There is little I enjoy more during December than eating out with Kieran, friends or family members I don’t see as much. This year our poor North East hospitality industry has been dealt yet another blow this year with the Tier 3 restrictions through December. Many of them have adapted as best they can by offering takeaways, as they have since the first lockdown, but I’m seeing a few coming out now with Christmas menus for takeaway as well. Here’s some of the Christmas takeaways in Newcastle until we can get back in restaurants again.
I will keep updating this post if more become available. Just for transparency I have worked with some of these restaurants before, but none of them have asked or paid to be included here.
The header image in this post was kindly provided to me by Danny Parker/Jesmond Dene House. Keep an eye out for him this winter on Masterchef the professionals!
Christmas Day Dinner from Jesmond Dene House
This takeaway is extra special as it’s only available for Christmas Day itself. Many people eat out for Christmas so nobody has to do the cooking at home, I’ve done it a couple of times and loved it, but obviously that’s out the window this year. Anyone who still doesn’t want to have to cook on Christmas Day can opt for Christmas Dinner in a box from Jesmond Dene House.
It looks absolutely amazing, and includes a 6 course meal, prepared by the head chef Danny Parker who I know takes incredible care over the quality and food he makes. There’s everything you could want including turkey and the trimmings of course, Christmas pudding, game terrine, mince pies and chocolate pudding.
You can view the whole menu here, and full details are on the website here. A summary is that it’s £150 for a box for two, additional single orders are £75 per person, and to order call them on 0191 212 3000 between 10am-4pm.
Cote Brasserie At Home
The Cote December offering is also very impressive, with a full range of dishes that you can order from now. If you want to secure a slot but don’t know what your order will be yet you can also reserve a slot with a £10 deposit, that can be redeemed against your meal when you go to order it.
Their plates include a festive dining box, turkey with bacon lattice, lobster fritters (this looks unreal), a lot of festive sides to choose from, deserts and cheese boards.
See the full Cote at Home menu here.
21 Group – Porterhouse & Saltwater Fish Company Christmas Orders
Most of the 21 Group have been doing individual at home takeaways since the summer, and I’ll come on to those shortly, but Porterhouse and Saltwater Fish have a dedicated Festive orders webpage until 20th December, with the exception of turkey, geese and duck which have a deadline of 12th December. Collection is available from 20th December too.
From Porterhouse there is a range of turkey dishes, fillet of beef Wellington, roasting ham, and duck. Stuffing, sides and gravy can all be ordered too.
Saltwater Fish is for me, the absolute highlight. I love their food as I’m a huge seafood fan and their seafood platter just looks a MUST. It includes dressed crabs, smoked salmon, smoked mackerel, oak smoked salmon, poached prawns, Shetland mussels, lemon mayo and Marie Rose sauce. For two people this platter is £35.
Other platters they have include oysters, dressed crab and lobster, and they also have a few salmon en croute available to order in different sizes.
Round it all off with one of the deserts, including Christmas cake or pudding.
See the full menu and price list for Porterhouse and Saltwater fish 21 Group at home here.
21 Newcastle Through December
For actual takeaways from the 21 Group they have a number of options to choose from. I enjoyed a very nice takeaway afternoon tea in the summer, and that is still available. They also have Sunday lunch boxes, burger kits, celebration cakes and three course meals available.
They release a new seasonal menu every week, and the three weeks of menus for December have already been released and are available to order. They include truffled venison pie, roasted guinea fowl, lobster spaghetti and prosciutto wrapped chicken. Various starters, deserts and wine are also available too.
Mal in Your Maison
Malmaison created their Mal in your Maison food boxes earlier this year, and they’ve also created a Christmas Day 4 course box, and a New Year 5 course box that you can pre order now. Each box serves 6, with the Christmas Day one being traditional turkey, and New Year is beef wellington.
For the full menu and details on how to order, which you need to do by 18th December then visit the Mal in your Maison webpage here.
South Causey Inn Festive Weekends
South Causey Inn are offering a festive afternoon tea at home every Saturday in December, and a Sunday dinner at home every Sunday in December. The afternoon tea is £25, to be collected between 12-2pm, and includes turkey and cranberry sandwiches, winter berry cheesecake and mince pies.
The Sunday roasts through December include a turkey choice, and a nut roast for vegetarians, as well as quite a few other options like burgers and hot stotties too.
See full details of the South Causey menus and how to order online here.
Blackfriars At Home Seasonal Menu
I really enjoyed our Blackfriars at Home experience earlier this year, and they’re still going strong with quite a lot to choose from. Sunday roasts, three course meals, individual courses and a range of beers and wines are all available on their site.
The menu has become much more seasonal with additions such as mulled pear and goats cheese salad, Northumbrian game terrine, Camembert croquette, turkey and pigs in blankets, Christmas pudding and festive slices to name just a few.
Six at The Baltic
Like many others Six are creating three course meals or afternoon tea for at home, and the current menu has a festive twist. The Christmas crumble sounds pretty good, and so does the winter carrot cake.
Full details of Six at Home can be found here.
Grainger Market Christmas Delivery
The Grainger market has been open throughout lockdown as it is classed as essential shopping, but they also have Grainger Market deliveries available, now including some festive additions. As well as being able to order all your fruit, vegetables and meat for over the festive period, there are products like Christmas hampers, cheese boxes, bakery boxes and gift sets available too.
I used the Grainger Market delivery during the first lockdown and it was great. I’m just sad we won’t get a Grainger Christmas Night Market this year, I always liked visiting in December when they opened late, had carol signers and lots of Christmas treats.
House of Tides At Home Boxes
Newcastle’s Michelin star restaurant can be brought to your home now with their 8 course boxes. The menu isn’t especially festive unless they change it anytime soon, but I’m including it as it’s probably one for a treat if you want to splash out this December.
See the full details of House Of Tides at Home here.
Hopefully this has given you some inspiration for Christmas takeaways in Newcastle for through December, especially if you’re looking for one with a festive touch to it. I will keep adding to them, but let’s make sure we help our local pubs and restaurants as much as we are able to until we can go back in person.
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