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Where to dine out this Christmas – from a candlelit meal for two to a full-on festive party

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Food Drink Devon
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27 Nov 2023

Candlelight, cosy fires, festive feasts, parties and private spaces – we’ve gathered up the best Christmas dining from around the county from quirky to indulgent. We’ll add in more as we get them so do check back!


The Cottage Hotel | Hope Cove

There’s lots of dining opportunities to choose from at family-run cliff-top hotel overlooking Hope Cove, from Festive Menus (2-courses with coffee £25.00, 3-courses with coffee for £29.00), to a Christmas Eve Grand Buffet and a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner. Read more here.


The Bucket & Spade | Shaldon

Eat, drink and be merry at The Bucket & Spade at one of their many Christmas celebration live music events with some of the best musicians in the south west. Join the Bucket & Spade for a festive 3-course feast with an incredible line-up of singers, covering many of your favourite songs. Find out more here... and don’t forget their Festive Afternoon Tea.


The Angel | Dartmouth

Join The Angel this Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve for an exquisite 6-course tasting menu in the evening | £120 per person; or a relaxed Sunday lunch in the afternoon, 3-courses | £45 per person. Read more.


Embankment Bistro | Dartmouth

Exclusive parties… prepare for an unforgettable evening by the water as The Embankment team curate a bespoke party night for you and your guests. Large parties with a buffet or private dining are available. Call: 01803 832125

Festive dining… From 1st December book your festive get-together with friends, family or colleagues! £35pp. Includes 3-course festive menu, a glass of bubbles on arrival, Christmas crackers and decor. Read more.


Pig’s Nose Inn | East Prawle

Come along to the first major Pig’s Nose Christmas Party and get into the festive spirit with a night of great music, delicious food, and holiday cheer. Featuring Blair Mackichan, a Brit Award winner, who returns to the stage over two nights with his band. Buy a ticket including a 3-course meal or just go along for the music! Buy tickets here.


Mill End Hotel | Chagford

Christmas themed roasts are on the menu on Sunday 3rd and 17th December at Mill End Hotel, a 4 star hotel and 2 AA Rosette relaxed fine dining restaurant set in beautiful countryside in Chagford, Dartmoor. With doorstep walks along the River Teign, it’s a stunning location for a Christmas party and special occasion.

Head chef Will uses high quality, fresh local produce. Vegan and vegetarian options are available with notice when booked, and you can book a space for your four-legged friend too. £39 for 3-courses. View the menu.

Visit the website HERE. Call Mill End Hotel 01647 432282 to book. 


High Grange pre-Christmas Feast evenings  | Axminster

Come and feast with friends old and new. Choose from two December Feast dates.

Arrive at the beautiful woodland venue and come to the High Grange outdoor kitchen, dotted with fire pits and fairy lights, for a festive cocktail. Chat with friends and wander the grounds, before being seated inside their cosy Shippen with the log burner twinkling. You’ll enjoy a sumptuous 5-course taster menu of all the best Christmas food and not a turkey in sight! 

Book a Christmas Feast | Friday 8th December  |  Saturday 9th December 

Christmas Parties at High Grange 

If you’re looking for a special, bespoke event for family, friends or colleagues it is worth the trip to High Grange near Axminster (which has a train station). Expect superb rustic fine dining in a beautiful woodland-based barn with roaring log fires and twinkling fairy lights. Seasonal cocktails, veggies from the garden, day-boat fish, Kilmington goose, confit goose fat potatoes and divine puddings will feature on the communal long table. 

Contact chef and owner Luke for availability and bespoke options on  


Greendale Farm Shop & Kitchen | Farringdon

The Greendale Kitchen Christmas Party Menu is available to book now for 18th November until 23rd December (4pm–9pm). This year, they’re offering free unlimited mulled wine for Christmas bookings of over 10 people. Book HERE. 


Bayard's Cove Inn | Dartmouth

This December, the inn will be beautifully adorned with a twinkling Christmas tree and a roaring fire, creating the perfect ambiance for an unforgettable evening.

Available from Sunday to Thursday throughout December (from December 3), the festive menu offers two courses for £30 or three courses for £35, with the added charm of Christmas crackers and a cup of tea or coffee to wrap up your meal. Read more HERE.


Shilstone House | Modbury

Shilstone is unveiling some cosy changes to its popular Sunday Lunches. The marquee restaurant is moving for the winter into a new home in the great rustic barn, with stunning views from large windows overlooking the manor house and rolling countryside. 

Every Sunday in December for Sunday Lunch, the barn will come alive with the spirit of the season - twinkling lights included. Book your table from 12 to 3pm and gather your loved ones to enjoy festive flavours and create cherished memories. 

If you’d like the space all to yourselves, the barn is available for exclusive hire for Christmas celebrations. Shilstone will work their magic to ensure your event is nothing short of spectacular including: a 3-course festive menu, private bar, resident DJ available to hire. Minimum numbers apply. £50 Per person. To make an enquiry, please email .


Dartington Hall | Dartington

Celebrate with friends, family and colleagues at the spectacular Dartington Hall this Christmas. Enjoy a mouthwatering lunch or dinner feast hosted in unforgettable private dining spaces – the historic Great Hall and cosy Solar Room. Perhaps make a whole night of it with one of our epic Festive Parties! 

This year’s menu has been curated by White Hart chefs featuring all your festive favourites bursting with seasonal flavours, and prepared with the best produce the south-west has to offer. 

Please visit the website HERE to find out more. 


Heron Farm | Honiton

Explore the Christmas Menu at this working farm and vineyard near Honiton, with an award-winning café and kitchen garden. If you’re looking for somewhere a little special to celebrate with family and friends with seasonal menus, award-winning Heron Wines and festive cocktails. 

A daily set-menu available noon to 3 p.m. every day and runs from December 1 to December 24. £25 for 2 courses, £29.50 for 3 courses. More info and booking HERE. 

Group bookings for 40+ can be taken for evenings. For smaller groups they have an exclusive evening event on the 23 December... 

A Christmas Supper Evening at Heron Farm – 23 December for families, small corporate groups and couples for an exclusive and intimate evening in the vineyard kitchen, choosing from their Christmas menu. Book HERE. 


Stokely Café and Taphouse | Kingsbridge

Choose from the delicious, new festive party menu at Stokely Farm Shop Café near Kingsbridge. £25 2-courses and £30 3-courses. For menus click HERE. 


The PIG at Combe | Gittisham

Gather around one big table for your seasonal celebrations at The PIG at Combe. They have a range of beautiful, characterful and quirky private dining spaces perfect for gathering friends and family, or colleagues together. Tuck into a three course festive menu including Piggy Bits on arrival, tea or coffee along with mince pies to finish, for £55 per person. 

The Georgian Kitchen & The Wine Cellar
The Georgian Kitchen is the ultimate kitchen table supper setting and perfect for 10-14 guests. Or a slightly smaller group could hire the Wine Cellar, The PIG’s original wine vault which has been restored to create an underground candlelit dining space seating 8 guests.  

The Folly
Uniquely private and rustic hideaway in the gardens, can seat 16-24 guests over two large tables.
 

For more information and how to book one of gathering spaces, email  or call 01404 540 400. 

Special 'Food Drink Devon' offer... When booking the Georgian Kitchen, Cellar or Folly for a Christmas function you’ll be greeted with a mulled wine or cider on arrival. Use the code FOODDRINKDEVON when booking. Available 7-days a week from 1-30 Dec (exc. Christmas Day). 


Quince | Bretonside Plymouth

Local small plates restaurant in the up and coming Bretonside area of Plymouth are offering a delicious Christmas menu. With a focus on  local suppliers and amazing produce they're known for their beautifully thought out menus.

2 courses £35 | 3 courses £40. Click here to find out more and view the menu.


South West Pizza Company | Topsham

Christmas parties! They’ve got you covered. From 2-100 people with a couple of different Christmas menus to suit your party needs. Two or three courses, plus sharing ideas for those that like to roam. Taking Christmas Party bookings for the last couple weeks of November right the way up until Christmas Eve. Drop them a line on "> or visit the website HERE

Christmas pizza specials feature a festive roast on their signature crispy sourdough base, what more can you ask for! With choices for the beef lover, chicken lover and even vegetarians and vegans. Look out for some sensational season tweaks to their regular pizza menu too. 


The Old Warehouse | Kingsbridge

Looking for somewhere new and exciting for your Christmas party? The Old Warehouse has received great reviews for its seasonal menu, award-winning mead, local beers on tap and friendly service since opening last year. The new Christmas menu is available Wednesday to Saturday from 6 - 23 December (5.30pm and 7.30pm) to pre-booked parties of 6-20 and offers local produce, expertly prepared and presented, with a carefully selected wine list. Two courses for £27.95 or three courses for £32.95. See menu here.

As this is the home of award-winning Moonhoney Mead, why not start off your celebrations with a glass of Mulled Mead?  To find out more or to book your table call 01548 852500.


Devon Cove Tasting Rooms | Kingsbridge

Celebrate Christmas with Devon Cove's delicious Cocktails and Tapas menu. Available Friday and Saturday nights from 24th November to 23rd December.

For £34 per person you will be enjoy a cocktail of your choice on arrival and a delicious selection of tapas and desserts from Feast Kitchen Deli. There’ll be a special festive cocktail menu available as well as the classics.

Please get in touch to book call 07779 008842 or visit the website. Private hire for groups of 10/12 available on other nights too.

Festive Cocktail Masterclass

Have a fun Christmas cocktail party experience learning to make and enjoy a selection of delicious seasonal cocktails in Devon Cove's Kingsbridge Tasting Room. You'll also have chance to try their award-winning spirits and play some games. Minimum of six people. £45 per person to include a minimum of three cocktails per person. The cocktail masterclasses last approximately two hours.


A Twenty Seven Christmas 

Chef Jamie Rogers' Christmas Festive menus are live on their website for 2023 and are now available to book. There usual menus will also be available throughout the whole month.

Festive Party Menus - Twenty Seven in Kingsbridge can seat up to 50 people in the restaurant. Parties of 10 people or above receive 10% off food. You'll also find a delicious Festive Lunch & Early Dinner tasting Menu and a very special New Year's Eve Menu - get in quick!Open for lunch: Wednesday-Saturday and dinner: Tuesday-Saturday

Book here


 

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