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Festive Dining on The Suffolk Coast

'Tis the season to be jolly, joyous and overindulge! And where better to do it than on The Suffolk Coast. If you're looking for somewhere to tuck into delicious, locally sourced festive food, then these restaurants will certainly deliver!

1. The Parrot at Aldringham

FD - The Parrot - Christmas Gin

Dating back to the 16th Century, The Parrot certainly has a lot of history. With its exposed solid oak beams, open fire, wonky walls and low ceilings, it oozes charm and character - an ideal location to get you in the festive spirit!

Whether you're celebrating with friends or family, The Parrot's Christmas Party Menu is one to enjoy! Available until the 22nd December, festive offerings on the menu include starters tomato, red onion and butterbean soup with smoked ham hock; smoked salmon, beetroot, pea shoots, mustard dressing and Pump Street rye bread; goat's cheese pannacotta with balsamic glazed fig and toasted walnuts and smooth chicken liver pate, red onion and chilli chutney and crisp bread.

For your main, there's a choice of roast Suffolk turkey with all the trimmings, prawn and green pea risotto, lamb meatball spaghetti or beetroot, shallot and feta cheese tart tatin. Leaving room for dessert of course! Choose from Christmas pudding with plum compote, passion fruit cheesecake, warm chocolate brownie or ice cream.

To accompany your meal, owner Chris Theobold has been brewing his special Christmas Gin since the end of August, ready for the festive season; a sweet, warming drink with tones of cloves, citrus and cinnamon - bottom's up!

Price: 2 courses for £15 or 3 courses for £18.

To book, visit https://www.aldringhamparrot.com/events/ 

2. The Brudenell, Aldeburgh

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Situated right on the beach in Aldeburgh, The Brudenell is a stylish, beach-chic hotel with a fabulous restaurant. Before you start your meal pay a visit to the bar to sample the extensive gin menu, before choosing from the festive feast menu (served until 23rd December) which showcases Suffolk's fine seafood in addition to boasting Christmas favourites.

For starters, there's soup of the day; smoked salmon mousse, horseradish cream, baby gem lettuce and lemon oil and deep fried goats cheese with rocket, truffle and honey dressing. Main courses to choose from include traditional roasted turkey with all the trimmings; grilled seabass, green beans, crushed potatoes and salsa verde or roasted root vegetable gnocchi, tomato and basil pesto. To finish your meal, enjoy Christmas pudding, brandy sauce and baileys ice-cream; chocolate and orange tart with vanilla ice-cream, ice creams and sorbets or a delicious cheeseboard (£5 supplement)  

Price: 2 courses for £22 or 3 courses for £27. 

To book, visit https://www.brudenellhotel.co.uk/christmas/2018-festive-menus.html

3. The Crown at Woodbridge

FD - The Crown at Woodbridge - Christmas Menu

Fancy putting your feet up this Christmas and leaving the cooking to the experts? The Crown at Woodbridge has a sumptuous menu for you to enjoy on Christmas day!  You will be greeted into the boutique hotel in with a glass of champagne and canapés before sitting down to a 6-course dinner! The festive feast includes terrine of local game wrapped in streaky bacon with toasted sourdough, cranberry orange chutney; Crown's classic prawn cocktail with Marie Rose sauce, gem lettuce and lemon followed by Traditional Suffolk roast Bronze turkey, with apricot & sage stuffing and festive trimmings.

To cleanse the pallet there's Champagne sorbet and for dessert, Christmas pudding, brandy custard and red currants. Finish your meal with coffee, chocolate truffles and mince pies.

Price: £97 per person, £49 for children under 12.

There's a similarly spectacular menu on offer on Boxing Day too; the 3-course menu includes starters such as creamed parsnip soup, seared scallops, smoked ham hock, terrine of local Game wrapped in streaky bacon and  Pinney’s smoked salmon.

For your main, choose from roast Suffolk pork, slow cooked beef cheeks, whole grilled lemon sole, roast chunk of cod and butternut squash risotto. Leave room for dessert though as there's cinnamon pannacotta, ginger treacle tart with custard, white chocolate & berry cheesecake, Christmas pudding or a selection of cheeses, crackers, chutney. 

Price: £37.50 per adult. Half price for children under 12 (eating from the children's menu after 3pm). 

To book, visit https://www.thecrownatwoodbridge.co.uk/christmas-brochure.aspx

4. The Dolphin Inn, Thorpeness

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Situated in one of Suffolk's most enchanting villages, The Dolphin Inn at Thorpeness is serving their Christmas party menu until 22nd December, followed by a Christmas Eve party for all to enjoy!

The delicious Christmas menu includes curried parsnip and apple soup; gin cured salmon, smooth chicken liver and brandy pate and beetroot and feta risotto cakes for starter.

For your main, opt for the traditional roast Suffolk turkey, red lentil and cashew nut roast, baked mackerel or slow cooked local pheasant. To finish, indulge in bramley apple and pear muesli crumble with vanilla custard; steamed Christmas pudding with hot brandy sauce; a selection of dairy ice creams or white chocolate cheesecake, pistachio crumb and chocolate sauce.

Price: 2 courses for £14.95 or 3 courses for £17.95.

Whether you're staying in Thorpeness for the festive season or want to leave the cooking to the experts this Christmas, The Dolphin is also serving a fabulous 6-course, Christmas Day menu which starts with a selection of amuse bouche followed by a palette cleanser of mango sorbet, fresh passion fruit and Schnapps pipette.

For your main, there's roast Suffolk turkey with smoked bacon chipolata, apricot and sage stuffing, goose fat roast potatoes, root vegetables, sprouts, gravy, cranberry and bread sauces or on the vegetarian menu; red lentil and cashew nut roast, mulled red cabbage, roast new potatoes, mushroom farce, brussell sprouts, roast parsnips and gravy. 

Last but not least there's steamed Christmas pudding, red currants and brandy sauce with coffee and Jamie’s mince pie to finish. 

Price: £65 per person.

For more information visit https://www.thorpenessdolphin.com/events/

5. The Swan, Southwold

FD - The Swan - Festive Afternoon Tea

Spend a day Christmas shopping in the charming seaside town of Southwold and treat yourself to festive afternoon tea at the iconic Swan Hotel. Created by created by 2 x AA Dining Rosette Chef, Rory Whelan, the festive afternoon tea features three tiers of Christmas classics and seasonal twists. With a delicious turkey, parma ham and cranberry brioche finger roll to start, followed by Christmas spiced doughnuts, white chocolate and coconut snowball, fig and almond tart, pistachio biscuit with chocolate ganache and orange, stollen slice, cinnamon rice pudding and of course, scones, jam and clotted cream!  

For the ultimate indulgence, add a glass of Adnams Champagne!

Price: From £21 per person.

To book, visit https://theswansouthwold.co.uk/food-drink/afternoon-tea/

6. Ufford Park, Hotel, Golf & Spa

FD - Ufford Park - Christmas

This Christmas, relax, enjoy the day and join in the celebrations at Ufford Park. It's ideal for families as Father Christmas himself makes an appearance and gives out gifts.

The Christmas day menu includes starters of chunky minestrone soup; duck and pork rillette; homemade salmon, sweet potato and coriander fishcakes with chilli sauce and Provençal bean salad topped with grilled goat’s cheese. For your main there's East Anglian roast turkey with all the trimmings, roast striploin of beef, roasted sea bass fillet, and roasted vegetable and lentil pasta bake.

To finish your meal, there's Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, New York-style baked vanilla cheesecake, refreshing lemon tart with raspberry coulis and cheese and biscuits followed Paddy and Scott’s coffee and mints.

Price: £72.00 per adult, £28.50 per child (5-12 years), under 5's eat free.

Why not extend the celebrations and enjoy a delicious Boxing Day lunch too! The 3-course menu includes Leek and potato soup with crispy croûtons; filo prawns with sweet chilli dip; coarse Ardennes pâté or Suffolk autumn fruit chutney and toasted ciabatta. 

Main courses on offer are slow-roasted topside of beef with Yorkshire pudding and gravy; grilled fillet of cod, lemon and dill butter sauce and roasted vegetable shepherd’s pie topped with bubble and squeak mash with vegetable gravy. Complete your meal with apple and forest fruit crumble and custard; fresh cream profiteroles with chocolate sauce and duo of cheese and biscuits with celery and grapes. 

Price: £34.50 per adult, £19 per child (5 - 12 years), under 5's eat free.

To book, visit https://www.uffordpark.co.uk/media/1315/2018-christmas-brochure-final-rs.pdf



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