Thursday 21 February 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 2018 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 2018.

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.

Christmas parties in Cheltenham

Christmas parties in the Cotswolds

Christmas parties in the Forest of Dean

Christmas parties in Gloucester

Christmas parties in Stroud

Christmas parties Beyond the border

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 2018.

Cheltenham Christmas parties 2018

DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham

Christmas Parties 2018 at DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham

On the menu: Get into the seasonal spirit at DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham, with the hotel offering two grades of Festive Party Nights including silver and platinum. Both invite party-goers to indulge in a three-course dinner, before dancing the night away to tunes from a resident DJ. Dishes include a traditional roast turkey, pan fried Scottish salmon, and Christmas pudding. For those looking for a more relaxed experience, check out the Festive Afternoon Tea offering a seasonal finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and homemade festive cakes. Children will adore meeting Santa at Santa Sunday Lunch; take your pick from a tempting three meat carvery with all the trimmings and then indulge in the delicious dessert table, while Father Christmas entertains the kids.
SoGlos loves: Enjoy a Christmas break without the stress of organisation thanks to a Christmas break at Doubletree by Hilton Cheltenham. Arriving on either Sunday 23 or Monday 24 December 2018, guests can enjoy a three or four-night package including a quiz, films in the Garden Room, carol singing and festive dinners and lunches each day.
When: Silver Party Nights are available on Thursdays 6, 13, and 20 December; Fridays 23 and 30 November, and 7, 14 and 20 December; Saturdays 24 November, and 1, 8, 15 and 22 December; Sundays 2, 9, 16 and 23 December 2018. Diamond Party Nights are available Fridays 30 November and 7, 14 and 21 December; Saturdays 1, 8, 15 and 22 December 2018. Festive Afternoon Tea is available throughout December, but must be pre-booked. Santa Sunday Lunch is available on Sundays 9 and 16 December 2018; while the Festive Lunches are available from Saturday 1 December to Sunday 30 December, excluding Christmas Day.
How much?: Silver Festive Party Nights are £24.95 per person in November, £28.95 per person in December and £24.95 on Sundays in December; Platinum Festive Party Nights are £34.95 per person. Festive Afternoon Tea is £13.95 per person; Santa Sunday Lunch starts at £8.95 for children under 12. Festive Lunches are £23 for the set menu and £26 for the choice menu; the Christmas Packages are £419 per person for three nights, and £469 for four nights.
On Christmas Day: The hotel’s four-course festive feast is perfect for those wanting a stress-free Christmas Day, with the lunch £79.95 for adults and £35 for children aged 12 and under.
To book: Call (01242) 222021, email, or visit directly.

Ian Coley Shooting School

Christmas Parties 2016 at 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 groups of 10 people or more. Choose from the Christmas Cracker shooting package which invites guests to try a variety of different clay targets before taking on a best of 10 challenge, followed by tea, coffee and mice pies. The Not So Silent Night package also offers the chance to test out your skills on a host of targets, with sloe gin included alongside tea, coffee and mince pies. For those looking for the ultimate shooting experience, there’s the All The Trimmings package, which includes two hours of shooting alongside lunch at a local pub or hotel. 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.
SoGlos loves: The on-site shop at Ian Coley is great for picking up festive gifts for country sports enthusiasts, with a wide range of new and used shotguns, along with accessories and clothing.
When: Throughout November, December and January.
How much?: Minimum booking for 10 people, with the Christmas Cracker package priced at £50+VAT per person. The Not So Silent Night package is £70+VAT per person; and the All the Trimmings is from £98+VAT per person.
To book: Call (01242) 870391, email or visit directly.

Revolution Cheltenham

Christmas Parties 2018 at 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 location 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 houmous and vegetable batons, mini baked potatoes and prawn and chorizo skewers. There’s also a three-course dinner option including roast turkey ballotine, grilled wild hake, and short rib of beef. Sweet treats include the boozy Gin ‘n’ Juice Cheesecake and a more traditional warm Christmas pudding. If your team loves a drink, there’s plenty of offers to add to the festivities, including adding sink of Peroni beer or a box full of gin cocktails to your booking.
SoGlos loves: 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?: Revolution’s Christmas buffet costs £14.95 per person, with the three-course option costing £19.95 per person during lunch time or £26.95 per person in the evening. Drink packages range from £4.90 for a glass of prosecco, through to spirits by the bottle from £125 including mixers.
On Christmas Day: Revolution is closed for bookings on Christmas Day 2018.
To book: Call (01242) 234045, email or visit directly.

Hype Agency

Hype Agency Fairytale in New York

Venue: Cheltenham Town Hall
On the menu: Transport yourself from the heart of Cheltenham, to the streets of New York City, as Hype Agency turns the Town Hall into a magical wonderland, themed around Christmas in the Big Apple. Indulge in a drinks reception before taking your seats for a themed three-course meal. Relax in the Central Park chill out area, party to live entertainment throughout the night, and take home some amazing memories from the on-site photo booth. The menu for this fairy tale evening includes Central Park corn chowder with a pretzel roll; NYC Hickory smoked chicken with dauphinoise potato and vegetables; and a deliciously American Blueberry slice to finish. Available on four nights throughout December, this extravagant Christmas party is planned by events company Hype Agency, a firm well-known for producing the biggest and best Christmas parties in the south west, which sell-out year on year. Be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment and prepare for a memorable night.
SoGlos loves: Attention to detail at a Hype Agency Party is second-to-none. Guests will hardly recognise Cheltenham Town Hall underneath a forest of snowy trees and starry skylines. Enjoy a seasonal cocktail as you stroll along the side walks of Fifth Avenue, take in the Rockefeller Tree and leave footprints in the snow at an indoor Central Park. This night will be one to remember.
When: The Fairytale in New York party is available on Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12, Thursday 13 and Saturday 15 December 2018.
How much: Ticket prices start from £42 + vat per person, depending on which night you attend.
To book: Call 0117 971 0320, email or visit directly.

The Find

Christmas Parties 2018 at The Find

On the menu: Feast on some festive delights this Christmas at The Find, where the three-course menu features starters including honey roasted pumpkin velouté; ham hock terrine; and a heavenly beetroot gravadlax with cured salmon. Tempting main dishes include oven roasted turkey with roast potatoes, pigs in blankets and all the trimmings; stilton, walnut and sage risotto with crispy shallots; and caramelised walnut, goats' cheese and cranberry tart. Delicious desserts include a classic Christmas pudding with brandy custard; baked Alaska; or a dark chocolate torte. Discerning diners can also add a selection of cheese and biscuits as well as a glass of port for an additional fee. For something a little different, The Find is also offering festive sharing plates which include the likes of goat’s cheese and cranberry filo parcel; smoked mackerel pâté with pickled radish and winter leaves; and crab cakes with lemon and dill. Promising the perfect place to host a dazzling Christmas party or relaxed festive get-together in the centre of Cheltenham, diners can opt for a cosy table of four, or alternatively hire the entire stunning regency townhouse for a truly magical celebration.
SoGlos loves: Exquisite local ingredients and artisan produce means diners can expect nothing short of exceptional food at The Find. Paired with chic interiors, the food options also include a vegan choice.
When: Christmas party nights are available from Friday 23 November 2018 right up to Christmas.
How much: A three-course meal costs £29.95 per person. Sharing plates cost £15 for three plates.
To book: Call (01242) 575228, or visit directly.

The Fire Station

Christmas Parties 2017 with The Fire Station

On the menu: Whether you're planning a work bash, a family party, or a celebration with friends, The Fire Station in Cheltenham has something to tempt everyone this festive season. The restaurant's Premium Christmas menu offers the chance to indulge three courses, with starters including Dressed Cornish crab with brown crab mayonnaise, celeriac, watercress and lemon; or Beef carpaccio with aged parmesan, parsley root puree and salsify crisps. The main choices span Traditional roast Norfolk turkey with all the trimmings; Roasted haunch of venison served with charred pear and truffled parsnip; and Cauliflower and ricotta tortellini with raisins and brown butter vinaigrette. For dessert, diners can savour dishes including Valrhona chocolate pot with crème fraiche, honeycombe and salted caramel; Red wine poached pear or Christmas pudding. There’s also the Standard Christmas Menu offering two or three course menus including mains like six-hour braised ox-cheek; Baked line caught cod lion; and Sweet potato and lentil wellington. If you want to indulge as a group, opt for the Feasting Menu, which is for parties of 12 or more and includes a glass of prosecco on arrival, followed by a pre-starter of canapés. The table can then enjoy a whole side of oak smoked salmon to start; Roast Norfolk Bronze turkey with all the trimmings; Tunworth and Stilton cheeses with grapes, chutney and crackers; and a Steamed Christmas pudding to finish.
SoGlos loves: If you want to indulge in drinks and nibbles with friends, the Party Sharing Boards are ideal. Offering vegetarian boards as well as the Christmas and Mosaic-themed boards, enjoy tapas style festive food, with one board enough to feed five people.
When: Throughout December
How much: The Premium Christmas menu is £50 for three courses; the Standard Christmas menu is £25 for two courses and £30 for three courses; The Christmas Feasting Menu is £45 per head for with a minimum booking of 12 people; and Christmas sharing boards start at £25 for a vegetarian option, through to £30 for the Christmas board and £35 for the Mosaic board.
To book: Call (01242) 809135, email, or visit directly.


Christmas Parties 2018 at Purslane Restaurant in Cheltenham

On the menu: A delicious alternative to a traditional Christmas meal, Purslane restaurant in Cheltenham offers a wintery à la carte menu with a seafood focus. The venue is the perfect destination for enjoying a festive meal amongst friends or a small group of co-workers; ideal for those looking for a more intimate celebration. While the 2018 menu hasn’t been confirmed yet, the 2017 selection included starters such as Hand-dived Oban Scallop with sea kale, aster, douglas fir and cockle dashi; Sea bream tartare with heritage carrots, skyr, clementine and sea buckthorn; and Cotswold goose with liver parfait, quine, brioche and red cabbage ketchup. Mains featured Scottish halibut with beef shin, wheat berries, scots pine and hen of the wood; Home-smoked Loch Duart salmon with coal roasted beets, rainbow chard and bergamot hollandaise; and Winter squash pithivier with purple sprouting broccoli, chestnuts and Wiltshire truffle. Tempting desserts ranged from Sourdough black treacle tart with sea buckthorn, clementine and clotted cream ice cream, through to Ginger savarin with poached quince, mulled wine ice-cream and parkin meringue.
SoGlos loves: Purslane’s menu changes monthly, in line with what’s in season. The restaurant uses fresh ingredients, all of which are cooked on site. While its use of seasonal produce means there is a wintery theme to Purslane’s Christmas menu, there isn’t a roast turkey in sight; making this the perfect spot for foodies looking for a different festive flavour.
When: Group bookings can be taken throughout December, with a maximum of 10 people per party.
How much?: A three-course à la carte meal costs £41 per person or £60 for the tasting menu. Purslane can be hired on a private basis which incurs a room fee and a set menu, to be agreed in advance.
To book: Call (01242) 321639, email or visit directly.

The Ox, Cheltenham

On the menu: Cheltenham steakhouse The Ox is offering a stunning Christmas menu, without a turkey in sight! Catering from couples right through to groups of 80 when hiring the entire venue, this stylish steak joint is ideal for people looking for a break from traditional Christmas fayre. Beginning with a glass of Welcome Fizz, guests can sit down to choose from starters including Duck liver parfait with Yorkshire pudding, Port and shallot marmalade and house pickles; Salmon and smoked haddock fishcake with poached egg, and crab and chive Hollandaise; Glazed smoked pigs cheek with pomme purée and caramelised apple; or charcoal roasted mushroom and Gruyère tart, frisée & sweet pickled onion salad as a vegetarian option. Delicious festive main dishes include Charcoal roasted celeriac with spiced lentils and smoked aubergine, pistachio dukkah and yoghurt; Pan seared brill with buttered leeks, brown shrimps and capers and crisp potato gratin; 60-day dry aged eight-ounce rump of beef with triple cooked chips, bone marrow gravy and creamed spinach; or breast and crisp leg of Creedy carver duck with blackberry and apple jelly, bacon, savoy cabbage and Hasselback potatoes. If you’ve enough room to make it a three-course meal, desserts range from sticky ginger pudding with egg-nog ice cream; through to bitter chocolate delice with poached pear and caramel cream; or even caramelised rice pudding with apple compote, prunes and Armagnac.
SoGlos loves: If you love cheese, there’s a stunning cheese board that’s available to add on to your Christmas meal. For a £5 supplement guests can enjoy Bath Blue cheese with sourdough crackers and chutney.
When: The Christmas menu can be booked throughout December 2018.
How much: Christmas Lunch costs £29.50 per person, and Christmas Dinner costs £39.50.
To book: Call (01242) 234779, email info@theoxcheltenham or visit directly.

Jurys Inn Cheltenham

On the menu: Get into the Christmas spirit at Jurys Inn Cheltenham with a Michael Bublé 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 red pepper and tomato soup with garlic cream and sea salt croutons; festive roast turkey breast services with pork and sage stuffing, chipolata sausage, cranberry sauce and pan gravy; bakes salmon fillet served with bubble and squeak and tarragon cream sauce; and desserts including Christmas pudding; Belgian chocolate cheesecake with black cherry compote; and glazed lemon tart with raspberry sorbet. 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 chicken and apricot terrine with curry spiced mayo and crisp bakes sour dough; slow cooked beef with caramelised onion and red wine sauce; and caramelised red onion, brie and cranberry tart and a pesto dressing. 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. Families will love the Family Christmas Party offering a child-friendly Christmas disco and entertainment alongside a three-course lunch.
SoGlos loves: Jurys Inn recognises what a huge task it can be to arrange a Christmas party, so to reward the organiser the venue offers a complimentary night stay on the night of your party, for groups of more than 40 people. This offer is subject to availability.
When: Michael Buble Tribute is on Friday 23 November 2018, Festive Discos take place on Fridays 30 November, 7, 14 and 21 December 2018; Thursdays 13 and 20 December 2018; Saturdays 24 November 2018 and 22 December 2018; and Sundays 9 and 16 December 2018. Live Band Nights are on Saturdays 1 and 8 December 2018. The Winter Gala Dinner is on Saturday 15 December 2018.
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 and honey roasted ham, served with chipolata sausage, sage and onion stuffing, thyme roasted potatoes, honey glazed root vegetables, mini Yorkshire pudding, Brussel sprouts and a rich gravy.
How much?: Christmas Day Lunch is £67.50 per adult and £25 per child over six. Under 5s eat free. Family Christmas Party costs £20 per adult and £15 per child. Winter Gala Dinner tickets are priced at £42.50 per person. Festive Disco Nights cost £24.95 for Sunday to Wednesday nights in December; £26.95 for weekends in November, Thursdays throughout December, any date in January; and £32.95 per person for Friday nights throughout December. Live Band Nights cost £37.95 per person. Michael Buble Tribute Night costs £32.95 person.
To book: Call (01242) 232691, email or visit

Tivoli Wines

Christmas Parties at Tivoli Wines

On the menu: Tivoli Wines, with its stylish shop and Wine Library, offers a unique alternative to a traditional Christmas party. Rally the troops and take your pick from 32 wines from Tivoli Wines’ Enomatic wine tasting machines, or choose from an additional range of fine wines from the Coravin list, perfect for those wanting to splash out this Christmas! Book a Private Party where groups of up to 30 people can be accommodated in the cosy Wine Library, with delicious charcuterie and cheese boards available as an accompaniment to the huge choice of wines. Competitive groups will love Christmas Team Building where groups get the chance to enjoy their pick of wines from the tasting machines, before taking part in a wine quiz and blind wine tasting sessions run by Tivoli Wines’ experts.
SoGlos loves: Tivoli Wines doesn’t charge a hire fee, there’s just a minimum spend depending on the day of week and time of year or your visit. It’s cosy, intimate setting is the ideal location for those wanting to avoid a traditional Christmas sit-down meal, and you might even learn a thing or two from Tivoli’s on-site wine experts!
When: Bookings in The Wine Library are available throughout November and December.
How much?: Private Parties can be arranged directly with the venue, with minimum spends dependent on the length of party and time of year booked.
To book: Call (01242) 269886, email, or visit directly.

Malmaison Cheltenham

Christmas Parties 2018 at Malmaison Cheltenham

On the menu: Inviting guests to ‘break with tradition’ and ‘celebrate in style’ 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, 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 Sweet potato, parsnip and cardamom soup; goat’s cheese salad with pear, pomegranate and candied pecan nuts; and citrus-cured smoked salmon with roast beetroots, radish and horseradish cream. Mains span Ballotine of free range turkey with prosciutto, pork, apricot and sage stuffing, with bread sauce and cranberry compote; Daube of beer with smoked pomme puree, glazed shallot and button mushrooms; and Spinach, ricotta and chestnut ravioli with roast tomato and red pepper sauce. If you’ve got room for dessert, options include Steamed Christmas pudding with brandy custard; mulled wine and poached pear trifle; and dark chocolate and cherry roulade. 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.
SoGlos loves: 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 Friday 23 November through to Monday 24 December 2018. Festive Sunday Lunch is on offer on Sundays 2, 9, 16 and 23 December 2018. Festive Afternoon Tea can be booked between Saturday 1 and Monday 24 December 2018.
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 £29.95 and £37.50 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.
To book: Call (01242) 370655, email or visit directly.

Ellenborough Park

Christmas Parties 2018 at Ellenborough Park

On the menu: Join Ellenborough Park for a Festive Party Night this Christmas, offering the perfect celebration for both office parties and family get-togethers. With options for Joiner Parties or Just for You hire with a minimum of 50 guests, the venue can cater to parties of various sizes. Offering a glass of Prosecco on arrival, a delicious three-course-dinner and disco entertainment until 12am during the week, or 1am on the weekend, 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. 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. There’s also a Festive Afternoon Tea served in the great hall.
SoGlos loves: Ellenborough Park offers a special room rate for people partying at the venue, so if you don’t want to worry about queuing for a taxi, staying the night can be an affordable alternative.
When: Joiner Parties are available on Wednesday 5 December, Thursday 13 December, Friday 14 December, Saturday 15 December and Thursday 20 December. Exclusive Just for You parties are available for groups of 50 or more on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout December or on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in December with a minimum of 70 guests. Festive Afternoon Tea is available from Monday 19 November through to Saturday 29 December 2018, excluding the 24, 25 and 26 December.
How much?: Festive Party Nights start at £49 per person. Festive Afternoon Tea costs £25 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 an amuse-bouche; then choose from a range of starters including caramelised cauliflower soup with confit braeburn apples; and smooth foie gras torchon with slow braised duck leg, pickled cherries and cocoa nibs, served with smoked salt and raisin bread. Main courses include butter-roasted bronze turkey with all the trimmings; and white onion tatin served with salt baked swede, wilted winter leaves and dried cranberries. Dessert options include Christmas pudding; and passion fruit tart with crushed meringue and white chocolate mousse. Finish your festive feast with a delicious round of coffee and mince pies.
To book: Call (01242) 545454, email, or visit directly.

Twisted 6

Christmas at Twisted 6

On the menu: Offering bespoke packages for groups of friends, family and colleagues, Twisted 6 is a stylish cocktail bar in the heart of Cheltenham town centre. Catering for up to 100 people, Twisted 6’s parties offer drinks packages made up of wine, Prosecco, beer and of course, the venue’s signature cocktails! Guests can enjoy a cocktail masterclass, perfect for learning how to recreate your favourite a festive punch at home during the party season. The venue boasts a contemporary cocktail bar space, a separate party room or even hire of the entire venue, and will work closely with party organisers to provide the perfect party for their group.
SoGlos loves: Food packages can be ordered for your celebration, including delicious pizzas or cheese and charcuterie boards.
When: Available throughout December 2018.
How much?: Prices are tailored to the individual needs of each groups, but there is no cost for hire.
To book: Call (01242) 572443, email, or visit directly.

Cheltenham Racecourse

Christmas at Cheltenham Racecourse

On the menu: Embracing the glamour of the roaring 20s, The Great Gatsby Christmas Party makes its way to Cheltenham Racecourse in December for a night to remember. The fabulous party takes place at The Centaur, where guests can enjoy a troupe of dancers, a live 20s jazz band, a three-course meal, casino tables and a live DJ. After experiencing the decadence of the 20s-style entertainment, guests can take their seats to enjoy starters of salmon with crisp baby gem and rocket salad; or tomato, heritage beetroot and smoked mozzarella salad. Main dishes include rosemary chicken breast with roasted carrots, sticky glazed parsnips, parsley creamed potatoes and buttered greens in a rich red wine sauce; or a walnut and gorgonzola filled gnocchi with sautéed courgette and squash. To finish, guests can indulge in a salted caramel and milk chocolate ganache, served with poached pear, mascarpone cream and cinnamon crumb.
SoGlos loves: This fabulous Christmas Party gives guests the chance to get dressed up to the nines in their fanciest 1920s attire, with The Centaur decorated with stunning centrepieces, feathers and everything you’d expect from a Great Gatsby party. It’ll certainly be a sight to behold and an event not to miss!
When: The parties take place on Friday 14 December and Saturday 15 December 2018.
How much: Tickets cost £70 per person, for a seated place at a table of 10.
To Book: Call 01242 539538, email or visit directly.

Cotswold Grange Hotel

Christmas at Cotswold Grange Hotel

On the menu: Offering both two-and three-course options, Cotswold Grange Hotel has compiled a mouth-watering menu for diners looking for a delicious way to celebrate Christmas with family and friends, this year. Starters include duck, port and dates with smooth liver parfait, toast and chutney; Prawns with smashed avocado and little gem lettuce; or celeriac and apple soup with festive bon bons. Main dishes span roasted Norfolk turkey with festive trimmings; Salmon Parcels in filo pastry with langoustine, spinach and a herb sauce; and for vegetarians, there is a nut roast option with festive trimmings, roasties and sage stuffing. For those wanting to indulge in a three-course feast, desserts include salted caramel chocolate tart with peanut butter ice cream and peanut crunch; Christmas pudding served with a brandy cream sauce; or a cheeseboard featuring Oxford Blue cheese with pickles, biscuits and artisan breads.
SoGlos loves: Cotswold Grange’s stunning rooms are decorated in a contemporary country style, and with its location in the heart of leafy Pittville, an overnight stay at this charming hotel is the ideal base for a night out in Cheltenham to celebrate the festive season.
When: The Cotswold Grange Christmas menu is available from Friday 23 November through to Sunday 23 December 2018 with lunch sittings between 12pm and 2pm, and dinner service from 7pm until 9.30pm.
How much: A two-course menu costs £22.95 per person and the three-course option is priced at £27.95 per person.
To book: Call (01242) 515119, email, or visit directly.

Cowley Manor Hotel

Christmas at Cowley Manor Hotel

On the menu: Indulge in some festive foodie delights at Cowley Manor, with starters on the Christmas menu including charcoal-roasted pumpkin risotto; smoked partridge; celeriac remoulade; and poached pear to name a few. Tuck into a traditional roast bronze turkey for main, served up with a divine chestnut stuffing and all the trimmings. Other heavenly main course dishes include grilled gilt head bream with herb butter new potatoes; and roasted portobello mushroom with mixed beans and tomato, glazed with parmesan. Delicious desserts include pear, almond and orange tart with spiced ice cream; Christmas pudding with brandy butter and rum sauce; vanilla tuille basket with poached orchard fruit and plum sorbet; or a selection of scrumptious British cheese and homemade chutney. Offering the chance to get in the festive spirit in a luxurious setting, the Festive Feast menu includes a starter and pudding from the Christmas menu, with a selection of mains carved and served at the table for an ambient evening.
SoGlos loves: For the ultimate Christmas celebration, diners at Cowley Manor can enjoy their own private room to enjoy the festivities. Meanwhile the Party Package is also available, including an exquisite selection of canapés on arrival.
When: From Friday 30 November to Sunday 23 December 2018
How much: Two courses from the Christmas set menu cost £19 for lunch and £29 for dinner, with three courses costing £24 for lunch and £34 for dinner. The Festive Feast package costs £55 per person.
To book: Call (01242) 870900, email, or visit directly.

Funky Warehouse

Christmas Parties 2018 at Funky Warehouse Cheltenham

On the menu: Let the little ones celebrate the festive season with a group party at Funky Warehouse. The soft play and trampoline centre hosts Mini Monkey Parties for children aged between two and four, and Funky Monkey Parties for those aged five and above. Including time in the soft play area for under fours and unlimited play across the trampolines, ninja warrior course, foam pits, and parkour area for older kids, there’s plenty to keep little ones active as they celebrate with their friends this Christmas. Parties with 10 or more children can also take up a private party room for refreshments after their hour of fun.
SoGlos loves: Who says it’s just the kids who need to have fun? A group trip to Funky Warehouse can be a great idea for adults too. The venue hosts teen and adult nights on Fridays, and Springfit classes from 7pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. There’s even the opportunity to book an adults only Funky Monday party!
When: Parties are available all year round.
How much?: Prices vary depending on time booked and number of children attending.
To book: Call (01242) 300101, email or visit directly.

Cotswolds Christmas parties 2018

De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Christmas Parties 2017 at De Vere Cotswold Water Park

On the menu: Get into the seasonal spirit this December at waterfront hotel, De Vere Cotswold Water Park. Offering joint parties with The Mallard Suite Christmas party nights and Private Christmas parties as well as Santa Sundays perfect for younger guests. The Mallard Suite parties start with a Kir Royale cocktail on arrival, followed by a three-course meal with coffee, and concluding with a DJ who’ll play until the small hours. Private Christmas parties at De Vere Cotswold Water Park offer the same festive feast, welcome drinks and DJ as the joint parties, but are best suited to larger companies. Santa Sundays include a three-course carvery alongside a visit from Father Christmas himself, who will give each child a special gift to take away.
SoGlos loves: The hotel is offering party-goers the chance to take advantage of its special overnight Christmas rate, with bed and breakfast priced at £88 per room per night, meaning you won’t have to worry about queuing for a taxi home!
When: The Mallard Suite Christmas party nights take place on various dates between Friday 30 November and Thursday 20 December 2018 from 7.15pm; while the Private Christmas parties are available from Saturday 1 December through to Saturday 22 December 2018 from 7pm. Santa Sundays are available on Sundays 2, 9 and 16 December 2018 from 12.30pm.
How much: Tickets for the Mallard Suite Christmas party nights range from £32.50 to £42.50 per person, while the Private Christmas parties are £37 plus VAT per person. Santa Sundays are charged at £9.95 for children aged between four and 12, and are free for under-fours.
To book: Call (01285) 864000, email or visit directly.

Eastwood Park

Christmas at Eastwood Park

On the menu: Offering up traditional festive lunches, exciting evening parties and festive afternoon teas, there’s something on the menu for everyone at Eastwood Park. The impressive venue is set within 200 acres of Cotswold countryside, perfect for overnight stays, corporate functions and family events. Sit down to Christmas Lunch, offering two- or three-courses in the stunning Garden Suite; tuck in to your festive lunch overlooking Eastwood Park’s breath-taking views. Larger groups will love Eastwood’s Festive Party Nights with a Winter Wonderland theme for 2018. The nights feature a three-course dinner with a Christmas theme; complimentary tea and coffee; a hot chocolate station; Christmas crackers; photo booth with unlimited prints to take home; and a disco until 1am in the new Garden Suite. Make a day of it with a Festive Afternoon Tea at Eastwood Park this Christmas. Including a selection of delicate finger sandwiches; freshly baked fruit scones with jam and clotted cream; seasonal cakes; and tea or coffee, round up friends and family for a relaxed afternoon celebration overlooking stunning grounds.
SoGlos loves: The organiser of Festive Party Nights for more than 10 people will receive a complimentary place at the party. Similarly, those organisers booking for more than 20 people will also benefit from an overnight stay with breakfast. There are also discounted overnight rates available to all Christmas Party Night guests in one of the venue’s 69 bedrooms.
When: Festive Party Nights are available every Friday and Saturday throughout December; Festive Afternoon Tea and Christmas Lunches are available throughout December.
How much: Festive Party Nights are £34 per person; Festive Afternoon tea costs £16.95 per person; and Christmas Lunch is priced at £16.95 for two courses and £19.95 for three courses.
To Book: Call (01454) 260207, email or visit directly.

The Maytime Inn

Christmastime at 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; game terrine with plum chutney and toasted ciabatta; devilled chicken livers with toasted sourdough; and beetroot cured gravadlax with pickled cucumber, orange segments and chive cream cheese. For the main, guests have a choice of six delicious options including turkey ballotine with pigs in blankets, roast potatoes and all the trimmings; pan-seared loin of venison with braised haunch, creamy mash, parsnip puree and a red wine jus; slow-roasted pork belly with whole grain mustard mash, spiced braised red cabbage and apple sauce; and potato and walnut strudel with poached pear, seasonal vegetables and stilton sauce. 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 cranberry crème brulee with cinnamon shortbread; and dark chocolate and Guinness torte with white chocolate ice cream and a jaffa shot.
SoGlos loves: 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.
How much?: A £10 deposit per head is required, as well as a pre-order for each table. The Christmas menu costs £19.50 for two courses and £24.50 for three courses.
To book: Call (01993) 822068, email, or visit directly.

The Slaughters Manor House

On the menu: Offering a three-course Festive Lunch, The stunning Slaughters Manor House is the ideal location to host a classy Cotswold Christmas function. Lunchtime starters include scorched sea trout with turbot roe emulsion and sardine dressing, oxtail consommé with pickled vegetable, truffle agnolotti and shiso, and potato risotto with keta caviar washed in yuzu. Mains span Merryfield duck with leg tart and salt-baked breast, monkfish loin with lobster orzo, and barbeque celeriac with Blue Murder cheese, gem lettuce and walnut. Tempting desserts include white chocolate cream with cranberry sorbet and walnut, and salted caramel arctic roll. For those looking for an evening celebration, the Festive Dinner menu provides delicious starter options including parsnip mousse with date and tamarind, and curried egg yolk; raw halibut with celery juice, horseradish and capers; and herb smoked quail with leeks, picked elderflowers. Mains span Cotswold venison, baked roscoff onion, and turbot roasted on the bone; while desserts include winter squash pumpkin pie and chocolate cremeaux with clementine sorbet.
SoGlos loves: If you’d like to extend your visit to Slaughters Manor House, book onto the venue’s Christmas Retreat package. Taking place from Monday 24 December through to Thursday 27 December 2018, guests can enjoy a leisurely three-night break with cream team, Christmas carols, a champagne reception and an indulgent Christmas day dinner.
When: Festive dining is available from Monday 26 November until Sunday 23 December 2018.
How much?: Festive Lunch costs £45 for three courses, while Festive Dinner is priced at £67.50 for three courses.
To book: Call (01451) 820456, email or visit directly.

Gloucester Christmas parties 2018

The Cheltenham Chase Hotel

Christmas Parties 2018 at 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. Relive the best years of your life with the Retro Disco Party Night offering a three-course menu alongside a resident DJ spinning the tunes you’ll remember, until the early hours. 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 meal and disco. New for 2018 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 Retro Disco Party Night it’s perfect for pre-Christmas pampering. There’s also more traditional Festive Lunches on offer, as well as a Festive Afternoon Tea.
SoGlos loves: The hotel offers special rate bedrooms for party-goers looking to avoid queuing for taxis home, with singles from £68 and doubles from £78 including a hearty breakfast; the perfect antidote to a heavy night!
When: The Christmas Casino Nights take place on Saturdays 1, 7 and 14 December 2018; Retro Disco Party Nights, and Spa and Party Night Sleepover on Thursdays 6, 13 and 20 December; Fridays 23 and 30 November, and 7, 14 and 21 December 2018; Saturdays 24 November and 1, 8, 15, 22 December 2018. Winter Wonderland Party nights are available on Saturdays 8 and 15 December 2018. Festive Lunches and Afternoon Teas are available throughout December, but booking is essential.
On Christmas Day: A stress-free festive feast awaits with the menu encompassing spiced parsnip soup, smoked salmon, roast turkey with all the trimmings, roasted pheasant with honey roast root vegetables, and desserts ranging from traditional Christmas pudding through to a trio of chocolate torte, cookie crumb and clotted cream, costing £78, £39 for children, and free of charge for under fours.
How much: Tickets cost £42.50 for the Christmas Casino Nights; from £29.95 for the Retro Party Nights; £44.50 for tickets to the Winter Wonderland Party; and from £118 for the Spa & Party Night Sleepovers.
To book: Call (01452) 519988, email or visit directly.

Café Rene

Christmas at Cafe Rene 2018

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 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; chocolate and pear tart; sticky toffee pudding; or a selection of cheese and biscuits. Round off the meal with a mince pie and coffee for the ultimate finale to the festive feast.
SoGlos loves: Renowned as ‘Gloucester’s best-known secret’, Café Rene’s convenient location in the heart of the city centre means that Christmas party groups are well-placed for a night on the tiles after their festive meal.
When: From mid-November 2018 to mid-January 2019.
How much: The Christmas Menu £27.50 per person.
To Book: Call (01452) 309340, email or visit directly.

The Fountain Inn

Christmas Parties 2018 at 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.
SoGlos loves: If you book your party before Tuesday 31 October 2018, you’ll receive 10 per cent off lunchtime bookings from 12pm to 3pm.
When: From mid-November 2018
How much?: The Christmas Menu is £20 for two courses and £25 for three.
To book: Call (01452) 522562, email, or visit directly.

Tiger's Eye

Christmas at Tiger's Eye 2018

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: Revellers looking to get in the party spirit can sample some of the concoctions on Tiger’s Eye’s cocktail menu, while there’s also a large selection of wines, beers and spirits to choose from.
When: Available from mid-November until January.
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 or visit directly.

Hallmark Hotel Gloucester

Hallmark Hotel Gloucester Christmas Parties 2018

On the menu: From fabulous festive gatherings through to private parties, the four-star Hallmark Hotel Gloucester has Christmas all wrapped up for groups of friends, families and colleagues. Hallmark's Inclusive Party Nights include an all-you-can-eat three-course carvery; unlimited canapes and cocktails; as well as free-flowing wine, beer and soft drinks during dinner. After the feast, there’s a disco and photobooth to make your evening one to remember. The hotel also offers a Dine and Disco option, combining a three-course meal followed by tunes from the hotel’s resident DJ. For those looking for a more intimate affair, why not book your party onto a Private Christmas Party Night combining a festive three-course meal and disco in a private room.
SoGlos loves: If you’re the person stuck doing the organising of this year’s Christmas party, Hallmark Hotel in Gloucester will reward you for all of that hard work! Offering a ‘bookers bonus’ of free afternoon tea, a complimentary dinner or even a free overnight stay, depending on the size of the party booked.
When: Inclusive Party Nights are available on Fridays 23 and 30 November 2018, Saturday 24 November 2018 and throughout December. Dine and Disco events can be booked Monday to Thursday evenings throughout December 2018. Private Party Nights are also available throughout December 2018.
On Christmas Day: Save the stress of cooking this Christmas and enjoy a Christmas residential break at Hallmark Gloucester. Offering a three or four-night break, guests can enjoy three meals each day, as well as live evening entertainment.
How much: The Inclusive Christmas parties cost between £49 and £69; Private Parties are £25 per person; and Dine and Disco parties cost £29 per person. Residential breaks over Christmas start at £299 per person for a three-night break and £375 per person for a four-night break.
To book: Call (01452) 525653, email or visit directly.

Brickhampton Court Golf Complex

Christmas at Brickhampton Court Golf Complex

On the menu: Promising a Christmas celebration to remember for groups of up to 120, Brickhampton Court Golf Complex is hosting a range of meal and party options for 2018. Festive Lunches are ideal for those short on time. Guests can enjoy a delectable three-course meal featuring dishes such as sweet tomato and roasted red pepper soup to start; roast turkey and stuffing with chipolata, duck fat roasted potatoes and turkey jus as a main; or dessert of chocolate and salted caramel tart with crème Chantilly. Festive Dinners at Brickhampton Court Golf Complex are perfect for gathering friends, family or colleagues together for a luxurious three-course festive feast. In addition to the dishes mentioned in the festive lunch menu, options for dinner include starters of beetroot cured salmon with sweet dill compressed cucumber and lime crème fraiche; and grilled goats cheese and shallot tarte tatin. Mains include Slow braised beef with creamy mash, red wine and cranberry jus; grilled sea bass with lemon and herb risotto and pesto dressing; or a beetroot and squash wellington. Tempting desserts include a spiced apple parfait with pecan crumble and cinnamon syrup; cheese and biscuits; and Christmas pudding served with brandy custard. If you’re looking for more of a party, try the Buffet Party Nights where you can enjoy a two-course buffet alongside a dancefloor filled with your favourite tunes. Sunday Festive Lunch is ideal for families looking to get together ahead of the big day. And golf fans will love the Tees, Turkey and Tinsel menu, offering early morning bacon rolls ahead of 18 holes of festive golf, and ending with a two-course Christmas lunch.
SoGlos loves: The Brickhampton Court Pro-shop is great for picking up golfing gifts for enthusiasts of the sport. Stocking everything from accessories, clothing and professional equipment, there’s something to suit every budget; whether you’re buying for a Secret Santa or that special someone. There’s also gift vouchers available for afternoon tea, Sunday lunch and golf tuition.
When: Throughout November and December 2018.
How much?: Festive Lunches cost £20.95 per person; Festive Dinners are £24.95 per person; Buffet Party Nights cost £21.95 per person; Sunday Festive Lunches cost £9.95 per person, for one course; Tees, Turkey and Tinsel costs £30 per person on weekdays and £32 per person at the weekend.
To book: Call 01452 858603, email or visit directly.

Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall

Christmas Parties 2018 at Gloucester Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall

On the menu: Providing a range of Christmas party options to suit small groups through to exclusive festive soirees, Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall is the ideal location for a celebration to remember. Get dressed up for the Glistening White Christmas Party Night offering a three-course meal ahead of a disco until 1am, guests can enjoy starters including roast carrot and butternut squash soup; slow cooked belly pork and confit duck terrine with apple and cider chutney; and goat's cheese with maple caramelised walnuts, balsamic beetroot, spinach and red apple. Mains range from butter roast turkey with sausage wrapped in bacon, sage, onion and cranberry stuffing, and pan roast gravy; through to seared salmon with crispy leeks and champagne sauce. Tempting desserts include traditional Christmas pudding and brandy sauce; white chocolate cheesecake, salted caramel sauce and toffee popcorn; and Long Clawson Stilton with red onion marmalade and a walnut and celery salad. For those looking for a real Christmas celebration, the Ultimate Party Weekend takes place on the last weekend before the big day, offering a two-course meal and disco. The White Christmas Cocktail Party Night encourages guests to don their best cocktail outfits for a festive feast with dancing to the sounds of Christmas past; while Mercure Gloucester’s Festive Lunches are the perfect way for families to celebrate in style, with three-course set lunches available in both the bar and Brasserie at Bowden. Mercure Gloucester’s Afternoon Tea comes with ‘Christmas treats’ and includes a delicious range of sandwiches, stollen, mini mince pies, scones and even a gingerbread man. For an extra cost, enjoy your afternoon tea with a warming mulled wine, Prosecco or tasty Snowball cocktail.
SoGlos loves: Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall’s spacious and comfortable rooms are available to book for the night at a special rate for party goers. With check in available from 2pm, there’s plenty of time to get dolled up and relax in one of the hotel’s many lounges, ready to dance the night away! Organisers of parties of more than 30 people can also benefit from a free night’s stay.
When: Glistening White Christmas Party Nights run on Fridays 7 and 14 December and Saturdays 8 and 15 December 2018. The Ultimate Party Weekend is available on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 December 2018. White Christmas Cocktail Party Nights are available on Wednesdays 12 and 19 December; Thursdays 6, 13, and 20 December; Fridays 23 and 30 November 2018; and Saturdays 24 November and 1 December 2018.
How much?: The Glistening White Christmas Party Nights cost £40 per person; Ultimate Party Weekends are £32 per person; White Christmas Cocktail Party Nights are £35 per person and include half a bottle of house wine; Festive lunches cost £20 per person for three courses; Afternoon Tea costs £15 per adult and £7.50 per child or £20 per person when enjoying with a mulled wine or Christmas cocktail.
On Christmas Day: On Christmas day, guests can enjoy a four-course festive lunch with coffee. Mains include grilled cod loin with mussels, peas and lemon beurre blanc; roast sirloin of beef, Yorkshire pudding, cream horseradish and red wine jus; and butter roast turkey with sausage wrapped in bacon, sage, onion and cranberry stuffing with pan roast gravy. Prices start at £74 per adults and £37 per child under 12. Children under three eat for free.
To book: Call 01452 255 012, email, or visit 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 dishes such as apple and parsnip soup; honey roast turkey with pigs in blankets and all the trimmings; and traditional plum Christmas pudding with brandy cream sauce. For a more glamourous affair, book the Winter Wonderland package, comprising of a cocktail upon arrival, three-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 be entertained by a table magician or place their bets on a number of casino tables, before enjoying a three-course meal and then dancing the night away. Live music fans will love the Great Gatsby Dinner Dance with Breeze the Band where guests can be transported back to the glamour of the 1920s; Gin and Jazz Night where live jazz will play as you indulge in a four-course dinner; the Bubbles and Bublé tribute night; or the Babylove Mowtown and Soul Divas tribute night where guests can enjoy popular hits performed live, alongside a delicious three-course-meal and disco until 1am. There’s even an 80s Party Night available on selected dates.
SoGlos loves: Organising the Christmas party can be a huge task, so Hatherley Manor offers to reward organisers with a complimentary space when booking a table of 10 or more; a festive afternoon tea for two if booking for 20 or more guests; complimentary spa access for two guests and a glass of prosecco on arrival and lunch, when booking for a group of more than 30 people; and even a complimentary executive bedroom for the organiser which includes breakfast and spa access when booking for a group of 40 or more people.
When: Yuletide Disco Party Nights are available on Saturdays 24 November, 1 December and 15 December 2018. Winter Wonderland Packages are available on Thursday 20 December, Fridays 7 and 21 December, Saturdays 1, 8 and 15 December 2018. Casino Nights run on Saturday 1 and Friday 7 December 2018. The Great Gatsby Dinner Dance with Breeze the Band is available on Friday 21 December 2018; Bubbles and Bublé takes place on Wednesday 12 December 2018; Babylove Mowtown and Soul Divas Tribute takes place on Wednesday 19 December 2018. 80s Party Nights are available to book on Friday 30 November and Tuesday 18 December 2018; while Gin and Jazz night takes place on Thursday 6 December 2018.
On Christmas Day: On Christmas Day, let Hatherley Manor do the cooking, and the washing up for that matter! A three-course festive lunch is available to enjoy within the Mulberry Suite, with dishes including chicken and duck liver parfait; honey roast turkey with pigs in blankets and all the trimmings; and coconut and pineapple parfait.
How much?: Yuletide Disco Party costs between £30 and £40 per person; Winter Wonderland packages are priced at between £35 and £40 per person; Casino Nights cost £55 per guest; The Great Gatsby Dinner Dance with Breeze the Band costs £60 per person; Bubbles and Bublé, and Babylove Mowtown and Soul Divas Tribute cost £38 per person. 80s Party Nights cost £22 per person; while tickets for the Gin and Jazz night cost £49.
To book: Call (01452) 730217, email or visit directly

Bill’s Gloucester Quays and Cheltenham town centre

Christmas at Bill’s Gloucester Quays

On the menu: If you’re looking for the ideal place to dine with friends and colleagues with an effortlessly cool interior, look no further than Bill’s at Gloucester Quays. Located centrally with space to cater for both smaller groups and large parties, the Bill’s Christmas Menu offers up a delicious selection of tasty festive fayre. Starting the proceedings with a welcome drink and nibbles, guests can choose from a glass of Prosecco, beer or a mocktail, alongside toasted focaccia with hummus and giant gordal olives. Once seated, starters include wild mushroom soup with sautéed wild mushrooms and toasted focaccia; chicken, cranberry and pancetta terrine with fig and cranberry chutney; or smoked salmon with avocado, lemon and dill cream. Main courses include pancetta wrapped turkey breast with leek and sage stuffing and all the trimmings; pumpkin, fig and chestnut roast; pan fried sea bass; or beef, bacon and camembert burger with cranberry and fig chutney. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, there’s plenty of delicious choices available, too. Options include chocolate orange bread and butter pudding; Christmas Eton Mess with crushed meringue and cinnamon cream; black cherry and kirsch cheesecake; lemon sorbet and black cherries; and a cheeseboard, comprising of Black Bomber Cheddar, camembert and Oxford Blue cheeses.
SoGlos loves: If the majority of your party are Cheltenham based, why not book a table at Bill’s Cheltenham instead, where this Christmas menu is also available.
When: The Christmas menu is available from Tuesday 20 November through to Monday 31 December 2018.
How much: Three courses along with a welcome drink and nibbles cost £27.95.
To Book: Call (01452) 309151, email or visit directly.

The Barn at Severn and Wye Smokery

On the menu: Providing a decadent dining menu throughout November and December, groups of friends, family and colleagues will love the relaxed atmosphere and expertly designed dishes on offer at The Barn at Severn and Wye Smokery. Located just a few miles outside of Gloucester city centre, guests can enjoy starters including whitebait with tartare sauce and lemon; cured smoked salmon served with Hobbs House bread and Netherend butter; octopus salad with olive oil and almonds; and seared crevettes with garlic and chilli. Main dishes feature Severn and Wye’s take on traditional fish and chips; Kedgeree with smoked salmon, haddock, tomatoes, spinach, almonds and a poached egg; and a hot shellfish platter made up of scallops, crab, mussels and crevettes, served alongside triple cooked chips and a mixed salad. Dessert choices span fennel crème brûlée, dark-bitter chocolate tart with espresso ice cream, sticky toffee pudding, and mango mousse with pineapple sorbet; with cheese boards and ice cream options also available. Groups of 12 or more can book in advance to enjoy a specially selected menu, made up of The Barn at Severn and Wye’s most popular à la carte dishes.
SoGlos loves: While you’re visiting The Barn at Severn and Wye, take some time to explore its impressive fish market – one of the finest in the country, with an array of fresh, seasonal British and international fish and shellfish. Plus, the farm shop stocks a plethora of local brands, making it the ideal place to pick up festive gifts for foodies.
When The à la carte menu is available throughout November and December 2018.
How much?: Prices vary
To book: Call (01452) 760191, email or visit directly.

Stroud Christmas parties 2018

Stonehouse Court Hotel

Christmas at Stonehouse Court Hotel 2017

On the menu: This impressive 17th century manor house hotel, which overlooks the Stroud canal, is hosting a range of festive soirées throughout the 2018 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 Festive Dining guests can enjoy a three-course festive menu, accompanied by crackers, party boxes and a disco until midnight. Dishes include smoked trout and orange salad, roast turkey with all the trimmings and a warming Irish cream cheesecake. For larger groups, or those looking for a more intimate Christmas event, Stonehouse Court’s Private Christmas Parties are the perfect solution. Including a three-course dinner and disco, guests can tuck into dishes such as chicken and leek terrine, roasted fillet of salmon or a traditional Christmas pudding
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 tea, board games, buffets, carols and midnight mass. For those looking for some evening entertainment, there’s even some artistic cocktail making demonstrations in Stonehouse Court’s 1601 bar.
When: Both the Festive Dining nights and Private Party Nights are available from Monday to Sunday throughout December until Sunday 23 December 2018.
How much: Both Festive Dining and Private Parties cost £29.95 on Thursdays and Sundays, and £35 per person on Fridays and Saturdays. Residential Christmas Packages start at £300 per person for a two-night break, and £380 per person for a three-night getaway.
On Christmas day: For £89.50 per person, you can forget slaving over a hot stove and join the celebrations at Stonehouse Court Hotel, with its four-course menu featuring the likes of terrine of chicken with leeks; roast turkey with all the trimmings; and caramelised lemon tart.
To book: Call (01453) 794950, email or visit directly.

The Bear of Rodborough

Christmas at The Bear of Rodborough

On the menu: Located just a short drive from Stroud and Cirencester, The Bear of Rodborough is a cosy country pub and hotel, perfect for celebrating with friends, family and colleagues this festive season. Serving up a range of delicious dinners, party nights and overnight celebrations, there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets at this charming countryside inn. If you’re feeling nostalgic, round up your friends and book a place at The Bear at Rodborough’s 80s Party Night which kicks off with a glass of Lambrusco or Babycham, with nibbles of cheese and pineapple, and vol au vents – in true retro style! There’s even an authentically 80s three-course meal followed by a live DJ and Karaoke, with the option to dress up in 80s fancy dress too! For a more formal affair, why not book a Festive Party with numerous options available including festive lunch, a three-course festive dinner or even a Christmas Disco. Starters include curried parsnip soup; creamy garlic mushrooms in a filo basket; and a fish platter, featuring crispy whitebait, smoked salmon, anchovies, crayfish and tartare sauce. For the main course, choose from traditional dishes like roast turkey with all the trimmings; or pub favourites including Stroud Ale battered fish and chunky chips; handmade burger with crispy bacon; or roast sirloin of beef with duck fat roast potatoes. Desserts include chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream; spiced apple tart; glazed lemon tart; and Christmas pudding.
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!
When: The 80s party night is available on Saturday 1 December 2018, with festive party nights bookable throughout December, with or without a Christmas disco.
On Christmas Day: Book a countryside Christmas break with The Bear of Rodborough’s special package. Starting on Christmas Eve, guests can enjoy a full afternoon tea, a glass of Champagne and a four-course dinner. While on Christmas Day, the day begins with a traditional Cotswold breakfast and Buck’s Fizz, a Christmas day lunch with all the trimmings, tea and Christmas cake and an evening buffet supper. Boxing day involves a leisurely Cotswold brunch and a four-course dinner, followed by a final breakfast on Thursday 27 December 2018.
How much: Christmas Day Lunch costs £85 per person; a stay in a double room for a three-night Christmas break costs £545 per person and includes the cost of food. Tickets for the 80s party night are priced at £33 per person; while festive lunch starts at £19.95 per person; with three-course festive dinners costing £28 per person, with additional costs for a disco.
To book: Call (01453) 878522, email, or visit directly.

Toni’s Kitchen at Bisley House

Christmas with Toni’s Kitchen at Bisley House in Stroud

On the menu: Offering four different Christmas menus this party season, Toni’s Kitchen is the ideal location for celebrating with a small group of family and friends over Italian fine-dining. The Winter Evening Deluxe Menu offers up to five courses including dishes such as lobster, salmon and crab ravioli; honey glazed Cotswold pork belly with tortellini of nduja, ricotta and turnips tops and carrot puree with crackling; and peppered venison steak with creamed sprouts, wild mushroom and truffle lasagne. The Winter Evening Menu includes selections such as braised ox cheek with home-smokes pancetta, caramelised onions, candied chestnuts and Jerusalem artichoke gnocchi; and tagliatelle with created walnut pesto, pangranata and gorgonzola. There’s also a Winter Lunch Menu with dishes including seafood fritto misto with rosemary and garlic French fries; braised ox cheek with pancetta, wild mushroom and shallots with gnocchi; and turkey Milanese with lemon tagliatelle. For those who love a winter dessert, be sure to indulge in delicious choices including the rocky road fondant with tiramisu gelato; caramel panna cotta with apple and blackberry crumble; and hazelnut and polenta cake with white chocolate and pistachio gelato.
SoGlos loves: Toni’s Kitchen is offering a bespoke Winter Vegan Menu this Christmas, proving that its delicious food options can cater to all. Antipasti dishes include marinated artichoke, peppers, olives, beetroot and homemade bread; while starters span spiced caponata with Sicilian chickpea fritters; porcini mushroom arancini with roasted garlic butter bean houmous; and Jerusalem artichoke and porcini soup with truffle oil. For a main dish, vegan diners can choose between gnocchi, basil and nasturtium pesto, samphire and sea salt focaccia; mixed wild mushroom and chestnut risotto with sage fritters; and tomato tagliatelle with pine nut pangranata.
When: Each festive menu is available to book from Friday 23 November 2018.
How much: The Winter Evening Deluxe Menu costs £45 for five courses, £43 for four courses, £37 for three courses and £29 for two courses. Both the Winter Evening Menu and Vegan Evening Menu are priced at £40 for five courses, £36 for four courses, £32 for three courses and £24 for two courses. The winter lunch menu costs £24 for three courses and £20 for two courses.
To book: Call (01453) 751328, email or visit directly.

Egypt Mill

On the menu: Promising a magical time throughout the Christmas party season, Nailsworth’s Egypt Mill has a range of themed Christmas nights. Retro Party Night celebrates the best of the 80s and 90s with music and fashion from ‘back in the day’, grab your friends and celebrate with a wild boar pulled pork burger and a disco until late. Motown Party Night will take guests back to the golden era of soul and funk with a disco and meal option of southern fried chicken in a basket. Pop on your peaked-cap for Peaky Blinders party night for a two-course dinner and glamourous evening of 1920s dancing. For those looking for the ultimate festive gathering, Egypt Mill’s Traditional Festive Party Night combines a disco with a delicious two-course menu featuring favourites such as pancetta smoked turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding. Sharing Platter party night is the ideal solution for groups who love party food. Sharing platters for starter and main courses will be delivered to each table, with a trio of desserts for each person, alongside a festive disco.
SoGlos loves: Egypt Mill has a delicious festive menu for 2018, perfect for families and friends looking for a quiet Christmas meal in a stunning location. Including dishes such as pressed duck and pistachio terrine, crab and gruyere tartlet, roasted sea bream, pressed pork belly and Christmas pudding, the menu is a great solution for smaller groups looking for a traditional festive lunch or dinner.
When: Retro Party night takes place on Saturday 1 December 2018, Motown night is on Friday 7 December 2018, Peaky Blinders night is Thursday 20 December 2018, Sharing Platter Party night is Saturday 22 December 2018, and Festive Party is available on Saturday 22 December 2018.
How much?: The themed party nights are priced between £28 and £35 per person.
To book: Call 01453 833449, email or visit directly.

© SoGlos
Wednesday 21 November 2018

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