Top places for an early Christmas lunch

This festive season why not enjoy an early feast in historic surroundings at one of our Christmas lunches. You can expect to find traditional turkey with all the trimmings and homemade Christmas pudding with lashings of cream.

Here’s our pick of places to indulge in an early Christmas lunch, or an atmospheric evening of fine food in the seasonal run up.

    Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

    6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21 December 2014, 12pm-2pm
    Treat yourself to a delicious three-course festive lunch in the tea-room before a gentle stroll around the grounds of the medieval moated castle.
    Cost: Adult £22.50 and child £12.50 (under 13)
    Booking line: 01580 831320 (booking essential)

    Chartwell, Kent

    1-5 & 8-12 December 2014, 12pm-2pm
    Imagine a Churchill family Christmas as you enjoy a festive feast in the Lady Soames room, named after his youngest daughter Mary.
    Cost: Two courses for £16.50 and three courses for £20
    Booking line: 01732 861161 (booking essential)

    Greenway, Devon

    6,7,13,14,20 & 21 December 2014, 12.30pm-2.30pm
    An exclusive opportunity to have a two-course Christmas lunch in the intimate setting of the kitchen at Greenway, Agatha Christie's holiday home.
    Cost: Adult £22.50 and child £17.50 (under 12)
    Booking line: 01803 842382 (booking essential)

    Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Worcestershire

    16-19 December, 12pm-2.30pm
    Tuck into a three-course lunch in the Servant’s Hall tea-room (16 December) or in the upstairs Chambers tea-room (17-19 December) which overlooks the gardens and parkland.
    Cost: £35
    Booking line: 01527 821214 (booking essential)

    Lanhydrock, Cornwall

    7 & 14 December 2014, 12-12pm
    Step into the Servant’s Hall Restaurant for a three-course lunch in the historic setting of this Victorian country house and estate.
    Cost: £24.95
    Booking line: 01208 265950 (booking essential)

    Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex

    7, 11, 12, 14 18, 19 & 21 December 2014, 12.30pm-4.30pm
    Tasty Christmas fare will be served in the atmospheric wood panelled Oak Room. There’s acres of garden, parkland and woodland to explore beforehand to work up an appetite.
    Cost: Adult two courses for £20 and three courses for £24 (please ask about children’s meals)
    Booking line: 01825 791705 (booking essential)

    Stourhead, Wiltshire

    1-24 December 2014, 11am-2pm
    Stourhead – one of our top winter gardens – is perfect for a pre-Christmas gathering with a Christmas menu on offer in the restaurant during December right up to Christmas Eve.
    Cost: Please call for details of the Christmas menu
    Booking line: 01747 842006 (booking essential)

    Trelissick Garden, Cornwall

    3, 10 & 17 December, 12pm-2pm
    A series of festive two-course lunches and entertainment for the over 60s with opportunities to explore the gardens and parkland.
    Cost: Concessions £13.50
    Booking line: 01872 861032 (booking essential)

    Christmas dining after dark

    Delicious Christmas Pudding

    Come along to one of our festive evening feasts including the garland supper at Cotehele in Cornwall (28 November 2014), Christmas dining specials at Killerton in Devon (3, 10 & 17 December), the Christmas pudding evening at Powis Castle in Powys (5 December 2014) or candlelit dinners at Moseley Old Hall in Staffordshire (8-12 December 2014).