Christmas party venues in Essex: 8 fantastically festive locations

PUBLISHED: 11:59 28 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:49 11 January 2018

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Christmas is a season of celebration, so whether you plan to party with friends, family or colleagues from work, we pick out 8 top Essex venues to help create the ideal atmosphere

1) Galvin Green Man

Set in 1.5 acres of riverside meadow amid beautiful countryside, with the River Chelmer running at the bottom of the gardens, the Galvin brothers’ Green Man is one of the oldest pubs in Essex. Its relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere is the perfect location for a Christmas party celebration.

The Galvin Green Man restaurant has four beautiful rooms for private celebrations, each with their own style, and chefs are able to tailor Christmas party menus to suit group requirements. The restaurant was recently awarded a Bib Gourmand by The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland.

2) The Wine Cellar

Nowhere else could offer the quintessential festive atmosphere quite like The Wine Cellar in Chelmsford. The sparkling Christmas lights guide the way to the decorated underground bar and restaurant, which is the ideal setting for your Christmas party.

Bubbly prosecco, seasonal Christmas cocktails and mulled wine will ensure the party gets started in style and if dining out with friends is your preferred Christmas party experience then look no further than the candlelit restaurant and fabulous Christmas menu on offer.


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3) Pig & Whistle Restaurant

Step inside and experience a cosy candlelit Christmas dining at the Pig & Whistle Restaurant, just 10 minutes from Chelmsford city centre. Dine this Christmas to enjoy a midweek lunch festive menu or the evening seasonal specials board.

A seasonal menu will run the week of Christmas but is fully booked Christmas Day and the restaurant is closed on Boxing Day. However, you can also dine a la carte on New Year’s Eve, or gather with family and friends on January 1 for a four meat carvery.

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4) The Finchingfield Lion

Whether you’re looking for a formal seated meal or a more relaxed gathering, The Finchingfield Lion is the perfect venue. The kitchen team have created a range of stunning menus, with finger buffets from £12.50 a head to a three-course dinner at £23.95 a head.

Obviously turkey and Christmas pudding are essentials for any festive event, but tasty alternatives are available too. There is also the fantastic offer of a 20% discount on bed and breakfast bookings in one of the beautifully refurbished rooms for those attending Christmas events.

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5) Orsett Hall

Celebrate the 2017 festive season in style! Whether you are enjoying time with friends and family or simply having a great time at the office party, you’ll find a selection of festive menus and events to suit everyone this Christmas. Orsett Hall offers everything from Christmas Party Nights to Merry Swingmas Dinners plus lunches, accommodation and Christmas Afternoon Teas.

And not forgetting a Christmas Day Family Luncheon or Traditional Christmas Day Luncheon and even a Christmas Shopping Evening or a delightful New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner.

6) Linden House

Linden House is located in the historic village of Stansted Mountfitchet, less than an hour from either London or Cambridge by car. The beautifully designed restaurant offers a unique dining experience with a la carte dining and great value lunch offers. Guests can dine on the terrace or relax at the newly-refurbished outdoor Champagne bar.

Over the festive period, Linden House will be taking bookings for Christmas parties throughout December and also for Christmas Day, with a four-course lunch menu. A seven-course taster menu is also planned for New Year’s Eve, with live jazz and dancing to see the New Year in. And you can even make a night of it with nine exquisite rooms, featuring décor to reflect the building’s heritage, including extra touches such as roll top baths, luxurious linen and four poster beds.

7) Mulberry House

Whether celebrating with friends and family or treating yourself to a festive high tea, Mulberry House near Ongar provides the perfect selection of festive options for you to choose from. The hotel offers a warm and welcoming environment with rooms available from £53 per night including breakfast.

All of which is ideally complemented by superb cuisine and professional service. A specially designed Mulberry Suite and marquee are nestled in the bewitching landscaped gardens, creating a magical venue for the popular Christmas Party Nights.

8) Great Braxted

Memories are made at Braxted Park, a fabulous venue for Christmas this year catering for parties of 10 to 300 guests. Party in style with a ‘Fizzy’ reception and fire performer upon arrival followed by a seasonal three-course dinner including half a bottle of the finest wine from Braxted’s cellars and the chance to dance the night away to your favourite festive hits.

It promises to make sure your 2017 Christmas party will be one to remember and due to popular demand, new dates have been added to the festive calendar.

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