Top 5: East London restaurants open on Christmas Day
Freaking out about having to cook up a monster of a turkey with all the trimmings on Christmas Day? You know you can always opt out, right? Yep, having the fanciest meal of the whole year out at a restaurant isn't just an option for those with more money than sense now.
In fact, there's five East London restaurants we'd happily waddle off to on the 25th December to be served an almighty feast at. Here's our pick of the best, below. Get booking - these spots are sure to fill up fast.
D&W really come into their own on the whole 365-days-a-year opening at Christmas, and executive chef Dan Doherty is serving up another excellent feast on the big day. For £85 a person, there's a crispy parmesan and polenta amuse bouche, then smoked haddock mulligatawny or puy lentil ragout. Mains are slow braised ox-cheek or for the veggies, Jerusalem artichoke ravioli. Then it's on to Stilton and oatcakes, a sweet surprise and coffee and mince pies. Sittings throughout the day, email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your seat at the ultimate high-rise table.duckandwaffle.com
Our favourite fine-dining in a warehouse spot boasts a pretty impressive feast to celebrate the birth of the big JC. The meaty option sees a menu of foie gras, ham hock and duck leg terrine, then it's turkey with all the trimmings, followed by date pudding with brandy butter and spiced ice cream. Next up, it's the cheese plate and then Christmas cake. For the veggies, switch up the meat for roast Jerusalem artichokes, chicory and curd, then leek, fennel and cheddar pie with all the trimmings. There's just one sitting, and it's £85 a head - email email@example.com to book. PS - Bistrotheque's sister restaurant, Hoi Polloi is also open for Christmas Day service, but they're already fully booked.
Fancy eating Christmas Day lunch where George Orwell is reputed to have sat and drank? Well, it'll be a buzz for the out-of-towners when you drop that in the conversation. The Tavern has recently had a huge overhaul and they're one of the few gastro-pubs open on the 25th. Their £84 per-person menu looks pretty damn fine: Prosecco or a Bloody Mary on arrival, then optional oysters (an extra £9, but who's counting?) a range of starters to choose from: roast onion and potato soup, scallops and chorizo, seabass tartare...Then there's a choice of five mains, from turkey et al, duck breast, cod loin, nut roast, beef fillet...Next up, there's dessert, petit fours and coffee. They've definitely got the Christmas generosity thing going on. Lunch will be served from midday until 6pm, book here. thecanonbury.co.uk
This Hoxton spot is currently coming in at one of the lowest prices to pay for the pleasure for someone to cook for you: a cash-crunching £78 per person. And they've pulled together a great sounding menu for this price. Starters include smoked salmon, spicy parsnip soup or pressed ham. There's a little palate cleanser of Champagne sorbet, followed by a choice of turkey and all the usual suspects, fillet of beef, cod loin or grilled Halloumi. For dessert, there's Christmas pudding or poached pears, Stilton then a few little mince pies thrown in too. Lunch is served from midday until 4pm, see here to book. hoxtongrill.com
Be honest, how much do you really like turkey? Because if you wanted to sack it all off and go for a curry instead, we really wouldn't hold it against you. The perennial favourite curry house is, like Duck & Waffle, open against the elements all year round, so why not make their incredible lamb chops a new Christmas Day tradition for the fam? Plus, with a whole meal clocking in at about £30, there's more money to spend on all that lovely booze instead. And it's BYOB, too! Seriously, what a place. tayyabs.co.uk