Trinity Gardens, Newcastle – Available from 1 December
Stop by Terry Laybourne’s buzzy bistro for Christmas-inspired lunch or dinner. Fancy midday munch? Enjoy two courses for £27 per person, or three for £31. In the evenings, it’s £30 for two courses, or £34 for three.
Order this: Stilton and walnut souffle with spiced red white poached pears to start, Christmas pork plate for mains (roasted loin, crispy belly, stuffed cox’s orange pippin, black pudding mash and crackling) and eggnog panna cotta with clementines for pud.
THE PARLOUR AT BLAGDON
Old Great North Road, Northumberland – Available from 28 November – 30 December
Grab some chums and tuck in to a cosy festive lunch at the Parlour, which is transformed into a snug, twinkling spot throughout the festive season. Try two courses for £13.95 per person, or three for £19.95.
Order this: Spiced sweet potato and butternut squash soup with parsnip crisps to start, roasted winter vegetable and chestnut suet pudding with mushroom cream for mains and lemon and ginger cheesecake with winter berries for pud.
THE STAR INN THE HARBOUR, WHITBY
Langborne Road, Whitby – Available from 27 November – 22 December (Monday-Friday lunchtimes and Monday-Thursday evenings)
Push the boat out when it comes to your festive celebrations by booking up for a party-style feast at Michelin-star chef Andrew Pern’s wonderful Whitby venue. The sophisticated menu is a dream for foodies – and at just £30 per person for three courses (plus coffee).
Order this: Potted Esk Valley pheasant with nutmeg spice, clementine salad, boozy cherries, plum pudding and date jam to start, fillet of sea bass with parsnip mash, girolle mushrooms, braised chestnuts and savoy cabbage for mains and festive Eton Mess with ‘drunken forgotten fruits’ for puds.
THE BLACK SWAN, HELMSLEY
Market Place, Helmsley – Available from 1 – 22 December (Sunday-Friday)
The Black Swan’s kitchen gang are switching things up this year, offering diners tasty twists on the traditional Christmas dinner with their festive ‘market menu’. Nab a table and try something new. £35 per person for three inventive courses.
Order this: Celeriac and apple veloute with black pudding crumble to start, daube of venison with pear, chestnuts, trompettes and gauffrette potatoes for mains and Christmas pudding with nutmeg ice cream and brandy-soaked raisins for puds.