Time to Party

Christ­mas is a sea­son of cel­e­bra­tion, so whether you’re plan­ning a small gath­er­ing with friends, a fam­ily meal out or an of­fice party to im­press the boss, Es­sex Life picks out some top venues to make sure you have the best time ever

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Pick the best place for your Christ­mas party

ORSETT HALL Prince Charles Av­enue Orsett

RM16 3HS

01375 891402 www.orset­thall.co.uk Christ­mas at the Orsett Hall Ho­tel is a mag­i­cal time of year! Ev­ery inch of the ho­tel is dressed in beau­ti­ful dec­o­ra­tions creat­ing a fes­tive and fun at­mos­phere for party go­ers. The Christ­mas Shop­ping Evening on Novem­ber 21 of­fi­cially kick starts the fes­tive pe­riod at the ho­tel, which then runs through to Jan­uary. Orsett Hall of­fers every­thing from Christ­mas Party Evenings to Merry Swing­mas lun­cheons and din­ners, plus ac­com­mo­da­tion and Christ­mas Af­ter­noon Teas. And don’t for­get the fab­u­lous Christ­mas Day Lun­cheon, with a spe­cial guest ap­pear­ance from Fa­ther Christ­mas.

THE CRICK­ETERS Claver­ing Nr Saf­fron Walden Es­sex

CB11 4QT 01799 550442 the­crick­eters.co.uk

The Crick­eters at Claver­ing is an English coun­try inn in North Es­sex, boast­ing lovely walks, cy­cle routes and thatched cot­tages. Owned by Trevor and Sally Oliver since 1976, it has a rep­u­ta­tion cen­tred on tasty, sea­sonal food us­ing lo­callysourced in­gre­di­ents. With the wood-fired oven serv­ing hand­made pizzas and spe­cial­ity food evenings, there is a choice to suit all tastes and a log fire pro­vides a warm wel­come, with tra­di­tional oak beams along­side friendly hos­pi­tal­ity.

This fes­tive sea­son, why not join them for a meal, get to­gether or choose to stay in one of the in­di­vid­u­ally dec­o­rated en suite rooms? All are fur­nished to a high stan­dard with all the fa­cil­i­ties you would ex­pect from a mod­ern ho­tel, in­clud­ing com­pli­men­tary wire­less in­ter­net. There is even an elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing point which is ac­ces­si­ble to cus­tomers. BED­FORD LODGE SPA Bury Road New­mar­ket CB8 7BX 01638 676130 bed­ford­lodge ho­telspa.co.uk Whether you’re plan­ning a Christ­mas party with friends, fam­ily or col­leagues, Bed­ford Lodge Ho­tel & Spa in New­mar­ket is an ideal place to cel­e­brate. The Christ­mas Party Nights are per­fect for a fes­tive evening out. Choose be­tween book­ing a ta­ble at a mixed party night or book an ex­clu­sive event for 140 guests in the stylish Clas­sics Suite.

For more in­ti­mate cel­e­bra­tions, Bed­ford Lodge Ho­tel & Spa’s stylish pri­vate din­ing rooms make the per­fect set­ting for a fes­tive get to­gether.

Why not start the evening off with a glass of bub­bly or

cock­tail in the pri­vate bar area be­fore head­ing through to en­joy a de­li­cious three-course fes­tive meal with cof­fee and mince pies? Then dance the night away to the disco en­ter­tain­ment. Bed­ford Lodge Ho­tel & Spa has 77 lux­ury bed­rooms for those who want to party into the early hours and with spe­cial Christ­mas Party night rates avail­able through­out De­cem­ber, which in­cludes a hearty full English break­fast the fol­low­ing morn­ing, you can get your Christ­mas off to a great start. BLACK RAB­BIT MAL­DON 188 High Street Mal­don

CM9 5BX

01621 855706 blackrab­bitmal­don.co.uk The Black Rab­bit in Mal­don is of­fer­ing a fresh cel­e­bra­tion of Christ­mas this year with two menu op­tions. Choose be­tween a tra­di­tional sit down meal fea­tur­ing dishes such as parsnip soup or a chicken & mush­room Xmas cracker to start, fol­lowed by fes­tive favourites in­clud­ing turkey, beef and pork loin. For the last course you can choose be­tween Christ­mas pud­ding and pan au cho­co­late bread pud­ding among other de­li­cious desserts.

The canapé op­tion is per­fect for a less for­mal party and can ac­com­pany a drinks-led event. These par­ties can be booked in the ping pong area, pri­vate con­ser­va­tory or func­tion area, which in­cludes the foot­ball ta­ble and ar­cade game to add a retro feel to your Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion. The pub is per­fect for pri­vate events or work par­ties and flex­i­ble in terms of di­etary re­quire­ments, ac­cess and space needed. For those that en­joy a quiet lunch, a roast is served ev­ery Sun­day to an eclec­tic sound­track of 60s and 70s hits. Black Rab­bit is kid and dog friendly too, so all are wel­come. ACAN­TEEN 35 New Lon­don Road Chelms­ford Es­sex

CM2 OND 01245 205 889 www.acan­teen.co.uk Join the team at Acan­teen for a proper fes­tive knees up – Acan­teen style! Through­out De­cem­ber there are ex­clu­sive Christ­mas Party Nights which in­clude a de­li­cious three-course din­ner, bub­bles on ar­rival and an amaz­ing DJ to keep you par­ty­ing un­til mid­night!

Savour the de­lights of the rus­tic three-course din­ner pre­pared by the team of tal­ented chefs, us­ing the finest lo­cal pro­duce and with veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan op­tions to en­sure there re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one. If you love good food and a laid back at­mos­phere, then this is the place for you! GALVIN GREEN MAN Main Road Howe Street Great Waltham CM3 1BG

01245 408820 galv­in­restau­rants.com Set in 1.5 acres of river­side meadow amid beau­ti­ful coun­try­side, with the River Chelmer run­ning at the bot­tom of the gar­dens, the Galvin broth­ers’ Green Man is one of the old­est pubs in Es­sex.

Its re­laxed yet so­phis­ti­cated at­mos­phere is the per­fect lo­ca­tion for a Christ­mas party cel­e­bra­tion.

The Galvin Green Man restau­rant has four beau­ti­ful rooms for pri­vate cel­e­bra­tions, each with their own style, and chefs are able to tai­lor Christ­mas party menus to suit group re­quire­ments. The restau­rant holds a Bib Gour­mand by The Miche­lin Guide Great Bri­tain & Ire­land. BRAXTED PARK ES­TATE Great Braxted Witham

Es­sex

CM8 3EN

01621 892 305 www.braxted­park.co.uk Mem­o­ries are made at Braxted Park, a fab­u­lous venue for Christ­mas this year ca­ter­ing for par­ties of 10 to 300 guests. Party in style with a sea­sonal three-course din­ner in­clud­ing half a bot­tle of the finest wine from Braxted’s cel­lars and the chance to dance the night away to your favourite fes­tive hits. It prom­ises to make sure your 2018 Christ­mas Party will be one to re­mem­ber. N

Orsett Hall

The Crick­eters at Claver­ing

Black Rab­bit Mal­don Acan­teen

Braxted Park Es­tate

The Galvin Green Man

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