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The best restaurants for Christmas dinner in the North East 2022

These spots still have availability – but book quickly!

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 02.12.2022



Gino D’Acampo Restaurant, Newcastle Quayside

Price: £80 per person 

Why not have a Christmas dinner with a difference this year with a hearty, flavoursome Italian twist? You’ll be welcomed with a glass of prosecco and freshly baked Italian bread with indulgent dips as you take your seat, before tucking into taleggio cheese arancini with cranberry and orange sauce for starters.

Then, you’ll be served the main event, crispy duck cherry and red wine sauce before sweetening things up with a chocolate cheesecake with Ferrero Rocher. You’ll definitely have a Christmas lunch to remember at Gino’s.


Sūpasātra, Newcastle

Price: £35 per person

Why not spice up your Christmas Day this year with Sūpasātra? Treat yourself to a festive feast of four courses, washed down with speciality Christmas cocktails and wine – eat, drink and be merry.

Tuck into vegetable bhaji for starters, before warming up with a cumin hinted pumpkin soup. Before indulging in a roasted turkey carvery with cranberry sauce for the main event before trying a delicious Sri Lankan Watalappam and coconut cake to finish off your special day.



Vermont Hotel, Newcastle

Price: £75 per adult; £38 per child under 10; £10 per child under 3

Enjoy the comforts of a warm, festive lunch in a luxurious and elegant setting. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of prosecco and canapés as you take your seat, before tucking into crispy belly pork, ballotine of turkey with all the festive trimmings and traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.



Hallgarth The Manor House, County Durham

Price: £75 per adult; £25 per child under 15; Free for under 5’s

Let Hallgarth’s top chefs do the work for you and enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival, followed by an indulgent five-course festive feast featuring venison and pork terrine, belly pork with apricot stuffing, indulgent chocolate yule log finished off with tea, coffee and mince pies.



Black Horse Beamish, Stanley

Price: £90 per adult; £40 per child

What better way to be greeted at Christmas than with a glass of prosecco and maple honey pigs and blankets canapés? You’ll be served some warming roasted celeriac soup for starters before a refreshing Champagne sorbet, butter roast turkey crown for your main and clementine cheesecake with orange sorbet for pudding.



Lumley Castle, Chester-le-Street

Price: £110 per person; £55 per child under 12

Make your Christmas extra special this year by being served your festive lunch in a magical setting of a castle this Christmas. From sous-vide partridge, chestnut and spiced pear for starters to roast crown of Norfolk bronze turkey for the main and Amalfi lemon mousse, aerated white chocolate and fennel pollen meringue for dessert, why not treat yourself this year?




Northumberland Arms, Morpeth

Price: £110 per person

Think canapés and Champagne on arrival, pulled cider braised gammon terrine for starters, blood orange sorbet to refresh your pallet and a fillet of beef wellington in red wine sauce to satisfy your appetite. And why not finish off with a pear and almond tart with fig jam Christmas pudding?


Slaley Hall, Hexham

Price: £85 per person

Enjoy a relaxing Christmas Day lunch whilst taking in Slaley Hall’s stunning surroundings. Expect smoked Scottish salmon and horseradish press to start your day, before being served Traditional roast turkey with bacon chipolatas and sage and onion stuffing and indulgent rich chocolate and orange cake. Finish your day with truffles and mince pies washed down with a freshly brewed coffee.


Eshott Hall, Morpeth

Price: £115 per adult; £60 per child

Don’t lift a finger this Christmas and let the chefs at Eshott take care of your festive lunch. We’re talking winter spiced cured sea trout to start things off, before enjoying a roast ballantine of turkey, chestnut and cranberry stuffing and a selection of three cheeses, candied walnuts, grapes and crackers that’ll satisfy your appetite.




Oak Tree Farm, Sunderland

Price: £54.99 per person

If you’re after a Christmas carvery like no other, then look no further.  With a spiced winter vegetable soup to start things off, a mouth-watering selection of 14-hour slow-roasted options of meats with all the festive trimmings for your main before finishing off with a baked in-pub Christmas pudding.


The Chesters, Sunderland

Price: £39.99 per person

‘Tis the season to indulge. If you’re looking for a home-cooked festive feast, then a trip to The Chesters is a must. From macaroni cheese bites for starters to a juicy 8oz rump steak for the main event and cookie apple pie for pudding, enjoy five delicious courses for just £39.99.



Angelo’s Ristorante, Sunniside

Price: £75 per adult; £35 per child

Treat yourself this Christmas and let Angelo’s staff do all the hard work for you. Start your day the right way with a prosecco and canapé reception followed by lentil and pancetta soup for starters. Then, it’s time to tuck into locally sourced free-range turkey breast with apricot and pistachio stuffing complete with all the festive trimmings before enjoying a vanilla panna cotta for dessert.

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