Christmas is soon approaching, and it’s often a stressful time for many of us. Why not relieve some of that stress by surprising your family and taking them out to lunch, if you’ve (perhaps almost regrettably) planned to cook a huge roast for them all?
You get to return home as stuffed as the turkey you just ate, and you don’t have to tackle that dreaded mountain of washing up! Christmas is a time to relax and be merry – and you deserve it.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to eat in North Wales this festive season. Some of these restaurants aren’t open on Christmas Day – but offer fantastic festive menus which are perfect for an office meal or an evening with the family during December.
It’s essential that you book as soon as possible, as tables during December are likely to sell out rather quickly.
Where: Llandudno Promenade, LL32 2LP
St Tudno really has got the festive season covered. Not only do they have a delicious Christmas Day menu, they also have two very extensive and delectable Festive Lunch and Dinner menus for you to select from, which are available throughout December at their Terrace Restaurant.
Starters: The Christmas Day menu is rather luxurious. Tiger prawns, fresh scallops, winter game and a refreshing pineapple filled with tropical fruit and fresh passion fruit yoghurt are a taster of some of the wonderful starters for you to choose from.
Mains: With seven equally as delicious mains to choose from, you truly are spoilt for choice. Beef wellington, roast local turkey, venison, welsh lamb and guinea fowl are the selection of meats available, all accompanied by winter vegetables and sauces which compliment each meat specifically and wonderfully.
For those who prefer the taste of seafood, poached paupiettes of lemon sole wrapped in smoked salmon (with an accompaniment of pasta, fresh lobster and a brandy cream sauce) or a pan fried fillet of Anglesey seabass stuffed with lobster meat are also on the menu.
Vegetarians need not worry – The Terrace Restaurant will feature a varied selection of vegetarian meals on the day.
Desserts: The dessert list is also something special. A range of fruity delights and traditional favourites such as sticky toffee pudding and vanilla ice cream are there for you to select once you’ve made some room!
Prices: £59.95 per person for the Christmas Day menu. Prices for the Festive Lunch and Dinner menus range from £9.95 and £22.50.
Where: Llandudno Promenade, LL30 2LG
Spend your Christmas day in this elegant 19th century Victorian hotel, which will be offering a very tasty and deluxe Christmas day menu this winter.
Starters: For fans of seafood, the salmon gravalax, crab and salmon tartare in lemon crème fraiche is sure to hit the spot. The beef fillet with a red lentil and shallot dressing and a lovely parmesan crisp starter is a fantastic meaty option. A wild mushroom pate with pickled mushrooms and local Welsh cheese bread is a yummy option for those with vegetarian diets.
Mains: Roast turkey, fillets of beef and a fresh loin of cod wrapped in cured ham are the meat and fish options on this incredibly tasty menu. The vegetable gateaux packed full of peppers, field mushrooms, tomatoes, courgette and smoked welsh cheese is sure to be a delectable hit with any vegetarian diners.
Desserts: Tuck into a traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, or try the boozy strawberry daiquiri mousse with lemon curd, mulled wine jelly topped with a crispy brandy snap. For those with a more savoury palate, a Welsh cheese board with grapes and pickles is also on the menu.
Prices: £80 per person, £40 per child (12 or under).
Where: Stryd Pedwar a Chwech, Caernarfon LL55 1RW
The Black Boy Inn may not be serving food on Christmas Day, but they have a special festive menu which is being served throughout the rest of December. This medieval inn is a gorgeous place to sit and have a traditional festive meal with friends and family.
Starters: There’s a starter for all tastes. Duck liver in port chutney, a traditional prawn and melon cocktail, fresh button mushrooms in creamy garlic sauce and a carrot and ginger soup with garlic croutons are taste of what you can expect from the starters.
Mains: A classic roast turkey crown with all the trimmings will be served, with braised steak in a red onion and Guinness marinade as an alternative meat option. The cod supreme with a crab butter crust, pancetta mash and creamy Chardonnay sauce is sure to get any seafood lover’s taste buds tingling.
The vegetarian option, a wild mushroom and perl wen tart is a delicious alternative to the traditional meat filled festive mains.
Desserts: Four delicious dessert options, including a Christmas cheesecake, traditional Christmas pudding, festive pavlova (with indulgent chocolate cream) and a savoury Welsh cheese and biscuits platter.
Prices: Between £9.95 and £23. Prices vary depending on which day you visit and how many courses you select to have. Visit the official Black Boy Inn website for additional information.
Where: The Royal Welsh Way, Llandudno LL30 1RS
Bodysgallen Hall & Spa will be offering a weekly seasonal luncheon throughout December.
Starters: Roasted pumpkin soup with crème fraiche, a chicken and wild mushroom terrine with a luxurious truffle and tarragon mayonnaise brioche, peppered mackerel fillets with pickled beetroot and a crispy local pork belly are the diverse starters available on the seasonal luncheon menu.
Mains: If you love seafood, you’ll love the seared filet of salmon with chive crushed potatoes. Slow cooked welsh lamb, butter poached chicken breast and a traditional local roast turkey with the typical trimmings are the juicy meat options you can select. A goat’s cheese fritter with broccoli squash and chestnuts is a tasty alternative for vegetarians.
Desserts: Try the exclusive Bodysgallen Christmas pudding, with rum and raisin ice cream. An apple and cinnamon crumble or a dark rum panna cotta with a sugared donut will appease any sweet tooth. For those with more savoury tastes, a traditional cheese, grape and chutney board will also be available to select.
Prices: £19.95 for 2 courses or £24.50 for 3 courses.
Where: Glanwydden, Llandudno LL31 9JP
The Queens Head is busy this year, hosting dinners not only on Christmas and Boxing Day, but New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day too. Each menu is different, so we’ve decided to list their Christmas Fayre menu, which will be running from the 1st to the 24th of December. For more information on the additional menus, visit their website.
Starters: Deep fried Welsh brie accompanied by cranberry chutney, wild mushroom soup, chicken and pork terrine and poached salmon with a prawn cocktail are the very delicious starters available on this menu. The deep fried brie has got our mouths watering already!
Mains: As well as the traditional roast local turkey, maple glazed gammon and pot roasted Anglesey pheasant is on the menu this year! A pan fried fillet of hake with a fresh mussel broth will please seafood fans, and a roasted butternut squash and sage risotto with feta will be an option for those who would prefer something a bit different.
Desserts: Tuck into a traditional Christmas pudding, or try the indulgent Madagascan vanilla crème brulèe. Fruity dessert options on this menu include poached pears in mulled wine, the fresh fruit pavlova and the raspberry and amaretto trifle. A white chocolate tiramisu is likely to please fans of coffee flavoured desserts.
Prices: £19.25 for 2 courses or £24.25 for 3 courses.
Where: Deganwy Quay, Deganwy, Conwy LL31 9DJ
The Quay is a luxury spa and hotel situated on the Conwy Estuary. This year, they’ve decided to go with a glamorous 1920’s Great Gatsby theme for their festive dinners. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday December, you’ll be provided with great entertainment and delicious food. The majority of dates have sold out for December, but there’s a few limited spaces on the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 15th.
Starters: A choice of leek and potato soup with golden croutons and chive cream or a homemade chicken liver pate with caramelised onion chutney and brioche are your two starter options.
Mains: Traditional roast turkey and honey roast Anglesey ham with luxury trimmings, a pan seared fillet of salmon with shrimp and dill or a wild mushroom, red onion and brie wellington with seasonal vegetables.
Desserts: The Quay’s own Christmas pudding with brandy sauce with a winter spice fruit compote or a baileys and chocolate cheesecake are your dessert choices. Mini mince pies will also be making the rounds.
Prices: £38 on Fridays and Saturdays, £30 on Thursdays
The Meadowsweet hotel is a delightful family-run hotel close to Snowdonia. Their restaurant, Lle Hari, will be hosting a delicious Christmas Day meal.
Where: Heol Yr Orsaf Station Rd, Llanrwst LL26 0DS
Starters: Try the chicken liver pate with melba toast bites and onion chutney. There are also plenty of tasty vegetarian options; a roasted red pepper, tomato and cheese soup with parsnip crisps with a festive cinnamon raisin loaf will definitely warm you up on a chilly Christmas afternoon. The creamy garlic mushrooms served on a slice of toasted ciabatta or the beetroot, brie and balsamic tartlet are also scrumptious starter options on this menu.
Mains: Roast turkey with all the trimmings (sage & apricot stuffing, pigs in blankets and homemade cranberry sauce), braised succulent lamb on a bed of minted creamy mash, pan fried fillet of salmon drizzled in a white wine sauce with creamed cabbage, and a nut roast dinner with root vegetable dauphinoise for vegetarians.
Desserts: Traditional Christmas pudding, a raspberry and lemon cheesecake, a chocolate brownie with rum and raisin ice cream and a Madagascan vanilla crème brulèe are your delectable dessert options.
Prices: £25 for a 3 course meal (and a glass of prosecco!)
The Groes Inn is a wonderful and traditional British Inn close to the Snowdonia National Park. This hotel has a wonderful restaurant which serves up some really delicious food. They’ve just released their Christmas Day menu and it sounds incredibly tasty.
Where: Ty’n-y-groes, Conwy LL32 8TN
Starters: A cup of hot smoked fish, topped with grilled langoustine and homemade breadsticks or a chicken liver with a herb pate and seasonal chutney are the tasty meat and fish starters to choose from. A cream of parsnip and honey soup, garnished with parsnip crisps or a roasted fig or the spiced pear tartlet with a Welsh blue cheese dressing will certainly appeal to those with meat-free diets.
Mains: A butter basted roast turkey, stuffed with cranberry and chestnut sausage meat stuffing is the traditional option (and it comes with all the expected trimmings – pigs in blankets, roasted potatoes). A cod loin topped with fresh scallops wrapped in leek and smoked Welsh cheese is the tasty choice for seafood fans. There’s also a pan fried fillet of beef medallions, with bearnaise sauce and game chips.
Vegetarian? Try the spinach, walnut and goats cheese Wellington with a caramelised red onion chutney and tomato, basil and pine nut compote.
Desserts: Stay traditional and have a Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, or have the run and raisin creme brulee with cinnamon shortbread. There’s also an indulgent rich chocolate and orange mousse. A selection of cheeses and biscuits accompanied by grapes and a fruit chutney are also available.
Prices: £75 per adult.