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Five London restaurants with great festive menus

From turkey and cranberry to leftfield interpretations of Christmas classics, here’s where to find some of the city’s best Yuletide dining

By Time Out in association with Quandoo
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If the idea of a month-long sprout marathon turns your stomach, don’t panic – London being the international metropolis that it is, festive food comes in all manner of intriguing guises. And if you’d sooner streak down Oxford Street on Christmas Eve than forego your Christmas pud, don’t panic, because you’ll find all the traditional stuff done to exacting standards, too.

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Jackson & Rye

A strong New York influence means the holiday season is taken very seriously here, which extends to a special Christmas menu of hearty winter warmers. The more premium of the two set menus offers the likes of pork and apple terrine and confit duck with truffle jus.
Don’t miss: As a rule of thumb, the longer the name, the more decadent the dessert, which makes the salted caramel peanut butter fudge pie the ideal sod-the-diet Christmas blow-out.

Goodman Mayfair

Quality meat is taken extremely seriously at Goodman, which also has branches in the City and Canary Wharf. The crayfish cocktail starter ought to be better than the versions you had in the ’80s, while the lamb shank with chantenay carrots is perfect for those who like their meat soft and melty.
Don’t miss: Fancy a lighter alternative to trad festive desserts? Give the Christmas pudding parfait with rum syrup a whirl.

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The Alfred Tennyson

All your festive favourites get some extra flair (and calories) at this Belgravia gastropub. The turkey comes with roasted pumpkin and madeira jus, the sprouts are served with bacon and the Christmas pudding is drizzled with whiskey custard. Phwoar.
Don’t miss: The selection of British cheeses carries a £5 supplement, but Christmas without cheese just won’t do. Besides, what else are you going to pair your dessert wine with?

Fancy Crab

If you’re going to forego the classics at Christmas, you may as well do it in style, with some seriously high-end seafood. The £45 set menu at this Mayfair spot includes a season bellini, while dishes are built around luxe ingredients and served up in classy yet casual surrounds.
Don’t miss: The clue’s in the name – the lobster and crab thermidor is the pick of the mains. You can have turkey at your nan’s.

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St Pancras Brasserie by Searcys

The grand refurbishment of King’s Cross and St Pancras changed the way we think about train station dining forever, with this beautiful British brasserie among the more polished options available.
Don’t miss: The three-course Christmas set menu includes a glass of fizz, but since there’s a dedicated champagne bar (and even a champagne school!) on site, it’d be rude not to peruse the wine list and pick out something suitably celebratory to follow up with.

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