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Where to go for Christmas Day lunch in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 13:12 26 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:12 26 October 2018

The Assembly House, Norwich (Roger Blackwell, Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

The Assembly House, Norwich (Roger Blackwell, Flickr, CC BY 2.0)


It’s the most wonderful time of the year so savour every moment and gather your friends and family for a Christmas Day lunch in one of these top Norfolk restaurants

The Assembly House, Norwich

Be greeted with a glass of Champagne and dainty canapés upon arrival at The Assembly House in Norwich for your Christmas Day celebrations. With plenty of festive fare to enjoy in the resplendent Georgian house, this is a perfect place to treasure your Christmas Day.

After a soup amuse bouche, why not start with smoked salmon, with salmon mousse, pickled cucumber and a Bloody Mary dressing, followed by a traditional Norfolk turkey with apricot, sage and onion stuffing and all the trimmings and finished off with a decadent Christmas pudding topped with caramelised tangerines and boozy cognac custard? Enjoy the luxurious atmosphere while relaxing with a coffee, gingerbread macarons and baby mince pies after your feast. Check the website for full menu choices.

£94.95 per person, £59.95 for under 12s

The Pigs, Edgefield

With a passion for great customer service and high quality food served in the cosy rooms, the delightful country pub The Pigs in Edgefield is offering a Christmas Day meal that’s perfect to share with family and friends.

Starting with whipped chicken livers with pickled mushroom, you can choose traditional turkey or slow cooked pork belly both with all the festive trimmings for the sumptuous main course (veggie option available). For dessert, choose between Christmas pudding with brandy sauce or a glazed white chocolate and orange Cambridge cream and gingerbread.

£75 per person, £40 for “piglets’” (children’s) menu

12.30pm arrival, sit at 1pm

The Rose and Crown, Snettisham

The Rose and Crown is a quintessential country pub in the picturesque North Norfolk village of Snettisham. Sourcing ingredients locally, and changing its menu to take advantage of seasonal Norfolk produce, all served in the old inn with its exposed beams, dark wooden furniture and roaring fire in the winter, makes this a beautiful festive spot to indulge in a Christmas Day lunch.

The special five course Christmas Day menu consists of French onion soup with gruyere crouton, beetroot and gin salmon with celeriac and horseradish remoulade as a middle course, before the main roast turkey with mouth-watering trimmings, and Christmas pudding with brandy custard, all washed down with a coffee and Christmas fudge.

£75 per person, £27 for under 12s

Deposit of £20 at time of booking and full balance to be paid by 28th November

The Norfolk Mead Hotel, Coltishall

The stunning red brick exterior of The Norfolk Mead Hotel in Coltishall will be a welcoming sight on Christmas Day afternoon for guests arriving for a delicious feast kicked off with canapés on arrival.

With six courses and a wealth of choice, the menu includes a smoked goose breast with fig, chicken liver mousse and roasted celeriac for starter. For main, there will of course be a roasted turkey with trimmings for the traditionalists with fish and vegetarian options for something different. There are lots of tantalising desserts too all rounded off with a cheeseboard, tea or coffee and petit fours.

£115 per adult, £80 per child

The Ship Hotel, Brancaster

Prepare yourself for a Christmas feast at the cosy and stylishly decorated Ship Hotel in Brancaster. There will be Champagne and canapés to sip and nibble before sitting down for your festive feast.

Aside from yuletide favourite turkey with trimmings, there are mains of fillet of sea bass or fillet of beef Wellington with dauphinoise potatoes with expertly chosen flavours to accompany. Festive puddings include the classic Christmas pudding with brandy sauce then coffee and mini mince pies to finish.

£89.95 per person, £42.50 per child (age four to 12), £20 under threes

Arrival 12pm, lunch at 1pm

The King William IV, Sedgeford

Enveloped by pretty Norfolk countryside displaying its winter hues is The King William IV Country Inn & Restaurant in Sedgeford. At 180 years old, this inn has been updated with modern facilities while still retaining its historical charm.

Enjoy a glass of Champagne to kick off your Christmas Day celebrations. Sit down to a game terrine with cornichons, cranberry gel and toasted bloomer to start with a choice of classic roast turkey and trimmings, fillet steak and more for main, and a Christmas pudding with brandy sauce for dessert (among other tempting options). Chased down with a mince pie and coffee, this is sheer Christmas bliss.

£80 per person, £30 for under 12s

Served noon to 3pm

The Cliff Hotel, Gorleston

On the seafront in Gorleston proudly stands the Cliff Hotel. Built in 1898, it now mixes contemporary design with touches of classic sophistication. There are two Christmas Day lunch options available: a five course lunch or a three course carvery. Both will leave you feeling stuffed and cheerful!

The five course lunch consists of starter, main of traditional turkey with trimmings, sirloin beef, pan fried monkfish or a cranberry, brie and chestnut wellington for vegetarians and of course a festive dessert followed by cheese board and petit fours with coffee. The carvery will be comprised of starter, a hearty carvery main of festive turkey, topside beef, pan fried salmon, or veggie wellington and a choice of delicious desserts to finish.

Five course lunch: £59.95 per person, £25 under 12s, free for under threes; carvery: £39.95 per person, £20 under 12s, free for under threes

Life Boat Inn, Thornham

The Life Boat Inn in Thornham is a cosy coastal inn that is tucked away near the atmospheric marshes that could be straight out of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. Enjoy the tranquillity of this pub as you sit down for your Christmas Day lunch.

There is a vibrant menu with several exciting choices per course. Try a starter of rillettes of pulled duck, apricot chutney and pork belly croutons with a main of thyme roasted turkey breast with all the festive trimmings. Finish off with traditional Christmas pudding with brandy apricot custard, before the cheese board and petit fours with coffee.

£79.95 per person, £40 per child


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