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.
To avoid slaving over a hot oven come Christmas Day, head to the restaurant at the Hoxton Hotel. In addition to the usuals (cured salmon, roast turkey plus trimmings), you could lead with smoked haddock soufflé or game terrine, ahead of fillet of beef with fondant potato or sea bass with crayfish butter. Desserts are equally inviting, with chocolate and orange parfait alongside the more traditional mince pies, stilton and Xmas pud options. Veggies are catered for, with jerusalem artichoke and chestnut soup ahead of mushroom wellington with honey-roasted root veg. Yum.
- 81 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HU
- Christmas meal: £78
Want to escape all things Christmas, but still looking to eat well on December 25? Head to Tayyabs. It’s business as usual at this Whitechapel stalwart (whose owners, as you may have guessed, aren’t Christian), with not a whiff of turkey in sight, just the usual roll-call of good Punjabi curries and grills. The kebabs are fiendishly good, as is the chilli-spiked lamb gosht, served simmering in a karahi, and the urad dahl, a fragrant dish of white lentils cooked with garlic and ginger. In fact, it’s all excellent, and all preposterously cheap. Remember to bring your own booze as it’s unlicensed. You may have to queue, so pack those woolly earmuffs.
- 83 Fieldgate Street, E1 1JU
- A la carte meal: around £25 for food