Where to enjoy a delicious Christmas Day lunch in the Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 12:18 10 September 2019 | UPDATED: 15:11 09 July 2020

Enjoy the festivities in the truly breathtaking setting of the Egypt Mill, Nailsworth

Enjoy the festivities in the truly breathtaking setting of the Egypt Mill, Nailsworth


Whether you're hoping for a leisurely Christmas Day lunch or a luxurious festive break away, try one of these charming Cotswold spots for a stress-free way to celebrate Christmas

Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter

A luxurious festive experience awaits you at the Lords of the Manor in Upper Slaughter. The Christmas package, a three-night stay from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, includes a festive cream tea on arrival through to a Boxing Day Gala Dinner and Casino Royale themed evening. 

The team at the charming 17th century manor house will also be welcoming guests to a Christmas Day five-course lunch. Enjoy a warm welcome with champagne and canapés before indulging in an exquisite five-course lunch cooked by the 'Chef of the Year' at the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2019 Charles Smith and his team.

Beckford Inn, Tewkesbury

Sitting on the northern edge of the Cotswolds and a short drive from the historic town of Tewkesbury, the Beckford Inn offers a tasty Christmas Day three-course feast for guests to savour.

There are plenty of options for each course; starters including an indulgent smoked duck breast, mains including roast roast turkey with all the trimmings, desserts including a zesty lemon tart and mince pies to finish. A special Boxing Day menu is also available with lots of home cooked favourites for diners to enjoy.

Whatley Manor, near Malmesbury

With a 16ft Christmas tree in the heart of the manor and beautiful seasonal decorations inside and out, it's clear the festivities are taken seriously at Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa near Malmesbury.

This year the manor will be hosting Christmas Day lunch in Grey's Brasserie. The five-course affair comprises of champagne, canapés and an amuse-bouche, a starter of either cold salad of Cornish lobster tail or vegetable terrine before Whatley Manor beef or Castlemead bronze turkey with all the traditional trimmings. Save room for a traditional steamed Christmas pudding, coffee and treats afterwards.

Egypt Mill, Nailsworth

For Christmas celebrations in a truly breathtaking setting, Nailsworth's Egypt Mill is the perfect place to dine. The independently-owned 16th century pub sits on the peaceful River Frome, surrounded by the stunning Stroud valleys.

The Christmas Day feast begins with starters including choices such as traditional prawn and crayfish cocktail and British beef crostini with horseradish cream, followed by traditional turkey with festive trimmings or pan roast fillet of stone bass, among many more. If you thought you couldn't fit in anymore, there are plenty of desserts and mince pies to tempt your sweet tooth.

Crown & Trumpet Inn, Broadway

Opening its doors for Christmas Day lunch, the Crown & Trumpet Inn, in the charming north Cotswold village of Broadway, will be serving a five (or six if you don't want to miss a plate of cheeses) course festive feast. You can also book a three-day stay in one of the inn's five en-suite bedrooms.

As one of our favourite real ale pubs in the region, we're also looking forward to the Crown & Trumpet's Christmas Beer Festival. Taking place from the end of November and throughout December, there'll be a choice of twelve festive themed beers from local breweries on offer, as well as plenty of homemade mulled wine and mulled cider punch.

The Swan Hotel, Bibury

For a luxurious, and leisurely, Christmas Day lunch in arguably one of the prettiest Cotswold villages, book a table at Bibury's beautiful Swan Hotel. Nestled in the heart of the Cotswold countryside, expect glorious views, a friendly welcome and a mouth-watering menu of festive fare.

Starters include lobster and crab cakes with a lime and chilli mayonnaise, followed by mains including roast Cotswold turkey with all the trimmings or venison medallions with sautéed potatoes and a red wine jus. Ensure you leave room for dessert - we love the sound of the warm homemade Christmas pudding with vanilla custard and Cointreau orange.

The Slaughters Country Inn

For a luxurious festive breakaway and hearty dining at its finest, The Slaughters Country Inn is the perfect place to enjoy a Christmas retreat. From Christmas Eve to December 27, expect courses of delicious dishes, plenty of mulled wine and time to relax in front of a roaring log fire.

The stunning locations of The Slaughters Manor House and Old Swan and Minster Mill also offer similar Christmas stays. Plenty of options for those seeking a special Christmas getaway this year.

Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham

Just a short drive from Cheltenham's town centre, Ellenborough Park is a stunning 15th century country estate with splendid bedrooms and suites, a spa and gym facilities and great dining options.

For a home away from home this Christmas, with seasonal decorations and plenty of festive cheer, Ellenborough Park are offering two and three-night packages over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Christmas Day lunch includes starters of Ulg Lodge Salmon Presse and oxtail consommé, mains of butter roasted bronze turkey and salt baked piccolo parsnips and desserts of Christmas pudding and millionaire's chocolate tart.

The Kings Hotel, Chipping Campden

Located in the charming market town of Chipping Campden, The Kings Hotel is a delightful 18th century town house boasting award-winning, boutique accommodation.

On Christmas Day, the hotel will be serving a decadent five-course gourmet lunch with a contemporary twist on the traditional festive offering. For those after a luxurious breakaway, The Kings Hotel also offers affordable lodgings from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day.  

Green Dragon, Cockleford

Nestled in the small village of Cockleford, the Green Dragon is a traditional country pub with flagged floors, oak beams and quaint details throughout the dining room and bar. Owners Simon and Nicky Haly are massive champions of utilising local produce which can be seen throughout their drink and food menu.

If the thought of slaving over the stove this Christmas fills you with dread, the Green Dragon will be serving a festive feast fit for a king on Christmas Day. Book early to avoid disappointment.


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