It’s almost that time of year again – doesn’t it always seem to come around so quickly? Yes, soon we’ll be in full-blown festive season: a period that is, for many, full of panic, anxiety and dread.
No, we’re not talking about having to deal with difficult relatives at the Christmas table, nor do we mean hectic last minute present shopping on Oxford Street. Instead we’re referring to what is the annual palaver of having to decide where to hold your annual Christmas party!
OK, we’re exaggerating – obviously there are more stressful things in life – but it has to be said: booking venues in and around Wimbledon Village is never easy and requires planning and negotiation. Of course, it’s always important to consult attendees first (you don’t want to book an Argentinian venue and then find out half of them are vegetarian). Also, make sure you book well in advance because the most popular places get booked up fast.
So just to help you out, we thought to offer up our choice of some of the best restaurants in Wimbledon…
If you’re looking for great wine, food and atmosphere; book The Fire Stables. Menus change seasonally and ingredients come fresh right out of the garden! Delights include sirloin of Hereford Beef, onion and Cornish brie, tart tatin and whole-baked sea bream. There’s something for every occasion – you can book a room or a table – just make sure you get in there early!
Christmas is, to put it mildly, a VERY busy period for this upmarket pub that serves British and European food. The staff do their best to deliver top Christmas parties during the hectic season from the 24 November until the 4 January. Throughout this time, terms and conditions of reservations are changed to provide guests with top service and varied Christmas themed menus. There’s space to accommodate parties, depending on the type of event you’re looking for.
The Library is the most exclusive private room and is reserved for sit-down functions. Some 50 guests can be fitted in. The dining hall is the biggest area in the pub where groups of up to 90 guests can be catered for. As well as this; there’s The Scullery: located close to the heart of the Dog and Fox restaurant.
The perfect venue for an intimate evening or great night out with friends, The Lambourne offers something really special. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and the food is amazing. The meat has a traceable supply chain and the fish is sourced from sustainable stocks. Food includes roasted lamb rump, pan-fried scallops, Cornish mackerel and many other delectable treats. The venue has recently celebrated being awarded an AA Rosette.
When all else fails, you can’t go wrong with good old All Bar One. Just a stone’s throw from the tube, there are a range of Christmas menus filled with twists on seasonal dishes. Whether you’re planning a work party, festive fun with friends or you just want to have fun, All Bar One’s a great place to enjoy yourself this Yuletide. Try a Pink Lady Apple and Parsnip Soup, or a Roasted Filet of Cod with Champagne Thermidor sauce. Any of this float your boat? If so, get booking, like, yesterday.
Oh, and we nearly forgot. Don’t miss the Baileys and Ginger Martini dessert cocktail…
Mouth watering yet? If so, why not get on the phone and sort out your Christmas party early…
Image credit:David Howard