Friday 18 October 2019

Gloucestershire Christmas party guide

From top restaurants and luxurious hotels to historic buildings, find the perfect venue for your Christmas party in Gloucestershire, with SoGlos's 2019 guide to festive celebrations.

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 2019.

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 Tuesday 25 December 2019.


About the sponsor

Ellenborough Park


Ellenborough Park is Gloucestershire’s only five-star hotel, providing luxurious surroundings, decadent food and drink, and stylish rooms, ideal for exploring the Cotswolds.

Located close to Cheltenham, the 15th century country estate is comprised of 61 lavish bedrooms, a spa, relaxed pub and bar, fine dining restaurant, and numerous functions rooms and events spaces.

For more information visit ellenboroughpark.com directly.



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Ellenborough Park


On the menu

Join Ellenborough Park for a Christmas Party Night this Christmas, offering the perfect celebration for both office parties and family get-togethers. With options for Joiner Parties or Private Dining the venue can cater to parties of various sizes. On the menu, guests can choose from starters including slightly spiced Heritage carrot soup, or a pressing of duck, pancetta, pistachio and sweet cranberry; mains include butter roasted turkey, roasted cod, and Pithivier of olive oil crushed parsnip; while desserts include Christmas pudding, caramel tart, and aged Wookey Hole Cave cheddar. Offering a glass of Prosecco on arrival, and after-dinner disco entertainment, this is a Christmas party not to be missed! Families will love the Festive Lunch offering at Ellenborough Park, which includes a three-course festive lunch with tea and coffee. There’s also a Festive Afternoon Tea serving up a decadent selection of sandwiches, scones and seasonal treats. The hotel is described ‘at its best’ during the winter months, bedecked in Christmas trees and stunning decorations, offering the ideal backdrop for a festive celebration.

Visit ellenboroughpark.com to see the full menus.

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Ellenborough Park is a fantastic destination for those wanting to bridge the gap between Christmas and New Year, known as Twixmas. Offering special room rates, the venue is perfectly placed for celebrating the festive season in indulgent style, as you explore the Cotswolds and relax in time for the New Year to begin.

When?

Joiner Parties are available on Thursdays 5, 12, and 19 December 2019; Fridays 29 November, 13 and 20 December 2019; Saturday 14 December; Sundays 8 and 15 December; and throughout weekends in January. Private dining can be booked for most evenings in November and December. Festive Afternoon Tea is available throughout the festive period.

How much?

Festive Party Nights start at £39 per person; Festive Lunch costs £35 per person; and dinner costs £45 per person; Festive Afternoon Tea costs £30 per person.

On Christmas Day

Sit back and relax as Ellenborough Park’s team serves Christmas Day dinner in the Horse Box Restaurant. Enjoy canapes to start, alongside a glass of champagne; then choose from a range of starters including oxtail consommé, roast mushroom and truffle soup, and Uig Lodge smoked salmon presse. Select a main course from butter roasted bronze turkey, roast line caught turbot, or salt baked piccolo. Desserts range from a traditional Christmas Pudding, through to Millionaire’s chocolate tart, and a ‘taste of Gloucestershire’ cheese selection. Finish your festive feast with a delicious round of coffee and mince pies.

To book

Call (01242) 545454, email info@ellenboroughpark.com, or visit ellenboroughpark.com directly.


Ian Coley Shooting School


On the menu

Wrap up in your finest winter gear and gather the troops for a Christmas party that’ll go off with a bang! Join the team at Ian Coley Shooting School, offering professional tuition, gun hire, clays, cartridges and all safety equipment for an amazing Christmas celebration to remember. Choose between five party options, with the most basic including 25 shots per person, professional instruction and a debrief over tea, coffee and mince pies. For a more extravagant celebration, treat your team to a full morning of shooting with breaks for a breakfast of bacon baps; elevenses including tea, coffee and biscuits; and a three-course lunch with mains of game casserole with rosemary new potatoes and crusty bread, beef mushroom and ale pie with buttered new potatoes, and roast salmon fillet with crème fraiche and spring onion potatoes. Tasty desserts include double chocolate brownie, apple and berry crumble, and ginger lemon and lime cheesecake, before the day is rounded off with mince pies and a prize giving ceremony.

Visit iancoley.co.uk to see the full sample menus.

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Perfect for team building during the festive season, this activity is a great party for colleagues who want to enjoy an activity during the day, rather than in the evening The on-site shop at Ian Coley is also great for picking up festive gifts for country sports enthusiasts, gift vouchers for clay shooting experiences, along with accessories and clothing.

When?

Throughout November, December and January.

How much?

Christmas Party Option One, which includes a full morning of shooting, a three-course lunch, breakfast and elevenses costs £158 per person. Christmas Party Option Two includes a morning of shooting, a three-course lunch, breakfast and refreshments and costs £125 per person. Christmas Party Option Three includes a two-course lunch, morning of shooting and a friendly competition for £112.50 per person. Christmas Party Option Four includes up to 50 shots per person with tea, coffee and mince pies for £70 per person; and Christmas Party Option Five includes 25 shots per person alongside refreshments for £50 per person. All prices are plus VAT.

To book/for more information

Call (01242) 870391 and speak to Jack, or visit iancoley.co.uk directly.


The Brewery Quarter


On the menu

With enough entertainment to keep you busy throughout the Christmas period and beyond, The Brewery Quarter is a one-stop destination whether you’re looking for chilled Christmas drinks, a wild party atmosphere, or family-friendly activities. Head to The Botanist for an eclectic range of delicious hand-crafted cocktails in simply stunning surroundings, and scrumptious food options, including grills, brunches and Sunday lunch. There’s also live music every night to get you into the Christmas spirit. Look down at the bustling Christmas shoppers from a table at Cosy Club, where festive food and cocktails combine with laid back luxury for a relaxed Christmas party with friends or family. Craft beer fans will love a festive get-together at Cheltenham’s Brewhouse and Kitchen, which has its own micro-brewery on site. The pub even runs its own beer masterclasses, gin tasting and brewery experience days for those looking for a group activity this Christmas. Babel is an ideal choice for those looking for a classy start to their night. Offering modern food and freshly prepared cocktails, Babel is a stylish destination for any Christmas party, with a range of sharing dishes and punch bowls for groups to enjoy together.

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The Brewery Quarter is the perfect destination during the Twixmas period – the odd bit in between Christmas and New Year! With activities for the whole family available every day, why not start by booking a game of bowling at Hollywood Bowl, where food and drink is also available; or challenge your friends to a round of crazy golf at Mr Mulligans, where two adventurous courses await. Film fans can enjoy the latest festive releases at Cineworld Cheltenham, where a newly refurbished set of screens offers pin-sharp surround sound and amazing visuals; while the state-of-the-art 4DX screens will make for a very special experience to remember over the Christmas period. Visitors can expect to see their movies augmented with real-life effects such as wind, rain and moving seats, smells and stage lighting.

When?

Christmas menus at many of The Brewery Quarter’s venues are available from November throughout December, but food, drink and activities are available at all venues year-round.

How much?

Prices vary between venues.

To book

Call (01242) 574378 or visit thebreweryquarter.com directly.


Cheltenham Racecourse


On the menu

This fabulous Christmas Party gives guests the chance to get dressed up to the nines in their fanciest attire, with The Centaur decorated in stunning style, transforming it into a hub of Hollywood Glamour. Settle down to a delectable three-course dinner, and make the most of your drink tokens to set the party mood with a festive cocktail or two! Guests can enjoy live music from The Lionels, described as ‘one of the most sought after and successful bands in Britain’ with their covers of current and classic rock, pop and soul hits. Then dance the night away to a live DJ, ensuring the party atmosphere doesn’t stop.

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Alongside food, drink and entertainment, admission to Cheltenham Racecourse’s A Very Hollywood Christmas includes two tickets to come racing, which are redeemable online during selected dates across The Jockey Club venues.

When?

A Very Hollywood Christmas at Cheltenham Racecourse takes place on Friday 13 December 2019, with private Christmas parties available throughout the festive period for groups of 50 to 800 people.

How much?

Christmas parties at Cheltenham Racecourse cost £70 per person.

To book

Call (01242) 539538, email cheltenhamevents@thejockeyclub.co.uk, or visit cheltenham.co.uk directly.


Revolution Cheltenham


On the menu

This stylish bar and restaurant is great for those wanting to party in a casual environment, where the drinks keep flowing! Specialising in artisan spirits and flavoured vodka cocktails, Revolution Cheltenham’s location inside a former church makes it a party venue to remember. Guests can hire all or part of the venue, with Revolution’s mezzanine bar perfect for groups of up to 100. When it comes to food, the venue doesn’t disappoint, with a Christmas buffet option including delicious tapas-style dishes such as pigs in blankets, turkey sliders, chorizo crostini, rump steak and sautéed potatoes, and roasted vegetable cous cous. Sweet treats include the raspberry sponge cake bites; grinch sticks with grapes, strawberries and marshmallows; and Christmas tree brownies.

There’s also a more traditional three-course menu with starters including goats’ cheese and avocado; smoked salmon and prawns and Iberico ham croquettes. Main courses include roast turkey ballotine, short rib of beef, grilled hake fillet, and beet baubles; and delicious desserts such as warm Christmas pudding, raspberry and prosecco sorbet, and baked New York cheesecake.

If your team loves a drink, there are plenty of offers to add to the festivities, including adding a bucket of Peroni beer or cider; or Prosecco and Champagne to your booking.

To see the full menus, visit revolution-bars.co.uk directly.

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This laid-back party venue has a number of different hiring options within the same space, so even if you’re part of a small team, there’s still the chance to enjoy the live DJ and party atmosphere of a bustling bar, whilst maintaining your own private space to dance and drink. Options include hiring the downstairs restaurant area, main bar area, back bar booths, Soloman’s Table, Mezze Booths, Mezze Bar or even the Stained Glass Pulpit.

When?

Celebrations can be booked for most evenings throughout November and December 2018, subject to availability.

How much?

The Christmas Menu is £18.95 at lunchtime; while dinner costs £25.95 per person. The Christmas Buffet can be booked from £13.95 per person.

To book

Call (01242) 234045, email bookings-cheltenham@revolution-bars.co.uk or visit revolution-bars.co.uk/bar/cheltenham directly.


Jurys Inn Cheltenham


On the menu

Get into the Christmas spirit at Jurys Inn Cheltenham with a Queen Tribute Night. Guests can enjoy a three-course festive meal alongside a live performance. Live Band Nights also offer a performance element with a three-course meal. Featuring dishes such as roast tomato and basil soup; festive roast turkey breast services with pork and sage stuffing, chipolata sausage, cranberry sauce and pan gravy; baked trout fillet served with roasted fennel and creamy dill sauce; and desserts including Christmas pudding, glazed lemon tart, and salted caramel cheesecake. Festive Disco Nights give guests the opportunity to dance the night away to Christmas hits and dance floor-fillers, and indulge with a three-course meal. A more formal option is the Winter Gala Dinner complete with live band and three course meal, this event to remember includes dishes previously mentioned in the Live Band Nights alongside other choices such as slow cooked beef with bacon, mushroom and thyme jus; and goats’ cheese and fig tartlet, served with roasted vine tomatoes. Festive Lunch and Dinner is ideal for smaller groups or those looking for a quieter way to celebrate with three-course options available in a private room. There’s even the option to book a wreath making class to get you into the Christmas spirit, with admission including a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.

See Jury’s Inn’s brochure for the full menus.

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Jury’s Inn offers a range of well-priced rooms for those partying at the hotel. Prices start at £75 per room for single occupancy with a £10 supplement for double occupancy.

When?

Queen Tribute Night takes place on Friday 22 November 2019. Festive Discos are on Wednesday 18 December 2019; Thursdays 5, 12 and 19 December 2019; Fridays 29 November 2019 and 6 December 2019; Saturdays 23 and 30 November 2019 and 21 December 2019; and Sundays 8 and 15 December 2019. The Winter Gala Dinner is on Saturday 14 December 2018. Band Nights are on Saturday 7 December and Fridays 13 and 20 December 2019. Wreath making is available on Tuesdays 26 November and 3 and 10 December 2019.

On Christmas Day

Forget about buying a turkey and let the team at Jurys Inn bring Christmas Day lunch to you. For a luxuriously relaxing Christmas day, guests can enjoy a four-course Christmas meal featuring traditional options such as roasted turkey breast served with pigs in blankets, sage and onion stuffing, duck fat roasted potatoes, honey glazed root vegetables and roast gravy; a medium roasted rib of English beef; pan seared seabass fillet; and brie and broccoli pithivier on herb Provençale.

How much?

Christmas Day Lunch is £67.50 per adult and £25 per child over six. Under 5s eat free. Winter Gala Dinner tickets are priced at £43.95 per person. Festive Disco Nights cost between £26.95 and £36.95 per person depending on date. Live Band Nights cost between £37.95 and £39.95 per person. Queen Tribute Night costs £34.95 person.

To book

Call (01242) 232691, email christmas_cheltenham@jurysinns.com or visit jurysinns.com/hotels/cheltenham directly.


Malmaison Cheltenham


On the menu

Inviting guests to ‘dream of a Mal Christmas’, Malmaison Cheltenham has an array of tempting choices to help you party this festive season. Private Dining is available in Malmaison’s characterful private dining rooms with the cheekily named, ‘Celebrate like Santa is not watching’ package – ideal for groups who’d like to keep their party behind closed doors! Alternatively, parties wanting to dine in Malmaison’s stunning brasserie are welcome to choose the Group Celebrations option. Both party types are able to dine from the Celebrations menu including starters such as celeriac, truffle and apple soup; smoked ham hock and dried cranberry roulade; and Asian cured salmon with pickled vegetables and red chilli. Choose from delicious mains, such as ballotine of free-range turkey with prosciutto, sage and onion stuffing, bread sauce and cranberry compote; Daube of beef with roast parsnip puree, glazed shallot and onion rings; and beet wellington with roast beetroot, mushroom duxelles, vegan pastry and jus. If you’ve got room for dessert, options include Chez Mal sticky toffee Christmas pudding with caramel custard; Festive Tiramisu with panettone, amaretto and mascarpone cream; and dark chocolate and cherry torte with crème fraiche. Bar Parties are a great solution for groups short on time, with drinks offers available alongside festive nibbles and canapes. Festive Afternoon Tea is the ideal choice for those looking for a lighter meal; a twist on a classic afternoon tea with a Christmas theme. Festive Sunday Lunches are on offer, combining festive flavours with Malmaison’s indulgent Chef’s Table, followed by a selection of roast beef or turkey mains, with all the trimmings.

To see the full menus, view Malmaison’s brochure.

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Malmaison offers gift cards which are available to buy at any of its 15 boutique hotels across the UK. Certain to be the perfect gift for the person who has everything this Christmas, gift cards can be used to cover the cost of an overnight stay, a meal or a spa treatment at any Malmaison hotel.

When?

The Celebrations Menu is available from Wednesday 20 November 2019 through to Monday 23 December 2019. Festive Sunday Lunch is on offer on Sundays 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 December 2019. Festive Afternoon Tea can be booked between Wednesday 20 November and Monday 30 December 2019.

How much?

Festive Sunday Lunch costs £24.95 per person, Festive Afternoon tea is £24.95 per person and the Celebrations menu is priced between £34.95 and £44.95 per person.

On Christmas Day

Forget about cooking and washing up and instead opt to enjoy Malmaison’s three-course feast, costing £99 for adults, including a glass of champagne on arrival. Children aged between five and 12 years-old cost £45.

To book

Call (01242) 370655, email reception.cheltenham@malmaison.com or visit malmaison.com directly.


The Frogmill


On the menu

Available for lunch or dinner, the Christmas Party menu at The Frogmill features starters such as Jerusalem artichoke and thyme soup; duck liver and orange paté; Severn & Wye smoked salmon; or pan-roasted scallops with a black pudding crumb. Main dishes are roasted native turkey with pigs in blankets and fat roasted potatoes; 10-hour braised Mount Grace Farm Yorkshire lamb with rosemary, slow-roasted shallot and Colcannon creamed potatoes; sautéed sea bass; and wild mushroom and tarragon dumplings. Desserts include Christmas pudding; dark chocolate delice; a winter cheeseboard; or pear and pistachio frangipane slice.

For something more relaxed, the Christmas Buffet menu includes a selection of sandwiches; maple, beer and mustard glazed pigs in blankets; smoked salmon blini; pork and leek sausage roll; sweet potato and cheddar quiche; and mince pies, to name just a few of the delicious treats on offer.

For the full Christmas party menu, visit thefrogmill.co.uk directly. Or for the full Christmas Buffet menu, visit thefrogmill.co.uk/buffet

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The Frogmill certainly knows a thing or two about how to throw an unforgettable party, so for groups of 10 or more, there will be a complimentary bottle of prosecco included and a £30 gift card to redeem in January or February 2020.

When?

Christmas menus are available from Friday 15 November 2019 and throughout December 2019.

How much?

The Christmas Party menu at The Frogmill costs £25.95 for two courses and £29.95 for three courses. The Festive Buffet menu costs £17.95 per person and is available for a minimum of 12 guests per booking.

On Christmas Day

Costing £100 per person, The Frogmill is offering up an incredible Christmas Day menu for its diners. Including an amuse bouche, glass of bubbly and crayfish and lobster cocktail, guests can tuck into delectable starters such as smoked ham hock, before enjoying an exceptional main dish such as roasted native turkey. Desserts include Christmas pudding or a cinnamon crème brulée. Finishing off the meal with mince pies, teas and coffees, The Frogmill is the perfect setting to celebrate Christmas.

For the full menu, visit thefrogmill.co.uk directly.

To book

Call (01242) 386364, or visit thefrogmill.co.uk directly.


The Find

On the menu

Offering everything from festive feastings for friends and family, to corporate celebrations for up to 50 people and even exclusive use of its beautiful Regency townhouse, The Find is serving up a three-course Christmas meal made with fresh and local produce.

Whet your appetite with a glass of Prosecco or a Christmas cocktail, diners can take their pick from starters such as pressed crispy belly pork; or winter spiced pumpkin velouté.

For the main course, delicious dishes include roasted turkey crown with roast potatoes, bacon and chestnut sprouts and seasonal vegetables or heavenly vegan options including garlic and herb marinated tofu with griddled aubergine and stir-fried winter vegetables.

To crown off a memorable meal, desserts include rich apple and pear crumble with passion fruit ice cream; Christmas pudding or frozen blueberry parfait.

Visit thefind.co.uk to see the full menu.

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In addition to a sumptuous feast of traditional Christmas delicacies, The Find also offers a veritable selection of vegetarian and vegan choices such as roasted fig and pumpkin salad; raspberry and chia seed pudding; and butternut and sage wellington.

When?

The Find’s Christmas parties are available from Friday 22 November to Monday 23 December 2019. Party requests earlier than Friday 22 November 2019 can also be arranged.

How much?

The Find’s Christmas menu costs £35 per person, with the cheese board costing an additional £4.95.

To book/ for more information

Call (01242) 575228 or visit thefind.co.uk directly.


Smokey Joe’s

On the menu

Smokey Joe’s Christmas Party Meals are deliciously quirky. Parties of up to 16 people can choose from a three-course menu, which includes dishes such as nachos with all the toppings; chicken wings; and tomato and basil soup for starters; roast turkey in a seeded sourdough bun with fries and gravy; slow-cooked barbecue pulled pork; and six-ounce bacon cheese burger for mains.
For dessert, diners can choose between brownie with vanilla ice cream; banoffee waffle with cream; and New York cheesecake. For larger groups of 20 to 100 people, the 1950s-style American diner also offers Private Party Hire of its Retro Games room and large Vintage Room. Guests can blast out tunes through the PA system, enjoy live music, or dance the evening away to the DJ’s tunes. Perfect for any Christmas celebration, a range of buffet options will be available for private parties, and bespoke packages can be created to suit any requirements. The Premium Party Package includes a prosecco reception before a New York deli-style buffet where diners can choose from a large selection of cheeses, meats, artisan breads, salads, and more. For a small extra cost, guests will be also be served slider burgers and chicken wings.

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For something a bit different, compete against friends, family or colleagues on the retro video games which are free to play. From Donkey Kong to Space Invaders, Smokey Joe’s has a quirky collection of games from the 1980s to get stuck into. The unique coffee bar and restaurant is certainly offering a Christmas party with a twist!

When?

Christmas Party Meals of up to 16 people can book a table for any time of the day or evening. Larger, private parties can hire out the Retro Game and Vintage Rooms from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.

How much?

Christmas Party Meals are £22.50 per person. The Premium Party Package costs £18.50 per head, and £22.50 per head with the addition of slider burgers and chicken wings. Private Party Hire for two rooms is £100, or the whole venue is £250, including the use of the PA system and disco lights.

To book

Call (01242) 513744, email info@smokeyjoescheltenham.co.uk, or visit smokeyjoes.co.uk


Cotswolds Christmas parties 2019


The Slaughters Manor House



On the menu

Join The Slaughters Manor House for a Cotswold Christmas to remember. Choose from Festive Lunch – a three-course menu with starter options of confit duck pressing, salmon mi-cuit, and cauliflower and truffle lasagne; mains including poached Wooley Park chicken, lion of pollock, and heritage potato terrine; and desserts such as 71 per cent chocolate tart, Christmas pudding parfait, and Oxford Blue cheese. If you’re celebrating the festive period with a group of eight or more, why not indulge in The Slaughter’s Manor House’s Festive Celebration, including five courses with highlights including venison tartar or dressed Cornish white crab to start; salt-baked Merryfield duck or barbecue celeriac for main; and layered chocolate torte, rollright cheese, or passionfruit and coriander baked Alaska, to end the meal.

See Slaughters Manor House’s brochure for the full festive menus.

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Get away from it all this Christmas with a Christmas Retreat at The Slaughters Manor House. Curl up beside a roaring fire, enjoy a luxury three-night break, intertwined with festive afternoon tea, award-winning six-course festive dinners, live entertainment from musicians and magicians, and enjoy the stunning Cotswold countryside on this relaxing break. This indulgent break starts at £707 per room, per night.

When?

Festive Lunch is available between Monday 2 December and Monday 23 December 2019 between the hours of 12.30pm and 2pm; Festive Celebration meals are available Monday 2 December and Monday 23 December 2019 for lunch or dinner.

How much?

Festive Lunch costs £30 for two courses, and £35 for three courses; Festive Celebration meals cost £85 per person for five courses, and must be booked for groups of eight or more;

To book

Call (01451) 820456, email info@slaughtersmanor.co.uk , or visit slaughtersmanor.co.uk directly.


The Maytime Inn


On the menu

Promising roaring open fires, a friendly atmosphere and a Santa’s sack-full of Cotswold charm, The Maytime Inn offers a Christmas menu for tables of eight or more people. The Christmas Party Menu includes starters such as soup with crusty bread; chicken liver parfait with red onion marmalade and toasted brioche; and poached pear, walnut and blue cheese salad. For the main, guests have a choice of five delicious options including turkey ballotine with pigs in blankets, roast potatoes and all the trimmings; braised shin of beef with celeriac mash, roasted shallots and wild mushrooms; and pan-fried hake with wilted spinach, gnocchi, butternut puree and sage butter. Those with a sweet tooth will love the desserts on offer at The Maytime Inn, where choices include traditional options like Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, through to more contemporary treats like chocolate mousse; almond panna cotta; homemade ice cream; and chocolate brownie.

To see the full menu, visit themaytime.com directly.

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As well as its stunning food offering, The Maytime Inn specialises in gin, with more than 100 different varieties available to try. The charming Cotswold inn also has a range of contemporary country-style rooms available – ideal for those wanting to extend their stay.

When?

The Christmas Menu is available during lunch and dinner on Monday through to Saturday, and on Sunday evenings, throughout December.

How much?

A £10 deposit per head is required, as well as a pre-order for each table. The Christmas menu costs £19.00 for two courses and £23.50 for three courses. Guests can add a glass of prosecco on arrival for £4 per person.

To book

Call (01993) 822068, email info@themaytime.com, or visit themaytime.com directly.


Cowley Manor


On the menu

Cowley Manor is offering up chic Christmas celebrations which are perfect for festive family gatherings, or all-out lavish and stylish parties. With rooms seating 14, to festively adorned spaces seating up to 156 guests, Cowley Manor’s parties and get togethers are available for lunch or dinner, with a two or three-course option. The Festive Get Together menu features starters including smoked breast of duck or wild mushroom ragout. Mains include roast bronze turkey; pan fried pork tenderloin or aubergine tian, to name a few options.

New for 2019, the Supper with Friends allows diners to relax, sit back and tuck into the finest foodie delights. Delivered straight to the table, guests will be able to dine on a huge selection of dishes including mugs of seasonal soup; roast breast and leg of turkey, and salted caramel chocolate pots – all designed so that guests can leisurely graze, drink and get into the festive spirit.

For the ultimate celebration, Cowley Manor is also offering House Parties which include exclusive hire of the manor, champagne and canapés, dinner, use of all 31 bedrooms, DJ hire, breakfast the next day and full use of the C-Side Spa.

For more information, including the full menus, visit cowleymanor.com directly.

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Promising all the luxurious touches but with some great savings, Cowley Manor is offering a 10 per cent discount off the final bill and complimentary room hire for bookings confirmed by Saturday 31 August 2019. Bookings confirmed by Monday 30 September 2019 will receive 15 per cent off the menu price, those confirmed by Thursday 31 October 2019 will receive 10 per cent off, both benefit from complimentary room hire.

When?

House Parties are available from Monday 25 November 2019 to Thursday 19 December 2019. Dinner options are available throughout November and December 2019.

How much?

The Festive Get Together menu costs £19 for two-courses and £23 for three-courses when dining at lunchtime. Dinner costs from £35 to £40 per person, depending on which day it’s booked for. Supper with Friends costs £35 per person, with a minimum of 10 guests. House parties cost £142.95 per person, based on 100 guests.

On Christmas Day

Promising an unforgettable Christmas stay, Cowley Manor is offering a festive package from Tuesday 24 December to Friday 27 December 2019 and includes festive meals, grazing buffets, a Christmas tree in the room and even a reindeer trail. Prices start from £1,660 for two adults sharing one bedroom.

To book

To find out more and take advantage of the early booking discounts, call (01242) 870900 or visit cowleymanor.com directly.


Eastwood Park


On the menu

For the Party Nights, diners can tuck into starters including spiced parsnip and apple soup; breaded brie with cranberry and orange; or chicken liver paté. For main course, Eastwood Park will be serving roast turkey with stuffing, pigs in blankets and gravy; baked cod loin with leek mash; or cranberry and cheese nut roast with onion gravy. For something sweet, desserts include Christmas pudding with brandy sauce; chocolate profiteroles with Bailey's cream; or baked vanilla cheesecake with mixed berries. Eastwood Park is also offering a tasty Festive Afternoon Tea which includes afternoon tea delights alongside some festive favourites including chocolate yule log and warm mince pies.

To see the full menus, visit eastwoodpark.co.uk directly.

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Including a three-course meal, Eastwood Park’s Christmas parties also include a disco until 1am, a complimentary photo booth with unlimited prints, a hot chocolate station and Christmas novelties and crackers on the tables.

When?

The Festive Party Nights are available every Friday and Saturday throughout December 2019. Festive Afternoon Tea is available on Mondays to Thursday throughout December 2019.

How much?

Festive Party Nights cost £34 per person. For group bookings of 15 people or more, the organiser will get a free party night place. The group will also have 10 per cent discount on pre-ordered wine, drinks packages and accommodation for £40 per person per night including breakfast. Festive Afternoon Tea costs £16.95 per person.

To book

For more information, call (01454) 260207, or visit eastwoodpark.co.uk directly.


Egypt Mill

On the menu

Celebrate the festive season at Egypt Mill in Nailsworth this December with its Festive Party Nights. Bring friends, family or colleagues along to enjoy a delicious three-course dinner before heading to the dancefloor, where the resident DJ will blast out the party tunes. Guests can choose from a classic menu, which includes dishes such as spinach and ricotta roulade for starters; roast crown of turkey with all the trimmings for mains; and peach Bellini cheesecake for dessert. Christmas lunches and dinners will be also be served throughout December from the same menu. For something a bit different, why not come along to Egypt Mill’s Peaky Blinders Party Night and be transported back to the 1920s? Guests are invited to come dressed as their favourite character – think flat caps and flapper dresses! Choose from a two-course menu, which includes the dishes such as roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding for mains, and dark chocolate pot for desserts. Alternatively, come dressed as your favourite film star at the Night at the Movies Christmas party, set to be a glamorous evening of eating, drinking, and dancing. Again, guests can choose two-courses from the festive menu, which includes options such as cranberry and pistachio crusted salmon for the starter and traditional Christmas pudding for dessert.

To see the full menus, visit egyptmill.com/christmas directly.

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Guests can extend the Festive Party celebrations by staying overnight in this wonderful hotel surrounded by Cotswold countryside. Originally a working mill, Egypt Mill has a number of characterful hotel rooms each designed in keeping with the original features of the building – with a full English breakfast included in the price.

When?

Festive Party Nights are taking place on Saturday 7, Thursday 12, Friday 13, Saturday 14, Friday 20, Saturday 21 December 2019, and Friday 10 January 2020. Peaky Blinders Party Night is taking place on Friday 6 December 2019, and Night at the Movies Christmas party is being held on Thursday 19 December 2019.

How much?

Festive Party Nights include a three-course meal and start from £30 per person. The Peaky Blinders Party Night and the Night at the Movies event both include a two-course meal and cost £28 per person.

On Christmas Day

For £85 per adult and £40 per child age 10 and younger, guests can enjoy a wonderful Christmas Day Lunch at Egypt Mill. After being welcomed with glass of prosecco, guests will sit down to a three-course meal, followed by freshly brewed coffee or tea with homemade mince pies. The Christmas Day menu includes dishes such as prawn and crayfish cocktail; roast tomato and fennel soup; and British beef crostini for starters. Traditional turkey dinner; fillet steak Rossini; and beetroot & goats’ cheese Tatin for main. And chocolate cheesecake; winter berry roulade and lemon meringue for dessert.

To book

Call (01453) 833449, email reception@egyptmill.com or visit egyptmill/christmas directly.


The Sheep on Sheep Street


On the menu

Christmas Party menu highlights at The Sheep on Sheep Street include whiskey and chicken liver parfait; potted hot smoked salmon; or pan fried North Atlantic scallops to start. For the main event diners can tuck into slow braised English rare breed ox cheek and beef shin; roasted native turkey with all the trimmings; or pan-roasted bream with a lobster bisque cream. For something sweet, guests can devour a rich Christmas pudding with brandy custard; double chocolate torte; or a winter cheeseboard.

The Christmas Buffet menu will treat taste buds to a turkey and redcurrant slider; goat’s cheese bon bons; maple, beer and mustard glazed pigs in blankets; smoked salmon blini and mince pies too.

For the full Christmas party menu visit thesheepstow.co.uk or for the full buffet menu, head to thesheepstow.co.uk/buffet directly.

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Christmas parties booked before Thursday 31 October 2019 will sip on a complimentary glass of mulled wine or cider.

When?

Christmas parties and buffets at The Sheep on Sheep Street are available from Friday 15 November 2019 and throughout December 2019.

How much?

The Christmas party menu at The Sheep on Sheep Street costs £25.95 for two courses and £29.95 for three courses. The Christmas buffet menu costs £17.95 per person.

On Christmas Day

Forget slaving over the stove on Christmas Day and head to The Sheep on Sheep Street for a decadent Christmas meal to remember. Costing £80 per person, the menu includes smoked ham hock; pickled winter radish; or Severn and Wye smoked salmon plate to start. It wouldn’t be Christmas without turkey so diners can enjoy roasted native turkey with all the trimmings, or choose from roasted cod supreme; roast beef or a roasted cauliflower and caramelised onion tart. Desserts include chocolate profiteroles; Christmas pudding; and warm apple, pear and almond slice, to name just a selection of options available.

For the full Christmas Day menu, visit thesheepstow.co.uk

To book

Call (01451) 830344 or visit thesheepstow/christmas directly.


The Porch House


On the menu

The Porch House in Stow is offering a choice of either its Christmas Party menu or a relaxed Christmas Buffet option. Christmas Party menu highlights include duck liver and orange paté; or pan roasted scallops with black pudding to start. Main courses include Yorkshire lamb with creamed potatoes and redcurrant jus; or roasted native turkey with the all-important trimmings, as well as vegan options. Round off an excellent meal with dark chocolate delice; Christmas pudding or; pear and pistachio frangipane slice.

For the full menu, visit porch-house.co.uk directly.

The Christmas Buffet menu includes a selection of sandwiches, festive delights and tasty treats such as pigs in blankets, pork and leek sausage roll, and apple and sultana tarts.

For the full buffet menu, visit porch-house.co.uk directly.

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If you’re looking to get the festivities started early, The Porch House is giving a Sipsmith Winter Cocktail to each guest, free of charge, for bookings taking place between Friday 15 November 2019 and Friday 29 November 2019.

When?

Christmas parties and buffets at The Porch House are available from Friday 15 November 2019 and throughout December 2019.

How much?

The Christmas Party menu costs £25.95 for two courses or £29.95 for three courses. The Christmas Buffet menu costs £17.95 per person.

On Christmas Day

Costing £100 per person, The Porch House’s Christmas Day menu is packed full of delicious dishes. From artichoke and parsnip soup with a truffle and chestnut dressing; roasted sirloin of dry aged beef; and cinnamon crème brulée to finish.

To book

Call (01451) 870048, or visit porch-house.co.uk/christmas directly.


StarBistro

On the menu

For a unique festive meal out and a Cotswold Christmas to Remember, sit down to a lovely three-course lunch at the StarBistro in Ullenwood. Dishes include wild mushroom and tarragon soup; gin, juniper and grapefruit cured salmon; and duck and pistachio ballotine for starters. For mains, guests can choose from butter poached and roasted breast of turkey; local roast sirloin; fresh market fish of the day; and cauliflower and cumin beignet. Desserts include aged luxury boozy Christmas pud; salted caramel mousse; and Star cheese plate.

SoGlos loves

One of the most unique places to dine in Gloucestershire, all meals at the StarBistro are made on-site by National Star staff and students, providing great work experience opportunities for young people with disabilities, and a quality menu made using locally-sourced ingredients.

When?

Enjoy a delicious three-course Christmas lunch between Monday 25 November 2019 and Wednesday 18 December 2019.

How much?

Each dish is individually priced to allow diners to mix and match their courses. Starters and dessert dishes range from £5 to £6 each, while the main courses range from £10 to £12 each.

To book

To book a table, call (01242) 535984, email enquiries@nationalstar.org, or visit nationalstar.org/christmas.


Gloucester Christmas parties 2019


Hatton Court Hotel


On the menu

Roll up, roll up, for The Greatest Christmas at Hatton Court Hotel in Gloucester. Gather your friends and colleagues for a circus themed celebration this winter. Choose from Party Nights where guests gather in Hatton Court’s heated garden marquee to enjoy a delicious three-course festive dinner, an all-inclusive drinks package and a DJ. For those looking for a daytime gathering, the circus celebrations continue with Hatton Court’s Festive Lunches, comprising of a two or three-course festive menu served in the Tara Restaurant. There are also Festive Afternoon Teas available, which are designed for two people to share. For a real family feast, enjoy a Festive Sunday Lunch where children under four can eat for free.

See the full menus by visiting hatton-court.co.uk directly.

On Christmas Day

Celebrate Christmas in style with a four-course Christmas Day Lunch in Hatton Court Hotel’s Tara Restaurant. This truly enchanting venue will be decorated for the season, offering a stunning location to enjoy delicious festive dishes with your nearest and dearest.

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Enjoy ‘A Million Dreams’ by booking one of the stylish and comfortable rooms at Hatton Court Hotel for just £75. This special discounted room rate is available to all guests enjoying a party at the hotel, but must be booked in advance.

When?

Hatton Court Hotel’s Party Nights take place on Saturdays 7, 14 and 21 December 2019; Friday 6 and 13 December 2019 and Sunday 22 December 2019 from 7.30pm until midnight; Festive Lunches are served Monday to Saturday throughout December, while Festive Sunday Lunch is available on Sundays from Sunday 1 to 22 December 2019. Festive Afternoon Tea is available throughout the month.

How much?

Party Nights cost between £60 and £70 per person; Festive Lunches start at £20 per person for two courses and £25 per person for three courses. Festive Afternoon Tea costs £35 per couple, while Christmas Day Lunch is priced at £89 per adult and £24 for children aged five to 12. Under fours eat for free.

To book

Call (01452) 617412, email conference@hatton-court.co.uk or visit hatton-court.co.uk directly.


The Fountain Inn


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 roast tomato soup with homemade croutons; smoked salmon and dill pate served with granary toast; honeydew melon fan with a passionfruit coulis; and duck spring rolls served with a sweet chilli dip. For main course, diners can choose from traditional roast turkey with chestnut stuffing and pigs in blankets; sirloin of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding; fillet of cod with white wine, lemon and thyme; cheddar and four-nut roast served with spiced orange and cranberry sauce; and sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry, served with rice, poppadum, and mango chutney. Round off your meal with Christmas pudding; a trio of sorbets with fresh raspberries; rich chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream; or a selection of cheese and biscuits served with celery and grapes.

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If you book your party before Thursday 31 October 2019, you’ll receive 10 per cent off lunchtime bookings from 12pm to 3pm.

When?

The Christmas menu at The Fountain Inn is available from mid-November, throughout December, and into January, but must be booked in advance.

How much?

The Christmas Menu is £20 for two courses and £25 for three.

To book

Call (01452) 522562, email thefountaininngloucester@gmail.com, or visit thefountaininngloucester.com directly.


Café Rene


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 rocket salad 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 roast turkey with chestnut stuffing and pigs in blankets; sirloin of roast beef served with red wine and tarragon, and a Yorkshire pudding; herb roasted loin of pork with apple and sage stuffing; pheasant breast wrapped in streaky bacon and served with a red wine and juniper jus; oven-baked fillet of hake on a bed of creamed leeks with white wine and shallot butter; or homemade spinach gnocchi served with Café Rene’s very own ratatouille. All dishes are served with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables. The menu’s dessert options include Christmas pudding with brandy cream; winterberry cheesecake; 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.

See the full Christmas menus by visiting caferene.co.uk directly.

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.

On Christmas Day

On Christmas Day, Café Rene’s guests can sit down to a banquet where they will be wined and dined like Kings and Queens! The famous banquet-style Christmas Day Party has a fantastic atmosphere, and provides a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the company of friends or family in a homely setting, with delicious food and drink aplenty!

When?

The Christmas menu at Café Rene is available from mid-November, throughout December, and into January, but must be booked in advance.

How much?

Christmas meals at Café Rene cost £27.50 per person. Those booking before Tuesday 15 October 2019 can also benefit from a complimentary glass of mulled wine on arrival. Christmas Day at Café Rene is priced at £55 per head. Children under eight years old are not permitted to attend, and there are no concessions for children.

To book

Call 07886 691017, email jojo@caferene.co.uk, or visit caferene.co.uk directly.


Tiger’s Eye


On the menu

This Christmas, Gloucester’s 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 at lunch or dinner, 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 vegan spiced butternut squash soup. The main course options span roast turkey with all the trimmings; angus sirloin and Welsh Lamb served on a Hot-Rock Grill; roasted chicken breast stuffed with avocado and wrapped in bacon; pan-fried salmon bedded on stir-fry vegetables and rice noodles; and baked aubergine stuffed with spinach and mushroom. For dessert, choose to indulge with New York Cheesecake with honeycomb ice cream; lemon meringue pie with mango coulis; Christmas pudding with brandy sauce; banoffee pudding with toffee sauce; vegan chocolate fudge cake; or a house cheese board, served with celery, grapes and biscuits. Round off the meal with delicious tea, coffee and mince pies for an additional £1.95.

SoGlos loves

Party-goers looking to get in the festive 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?

The Christmas menu at Tiger’s Eye is available from mid-November, throughout December, and into January, but must be booked in advance.

How much?

The Christmas Menu is £15 for two courses and £20 for three at lunchtime; while dinner it costs £20 for two courses and £25 for three.

To book

Call (01452) 332993, email info@theoldbell-tigerseye.co.uk or visit tigerseyerestaurant.co.uk directly


The Cheltenham Chase Hotel


On the menu

Combining glamourous surroundings with a real party atmosphere, The Cheltenham Chase Hotel is the perfect place for hosting your festive celebrations this winter. Party into the small hours with the Funky Festive Disco Night offering a three-course menu alongside a resident DJ, who’ll be spinning classic party tunes. Dishes include the roasted sweet potato, squash & pumpkin soup to start; traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings as a main; and desserts such as toffee apple tart, clementine panacotta, or plum pudding. If lady luck is on your side this Christmas, you won’t want to miss the Christmas Casino Nights featuring a number of fun casino table games alongside a delicious three-course meal and disco. Returning for 2019 is the Winter Wonderland Party where guests can experience a magical Christmas themed party alongside three-courses, live entertainment and a disco. For those needing some down-time before the big day, the Spa and Party Night Sleepover shouldn’t be missed. Combining a pampering spa day, two 25-minute treatments, lunch and access to the Funky Festive Disco Night it’s perfect for pre-Christmas pampering. There’re also more traditional Festive Lunches on offer throughout the festive period.

Visit thecheltenhamchase.co.uk directly to see the full Christmas party menus.

SoGlos loves

The hotel offers special rate bedrooms for party-goers looking to avoid queuing for taxis home, with singles from £70 and doubles from £80 including a hearty breakfast; the perfect antidote to a heavy night!

When?

The Christmas Casino Nights take place on Saturday 30 November 2019, and Fridays 6 and 13 December 2019. Funky Festive Disco Nights and Spa and Party Night Sleepovers take place on Thursdays 5, 12 and 19 December 2019; Fridays 6, 13 and 20 December 2019; Saturdays 30 November, and 7, 14 and 21 December 2019. Winter Wonderland Party nights are available on Saturdays 7 and 14 December 2019. Festive Lunch is available throughout December, but booking is essential.

How much?

Tickets cost £45 for the Christmas Casino Nights; from £37.95 for the Funky Festive Disco Nights; £46 for tickets to the Winter Wonderland Party; and from £118 up to £138 per person for the Spa & Party Night Sleepovers. Festive Lunch costs £24.95 per person.

On Christmas Day

Enjoy a stress-free Christmas Day lunch at the Cheltenham Chase hotel, beginning with a Prosecco reception followed by food and festivities. Christmas lunch costs £80 per adult and £40 for children aged five to 12.

To book

Call (01452) 519988, email events@thecheltenhamchase.co.uk or visit thecheltenhamchase.co.uk directly.


Hatherley Manor


On the menu

There’s festive fun to be had at Hatherley Manor Hotel and Spa in Gloucester. Get into your glad rags for the hotel’s Yuletide Disco Party Nights including a three-course-meal; a glass of bubbles on arrival; tea, coffee and mince pies, and a disco to round off the night.

The menu includes starters of homemade roasted tomato soup with basil flocked cream; chicken liver parfait; and flaked smoked salmon. Guests can choose from mains including roast turkey breast with pigs in blankets and all the trimmings; roast loin of pork; or red pepper and pesto tartlet topped with gruyere cheese. And to finish, a traditional warm figgy plum pudding with brandy sauce; chocolate orange torte; and mulled wine cheesecake. For a more glamourous affair, book the Winter Wonderland package, comprising of a cocktail upon arrival, four-course meal and disco. If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate the festive season, Casino Nights come to Hatherley Manor in December, where guests can place their bets on several casino tables, after enjoying a four-course meal and dancing the night away. Live music fans will love the Abba Tribute Night where guests can be transported back to 70s with a tribute performance to disco favourites, Abba. Gin and Jazz Night will see jazz play as you indulge in a four-course dinner. There’s even an 80s Party Night with an 80s themed buffet, available on selected dates.

For more information and to see the full Christmas menus, visit hatherleymanor.com directly.

On Christmas Day

Round up the family for a Christmas Day to remember at Hatherley Manor hotel. Offering a three-course festive dinner and a glass of bubbly on arrival, guests can enjoy traditional dishes such as roast turkey breast with all the trimmings, traditional warm figgy pudding, and mince pies. Prices start at £22.25 for children under four and go up to £89 per adult.

SoGlos loves

With a state-of-the-art spa on site, Hatherley Manor offers booze and snooze packages with free spa access for guests staying in executive, executive plus, superior or deluxe rooms. Perfect for nursing an after-party hangover, discounted rates are available for those who’ve also booked a Christmas party night, with a full English breakfast included at the hotel’s Dewinton restaurant.

When?

80s party nights are available on Friday 29 November and Thursday 19 December 2019; Gin and Jazz Nights take place on Friday 8 November and Thursday 12 December 2019; ABBA Tribute night is on Tuesday 17 December 2019; while Winter Wonderland parties, Yuletide Discos, and Casino Nights are available on various nights in November and December.

How much?

Yuletide Disco Parties cost from £30 per person; Winter Wonderland packages are priced from £39 per person; Casino Nights cost £55 per guest; Gin and Jazz nights are priced at £49 per person; ABBA Tribute night is £38 per guest; and 80s party night starts from £22.50 per person.

To book

Call (01452) 733265, email events@hatherleymanor.com or visit hatherleymanor.com directly


Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall

On the menu

Get dressed up to the nines for Bowden Hall’s Masquerade Party Nights this Christmas. Whether celebrating with friends, family, or colleagues, this year’s festivities are set to be full of Christmas cheer. Guests at the Off-peak Masquerade Party Nights will be welcomed with a cocktail before sitting down to a two-course meal, choosing from a festive-themed menu. Once the plates are cleared, the resident DJ will turn up the tunes for a fun disco party. Celebrate closer to Christmas day at Bowden’s Christmas Masquerade parties, which include a three-course meal. For starters, diners can choose from slow roast tomato soup; cheese and caramelised onion tartlet; or chicken liver and cognac pate. Mains include roast turkey with all the trimmings; sea bream with parsley crushed potatoes; and celeriac with white bean, mushroom and sage cassoulet. For desserts, guests can choose between a classic Christmas pudding; glazed lemon tart; or delicious cheese board. There’ll even be a prize for the best mask!

For those looking to celebrate Christmas in style, Bowden is also hosting the All-inclusive Christmas Parties, where guests will not only get a three-course meal, but also a cocktail reception and unlimited wine, bottled beer and soft drinks throughout the night. Now that’s what we call a party! Bowden’s Festive Lunches are also a great way to celebrate the festive season, serving up a three-course meal including options such as prawn and cucumber cocktail for starters; roast turkey for main; and lemon tart for dessert.

To see the full menus, see Bowden Hall’s brochure.

SoGlos loves

Bowden Hall’s hotel rooms are comfortable and relaxing, offering the perfect end to the evening of partying. Starting at £79 per room, guests can book to stay overnight and wake up to a traditional, full English breakfast.

When?

Off-Peak Masquerade Party Nights are held on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November 2019; Wednesdays 11 and 18 December 2019; Thursdays 5 and 12 December, and Saturday 4 January 2020. Christmas Masquerade Party Nights are on Fridays 6 and 13 December, and Friday 13 December 2019. All-inclusive Christmas Parties are on Thursday 19, Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 December 2019. Festive Lunches are held throughout December. Private Christmas Parties are also available upon request.

On Christmas Day

Why go to the hassle of cooking a Christmas dinner? Guests at Bowden Hall will be served up a delicious four-course lunch with all the trimmings. Starters include beetroot salmon gravadlax; duck port and shallot pate; and melon carpaccio. For mains, guests can opt for a traditional roast turkey dinner; asparagus and creamed leek tartlet; pan roasted sea bass; or roast sirloin of beef. Desserts include Christmas pudding; lemon tart; Baileys crème brûlée; and bitter chocolate pudding. To finish, a slate of British cheeses, biscuits, celery and chutney.

How much?

Christmas Day Lunch is £74 per adult, £37 per child (4-12) and free for under 3s. Off-Peak Masquerade Party Nights are priced at £33 per person or £43 per person including a half bottle of house wine. Tickets to the Christmas Masquerade cost £40 per person, or £50 per person including a half bottle of house wine. The All-inclusive Party Nights cost £69.50 per person. Festive Lunches are £22 per person for three courses or £32 per person for three courses and a half bottle of house wine. Festive lunches for children between the ages of four and 12 are £11, and under-threes eat free.

To book

Call (01452) 255012, email christmas@mercuregloucester.co.uk or visit mercuregloucester.co.uk directly.


Holiday Inn Gloucester-Cheltenham

On the menu

Join Holiday Inn in Barnwood for one of its Christmas Party Nights this December, promising an evening full of joy and festivity. Whether coming with friends, family or colleagues, guests will enjoy a tasty three-course meal before hitting the dancefloor for the ultimate party celebration. On the menu, guests can choose from cream of leek and potato soup, or maple-glazed ham terrine for starters; turkey crown with all the trimmings, or roast parsnip and cheddar tart for the main course; and traditional Christmas pudding or dark chocolate delice for dessert.

Visit higloucesterhotel.co.uk for more information.

SoGlos loves

Holiday Inn in Barnwood is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding areas, including Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Cotswolds. Offering different room rates, the hotel is a great destination to really make the most of the Christmas break.

When?

Christmas Party Nights at Holiday Inn are held on Thursdays 21 and 28 November 2019, and 5, 12, and 19 December 2019; Fridays 22 and 29 November, and 6, 13, and 20 December 2019; Saturdays 23 and 30 November, and 7, 14, and 21 December 2019; and Sundays 24 November, and 1, 8, 15, and 22 December 2019.

How much?

Christmas Party Nights start from £21.95 per person. Adults only.

On Christmas day

Take the stress out of cooking the Christmas dinner and join Holiday Inn for its Christmas day lunch, trimmings and all! The Christmas day lunch menu includes four courses – a Christmas Day feast for the whole family to enjoy. Starters include prawn and avocado cocktail; chicken, apricot and pancetta terrine; and fig and blue cheese crumble salad. The starters are followed by a cream of leek and potato soup before moving onto the main dish. Guests can choose options such as traditional turkey dinner; rib of beef; and baked hake. Following the main course, guests can choose from desserts including traditional Christmas pudding, or dark chocolate delice. If there’s room for more, tea and coffee with mince pies will be served and, for an additional £5 per person, why not finish up with a cheeseboard course, complete with crackers, celery and grapes?

To book

Call (01452) 650282, email events@higloucester.com or visit higloucesterhotel.co.uk directly.


Stroud Christmas parties 2019


Stonehouse Court Hotel


On the menu

This impressive 17th century manor house hotel, which overlooks the Stroud canal, is hosting a range of festive soirées throughout the 2019 party season. Combining decadent meals with tasty cocktails and dancing, party-goers can choose from a number of options to suit all budgets and group sizes. Starting with Christmas Party Nights, where guests can enjoy a three-course festive menu, accompanied by party boxes and a disco until midnight. Dishes include smoked trout and orange salad, honey roasted carrot and rosemary soup, and chicken and leek terrine to start; before following with mains of roast turkey with all the trimmings, pan fried loin of pork, roasted fillet of salmon, or butternut squash with beetroot and lentil wellington. Finally, choose between a warming Irish cream cheesecake, traditional Christmas pudding, or raspberry bakewell for dessert. If you’re looking for a more traditional Christmas meal between friends or colleagues, Stonehouse Court also offers Festive Dining during lunch and dinner, including two or three courses, crackers and party boxes. Private dining is also available for groups of 10 or more.

See full Christmas menu by visiting stonehousecourt.co.uk directly.

SoGlos loves

If you’re hoping to get away from it all this Christmas, you can create your own yuletide getaway at Stonehouse Court Hotel with the Residential Christmas Package. Guests can enjoy delicious breakfasts, tempting afternoon teas, festive carols sung by the local church choir, a traditional Christmas lunch and a series of indulgent buffet dinners. There are options for both two- and three-night breaks, as well as delicious Boxing Day dinners for those just looking for an indulgent post-Christmas treat.

When?

Christmas Party Nights are available Thursday to Sunday, until Sunday 29 December 2019.

How much?

Christmas parties at Stonehouse Court are priced at £32 per person for Thursday and Sunday nights, and £39 per person for Friday and Saturday nights. The two-night Christmas package starts at £310 per person, while the three-night break starts from £390 per person. Festive Dining during lunch is priced at £22 per person for two courses or £26 per person for three courses; or during dinner costs £27.50 per person for two courses, and £32.50 per person for three courses.

On Christmas Day

For £95 per adult, £55 for under 12s and £25 for under 5s, guests can forget about slaving over a hot stove and join the celebrations at Stonehouse Court Hotel on Christmas Day. Featuring a four-course menu with a Champagne sorbet, guests can settle down between 12.30pm and 3pm for foodie highlights including roasted cauliflower and chestnut soup, smoked salmon and prawns, and brie, fig and onion tartlet to start; roast turkey leg and breast, roast sirloin of beef, or bubble and squeak risotto for main; and traditional Christmas pudding, caramelized lemon tart, or chocolate delice for dessert.

To book

Call (01453) 794968, email sales@stonehousecourt.co.uk or visit stonehousecourt.co.uk directly.


The Bear of Rodborough


On the Menu

Dig out the hair crimpers and neon disco wear, as The Bear at Rodborough hosts an 80s Christmas Party Night to remember. Located near Stroud, this picturesque venue is offering a fabulous party night starting with a glass of Lambrusco, and nibbles including cheese and pineapple hedgehogs and vol-au-vents, followed by a retro three-course menu. Enjoy a blast from the past with dishes including cheese and bacon loaded potato skins, prawn cocktail, scampi and chips, and even a Vienetta for dessert! Fancy dress is optional, but encouraged, and if guests ‘wanna dance with somebody’ there’s plenty of opportunity with 80s tunes throughout the night from the resident DJ.

Alternatively, if you’d prefer a more formal team meal at this stunning venue, The Bear also has festive party lunches and dinners running throughout December.

SoGlos loves

Cosy overnight accommodation is available at The Bear of Rodborough, so there’s no need to fork out for a taxi after your night of partying. The cost of staying the night also includes a delicious full English breakfast the next morning – ideal for helping with your recovery!

On Christmas Day

On Christmas Day head to The Bear of Rodborough for a divine six-course festive meal including tea and coffee. This event is open to non-residents and is priced at £90 per person.

When?

The Bear at Rodborough’s 80s Christmas Party Nights take place on Saturday 7 December, Thursday 19 December and Friday 20 December 2019.

How much?

80s Christmas Party Night on Saturday 7 December 2019 costs £35 per person, Thursday 19 December 2019 is £30 per person, and Friday 20 December 2019 is £35 per head. Festive Lunch costs £19 for two courses or £23 for three courses. Festive Dinners cost £29 without disco and £32.50 with a disco. On Friday 20 and Saturday 21 December a Festive Dinner costs £35.

To book

Call (01453) 878522 or visit cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk directly.


Toni’s Kitchen


On the menu

Kicking off the festive season in sophisticated style, Toni’s Kitchen offers a Winter Party Menu, Lunch Party Menu and Vegan Party options to tantalise the taste buds of its guests this Christmas. Combining French-style finesse with traditional Italian flavours, the Winter Party Menu includes starters such as artichoke, salami and burrata with bruschetta and rosemary; salt and pepper calamari with sweet chilli dressing; and poached sea trout caesar salad. Main dishes range from roast pepper and ash fillet of Cotswold beef, with slow braised blade, wild mushroom and truffle Vinci grassi, with seasonal vegetables; to organic turkey and homemade Italian sausage ravioli, sage butter and crispy prosciutto and chestnut breadcrumbs; or N’duja and local honey-glazed pork ribs with triple cooked chips and kale slaw. For dessert, guests can choose from tempting choices such as brandy cream parfait with mince pie doughnut; white chocolate panna cotta; sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream ice cream; or Toni’s Kitchen chocolate fudge cake with milk mint sorbet and dehydrated white chocolate sponge. The lunch party menu provides starter options for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans with starters such as sweet and sour preserved vegetables, with black olive tapenade bruschetta; or Jerusalem artichoke truffle and wild mushroom soup. Mains include spaghetti with wild boar ragu; tagliatelle with wild mushroom and truffle; and seafood fritto misto with homemade chips, mixed leaf salad and homemade ketchup.

SoGlos loves

Toni’s Kitchen offers a dedicated vegan and vegetarian menu for the festive season, making it simple for groups of friends to enjoy celebrating together over fantastic food, regardless of their dietary requirements. Main dishes include basil and pine nut pesto with soft herb gnocchi and shaved pecorino for vegetarians or fermented cashew cheese for vegans; spaghetti and beetroot bean balls with vegan ‘parmesan’; or garden Romano tomato and basil tagliatelle with burrata and parmesan.

When?

Winter menus are available throughout November and December 2019.

How much?

The Winter Party Menu and Winter Vegan and Vegetarian Menus are priced at £26 for two courses, and £34 for three courses; while the Winter Lunch Party Menu costs £17 for two courses and £22 for three courses.

To book

Call (01453) 751328, email bookings@toniskitchen.co.uk or visit toniskitchen.co.uk directly.


Sama Sama


On the menu

Located in Stroud’s Union Street, Sama Sama specialises in street food from South America, the Caribbean and Asia. The venue opened its doors in June 2018 with a menu boasting a range of burgers and sandwiches, with fillings such as Teriyaki tuna with wasabi mayo, pickles, fresh cucumber and sriracha; the Mexican fish burger with salsa, guacamole and jalapeño and lime tartare sauce; or the Jurkey Burger, a turkey pattie with garlic jerk mayo, avocado, pineapple and rocket. The venue also has a tasty selection of bowls served with rice or fries, with flavor options including chicken, prawn or vegan. Sama Sama has a trendy and exclusive cocktail menu to accompany your food with a frozen espresso martini, known as a Frapputini; frozen Lilt margarita; and a tropical daiquiri, to name just a few.

SoGlos loves

This stylish street food venue in Stroud plays its music loud and serves its food spicy. Making for a brilliant party atmosphere, a night at Sama Sama combines great flavours with a casual dining experience, to provide a night to remember.

When?

Sama Sama offers its fabulous menu throughout the year, offering casual dining for intimate dinners or delicious group dining. A Christmas trip to Sama Sama makes for a perfect alternative traditional Christmas party venues.

How much?

Sama Sama’s varied menu is reasonably priced, with special offers running throughout the year. Make sure you check out Taco Tuesday, where guests can enjoy three tacos and a Corona beer for £10.

To book

Call (01453) 767123, email samasamastroud@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/samasamastroud directly.


© SoGlos
Monday 07 October 2019

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