Christmas Day lunch on The English Riviera

Leave the cooking to someone else and treat yourself and your loved ones to some festive fine dining on the English Riviera. With a wealth of top quality restaurants, award-winning country pubs and eateries to choose from you’ll find plenty to whet your appetite during the holiday season. Here’s a sample of some of the great yuletide menu options available to add some extra Christmas cheer and sparkle to your celebrations.

Christmas for the little ones

Leading up to the big day, why not take the young ones along to Living Coasts, Torquay for breakfast with Santa. Each child can enjoy tucking into some scrumptious breakfast pancakes and a fruit juice whilst they meet Santa, receive a special gift and help to make some presents for the resident penguins. Running daily from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd December 2018.

Places to spend your Christmas Day lunch on The English Riviera

Take in the stunning sea views on Christmas Day from On The Rocks, an independently owned restaurant situated in the heart of Torquay’s popular Abbey Sands district. There’s a mouthwatering menu on offer which includes Mulled Wine or Warmed Spiced Cider on arrival. A choice of 4 starters such as Roasted Parsnip Soup, Crispy Bacon and Focaccia and sumptuous main course options of Prosecco Poached Devon Turkey, Roasted West Country Lamb Rump and Homemade Christmas Spiced Nut Roast or Wild Mushroom Orecchiette for the non-meat eaters. All main courses come with the seasonal favourites: Roasted potatoes, spiced red cabbage, sprouts, pigs in blankets and homemade gravy. Finish off your delicious dining experience with a choice of desserts including Chocolate Delice with Hazelnut or Christmas Pudding and Gelato, with tea or coffee and mince pies and cream. On The Rocks also offers Christmas Day Little Ones and Kids menus. Pre ordering is required.

Choose the Harvester in Paignton if you’re looking for a venue that’s close to the beach for that post-lunch seaside stroll. This popular family-friendly diner is offering a fantastic 4 course traditional Christmas Day menu for £44.99. Starter choices include British Duck Liver and Sloe Gin Pate or a Festive Seafood Trio, followed by main course options such as The Harvester’s Turkey, Sirloin Steak and Rib Combo or vegan friendly, Root Vegetable, cranberry and Apricot Bake. Dessert options include White Chocolate and Passionfruit Cheesecake or a Salted Caramel Profiteroles Sundae. A £10 per person deposit is required when making the booking. A Boxing Day menu is also available.

In the delightful village of Galmpton, the Manor Inn is offering a festive feast with delicious home cooked meals served in a cosy setting with an open fire. The only independent village pub on the English Riviera, you’ll find tempting menu options with starters such as Crayfish & crab cocktail with a tangy horseradish cream, Melba toast and a creamy avocado puree or Toasted malt loaf with pressed ham and chicken terrine and a spiced apple and cranberry compote. There are 4 traditional yuletide main meal offerings including Butter roasted turkey breast with rosemary and thyme, smoked bacon wrapped chipolata, hazelnut, pancetta & orange stuffing and pan gravy.  There’s plenty of hearty portions with Roast potatoes, sprouts with ginger and orange, spiced red cabbage and roasted root vegetables with pomegranate molasses. Delicious puddings such as homemade Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, Butterscotch Banoffee tart with salted caramel and butterscotch mousse or Boozy brownie trifle will be hard to resist.

Special dietary requirements can be accommodated if notified in advance and pre-ordering is required.   

Set in a spectacular grade II listed building on Brixham harbourside, The Old Market House offers a unique Christmas Day dining experience. The three course meal begins with some festive cheer and a welcome glass of sparkling prosecco.

There’s plenty of fish dishes available including the Starter option of Lemon Sole Fillet and Garlic samphire, lemon & chilli butter and from the Main course selection, Pan Seared Bass Fillets with delicious saffron potatoes, garlic wilted spinach, basil & cream sauce.

Finish off with a savoury course of Stilton, Cheddar & Brie Cheese, biscuits and Cornish Korev lager chutney.

The Drum Inn in the quaint village of Cockington, Torquay is offering a 3 course Christmas Day menu with all the trimmings. Relax in this countryside pub, oozing plenty of rural charm, rustic character and cosy festive feel. With wholesome festive dishes including Parma ham with honey & rosemary-roasted pear served with soft goats cheese and a sprinkling of roasted seeds and dried cranberries for starters, Roasted rack of lamb served with roasted red pepper, asparagus, red onions and spinach, with dauphinoise potatoes and a rosemary & honey jus for your main course and everybody’s favourite Christmas pudding with mixed vine fruits and almonds served warm with brandy sauce, you’ll be filled with seasonal merriment.

Other local venues offering fantastic value Christmas Day and Boxing Day meals are:

Las Iguanas, Torquay with a Latin American inspired menu and Christmas themed cocktails including Spiced Mango Mimosa with mulled spices, mango and Cava.

The Willow Tree, Torquay for a festive roast dinner with all the trimmings from the carvery or a Festive Pizza, topped with Turkey, sage & onion stuffing, red onions, mozzarella and pigs in blankets on a barbecue cranberry base.

The Crescent Restaurant and Lounge at the Osborne Hotel, Torquay is serving 4 course Christmas Day and 3 course Boxing Day menus for adults, whilst children are also well catered for. The Christmas Day celebrations include a glass of fizz on arrival and a table magician to enter all ages.

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