Where to go for Christmas Day lunch in Kent this year
PUBLISHED: 14:20 14 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:20 14 September 2017
Christmas Day is about celebrating with loved ones over good food and conversation, so head to one of these fantastic restaurants or cosy pubs and have a festive feast
1. Abode, Canterbury
Located in ancient Canterbury is Abode, the late 19th century hotel with a three AA Rosette awarded restaurant. There is a five-course feast being put on this Christmas Day, so take a stroll through the winding streets of the city to the High Street where you will find this striking building.
Festivities start immediately with a glass of Champagne to put you in the festive mood before your six course feast. First comes an artichoke soup with chives and truffle oil then you can choose between scallops and braised pig cheek. Third course will be crispy oyster and the main event will be a plate of either traditional turkey with festive trimmings, fillet of beef with mushrooms or pan fried mullet with quinoa and baby gem. Dessert will feature Christmas pudding and a chocolate and banana ganache with peanut cremeux and banana sorbet. All will be washed down with a coffee or tea and mince pies.
£109 per person
2. The Kings Arms, Westerham
With a stylish Georgian façade, The Kings Arms in Westerham is an old coaching inn that’s steeped in history. This is a wonderful spot to escape to and enjoy having your Christmas Day lunch made for you. There are five courses on offer that are sure to make your mouth water with the festive smells coming from the kitchen.
Why not start with oak smoked salmon and scallops before the main event: British turkey with honey-roast ham, potatoes dauphinoise and all the festive trimmings to boot. There are five desserts on offer from classic Christmas pudding to Prosecco royale sorbet with fruit. When you’re all done, a digestion aiding coffee and mince pie will top off a satisfying lunch.
3. The Mulberry Tree, Maidstone
With sophisticated interiors that mix chic with country, The Mulberry Tree in Boughton Monchelsea is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. There are wonderful flavours combined to bring a specially selected festive menu at The Mulberry Tree this year.
After an amuse bouche, enjoy a starter of truffled baked camembert with red onion jam and toasted sourdough. Main will be traditional roast turkey with tempting festive trimmings. This will be followed with two desserts and coffee with warmed mince pies to keep you satiated as you make your way back home for some Christmas television.
£110 per person
4. Rocksalt, Folkestone
The popular Rocksalt will be known to those in Folkestone, and it is definitely worth the travel from further afield if you haven’t visited. With a passion for locally sourced ingredients and a focus on utilising the flavours of seasonal availability, you are sure to be given a delightful Christmas Day meal that has been thought through from the bubbles and canapés to after-dinner coffee.
Seven courses start with canapés before a creamed honeyed parsnip soup. A choice of starters includes a prawn and crab cocktail with bloody mary rose sauce, mains of course include turkey with trimmings. Cleanse the palate with blood orange sorbet before dessert which has a happy decision between boozy Christmas pudding and other sweet treats such as elderflower jelly with clotted cream ice cream and lemon biscuit. Loosen your belt as you sip on a coffee and nibble a mince pie.
£110 per person
5. Thackeray’s, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Cosy, stylish and unassuming, Thackeray’s in Royal Tunbridge Wells knows how to create a welcoming atmosphere that will be a perfect backdrop to your Christmas Day lunch celebrations. There is a distinctly grown up menu on offer with the option of wine pairings to go alongside the festive courses.
After a foie gras amuse bouche, tuck into starters including pan fried scallops with roasted chestnut cream, maple turnips and fresh apple. There are three mains to choose from but a fantastic roast Norfolk turkey with goose fat roasted potato, pigs in blankets, crushed root vegetables and more trimmings is available for the traditionalists among you. Pre dessert sees hot chocolate mousse with honeycomb and pistachio before Christmas pudding with vanilla and brandy crème anglaise and winter berry compote, what could be more festive?
£120 per person, £55 per person for wine pairing
6. Frasers, Egerton nr Ashford
The private guest house, working farm and wedding venue, Frasers in Egerton, will be putting on a Christmas Day spread this year consisting of five courses in its 2 AA Rosette award winning restaurant.
Sip on Champagne and enjoy canapés before the chef’s seasonal amuse bouche. Then comes starters including a pumpkin veloute with wild mushrooms and truffle oil before a palate cleansing sloe gin sorbet. It’s got to be local turkey with Yorkshire pudding, goose fat roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, apricot stuffing and seasonal vegetables for main. Dessert will be your choice of Christmas pudding with brandy cream or a passionfruit parfait with dark chocolate and toasted meringue. Finish with a Kentish cheese board and coffee and mince pies.
£98 per person
7. The Warren Restaurant, Tunbridge Wells
On the High Street in Tunbridge Wells is The Warren Restaurant with its pretty orangery style dining area. Sourcing produce as locally as possible from the herds of animals at the Crowborough Warren Estate and from other Kentish producers, The Warren will be serving a Christmas Day menu of festive fare.
Starters will include a double baked smoked cheddar soufflé; mains of beef, braised cheek with fondant snips, shallot, cavolo nero and marrow bone crumb or traditional Norfolk turkey breast, stuffed leg, chateau potatoes, sprouts and a Christmassy chestnut fricassee; and desserts that including a Christmas pudding with delicious sounding egg nog ice cream.
£95 per person