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Christmas Greetings…

At FoodSnapp we’re all about eating out, it’s not just about food it’s also the social aspect of enjoying the company of friends and family.

We know money is tight this year, but even eating at home can be expensive and some people simply prefer to cut out the cooking, the clearing up and the general chaos of cooking at home.

We’ve researched some of the best places to eat out on Christmas Day in the capital ranging from £92 per head to the exuberant £600. Our chosen restaurants have been selected on taste, choice of menu and ambiance.

We hope you join our FoodSnapp community we can’t wait to see your foodie and drinking pics on  the FoodSnapp app, your reviews really do count, Foodsnapp reviews rival Google so it’s important your review is honest and informative. We have also introduced hashtags so let it rip by rolling  out as many hashtags as you can think of!

One last thing, as it’s Christmas and it’s the season to be jolly we are giving away £300 in restaurant vouchers to one lucky winner. All you need to do is download the app, snap away with some cool foodie pics and add the hashtag #Foodsnapp23 and you’re instantly added to our prize draw.

Instead of our monthly draw being at the end of the month it will be drawn on December 24th.

Good luck everyone and a very Merry Christmas from All of us at FoodSnapp.

The Spaniards Inn – Hampstead

Built in 1585 it already has all the charm of a Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, old doors & creaky floorboards it oozes old style tradition.

At Christmas this place vamps up the feel of Dickens and you are transported to a time when Christmas felt magical.

Here you get a five-course menu you can pick and choose from an array of seasonal goodies, starting with fresh scallops or pheasant terrine followed by a sumptuous main of roast turkey, venison cutlets or beef or root wellington packed with all the trimmings. If you still have room for more, we loved the cheese board with a nice drop of red wine or a classic port, for those with a sweet tooth the sticky toffee pudding melts in your mouth and it doesn’t end there as chocolate truffles end this delightful meal – all we need now is the snow!

Address: The Spaniards Inn, Spaniards Road, London NW3 7JJ
Price: From £91.50 per head
Website: thespaniardshampstead.co.uk

Riding House Café – Fitzrovia

More of a brasserie than a café serving a five-course set menu from late morning to 3.30pm in Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury.

We really loved their festive menu it was quirky yet traditional. For starters there’s puy lentil and chestnut stew, artichoke dip with sourdough bread, beetroot gravalax or goats cheese mousse, mouth-watering and not too heavy before the mains come out.

Main courses are roast turkey with apple and herb stuffing, creamed corn and cranberry sauce. If you’re already tired of Christmas turkey they serve a delicious miso bass with prawns, cockles and samphire.

Our vegan team member ordered the truffled portobello mushroom and sweet potato wellington with porcini cream, we all kept looking at him whilst eating as for the first time in years he was speechless and then uttered “now I know why I’m vegan”.

Address: Riding House Café, 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PQ
Price: £95 per head
Website: riding.house

Bob Bob Ricard – Soho

I’m always reminded of being on the Orient Express, expecting Poiret to pop out at any second. This lavish establishment is open 365 days of the year. This is the place to dream of grandeur, you feel as if you have your own personal butler on this imaginary train. The menu reflects its decadence, starters of fresh oysters, poached salmon and Russian caviar, mains include Truffle and Champagne humble pie, slow cooked pork belly, Salmon en croute with Champagne sauce and much more, slightly less traditional but luxurious and tasty. They even serve a beef wellington for two. Note the emphasis here is Champagne they cook with it and serve it on demand by giving every table their own Champagne button, when your glass is dry just press the bell for more!

One more extra tip there is free parking in Soho on Christmas Day, bad luck if you’re the nominated driver.

Address: Bob Bob Ricard, 1 Upper James Street, London W1F 9DF
Price: Required minimum spend of £125 per person on Saturday 25 December
Website: bobbobricard.com

The Cinnamon Club – Westminster

If you’re not a traditionalist or sick of turkey this is the perfect place for you. Indian fine dining at its best set against an amazing interior formerly an old library now a vibrant setting for some of the best Indian cuisine in London.

We sampled the Keralan-style lobster soup flamed with cognac, kokum-crusted halibut fillet and clove flavoured goose breast followed by the garam masala Christmas pudding with nutmeg and custard (rumour has it, this pud tastes so good they now do home delivery). For our vegan friend he chose the sprouted green moong pancake, Jerusalem artichoke podimas and a main of aubergine with sesame, tamarind and peanut.

The menu had many options all packed with flavour from fresh ingredients and a top Indian chef who takes pride in everything he creates.

Address: The Cinnamon Club, The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith St, London SW1P 3BU
Price: £125 per person
Website: cinnamonclub.com

The Ritz Restaurant – Piccadilly

We had to include the iconic Ritz, if you’re splashing the cash this year (lucky you) then what better place to splash it.

The Ritz has everything you imagine luxury and lavish to mean, the Michelin star restaurant will exceed all expectation. Christmas lunch is 6 courses unfortunately all kept a secret to the last minute, but we are assured the menu is traditional, indulgent and something for everyone.

Although it’s extremely pricey you do get a full package of live jazz, a caricature and even an appearance from Santa, their aim is to make your day special and memorable for all ages.

Address: The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9BR
Price: £600 per person. £310 per child (under 15)
Website: theritzlondon.com

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