If you don't fancy cooking this year but still want to enjoy the best that Christmas can offer - here's where you can book for Christmas Day lunch in Staffordshire
Christmas is a little over 10 weeks away. And while we don’t know where we will be with the pandemic and lockdowns, we still need to plan for a good Christmas. You might not want to be bothered with cooking on the big day so we’ve found the pubs and restaurants* which are running a Christmas Day lunch in Staffordshire.
It used to be that everything shut up shop for Christmas Day, but that’s just not the case anymore. Christmas Day lunch is a big event in the hospitality industry and nowadays throwing down your apron and getting out for your meal on the special day has become quite the trend. I mean, no cooking and no washing up sounds like a dream to me!
And as we ride out this pandemic it’s more important than ever to support our local businesses. Let’s hope Christmas can go ahead as planned this year, but do keep up-to-date with your venue in case current guidance changes.
1. Aston Marina
The canalside restaurant located on Lichfield Road on the outskirts of Stone has limited availability for Christmas day lunch in Staffordshire 2020. It’s running a 4 course lunch at its No.26 restaurant for £89 per adult and £59 per child. A traditional turkey meal is on the menu alongside a cod supreme with crayfish and dauphinoise potatoes, and a wild mushroom, shallot and roasted chestnut strudel.
You can also enjoy a takeaway menu on Christmas Day providing three courses for £45 per adult and £25 per child along with optional extras like a cheeseboard or bottle of plonk.
But if you can’t make it on the big day you can still enjoy the bar and restaurant for its festive menu from December 1 to 24 from 10am with last orders at 9pm (8pm on Sundays).
2. The Wayfarer
The Wayfarer just off the A34 in Stone is open for Christmas Day lunch bookings on December 25. Its mega five-course meal includes a parma ham, melon and feta amuse bouche, followed by a selection of starters, mains and desserts or ice cream/sorbets and a family sharing cheeseboard and mince pies with tea and coffee to finish.
The menu costs £89 per adult and £39 per child and is open from 11am till 5pm. Dishes include traditional roast turkey, lamb in red wine sauce and a pan roasted cauliflower steak. Plus all the favourite Christmas sides for all.
A deposit of £50 per adult and £15 per child is required upon booking which is non-refundable, and pre-orders and final bill are required by December 1.
A festive menu is also available from November 19 until December 24.
3. The Wolseley Arms
The popular country pub and restaurant in Wolseley Bridge at Stafford has a three-course set menu for Christmas Day costing £66.95 per person. There is only limited space left, however, to book for the big day.
There is a good selection of starters, mains and desserts. Dishes include a traditional turkey meal alongside pan-roasted salmon fillet, roasted rack of lamb, slow-cooked pork belly and beef wellington. There is also a roasted root vegetable and mixed nut roast for vegetarians. A separate children’s menu is also available.
A non-refundable deposit of £10 per person is required with full payment required by December 1. Deposits will be refunded if the government guidance means bookings cannot proceed.
4. The Windmill
The Windmill at Meir Heath is opening its doors for Christmas Day lunch in Staffordshire 2020. The restaurant is still taking bookings but expects to be fully booked soon and has a dedicated Christmas coordinator to handle all bookings.
The belly-busting five course menu includes a glass of fizz and canapes at the start and will be spread out over a couple of hours to give you time to savour each and every dish.
Choose from traditional roast turkey, steak, salmon fillet or lamb shank or go for a smoked cheese and beetroot tart if you prefer a vegetarian option. The five courses will cost £54.99 per person with a smaller children’s menu available at £27.99 for three courses.
5. Miller & Carter Steakhouse
Fancy something a little different to the norm? The Miller & Carter Steakhouse in Talke is open for Christmas Day lunch although it currently only has space left for bookings of four or less.
A five-course set menu is planned which includes a starter, champagne sorbet, main, dessert and coffee with chocolate to finish. You can choose from a 30 day aged prime 120z ribeye or 8oz fillet with a choice of sauce and wedge dressing. But you don’t have to miss out on your turkey either – a traditional turkey meal and a vegetarian option are also available, as well as a grilled seabass and king prawn fish option. There is also a younger guest four course menu available.
The five courses will cost £81.95 person. A deposit of £10 per person is payable on booking but is fully refundable if government guidance deems it not possible to continue with a booking.
6. The Mill at Worston
The Mill at Worston in Great Bridgeford is open for Christmas Day lunch offering five courses for £70 per adult and £50 per child. Food is served from 12pm to 12.30pm for advance bookings only.
The menu includes a starter, main course and dessert along with coffee, mince pies and a Staffordshire cheese platter for the table. Main courses include roast turkey with all the trimmings, sea salted rib of beef, seabass fillets and root vegetable wellington.
Bookings require a £25 per person deposit and the balance must be paid in full by no later than one week prior.
7. Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat
The spa hotel located just outside of Stone is open for Christmas Day lunch offering seating for larger tables of four or more in its venue setting and smaller tables in its lakeside restaurant.
There will be a six course festive meal as well as champagne on arrival and mince pies with tea and coffee. The lunch will be served from 12.30pm with arrival at 12 noon. The meal will be spread out over a few hours ending at 3.45pm.
The spread will cost £100 per adult and £50 per child (aged 4-12) with children under three at just £10.
The menu will consist of an amuse bouche, pre-starter, starter, sorbet, main and dessert. Dishes include traditional turkey, beetroot and butternut squash wellington, pork wrapped in pancetta and a citrus and herb crusted hake.
*All venues still had availability at the time of publishing this article