Winter dining in Hertfordshire: 6 festive places
As winter closes in, find a spot in one of these Hertfordshire restaurants for a Christmas feast or winter party
• The Cricketers
The Cricketers is a multi-award winning pub with one 30 and one 50 seater restaurant overlooking Redbourn Common and is ideal for small or large party bookings. The talented chefs are very passionate about their food and use fresh produce only, delivered daily. The menus are seasonal and boast superb pub classics and modern European a la carte at very high standards. They also offer a bar snack menu and the Sunday roasts are a big favourite so make sure you book well in advance. There is also a daily specials board that owners Colin and Debbie like to refer to as the “chefs playground”
The Cricketers offers a very relaxed dining experience at a very professional and friendly level and you are guaranteed to enjoy every visit to this lovely village pub.
thecricketersofredbourn.co.uk, 01582 620612
• Sopwell House
The award winning 2 AA rosette Restaurant at Sopwell House in the St Albans countryside, serves seasonal British and European dishes prepared by our exceptional, experienced kitchen. The new festive menu boasts a delicious pan-fried quail breast with truffle arancini, parsley purée and crispy pancetta to start or for main you can enjoy the traditional Norfolk turkey with all the trimmings from roast root vegetables to orange and chestnut stuffing. Beautiful melt in your mouth dishes accompanied by a large selection of fine wines or Champagnes and warm service, provide you with a dining experience like no other. This festive season, indulge with a lunch or dinner within the stunning surroundings of the restaurant, with its high ceilings, classic sleek décor and wonderful Christmas atmosphere complete with egg nog dessert and mini mince pies!
• Auberge du Lac, Brocket Hall
Celebrate Christmas at Auberge du Lac and enjoy the very best in festive dining in an unrivalled setting. Auberge du Lac is situated on the Brocket Hall Estate which is beautiful all year round but particularly so at Christmas time. Enjoy roaring open fires, beautifully prepared food and stunning views across the broadwater lake toward Brocket Hall.
Auberge du Lac is fully booked for Christmas Day but you can indulge on Boxing Day and enjoy four courses and a glass of Champagne for £85 per adult and £42.50 per child.
Spoil your colleagues, friends, family and loved ones throughout December and enjoy the festive Table D’hôte menu from just £24.50 per person for lunch and £39 for dinner. The seasonal cocktail menu and exceptional service is sure to make your Christmas festivities a time to remember.
Bookings: 01707 368888, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.brocket-hall.co.uk
• The Golden Fleece
Christmas at the multi award-winning The Golden Fleece pub and dining rooms in Braughing, makes it the perfect venue to entertain colleagues, friends and family over the festive period. With traditional Christmas decorations, a roaring fire and a sumptuous Christmas menu, it’s the place to celebrate.
Party organisers that book a Christmas party of eight or more people will be given a 20% discount voucher for use during January and February 2018.
The Christmas menu is available at lunchtimes and in the evening from 1st – 30th December 2018, excluding 25th and 26th. For New Year, they are offering a delicious five-course set menu and a fire works display at midnight, to bring in the New Year.
• Tewin Bury Farm Hotel
Join Tewin Bury Farm this Christmas for some delicious festive dining. Enjoy a special Christmas afternoon tea with live jazz on the 15th December, tickets are £22 for afternoon tea plus £15 for unlimited prosecco (sittings are 12.30, 13.30 and 14.30). This will be served in the brand-new Cowshed Bar & Restaurant which opened on the 1st November. Throughout December, Williams’ Bar & Restaurant will be serving festive lunches and dinners, the menu includes traditional turkey, local estate venison, hot chocolate fondant and walnut glazed pear tart. Stuck for Boxing Day dining? Why take the hassle out of cooking and join for lunch? There will be a traditional three course roast dinner served from midday.
For more information on festive dining at Tewin Bury Farm visit www.tewinbury.co.uk/christmas-new-year or call 01438 717793. To book afternoon tea in the Cowshed call 01438 84161 or email email@example.com
• The Black Horse, Brent Pelham
The Black Horse is the ultimate winter retreat. Just pop to the bar and ask the landlord, who grew up in the village, for the best local walks, or simply order your favourite drink and while away the day looking out over glorious countryside by a roaring open fire.
You can leave your walking boots and wellingtons by the door and enjoy locally-sourced treats from both their festive and a la carte menus. If you visit with friends, enjoy The Puckeridge Room; a stunning private space for up to 14 diners.
Sit in the snug or bar area with board games aplenty and the friendliest bar and waiting staff you could wish to be greeted by. The pub offers monthly steak nights with beef sourced from Hertfordshire’s Maydencroft Manor as well as Wednesday night specials for diners to indulge in the very best pub classics. Check out the pub’s Christmas menu here.