Summer might not be over just yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about your Christmas celebrations this year – just think of it this way, the earlier you book a venue for your office Christmas party or festive get-togethers this year, the less stress you’ll have at the end of the year trying to find a great venue that hasn’t already been booked up. A few hours now may save you days come November (so put down your bucket and spade I guess).

If you’re based in the East Midlands area, there are some fantastic venues available to you this year no matter what kind of venue you’re looking for. Whether you need to throw a fantastic and lively celebration for your hard-working colleagues or you’re looking for an intimate and casual place to get together with a few close friends over a festive feast, the East Midlands has it all (be sure to pick up a copy of our East Midlands Office Christmas Party Guide releasing in the coming weeks).

Until our comprehensive guide releases, check out some of our favorite venues in the region to host your Christmas lunches, dinners, and parties.

QUORN GRANGE HOTEL – Leicestershire

An award-winning hotel based in Leicestershire, this elegant hotel is a hidden gem set within a gorgeous, manicured garden area in the heart of the country. Relax in their in-house restaurant boasting a five-star hygiene rating as their team of skilled chefs and kitchen staff work tirelessly to ensure your experience at the hotel is one you’ll never forget.

An idyllic venue for your end of year celebrations, feast on a two-course Christmas dinner made from freshly sourced local ingredients followed by coffee and mince pies before enjoying an evening of entertainment. All guests will receive four drink tokens on arrival which can be exchanged for house beer, spirits, a 125ml glass of house wine and soft drinks.


The Palfrey – Derby

This newly refurbished restaurant and wine bar, situated in the historic Old Blacksmiths Yard on Sadlergate, makes a unique and contemporary spot for your office Christmas parties and casual celebrations this year. Priding themselves on providing their customers with a relaxed and friendly environment and offering an eclectic mix of food and drink options, this independent establishment is sure to wow you and your guests. Split across two levels, chill out with your colleagues in the rustic and industrial bar area or enjoy a fantastic meal at the intimate and charming restaurant.

This season, from the 24th November to the 23rd December, indulge in their sumptuous Christmas Fayre Menu and enjoy dishes such as their grilled pear, chicory, pickled walnut and stilton salad starter with sherry dressing; their ballotine of turkey breast with spinach dressing, red cabbage puree, boulangère potatoes and sprouts main; and their classic Christmas pudding with honeycomb ice cream.


HAND AND HEART – Nottingham

An award-winning traditional English pub based in Nottingham, Hand & Heart makes the perfect setting for a traditional Christmas lunch. Starting its commercial life in 1866 as a brewery before reopening as a restaurant in 2008, this pub is steeped in rich history, built into sandstone caves that date back to Saxon times.

The pub’s festive menu is both hearty and delicious, featuring starters such as spiced cod and prawn fishcake, and pork and brandy pate, spiced chutney and crusty bread. Their main menu showcases stunning dishes such as roast sirloin of British beef with Yorkshire pudding, duck breast with plum stuffing wrapped in smoked bacon, and wild mushroom and almond nut roast with red wine and shallot sauce.

Known for their incredible selection of real ales and ciders, their carefully chosen fine wine cellar and their extensive range of whiskeys, this pub doesn’t lack in quirk or character. From the garden room conservatory and piano snug to the sandstone cave setting, there’s no better place to enjoy a festive lunch this year.



HOTEL LA TOUR – Birmingham

A modern hotel based in Birmingham, Hotel La Tour is the ideal venue if you’re looking to create lasting memories and exceptional experiences for your colleagues at your office Christmas party this year. Their meticulous attention to detail and passion for perfection is clear in everything they do, from their sophisticated bar and 174 stylish bedrooms to their stylish gym and conference and events floor.

With a range of bespoke packages and menus to suit everyone’s needs, the festive lunch and dinner showcases a three-course menu including dishes such as slow-roasted duck leg with a port and black cherry sauce, and seared salmon supreme with creamed leek and whole grain mustard sauce.

Make sure you ask about their incredible party nights which include a welcome drink, three-course meal, and live entertainment. Their festive afternoon tea is also not to be missed.




One of the finest Indian restaurants in Nottingham and winner of the 2013 Best Indian Restaurant in Nottingham award, Mewar Haveli has been providing customers with an exceptional fine dining experience for the last five years. With stunning lakeside views, stylish décor, and Facebook and Trip Advisor reviews to boast about, come in and try their exceptional food this festive season (or throughout the year). From perfectly spiced, authentic, and traditional dishes to exciting and modern takes on Indian cuisine, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into India when you walk through the doors to Mewar Haveli.

Try their unique take on an onion bhaji or perhaps opt for the Haveli mixed grill comprising of chicken tikka, lamb chops, onion bhaji and malai tikka right from the tandoori oven. No matter what you choose, with an extensive range of dishes on offer, there’s always something new and exciting to try at Mewar Haveli.

The perfect place to warm up with a hot curry in the colder months, contact the restaurant today to ask them what they can do for you this festive season.


For more of the best venues in the East Midlands, be sure to check out our Christmas website or pick up a copy of the East Midlands Office Christmas Party Guide when it’s released in a few weeks.

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