Festive Dining in Covent Garden

Uncover the best of festive feasts at some of Covent Garden's most popular dining destinations. Tried and approved by London Foodie, Clerkenwell Boy - Read the guide to the best Christmas inspired meals of the Good Food Club.

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Japan meets Brazil via Peru: SUSHISAMBA Festive Menu

For international jetsetters, SUSHISAMBA’s luxurious “Festive Taste of Samba” menu is a must! The restaurant dazzles with festive decorations and the buzzy open kitchen highlights the restaurant’s unique mix of Japanese cuisine (sushi is made fresh to order) plus Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine (with many dishes cooked over a robata grill).

Celebrate the season with the festive menu , thoughtfully crafted and completely delicious. The limited edition menu features a multi-course selection of the season's specials including Oyster Karaage, Sambazonia Chirashi, Asahi-Braised Short Rib and Truffle Grilled Lobster.

Available from November 14th to January 4th for lunch and dinner, book now through the website.

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Traditional Festive Cheer: Ivy Market Grill

For a family friendly festive feast - we’re loving this year’s Christmas menus at The Ivy Market Grill. With a view overlooking the Covent Garden Piazza, adorned in it's Christmas gear, there is no where better to dine to get yourself in the holiday spirit. Whether you want to dine in the morning, afternoon or evening, the Ivy Market Grill has a festive menu for you.

The Festive Breakfast menu includes a choice of smoothies, bircher muesli and a breakfast take on some Christmas dinner classics, like the Pigs in Blankets, served with scrambled eggs, potato hash and roasted tomatoes.

For an  afternoon or evening festive meal the Ivy Market Grill offer starters of Smoked Salmon, and Duck Parfait, followed by the star of the show, the Goose and Turkey Shepherd's Pie main course, served with Pig’s in Blankets and Creamy Mashed Potatoes.

For desserts, choose between the Christmas Pudding (flambeed at the table), Melting Chocolate Bomb with Vanilla Ice Cream or a Winter Spice Snowball!

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Nutcracker Afternoon Tea

Nutcracker Afternoon Tea at The Petersham

It's Christmas time in Covent Garden and The Petersham are getting in the festive spirit with a seasonal afternoon tea available from Thursdays - Sundays, until January.
Their chefs have created an ode to the festive ballet, The Nutcracker with a beautiful selection of handmade cakes, tarts and Tramezzini.

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Story Cellar

Combining classic dishes and exceptional wines, Story Cellar is offering up a festive menu in their private dining space, designed to be shared by the whole table. Small plates and sides include roast potatoes, pigs in blankets and honey roast parsnips. Choose from a rotisserie chicken with stuffing from the grill and finish off with a brown sugar brûlée, or the more traditional Christmas pudding with brandy cream. 

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Cora Pearl

For a chic Christmas feast this festive season, Cora Pearl is pulling out all the stops with their Feast For Christmas Menu. Starters include a beautiful Spiced Winter Squash, Stilton, Cranberries & Chestnut Gremolata and Sea Trout Gravadlax with Soda Bread. For the main event, enjoy Roast Goose,, whole Roasted Spiced Monkfish or a Truffled Wild Mushrooms & Spenwood Risotto. Finish your feast with a delicious Christmas Milk Cake, Candied Walnuts and Quince & Brandy Cream.... and a chocolate truffle finale!

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A Modern Italian Christmas: La Goccia

Hidden away in Floral Court is the beautiful La Goccia restaurant (from the team behind Petersham Nurseries). The modern Italian menu celebrates the freshest seasonal ingredients. Diners can cosy up in the heated courtyard amongst the Christmas trees and fairy lights.

Alternatively head inside the vibrant restaurant to enjoy the view of the open kitchen, wood fired oven, large grill and cocktail bar. The menu is perfect for sharing with friends.

For a festive celebration with a twist, we highly recommend the oozy Burrata with roasted pumpkin and chilli to start, alongside La Goccia’s Signature Fried Chicken. For mains try the Slow Cooked Lamb with Polenta, and Radicchio Salad with Pomegranate and Dried Figs.

For desserts, the traditional Tiramisù is a must. Continue the celebrations with a cocktail or two from the bar. We recommend a classic Negroni or a few glasses of Prosecco.

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Festive Dolce VyTA Afternoon Tea

Transport yourself to the charming streets of Italy without leaving Covent Garden!

Indulge in the perfect fusion of English elegance and Italian flair with afternoon tea at VyTA. From 12pm-4pm, savour the authentic taste of Italy right in the heart of London.

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Best of British: Pivot Bar and Bistro

Award-winning Chef Mark Greenaway has opened his flagship restaurant in Covent Garden offering homely dishes plus the choice of a four-course or eight-course tasting menu.

For the perfect festive season date night, diners can enjoy an indulgent two or three course meal with a magical view of the Covent Garden Christmas Tree. Starters include a winter warming Cream of Chestnut Soup with Candied Chestnut Crumble and Sourdough Toast or the Scottish Smoked Salmon with Black Spiced Cream.

For the main event, there’s Roasted Turkey with Sage and Onion Stuffing and Cranberry Sauce, or Pan Roasted Cod with Argula Oil and Caperberry Sauce, and many others.

Desserts feature a traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce which we highly recommend washing down with a glass (or two) of mulled wine by the fireplace.

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Escape the cold streets of London this Christmas season and dine at Gaucho for a series of delicious, festive flavours. Dine on classic Christmas comforts with a twist, including Chimichurri Butter Roasted Turkey served with crispy roasted potatoes and festive vegetables. Finish off with a Salted Dulche De Leche Cheesecake, Chocolate Brownie or Lemon Tart! Choose from the Festive Signature, Sharing or Feast Menu.

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Dine at one of Covent Garden's longest standing restaurants for your christmas feast this year. The Covent Garden Piazza is famous for its spectacular display at Christmas time, shows and celebrations galore! So where better to bask in the festivities than in the heart of it? Dine on Roast Turkey Crown with Cranberry Stuffing, Honey Roasted Parsnip Soup and Traditional Christmas Pudding from their festive menu as you sit front row to the iconic piazza.

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Christmas Cuisine at Seven Dials Market

A wild concoction of the best independent street food and drinks vendors in London, Seven Dials Market have pulled out all the stops with the festivities this year!

Try the festive menus from your favourite street food vendors, including:

  • Spicy festive Khao Soi noodle soup from Yaay Yaay 
  • Christmas lunch in a bun from Yum Bun - including fried chicken, pig in blanket and gravy dip
  • Curry on Naanstop are serving up a traditional sprout curry, Misal Pav, to get you in the festive spirit
  • Deep-fried camembert with fig chutney from Truffle Burger
  • New members of the Seven Dials Market, Stakehaus, are serving up the ultimate Christmas sarnie, with roast beef, cranberry, shoestring fries and roasted garlic mayo

It wouldn't be a festive meal without a dessert so visit Soft Serve Society for a chestnut and cream topped waffle, or Wheelcake Island for a salted caramel fudge filled wheelcake, the ultimate sweet fix! Seven Dials Market will also be serving up a number of Christmas classics including  mulled wine and cider from the Warehouse Bar.

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Festive Afternoon Tea at Mariage Frères

The world’s most exclusive purveyor of luxury teas and France’s oldest tea house, Mariage Frères, is bringing their delicious festive afternoon tea to Covent Garden this Christmas.

Offering the largest collection of teas in the world, from vintage and rare to fruit and herbal, the 'Christmas in Love' afternoon tea is guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. For only £59 person enjoy a stunning spread of tea infused savoury treats, delicacies, Parisian scones and a tea of your choice. For just £12 a person, toast to the festive season with a glass of Champagne, or a Christmas mulled wine.

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Sticks 'N' Sushi Christmas

Sticks 'n' Sushi

With the festive season drawing closer, so does the Sticks 'n' Santa Christmas menus. Enjoy three different menus, all filled with unexpected twists on classic holiday dining. Try the Holly Menu which redefines the usual Christmas dinner with goodies including Miso Sprouts and Chicks 'n' Blankets. Sticks 'n' Sushi are also offering the Mistletoe Menu and the plant based Evergreen menu, all available from the 27th November up to Christmas Eve. Dont' forget to finish with an exclusive Christmas cocktail.

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Celebrate Christmas in style this year at Balthazar. Bringing classic Parisian style to the heart of Covent Garden, you can delight in heart-warming cuisine and a warming, festive atmosphere. Balthazar offers two private dining spots so you can toast to the festive season with France's finest champagne in an intimate setting. Surround yourself with classic French cuisine, impressive wines and good company this year with Balthazar.

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Afternoon Tea at Brasserie Max

Raise a toast to the season with a Festive Afternoon Tea at Covent Garden Hotel’s Brasserie Max. Enjoy sweet treats and savoury delights with a Christmas twist including dark chocolate yule log, clementine tart and homemade scones with clotted cream and preserves. From £45 per person, £57 per person including a glass of sparkling wine.

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