London restaurants open on Christmas Day
Don't fancy stuffing that turkey? Then leave it to the professionals
Looking for a traditional Christmas meal, but without all the faff? Or perhaps turkey isn’t your thing, but you’d still like to dine out on 25 December? The Time Out Food Editors round up the best places to eat on Christmas Day 2013. Do you have suggestions for restaurants to eat on Christmas Day? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.
This elegant modern French restaurant, long favoured by theatre-goers for its proximity to the Almeida Theatre and by Islingtonians for special occasions, is going all British for its Christmas Day lunch. A glass of bucks fizz will get things going nicely, followed by a choice of butternut squash soup, foie gras terrine or poached Loch Duart salmon. The main event is, as you might expect, Norfolk Bronze turkey with all the trimmings (non meat-eaters should request an alternative in advance), while desserts run from the traditional – ‘flamed’ Christmas pudding with rum custard – to the exotic – dark chocolate fondant with kumquat compote and orange yogurt ice-cream. Coffee and mince pies conclude the festive feasting.
- 30 Almeida Street, N1 1AD
What could be more seasonal than a yomp across the wilds of Hampstead Heath – the greenery preferably doused in a picturesque sprinkling of snow – before or after a proper Christmas Day lunch at one of London’s oldest taverns. The Spaniards has been around since 1585 (Keats and Dickens both drank here) and is as atmospheric as they come with its wooden panelling and leather chairs. The five-course menu offers plenty of choice, with five options for the main course, including free-range turkey, braised duck leg or nut roast. And there are some pleasingly innovative dishes, from baby beetroot, goat’s curd salad and truffled honey to start, to ‘treacle tart, sea salt, walnut ice-cream’ for pudding. Everyone gets cheese, coffee and petits fours too – a generous attitude in keeping with the festive season that we applaud wholeheartedly.
- Spaniards Road, NW3 7JJ
Being in the public transport black spot that is Crouch End, seats at this one-time Victorian hotel are usually hogged by locals. But come Christmas Day, when driving is easy and parking is free, it’s well worth begging, borrowing or stealing a car (OK, maybe not stealing), so you can make a road trip. The menu speaks of posh home cooking, from pan-fried scallops and pancetta or foie gras and chicken liver parfait for starters, to Cropwell Bishop stilton with quince jelly and oatcakes or Xmas pud with brandy crème anglaise to finish. For the main event, veggies are offered roast chestnut and vegetable loaf, everyone else gets to gorge on free-range Norfolk turkey with pork belly and herb stuffing. And what better place to toast the Queen than in the Queens Pub?
- 26 Broadway Parade, N8 9DE