Turkey with sage stuffing, pigs in blankets, and sugar-dusted mince pies served in a sparkly atmosphere with even sparklier fizz, our neighbourhood pubs are going all out this year for the big day.
‘Tis the season for roasted chestnuts, cranberry sauce and cinnamon-dusted mince pies. Although this year might still be a little different, our local pubs are spicing up their mulled wine and lighting up their cosy fires to offer you a Christmas experience with all of the tasty trimmings you could dream of.
With sparkly atmospheres, plentiful options and the tempting prospect of no washing up, we share a list of the pubs near Roman Road that are rustling up festive feasts around and on Christmas Day that you can enjoy with family and friends.
This historic pub has recently had a makeover, transporting its customers to the East End pubs of old with ceilings covered in Anaglypta, mahogany panelled walls, ox-blood leather button-back chairs, and glossy tiles. With this cosy East End atmosphere, it is a great spot for Christmas Day dinner. Be welcomed with a glass of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee, followed by a four-course menu. And what awaits you with this feast? Smoked duck breast, roasted cauliflower soup with chesnuts, turkey (with more duck) and ALL the trimmings, plus Christmas pud, and salted caramel. Adults are £90 per person and children are £45 per person.
They also do a cracking-sounding Christmas menu or ‘feast’ in the weeks running up to the day itself. Filled with braised ox-cheek and blue cheese croquettes, Jerusalem artichoke with truffle and walnut, and spiced winter fruit Bakewell, and all for £38…. Divine.
For more information, visit Thecoborn.co.uk.
8 Coborn Road, E3 2DA
The Morgan Arms
The Morgan Arms is known for its beautiful neighbourhood setting, pastel blue exterior, vibrant flowers spilling out from hanging baskets, and large bright windows, perfect for people-watching. And now, this season, it’ll also be known for its luxurious menu and generous portions.
Brimming with treats from crab royale, venison wellington, and roast cod, visit the Morgan Arms’ website for a look at its bounteous four-course menu priced at £80 per person. But be quick; its Christmas day sittings are booking up fast.
And for those wanting to enjoy a drink with friends in the days and weeks up to Christmas, it offers a canapé board for £17.50 per person. Chestnut cheesecake, maple pigs in blankets, turkey burger slider… the Morgan Arms is waiting.
Visit morganarmsbow.com for more information.
43 Morgan Street, E3 5AA
Like The Coborn, The Crown has also had a makeover this year; the Victorian pub’s recognisable grey exterior has transformed into a deep, bluey grey and inside, it’s got a swanky new bar and saloon style furniture. It’s also expanded its space with a new upstairs function area. So, if you haven’t yet seen its shiny new makeover, then heading over for a big Christmas lunch might be the best time to go.
So, is the Crown’s Christmas lunch fit for kings and queens? Most definitely. Venison carpaccio, crown of turkey, heritage beetroot and celeriac Wellington, and Christmas pud with Brandy butter ice cream. Who could say no to that? Plus, its enviable position right on the edge of Victoria Park makes it the ideal pub to work up an appetite by going on a pre-Christmas dinner walk or, a gentle stroll to help post-dinner digestion. £90 per person, or £45 per child.
Visit Thecrownbow.co.uk for their festive menu.
223 Grove Road, E3 5SN
The Green Goose
Just a stone’s throw away from Roman Road in Bow, the Green Goose is a classic local pub with a modern twist. In this cosy sanctuary, hidden away from the busy London streets, you can tuck into some festive favourites this Christmas. Book yourself into one of their fashionable green leather booths, and enjoy soaking up the pretty ambience that will be sprinkled around you. For £75 per person, and £45 child, this four-course (yep, four!) banquet as it should be called, starts with a glass of fizz on arrival, followed by classic Christmas starters such as oak smoked salmon, turkey with all the trimmings, and end with Christmas pudding or be brave and try its intriguing sounding Chocolate Nemesis.
If four courses are a little too much, The Green Goose does also does a very similar but equally brilliant-sounding course Christmas lunch in the run-up to the day. £25 for two courses or £30 for three, it sounds like a great alternative.
Head to Greengooselondon.com for more information.
112 Anglo Road, E3 5HD
If you already have plans for Christmas Day, there are also some great pubs open over the festive season. Some of our top picks include:
The Approach Tavern: Open on Christmas Eve 12pm to 9pm. Open Christmas Day for drinks only 12pm to 3pm. Open Boxing Day 12pm to 5pm. Open 27th to 30th December 12pm to 11pm. Open New Year’s Eve 12pm till late. Closed New Year’s Day.
The Florist Arms: Open on Christmas Eve 12pm to 11pm. Open Christmas Day for drinks only 12pm to 2pm. Closed Boxing Day. Open 27th to 30th December 12pm to 11pm. Open New Year’s Eve 12pm to 9.30pm. Open New Year’s Day 5pm to 11pm.
The Lord Morpeth: Opening times are TBC. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we find out more!
The Lord Tredegar: Open Christmas Eve 12pm to 11pm. Open Christmas Day 12pm to 2pm for drinks only. Open Boxing Day 12pm to 3pm for drinks only. From 27 to 30 December operating normal hours. Open New Years Eve from 12pm to 10pm. Closed New Year’s Day.
The Victoria: Open on Christmas Eve from 12pm to 11pm. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Open 27 to 30 December 12pm to 11pm. Open New Year’s Eve but for private event (details tbc). Open New Year’s Day 12pm to 6pm.
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