14 places to dine on Christmas Day in Gloucestershire

Whether you're celebrating with a festive family feast or heading out for a romantic yuletide date, SoGlos handpicks 14 places to dine on Christmas Day in Gloucestershire.

By Kaleigh Pritchard  |  Published
From festive fine dining to cosy pubs with roaring fires, SoGlos handpicks 14 cracking places to book for your Christmas Day meal in Gloucestershire.

If peeling sprouts and stuffing turkey really isn't your thing, SoGlos serves up 14 sensational places to dine on Christmas Day in Gloucestershire in 2022, with everything from lavish festive feasts at luxury hotels to cosy Cotswold pubs. 

Christmas Day at The Queens Hotel in Cheltenham

The Queens Hotel has some of the most impressive architecture in Cheltenham, making it a special place to visit at any time of the year, but with its delicious Christmas lunch menu, it's a wonderful place to spend the big day in 2022. 

Starting with a glass of fizz, the five-course lunch menu features dishes including spiced butternut squash soup with herb croutons; three-cheese soufflé with leek, spinach and cream ragout; turkey with all the trimmings; and Christmas pudding with brandy panna cotta, for a truly traditional Christmas get-together.

Christmas Day at The Kings Head Hotel in Cirencester

In the heart of Cirencester, The Kings Head Hotel is serving up a fabulous four-course festive menu this Christmas Day, with a glass of Champagne to kick off the merriment. Children under 12 will also receive a small gift!

Diners can choose from starters including handpicked Cornish crab on toast with oyster mayonnaise, or confit pheasant and chestnut terrine with sauternes jelly and brioche bread; a second course of braised duck, or a Jerusalem artichoke and prawn risotto; moving onto a main course of bronze Norfolk turkey with all the trimmings, or a salmon wellington with creamy mash and shallot rings; before topping it all off with a myriad of puddings, including vanilla and passionfruit panna cotta, an aquafaba meringue, or a traditional Christmas pudding with warm brandy sauce.

Christmas Day at The Langton in Cheltenham

Popular Cheltenham pub, The Langton, is hosting a Christmas Day celebration ideal for laidback family gatherings and groups of friends, with an extra special option including bubbles and cocktails available. 

The Langton's menu includes prosciutto with burrata and fresh figs; baked scallops; or chicken and pancetta terrine to start; hand-carved Turkey with stuffing; British venison steak with blackcurrant and thyme jus, cavolo nero, caramelised shallots and dauphinoise potatoes; or mushroom and brie wellington for the main course; and Christmas pudding; homemade chocolate brownie; or the delicious-sounding Lotus Biscoff chocolate bomb to finish. 

Christmas Day at The Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold

With a buzzing atmosphere, beautiful period features and plenty of traditional Cotswold charm, gather your nearest and dearest and spend Christmas Day at the oldest inn in England at The Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold.

Start the celebrations with a winter forest mushroom cappuccino, before choosing from dishes including rabbit, smoked ham hock and black pudding terrine or smoked salmon mousse with bloody Mary dressing to start; roasted turkey roulade, braised lamb shank, sea bass with prosecco hollandaise or butternut squash risotto for the main course; as well as steamed Christmas pudding, mulled cider and saffron poached pear or honeycomb Eton mess for pudding. 

Christmas Day at The Beckford Inn in Tewkesbury

Turkey fans in Tewkesbury can head to The Beckford Inn for their Christmas Day feast, as it serves up dishes including venison carpaccio; Kelly Bronze turkey breast with chestnut, pork and herb stuffing, roast potatoes, winter greens and mulled wine cranberry sauce – and those all-important pigs in blankets; and roast beef sirloin with Yorkshire pudding.

Veggies, can tuck into Keralan cauliflower soup followed by a Crown Prince squash samosa; or there's Severn and Wye smoked salmon followed by Cornish hake for pescatarians. Then for dessert, there's traditional Christmas pudding with brandy cream; prosecco poached pear with a whipped vanilla cheesecake; and flourless chocolate cake - or a selection of British cheese, if you prefer the savoury option. 

Christmas Day at The Farmers Boy Inn in Longhope

For festive dining in the Forest of Dean, diners can enjoy a special menu on Christmas day at the Farmers Boy Inn in Longhope.

Options include forest oyster mushroom, beansprout and chestnut spring rolls with a cranberry and red wine compote; cream of broccoli and goat's cheese soup; roast turkey crown with homemade pork and chestnut stuffing; an award-winning slow cooked beef and smoked Wensleydale pie; and a classic Christmas pudding with homemade plum and brandy ice cream to finish.

Christmas Day at Charingworth Manor in Chipping Campden

Enjoy a quintessentially Cotswold Christmas with lunch at Charingworth Manor, as the Chipping Campden hotel serves up a special Christmas Day menu. 

Yuletide diners can indulge in gin and beetroot cured salmon; confit duck and game terrine; mulled wine sorbet; roast free-range turkey with pigs in blankets; pan-fried seabass with crab spring roll; and wild mushroom, parmesan and chestnut risotto; with puddings including chocolate and baileys cheesecake, glazed lemon tart or date and pecan tart - not to mention coffee and mince pies.

Christmas Day at The Wheatsheaf in Northleach

Located in the Cotswold market town of Northleach, The Wheatsheaf is providing a celebratory Christmas Day menu for diners who don't want to do the dishes. 

After a glass of Nyetimber fizz on arrival and a taster of orange and fennel cured salmon, smoked duck breast with apple and celeriac remoulade, butternut squash and sage arancini, or wild mushroom and truffle crostini, guests can choose from starters including smoked goose breast with chicory and watercress salad; Devon crab tart; and Jerusalem artichoke with winter truffle, mains including turkey crown, duck breast, honey glazed gammon and pigs in blankets; West Country fillet steak; pan roasted halibut; or heritage beetroot and celeriac wellington, and desserts like Christmas pudding with brandy butter ice cream; bramley apple, fig and chestnut crumble; or salted chocolate, hazelnut and kirsch cherry mousse. 

Christmas Day at The Colesbourne Inn in Cheltenham

The cosy Colesbourne Inn, around halfway between Cheltenham and Cirencester, is offering a three-course menu on Christmas Day with plenty of delicious dishes to choose from. 

Menu options include orange and tarragon gravadlax with rye bread croutons; fried gnocchi with shredded sprouts; roast British turkey with all the trimmings; honey glazed duck breast with spiced red cabbage, duck fat confit carrot, roast potatoes and a red wine sauce; parsnip and truffle pithivier; Christmas pudding with brandy sauce or cream; clementine and pomegranate pudding with mulled spiced custard; and blueberry and lemon curd trifle. The Colesbourne Inn caters for gluten-free diners, too. 

Christmas Day at The Old Fleece near Stroud

With Champagne on arrival and a four-course festive menu on offer, Christmas Day dining at The Old Fleece in Woodchester is sure to be a treat for the whole family on the big day.

Menu highlights include aubergine caviar and mackerel mousse canapes; beef brisket consommé with crispy rosemary polenta, saffron roasted butternut squash risotto or pan seared scallops to start; walnut, wild mushroom and sweet potato wellington, venison loin with olive oil and parmesan mashed potato, or roast turkey for the main course; and apple and forest berry strudel, peanut butter cheesecake with mango and passionfruit coulis or Christmas pudding with brandy custard for pudding.

Christmas Day at The Kings Arms in Prestbury

Diners can step inside Raymond Blanc’s 500-year-old inn, the Kings Arms in Prestbury, for a special Christmas day feast with a French twist.

The five-course menu includes a glass of Buck's Fizz and features a salmon trio; vegetable escabeche; beetroot wellington; fillet of British beef with black truffle sauce; free range turkey with chestnut stuffing; fillet of hake on a clam risotto; homemade Christmas pudding with cherry compote and brandy Anglaise; poached winter fruits with citrus and red wine syrup; and chocolate delice with honeycomb ice cream. Délicieuse!

Christmas Day at Egypt Mill in Nailsworth

Egypt Mill in Nailsworth boasts a delightful Christmas menu with four courses on offer for festive dining on the big day.

Savoury stars include winter beetroot hummus, vegan feta and kale pesto; celeriac and apple soup with herb oil; roast turkey roulade with apricot, pork, sage and cranberry stuffing; dry aged fillet steak with truffled mash; sea bass with poached egg and and prosecco hollandaise; while for sweets, there's steamed Christmas pudding with vanilla, orange and brandy Anglaise; passionfruit tart with blackberries; or a cheese board with Cotswold brie, Oxford Blue, goat's cheese and Wooky Hole cheddar, artisan crackers and damson jelly.

Christmas Day at Malmaison Cheltenham

Malmaison's Christmas Day menu is packed with modern European delights served in a relaxed setting at the stylish Cheltenham hotel.

Revellers can feast on roasted curried parsnip and coconut soup; treacle cured salmon; beef carpaccio; free range roast turkey breast with Cumberland sausage and bramley apple stuffing; pan fried halibut with shellfish sauce; or mushroom and root vegetable pithivier; with Chez Mal sticky toffee Christmas pudding with caramel pecan custard; a luxurious Valrhona dark chocolate and sea salt torte with pistachios and crème fraiche; or Black Forest trifle for dessert.

Christmas Day at Hatherley Manor in Gloucester

The always luxurious Hatherley Manor is pulling out all the stops this festive season with its three-course Christmas lunch menu.

Diners will be met with a glass of bubbles before sitting down to a choice of starter including a classic broccoli and stilton soup, or a chicken and ham hock terrine with red onion chutney and rustic toast; moving on to a traditional roasted turkey breast with sausage meat stuffing and red wine gravy; or a sweet potato wellington with all the trimmings; then finishing off with a choice of sumptuous desserts, including a chocolate truffle torte with raspberry sorbet, or a warm figgy plum pudding with brandy sauce.

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