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
Pick the best place for your Christmas party
ORSETT HALL Prince Charles Avenue Orsett
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
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
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
The Cricketers at Clavering
Black Rabbit Maldon Acanteen
Braxted Park Estate
The Galvin Green Man