I know it is only October but Christmas will be here before you know it and, if you are the person with that dreaded Christmas do planning to do, you really need to be thinking about it now. Loads of places are full already and it can take so long working out what all the different venues are offering before making up your mind. The Corn Exchange have you covered this year though! Here are some ideas from six of their venues.
Cosy Club have a lovely menu which includes a sharing platter to start, meaning you can try lots of bits rather than being jealous of what your mates ordered. We tried the Baked Camembert that is served with a Christmassy fig and date chutney. There are lots of crackers to be pulled including giant ones filled with festively decorated sweets! You can arrange a drinks reception on arrival and also pre order your drinks to get a better deal. Something not to be sniffed at during the most expensive time of the year. Three courses will cost you £27,95 per person and selected dates have 15% off food as well.
For Christmas with a Brazilian twist head to Cabana. Start with punchy mojitos before tucking into Rum, Orange and Honey Glazed Chicken Wings. They’re not as spicy as the original ones from their menu but they are delicious and fragrant. The same sauce can be enjoyed on skewers as a main course and there are 2 or 3 course options to choose from. Prices start from £19.95 per person.
If Mexican is more your thing, Wahaca have got you covered. Start your night with a Hibiscus Fizz or pre order a pitcher of Margaritas so you don’t need to go back to the bar. You can enjoy either a feast of sharing plates or go bigger with the sharing plates, followed by a main course and dessert. They have pimped up their sweet Empanadas filled with mincemeat and spiked with Mezkal. They are seriously dreamy! Prices start from £20 per person.
Alston Bar and Beef
Alston Bar and Beef boasts a serious gin back bar with their staff creating their own blends that you can try. The restaurant space is vast and can get noisy when full, but there are lovely private areas that are perfect for the work Christmas do. Make sure you try their Toblerone Cocktail, which is totally embracing the time of the year. Kahlua, Frangelico, milk, cream and honey is the perfect way to end a festive night and their menu is looking spectacular. It is priced at £40 per person but is a veritable feast and well worth the splurge.
The downstairs private rooms at Banyan are the perfect location for a medium sized group Christmas party and you can go all out with a festive cocktail masterclass! It’s the perfect way to break the ice and get things off to a fun start, which can then be followed with their festive buffet or a more traditional two or three course menu. The Christmas Pudding Brownie is a must with its spiced vanilla mascarpone to finish off the night before partying the night away. Prices start from £18.95 per person.
For real authentic Italian food you should head to family run Salvis. Their Buffalo Mozzarella is incredible and, truly one of the best I have eaten. The homemade pasta with clams and tomatoes is delightful and I just wish they sold it all year round. Perhaps if I campaign hard enough they may bow to my demands! It costs £34.95 per person and you can stock up in the deli on the way out. I’ll be the one with all the mozzarella in my handbag.
There is something to suit every budget and cuisine at the Corn Exchange this year. Where will you be going?
I was invited to the Corn Exchange to sample some of their Christmas dishes and was not asked to pay.