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The Best Christmas Day Dining

This year, add a touch of luxury to your Christmas day proceedings and indulge in a meal prepared and served to you by professionals, in glorious festive surroundings. Bury St Edmunds is renowned for its foodie credentials and is a great place to find a restaurant for a stunning Christmas day feast. Take your pick from the places below, gather your friends and family and enjoy all the deliciousness without the washing up.

The Fox Inn

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The cosy Fox Inn is offering a fantastic three course set menu with a glass of welcome Prosecco to set the meal off with a sparkle. Feast, toast and be jolly as you tuck into this thoughtfully curated menu complete with the most delectable roast of the season.

Choose from starters including cheese and chive souffle, pack smoked salmon and pan-fried scallops and a hearty winter vegetable and barley soup complete with crispy onions. Of course, the main course offers roast turkey with indulgent duck fat roasted potatoes, pigs in blankets, apricot and apple stuffing, maple-glazed carrots and all the rest of the veg. Other options for the main course include prosciutto wrapped cod loin, herb and black pepper crusted fillet steak and cranberry glazed nut roast.

Round the meal off with something sweet; choose from orange and rum Basque cheese cake, refreshing after dinner mint sphere, cherry parfait bauble and of course good old Christmas pud.

The 3-course set menu with a glass of Prosecco on arrival is £75 per adult, and £25 for children.

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Ravenwood Hall Hotel

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The grand Ravenwood Hall Hotel welcomes guests on Christmas day for a special meal to remember. This indulgent five course feast takes you journey through the set menu of carefully curated flavours. Served between 12pm - 2.30pm in the restaurant and 12.30pm in The Pavilion.

Start with leek and potato soup and bacon lardons with fresh bread, move onto the fish course and enjoy salmon gravlax with caper remoulade, rocket and lemon. Then comes the butter roasted Norfolk turkey with chestnut stuffing, roast potatoes, glazed Brussels sprouts and giblet gravy. The dessert is almost Dickensian; traditionally steamed plum pudding with clotted cream ice cream and brandy snap crumbles followed by minted cream chocolate fudge to finish the meal.

Priced at £100 per adult, £50 per child (under 12), under 3's are free in the restaurant and £75 per adults, £35 per child (under 12), under 3's free in The Pavilion.

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Old Cannon Brewery

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The Old Cannon Brewery offers jollity in abundance this Christmas day with a yummy Christmas menu with a contemporary twist! Choose from panko breaded brie, pan-fried scallops and smoked salmon mousse to start. Follow this with roasted duck breast with cherry, almonds and red wine or perhaps seared stone bass with chorizo, saffron potatoes and salsa verde, or of course go down the traditional route with roasted turkey, all the trimmings and even a new take on the controversial sprouts- sauteed.

For dessert, the blackberry and port cheesecake is very tempting indeed, as is the lime posset with a lime and mint salsa and whipped cream. Or go savoury with a Christmas cheeseboard, perhaps with a little glass or port to finish the meal.

Priced at £79.95 per adult and £39.95 per child (under 12s).

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The Black Lion

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The Historic Black Lion in Long Melford is a warm and traditional setting for a festive celebration. Start off with some snacks to get tempt your appetite with smoked haddock & Dill Croquette with parmesan & chilli jam, ham hock & prune terrine and vegan sausage roll with cranberry & apple hot sauce. Move onto starters which include artichoke soup with vegan pesto and crispy shallots, smoked Suffolk duck breast with Waldorf salad and chalk stream trout crumpet served with beetroot ketchup, creme fraiche and cucumber.

The main of course includes the traditional roast Shalford turkey and all the trimmings, including pigs in blankets, stuffing and maple glazed root veg. You can also opt for roast halibut, lions mane mushroom steak or even Barsham Stout Robin braised Hereford Short Rib with truffle mash.

Desserts include dark chocolate delice with salted hazelnut praline mousse, vegan Christmas pudding with clementine sorbet or brandy custard or fruity clementine posset with Cranberry and Ginger Spiced Shortbread. Share some conversation and laughter as you round off the meal with teas and coffees, indulgent truffles and pates fruites.

Priced at £110 per adult and £45 per child (under 12). Book online at https://www.theblacklionlongme...

The Grapes

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Book your table for Christmas day at The Grapes, and you’ll be sure of a warm welcome. The family-friendly festive menu has something for all tastes; to start the meal choose from crispy Brie bites, mushroom and tarragon soup served with pan fried mushrooms, ham hock and pea terrine and smoked salmon and prawns.

The choices for the main include hand carved turkey with all the trimmings, sirloin steak with stilton, peppercorn and chips as well as cranberry nut roast with shredded root veg, apricots and sweet potato.

Finish the meal with rich and delicious black forest roulade with cherry compote, chocolate orange fudge cake and of course, fruity christmas pudding with brandy sauce. Choose from tea or coffee to finish and a mince pie if you have any room left!

Priced at £47.99 per adult and £17.99 for children. Book online at

Squires Restaurant at Bedford Lodge Hotel

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Experience the magic of Christmas Day with Christmas Dinner at Bedford Lodge Hotel. You will be greeted with with a complimentary glass of Champagne and canapés upon your arrival, followed by an exquisite 5-course meal.

Begin your gastronomic journey with the tomato and Tunworth cheese Gougère; Achill Island Smoked Salmon, accompanied by pickled cucumber, buttermilk and caviar; or Seared Venison Loin Tartare, featuring a succulent medley of venison, confit egg yolk, crisp cornichons, and shallots.

For your main course choose from roast Suffolk turkey with Suffolk pig Chipolata, stuffing & roast potatoes; ash rolled beef fillet with confit garlic, barley, Roscoff onion & girolles; Poached halibut with lobster ravioli, creamed leeks & celeriac fondant or wild mushroom and spinach Wellington with spinach cream and black truffle.

Indulge with a pudding of Brandy matured Christmas pudding with brandy butter ice cream; Chocolate and hazelnut, roast white chocolate praline or mulled berry pudding with clotted cream. To complete the meal enjoy a selection of Affinneir regional cheese with sourdough biscuits and quince paste, followed by coffee, tea and homemade mince pies.

After you've savoured every bite of your meal, retreat into the Roxana Bar and relax by the roaring log fire.

Priced at £155 per adult including a glass of Champagne. Book online at https://www.bedfordlodgehotel....

Best Western Priory Hotel

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Perfect for a festive celebration with family and friends, The Priory Hotel welcomes guests to join them on Christmas Day for a delicious dinner served at 1pm (arrival at 12.30pm).

You will be greeted with a selection of sparkling cocktails before tucking into starters of sweet carrot and cumin soup with herb croutons; smoked salmon with micro green salad and horseradish cream; watermelon with air dried Galia melon and a shot of homemade cantaloupe vodka or ham hock and pea terrine with fig & port chutney and toasted brioche.

For the main course, you can enjoy roast breast of turkey with pigs in blankets, chestnut stuffing, roast potatoes and cranberry jus; Thick cut roasted sirloin of beed (served pink) with horseradish mash and port wine jus; Baked loin of cod, caper & herb butter, new potatoes & winter greens. All mains are served with seasonal vegetables.
Herb Nut Roast with Butternut Squash Puree and Curly Kale.

Leave room for dessert and choose from traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce; Dark chocolate and orange mousse with homemade shortbread; Sticky toffee pudding with caramel custard or fresh fruit salad, brandy snap basket & mango sorbet (df).

Finish your meal with a selection of local cheeses including Binham Blue, Suffolk Gold & Norfolk White Lady with homemade tomato chutney, celery & biscuits, followed by tea or coffee & mini mince pies.

Children are well catered for too with a menu of tomato soup, prawn cocktail and melon to start; Roast turkey, pan seared cod fillet and local sausage and mashed potato for mains; and Christmas pudding and warm chocolate brownie for dessert.

Priced at £59.95 for adults, £25.95 for children (aged 3-10), under 3's are free. Book a table at

The Weeping Willow

Christmas at The Weeping Willow

Tucked away in the village of Barrow in the Suffolk countryside, The Weeping Willow welcomes you on Christmas day with a festive menu featuring all your yuletide favourites from turkey, to crispy roasties and cranberry sauce.

The 5-course menu starts with snacks of smoked haddock & dill croquette, ham hock and prune terrine and pumpkin sausage roll. Starts to choose from include Jerusalem artichoke soup, smoked Suffolk duck breast and chalk steam trout bellinis.

For your main there's Barsham ale braised Hereford short rib, with truffle Mash and roasted roscoff onion; Lion's mane mushroom steak with pickled heritage carrots, beetroot terrine and Norfolk Brussel tops; Roast halibut with celeriac purée, potato rosti and anchovy emulsion; and Roast Shalford turkey with pigs in blankets, chestnut apricot sage stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy. The table will also be served with sprouts, roast potatoes and honey glazed seasonal roots.

Be sure to leave room for dessert as there's dark chococolate delice with salted hazelnut praline mousse; Christmas pudding with brandy custard and clementine posset with cranberry, ginger and spiced shortbread. Completing the meal will be tea and coffee, chocolate and spiced pumpkin, chocolate truffles and mandarin pates fruites.

Priced at £110 per adult and £45 per child (under 12). Book online at https://www.theweepingwillow.c...

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