Gloucestershire is home to a sparkling array of party venues, promising Christmas cheer and festive merriment while safely adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Whether you’re looking to host an intimate office party, celebrate the holiday season with a small group of friends or treat your household to something special, SoGlos is showcasing the venues that have gone above and beyond to make Christmas parties as magical as ever in 2020.
Plus, don’t miss our Christmas Day suggestions for the best places to eat, drink and be merry on Friday 25 December 2020.
Please note, this guide will be updated on an ongoing basis.
Tuck in to traditional festive fayre with a creative twist at The Greenway Hotel & Spa, with standout dishes including a poached turkey ballotine, served with chestnut stuffing and a port and cranberry sauce, and a slow cooked blade of Hereford beef, complete with truffled mash and roasted root vegetables.
Vegetarian-friendly options include a curried parsnip and apple soup to start, with bhajis and yoghurt on the side, and a crown prince pumpkin and sage ravioli for main course.
For dessert, choose from a hot chocolate tart with an orange twist; sticky toffee pudding; or try an imaginative take on a seasonal classic with the Christmas pudding parfait, topped with brandy sauce and vanilla ice cream.
Spend Christmas in style at The Greenway Hotel, with a luxury three-night break over the holiday. Arriving on Christmas Eve and departing on Sunday 27 December 2020, guests can look forward to champagne cream teas, full course feasts and succulent breakfasts over the weekend – with a brainteasing Christmas quiz to round off the big day.
Perfect for those who want to spend Christmas morning at home, the hotel is also serving five and six-course lunches in its brasserie and garden room respectively.
Get that glow in time for Christmas with a festive pampering session at The Greenway’s deluxe spa. Including a treatment of your choice and exclusive use of the facilities for up to 45 minutes, sit back and relax for a moment of serenity before the chaos of the holiday season – with a complimentary glass of fizz in hand.
The Greenway Hotel’s festive offering is available throughout December 2020.
In the run up to Christmas, a three-course lunch is £29 per person and three-course dinner, which includes a glass of prosecco, is £50 per person.
A pre-Christmas pampering session costs £79 per person. Please note, this offer is available Monday to Thursday only, excluding Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 December and Saturday 31 December 2020.
Three-night breaks start at £665 per person, with the option to add an extra night from £770 per person.
Call The Greenway Hotel and Spa on (01242) 862352 or visit thegreenwayhotelandspa.com.
Promising a winter refuge for those planning a Christmas get-together, Cowley Manor has several private dining options to host your bau-bubble in December 2020.
Featuring a classic Christmas turkey roast with a contemporary twist, as well as luxurious meat and seafood options for both starters and mains, the festive menu offers something for everyone. Veggie-friendly choices include a butternut squash and pumpkin soup starter and a baked portobello mushroom with chickpea and lentil ragout main.
Sweet-tooth diners can opt for a traditional Christmas pudding dessert or indulge with whiskey and vanilla cheesecake or dark chocolate mousse with spiced poached pear – with a locally-sourced cheese board available for lovers of all things savoury.
Cowley Manor is also offering a festive afternoon tea with finger sandwiches including roast turkey and cranberry, fresh scones and a selection of Christmassy cakes.
Celebrate a truly relaxing Christmas in the Cotswolds, with guests welcome to stay at Cowley Manor over the holiday season.
Arriving on Christmas Eve and departing on Sunday 27 December 2020, visitors will be treated to sparking afternoon teas, indulgent brunches and decadent full-course dinners, with fantastic festive activities planned. Plus, there will be a Christmas tree in every suite to make the experience extra magical.
No cooking is required on Christmas Day, with Cowley’s expert kitchen serving up a Buck’s Fizz breakfast and epic five course festive lunch – with an evening hamper for the whole family to enjoy, too.
Something a little different for 2020, visitors can get crafty at Cowley Manor with several festive classes running throughout December.
Make your own wreath to hang proudly on your front door, try your hand at inking and bauble art, or create handmade candles perfect for gifting loved ones. All materials, refreshments and even festive afternoon tea is included at each event.
Cowley Manor will be running its Christmas offering throughout December 2020.
Festive lunch costs £19 for two courses or £23 for three, while dinner is priced at £29 for two courses and £35 for three. For festive afternoon tea, it’s £20 per person, with an extra £5 for a glass of champagne.
Christmas holiday packages begin at £1,710, based on two adults sharing one bedroom for three nights, with additional options for children and teenagers too.
All craft classes cost £65 per person.
Head to the beautiful 17th century Stonehouse Court Hotel for a cosy Christmas meal in sumptuous surroundings.
Festive lunch and dinner are available throughout December, with a two- or three-course menu. Start with beetroot cured salmon; ham hock terrine or sweet potato and coconut soup, before moving onto a roast turkey parcel with chestnut stuffing and all the trimmings; pork belly with parsnip puree; or, for vegetarians, a mushroom, squash and spinach pie. Dessert features traditional Christmas pudding, of course, alongside a vegan chocolate orange cake or white chocolate and raspberry torte.
The Christmas Day menu features chicken and mushroom terrine; mushroom scallops with salsa verde; or butternut squash soup to start. For the main course, as well as the turkey parcel, diners can enjoy blushing fillet of beef; whole roasted sole; or baked gnocchi with wild mushrooms. As well as Christmas pud, there’s also a warm treacle tart; mango and passionfruit entremet; or an artisan cheese board on offer for afters, with coffee and mini mince pies too.
Stonehouse Court’s indulgent Christmas Day lunch is available from 12.30pm on the big day, starting with Champagne and canapes, and followed by a traditional three-course meal.
For a truly decadent experience, the Residential Christmas Package includes a three-night stay from Christmas Eve to Sunday 27 December 2020. Arrive on Christmas Eve for festive treats in front of the fire, followed by a two-course candlelit dinner in the Court Brasserie, accompanied by carols sung by the local church choir.
Christmas day begins with a hearty breakfast and a chance to stroll around the grounds to work up an appetite for the main event – Champagne and canapes followed by Christmas Day lunch. Afterwards, settle down in the library to watch the Queen’s Speech and a classic Christmas film, or join in with a Christmas quiz and board games, before leisurely grazing at the two-course cold buffet that evening.
Late breakfast is in order on Boxing Day, followed by a three-course lunch later in the afternoon, Christmas movies in the cinema room and a two-course buffet in the evening. Then enjoy breakfast and a late check out on Sunday before heading back home.
Friends and colleagues can still enjoy a Christmas party with Stonehouse Court Hotel’s ‘Join-a-Party’ nights. Groups of up to six can have a socially distanced celebration with a three-course festive menu, glass of fizz, crackers and party boxes from £32 per head, with the option of adding on an overnight stay with breakfast for an additional £75.
Festive dining at Stonehouse Court Hotel is available from Tuesday 1 December 2020. Festive lunch is served between 12 and 2pm and festive dinner from 6.30 to 9.30pm, excluding Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 December 2020.
On Christmas Day, lunch is served from 12.30 to 3pm.
Festive lunch costs £22 per person for two courses or £26 for three courses with dinner costing £27.50 per person for two courses or £32.50 for three courses, all with crackers and party boxes included.
Christmas Day lunch costs £95 per adult, £55 for children under 12-years-old, or £25 for children under five-years-old. The Residential Christmas Package costs from £385 per person, based on two people sharing a double room.
Call Stonehouse Court Hotel on (01453) 794950 or visit stonehousecourt.co.uk.
Gather your nearest and dearest for a festive feast at Tewkesbury Park, this Christmas. Welcoming groups of up to six, bubbles can enjoy a variety of different festive dining options for a special celebration at this glorious countryside retreat.
With options for lunch and dinner, the three course Festive Feasting Menu features wild game terrine for starters; roasted Cotswold turkey with all the trimmings for the main course; and Granny McIntosh’s Christmas pudding for dessert.
Opt for a Festive Afternoon Tea for Christmassy cakes, sandwiches and a tower of sweet treats. While the Festive Sunday Brunch includes enjoy bottomless tea and coffee, an impressive savoury spread and a spectacular chocolate fountain.
Let Tewkesbury Park take care of everything with a three-night Christmas Retreat. On Christmas Eve, enjoy Festive Afternoon Tea accompanied by carols, followed by a cracking Christmas film with popcorn, hot chocolate and marshmallows, then get dressed up for drinks, canapes and a three-course dinner.
Christmas Day starts with breakfast and Buck’s Fizz before moving onto Champagne around the Christmas tree for gift giving, then a traditional four-course festive lunch. Anyone who’s still got room later can take their pick from a relaxed evening spread, which includes homemade Christmas cake and local produce.
Start Boxing Day the right way with brunch and bubbly, followed by cocktails, music and dinner in the evening, then tuck into a hearty Cotswold breakfast before checking out the following morning.
The three-night Christmas Retreat at Tewkesbury Park costs from £897 for two people sharing a room.
For an extra special celebration with your closest friends and family, Tewkesbury Park offers two private dining rooms – the Earl of Warwick and the Duke of Gloucester. Situated in the old manor house, boasting traditional décor, huge windows overlooking the grounds and a luxurious feel, they’re ideal for an intimate Christmas meal.
Enjoy Tewkesbury Park’s festive dining options throughout December 2020, with Festive Sunday brunch available on Sundays from 11am until 2.30pm.
Festive lunches cost £25 per person for two courses or £30 for three courses with dinner costing £30 per person for two courses or £35 for three, all including tea, coffee and mini mince pies for afters.
Festive afternoon tea is £20 per person, or for a more indulgent option, £28 with a glass of Champagne, while festive Sunday brunch is £20 per person or £26 with a glass of prosecco.
Call Tewkesbury Park on (01684) 272300 or visit tewkesburypark.co.uk.
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