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RESTAU­RANTS of­fer­ing Christ­mas lunch, and other tasty, in­no­va­tive dishes CAN BE FOUND all over Bri­tain’s coun­try­side – on the shores of lakes, over­look­ing val­leys and even on a moun­tain. CHOOSE ONE OF THE fol­low­ing restau­rants AND take in a stun­ning view WHILE DIN­ING. Words | JES­SICA WAY

AT THIS TIME of year, when it is even more mean­ing­ful than most to spend time with your fam­ily, to cel­e­brate the year that’s passed with close friends or work col­leagues, or to sim­ply share in the mo­ment en­joy­ing a ro­man­tic ta­ble for two, choos­ing the right restau­rant venue is para­mount to your din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The choices of where to dine out are plen­ti­ful here in Bri­tain, with hid­den gems through­out our cities, coun­try­side and coast­line. To whet your ap­petite, and in­spire you to book at a venue spe­cial to you, we hope you’ll en­joy our se­lec­tion of some of the finest din­ing venues, serv­ing de­li­cious food, with beau­ti­ful views.

STOKE PARK

Buck­ing­hamshire, South East Eng­land Set among 300 acres of beau­ti­ful parkland and land­scaped gar­dens, Stoke Park is only 35 min­utes from Cen­tral Lon­don and seven miles from Lon­don Heathrow. This Christ­mas (8, 15 and 16 De­cem­ber) their Pal­la­dian Man­sion is be­ing trans­formed into a cir­cus won­der­land - so get ready to party! The dress code is black tie with the op­tion of fancy dress - find your in­ner clown or even trapeze artiste and let them en­ter­tain you with their world-class hospitality!  » stokepark.com

HUNTSHAM COURT

Devon, South West Eng­land There is no short­age of open fires on which to roast chest­nuts this Christ­mas at the im­pres­sive ex­clu­sive-hire coun­try house. Im­mac­u­lately re­stored over a five-year pe­riod, this gothic ba­ro­nial man­sion set on five acres of grounds oozes clas­sic charm cou­pled with ac­cents of modern lux­ury. Boast­ing 35 in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed bed­room suites, many with four-poster beds and claw foot tubs and orig­i­nal fire­places on which to hang stock­ings, this per­fect party house can sleep up to 82 guests! Over the Yule­tide sea­son the house’s five grand re­cep­tion rooms are adorned with all the Christ­mas ac­cou­trements, with trees, wreaths, baubles and can­dles wor­thy of a Down­ton Abby film set.  » huntsham­court.co.uk

CHEWTON GLEN

New For­est, South Eng­land Serv­ing an ex­quis­ite five course fes­tive din­ner be­tween 25 Novem­ber to 23 De­cem­ber 2017, with Roast New For­est ‘Wrol­stad’ Bronze Turkey and Chewton Glen Christ­mas Pud­ding, Brandy But­ter & Sauce in­cluded within their mul­ti­far­i­ous menu, Chewton Glen is a first­class din­ing op­tion. Nes­tled on the fringe of the New For­est and a few min­utes walk from the sea, it is an idyl­lic re­treat with a sparkling his­tory. His­toric doc­u­ments sug­gest the house dates from the early eigh­teenth cen­tury, with land and premises known as “Chewton Glen House” ap­pear­ing in 1732. Its fa­mous lit­er­ary link threads through the decades and cen­turies. Cap­tain Fred­er­ick Mar­ryat stayed for pe­ri­ods in the 1840’s, gath­er­ing ma­te­rial for his fa­mous novel “The Chil­dren of the New For­est”. Although don’t be mis­led by his­tory; Chewton Glen never stands still and is a world leader in in­no­va­tion and hospitality. There is no bet­ter time to ex­pe­ri­ence the magic of this prop­erty than dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.  » chew­ton­glen.com

THE HORN OF PLENTY

Devon, South West Eng­land Over­look­ing the Ta­mar Val­ley, an of­fi­cially des­ig­nated Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty around the rivers Ta­mar, Tavy and Lyn­her in Devon, you can en­joy sweep­ing views while din­ing on Bri­tish food with a hint of French flair. Dishes change daily de­pend­ing on the avail­abil­ity of sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents and lo­cal pro­duce, but might in­clude lo­cal veni­son, duck or fish. The restau­rant is housed in a four-star manor house ho­tel of the same name. » the­hornof­plenty.co.uk

MAL­LORY COURT

War­wick­shire, West Mid­lands Eng­land A mag­nif­i­cent 43 bed­room manor house ho­tel in Leam­ing­ton Spa, set in 10 acres of grounds. Mal­lory Court is the epit­ome of a quin­tes­sen­tial English coun­try house ho­tel. Re­lax be­side a roar­ing fire and savour ex­quis­ite cui­sine. Christ­mas din­ners are avail­able through­out De­cem­ber, and with their at­ten­tive ser­vice and warm hospitality, 3 AA rosettes and ex­clu­sive Re­lais & Chateaux mem­ber­ship, you will be left with the feel­ing of qual­ity and ser­vice from this award­win­ning ho­tel. Their sea­sonal menu com­bines the rich flavours of Christ­mas in dishes to suit all tastes, all freshly pre­pared while you un­wind away from the hec­tic Christ­mas rush.  » mal­lory.co.uk

ISLE OF ERISKA

Ben­der­loch, Ar­gyll, Scot­land The Isle of Eriska is a 25-bed­room Re­lais & Chateaux ho­tel, lo­cated on its own 300acre pri­vate is­land. Lo­cated just two hours from Glas­gow Air­port, the is­land also has a lux­ury spa, ten­nis courts, nine-hole golf course, na­ture re­serve and pri­vate beach. From Septem­ber to Jan­uary, epi­cure­ans can en­joy big and bold flavours on a new ‘Great Game and Fine Wine Ex­pe­ri­ence’ at The Isle of Eriska in Scot­land. This is the sea­son when the Scot­tish coun­try­side comes into its own on the pri­vate is­land with the au­tumn colours at their most dra­matic. The larder is full of for­aged in­gre­di­ents and the Eriska kitchen gar­dens over­flow with root veg­eta­bles, pump­kins and win­ter herbs for the sea­son’s ta­ble.  » eriska-ho­tel.co.uk

BELMOND BRI­TISH PULL­MAN

Jour­ney from and back to Lon­don Vic­to­ria Step back in time to the glam­orous 1920s when you board the fa­mous vin­tage train at Lon­don Vic­to­ria sta­tion. A fine din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence awaits in your beau­ti­ful wood-pan­elled car­riage, re­splen­dent with art deco de­signs. En­ter­tain­ment, be­decked car­riages and a de­li­cious meal as the beau­ti­ful win­ter coun­try­side passes you by-a fes­tive lunch with all the trim­mings aboard the Belmond Bri­tish Pull­man is the per­fect way to cel­e­brate Christ­mas.  » belmond.com/trains/europe/uk/belmond-bri­tish-pull­man

ROYALYACHT BRI­TAN­NIA

Ocean Dr, Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land Cel­e­brate in royal fash­ion with a pri­vate event on board Bri­tan­nia, Her Majesty The Queen’s for­mer float­ing palace, where kings and queens, celebri­ties and world lead­ers were once en­ter­tained. Berthed in the his­toric port of Leith in Ed­in­burgh, Bri­tan­nia is now a lux­ury venue for ex­clu­sive use din­ners and drinks re­cep­tions, and is par­tic­u­larly mag­i­cal at Christ­mas when can­dles and sump­tu­ous dec­o­ra­tions cre­ate a stun­ning set­ting for fes­tive din­ing in the State Din­ing Room. Guests are treated to a red car­pet wel­come and are piped on board, an hon­our pre­vi­ously re­served for The Queen and the Royal Fam­ily. There is a va­ri­ety of pack­ages to choose from which would be per­fect for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion or as a mem­o­rable place for an of­fice party. Al­ter­na­tively, book a ‘be­hind-the-ropes’ Christ­mas pri­vate tour to ex­pe­ri­ence the high­lights of this iconic ship whilst sip­ping Cham­pagne and learn­ing about fes­tive tra­di­tions on board.  » roy­aly­achtbri­tan­nia.co.uk

THE LAKE VYRNWY HO­TEL & SPA

Llan­wd­dyn, Wales Lake Vyrnwy is a reser­voir just out­side Snow­do­nia Na­tional Park in stun­ning North Wales. Built in the 1880s to sup­ply wa­ter to the north­ern Eng­land city of Liver­pool, the 355-me­tre long reser­voir boasts an un­usual tur­reted tower, which looks like it should be­long to a fairy­tale cas­tle. The Lake Vyrnwy Ho­tel & Spa over­looks the wa­ter and has two din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences on of­fer: the Tower Restau­rant is more for­mal, with a three-course menu show­cas­ing sea­sonal and lo­cal pro­duce, while the Tav­ern Brasserie is more re­laxed and of­fers clas­sic dishes, such as burger and fish and chips. Both eater­ies share the same great views of the lake.  » lakevyrnwy.com

THE PTARMI­GAN

Cairn­gorm Moun­tain, Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park, Scot­land The Ptarmi­gan – named af­ter a bird that breeds in Scot­land’s tallest moun­tains – is the high­est restau­rant in Bri­tain, sit­ting at 1,066 me­tres (3,500 foot) above sea level. The restau­rant is at the top sta­tion of Cairn­gorm’s fu­nic­u­lar rail­way, where car­riages are hauled up the moun­tain us­ing a cable sys­tem. It of­fers great views of the sur­round­ing coun­try­side and lochs – on a clear day you might even be able to make out Ben Ne­vis, Bri­tain’s high­est moun­tain, on the hori­zon. The food menu uses lo­cal in­gre­di­ents where pos­si­ble. Cairn­gorm is at the heart of the na­tional park that takes its name – it’s around three hours from Ed­in­burgh by road or rail.  » vis­it­cairn­gorms.com/dbeat­drinkshop-the_p­tarmi­gan_restau­rant

ISSHO

3rd Floor Rooftop, Vic­to­ria Gate, Leeds In June, sleek rooftop Ja­panese restau­rant and bar Issho ar­rived in the city, spe­cial­is­ing in Asian shar­ing dishes that in­cor­po­rate York­shire pro­duce. Hav­ing pre­vi­ously launched Lon­don’s Sexy Fish in 2015, ex­ec­u­tive chef Ben Or­p­wood’s ex­ten­sive trav­els around Japan have in­spired his dishes, re­sult­ing in cre­ations such as Wagyu pas­trami and maple-glazed pork belly with fresh ap­ple and wasabi. The restau­rant fea­tures an out­door ter­race, and its bar, Kori, serves a wide range of sake along­side Ja­pane­sein­spired cock­tails, such as the Matcha Sour. Fes­tive sea­son at Issho is avail­able from 13 Novem­ber un­til 24 De­cem­ber, with dishes in­clud­ing turkey­tori skew­ers and a mac­cha Christ­mas tree dessert.  » issho-restau­rant.com

Pic­tured top left­right: Christ­mas pud­ding at The Horn of Plenty; fire­place at Stoke Park, stock­ings on the stairs at Huntsham Court and Christ­mas at Chewton Glen.

Pic­tured left-right: Christ­mas af­ter­noon tea at The Horn of Plenty, view from Belmond Bri­tish Pull­man and The Isle of Eriska.

Pic­tured above-be­low: Ex­te­rior and the State Din­ing Room dressed for a Royal Christ­mas Party on board Bri­tan­nia; The Lake Vyrnwy Ho­tel & Spa.

Pic­tured above-be­low: Views of and from The Ptarmi­gan, Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions at The Horn of Plenty and views from Issho.

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