The Hotel Coachman is offering an exciting alternative to the traditional after work Christmas functions.
Christmas is an ideal time for businesses and social groups to enjoy end of year celebrations but, on many occasions, these can clash with other engagements and family activities.
Instead La Patio Cafe´ and Bar is offering an innovative and inexpensive lunch menu for groups of 10 or more.
Hotel Coachman is famous for its Christmas Day lunch where La Patio caters for up to 300 diners but it’s now encouraging people to celebrate the festive season from the start of the month.
Its set lunch menu for $30 per person extends from December 1 to 24 and offers starters, mains and desserts. For the mains, diners have a choice of succulent fresh fish of the day, Angus pure Scotch Fillet Steak, homemade corn fritters or chicken terriyaki salad.
The gluten free Angus Steak is accompanied by a mixed salad, fried egg, fries and be´arnaise sauce while the corn fritter stack, also gluten free, includes tomato and avocado salsa, topped with yoghurt and resting on a bed of lettuce and seasonal salad.
For dessert who can resist an individual Christmas pudding served with brandy custard and vanilla ice cream or a miniature pavlova, topped with fresh fruit salad and passion fruit coulis?
Hotel Coachman’s owners Leonie and Brendan Hapeta say the December lunch menu was introduced last year with an immediate response from people so it’s back in 2016 as a firm favourite.
‘‘We’re celebrating Christmas at Coachman from the start of the month through to Christmas Day,’’ Leonie says.
La Patio Cafe´ has the capacity to open up The Club Room alongside if there’s strong demand.
As a result Leonie and Brendan advise people to book early for the Christmas lunch special.
They emphasise, however, that the set lunch for 10 or more in no way replaces La Patio’s daily selection of dishes for individuals or small groups.
‘‘We welcome anyone to dine with us throughout the day and enjoy head chef, Dexter Galaza, delicious food,’’ Leonie says.
La Patio has also made some succulent changes to its dinner menu for the spring and summer seasons. It’s retained many of its favourites but included some exciting new dishes in its line-up.
La Patio’s appetising entrees now include zucchini and sweet corn fritters and wild mushroom and feta cheese risotto balls, both gluten free while a lamb rack with a harissa and herb crust served with minted pea puree, baby carrots, baby beets, turnips and a horseradish cream and smoked barbecue pork ribs enhance the dinner and cafe meals.
Then for dessert there’s the specialty of the house – a sticky date cre`me brulee served with homemade butter shortbread.
Leonie welcomes diners to come and try the delectable dishes that Dexter has created in the kitchen.
Hotel Coachman reminds people that it is selling the remaining tickets for the Zonta Garden Ramble, being held on Saturday November 12, at $35 per person with funds going to the Palmerston North Women’s Refuge and Zonta International.
Smoked barbecue pork ribs are on the menu at The Coachman’s La Patio this summer.