It’s Chrisssstmas! Are you ready for a month of fabulous feasting, advent chocolate munching and turkey sarnie supping? Whilst the roast and trimmings of the 25th may be a while off yet, we’ve got a sackful of scrumptious foodie finds for you and your family to explore across London and the Home Counties over the month of December. Are you ready to dig in…
The Gingerbread Cabin at York and Albany
One of several of Gordan Ramsay’s family-friendly restaurants, Camden’s York and Albany is embracing fairytale festivities with their cosy Gingerbread Cabin. Decorated with Christmas trees, frosting and candy canes, the cabin is decked out with sweets, festive décor and cosy cushions – the perfect winter retreat to snuggle up with family at this December. Children can enjoy their own Festive menu for just £14 including mini pigs in blankets, fish & chips bites, gingerbread and fruit shots with a Kids Slim Santa mocktail, made with raspberry, apple juice and lemonade. For big kids, why not enjoy a Gingerbread Latte-tini or Bourbon laced Tipsy Snowman whilst nibbling pigs in blankets, ginger parkin and sticky toffee bites. Plus, if you’re looking to get creative, you can decorate your own giant gingerbread cookie for £10.
127-129 Parkway, London, NW1 7PS
Meet Father Christmas at The Corner House
If you’re little ones are writing their lists and checking them twice, be sure to up the Santa stakes by meeting the man himself at The Corner House in Brook Green. Over the first two weekends in December be sure to catch Father Christmas in his grotto before he flies back home to the North Pole and shares all those shiny present requests with his team of elves. With the grotto open between 10am and 1pm, why not treat the kids to a spot of lunch from The Corner House’s kids menu. Bite-sized brioche with scrambled eggs is perfect for younger babes, whilst older ones will loves popcorn chicken; broccoli, red pepper and cheese tortilla an d chicken fajitas with cheese and smashed avo. For those of you with new babes, be sure to join us around The Together Table on 17th December as welcome you to a morning of Christmas cheer, FREE coffee and a mince pie or two whilst you get the chance to meet new mamas in your neighbourhood.
102-104 Shepherd’s Bush Road, W6 7PD
Festive Afternoon Tea at Dominique Ansel
From florals to festive flavours, Dominique Ansel is kicking off the holidays from 23rd November with his eagerly anticipated Festive Afternoon Tea. An experience to savour with older kids, the menu begins with a forest of savoury Christmas trees and leads on to a plethora of sweet bites, each resembling miniature ornaments – from dinky reindeers filled with chocolate mousse and caramel cremeux to a jolly Santa with orange mousse and cranberry jam. Fresh-baked scones are served warm, along with jam and clotted cream of course – but with a twist, a delicate golden star truffle each filled with homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream inside. Served every Thursday to Sunday from midday – 4pm until 30th December, this really is a Christmas treat you won’t want to miss.
17-21 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia / Victoria, London, SW1W 9RP
Christmas Family Baking Courses at Bread Ahead
Add a dash of festive sparkle to your school holidays with Bread Ahead’s seasonal Christmas Family Baking course. On Monday 17th December and Tuesday 18th December between 10am and midday, you and your brood can bake your very own editble tree ornaments. In this 2 hour workshop you will create biscuits, complete with stained glass centres, ready to grace your evergreen at home and be enjoyed by the whole family! Children must be a least 5 years old. One adult is required for every two children attending. Price per child is £40.00 and supervising adults go free to help the children bake.
St. Mary Overies Dock Cathedral Street, London SE1 9DE
Chocolate Truffle Making at Rococo Chocolates
There’s nothing sweeter than a hand-made gift at Christmas and Rococo Chocolates have it made. Their truffle making course is not only suited to kids 7 and up, making it entirely family-friendly, but their informal education on chocolate making makes for a great foundation to the class ahead. You’ll then delve in and get your hands dirty, coating and rolling ganache in cocoa, dipping in milk and dark tempered chocolate as well as decorating your truffles to perfection! While your truffles set you will enjoy a ‘tasting’ and once the workshop is over you’ll be able to pack up your truffles ready to gift to your family and friends. Truffle workshops run for approx. 90 minutes, take place at the Rococo Chocolates Belgravia store and run from 11am-12:30pm.
3 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8JU
An Honest Christmas
In our opinion when it comes to burgers there’s only one place – Honest. Chicken, beef or veg – the offering is pared back but deliciously executed. From today (3rd December) until Monday 31st December, you can sample their seasonal stack – the Honest Christmas burger. Beef, smoked bacon, deep-fried camembert, cranberry sauce and rocket with rosemary salted chips, this twist on the traditional Chrimbo dinner just got juicy! Whilst we can greedily gobble down a burger in record time, for kids, the menu is the same as the adults just served in children’s sized portions. The mini burgers come with our rosemary salted chips, and cost 50% less than the grown up sized dishes. Gluten-free goodness can also be whipped up as the ask of a hat.
Restaurants across London
Mini Roasts for Kids at Bob’s Cafe
From the traditional to dishes with a twist, families can go all out with three course for only £21.95. Seasonal spiced parsnip and sweet potato soup smattered with veggie crisps, moreish teriyaki style spare ribs sweet in a soy orange and ginger marinade for starters, the classic roast turkey and trimmings for Christmas purists and a veggie friendly mushroom, goat’s cheese and cranberry wellington pie for mains. And that’s just for the big kids, for little ones there’s a special kid-sized roast and the roast salmon fillet on acorn squash puree which is great for tots with gluten intolerances. Save room for dessert as the choice are epic – apple and mulled win berry crumble with lashings of vanilla ice cream, a trusty chocolate fondant oozy in the middle and a zesty little lemon meringue pie cheesecake. Festive tipples include a salted caramel espresso martini (made for caffeine loving mamas!) and a gin lover blood orange and pomegranate spritz.
77 Salusbury Road, NW6 6NH / 43 The Broadway, Muswell Hill, N10 3HA / 88 The Broadway, NW7 3TB
Christmas Carols at Dishoom
If you adore Dishoom‘s children’s menu, which is designed with chote (little) Dishoom-wallas in mind – smaller portions, very little spice, but just as nice, be sure to grab an early-bird bite before heading over to the West Handyside Canopy (near Dishoom King’s Cross) for their annual Christmas Carols. Taking place on Tuesday 18th December between 6:30pm – 8pm, you and your tots can join the the masterly Tommy Antonio and Dishoom Rolling Tones who will lead the crowd in a cheer-filled singsong whilst filling your bellies with Mince Pies, Roasted Chestnuts, Mulled Wine (parents only!) and Dishoom Chai. Guaranteed to leave you feeling as festive as a whisky-laden fruitcake! Tickets are £5 (grown-ups) / £3 (kids under 10) and proceeds are going to Seeds of Peace.
5 Stable Street, London, N1C 4AB
Seasonal Sarnies at PAUL
If you’re planning a day out with the kids and are looking for a seasonal sarnie, nothing says Christmas more than a sandwich stuffed with turkey and all the trimmings. PAUL’s festive baguettes are perfect for kids to munch on-the-go and packed with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The turkey classic (Dinde de Noël) is back by popular demand, along with three new contenders; The Festive Hock Feast, ‘Tis The Vegan and the indulgent toasted Camembert Cracker. The Brioche Renne De Noël is a reindeer sweet-treat with yummy dark chocolate glazed antlers and a Rudolph-ready shiny red nose is made with white chocolate.
Various locations across London
Christmas Lunch In A Box
If you’re catering for the whole family this year and already fretting about the logistics of shopping, cooking and serving up your festive feast, take the stress out of Christmas lunch and let Melrose and Morgan do the hard work for you with their ingenious Christmas Lunch In A Box. From their table to yours, each box contains an oven-ready free-range Goodman’s Turkey or Goose, Sour cherry & pecan stuffing, Cranberry sauce, Turkey gravy, a selection of organic vegetables: Potatoes, Parsnips, Onions, Carrots and Sprouts, Christmas pudding and rum sauce. Just choose from turkey or goose and they’ll take care of everything, leaving you free to make sure you have enough chairs at your dining table. You can thank us later with an egg-nog or two…