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Christmas at The Four Seasons

Christmas was all set to be a quiet one this year, with Mr S’s whole family family away in various far flung destinations and my sister spending it at her boyfriend’s, it would be just my parents and us for once.

Spending Christmas morning just the two of you is rather rare for us as we both have extended families and eight nieces and nephews between us. But we decided to take some time to ourselves to take our minds off missing the kids opening their presents on Christmas day. Instead we popped open a bottle of Champagne Laurent-Perrier…
And toasted this rather funny old year…

Before moving our attention to our rather fabulous present haul…
I’ve been particularly good this year, so Santa bought me some boots and a bag…
And Mr S got the softest cashmere cardigan that I could find. Soon my parents turned up, more bubbles were poured and wrapping paper torn before we ordered a taxi to take us to lunch.

We’ve started a bit of a tradition in our family of going to a hotel for lunch on Christmas Day. It may not be for everyone and even Mr S was unsure about leaving the cosy comforts of home to go to a more unfamiliar place on our favourite day of the year. But now even he is converted as we can spend the morning at home, pop out for lunch and then return to a clean flat with no washing up!

I loved how cosy and festive the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane was this year and it seemed the ideal choice for our Christmas lunch. 
Before lunch we headed to the Winter Garden, my favourite festive pop-up of the season and snuggled in the Hennessy chalet with some fluffy cushions and cashmere blankets. 
Mr S chose a comforting hot chocolate spiked with Amaretto.
And I took advantage of the chance to have some mulled wine before the season was over. 
Soon our table was ready and it was time to pull some crackers! The hotel really was the perfect choice as the red walls and plush velvet seating felt very festive and homely. And the dining room was filled with other families fully in the spirit of the day. 
I’d pre-ordered a bottle of my favourite Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, the perfect festive tipple. 
An amuse bouche of foie gras was bought for Mr S and my dad, where my mum and I chose to replace it with a shell filled with delicious scrambled egg. 
The starter was an absolute highlight for me, lovely thick pieces of Maldon cured salmon with horseradish cream, rye bread soil, pickled vegetables and caviar. 
The fish course was also a winner, Dover sole fillet with baby artichoke, button mushroom chips, black truffle from Umbria with roasted celeriac veloute. Beautiful high quality ingredients, in a perfect portion size so as not to ruin your appetite for the main event. 
I don’t think you can ever be too old to get excited about seeing Santa, so of course it was a thrill to have the big man come around to our table. The restaurant had even asked in advance if we’d have kids with us so Santa could give them a gift. A really thoughtful gesture!
And then out it came… our Rhug Estate Organic Turkey with the most perfect crisp smoked bacon, dried apricot bread stuffing, cranberry sauce and lots of lovely brussel sprouts! Admittedly we were all a little defeated by the epic meal but my mum declared the juicy meat, the best turkey that she’d ever had.
Of course there was traditional Christmas pudding served with Tahitian Vanilla custard…
Or if like me you don’t like the fruity confection, there was a citrus and praline log with almond marshmallow, crispy panettone and fudge ice cream. 
It’s safe to say that we loved our Christmas at The Four Seasons, with the warm and festive environment and delicious food. After finishing off our coffee and petit fours we headed back to our flat for an evening of boards games and festive songs.

  • What a wonderful way to spend Christmas!

  • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

    Looks like you had an ace Christmas, Angie. Those boots and bag are beautiful, very you. What a wonderful meal at the Four Seasons too, looks very special.

  • Your smiles say it all, hun! Love that photo of you and Santa (which is a nice touch from the hotel). So glad your family enjoyed the lunch 🙂

  • Feeding Franklin

    Loooove those boots! x

  • TravelWithNanoB

    Such a positive and happy post, Angie! The boots and the bag are to die for!! Hope you have equally joyous New Year’s night 🙂 xoxo, nano

  • Sounds like a lovely Christmas Day and with no washing up! Your Dad’s hat is fun

  • MissLilly

    Hot chocolate with amaretto??? Yum!!!! I love the idea of spending Christmas lunch at a hotel. This year was the first ever away from my family, just us at home with baby Emily. It felt really special too. Maybe next year we can get all of us together at a nice hotel 🙂

    • I bet it was lovely to celebrate Emily’s first Christmas.

      • MissLilly

        Yes indeed, even if I missed all the good foods

  • Looks like you had a lovely day – the food looks delicious…and what a bonus that you had no washing up to do!

  • Ellie Adams

    What a lovely Christmas day Angie, the Four seasons was beyond gorgeous this Christmas and that food looks stunning! Hope you have an amazing New year <3

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

  • Binny Shah-Patel

    It looks wonderful! Your dad is a legend! So nice that Santa made an appearance too xx

  • The food and champagne looks fantastic. What a lovely place to go for a Christmas dinner.

  • What a fab Christmas Angie! I’ve never not had Christmas at home but maybe I too would be a convert if I tried it!

  • drsolly

    parent’s

  • What a lovely Christmas and a visit from Santa 😉 ! I did something similar and we ate out this year with my parents…it was so nice to come home to a clean house with no dishes to wash!

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  • Tbh, I can imagine that Chrismas lunch at a hotel would be a fun and festive affair… I’m just not sure I could reliniquish control of my portion sizes and proportioning for that matter! Haha, definitely a good way to curtail the heaping though! Love AP xo

    Andrea’s Passions

  • What a fabulous way to spend Christmas! I think my parents would love to not have to cook – but I am a roast potato fiend and I’m not sure there is any restaurant that would be willing to make as many as I “need”. 🙂

  • Wow! Now this looks like a way to spend Christmas that’s for sure! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and NYE Angie 🙂

    Laura xo
    http://www.shehearts.net

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