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Our pick of festive menus in Newcastle

Think pigs and blankets, turkey hanging kebabs and of course a glass of bubbly (or two).

Written by High Life North
Published 04.12.2021


Home at the heart of the pretty Northumberland village of Ponteland, Mambos has not disappointed with their festive menu this year. Feast your eyes on this…

With the option of fillet of beef carpaccio for starters, a turkey hanging kebab that includes pigs and blankets for your main, finished off with a Baileys fondant for pudding. All of this washed down with a holly jolly Christmas cocktail filled with Tequila Rose – what’s not to love?

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The Hudson

Price: Two courses, £24.95; three courses, £29.95

Have yourself a merry little Christmas night out by indulging in some fantastically festive food and drink with your loved ones at The Hudson.

Start with mac and cheese bites, before tucking into a festive burger filled with fresh beef, grilled goat’s cheese and sweet red onion jam. And if you’ve got any room left, treat yourself to freshly baked cooked dough paired with vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce. You deserve it!

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Price: Five courses, £34.95

Tis the season to stuff our faces… which is why it would be rude not to visit Branches for their festive five-course menu. Time to turn your feast mode on…

With a freshly baked bread course to start, followed by roasted garlic king prawns with chorizo and cherry tomato jam before moving and the piece de resistance here is the chef’s special intermediate course to refresh your pallet, slow braised beef with all the trimmings. Then sweeten things up with a very berry cheesecake made with white chocolate ganache, crisp meringue and berry sorbet.

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Dobson & Parnell

Price: Three-course lunch, £34.90; Three-course dinner, £39.90

Eat, drink and be merry, that’s just what we expect at Christmas, right? And at Dobson & Parnell, we can do just that.

Start your evening off the right way with a cheeky Christmas negroni that’s filled with winter spices. Then, tuck into a winter vegetable salad, stuffed turkey Wellington and creamed sprouts for your main, before finishing off with sticky toffee Christmas pudding and brandy caramel custard.

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Tomahawk Steakhouse

Price: Two courses, £22.95; three courses, £26.95

Tomahawk is serving us a taste of the holiday spirit with their sensational seasonal specials.

Warm-up with some winter vegetable soup, before trying a Christmas twist on the classic chicken parmo that’s topped with pigs in blankets and sausage meat stuffing balls, paired with beef dripping chips. But the proof is in this pudding, right? We can confirm Tomahawk’s gingerbread crème brûlée is one of the best festive desserts going this season.

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31 The Quay

Price: Two courses £24; three courses £28

Celebrate Christmas at this stunning spot located on the river’s edge at Smith Dock, North Shields as you take in the unrivalled view of the river.

With Northumbrian venison and pistachio terrine to start, slow cooked turkey and ham hock pithivier and good ol’ creamed Brussel sprouts for the main event and vanilla crème brûlée, poached clementine’s, pistachio biscuit to finish your festivities the right way.

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Hibou Blanc

What better way to get into the festive spirit than with a little tradition? And when it comes to culinary classics, Hibou Blanc have totally sleighed their Christmas menu.

With prawn cocktail and avocado for starters, traditional roast breast of turkey with pigs in blankets for main and traditional Christmas pudding covered in beautiful brandy sauce you’re guaranteed to make your build up to the big day that extra bit special here.

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