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Christmas dining in Hampshire

PUBLISHED: 01:16 29 October 2011 | UPDATED: 10:38 06 December 2017

Romantic dinner setup or Holiday table setting, red decoration with candle light.


Get in the festive spirit with our selection of the county's top dining experiences this Christmas...

Feature from 2011. For the latest food and drink, click here.




Chilworth Manor

Boasting a sweeping driveway, imposing Manor house and beautiful galleried main hall with an open fire place, Chilworth Manor is the ideal venue for your seasonal celebrations. 


Rhinefield House

Whether you are organising your company’s private party or looking for yourself and a group of friends, Christmas parties at Rhinefiled House will have you celebrating in style. Enjoy a warm welcome from 7pm, before sitting down in one of their stunning dining rooms to a delicious festive party menu. 


La Perle

Located in the heart of Milford on Sea, Chef Lionel Sene offers you simple French cuisine for all who love France. Enjoy a relaxed Xmas dining experience in the family owned restaurant where the atmosphere is cosy and friendly. Le Menu de Noel will be available from December 1 excluding Friday and Saturday. 



Winner of ‘Restaurant of the Year’ at our Food and Drink Awards, Verveine is the perfect destination for your Xmas meal. Take over the whole restaurant with your party of up to 30 or dine with friends in their relaxing environment. Enjoy fantastic cuisine from the ‘Chef of the Year’ winner David Wykes, whether you love fish dishes or meat, he can create beautiful food that your whole party will enjoy. 


The Bear and Ragged Staff

Enjoy traditional Christmas decorations and crackers complete with real log fires at the Bear and Ragged Staff; the ideal Christmas party venue for those looking for a laidback and festive atmosphere. Book three courses and coffee for £19.95 or two courses and coffee for £15.95.


The Purefoy Arms

Winner of our ‘Pub of the Year’ category at The Food and Drink Awards, the Purefoy Arms has a relaxed and informal atmosphere but with very high standards on food, wine and service. Choose it as your perfect place to eat, drink and entertain this Christmas. Their Christmas Day Lunch is priced at £60 for seven courses. Or choose from a two course menu for £19 or three courses from £24.


The Marine

Celebrate the festive season with one of the best outlooks on the South Coast. Enjoy good food and wine followed by a celebratory drink on their stunning roof top terrace where you can experience a 360 degree view. 


Old Thorns Manor

Old Thorns Manor has something for everyone, from an informal get together to intimate dinners. Family and friends can enjoy a traditional Christmas in lavish surroundings, so let them spoil you with their warm hospitality and mouth-watering food. 


The Queen Inn

The Queen Inn has everything to offer for those searching for the best in olde world English pubs. With a cosy bar, beams, roaring log fire and an atmospheric restaurant, you can’t go wrong with a table there this Xmas. Christmas party menus are available from December 5 to 23 for pre-booked parties of up to 30 guests and costs £26.95 per head.


The Bush Inn

Nestled alongside the River Itchen with the famous Pilgrim’s Way meandering alongside, expect a cosy and warm atmosphere with roaring log fires and many nooks and crannies. Smaller Xmas parties can be treated to a bespoke menu with a variety of speciality beers to match.


The Sun Inn

Cosy up in front of one of the three crackling log fires which warm each of the interlinking rooms in this 17th Century Inn. A festive menu will be available from December 1 to 24, food will be served from 12pm till 2pm and then again from 7pm till 9.30pm. Sunday lunch is served from 12pm to 2.30pm.


The Gamekeepers

Visit this wonderful old English country inn dating back to 1841 with original low beams and flagstone floor for contemporary cuisine that is locally produced and lovingly prepared. Christmas party bookings are available from December 1 to 24 and Christmas Day lunch includes Hampshire sourced turkey, Mapledurwell game pie and Hampshire cheeseboard. 


Peat Spade Inn

For those wishing to celebrate the festive season in rural style, the Peat Spade Inn offers a delicious Christmas menu which can be booked for large or small parties. Two private rooms are available seating between 10 and 20 guests and smaller parties are welcomed in the restaurant. The Christmas party menu features numerous locally sourced delicacies including Hampshire Game Terrine with Plum Compote and Toasted Sourdough, traditional Turkey with Greenfields Pork Chipolatas and all the trimmings and local cheese and biscuits.


The Elvetham

With a stunning starlit Christmas conservatory and a spectacular traditional “Country House and Candles” theme, The Elvetham is the perfect destination this Xmas offering exclusive private parties for up to 320 guests and shared party nights. All packages include a welcome reception, three course dinner, portrait photographer and a disco. Premium party nights include a Champagne reception, unlimited wine and bottled beer until 10pm and the organiser booking their Christmas party at The Elvetham can receive a free Kindle Wifi.


Pebble Beach

With fabulous seasonal food, relaxing festive atmosphere and of course the stunning views, you can be sure Pebble Beach will make your Christmas one to remember. Book now for Christmas Day luncheon and New Years Eve celebrations or sample their pre-Christmas two or three course set menu all through December.


The Anchor Inn

Surrounded by tranquil countryside, the 16th century Anchor Inn is a picture perfect pub. Low beams and open fires combine to transport guests back to a bygone era whilst outstanding locally sourced produce awaits on the menu. Book their private room for up to 30 guests or dine in the atmospheric restaurant. 



Throughout December Aviator will be hosting a select number of party nights, inspired by the French term Vive la Fête (long live the party), and culminating in La Finale, a hedonistic New Year’s Eve celebration. Promising to be its most elaborate celebrations to date, each event will offer shared dining or private dining alternatives. La Finale will be the pinnacle of the month’s celebrations, combining a champagne reception with a riotous interior and style. Executive Chef Andrew Donovan will be creating specific menus for the events and the hotel’s award-winning mixologists will be preparing some of their most renowned cocktails.


Oakley Hall

With elegant chandeliers, a striking Christmas tree and original fireplaces dressed with Christmas garlands, this grand Georgian Manor house is the ideal setting to celebrate Christmas. Book their ‘Hot in Hollywood’ themed Christmas party nights from December 1 to 23 or enjoy a Christmas shoot and lunch from December 1 to 24. Christmas Day lunch will include five courses and champagne on arrival as well as a traditional Boxing Day four course luncheon.


The Selborne Arms

Experience a traditional village pub, tastefully decorated for Christmas with real fires and a friendly atmosphere. Whether you prefer the cosy setting of the bars or the more intimate dining room catering for smaller parties of up to 14, a warm welcome awaits with plenty of festive spirit.


The Foresters

Hidden away in the woods, this beautiful pub is traditionally decorated throughout with open fires and a warm and cosy atmosphere. Mulled wine and great winter warmer drinks are available; the perfect end to a woodland stroll. Christmas party bookings are available for up to 50 people.


Fur and Feathers

Discover this quintessential Victorian country pub in the heart of the Hampshire countryside. Two log burning stoves in each dining area create a warm and relaxed dining experience. Can cater for up to 24 guests in each area with a Christmas menu on offer from now until Christmas Day.


The Globe

Recently lovingly refurbished and restored by the new owners, The Globe offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere with two open fires, a soft, candlelit bar and dining areas set in an idyllic location. Choose from a set Xmas menu from December 1 to 23 or book the private dining room for up to 25 guests.

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