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EDITION 2018 Edition

THE

Office Christmas PARTY GUIDE

Thames Valley

A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS IN THE THAMES VALLEY REGION


0844 625 5625


Season’s Greetings!

Whether you’re already counting down the days and dusting off your baubles, or you’re refusing to contemplate the festive season until December, there’s no denying that Christmas is nearly upon us.

As card-carrying food fanatics, the team at Food & Drink Guides loves Christmas – after all, it’s mainly about over-indulging. Before we can all sit back with a mountain of mince pies and a glass of mulled wine, though, there’s some serious decision-making to be done. If you’re responsible for planning your Christmas do – be it an office knees up for 500 or a celebratory shindig for your team – it’s important to get it right. We’ve put together The Office Christmas Party Guide and packed it full of venue suggestions, party inspiration and expert advice so you can rest assured that your celebration will be a resounding success.

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CONTENTS A quick look at our more in-depth content............1 INDEX Find your favourite venues in an instant...............56

VEnuE inSpirATion

THE HIND’S HEAD Celebrate Christmas in a former hunting lodge in the impossibly picturesque village of Bray............12 TREAT YOURSELF THIS CHRISTMAS Top-notch venues offering the best fine festive dining......................................................20 CROWN GOLF Top party planning tips and advice from Nikki Blacker of Crown Golf........................................28 MAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY ABOUT SHARING An interview with The Vineyard at Donnington Valley’s executive chef, Robby Jenks.......................................36

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HAVE A HOPPY CHRISTMAS WITH ZERODEGREES We explore why Zerodegrees is the perfect place for something a little different at Christmas...............44 You’ll notice that some venues in the guide have an 084 telephone number. Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

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canningford House 38 Victoria Street Bristol BS1 6BY t: 0117 927 7167 e: editor@foodanddrinkguides.com w: www.christmaspartyvenue.co.uk Editor Hannah Burton-Grieve Senior Editorial Assistants Robbie Masters, Tori Sharpe Editorial Assistants Elle England, Jess Maples, Oli Bishop, Ella Fisher, Rosie Best graphic designer Morag Davidson, Ruth Harris, Jo Ley project Manager Joe Packer Advertising Sales Emma Filby, Emma Clarke published by Food & Drink Guides Ltd publisher Sam Collins Managing director Robin Fry printed August 2018 The cost of producing this guide has been met by advertising revenues from the venues featured within. We only include venues that we know, from either experience or recommendation, provide a quality service. However, some reviews are supplied by third parties, and no review in this guide should be taken as a direct recommendation by Food & Drink Guides Ltd. Printed August 2018.

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This Christmas come and experience a joiner party like no other as we transform Stoke Park’s Palladian Mansion into our own magical world of Alice’s ‘Winterland’. Think Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Christmas Style! So dress to impress and let us entertain you with our world-class hospitality. Available on: Friday 7th December Friday 14th December Saturday 15th December Price £85.00 per person inc VAT Includes: 1 Reception Drink 3 Course Meal 1/2 Bottle of Wine with Dinner Disco Casino Entertainment Crackers and Christmas Novelties Dress Code: Black Tie To book or to find our more please contact our Events team on 0844 625 5630 or sales@stokepark.com www.stokepark.com


THAMES HOTEL

Christmas Party Menu Starters

Mains

Homemade Winter Soup (V) Velvety smooth butternut squash soup, enriched with Taleggio cheese

Traditional Christmas Turkey Roast potatoes, roasted parsnips, pigs in blankets, seasonal vegetables, stuffing and gravy

Pâtè di Fegato di Pollo Luxurious Christmas chicken liver pâté served with Melba toast and red onion chutney

Cannelloni D’Anatra Fresh cannelloni stuffed with braised duck and béchamel sauce with a light orange and thyme sauce

Salmon Bon Bon Salmon mouse wrapped in smoked salmon served with a delicate herb crème fraîche Tricolore Salad (V) Sliced mozzarella, fresh tomato & avocado with pesto dressing & fresh basil Nidi Di Gamberi Deep-fried marinated king prawns wrapped in pastry, served with potato cream, garlic and sweet paprika dressing

Desserts

Risotto Milanese ai Funghi Porcini (V) Wild porcini mushroom risotto with saffron, Parmesan and drizzled with truffle oil Ballottine di Pollo Chicken breast wrapped in streaky bacon, stuffed with homemade chicken liver pâté and spinach, served with red wine jus, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables Salmon Fillet Parcel Salmon fillet topped with spinach, sunblushed tomatoes and crème fraîche, wrapped in filo pastry and served with lemon beurre blanc and baby potatoes

Sticky Toffee Bombe served with cream Tiramisu Espresso-soaked sponge layered with mascarpone cream & dusted with cocoa powder

Free Discos on Friday and Saturday nights throughout December.

Chocolate Profiteroles Soft choux pastries filled with superb Chantilly cream all covered with chocolate cream

£10 deposit pp

Ice Cream Choose from strawberry, vanilla or chocolate

Ray Mead Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8NR t: 0844 625 5641 e: reservations@thameshotel.co.uk

Lunch £21.95 per person Dinner £25.95 per person


TRUNKWELL HOUSE HOTEL PRESENTS

Christmas IN

AND NOW LADIES AND GENTLEMEN... Join us in the ‘Windy City’ where the sexiest, sassiest, most sophisticated Broadway musical in history will inspire our ‘Christmas in Chicago’ themed parties. Trunkwell House is bringing the real razzle-dazzle to Berkshire - where the gin is cold and the piano is hot!

WHAT TO EXPECT • Luxury Themed ‘CHRISTMAS IN CHICAGO’ Grand Marquee • Meet and Greet acts • Pianist on Arrival • Christmas Crackers • Table Centrepieces • 3 Course Sit-Down Meal • Jazz Singer • Show-Stopping Cabaret Show • Fabulous Aerial Show • Tea & Coffee Station • DJ & Disco • LED Dance Floor • Entertainment Ride • Fun Casino Tables • Licensed Bars • Event Security

0844 625 5531

CHICAGO PARTY NIGHTS Join Trunkwell in an unforgettable night of Razzle, Dazzle and All That Jazz... NOVEMBER Saturday 17th – £42.95 Friday 23rd – £45.95 Saturday 24th – £49.95 Friday 30th – £52.95 DECEMBER Saturday 1st – £59.95 Thursday 6th – £57.95 Friday 7th – £62.95 Saturday 8th – £62.95 Thursday 13th – £57.95 Friday 14th – £62.95 Saturday 15th – £62.95 Sunday 16th – £39.95 Friday 21st – £55.95 New Years Eve – £85.95 JANUARY 2019 Saturday 5th – £45.95 Special New Years Party Package – please ask for more info All prices include VAT

CHRISTMAS@TRUNKWELL.COM

WWW.TRUNKWELL.COM

TRUNKWELL HOUSE HOTEL, BEECH HILL ROAD, READING, RG7 2AT


‘Bring Your Party to Our Party!’ ...Christmas & New Year 2018! ‘Quote ‘BUBBLES’ when booking for a Complimentary Bellini!’

CHEQUERS HOTEL 6-8 Oxford Street, Newbury, RG14 1JB • Tel: 0844 625 5626 www.chequershotelnewbury.co.uk events@chequershotelnewbury.co.uk

C el ebrate

ChrIstmas W I TH US

TWO COURSES £25.95 THREE COURSES £29.95 Buffet £17.95 Christmas Day Lunch £100

To view our menus and to book please visit our website WWW.THELITTLEANGEL.CO.UK

Remenham Lane, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2LS | 0844 625 5272


Celebrate

at Holiday Inn Reading M4 Jct10 Make your Christmas sparkle at Holiday Inn Reading M4 Jct10 The perfect answer to having your own private Christmas party night, for big groups of friends to celebrate, or for those looking to join our Join a Party Nights. Ideal for smaller parties looking for a big party atmosphere, our ready-made party nights include a delicious three-course festive meal in stylish surroundings followed by a disco. Wharfedale Road, Winnersh Triangle, Reading, Berkshire RG41 5TS e: events@hireadinghotel.com t: 0118 944 0444 w: www.hireadinghotel.com


CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR AT DONNINGTON GROVE

DECEMBER PARTY NIGHTS... “Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la…..” Our stunning venue will be transformed into a festive wonderland for your evening party with friends, or a work’s team celebration with style.

PARTY MENU Cream of butternut squash soup, herb croutons Smoked salmon and prawn parcel, chive and herb garnish, lemon vinaigrette Duck and orange pâté, tomato jam, ciabatta croute

Traditional roast turkey, pig in blanket, stuffing, gravy Topside of beef, Yorkshire pudding, red wine gravy Pan-fried sea bass, lemon and chive cream Traditional nut roast, spiced tomato sauce All main courses served with seasonal vegetables and roast potatoes

Traditional Christmas pudding, brandy cream White chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, Chantilly cream Sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce, vanilla ice cream .......... Coffee with seasonal treats

£40 per person You’re guaranteed a fabulous evening starting with a glass of chilled sparkling wine on arrival, a sumptuous three-course meal, coffee, Christmas treats, novelties and DJ until midnight

Contact 0844 625 4846 or email: events@donnington-grove.com www.donnington-grove.com Grove Road, Newbury, RG14 2LA


Celebrate Christmas & New Year at the Holiday Inn Reading South M4, J11

We have everything you need for the perfect festive get-together at Holiday Inn Reading South.

Arabian Themed Party Nights

Private Parties

Festive Lunches and Dinners

Christmas Day Carvery Lunch

New Year ’s Eve Family Party.

CALL NOWContact ON: 01189 870 464 OR EMAIL: events@hireadingsouth.com our Christmas co-ordinators for more information t: 0871 702 9067 e: events@hireadingsouth.com

500 Basingstoke Road, Reading, RG2 0SL www.hireadingsouthhotel.co.uk @HIReadingSouth /HolidayInnReadingSouth


The

Hind’s Head This unique restaurant in Berkshire is a must

for a festive celebration to remember

For a traditional British Christmas you won’t forget in a hurry, treat yourself and your party to a visit to The Hind’s Head. When it’s cold and gloomy outside, there’s nothing that lifts the spirits like a classic English refuge with wood-panelled walls, cosy armchairs and sturdy brick fireplaces. This former hunting lodge and coaching inn in the impossibly picturesque village of Bray dates back to the 1400s and offers a wonderful welcome, making it the perfect place to spend time eating and drinking this Christmas.

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VENUE INSPIRATION

Inspired by its distinctive Tudor heritage and timber interiors, the kitchen team at The Hind’s Head offers menus that celebrate Britain’s culinary past, taking classics and using precision, creativity and originality to re-invent such dishes as wild mushrooms on toast, oxtail and kidney pudding, and even the humble Scotch egg. For Christmas the kitchen brigade will of course be producing wonderful versions of many festive favourites, like pea and ham soup, roast turkey, spiced red cabbage, and the Yule Log. You’ll also find reinterpretations of historical recipes that are bound to become sought-after seasonal delicacies, such as venison Carpaccio, beef à la mode, mulled cider apple trifle and the renowned Quaking Pudding, which will have you quaking with pleasure. A magical place with an atmosphere all of its own, The Hind’s Head has attracted many illustrious visitors, including Errol Flynn, Walt Disney and Queen Elizabeth II – though not all at the same table. This Christmas, join the ranks of these well-known gastronomes and celebrate in style at this remarkable destination.

To find out more about Christmas celebrations at The Hind’s Head, get in touch with the team:

t: 0844 625 4928 e: events@hindsheadbray.com w: www.hindsheadbray.com

www.christmaspartyvenue.co.uk

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0844 625 5625


Party Time We are renowned for our exceptional Christmas Join-a-Party Nights with festive culinary delights and attention to detail, with a spectacular “Fire & Ice Theme”!

Party Nights On Fridays and Saturdays in December, join us from 07.00 pm for festive fun and dance the night away until 01.00 am. Includes: Welcome Drink, 3-course Meal, Interactive DJ, Photographer and Photobooth December 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd - £47.50 per person December 1st - £43.50 per person

Inclusive Party Nights All Inclusive Party Nights are back! Soak up the atmosphere of a traditional Join-a-Party with unlimited FREE HOUSE drinks! Includes: Welcome Drink, 3-course Meal, Interactive DJ, Photographer and Unlimited FREE HOUSE Drinks November 30th - £45.00 per person December 5th, 12th, 19th - £45.00 per person

www.pinewoodhotel.co.uk The Pinewood Hotel Wexham Park Lane, George Green, Buckinghamshire, SL3 6AP To book call 0844 625 5619 or email events@pinewoodhotel.co.uk


CHRISTMAS AT THAMES LIDO Come and celebrate Christmas in Reading’s newest and most unique venue. Thames Lido is the renovated Kings Meadow Swimming Pool which now boasts a pool side restaurant, tapas bar and private function room with views over the River Thames. Headed by executive chef Freddy Bird, the menu will echo the style of the award winning Bristol Lido, with dishes influenced by Spain and the Middle East that focus on the provenance of ingredients, primarily cooked over fire and in wood ovens. Lunch – 2 courses £16, 3 courses £20 – for groups of up to 7 Dinner – 3 courses £37.50

Set lunch 2 courses £16, 3 courses £20 - Lunch & Dinner 3 courses £37.50

The main restaurant has a capacity of 110 and the private function room can accommodate parties for up to 50 people. Should you want to hire the whole venue for the most elaborate party, we are always open to offers... For all enquiries please email events@thameslido.com or call 0117 2444979 9999 0844 625


Sparkle and Snowflakes Party Nights at Macdonald Windsor Hotel

After a glass of Prosecco on arrival and a delicious three course dinner, the DJ takes the reins and lines up top tracks for a night of disco fever. Fridays and Saturdays from November 23rd until December 22nd Prices from ÂŁ49 Evening starts: 7:00pm. Carriages: 12:30am

Make a night of it and stay. From ÂŁ155.00 Bed and Breakfast based on two adults sharing.

Booking is easy. Call us on 0844 625 5654 or email christmas.windsor@macdonald-hotels.co.uk www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/Festive


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CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS!

PRIVATE AND CORPORATE BOOKINGS

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

£38pp

From only £32pp

£45pp

Ideal for small & large groups of friends or colleagues to be part of a big party atmosphere.

Enjoy exclusive use of our Fairway Suite or Coach House to host your Christmas function.

Arrive at 7pm... dressed to impress!

Includes a glass of bubbly on arrival, a delicious 3 course festive dinner followed by coffee & mini mince pies. DJ until 1am.

Minimum of 50 attendees for private hire and can host up to 200 people.

Luxury hot & cold scrumptious buffet.

Book early to avoid disappointment on preferred dates.

Friday 7th December

Dance the night away & be with all your friends at midnight for a spot of Auld Lang Syne.

Saturday 8th December

Carriages at 1am.

Champagne & canapés on arrival.

Saturday 15th December

Contact us for our full range of Christmas parties: events@badgemorepark.com

0844 625 4873

badgemorepark.com


CHRISTMAS PARTIES AT TAPLOW

THE MORE THE MERRIER Whether you are after a jolly good knees up join-a-party with a small or large group, or a more intimate private affair, you’re welcome at Taplow. Come and celebrate Christmas time with friends, family or colleagues - we’ll make sure it’s a night to remember! Our parties start in late November with prices from £39.95 per person. Make a night of it, preferential accommodation rates available.

BOOK BY 30TH SEPTEMBER FOR A 10% DISCOUNT! Beautifully British, naturally individual, marvellously Taplow.

Call Rebecca: 0844 625 4968 Email us: events@taplowhouse.com taplowhouse.com Taplow House, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire SL6 0DA


Treat yourself this

Christmas

If you can’t spoil yourself at Christmas, when can you? These top-notch venues offer the best fine festive dining, and are guaranteed to make this Yuletide extra special. Enjoy exquisite menus, beautiful settings and first-class service in the company of your closest family, friends and colleagues, and make this Christmas one to remember.

L’Ortolan As Reading’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, L’Ortolan boasts an unparalleled reputation in the area. Head chef Tom Clarke brings a wealth of experience to his position, focusing on modern French cuisine and the use of fresh, local produce to create stunning meals that don’t just satisfy, but astound. Located in the peaceful village of Shinfield, L’Ortolan plays host to three dining rooms – the Champagne Room, Glass Room and Wine Cellar – and is equally well-suited for large, private parties as it is for smaller, more intimate occasions. This festive season, visitors can sample a six-course tasting dinner – a true Christmas treat – or a traditional three-course lunch, all while taking in the elegant architecture and decor of the restaurant’s Grade II listed building. Church Lane, Shinfield, RG2 9BY t: 0844 502 9607 e: info@lortolan.com w: www.lortolan.com

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VENUE INSPIRATION

Donnington

Grove Hotel and Country Club

Built in the 18th-century, Donnington Grove has a long and illustrious history as the home of noted intellectuals, gentlemen and even an Edwardian fashionista. The estate is located in the village of Newbury, just a stone’s throw from landmarks such as Donnington Castle and Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle. Christmastime at Donnington Grove Hotel combines a classic English Christmas with modern festive fun. The restaurant’s seasonal menu showcases local produce and features traditional dishes such as roast turkey and topside of beef, as well as a vegetarian nut roast. Meanwhile, those seeking a party atmosphere can choose to join a dedicated party night, host their own private Christmas celebration, or attend the hotel’s glamorous New Year’s Eve event. Grove Road, Newbury, RG14 2LA t: 0844 625 4846 e: enquiries@donnington-grove.com w: www.donnington-grove.com

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New Year’s Eve at Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa

Party your way into 2019 at our ‘Glitz & Glamour Ball’ on the one night that everyone can stay up late! Enjoy cocktails on arrival, canapés and a magnificent five course dinner. When you’ve had your fill we open the dance floor to the DJ’s top tracks to the midnight countdown and beyond! Monday 31st December. Gala Ball for £99.50.

Make a night of it and stay from £199 per adult. includes Gala dinner and breakfast.

Booking is easy. Call us on 0844 625 5796 or email christmas.berystede@macdonald-hotels.co.uk www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/Festive


Festive Entertainment and Dining in the Heart of the Thames Valley Celebrate the season with friends and colleagues at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell. Select a show and book a table or private dining room with us. Alternatively talk to us about our corporate entertainment packages. Free parking. Ideal for groups of 10 to 100+.

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Funk & soul Christmas party Nights

A night of glam, glitz and festive fun Wed 19 Dec 8pm

Rock, pop and soul classics through the decades Wed 12 & thu 13 Dec 8pm

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parties of 10+ quote ‘Christmas party guide’ and receive a free bottle of bubbly for the organiser* email paula.white@southhillpark.org.uk for information and bookings. *Subject to booking confirmation, parties of 10+ guests, bottle will be presented to the organiser on the date of the event.

Box oFFICe 0844 625 4384 · souTHHillpark.org.uk @southhillpark

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South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA

South Hill Park Trust Limited. A charitable company limited by guarantee


Christmas fare 3-course menu

26th NOVEMBER – 22nd DECEMBER MONDAY-SATURDAY LUNCH £30 • DINNER £30

The Waterside is a dream-like setting for your Christmas party. Recently undergoing a contemporary refurbishment, the pub still retains its beautiful thatched roof. With its burning log fire and plenty of cosy nooks, why not come and enjoy the Christmas season with us? Fairwater Drive, Woodley, RG5 3EZ t: 0844 625 5453 e: waterside@tmdining.co.uk w: www.tmdining.co.uk

Celebrate Christmas at West london’s leading banqueting venue Haveli is a luxurious and elegant events space for your Christmas party. A range of packages are available, and the expansive space can be set up with a theatre, cabaret or ballroom theme. A flexible venue for a team of any size, Haveli is the ideal place to celebrate this festive season. Capacity of 300 • On-site parking • Central location HD projector • Outdoor catering

0844 625 4559

277 High Street, Slough, SL1 1BN www.haveli.co.uk • info@haveli.co.uk


Make your Christmas extra special at Browns brasserie & bar with a touch of added sparkle. From specially created dishes made using fresh, seasonal ingredients to expertly mixed cocktails overflowing with festive cheer, there’s plenty to look forward to. CHRISTMAS TIME WELL SPENT THREE-COURSE FESTIVE MENU £29.95 per person (£20.95 Sun-Weds)

FIVE-COURSE NEW YEAR’S EVE MENU AND A CLASSIC BELLINI £39.95 per person

FIVE-COURSE CHRISTMAS DAY MENU £74.95 per person

FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA £18.95 per person

THREE-COURSE BOXING DAY MENU £29.95 per person

PARTY PACKAGES Buffet menu from £18.95 per person (minimum 10 people) only available when pre-ordered drinks packages available

AVAILABLE 12TH NOVEMBER TO 30TH DECEMBER 2018 EXCLUDING CHRISTMAS DAY AND BOXING DAY - GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS AVAILABLE Unit 7, Riverside Level, The Oracle Centre, Reading, RG1 2AG t: 0844 625 4841 w: www.browns-restaurants.co.uk

Celebrate Christmas at the unique and beautiful Watermill Theatre Enjoy a three course festive meal in our tithe barn restaurant. £27.95 per person or £21.95 if booked before 31 October. For more information call the Restaurant on 01635 570920 watermill.org.uk The Watermill Theatre and Restaurant, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE


Christmasat Join us at The Blackwood Arms Country Pub in Burnham Beeches for your office Christmas party! We have a delicious Christmas menu, a large selection of real ales, a fine wine list and a beautiful setting in which to enjoy yourself this festive season. Available from Tuesday November 27th to Saturday 22nd December (excludes Sundays). For Party requirements after Boxing Day please ask for availability

3 courses £28.00 per person

2 courses £23.00 per person

Common Lane, Littleworth Common, Slough, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8PP T: 0844 502 9915 W: theblackwoodarms.net


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JOIN US FOR A CHRISTMAS FEAST AT ZERODEGREES. CHOOSE FROM RICHLY FESTIVE FAVOURITES LIKE PRAWN & BLACK PUDDING GUMBO, BREADED CAMEMBERT, TURKEY ROULADE, LAMB WITH CHRISTMAS SPICES AND MANY MORE OR OF COURSE ANY PIZZA YOU FANCY!

THREE COURSES START AT JUST £19.95

T O F IND OU T MOR E OR BOOK , C A L L 0 8 4 4 5 0 2 9 3 3 6 OR V I S I T Z E R ODE GR E E S .C O.UK ZERODEGREES 9 Bridge Street Reading RG1 2LR

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Rudolph’s Dinner package

Christmas Day Carvery

£29.95

£50

Christmas Day Carvery: £50 for adults & £30 for children Rudolph’s Dinner Package: 3 courses and bubbly on arrival, every Thursday, Friday & Saturday night from 1st - 21st December 7pm start – dinner at 8pm – DJ until 1am – £29.95 per person Yuletide Luncheons

£14.95

Yuletide Luncheons: 2 courses, weekday lunchtimes

from 29th November noon-3pm – £14.95 per person

Mrs Clause Dance Party: Glass of bubbly on arrival, light buffet catering Saturday 15th December, doors from 9pm - bar & DJ until 2am – £15 per person

Bird Hills Golf Centre, Drift Road, Hawthorn Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 3ST w: www.birdhills.co.uk e: info@birdhills.co.uk t: 0844 625 5424

Dance Party

£15pp


Crown Golf Nikki Blacker, director of sales and marketing at Crown Golf Clubs, talks advice for party planners, the secret to a successful Christmas party, and her best and worst festive shindigs.

How important is the Christmas period to your business and why? Christmas is one of the most exciting periods for our business – it’s a jolly time when spirits are running high and the whole club team pulls together to have fun providing our members and guests with a truly exceptional festive party that they’ll remember for years to come. How do you make Crown Golf venues stand out in such a competitive industry? We really love Christmas and that always shines through. Our happy, lively and enthusiastic team creates a truly unique and infectious party vibe. This, coupled with show-stopping decor, great food and awesome tunes played by our resident DJ, is what makes a Crown Golf Christmas party night one of those evenings you don’t easily forget. Who wouldn’t want to party with us? 28

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What will Crown Golf be offering this festive season? All the glitz and glamour of Hollywood in a town near you. Float down the red carpet, grab yourself a cocktail, pose for a selfie or two and prepare yourself for a fabulous fun-filled evening. Guests can play a few games and enjoy a delicious three-course meal in our professionally themed function suite, before hitting the dance floor where our DJ will get the party started. What is the secret to a successful Christmas party? Great organisation from the venue before and during the evening to ensure everyone (including the event organiser) has an awesome night. A great meal prepared by genuine foodies makes a real difference, and you’ve got to have good service and a cool DJ. Add plenty of wine, cocktails or another tipple of choice and, of course, the great company of colleagues, friends and family.

www.christmaspartyvenue.co.uk


VENUE INSPIRATION

What advice would you give office party event planners? If you want a night to remember that’s totally stress free and guaranteed to impress your colleagues, a Crown Golf venue is the venue for you. We believe that as the office party planner you too should enjoy your evening, so all we ask of you is to return the completed menu pre-order form in advance and settle the account. We take care of everything else so you can confidently turn up on the night and relax and enjoy the great food, music and atmosphere along with everyone else. What’s the biggest benefit to holding a Christmas party at one of your venues? You just know that you are guaranteed a great festive meal and a fun-packed evening. Our venues are professionally decorated in keeping with the party’s theme, and happy, lively staff make it their mission to ensure you have a fabulous night. We provide a safe environment where you can park for free then relax, let your hair down and party to your heart’s content.

What’s your favourite aspect of Christmas? Watching people come together to have fun and celebrate the festive season. I love the warmth of the clubhouse on a cold and frosty night, alongside the sound of laughter, excited chatter and the glitzy decorations. What’s the best or worst Christmas party you’ve ever been to? The worst was a truly shocking evening in a comedy club in London. There were twice as many guests as there should have been at each table, staff were miserable and there wasn’t so much as a single spare inch on the dance floor. In contrast, the best party night was the Cams Hall Estate team bash. Everybody was having a great time and the atmosphere was buzzing. It was so nice to share a great evening with friends and see everyone so happy. For more information, get in touch with a Crown Golf venue near you: Sherfield Oaks, Basingstoke t: 0844 625 5574 w: www.sherfieldoaksgolf.co.uk Sunbury Golf Centre, Shepperton t: 0844 625 5706 w: www.sunburygolf.co.uk Pine Ridge Golf Club, Frimley t: 0844 625 5769 w: www.pineridgegolf.co.uk Hampton Court Palace Golf Club, East Molesey t: 0844 625 5580 w: www.hamptoncourtgolf.co.uk

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Celebrate

Christmas & New Year at

Celebrate the festive season at the Thames Riviera Hotel, with mouth-watering food, great service & superb entertainment. We are the perfect setting for some Christmas or New Year merrymaking!

Christmas Party Nights Christmas Day Lunch

Daily Christmas Menu New Year’s Eve

Bridge Road | Maidenhead | Berkshire | SL6 8DW E: christmas@galleonhotels.com | T: 0844 625 4412 | www.thamesriviera.com Like us on Facebook

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Party Nights

Eat, drink and be merry this festive season with our Christmas party nights including: • A delicious three course dinner • Coffee, mince pies and party favours • Disco until 1am

From £45 per person. Please call us on 0844 502 9396 for more information. Available throughout November, December and January

www.donningtonvalley.co.uk Old Oxford Road, Newbury Berkshire RG14 3AG


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EXCLUSIVE AND SHARED CHRISTMAS PARTIES Experience the mesmerising and incredible entertainment, spectacular themes and seamless service at our fantastic venues across the Thames Valley… JOIN IN THE FUN WITH: Spectacular Theming & Scenery World Class Live Entertainment Delicious Hot & Cold Canapés Superb Three Course Dinner Cheese Buffet • Survivors Breakfast State-of-the-art Disco Charity Casino* • Dodgems** Full Event Management On-site Security • Free Cloakroom AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED!

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Open 10am till late, 7 days a week. Food served from 12 noon until 10pm. www.boatmanwindsor.com @boatmanwindsor 10 Thames Side, Windsor SL4 1QN Tel. 01753 620010 *20% VAT is included in all costs. An optional service charge of 10% will be added to your bill.


Celebrate the festive season in true Michelin style

Dine among friends and family with a luxurious six-course tasting festive dinner or three-course festive lunch at Michelin-starred L’Ortolan

Festive dinner £58 per person Festive lunch £43 per person Festive dinner: Tuesday to Thursday evenings (from Tuesday 4th December to Thursday 20th December) Festive lunch: Tuesday to Thursday lunchtimes (from Tuesday 4th December to Thursday 20th December) Max 6 per booking. A discretionary service charge of 12.5% will be added to your bill. All prices include VAT.

Please call 0844 502 9607 or e-mail info@lortolan.com For menus & prices visit www.lortolan.com Just five minutes from Junction 11 of the M4 Church Lane, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY


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Christmas Party About Sharing Donnington Valley’s The Vineyard’s executive chef, Robby Jenks, talks to us about party planning, Christmas cooking and the secret to a successful event.

what is your culinary background? I started my culinary career as a kitchen porter for a hotel in my home town of Tiverton, in Devon. I spent a lot of hours in the kitchen, and got a real buzz from the fast-paced environment. When an opportunity came up, I jumped at the chance to train as a chef. After finishing school, I went into a professional kitchen as a commis chef and haven’t looked back since. How has The Vineyard’s food offering changed since you became head chef? After taking the helm at The Vineyard kitchen in February 2016, I have worked on creating a simple but perfect dining experience. Working alongside a talented team of chefs, I have put together a new menu concept using classical cooking with modern techniques and the best possible ingredients. 36

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what’s your favourite aspect of christmas (when it comes to cooking)? I really enjoy the festive season and being swept up in the merry atmosphere. When it comes to cooking, I just love all stuffing; there are so many different and delicious flavours, and it is a must-have on the Christmas table. what advice would you give for catering an office Christmas party? Make it about sharing. Christmas is all about creating magical moments and memories so bringing this into the celebration with the food you serve will make it less stressful for the host. what’s the best food to serve at a christmas party? Putting on a good spread for Christmas can be difficult when catering for large numbers. www.cHriSTMASpArTYVEnuE.co.uk


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As it is a celebration and brings people together, I would cook a beef Wellington because it’s a household favourite and something extra special. what are your top three festive cooking tips? First, make sure you buy a good turkey; select one that will feed the whole family. Second, when it comes to cooking the turkey, allow time to baste the meat to ensure it is moist and tender. And, third, once the bird is out of the oven, rest it (that is absolutely essential) before serving.

goals — and the event is much more likely to be a resounding success. what should event planners avoid serving at the office Christmas party? There is no right or wrong when it comes to food for Christmas parties. As long as you have good company you will be sure to have a fabulous evening.

what is the secret to hosting a successful christmas party? Planning is absolutely essential. Make sure you have a clear idea of what you would like to achieve from the event in advance. If everyone has the same vision from the beginning it will be easier to achieve your The Vineyard is a five red star hotel and spa with a three AA rosette-awarded restaurant and an award-winning 30,000-bottle wine cellar. Located in Stockcross, near Newbury in Berkshire, the hotel is conveniently situated close to the M4 corridor.

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The Royal Lounge has the comfort, relaxed atmosphere and elegant eccentricity of a long-established English club.

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Celebrate the festive season at Located on the High Street in the beautiful market town of Hungerford, The Hungerford Arms is the perfect place for any Christmas get-together. The friendly team will ensure your evening runs smoothly, so you can focus on enjoying the exquisite food, welcoming atmosphere and great company.

Contact us today on 0844 625 5594

www.hungerfordarmspub.co.uk • 113 High Street, Hungerford, RG17 0NB

Christmas Party Menu £22.95 per person Starter Homemade cream of tomato soup Prawn cocktail with brown bread and butter Chicken liver pâté with red berry compote Main Course Roast turkey with chestnut stuffing with all the trimmings Roast smoked salmon with white wine sauce Feta and roast vegetable tart

The Rising Sun A traditional country pub in Basingstoke with fantastic homemade food and plenty of Christmas spirit

Sweet Christmas pudding with brandy sauce or custard Chocolate and spiced apple strudel with cream or custard Fresh fruit salad

Large car park Conveniently located just a 2-minute walk from Basingstoke railway station.

Mince pie and coffee

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Chapel Hill, Basingstoke, RG21 5TB t: 0844 625 5632


Voted the no.1 Spanish restaurant in Berkshire on TripAdvisor

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK NOON TIL CLOSE

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***£54.50 per person*** Call for availability

Festive Joiner Parties:

Thursday 6th, 13th & 20th December ***only £39.95 per person*** - festive drink on arrival - three-course menu - DJ & disco - The Grinch theme Festive Friday Parties available on 14th December for £54.50 per person.

Christmas Party Bedroom Rates: Single - £40 Small double - £60 Double - £90 Highfield Park, Church Lane, Heckfield Nr. Hook, RG27 0LG t: 0844 625 5507 w: www.highfieldpark.com e: sales.team@highfieldpark.com


Christmas fare 3-course menu

26th NOVEMBER – 22nd DECEMBER MONDAY-SATURDAY LUNCH £30 • DINNER £30

The Crown is a charming 16th century inn that offers a warm welcome, excellent food plus superb accommodation. Set in the picturesque hamlet of Playhatch, The Crown is conveniently close to Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Maidenhead. Enjoy the festive season with us in front of the roaring log fire. Playhatch, Reading, RG4 9QN t: 0844 625 5443 e: crown@tmdining.co.uk w: www.tmdining.co.uk

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For the perfect Christmas celebration look no further than The Red House at Marsh Benham, Newbury. Party menus for parties of 6 or more Private dining room Exclusive restaurant hire Groups of over 100 welcome Christmas Carvery £28.50 Christmas Party 3-course menu £29.50 Christmas Day 5-course banquet £85.00 December gets booked up early so talk to us today about planning your party.

The Red House: Perfect for Christmas. Marsh Benham, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8LY M 0844 625 4993 www.theredhousepub.com


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Zerodegrees is the perfect place to enjoy something different this Christmas. Boasting traditional food, adventurous options and some wildly exclusive brews, this restaurant and microbrewery boasts something for everyone. We caught up with Priya Desai, creative director at Zerodegrees, to discuss some of her favourite festive food and beer pairings and the lesser-known art of marrying festive flavours with freshly brewed beer.

what inspired this year’s festive menu at Zerodegrees? Indulgence inspired us to create something truly memorable. Indulging without feeling guilty usually comes but once a year – around Christmas – so this year we wanted to make sure our dishes were luxurious but not overpowering. We’ve made sure that our Christmas offering reflects our passion for fresh, flavoursome food. what’s your favourite festive food and beer pairing? The Scotch Bonnet Carnita pizza with our refreshing mango beer – I like to keep things a little less conventional during the festive period. It’s packed with flavour and heat, and the slow-roasted pulled pork just melts in the mouth. The invigorating heat of chilli dances on the palate, reflecting the exciting time of year, but the most satisfying part for me is the cooling first sip of a cold, crisp 44

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and fresh glass of mango beer. For me, it’s the perfect pairing to balance and sweeten a spicy dish. Have you discovered any unusual christmas food and beer pairings? Pawel at Cardiff Zerodegrees came up with the idea of experimenting with Earl Grey tea and creating a beer with bergamot and a hint of caramel. It pairs brilliantly with our lamb pizza. This unusual combination of well-loved flavours has proven extremely popular. can we expect any special festive brews from Zerodegrees this christmas? Expect festive brews at the start of the season and plenty of surprise limited brews throughout. When we enter the Christmas period, not only do the chefs get excited at the prospect of experiencing and creating new flavours, the brewers do too. We love to make sure we get a real variety of limited speciality beers, so we have brews made at each site and make sure they are available at each location. www.cHriSTMASpArTYVEnuE.co.uk


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This Belgian-style witbier boasts notes of orange, citrus and cloves. The wheat malt and wheat beer yeast provide the majority of its natural haze. We think this beer is perfect with our sumptuous breaded Camembert as it cuts through the creaminess and cleanses the palate.

The Bohemian is one of the reasons we started Zerodegrees in the first place – we wanted to create the best Pilsner outside of Pilzen itself. This easy-going lager is the perfect accompaniment to imam bayildi. This stuffed aubergine dish is packed with a flavoursome veggie ragu and sliced potatoes. It’s slow-roasted in our wood-burning oven and topped with fresh rocket and roasted pine nuts.

TURKEY ROULADE try me with The Beast black lager The Beast is best paired with strong flavours. This year’s Christmas turkey dish is stuffed with bacon-wrapped sausages and served with winter greens, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and lashings of rich gravy, which pairs perfectly with The Beast. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try matching it with a chocolate dessert to round things off?

LAMB WITH CHRISTMAS SPICES try me with downtown American pale ale Back in 1999, we tried some really great beers on the West Coast of America and we were inspired to create the first American pale ale in the UK, and it’s still one of our favourites. This Christmas we created a big, bold lamb dish to complement Downtown’s robust profile: slow-braised leg of lamb cooked with delicious Christmas spices, apricots, onions, root ginger, carrots, garlic and almonds.

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Get into the seasonal spirit with our shared White Christmas Party Nights, or for large bookings enquire about our Exclusive Party Nights and take advantage of our Organiser Goes Free offer for all bookings with 20 or more guests. If you’re looking for an afternoon celebration then we also offer bookings for 3 course Christmas Lunches which are perfect for sharing with colleagues, friends or family. On arrival at all of our festive bookings you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink before being seated in our beautifully decorated Weybrook Suite. Enjoy a delicious starter, main and dessert then dance your party night away to tracks from our resident DJ. Dates and spaces are limited so call or email us today and make Christmas 2018 one to remember.

Contact:

Lee Newman Phone: 0844 625 5607 Email: lee@weybrookpark.co.uk

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Mains - All Served with Roast Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables -

 Traditional Roast Turkey Christmas Dinner  Tender Beef in a Port, Cream & Mushroom Sauce  Broccoli & Cauliflower Cheese Tart (V)

Desserts  Traditional Christmas Pudding & Brandy Sauce  Prosecco & Lemon Cheesecake (V)

3 Course Meal Prices Evening Christmas Party: £39.95 pp Christmas Lunch: £22.95 pp

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The best Christmas party venue in Newbury Christmas Carvery £28.50 per person 3 course Christmas party menu £30 Christmas Day 4 course lunch, £65 Make this year’s office party the best ever – The Castle can take care of everything from the menu to the entertainment.

Oxford Rd, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 3AA 0844 625 5002 www.thecastlenewbury.com


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The Christmas menu is available from our menus will be just right but if this does not suit your needs, the choice to create a t Friday November 30th to Monday 24th Dec yours. The Emperor gives you the flexibility to mix and match. (excludes Sundays) For party requirements after Boxing Day please ask for availability

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• Fresh Melon, Nestled in the heart of the pretty village of Nettlebed and Pineapple & Stra close to Henley and Marlow, The White Hart is a stylish and comfortable country inn that dates back to the 14th century and still retains a traditional charm. The White Hart has 18 beautifully designed en-suite rooms. We have private dining available, and with two open fire places, why not come enjoy a glass of mulled wine with us over the festive season?

28 High Street, Nettlebed Nr. Henley-on-Thames, RG9 5DD t: 0844 625 5457 e: whitehart@tmdining.co.uk w: www.tmdining.co.uk


Our beautiful 500-year-old beamed tavern boasts a cosy bar and roaring fires, alongside a charming restaurant serving homemade, locally sourced classic English fare. Enjoy your Christmas celebrations with welcoming hospitality while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re served our sumptuous festive menu. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re with family, friends or colleagues, just sit back, relax and enjoy.

Cheapside, Ascot, SL5 7QG t: 0844 625 5480 w: www.thethatchedtavern.co.uk e: enquiries@thethatchedtavern.co.uk


Seeking a foodie festive experience? 5-course Signature Party Menu For teams of 2 up to 50 our festive menu showcases Nick's refined take on modern British dining

Christmas Cookery Demo & Lunch An hour's demonstration on perking up your own Christmas entertaining, followed by a 2-course lunch. Suitable for teams of up to 20.

Ask us for menus & availability The Miller of Mansfield, High Street, Goring-on-Thames, RG8 9AW 0844 625 4955 ~ reservations@millerofmansfield.com


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Savour the Season at Macdonald Compleat Angler

With the warmest welcome, party celebrations, lavish lunches, festive dinners, roaring fires and decadent afternoon teas, this festive season is set to be our best yet. • Christmas & New Year Party Celebrations

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Bring friends, family and colleagues together this Christmas at Macdonald Compleat Angler.

Booking is easy. Call us on 0844 625 5787 or email specialevents.compleatangler@macdonald-hotels.co.uk www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/Festive

The Bombay Sapphire Distillery, at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, is the home of all Bombay Sapphire gin. Based within the setting of an historic paper mill, Laverstoke Mill is also within a conservation area and is a site of special scientific interest, with iver 1,000 years of history. When the Christmas season is upon us, you can follow the sparkling fairy lights down the banks of the River Test to the doors of the Distillery, and take part in their range of gin-inspired Christmas events.

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Meimo is a well-established family-run restaurant serving the finest Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine in Windsor, just a short walk from Windsor Castle. Meimoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant is available to book for Christmas parties and private dining. Large parties can enjoy the privacy of exclusive hire for up to 70 people, while smaller groups can expect a secluded area ideal for enjoying an intimate Christmas celebration.

0844 625 5515 eat@meimo.co.uk www.meimo.co.uk

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indEX Badgemore Park...................................................................... 18 Best Parties Ever ...................................................................... 32 Bird Hills Golf Centre ............................................................. 27 Blackwood Arms, The ............................................................. 26 Boatman ................................................................................. 34 Bombay Sapphire ................................................................... 54 Brooklands Museum ............................................................... 53 Browns ................................................................................... 25 Bull on Bell Street, The ........................................................... 22 Castle, The .............................................................................. 47 Chequers Hotel ........................................................................ 6 Chequers, The......................................................................... 55 Crown Golf ...................................................................... 28, 33 Crown, The ............................................................................. 42 Crowne Plaza Marlow ............................................................ 17 Dog & Duck, The.................................................................... 43 Donnington Grove Hotel & Country Club .......................... 8, 21 Donnington Valley ............................................................ 31, 36 Elvetham, The ......................................................................... 14 Emperor, The .......................................................................... 49 Haveli Conference & Banqueting............................................ 24 Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios ....................................... 48 Highfield Park ......................................................................... 41 Hind’s Head, The .............................................................. 12, 38 Holiday Inn Reading ................................................................. 7 Holiday Inn Reading South ..................................................... 11 Horns, The .............................................................................. 38 Hungerford Arms, The............................................................. 40 Jazz Café, The ......................................................................... 48 L’Ortolan .......................................................................... 20, 35 Lion at Wendlebury, The ......................................................... 26 Little Angel, The ........................................................................ 6 Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa ......................................... 22 Macdonald Compleat Angler .................................................. 54 Macdonald Windsor Hotel ..................................................... 17 Meimo.................................................................................... 55 Miller of Mansfield, The .......................................................... 51 New Inn, The .......................................................................... 41 Olde Bell, The ....................................................................... 52 Peacock Farm ......................................................................... 47 Pheasant, The ......................................................................... 42 Pinewood Hotel ..................................................................... 15 Red House, The ...................................................................... 43 Rising Sun, The ....................................................................... 40 Roseate, The ............................................................................. 9 Royal Adelaide Hotel.............................................................. 10 Sand Martins Golf Club .......................................................... 39 South Hill Park Arts Centre ..................................................... 23 Stoke Park ................................................................................. 2 Taplow House ........................................................................ 19 Thames Hotel ........................................................................... 4 Thames Lido ........................................................................... 16 Thames Riviera Hotel ............................................................. 30 Thatched Tavern, The .............................................................. 50 Trunkwell House Hotel............................................................. 5 Watermill Theatre, The ............................................................ 25 Waterside, The ........................................................................ 24 Weybrook Park Golf Club ....................................................... 46 White Hart, The ...................................................................... 49 Zerodegrees...................................................................... 27, 44


Celebrate the festive season in true Michelin style

Dine among friends and family with a luxurious six-course tasting festive dinner or three-course festive lunch at Michelin-starred L’Ortolan

Festive dinner £58 per person Festive lunch £43 per person Festive dinner: Tuesday to Thursday evenings (from Tuesday 4th December to Thursday 20th December) Festive lunch: Tuesday to Thursday lunchtimes (from Tuesday 4th December to Thursday 20th December) Max 6 per booking. A discretionary service charge of 12.5% will be added to your bill. All prices include VAT.

Please call 0844 502 9607 or e-mail info@lortolan.com For menus & prices visit www.lortolan.com Just five minutes from Junction 11 of the M4 Church Lane, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY

Thames Valley Christmas Party Guide  

A comprehensive guide to Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations in the Thames Valley Region

Thames Valley Christmas Party Guide  

A comprehensive guide to Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations in the Thames Valley Region

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