With Christmas and New Year looming, hands up all those feeling a little under-prepared. For all those panicking they haven’t booked their festive feast yet, here’s the lowdown on where you can still grab a table for Christmas Day, New Years Eve and your works Christmas party.
Open every day of the year, Al-Shami are very capable of catering for larger groups, with no special menus and high chairs available. Tables still available for Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
St Clements based Fishers are closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but open from 6pm till late on New Years Eve serving up their full a la carte menu. If you’re looking for somewhere to book your works do though, they’re open throughout the rest of December and can cater for parties up to 60 people with their Christmas menu.
The Rusty Bicycle will be shut Christmas Day, Boxing Day and NY Day, but open on New Years Eve for a lock-in (yay!), including live music from The Dreaming Spires, who will be playing from 9pm (free entry before 8pm, thereafter £3). They’re also child friendly and dog friendly if you’re stuck for a sitter!
The Cherwell Boathouse is shut for Christmas and Boxing Day, but open for a NYE party with doors opening at 8.30pm. Their special NYE Party Menu starts at £60 per person and includes scallops, beef Wellington and pink Champagne sorbet. There are still tables available for New Year’s Eve, though the online booking system suggests otherwise – so call to book on 01865 552746.
Newbie on the block(ish) The Anchor are open for drinks on Christmas Day (11.30am – 1pm), then food and drinks on Boxing Day and New Years’ Day (12noon – 6pm). If you fancy booking your Christmas Party there, then they’re offering a Christmas menu at 2 courses for £25 or 3 courses for £30, available until New Year’s Eve. Highchairs are available and they can cater for large groups up to 40.
Turl Street Kitchen are closed from the 23rd of December until the 2nd of January, but are offering a Christmas Menu at £25 for 3 courses or £20 for 2 courses. Pre-orders of food are required along with deposits of £5 per head to secure the booking.
The Fishes are open every day apart from Christmas day and are promoting a rather tasty sounding Christmas menu. Popular for families or work lunches, with a decent sized car park, high chairs and room for large groups. £23.50 for 2 courses, £28 for 3. You’ll need to call them on 01865 249796 to book if your party size is greater than 6.
Centrally located Ashmolean Dining Room are open for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, serving either their Christmas menu or full a la carte. They will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Bill’s may also be shut on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but could be a good option for a party, catering for up to 56 (40 at weekends) with high chairs and allergies catered for. They’re offering two festive menus, both with traditional turkey but including more interesting options like braised feather blade of beef, or spring roll of roast pumpkin and goat’s cheese. Three courses are available from £24.95 per person
The only days The Rickety Press will be closed are Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. While open, they are offering a Christmas set menu during lunch times (Mon – Fri) until the 24th December for parties of 6 – 30 people. 2 courses £27, 3 courses £30. In the evenings the full al a carte menu will be available. High chairs are available, but do request them on booking as they are limited.
Fancy something a little different…?
Joe Perks are throwing a crazy 80’s NYE party, including lots of radical neon cocktails. Open till 2.30am) they’ll be serving a ‘festive dog’ – like a massive pig in a blanket, with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce, all provided by The Wandering Kitchen. #BittenStreet regulars Joe Perks will also be serving a festive winter warmer drinks menu over December, January & February. They may not have any high chairs but they do cater to vegans and vegetarians. Who wants to take the kids anyway!
Byron introduce their Holy Cheesemas, featuring two 6oz patties, four kinds of cheese – mature Cheddar, American, Red Leicester and Monterey Jack – plus two rashers of dry cure bacon, red onion, shredded iceberg, sliced pickles and Cheesemas sauce, all inside a classic glazed bun (£12.95). Available from 11th November to 5th January only.
Plus, word on the street is Mission Burrito are serving a tequila turkey and fresh cranberry salsa…
We can’t guarantee availability for long, so chop chop, you know what to do!