Decorating the tree. Shopping for presents. Making Christmas cookies. The hassle of preparing and cooking up a huge Christmas spread. The holidays can be a stressful time when there’s a lot to get done. So if you feel you can’t muster up the energy to prepare a banquet, don’t worry. Head to a restaurant this Christmas and let someone else do the cooking (and the washing up!). Simply enjoy good food, relax and spend time with your loved ones – that’s what Christmas is all about after all.

Take a look at the restaurants in Essex which are serving up Christmas Day meals. Remember to secure your booking early!

 

Christmas Day at The Old Moot House Restaurant 

Enjoy a delicious Christmas meal at The Old Moot House Restaurant, a Grade II listed, 15th century village restaurant in the heart of Castle Hedingham.

– Christmas day menu

Delicious canapés on arrival followed by a five course feast.

£85 per adult

Full times to be confirmed shortly. Click here to find out more.

 

Christmas Day at Kingscliff Hotel

Enjoy a variety of festive meals at the Kingscliff Hotel, a coastal hideaway right on the prom in Clacton-on-Sea.

– Festive lunch and dinner

Available from 27 November – 23 December

3 course menu £22.95 per person (includes tea, coffee and mince pies)

– Festive afternoon tea

Available from 1 December – 31 December (excluding 25 and 36 December).

£19.95 per person (served alongside tea or coffee and Prosecco or mulled wine)

– Christmas day lunch

Delicious canapés and Prosecco on arrival followed by a four course feast.

Arrival at 12:00 for 12:30 sit-down

£79.95 per person

Children under 12 £39.95, under 3’s free.

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Christmas Day at The Hawk Pub & Restaurant

Celebrate the holiday season with your loved ones, toast with colleagues and indulge with friends at this period country pub in Wickford.

– Festive lunch and dinner

Available from 19 November to 30 December

Classic 3 course menu £27.95 per person

Indulgent 3 course menu £34.95 per person

Extra special 3 course menu £49.95 per person

– Christmas day menu

Four courses £85.95 per person

Why not upgrade to the Extra Special menu? As well as four courses, you’ll also get a Moёt & Chandon Champagne on arrival, rustic breads and olives to start, a perfectly prepared cocktail of your choice and luxury Green & Black’s chocolate to finish. £99.50 per person.

 

Christmas Day at Miller & Carter Leigh-on-Sea

Indulge in a decadent Christmas meal at Miller & Carter Steakhouse in Leigh-on-Sea. Make the most of the festive menus this season.

– Festive lunch and dinner

Available from 19 November to 30 December (excluding 25 and 26 December). All day Sunday – Friday and 12-5pm Saturdays.

3 course set menu from £27.95 per person

3 course set menu with a glass of Prosecco £31.95 per person

– Christmas day menu

5 courses £81.95 per person

Children under 12 get 4 courses for £38.95

 

Christmas Day at The Black Horse

Cosy up by the fireplace with your loved ones and indulge in some seriously good food and drink at The Black Horse in Brentwood. This 16th century pub has friendly service and plenty of charming period features.

– Festive lunch and dinner

Available from 23 November to 30 December (excluding 25 and 26 December).

3 course menu from £23.95 per person

Children’s version available

– Christmas day menu

Enjoy a glass of Prosecco on arrival (soft drink alternatives available)

3 course menu £61.95 per person

Children’s version available

 

Christmas Day at The Anchor Pub & Restaurant

Head to The Anchor Pub & Restaurant this Christmas. With a stunning waterfront location overlooking the River Crouch, the pub is the perfect tranquil spot to relax with friends and family.

– Festive lunch and dinner

2 course menu £20 per person

3 course menu £30 per person

– Premium festive lunch and dinner

Enjoy a glass of Prosecco and selection of sourdough bread upon arrival.

2 course menu £32 per person

3 course menu £40 per person

– Christmas day menu

Enjoy a glass of Prosecco (or elderflower presse) and selection of sourdough bread upon arrival.

Three courses £85 per person

Children’s menu available.

 

Christmas Day at The Blue Boar

Head to The Blue Boar in Abridge this Christmas. This gastropub is known for fresh locally sourced produce, carefully selected wines, exquisite cocktails and fine champagne. What else could you want for the perfect Christmas meal?

– Christmas day menu

3 course menu £90 per person

Coffee and mince pies included

Children get 3 courses for £40

 

Christmas Day at De Rougemont Manor

De Rougemont Manor in Brentwood is a fantastic place to unwind and relax this Christmas. Set within 10 acres of gardens and wooded grounds, the hotel and it’s own Heseltines Restaurant provides the perfect ambience (and mouthwatering menu) to enjoy Christmas day with your loved ones.

– Festive lunch

Available throughout December, served Monday – Thursday from 12pm – 4pm

3 course menu £19.95 per person

– Festive afternoon tea

Available from 30 November, served Monday – Thursday from 12pm – 4pm

£19.95 per person

Sparkling Saturday (afternoon tea with Prosecco) £24.95 per person

– Christmas day menu

Available at 12pm to be seated at 1pm

Four course menu £125 per person

Four course menu £45 per child, under 3s free