Restaurants & Bars

Christmas Dinner at Prestonfield House Hotel

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On Friday we went along to Prestonfield House Hotel for the Sunday Brunch Club Christmas Dinner.

Prestonfield has a reputation for luxury, opulence, decadence and indulgence. I’ve twice before, some years ago, and on both occasions food and service were exceptionally good. The Hotel looks simple from the outside but inside is grand, sumptuous and elegant.

Prestonfield House hotel logo

At Christmas it looks particularly wonderful. We entered along the main hall past 2 huge Christmas trees sparkling with twinkly red lights and made our way to our private dining room. There we were greeted by Robin who looked after us all evening. Robin was super, service was efficient, friendly and flirty. OK maybe the last was wishful-thinking!

The 3 course Christmas menu was stunning . There were 4 choices for each course and the it was priced at £39.50 including tea or coffee with petit fours.

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Christmas Dinner at Whighams

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On Monday the Sunday Brunch Club Badminton Club went to Whighams for Christmas Dinner. We wanted somewhere relaxed and informal so Whighams seemed the perfect choice.

I so enjoy Whighams for drinks and it is walking distance from home, so over the years it’s become something of a regular haunt and meeting place.

The menu offered so much promise. Scallops, a favourite of mine, featured as a starter. The main courses offered were turkey with all the trimmings, pumpkin and champagne risotto, balsamic lamb casserole and panfried seabass fillet. So many delicious choices! By the time I read the sweets which included a chestnut cheesecake and a passionfruit Crème brûlée my mouth was watering. The menu was £25 for 3 courses or £30 including a glass of prosecco.

We started off over a few glasses of bubbly perusing the menu. For me there was only one starter: warm scallops served with frizzled chillies and spring onion. When the plates arrived my enthusiasm evaporated. To say I was disappointed is to rather understate the case. This is what we were presented with.

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