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Where to go for Christmas Day lunch in Kent

PUBLISHED: 16:33 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:33 29 October 2018

Celebrate your Christmas Day at one of these fantastic restaurants or pubs (Rhino Neal, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Celebrate your Christmas Day at one of these fantastic restaurants or pubs (Rhino Neal, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


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


30-33 High Street, Canterbury

Located in ancient Canterbury is Abode, the late 19th century hotel with a three AA Rosette awarded restaurant. There is a six-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 and canapés to put you in the festive mood before your six course feast. First comes roasted celeriac soup with truffle oil then you can choose between salmon and horseradish or quail with gnocchi. Third course will be pan-fried scallop and the main event will be a plate of either traditional turkey with festive trimmings, fillet of beef with black pudding soil or pan fried sea bass with shellfish mousse and burnt leek. Dessert will feature Christmas pudding or orange mousse with almond sponge. All this will be followed by coffee and mince pies.

£115 per person

The Mulberry Tree

Hermitage Lane, Boughton Monchelsea, 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 of croquette with tomato jam, enjoy a starter such as wild mushroom bruschetta with melted truffled brie. A main of traditional roast turkey with tempting festive trimmings or a fish or vegetarian option are available. This will be followed by desserts including Christmas pudding with brandy custard and coffee with warmed mince pies to keep you satiated as you make your way back home for some Christmas television.

£110 per person


4-5 Fishmarket, 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 celery soup. A choice of starters includes a prawn and crab cocktail with bloody mary rose sauce and mains of course include turkey with trimmings but also a maple and mustard glaze ham. Cleanse the palate with rhubarb sorbet before dessert which has a happy decision between boozy Christmas pudding and other sweet treats such as passion fruit and banana pavlova. Loosen your belt as you sip on a coffee and nibble a mince pie.

£125 per person


85 London Road, 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 ham hock and Roquefort croquette, tuck into starters including guinea fowl and truffle terrine with onion brioche. 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 traditionalists. Christmas pudding with vanilla and brandy crème anglaise and winter berry compote finishes the meal – what could be more festive? There are plenty of festive cocktails to try too.

£150 per person, plus £50 per person for wine pairing

Kathton House

6 High Street, Sturry, Canterbury

In the pretty village of Sturry is Kathton House, modern British restaurant that uses locally sourced fare for its Christmas Day menu. Rave reviews describe the restaurant’s food as “exquisite” and “simply the best”.

The Christmas Day menu starts with your choice of duck terrine, cured salmon or a fresh crab and avocado salad. If you don’t opt for roast turkey with all the trimmings (honey roast parsnip!), you can go for a pork loin with sweet potato, a pumpkin risotto for veggies or pan fried cod. Desserts include a Christmas pudding and a sticky toffee pudding. Tea and coffee with petit four can be added for £3.50.

Two courses £60, three courses £65

Restaurant 54

54 Albion Street, Broadstairs

Fresh, local ingredients populate the menu at Restaurant 54, which is an amalgamation of dishes from Britain and the Continent, with a curated wine list to accompany.

On Christmas Day, after a glass of Prosecco on arrival, enjoy starters such as crispy parmesan crusted asparagus with poached duck egg en croute. For main, choose traditional turkey with rosemary roasted potatoes and all the trimmings, monkfish fillet or beef wellington with rosemary dauphinoise and vegetables. Dessert is a platter including plum pudding with brandy custard, bakewell tart, whiskey ice cream, poached pear and more.

£77.50 per person

The Swan

35 Swan Street, West Malling

The Swan is comprised of a relaxed restaurant, a cocktail bar and lounge bar. Creative dishes populate the menu and change frequently to reflect seasonality.

The Christmas Day menu starts with festive fizz and canapés then butternut squash soup. Starters include a confit and smoked chicken terrine with fig and date jam. Roast breast and stuffed leg of turkey comes with pigs in blankets, a cranberry and port sauce and plenty of festive trimmings. Finish it all off with a Christmas pudding with brandy custard.

£95 per person, £47.50 children, £15 under fives

The Salutation

Knightrider Street, Sandwich

A finalist in the Restaurant of the Year category at the 2018 Kent Life Food & Drink Awards, The Salutation is also a restaurant and gardens among other things. Housed in a stunning country house, the restaurant will be open for an opulent Christmas Day feast this year.

There will be a tempting festive spread put on; check the website for a sample menu to give an indication of what will be on offer.

£95 per person


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