Three course Boxing Day lunch £35pp

Christmas Day is generally planned out minute by minute months in advance, often following the same format every year, but Boxing Day can be more of a puzzle after 24 hours of being cooped up together.

Some might be envious of the French who head back to work on December 26, but it’s a traditional Bank Holiday in many other countries as it is a Saint’s Day for St Stephen, the first Christian martyr who was stoned to death circa 34 AD.

On a cheerier note, Boxing Day traditionally was the day servants of the wealthy were given the opportunity to visit their families, having served their masters on Christmas Day. Employers would often give their staff a  thank you ‘box’ containing gifts, bonuses and sometimes left over food to take home.

The concept is mentioned in Samuel Pepys’ diary on 19 December 1663 but it is thought to pre-date that by several centuries.

Nowadays few of us are fortunate enough to have staff to do all the cooking over Christmas, let alone the washing up. So Boxing Day is a good opportunity to say our own thank you’s to the busy bees who have made Christmas Day such a success by treating them to a slap-up meal, no clearing up  required.

For just £35 per person, including half a bottle of wine per person, you can enjoy a relaxing post Christmas meal in our brasserie, with a special children’s menu to keep the younger members happy.

Sample Menu – £35 per person including half bottle of wine


Soup of the day, crusty bread

Prawn salad, pickled cucumber, spiced mayonnaise

Chicken liver parfait, toasted brioche

Smoked salmon, caperberries

Butternut squash & chickpea salad, goat cheese, roast walnut


Roast sirloin of beef, Yorkshire pudding, pan gravy

Roast loin of pork, apple compote, crackling

Roast turkey, chipolata, bacon, sage & shallot stuffing, bread sauce

Baked supreme of salmon, parsley & citrus butter sauce

Field & wild mushroom Wellington

All served with a selection of vegetables


Christmas pudding, brandy sauce

Bitter chocolate mousse, candied orange

Lemon posset, poached fruits

Apple & cranberry tart, hazelnut crumble, calvados custard

Selection of ice cream and sorbets

Cheese selection, chutney and biscuits – £2.00 supplement

How to book




find us, however you travel
By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

For Sat Nav please use CO7 9HT and then follow signage to Wivenhoe House. Please note, some Sat Navs may direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park so please check our PDF Map

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By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.