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Christmas Day Meals

Ragnhildur Lára Finnsdottir does a 25 December dining out breakdown

Published on December 7th 2011.

Christmas Day Meals

More and more people choose to go out on Christmas day for lunch or dinner and free themselves of hours of hard work in the kitchen. Although most restaurants are closed on Christmas Day there are options in the city centre. 

Mark Addy's Christmas Day menu

The Mark Addy offers a Christmas Day menu with a six course meal. Their dinner guests start off with goose liver terrine and coddled duck egg followed by a royal game broth. For the main course there is a choice of stuffed capon or creamy Madeira lobster. For dessert there is a choice of steamed plum pudding or iced cointreau souffle along with fine Farmhouse cheeses, coffee and mince pies.

Price £65 per person. The Mark Addy, Stanley Street, Salford, M3 5EJ. 0161 832 4080 Web

Michael Caines Restaurant at Abode Manchester Christmas Day menu

Michael Caines restaurant offers a five course meal on Christmas Day. The meal starts off with a Jerusalem artichoke soup followed with a choice of pan fried scallops or confit duck liver. For the main course there is a choice of stuffed turkey or wild sea bass. Then there is lightly spiced yoghurt followed by the dessert choice of a hot chocolate fondant and a Christmas pudding.

Price £55 per person. Michael Caines Restaurant, 107 Piccadilly, City, M1 2DB. 0161 200 5678 Web

Christmas Day in The River Bar and Restaurant Manchester at the Lowry Hotel

A four course meal plus a glass of Champagne on arrival is available on Christmas Day at The River Bar and Restaurant. A choice between three plates of starters including smoked salmon, artichoke salad or foie gras, followed by chestnut veloute, lobster medallions or foie gras. The main course is a choice of vegetable hot pot, traditional turkey or a swiss chard-vension. The dessert is a choice of cheeses, sweet risotto or a chocolate and pistachio opera.

Price £120 per person, £60 for children under 12. The River Bar and Restaurant, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Salford, M3 5LH. 0161 827 4000 web 

Podium Christmas Day Lunch at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate hotel

The Podium offers a five course lunch on Christmas day and a champagne cocktail on arrival. Starting with an amuse of white bean soup and then a choice of four dishes for starter including a pigeon salad, scallops, beetroot pancotta and a fig and cheese tart. The main course is a choice of turkey, beef fillet, poached halibut or a vegetable roulade. The dessert is a choice of a Christmas pudding, white chocolate and orange roulade, parfait, ice creams or a selection of cheeses. The meal closes with a coffee and mince pies.

Price £99 per adult, £45 per child 8-14 years old, £25 per child under 8 years. Podium, 303 Deansgate, City, M3 4LQ. 0161 870 1645 Web

Christmas Day menu at The City Café or for Private Dining (Skylounge)

The City Café offers a special four course menu on Christmas Day. A choice between four dishes for the starter, a cauliflower velouté, ballotine of ham and chicken, cured salmon or an artichoke risotto. The main course is a choice between five dishes of a turkey, sea trout, beef sirloin, lemon sole or pumpkin spring rolls. The dessert is also a choice of five dishes of a Christmas pudding, lemon tart, chocolate and hazelnut parfait, toffee pudding or a British cheese selection. The end of the meal comes in the form of coffee and mini mince pies.

Price £57 per person or £62 for private dining. The City Café, 1 Auburn Street, City, M1 3DG. 0161 242 1010 Web

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Sue LeesDecember 8th 2011.

I know the so-called justification for the extortionate prices is usually to pay the massive staff wages (I bet the staff don't agree though) but talk about exploiting the season of goodwill.....

Sue LeesDecember 8th 2011.

vegetable bloody hot pot at the Lowry...now they are having a laugh

ChorltongalDecember 9th 2011.

HOW much? - the only one on there that is vaguely realistic is Mint Hotel. Personally I'd save my pennies (and pounds) and go to Mezza Luna in Chorlton which is doing Christmas Lunch for half the price. OK not the same standard of food but who cares; the Turkey Coma hit is what Christmas Dinner is all about!

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