8 fantastic festive menus in Suffolk
PUBLISHED: 12:14 05 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:23 23 October 2020
As we move towards Christmas Suffolk’s top pubs and restaurants are developing menus that perfectly complement the festive season. Here are 8 you should consider this winter
Orford Rd, Bromeswell, Woodbridge IP12 2PU | 01394 460310
An Unruly Christmas & New Year
Join them for a delicious treat this Christmas; the fires will be roaring, the candles will be lit and their award-winning gastropub three-course party menu has delicious dishes to tempt you. So, gather your nearest and dearest and enjoy a festive feast at The Unruly Pig.
Book their private dining room with candelabra and statement table, seating 18, for a cosy celebration.
Party and festive menu:
2 courses for £25 | 3 courses for £28
Including coffee and mince pies
Soup: potato & parmesan, soft yolk duck egg
Duck Liver: parfait, brioche, grape, celery leaf
Smoked Haddock: croquette, spinach, capers
Goat’s Curd: beetroot salad, balsamic, toasted sunflower seeds
Turkey: stuffing, pancetta, roasties, sprouts
Pheasant Breast*: pumpkin risotto, walnuts, blue cheese
Whole Grilled Sea Bream*: olive & anchovy crushed potatoes
Roasted Gnocchi: spiced carrot puree, chard, hazelnuts
Christmas Pudding: brandy sauce, redcurrant puree
Pump Street Chocolate: delice, orange & campari sorbet
Panna Cotta: muscovado, coffee granita, roasted chestnuts
Duo of Cheese: westcombe, cropwell bishop, chutney, biscuits
They are open Christmas Eve, New Years’ Eve and New Years’ Day
Maison Bleue, 30-31 Churchgate St, Bury Saint Edmunds, IP33 1RG | 01284 760623
Maison Bleue’ Delicious Christmas & Festive Season
Celebrate the season in style and enjoy Maison Bleue’s renowned sumptuous festive menu bursting with colourful flavours for your delight. Relax in the elegant, intimate candle-lit dining rooms, tables swathed in snow white linen, and experience chef patron Pascal Canevet’ award-winning modern French style.
3 Course Lunch: £27 | 2 Course Lunch: £21 | 3 Course Dinner £36.50
*Not available for dinner on Saturdays
<View the full festive menu> A sample selection from their renowned festive menu:
Egg “Mollet” (V)
Soft hen egg, Comté cheese espuma, black truffle, mushroom duxelle, roasted hazelnut
Shimpling Park rump of lamb, garlic confit, kale, black olive and aubergine caviar, thyme sauce
Valrhona white chocolate and kumquat “Buche de Noel”, dark vanilla ice cream, Campari pain de Genes
Maison Bleue extensive cellar boasts Old and New Worlds including unique local East Anglian vintages, Champagnes, try their own label Champagne, ports and vin doux naturel.
Private dining room available for entertaining, exclusive dinner parties and celebrations.
1 – 3 Duke Street, Ipswich, IP3 OAE | 01473 232009
‘Tis the season for something a bit special… and we’ve been going hammer and tong to shape plate-fulls and glass-fulls of just that’…
Flames flickering, smoking cinnamon sticks, tankards of Popcorn Rum Spiced Mulled Cider, plates of buttery slow roasted turkey and a hint of spice in the air... this can only mean Christmas at The Forge Kitchen - Ipswich’s very own Smokehouse and Bar.
Each clink of tongs, crackle and sizzle from the kitchen and each shake, stir, pour and flame from the bar is sure to deliver that perfect, cosy, festive feel, some irresistible smoky aromas and flavours, and some simply delicious workmanship.
The 2018 festive menu is ideal for parties big and small and is available from 26th November 2018 – 30th December 2018 (excluding Christmas Day & Boxing Day). Tables of 8 or less can book quickly and easily through the website. For larger parties, please call or email.
Halesworth Road, Sibton , Suffolk, IP17 2JJ | 01728 660337
Nothing warms the cockles of someone’s heart more than an invitation to a cosy traditional country pub on a cold winter’s day.
With no large parties, glittery tinsel or Christmas music, instead think warm and convivial, roaring fire, low beams and cosy corners; add selective and tasteful seasonal decorations and you have the perfect setting for a Christmas meal.
Awarded ‘The Good Pub Guide Suffolk Dining Pub of 2019’ and with 2 AA Rosettes you can expect their chefss to have come up with an interesting and imaginative festive menu. Think Duck and apricot terrine, pistachio, clementine, brandy dressing. Braised venison wellington, celeriac mash, mulled red cabbage, cranberry, port sauce. Star anise and muscovado parfait, orange jelly, kumquat and almond brittle.
For a more in depth look at the Sibton White Horse this Christmas and New Year please visit their website.
19-21 Angel Hill, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1UZ | 01284 704870
Nestled in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, 1921 Angel Hill is an award winning local restaurant.
Here, artfully plated fine food is coupled with attentive service and a personal touch.
Their three-course Christmas Party Menu, priced at £28.50, features a confit rabbit rillette with sorrel, fig and pomegranate to start, braised venison shoulder with bitter chocolate, salsify and apple as a main and a white chocolate parfait with coconut and lime for dessert.
Guests can also opt for the a la carte menu or the seven course tasting menu with matching wines which will both be available throughout December.
Peace Place, Dolphin Close, Thorpeness, Leiston IP16 4FE | 01728 454994
Whether with friends, family or colleagues for gatherings of up to 30, pinning down where to hold your pre-Christmas Christmas dinner is always tricky and now the Dolphin in Thorpeness can help.
This season they invite you to join them for a festive feast in our one of their restaurants. With relaxed unhurried friendly service and a warm welcome, eat, drink and celebrate with them.
Open crackling fires, the heady aroma of mulled wine and a great social atmosphere greet you on arrival.
Their menus all feature a wonderful selection of traditional festive treats including gin cured salmon, roasted local pheasant or Norfolk Bronze Turkey and their own boozy Christmas pudding. Contact them through our website or call and they will be delighted to help.
Upper Street, Layham, Suffolk IP7 5JZ | 01473 377 977
The Marquis, set amongst the hills of the Brett Valley in south Suffolk, is a luxury hotel, restaurant and bar, offering elegant country suites, contemporary British food and a comfortable stylish bar. It is the perfect place to eat, drink and celebrate Christmas.
Over the Christmas period the Marquis has several indulgent menus for you to enjoy. Including: Christmas day menu, Christmas party menu, New Year’s Eve à la carte menu and a traditional Burns’ night supper in January.
The Marquis’ Christmas party menu is available to book throughout November and December. It is the ultimate four-course menu and venue to celebrate the festive season with family, friends and colleagues at only £38.00 per head.
Also, if you are looking for the ideal place to spend Christmas day, look no further than the Marquis. It has a six-course menu available with dishes including: beetroot panna cotta, roast Norfolk black turkey and truffled Brie for £130 per head. Booking is essential for all menus - <Book a table here>
The Street, Kersey, Suffolk IP7 6DY | 01473 823229
The 14th Century Bell Inn in Kersey is a quintessential English pub in one of the most beautiful villages in the country. Full of old world charm, this dog-friendly pub with ample parking is a good base for country walks.
Two sisters, Janet and Wendy, run this establishment offering a warm welcome with a roaring open fire in the winter months. The weekly features are Tuesday’s curry night, Wednesday’s pudding and pie day and fish and fizz Friday’s
They serve a good selection of well-kept real ale including Adnams Southwold alongside guest ales such as Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, Woodforde’s Wherry and St. Austell’s Tribute. Daily specials include: Cajun chicken burger, king prawn linguine and salmon en croute in a champagne sauce.
For a quintessential dining experience during the festive season in one of the most picturesque villages in East Anglia, please contact us now to find out more about our special Christmas & New Year’s Eve Menu.