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
- call us on 01206 863666
- email firstname.lastname@example.org