Christmas Mad or Trad? North of England


Christmas is coming and the party planners are getting anxious.  No need!  Once you’ve got some basic ideas about your event – general location, budget, number of guests – you’re down to the final all-important question: trad or mad?  Turkey, stuffing and party hats or something a bit wilder to get the celebration going?
We at toptable have loads of ideas for every kind of Christmas party, and we’re happy to talk through your needs on 020 7299 2949 whenever you need us.  Or just give us the basics, let our dedicated Christmas party planning team do the work and you enjoy yourself and take the credit.  It’s that simple.
Here are some inspirations in the north of England that will help you on your way to a Christmas party that will be one to remember.
Trad

Kendells Bistro is a romantic little restaurant in St Peter’s Square in Leeds right next door to the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  Book in for The Christmas Carol or Aladdin, then take the party next door for traditional turkey, stuffing and pudding with a relaxed, French accent.

Blackfriars Restaurant


The Box Tree in Ilkley is one of the oldest buildings in town, dating from 1720, and offering a French-style Christmas menu under the Michelin-starred direction of Simon Gueller – turkey with morel sauce – in a setting as traditionally English as it is possible to be.
The Piano Restaurant at the Churchill Hotel in York is as trad as it gets: Georgian mansion, AA rosette menu featuring the big bird and all the trimmings, a live pianist four nights a week, superb service, luxurious surroundings.
If it’s trad you’re looking for, will the oldest dining room in the country do?  Blackfriars restaurant in Newcastle dates to 1239 when it was the monks’ refectory, and today the medieval decoration, fine food and charming service make it a modern-day favourite.
Mad

It’s feliz navidad, caballero, out on the pampas at Gaucho restaurant in Leeds where the best of Argentinian carnivorous cuisine is matched with superb wines in a sexy, grownup setting.
When masterchef Aiden Byrne returned to his Merseyside roots to open his opulent restaurant at Hillbark Hotel on the Wirral, Aiden Byrne at Hillbark, there was general rejoicing.  This is Christmas that’s mad in a trad way.  Hillbark is a high Victorian recreation of a high Tudor mansion with a Michelin-starred chef at its heart.  The dining room is fabulously luxurious and so is the special Christmas menu.

Linen at Manchester235


Christmas as Christakis Greek Taverna in Liverpool offers fabulous Greek cuisine, including astounding traditional feasts of twenty or more dishes, and will tempt you with Greek dancing, belly dancing, plate smashing, and DJ until two.
Linen looks plenty traditional, but it’s set in Manchester’s first luxury gaming, dining and music venue, Manchester235.  Start the party with a flutter then move on to this classy restaurant for proper Christmas nosh.