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Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

For years my family have tried to book in at The Grand in Tynemouth for Christmas Day dinner, but every year they’re always completely booked out very early on. This year we managed to get on the waiting list, and in August we had it confirmed that we had a table.

 

 

I know going out for Christmas when you’re younger is a pretty big no go, we always wanted to just stay home and enjoy all our new gifts. In recent years we’ve ate lunch at home with my auntie and uncle and cousins, and grandparents that could manage it, but it is so much work for the chefs and the prep lasts for days. This year going out for Christmas Day lunch at The Grand was the best decision we made all Christmas.

 

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

 

I’ll just get straight to the point, it cost £95 per person, and we initially paid a £50 per person deposit in August to confirm the table, and then a few weeks before Christmas we paid the remaining balance. It’s not cheap, but understandably for Christmas Day.

Our table was booked for 2pm, and we made our way along the coast. It’s only ten minutes away from us, which was perfect. There were so many people out for a walk along the sea front, lots of new bikes and scooters, and people walking dogs no doubt to escape the mayhem of the kitchen and clearing up back at home.

 

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

 

Arriving at the Grand we were welcomed in by staff waiting in the entrance, next to the big purple and silver Christmas tree. Our coats were taken from us to hang up, and we were offered either a pre dinner drink in the bar, or we could be taken straight to our table. We chose to go straight to our table, the smell of Christmas dinner coming out of the Brasserie was too much to resist.

 

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

 

The Brasserie is obviously the main restaurant, and it is lovely, we ate there on Mother’s Day earlier this year, and I would highly recommend it to anyone this year. For Christmas, they also open up the Oak Room and the Orchid Suite for Christmas Day dinner too, and our table was in the Oak Room.

 

 

There were only four tables in there, three set for between four and five people, and one big that had a party of about eight or ten people tucking into their turkey. Each table was beautifully decorated with gold centrepiece candles, gold and silver crackers, and three big gold and silver balloons. Our table was right by the fireplace and Christmas tree.

 

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

 

The best thing about the set up of the room was that they didn’t try to cram in too many tables. The last thing you want on Christmas Day is to be sharing it with strangers, and they did a great job of keeping a public dining space intimate and private for your own group.

 

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

 

We pulled crackers, put on our party hats, and ordered our wine from the wine list. You have to pay for your drinks on the day, but aside from that the five course dinner is already fully paid for. We were given little canapés, pate and smoked salmon Amuse Bouche to enjoy while we browsed the menu. Despite being Christmas Day, there is still a number of choices available for starter, main and desert.

 

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

 

Starters were cream of white onion soup with parmesan cheese, port wine and brandy laced game terrine with spiced fruit chutney and brioche toast, dill and lobster tortellini in mussel and prosecco cream, and char grilled asparagus with mozzarella and toasted figs. All very festive, and I thoroughly enjoyed the soup with a crusty white bread roll.

 

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

 

For main, I couldn’t see any way past the traditional roast turkey breast with goose fat potatoes (like your nana used to make) with stuffing and pigs in blankets. My dad and sister went for the pomegranate glazed rack of lamb with dauphinoise potatoes, which did look incredible, but how can you have Christmas without pigs in blankets?! We were brought two big bowls of mixed roast veg to share between us as well, and I’m pleased to say plenty gravy! Nothing worse than when places are stingy on the gravy.

 

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

 

The food was amazing, and by the last mouthful I was fully content and had no idea how I’d manage desert, and coffee. Other main options are truffle cooked fillet of beef, seabass and salmon with crushed chive potatoes, or the vegetarian wellington of wild mushroom, butternut squash with red pepper sauce.

 

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

 

All sounds very delicious, but hello? Pigs in blankets? I think it’s pretty good that they offer this full menu on Christmas day, with no clue what people might order as you don’t have to choose in advance.

 

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

 

The staff weren’t intrusive and didn’t rush is through at all, we had a good breather to digest before the girl came back to take our desert order. All the staff were lovely, and didn’t seem to mind making sure that everyone else and their families were having the most perfect Christmas dinner while they were working it. Hats off to them.

 

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

 

For desert I went for the lemon posset, with blackberry compote and vanilla shortbread coin, thinking this would be slightly lighter. Viv and Nige both had traditional Christmas pudding with rum white sauce and liquor salted apricots – doesn’t that sound nice? I wish I liked Christmas pud.

 

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

 

Other options were rich chocolate pave with orange sauce and cherry chantilly cream, or a cheeseboard with grapes and spiced fruit chutney. The whole meal was finished off with coffee and petit fours.

 

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

 

The entire experience of eating out for Christmas dinner was the perfect choice for us this year, and I think my mum felt it the most.

Viv spends days in the run up to Christmas flapping about ordering and preparing food, and then what feels like most of Christmas day in the kitchen, even the years we’ve joined forces with my uncle. She said it was so lovely this year not to have to worry about any of it, she could just enjoy it stress free.

 

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

 

That in itself was enough for us to enjoy it, but the whole Christmas Day dinner experience at The Grand is one that I would do again in a heartbeat too, and I can see why it’s so difficult to get a table.

 

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

 

We had a relaxed morning opening our presents and getting ready without anyone yelling to help cut the carrots or peel potatoes, or rushing to clear up before the Queens speech. It made my mums Christmas and that made ours too.

 

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

Christmas Day Dinner at The Grand, Tynemouth

 

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas!

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3 Comments

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    Sam | North East Family Fun Travel Blog
    28th December 2017 at 3:37 pm

    It looks gorgeous Steph! We alternate Christmasses between my mam and Steve’s mam and when it’s my mam’s turn we always go out (even with the kids). My mam is a control freak in the kitchen and won’t let anyone help! She only has every other Christmas off work and I hate her spending all day in the kitchen so that’s why I always plan for us to go out now.

    We’ve tried Village Hotel which I wasn’t too keen on as the tables were very close together and there were too many people there. Linden Hall was nice but it was carvery style so didn’t feel super special. It was inexpensive though and kids dined for free there and were visited by Santa which was nice. Last year we went to our local Greek restaurant – we can both walk there so can all have a drink and their roasts are divine! It’s not too pricey – around £45 per adult and £25 per child. We’re only there for around 1.5 hours so it doesn’t annoy the kids too much. They’re old enough now to join in with the conversations too.

    I received a voucher for Grand Hotel for Christmas – can’t wait!

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      sfox
      28th December 2017 at 3:42 pm

      It’s nice to go somewhere close by isn’t it. We ate at Hotel du Vin a few years ago which was nice but I much preferred being local. So much choice for your voucher as well I’ve yet to try the afternoon tea!

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    Chloe - New Girl in Toon
    30th December 2017 at 4:27 pm

    It sounds perfect! I love that the dining room was kept small and exclusive. We had a bad experience somewhere in Newcastle a few years ago eating out on Christmas Day and it’s really put us off. We were put in a huge room with loads and loads of other tables, we felt like we were at a wedding where we knew none of the other guests! The food wasn’t great either! The Grand looks lovely and has restored my faith in enjoying a Christmas lunch out on the big day!

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