Gloucestershire Christmas party guide

Christmas parties in Gloucestershire are back, bigger and more sparkly than ever before in 2021. Discover the perfect venue for your Christmas party in Cheltenham, the Cotswolds, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury.

Gloucestershire is home to a sparkling array of Christmas party venues in 2021, promising yuletide cheer and festive merriment after a hard year of isolation and social distancing.

Whether you’re planning a big office Christmas party, a festive night out with friends or a cosy family get-together with turkey and all the trimmings, make up for lost time and make Christmas in Gloucestershire 2021 the best year yet.


About the sponsor – Revolution Cheltenham

From bottomless brunches to big nights out, Revolution Cheltenham is always up for a party, offering creative cocktails, freshly-prepared food and energetic nights on the dancefloor at its central Cheltenham venue.

Transforming a stunning former church building into a lively restaurant, bar and weekend nightspot, Revolution Cheltenham also hosts events for parties big and small – from intimate cocktail masterclasses to full venue hire – with the opportunity to source live entertainment and DJs, too.

For more information, visit revolution-bars.co.uk/cheltenham.


Christmas party venues in Cheltenham 2021


Christmas parties at Revolution Cheltenham

The venue

Well-known for its vibrant party nights and generous happy hours, Revolution Cheltenham promises to get revellers in the festive spirit with a range of Christmas dining options, drinks packages and entertainment add-ons.

Large groups can take full advantage of the impressive 700-capacity venue with private hire, while smaller parties can choose from a number of exclusive-use areas – including the stylish mezzanine level with its own bar.

On the menu

Parties can opt for two- or three-course dining, with menu highlights including Iberico ham croquetas to start; roast turkey ballotine or veggie-friendly seitan ‘chicken’ roast dinners; and indulgent desserts like warm Christmas pudding and baked vanilla cheesecake.

There’s also the option of a Christmas buffet, featuring everything from braised beef and pigs in blankets to a festive squash salad and deliciously crispy sautéed potatoes; or a festive brunch, which includes 90 minutes of bottomless drinks alongside classic grills, pancake stacks and even a seasonal turkey sub.

And, to well and truly get the party started, merrymakers can choose to add a prosecco reception, beer buckets or wine package to their chosen event. Cheers to that!

SoGlos loves

Shake (or stir!) your Christmas party up with a festive cocktail masterclass where up to 40 guests can learn how to become master mixologists in 90 minutes. The experience can be added on to any festive dining option.

When?

Christmas parties at Revolution Cheltenham are available from Tuesday 16 November to Friday 31 December 2021 – with the exception of Christmas Day. Off peak and peak dates are available.

Festive brunch is available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm.

How much?

Per person, two-course festive dining costs £22.95; three-course festive dining costs £27.95; and the festive buffet costs £19.95.

The festive brunch and festive cocktail masterclass both cost £25 per person, and parties can combine the masterclass with two-course, three-course and buffet dining options at various prices.

To book

Visit revolution-bars.co.uk/cheltenham.


Luxury Christmas gatherings at the Queens Hotel

The venue

Embrace Christmas tradition, stepping back in time to an era of opulence at the Grade II listed Queens Hotel in Cheltenham – with guests enjoying sumptuous menus and stunning surroundings, ideal for private party nights or more peaceful and intimate festive dining.

On the menu

Offering a true taste of Gloucestershire, the Queens Hotel’s festive menu is packed with quality local produce from nearby farms and celebrated artisans. Sip Christmas cocktails and tuck into a gourmet three-course dinner, with dishes including duck liver parfait with pineapple and black pepper chutney and passion fruit glaze; traditional turkey with all the trimmings; with mince pies to finish, served throughout the Christmas period – including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Two or three-course lunchtime menus will also be on offer throughout the festive period, with gluten and dairy free options available.

SoGlos loves

The Queens Hotel’s Christmas parties promise to be a lively social event of the season, with entertainment from a resident DJ enticing revellers to the dancefloor for a festive boogie.

When?

Christmas parties at the Queens Hotel are available to book now.

How much?

Festive parties cost £48.50 per adult; festive afternoon tea costs £25 per person; lunches and dinner cost £22.50 for two-courses and £27.50 for three-courses; Christmas Eve Dinner costs from £35 per adult and £17.50 per child up to 12; Christmas Day Lunch costs from £99 per adult and £49.50 per child up to 12; Boxing Day Gala Dinner starts from £55 per person.

To book

Visit queenshotelcheltenham.co.uk for more information.


Festive parties at The Brewery Quarter


The venue

For Cheltenham Christmas parties with a modern edge, the Brewery Quarter offers a wide selection of venues, from brand-new restaurants such as Mowgli and Hub Box; to tried-and-tested favourites The Alchemist; Cosy Club; and Brewhouse and Kitchen, as just a few examples.

On the menu

For laidback, traditional Christmas favourites, head to Cosy Club where the festive menu features dishes such as pigs in blankets and confit duck leg with dauphinoise, roast plum, and red wine gravy.

The Alchemist will harking back to a glam rock past with its All That Glitters menu, which spans salt and pepper tofu rice crackers to buttermilk turkey in a basket.

Or, for something different, tuck into authentic Indian street food at Mowgli, with gunpowder chicken or for the veggies and vegans of Gloucestershire, fenugreek kissed fries and curry vegetable tiffin boxes.

SoGlos loves

For a fun, interactive and competitive Christmas celebration at Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter, try your hand at Escape Hunt’s festive VR games or take on an escape room challenge; book your team in for a round of adventure golf at Mr Mulligan’s; or take to the VIP lanes at Hollywood Bowl.

When?

The Christmas menus will be available at most venues in at the Brewery Quarter from Monday 15 November to Friday 24 December 2021.

How much?

Prices vary across the Brewery Quarter’s venues.

To book

Visit breweryquarter.com for more information.


Christmas fine dining at The Mahal

The venue

Travel to Cheltenham’s The Mahal this Christmas 2021, for an Indian dining experience that will leave a lasting impression on friends, families and colleagues. With five beautiful dining areas, The Mahal offers a space suitable for all types of festive celebrations, from intimate gatherings to large company parties.

On the menu

The Mahal’s menus are inspired by a love of progressive Indian cuisine, using only the finest British ingredients.

The festive menu caters for both vegans and meat eaters alike, serving up three-course meals featuring Forest of Dean Venison two ways; North Indian Patra roulade; Tandoori baingan; and paneer pasanda, for example.

SoGlos loves

Whether small or large gatherings, The Mahal can cater for parties from as little as two to 65 people. Meals will be prepared by an award-winning team of chefs, headed by Anuj Thakur, providing diners with something more adventurous this Christmas.

When?

Bookings are being taken now for Christmas parties, which run from Monday 22 November 2021 and throughout December. The Mahal will be open on Christmas Day for lunch service between 12.30 and 2.30pm.

How much?

Two-course meals will cost £35 per person and three-courses costing £40.

To book

Visit themahalrestaurant.com.


Christmas parties at Home & Botanic

The venue

Set in a grade II listed building in the centre of Cheltenham, Home & Botanic has five different rooms to choose from for some of the liveliest Christmas parties in Gloucestershire.

On the ground floor is the Instagrammable Botanic room surrounded by cherry blossom; there’s a Piano Bar with live entertainment from pianists; the Beer Haus with outside terrace and apres-ski bar vibe; as well as Disco Disco with its light-up dancefloor; and high-energy Clubroom too.

On the menu

Revellers can enjoy a variety of different drinks at Home & Botanic from big brands such as Circo; Smirnoff vodka; Tanqueray and Whitley Neil gin; Whispering Angel rosé and Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

The Beer Haus serves local drinks from the likes of Gloucester Brewery; the Cotswolds’ Clavell & Hind; and Cheltenham’s Dunkertons, Sibling Gin, Neptune Rum and Battledown, too.

And festive canapes, caterers or food vans can be arranged, too.

SoGlos loves

Each of Home & Botanic’s five rooms have completely different vibes, so you can get in the festive spirit and dance the night away without having to worry about braving the winter weather to carry on the party at another venue.

Each room can be booked separately, depending on your needs. So, if you’re after an intimate affair with your team you can book private functions for around 30 people or invite the whole company and hire the entire venue for 400 people.

When?

Home & Botanic is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and has the latest licence in Cheltenham – open until 5am on Fridays and Saturdays.

How much?

All Christmas party packages are bespoke.

To book

Call Home & Botanic on 07736 456669 or visit homecheltenham.com.


Yuletide celebrations at The Fire Station

The venue

Enjoy the festive atmosphere we’ve all been waiting for at The Fire Station this Christmas period, whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner, indulging in a taco sharing board or want to go all out with a glitzy party, there’s something for everyone – additionally, there’s even the chance to compete with friends, families or colleagues as you go head-to-head playing darts in your own private booth!

On the menu

Partygoers can feast on the main Christmas menu consisting of two or three-courses and featuring roast Norfolk bronze turkey with all the trimmings; choose from an assortment of Christmastime canapés including brie bites and pigs in blankets; or gather friends, families or colleagues to revel in a Christmas Party sharing board of tacos of festive-themed food.

What’s more, The Fire Station will also be offering private party packages for eight guests or more which include welcome tipples, taco sharing boards and private booths – plus darts at the 180 club, all night long!

SoGlos loves

For those guests looking to add a little bit extra to their Christmas celebrations and want to put a twist on their seasonal party, The Fire Station has five oches available, each holding groups of up to 12 and 25 guests at a time to play darts – spicing up the festivities with some ‘healthy’ competition…

When?

Christmas menus will be running at The Fire Station from Monday 1 November 2021.

How much?

Two-course meals cost £25 per person; three-course meals cost £30 per person; Christmas canapes range from £8 to £12 per person; Christmas party sharing boards range from £35 to £40; private party packages cost £35 per person.

To book

Visit thefirestationcheltenham.co.uk.


Christmas street food feasts at The Coconut Tree

The venue

Vibrant Sri Lankan street food restaurant and bar, The Coconut Tree, is bringing a South Asian twist on the traditional Christmas dinner to Cheltenham. Serving up tapas-style plates ideal for sharing, not to mention incredible Cocotails to toast the festivities.

On the menu

Christmas at The Coconut Tree promises ‘island spice and all things nice,’ with plenty of dishes fit for veggies, vegans and meat-eaters.

Try the Ho Ho Hopper – a red beetroot pancake filled with cranberry and onion relish, curry leaf sambol and caramelised onions with cinnamon, or spice up your traditional turkey with Pimped Up Turkey Baubles dunked in a pot of tangy cranberry sauce. The Coconut Tree has even given sprouts some sparkle, with classic favourites, like Cheesy Columbo, Fat Sister pumpkin curry and Jaffna Goat Curry on the Christmas menu too.

SoGlos loves

For weekday celebrations, the ‘Intro Your Crew’ offer gives diners 50 per cent off the entire food menu from Monday to Wednesday until the end of January 2022 – with all Christmas dishes included in the offer too. We can’t think of a better way to spend hump day!

When?

The Coconut Tree Cheltenham kitchen is open from 12pm to 11pm Sunday to Thursday, and 12pm to 1am Friday and Saturday. With Christmas packages available Thursday to Sunday from Monday 22 November to Friday 31 December 2021.

The Coconut Tree Cheltenham kitchen is open from 12pm to 11pm Sunday to Thursday, and 12pm to 1am Friday and Saturday.

How much?

There are four packages available at The Coconut Tree this Christmas, with options ideal for private get togethers and larger office parties, ranging from £15 to £40 per person.

To book

Visit thecoconut-tree.com.


A Classical Retrospective of House at Cheltenham Racecourse

The venue

If you’re hoping for an energetic way to celebrate Christmas with your friends and colleagues, or want an electric night out, get dressed up and dance the night away at A Classic Retrospective of House at Cheltenham Racecourse – for one-night-only this party season.

Hear the classic sounds of Ibiza as Seb Fontaine and the 50-piece ensemble The Secret Symphony Orchestra provide a unique night of music, featuring live vocalists and stage performers such as the legendary vocal diva Marcella Woods.

On the menu

For those going VIP, there’s a three-course banquet featuring Severn and Wye smoked salmon, pan-fried chicken supreme with kale, potato dauphinoise and red wine jus, as well as a rich dark chocolate fondant in the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup Restaurant, plus guaranteed VIP seating in the balcony area.

SoGlos loves

Bringing balmy Balearic vibes to Cheltenham for one evening, A Classic Retrospective of House is an absolute must for dance music fans in Gloucestershire – with renowned diva Marcella Woods accompanying one of the greatest DJs on the planet, Seb Fontaine, for a night of Ibiza throwbacks. And all right on the doorstep.

When?

The one-off event at Cheltenham Racecourse will take place on Saturday 4 December 2021, with the party starting at 7pm and continuing into the night until 12am.

How much?

Downstairs standing tickets cost £39.90; seated balcony tickets cost £39.90; and VIP packages cost £95 per person.

To book

Visit classicalretrospective.com.


Indian-inspired Christmas fine dining at East India Cafe

The venue

Located in the heart of Cheltenham, East India Café offers guests a special Anglo-Indian fine dining experience, inspired by the British Raj period. Ideal for festive partygoers looking for a more intimate, sophisticated soirée, guests can tuck in to locally sourced, seasonal Indian dishes with a modern twist this Christmas.

On the menu

Diners can feast on East India Café’s signature menu items, with starter dishes such as lemon duck tikka, lamb kofta kebab and samosa chaat; spicy mains like vegetable kofta curry, beef rezala with spinach or railway lamb curry – all served with afghani pilaf, paratha, cucumber and tomato chutney; and to finish off, a flavoursome apple pie samosa, served with ginger and chilli chutney.

There are plenty of options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diners on the menu too.

SoGlos loves

Included in the Michelin Guide, the restaurant proclaims that guests will ‘dine like the British Raj’ with meals fit for a king or queen this year. Ideal for an indulgent Christmas celebration.

When?

East India Cafe is taking Christmas bookings now and will be open on Christmas Day from 12 until 5pm.

How much?

Prices vary per dish.

To book

Visit eastindiacafe.com.


Christmas at Balti Walla

The venue

Serving some of the finest Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine within a sleek, contemporary setting, Balti Walla in Cheltenham provides guests with a combination of traditional favourites with new, exciting flavours this yuletide period.

On the menu

Balti Walla offers a sumptuous menu of authentic Indian dishes, with familiar favourites like onion bhaji and aloo tikka alongside the likes of tandoori salmon marinated in garlic, ginger and dill leaves served with mint chutney to start; a choice of chicken, prawn, lamb, vegetable or paneer curries for the main course, ranging from a mildly spiced passanda up to a fiery jalfrezi; plus plenty of vegetable sides, house specialities and roti to mix and match.

SoGlos loves

For those who want to take the hassle out of cooking for a Christmas gathering but still want to be in the comfort of their own home, Balti Walla is operating its usual takeaway service throughout the winter period so diners can enjoy a comfortable seasonal party at home, without having to spend hours in the kitchen.

When?

Balti Walla is taking Christmas bookings now and will be open on Christmas Day from 12 until 5pm.

How much?

Prices vary per dish.

To book

Visit baltiwalla.co.uk.


Office Christmas parties at Ian Coley Shooting School

The venue

Located just outside Cheltenham, Ian Coley is a leading shooting ground that’s popular with seasoned shooters as well as newbies looking to try their hand at the sport. With a range of shooting stands and diverse targets, its corporate Christmas parties promise lots of fun with a competitive edge – perfect for a unique teambuilding experience.

Celebrating the festive season with a bang, Ian Coley offers three clay shooting packages to put guests’ marksmanship skills to the test this Christmas. From learning to hit different targets and practicing at the stands to competing against teammates and even trying a fun simulated game drive, the activities are suitable for beginners and experienced shooters alike.

On the menu

Packages can be customised with catering options, allowing hungry shooters to refuel on Christmas-themed buffets, festive brioche baps or get stuck into a full three-course Christmas dinner – featuring traditional turkey with all the trimmings, of course!

SoGlos loves

With everything you need for an unforgettable Christmas party, Ian Coley’s packages include top-class tuition from its friendly instructors, gun hire, safety equipment, clays and cartridges, plus exclusive use of its heated marquee. Not to mention a dedicated events manager to keep things running smoothly.

When?

Festive corporate parties at Ian Coley are available throughout November 2021, December 2021 and January 2022.

How much?

Packages start at £60 per person, with a range of options and bespoke clay shooting experiences, too.

To book

Visit iancoley.co.uk/christmas-parties.


Festive celebrations at Dunkertons Cider

The venue

Celebrate all things Christmas with colleagues and friends at Dunkertons Cider on the outskirts of Cheltenham, sampling organic cider and soaking up the fabulously festive vibe with its adaptable and eclectic event spaces.

Warm up around cosy firepits and sip a glass of organic mulled cider alfresco; enjoy a lively atmosphere inside the Tap Room, a covered space decked out with log fires and heaters that can be exclusively hired or shared with other Christmas partygoers; or experience the magic of the intimate new Snug Bar, catering for up to 50 guests.

On the menu

Dunkertons Cider’s exclusive street food partners will be dishing up plenty of festive food, from Cheesy Rider’s baked camembert topped with cranberry and port to Christmas turkey with a twist from resident Caribbean caterer, Marinades – with turkey marinated in ginger, garlic and West Indian spices and served with rice, cranberries and chestnuts. Yum!

There are lots of options for vegan and vegetarian diners, too, as well as an extensive drinks menu featuring plenty of Dunkertons award-winning organic cider – not to mention tasty organic mince pies and mulled cider to get partygoers in the festive spirit.

SoGlos loves

Brand-new for 2021, the secret Snug Bar is tucked away behind the Dunkertons Cider Tap Room and has a bespoke and charming feel. Decked out with Chesterfield sofas and eclectic artwork, the unique space is available for private hire only – perfect for those extra-special Christmas get-togethers.

Plus, anyone making a group booking of 20-plus people in December 2021 will be entered into an exciting prize draw to win a cheese and cider pairing experience for 20 people!

When?

Festive private parties at Dunkertons Cider are available all week from Wednesday 1 to Friday 24 December 2021, with the Tap Room bar closing at 11pm.

How much?

Dunkertons Cider can create bespoke festive packages to cater for all requirements.

Prices vary for food, which is available to purchase from the various street food partners.

To book

Email office@dunkertonscider.co.uk to book a Christmas party or visit dunkertonscider.co.uk for more information.


Christmas cocktails at Botanica Bar

The venue

Get into the Christmas spirit at Cheltenham’s newest gin and cocktail bar, Botanica, located on Bath Road near the town centre.

Serving classic and innovative twists on popular drinks in a stylish and cosy setting, revellers can enjoy two-for-one cocktails and try them both. There’s also the option to hire the venue for private parties too.

On the menu

With an extensive drinks list, partygoers can opt to pop a bottle of prosecco; choose from over 20 different gin and rums; or shake it up with cocktails. Offering a signature Botanica twist on a variety of classic cocktails such as the pornstar martini, mojito, espresso martini, pina colada and gin bramble, there are different offers every day, including two-for-one cocktails all night.

For designated drivers or those who don’t drink, Botanica also serves a range of soft drinks and mocktails to enjoy, meaning nobody misses out!

SoGlos loves

Botanica prides itself on offering ‘free pour’ cocktails, where guests can watch their drinks being made right in front of their eyes – plus, with twists including adding salted caramel to your espresso martini; or making your pornstar martini a rumtini instead, there’s always something new to try.

When?

Botanica is open from Tuesday to Friday from 5pm until 1am and Saturday 5pm until 12am with Christmas bookings being taken now.

How much?

Drinks at Botanica vary in price.

To book

Bookings can be made by contacting Botanica via its Instagram page Instagram.com/botanicacheltenham or Facebook.com/botanicacheltenham.


Christmas party venues in Gloucester 2021


Jubilee get-togethers at The Lock Keepers

The venue

Gather your nearest and dearest for a cosy feast at The Lock Keepers in Over, near Gloucester, this Christmas – where party groups can enjoy special celebrations with a contemporary twist at the waterside restaurant.

On the menu

Running alongside its popular a la carte menu, choose from a two or three-course festive menu at The Lock Keepers, featuring Gressingham duck and pork pâté for starters; roast turkey escalope wrapped in smoked bacon with all the trimmings for the main course; and brandy-soaked Christmas pudding with Cointreau sauce for dessert, for example.

There are also gluten and dairy free options available, as well as children’s menus.

SoGlos loves

There’s no need to worry about driving home after your party, with the option to exclusively book The Lock Keepers’ seven individual rooms and one family room, situated above the restaurant. The next morning, tuck into a tasty signature brunch and go for a bracing group walk along the idyllic Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal as a refreshing way to extend the celebrations.

When?

Festive dining at The Lock Keepers is available from Wednesday 24 November until Friday 24 December 2021.

How much?

The two-course festive menu cost £16.50 per person, or £23.50 for three courses.

To book

Call The Lock Keepers on (01452) 332900 or visit thelockkeepers.co.uk.


Adrenaline-fuelled Christmas parties at JDR Karting

The venue

Located in Gloucester and hailed as one of the county’s most exciting visitor attractions, JDR Karting offers a thrilling range of activities for an adrenaline-fuelled Christmas party. Offering family fun days, kids’ parties, multi-activity days, corporate events and more, it’s a great destination for those with a competitive streak to celebrate the festive season.

Multi-activity days offer a variety of different team-building activity packages which can be tailored to guest’s requirements, ideal for thrill seekers looking for a fun-filled festive celebration.

Test your mettle with competitive karting sessions on a 300m National Karting Association approved tarmac surface, with the chance to win a trophy to take home; try your precision aim with axe throwing; or evade your foes at the futuristic laser tag.

For something slightly tamer that kids can enjoy too, try parent and child karting sessions on the main track using the new Petrol Cadet Karts; or test your balancing skills on a Segway around the course, with competent riders able to test their newfound skills by negotiating with obstacles.

SoGlos loves

Christmas parties don’t have to be confined to a traditional sit-down meal, with JDR Karting allowing teams with bounds of energy to take part in a fun and interactive experience with friends, family and even co-workers this festive period.

When?

Christmas parties are available to book online up until 5pm on Christmas Eve.

How much?

Prices vary across JDR Karts activities and party packages.

To book

Visit jdrkarting.co.uk.


Christmas party venues in the Cotswolds 2021


Christmas escapes at De Vere Cotswold Water Park

The venue

An idyllic location for friends, families and colleagues to celebrate over the Christmas season, escape to De Vere Cotswold Water Park, which is set in the heart of the Cotswolds and surrounded by lakes, rivers and open countryside.

Get dressed up for a delightfully festive three-course meal, with live band – Mojo, DJ and disco all accompanying the evening.

On the menu

The De Vere Cotswold Water Park Christmas menu boasts an enticing collection of dishes. Beginning with a glass of prosecco upon arrival; and featuring dishes such as roast turkey breast served with goose fat roast potatoes, root vegetables, cranberry jus; kale, brie and beetroot tart with roasted root vegetable and a leek and tarragon velouté; finishing off with a traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.

SoGlos loves

Diners can enjoy discounted room rates with overnight accommodation at De Vere Cotswold Water Park hotel as part of the Christmas party package, giving guests the chance to dance the night away and drink as much bubbly as they like!

When?

De Vere Cotswold Water Park Christmas parties will take place on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 November 2021. With December parties taking place on Friday 3, Saturday 4, Friday 10, Saturday 11, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 December 2021.

How much?

November parties cost £32 per person; December parties cost £45 per person.

To book

Call De Vere Cotswold Water Park on (01285) 864000 or visit devere.co.uk.


Christmas views at The Scenic Supper

The venue

Located on the outskirts of the village of Lower Swell, near Stow-on-the-Wold, The Scenic Supper’s new winter venue, The Stone Barn at Fir Farm, is the perfect spot to get into the festive spirit.

The Stone Barn is a beautifully renovated farm building offering a warm, intimate dining space with full-height windows so you can enjoy the far-reaching views across the Cotswolds.

On the menu

This festive season, The Scenic Supper is offering wholesome, exceptional quality dishes that are sure to get your tastebuds tingling including homemade bread, parsnip soup, beef wellington, Christmas pudding baked Alaska and more delicious dishes to try. And, during December 2021, there will also be four- and six-course menus to feast on.

SoGlos loves

This winter, The Scenic Supper’s ever-popular King Stone Gin bar will be serving seasonal, gin-based cocktails using homemade shrubs, cordials and mixers. Along with a carefully curated selection of English sparkling wines, local beers and ciders. Cheers!

When?

The winter intimate dining sessions will run from Wednesday 10 November 2021 to Saturday 18 December 2021 when The Barn will be open Wednesday to Saturdays for lunch from 12.30pm to 3pm for tables of two upwards; and open from 6.30pm to 11pm for dinner tables of four upwards.

How much?

The pre-set, four-course lunch menu starts from £55 per person, while the six-course dinner menu starts from £70 per person.

All tables for the four or six-course pre-set menus are bookable and payable in advance.

To book

Visit thescenicsupper.co.uk.


Cosy Christmas get-togethers at The Plough Inn in Cold Aston

The venue

Cosy up this Christmas at The Plough Inn in Cold Aston. With its old Cotswold flagstones, original beams and a crackling log fire, as well as its impressive food and drinks menu, guests are sure to have a relaxing festive day at the Grade II listed establishment.

On the menu

With the smell of mulled wine filling the air, diners can tuck into a Christmas menu that’s suitable for families and Christmastime work celebrations too. Featuring dishes such as parsnip, chestnut and truffle soup to start; turkey wrapped in bacon, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, confit vegetables and cranberry sauce for the main course; and spiced apple and blackcurrant crumble to finish.

Two or three-course menus are on offer throughout December with vegetarian and vegan options available too.

SoGlos loves

The Plough Inn works with a number of local vegetable suppliers to ensure its dishes contain the freshest seasonal produce – as well as sourcing its meat and fish from suppliers who care about animal welfare and sustainability.

When?

Bookings are being taken now for Christmas meals and parties and will be available throughout December 2021.

How much?

Two-course meals cost £25 per person, with three-courses costing £30 per person.

To book

Visit coldastonplough.com.


Christmas cheers at Cowley Manor

The venue

Sitting on 55-acres of breath-taking Cotswold country land which previously belonged to kings of England, Cowley Manor provides guests with a stunning venue to spend special celebrations this Christmas. Waking up to frosty mornings and sipping mulled wine around open fires, where friends and families can look forward to a wonderfully festive experience.

On the menu

Choose the right private dining option for you and your loved ones this year with the festively dressed Study, Garden Room or Restaurant to host your Christmas Party. Treat yourself to flavours from across the county with dishes such as baked Cotswold blue brie tart; traditional roast bronze turkey with chestnut stuffing, bacon and chipolata sausages and cranberry sauce; or perhaps a seasonal panettoni and orange bread and butter pudding served with ice cream.

Two or three-course meals will be available throughout the Christmas period for both lunchtime and dinnertime, plus Cowley Manor will be offering both vegan and gluten free options.

SoGlos loves

For a festive change from the traditions, and for those with more of a sweet-tooth, guests can enjoy a decadent festive afternoon tea menu with Christmastime finger sandwiches such as roast turkey and cranberry or smoked salmon and lemon crème fraiche; buttermilk scones with brandy butter; festive cakes and fancies including a salted caramel yuletide log; as well as mulled wine or fizz and a selection of tea and coffees. Sounds delish.

When?

Christmas lunch and dinner menus, as well as festive afternoon teas, will be served throughout December 2021.

How much?

For lunchtime dining, two-course meals cost £25 and three-courses £30; for dinnertime dining two-courses cost £35 and three-courses £45; Festive Afternoon Tea costs £25 per person with a surplus of £5 for a glass of mulled wine or fizz.

To book

Visit cowleymanor.com for more information.


Christmas parties at The Green Dragon Inn

The venue

Celebrate Christmas in a quintessential Cotswold pub, heading to The Green Dragon Inn in Cockleford, near Cheltenham. Complete with snug log fires, beamed ceilings and stone-flagged floors, the venue oozes with 17th century charm while impressing guests with its delightful food, fine wines and a selection of real ales.

On the menu

Delivering a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, partygoers can tuck in to a three-course feast at The Green Dragon Inn – with festive menu highlights including a curried parsnip and apple soup starter; a classic roast turkey dinner or grilled trout fillet main; and decadent salted caramel rocky road brownie with lashings of double cream for dessert.

Vegan and vegetarian diners won’t be disappointed either, with the choice of a spicy cashew, carrot, mushroom and spinach wellington or roasted aubergine for their main course.

SoGlos loves

With its very own onsite shop, stocking everything from essential groceries to cosy homeware, merrymakers can make the most of The Green Dragon experience by picking up some local gin or a bottle of wine to keep the party going.

When?

The Christmas menu at The Green Dragon Inn is available from Friday 26 November to Friday 24 December 2021.

How much?

A three-course Christmas meal costs £27 per person, while a two-course lunch option is available for £22 per person.

To book

Visit green-dragon-inn.co.uk/christmas.


Christmas party venues beyond the border


A traditional Christmas feast at The Fox and Hounds in Bredon

The venue

This Christmas, guests can enjoy a festive meal in the 19th century The Fox and Hounds Inn, which is steeped with history and located in the picturesque village of Bredon just over the Worcestershire border. Gather your nearest and dearest for a traditional Christmas get-together at this beautiful thatched pub.

On the menu

Celebrate in style with The Fox and Hounds festive menu, featuring a sumptuous selection of seasonal dishes freshly prepared by its chefs.

Feast on artichoke velouté; pan-roasted pigeon with hedgerow salad; or confit chicken and pistachio terrine to start. For the main course, options include traditional turkey with all the trimmings; fillet steak and scallops with beef fat rosti; or gnocchi with roasted pear and glazed figs. Then for dessert, there’s a luxurious sticky toffee pudding trifle; or classic crème brulée; and even profiteroles with brandy cream.

SoGlos loves

Christmas meals at The Fox and Hounds are carefully prepared with locally grown and sourced produce by hand-picked, internationally recognised chefs – all served within a delightfully distinctive venue.

When?

The Fox and Hounds Christmas menu is available at from Wednesday 1 December 2021 until lunchtime on Christmas Eve.

How much?

Dishes are priced individually, with starters costing from £6, mains from £16 and desserts £6.

To book

Visit thefoxandhoundsbredon.co.uk.


© SoGlos
Wednesday 24 November 2021

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