturdays 2 and 16, and Thursday 14 December 2017; while the Brasserie Party nights are on Fridays 1, 8 and 15, and Saturdays 2, 9, and 16 December 2017.
How much: Tickets for the Joiner Party nights start from £32.50, while the Brasserie Party nights are £29, with both prices per person.
To book: Call (01285) 864000, email email@example.com or visit phcompany.com directly.
On the menu: The Kings Head Hotel in Cirencester offers a spectacular setting to indulge with friends, family or colleagues this December. Over the season of goodwill, the hotel’s restaurant is serving a festive-themed three-course lunch or dinner, with starters including pressed ham hock with celeriac remoulade, mixed leaves and toasted crisp bread; and salt-baked beetroots with goat’s cheese mousse, rocket and candid walnuts. For main course, diners can choose from turkey and all the trimmings; poached fillet of sea trout with roast winter vegetables and tomato ragu; or slow-braised pork belly with fondant potatoes, spiced red cabbage, Calvados and port jus. Round off your meal with dessert, with dishes spanning lemon posset with Italian meringue and vanilla shortbread; traditional Christmas pudding; and a selection of English cheeses. Parties of eight or more can take advantage of the hotel’s private dining spaces, with The Assembly Room and the Vaulted Cellar ideal for larger groups, while the Panel Room and Wine Cellar are perfect for smaller celebrations.
SoGlos loves: If you want to enjoy a lively festive bash, the hotel is hosting a Join a Party Night on Friday 8 December 2017, with tickets including a festive cocktail on arrival and a three-course feast, followed by a resident DJ blasting out top floor fillers!
When: Mid-November to mid-January.
How much: The Festive Lunch is £22 per person, while Dinner is £29 per person. Room hire charges may be applicable for those using the private dining space depending on the date and number of guests. The Join a Party Night is £36 per person.
On Christmas Day: Kick off the day with a glass of Champagne and canapés before tucking into a four-course festive lunch for £85 per person and £42.50 for children under 12.
To book: Call (01285) 700900, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit kingshead-hotel.co.uk directly.
On the menu: Cotswold country pub, The Maytime Inn, offers a charming spot to enjoy a seasonal gathering with friends, family and colleagues this December. The pub near Burford, which is known for championing local, seasonal produce, is getting into the festive spirit with its delicious two or three course menu that can be enjoyed at lunch or dinner. Diners can indulge in starters of chicken liver parfait with mandarin jelly and toasted brioche; smoked salmon with beetroot, horseradish cream, orange and watercress; or Camembert, fig and onion tart. The main course choices span roast turkey parcel with seasonal trimmings; saddle of venison with braised red cabbage, and streaky bacon and potato croquette; or pan-fried mackerel with chorizo-braised leeks and shallot crisps. Save room for the decadent desserts, including mulled fruits and cinnamon ice-cream; chocolate chip bread and butter pudding with crème anglaise; or fine artisan cheeses with grapes and biscuits.
SoGlos loves: Celebrate the season of goodwill by sampling some of the impressive selection of gins on offer, with the bar stocking an impressive 100 flavours of the juniper-based spirit.
When: Throughout December, excluding Sunday lunch.
How much?: The Christmas menu is £19.50 for two courses and £24.50 for three, with a supplement of £2.50 for the venison main and £3 for the cheese. There’s also the option to add a glass of prosecco on arrival for £4 per person.
To book: Call (01993) 822068, email email@example.com or visit themaytime.com directly.
On the menu: Escape to the Cotswolds this festive season and enjoy a jolly good celebration at The Hollow Bottom, a charming country pub in Guiting Power. This winter, the pub is hosting four Christmas Party nights, offering the perfect venue for party-goers who want to have a ball in the countryside. The evening kicks off at 7pm when revellers can enjoy canapés and bubbles on arrival before tucking into a delicious seasonal turkey feast with wine, followed by cheese and port. Guests can then get into the party spirit and dance the night away when the DJ hits the decks. And with a formal dress code, guests can enjoy the chance to dress to impress during the season of goodwill.
SoGlos loves: Party-goers can expect a stress-free Christmas gathering thanks to the free return shuttle service from Cheltenham Town Hall to The Hollow Bottom that’s included with the ticket price.
When: Wednesday 20, Thursday 21, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December 2017.
How much?: The Christmas Parties are £64.95 per person
To book: Call (01451) 850392, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit hollowbottom.com directly.
On the menu: This festive season, The Old Stocks Inn in Stow-on-the-Wold has a tempting set menu featuring classic Christmas dishes with a delicious modern twist. The three-course menu, which has been devised by The Old Stock’s creative head chef Ian Percival, includes starters of caramelised celeriac and Oxford Blue cheese soup; Gloucester Old Spot terrine with apple and charred shallot; lobster risotto with bisque and oyster leaf; and heritage baby beetroots with Rosary goat’s cheese and walnuts. The main course options span slow-cooked ballotine turkey with sprout tops, ham hock and cranberry jus; bream with creamed potato, clams and samphire; 12-hour braised pork belly with pumpkin, turnip, girolle mushrooms and golden raisins; and Roscoff onion tarte tatin with cauliflower cheese. Round off your meal with poached apple and compote crumble with granola crumb and date; Clementine cheesecake with blossom honey sorbet; Christmas pudding; or a local cheese selection.
SoGlos loves: Soak up the wintery feeling of the mountains with a visit to The Old Stocks Inn’s alpine après-ski bar. Cosy up under a woolly blanket by the fire pit and enjoy a warming glass of glühwein, with bar snacks also on offer. The après-ski bar is open from 3pm to 10pm from Friday 1 December 2017 to Wednesday 3 January 2018, excluding Christmas Day, with private hire also available.
When: From Friday 1 to Sunday 24 December 2017.
How much?: The Festive Menu is £25 per person at lunch and £30 for dinner.
To book: Call (01451) 830666, email email@example.com or visit oldstocksinn.com directly.
On the menu: Get set to tuck into a fabulous Christmas feast at The Royal Oak, a charming characterful pub located in the Cotswold town of Tetbury. This Christmas, the pub is serving a delicious festive menu including starters of Portobello mushroom schnitzel with lemon and caper aioli; roasted pumpkin soup with curry oil drizzle; home-marinated Bibury trout with crème fraiche and pumpernickel bread; and potted ham hock with pickled vegetables and cranberry chutney. For the main course, diners can choose from roast turkey or beetroot nut roast served with mustard glazed Brussel sprouts, braised cabbage, maple syrup glazed carrots, rosemary roast potatoes and roasted parsnips; pan-roasted brill in a cider and lemon butter sauce; and slow-braised bavette of beef with horseradish mash. Round off your feast with apple and cranberry crumble with vanilla custard; gingerbread pudding with sticky toffee sauce; or traditional figgy pudding with brandy butter and clotted cream.
SoGlos loves: If you don’t have a sweet tooth, finish your meal with a trio of Gloucestershire cheeses with artisan crackers, peppered honey, celery and grape; or opt for the nut cultured vegan cheese platter with flaxseed crackers and rhubarb chutney.
When: From Monday 27 November to Saturday 30 December 2017, excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
How much?: Starters are from £5, main courses from £13, and desserts from £7.
To book: Call (01666) 500021, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit theroyaloaktetbury.co.uk directly.
On the menu: With the choice of a two or three-course Christmas meal, there’s something to please every palate during the festive season. To start, options span baked camembert with garlic and white wine; seasonal winter soup; five spice-roasted duck leg; smoked salmon mousse; and garlic mushrooms in a white wine and cream sauce. Meanwhile, for the main event, diners can choose from turkey roulade with roast potatoes, vegetables and pigs in blankets; mushroom leek and chestnut pie with mash; fillet of rainbow trout with mixed bean and lentil cassoulet; Thai vegetable curry; and seasonal game pie with mash. And if you’ve opted for the full three courses, decadent dessert options encompass chocolate orange mousse with a brandy snap; sticky toffee pudding with custard; Baileys crème brûlée with a shortbread biscuit; traditional Christmas pudding with rum ice-cream; and seasonal crumble with custard.
SoGlos loves: If you’re still feeling hungry, Malswick House’s menu includes two optional extras for the end of the festive feast. Guests can tuck into a cheese board with a selection of five flavours which is served with homemade chutney, crackers and fruit. What’s more, for a light sweet treat to finish, opt for a hot drink of tea or coffee and a mince pie.
When: The Christmas menu at Malswick House is available from Monday 27 November until Saturday 23 December 2017.
How much: The Christmas menu is £19.95 for three courses, £17.50 for two courses, with the cheese course an additional £8.95 per head, and the hot drink with a mince pie an additional £2.50 per head.
To book: Call (01531) 822634 or visit thewharfhouse.co.uk/malswick-house.html directly.
On the menu: Situated down a cobbled street in Gloucester city centre, Café Rene promises to warm up punters on cold winter nights with great music, a friendly welcome and a wide selection of delicious festive food. The three-course Christmas feast offers something for every palate, with starters including crayfish and prawn cocktail; minted pea soup; ham hock terrine with homemade piccalilli; and pan-seared pigeon breast with beetroot salad and mulled wine blackberry jus. Diners can enjoy main courses of traditional roast turkey with chestnut stuffing and pigs in blankets; sirloin of roast beef served with Yorkshire pudding; herb roasted loin of pork with apple and sage stuffing; duo of pheasant; oven-baked fillet of hake on a bed of creamed leeks with white wine and shallot butter; or homemade spinach gnocchi served with ratatouille, with all served with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables. The menu’s dessert options span Christmas pudding with brandy sauce; winterberry cheesecake with forest fruit coulis; chocolate and pear tart; sticky toffee pudding; or a selection of cheese and biscuits. Round off the meal with a mince pie and coffee for the ultimate finale to the festive feast.
SoGlos loves: Renowned as ‘Gloucester’s best-known secret’, Café Rene’s convenient location in the heart of the city centre means that Christmas party groups are well-placed for a night on the tiles after their festive meal.
When: From mid-November 2016 to mid-January 2017.
How much: The Christmas Menu £27.50 per person.
To Book: Call (01452) 309340, email email@example.com or visit caferene.co.uk directly.
On the menu: Soak up the historic settings of one of Gloucester’s oldest ale houses by booking a festive meal at The Fountain Inn. The two or three-course Christmas Menu features starters of roasted red pepper soup with homemade croutons and basil oil; smoked mackerel pâté with granary toast and horseradish cream; and duck spring rolls with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. For main course, diners can choose from traditional roast turkey with chestnut stuffing and pigs in blankets; sirloin of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding; and cheddar and four nut roast served with spiced orange and cranberry sauce, with roast potatoes, seasonal veg and homemade gravy served with all dishes. Round off your meal with Christmas pudding; white chocolate and Bailey’s bread and butter pudding; chocolate brownie and ice-cream; or cheese and biscuits.
SoGlos loves: If you book your party before Tuesday 31 October 2017, you’ll receive 10 per cent off lunchtime bookings from 12pm to 3pm.
When: Monday 13 November 2017 to Monday 15 January 2018
How much?: The Christmas Menu is £20 for two courses and £35 for three.
To book: Call (01452) 522562, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit thefountaininngloucester.com directly.
On the menu: This Christmas, Gloucester Pan-Asian fusion restaurant, Tiger’s Eye is inviting diners to choose from traditional festive dishes or enjoy an exotic festive feast. Diners can opt to indulge in two or three courses, with the menu featuring starters of teriyaki mackerel served with horseradish cream and chargrilled lemon; slow-cooked cola pork belly; Thai green tofu and courgette fritter; and a four-piece mixed sushi platter. The main course options span roast turkey with all the trimmings; mushroom and chestnut risotto; pan-friend salmon with vegetable stir-fry, tempura broccoli and a tangy tomato sauce; and sirloin steak and lamb from Tiger’s Eye’s popular Black Rock menu. For dessert, choose to indulge with toffee apple crumble with salted caramel sauce; a trio of chocolate truffle torte; Christmas pudding with brandy sauce; and St Clement’s lemon and orange ball.
SoGlos loves: Revellers looking to get in the party spirit can sample some of the concoctions on Tiger’s Eye’s cocktail menu, while there’s also a large selection of wines, beers and spirits to choose from.
When: Saturday 25 November 2017 till Sunday 7 January 2018
How much: The Christmas Menu is £15 for two courses and £20 for three at lunchtime; while dinner is £20 for two courses and £25 for three.
To Book: Call (01452) 332993, email email@example.com or visit theoldbell-tigerseye.co.uk directly.
On the menu: From fabulous festive parties to intimate dinners, the four-star Hallmark Hotel Gloucester has Christmas all wrapped up for groups of friends, families and colleagues alike. Hallmark's Inclusive Party Nights include an all-you-can-eat three-course carvery, free-flowing wine, beers and soft drinks during dinner, as well as a disco and dancing, party games, a photographer and free bacon baps at 11pm. The hotel also offers Private Parties, with the chance to indulge in a three-course meal before dancing the night away to top party tunes.
SoGlos loves: If you're hoping to enjoy a seasonal get together with friends, savour Hallmark's Festive Afternoon Tea, including sweet and savoury treats along with a glass of pink fizz.
When: The Inclusive Party Nights take place throughout November, December and January 2018; the Private Parties are held during December; while the Festive Afternoon Teas can be enjoyed in November and December.
How much: The Inclusive Christmas parties cost between £49 and £65; the Private Parties are £25 per person, while the Festive Afternoon Tea is £14.95 per person.
On Christmas Day: Save the stress of cooking and washing up on Christmas Day with the traditional three-course lunch at Hallmark Hotel Gloucester £65 per person.
To book: Call (01452) 525653, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hallmarkhotels.co.uk directly.
On the menu: The Cheltenham Chase Hotel is making your festive party planning a doddle this Christmas, with a host of fabulous options to choose from. Get glammed up for the Black & White Ball, with a delicious three-course dinner, live band, disco and professional photographer capturing all the action. While those who fancy a bit of a flutter can take their chances on the tables at the Casino Night, including a three-course meal and a disco, and the Disco Party Nights give groups the chance to hit the dance floor after dinner. Local ladies in particular will be snapping up the Spa & Party Night Sleepovers, with treatments, lunch, accommodation and entry to the Disco Party Night all included.
SoGlos loves: The hotel offers special rate bedrooms for party-goers looking to avoid queuing for taxis home, with singles from £65 and doubles from £75 including a hearty breakfast for the perfect antidote to a heavy night.
When: The Black & White Balls take place on Saturdays 9 and 16 December 2017; the Casino Nights on Thursday 1, Fridays 2, 8 and 15 December 2017; the Disco Party Nights and Spa & Party Night Sleepovers on Thursdays 30 November and 1, 7, 14, 21 December 2017, Fridays 24 November and 8, 15, 22 December 2017, and Saturdays 25 November, and 2, 9, 16, 23 December 2017.
On Christmas Day: A stress-free festive feast awaits with the menu spanning crab and crayfish tian, roast turkey with all the trimmings, steamed Christmas plum pudding, an English cheeseboard and mince pies – costing £69, £35 for children and free of charge for under fours.
How much: Tickets cost £42.50 for the Black & White Balls; £39.95 for the Casino Nights; from £29.95 for the Disco Party Nights; and from £116 for the Spa & Party Night Sleepovers.
To book: Call (01452) 519988, email email@example.com or visit qhotels.co.uk directly.
On the menu: Hatherley Manor is an elegant 17th century manor house hotel set in 37 acres of rolling countryside, just outside the historic cathedral city of Gloucester. The four-star hotel offers party-goers a range of festive options, including its ice-themed Winter Wonderland Nights which feature a three-course meal before the DJ gets revellers on the dance floor. If music is your thing then you'll love the Disco Party Nights, with the chance to showcase your moves to hits from across the decades. There's also the chance to soak up a host of tribute acts along with a three-course feast, with the Bubbles & Bublé evening perfect for singing along to Bublé's top tracks, the Mars v Murs night features the songs of Olly Murs, while the Babylove Mowtown & Soul Divas performance will have you belting out retro tunes. The 80s Party Nights offer guests the chance to enjoy a buffet before dancing the night away to classic tunes from the decade, while the Las Vegas Casino Night injects a bit of fun to the occasion.
SoGlos loves: Beat the arrival queue at the bar and pre-order your drinks, with the choice ranging from buckets of ale or beer, cocktail pitchers, bottles of prosecco and house wine – perfect for getting in the party spirit!
When: The Mars v Murs Tribute is on Wednesday 13 December; the Bubbles & Bublé night is on Thursday 14 December; the 80s Party Nights are on Friday 24 November and Tuesday 19 December; the Babylove Mowtown & Soul Divas Tribute is on Thursday 21 December 2017; while those interested in the Winter Wonderland Nights, Casino Nights and Disco Party Nights can contact the hotel for details of dates.
How much: The Winter Wonderland Nights are £42; the Midweek Disco Party Nights are £27.50; the Friday and Saturday Disco Party Nights are £35; the Mars v Murs Tribute Night is £35; the Bubbles & Bublé Tribute is £35; the Babylove Mowtown & Soul Divas Tribute is £35; the Las Vegas Casino Night is £45, and the 80s Party Nights are £20, with all prices per guest.
On Christmas Day: The hotel is serving a four-course Christmas lunch for £83 per adult, £41.50 per child aged five to 12, and £20.75 for infants up to four years old. The menu includes a choice of seasonal delights, with tea, coffee and mini mince pies to finish.
To book: Call (01452) 730217, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hatherleymanor.com directly.
On the menu: Enjoy a delicious festive feast at The Wharf House this December, with its seasonal set menu served at lunch and dinner. Following an amuse bouche of the day, diners can choose from starters of fillet of beef carpaccio with Parmesan shavings and rocket; wild mushroom and chestnut pâté; parsnip and ginger soup; honey-roasted fig filled with goat’s cheese, and pan-fried scallops on a bed of carrot and sultana with The Wharf House hummus and crispy smoked bacon. The tempting main courses include roast loin of Herefordshire pork two ways; roasted hazelnut cauliflower with pasta; salmon with chilli and pineapple salsa and sautéed potatoes; turkey ballotine with julienne vegetables, sprouts and cranberry sauce; loin of venison rolled in walnut, with a leek and potato gratin, and wild mushroom risotto. Round off your meal with honey-roasted plums with panna cotta or a decadent chocolate duo, while there’s also the option to enjoy a platter of artisan cheese and biscuits for an additional £8 per person.
SoGlos loves: The Wharf House’s varied wine list will ensure you get in the seasonal spirit, with Gloucestershire’s own Three Choirs sparkling wine perfect for kicking the festivities off with a bang.
When: Friday 1 to Friday 22 December 2017
How much?: The Christmas Menu is £29 per person.
To book: Call (01452) 332900, email email@example.com or visit thewharfhouse.co.uk directly.
On the menu: Celebrate the festive season at The Falcon Inn, a charming family-run pub located opposite the famous 99 yew trees in the churchyard of the Cotswold village of Painswick. The laidback pub caters for Christmas gatherings at lunch and dinner, while those looking to celebrate with larger parties or colleagues can hire The Shires, a renovated stable block with capacity for up to 50 seated on round tables of 10. Offering a festive two- or three-course set menu for lunch or in the evening, diners can expect starters including warm breast of pheasant salad with a spiced apple and cranberry compote; butternut squash and parsnip soup; and prawn, avocado and mango timbale with a citrus salsa. The main courses feature dishes such as roasted breast of Cotswold turkey with sage, cranberry and chestnut stuffing, roast potatoes and honey glazed parsnips; fillet of plaice on a bed of sautéed potatoes with wilted spinach and a dill and white sauce; and slow-cooked blade of beef with chive mash and red wine jus. Choose from a tempting selection of desserts including chocolate roulade with Bailey’s clotted cream; and peach melba, or go traditional with Christmas pudding. Finish with coffee and mince pies for the perfect finale to a festive feast.
SoGlos loves: If you want to take out the hassle of ordering taxis or arranging a designated driver, The Falcon Inn has 11 en-suite rooms where you can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep followed by a hearty breakfast the next morning.
When: Monday 27 November to Friday 22 December 2017
How much: The lunch menu is £19.95 for two courses and £21.95 for three, while the dinner menu is £21.95 for two courses and £23.95 for three.
To book: Call (01452) 814222, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit falconpainswick.co.uk directly.
On the menu: The impressive 17th century manor house hotel overlooking the Stroud canal will once again be hosting joiner Party Nights on Fridays and Saturdays throughout December, with private parties also catered for. Guests can enjoy a three-course festive meal, along with donning festive hats and pulling crackers before partying the night away to the hotel’s resident DJ. While for more intimate celebrations, throughout December the hotel’s Court Brasserie will be laying on two- or three-course Christmas menus, with the likes of roast parsnip soup; roast loin of pork; and dark chocolate mousse with raspberry coulis featuring on the menu.
SoGlos loves: If you’re hoping to get away from it all for a bit longer this Christmas, you can create your own yuletide getaway at Stonehouse Court Hotel, choosing from a relaxing two- or three-night stay, with meals and more included, such as being whisked off to midnight mass on Christmas Eve, and enjoying carols by the local choir over lunch.
When: The Christmas menu is available from Monday to Sunday throughout December, while the Party Nights take place from Thursday to Sunday.
How much: The Party Nights are £29.50 on Thursdays and Sundays, and £35 on Fridays and Saturdays, while the festive menu is £20 for a two-course lunch, £25 for a three-course lunch, and £30 for a three-course dinner.
On Christmas day: For £84.50 per person, you can forget slaving over a hot stove and join the celebrations at Stonehouse Court Hotel, with its four-course menu featuring the likes of terrine of chicken with wild mushroom; roast turkey with all the trimmings; and Bailey’s torte.
To book: Call (01453) 794950, email email@example.com or visit stonehousecourt.co.uk directly.
On the menu: Hop over the border to Herefordshire to enjoy a seasonal feast at Westons Cider’s Scrumpy House Restaurant. Housed in a converted cattle shed, the restaurant is serving up a two or three-course Christmas Lunch throughout December, offering the chance to combine delicious food with sampling its award-winning ciders. The menu features starters of French onion and cider soup with Hereford Hop crouton; game terrine with apple and cider chutney and toast; Westons wild wood gravadlax; and stilton baked mushrooms with watercress and ciabatta. The main course options span roast Herefordshire turkey with all the trimmings; crisp fried goat’s cheese with crushed walnuts, salad and walnut dressing; slow roast pork belly with roasted apple and cider cream sauce; and a gratin of smoke haddock and prawns. Round off your meal with traditional Christmas pudding with damson cider ice-cream; homemade dark chocolate cheesecake with caramelised oranges; classic sherry trifle; or a selection of local cheeses with crackers and chutney.
SoGlos loves: This Christmas, Westons is also offering a Festive Orchard Tea Room Platter, featuring a selection of seasonal sandwiches, cocktail sausage rolls, homemade mince pies with clotted cream and a pot of tea or a mug of mulled cider.
When: The festive menus are available until Saturday 23 December 2017.
How much?: The Christmas Lunch is £18 for two courses and £24.95 for three, while the Festive Orchard Tea Room Platter is £7.50 per person.
To book: Call (01531) 660626, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit westons-cider.co.uk directly.
Thursday 30 November 2017
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