Break the annual Christmas routine and take a trip to the Isle of Wight for a festive dinner this year; whether it’s a late-night party at Tapnell Farm or a three-day all-inclusive Christmas house party at The George Hotel – it’s all just a Wightlink ferry crossing away.
The Cow Co. does Christmas
At the rural Tapnell Farm on the Isle of Wight you’ll find The Cow Co., a restaurant with a focus on the best local beef and dairy products. They offer a wide choice of meat dishes and vegetarian options for lunch and evening meals, and have a beautifully rustic bar.
During winter, The Cow Co. is serving up a special Christmas menu, with highlights including roasted turkey breast with all the trimmings, oven-baked nut-roast wellington, Christmas pudding, and gingerbread panna cotta.
They’re also hosting a special Christmas party on December 16th — the Tap ‘n’ Ale night brings the funky five-piece Groove Union to the renowned eatery, playing a live set of party tunes before the Galactic DJs take the yuletide cheer through to 1am. Entry is just £12.
Check the Cow Co.’s website for festive season opening times.
International influence at Keat’s Cottage
Christmas Day dinner on the Isle of Wight won’t get any quainter than four courses, Prosecco, and Port at Keats Cottage, a charming eatery inspired by the poet John Keats in Shanklin (in the summer of 1819 he wrote some of his poems at this very property).
Handmade food, local wines, and a tinge of Polish and Swiss cuisines inspired by the eponymous poet’s travels make for an enchanting Christmas dining experience.
Starters, mains, desserts, cheeses, and a glass of Prosecco and Port are included in a neat package. Visit the Keats Cottage website for more.
Christmas house party package at The George
The George Hotel, found in the idyllic setting of Yarmouth, is catering for Christmas Eve, Christmas day, and Boxing Day, with a full accommodation and dining package.
Christmas Eve includes a champagne reception, dinner, and a stroll to St James’ Church nearby for midnight mass, followed by mince pies and mulled wine.
On Christmas Day, you’ll wake up to a champagne breakfast, either in the hotel’s Conservatory restaurant, or straight to your room. There’ll be a three-course festive feast in The Conservatory, and from 7:30pm, a light buffet supper will be served. Then the board games come out!
On Boxing Day, enjoy a Full English breakfast before setting off on a relaxed Boxing Day ramble, walking along the old railway line to The Red Lion. Wet your whistle, then stroll back to Yarmouth along the River Yar. The evening concludes with a black tie or lounge suit dinner with music from the talented Sam Sheasby.
Finally, on December 27th, you’ll be treated to a farewell breakfast before checking out at 11:00am, and sailing back across the Solent from the nearby ferry terminal.
Book your Christmas house party experience now via the George Hotel website.
The Waterfront Inn
Sited in Shanklin, The Waterfront Inn is known for its impressive seaward views and broad menu, including vegetarian-friendly dishes and gluten-free offerings.
The roast turkey on their Christmas Day menu is served with orange and cranberry stuffing, Yorkshire puddings, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, and seasonal vegetables. Vegetarians will be treated to a sumptuous nut roast with a cherry tomato and red pepper sauce, plus all the festive trimmings.
Desserts include a mini Christmas pudding with warm brandy sauce, Baileys and chocolate cheesecake with double cream, chocolate and walnut brownie with vanilla ice cream, and sticky toffee pudding. Make sure you walk off all that indulgence with a long walk on Shanklin’s beautiful esplanade!
Olivo in Ryde is a spacious restaurant offering authentic Mediterranean cuisine using the best ingredients the Isle of Wight has to offer in their Christmas dishes – and it’s just a short walk from our Ryde Pier Head terminal.
Christmas Day menu highlights at Olivo in Ryde include baked camembert filled with cranberries and topped with toasted walnuts, venison medallion with beetroot and marsala purée, monkfish wrapped in Parma ham with sweet potato mash/chorizo/red pepper broth.
There’s also, of course, roast turkey wrapped in bacon with cranberry and rosemary stuffing and served with Christmas vegetables and gravy, plus festive desserts such as Christmas pudding with brandy butter and a coffee and Baileys tiramisu with toasted almonds.
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