Honest Mum and family

A Magical Private Dining Experience at Cliveden House on Christmas Eve

Honest Mum and family

I was lucky enough to enjoy two, yes two, Christmas dinners this year with the first being on Christmas Eve at the achingly beautiful Cliveden House Hotel, a short drive from our new home in Windsor.

We adore Cliveden House and it was such a delight to show my parents around and enjoy the most incredible lunch in beautiful surroundings. Thank you Cliveden House!

Huge thank you to Next for my stunning embroidered dress (and all the beautiful dresses they’ve sent me over the festive season), which was perfect for the divine feast that was awaiting us!

Mum and I are both wearing trusty M&S ponchos to try and ward off the gale force winds and I carried my personalised LV Speedy 30 bag, Mum, her Mulberry Bayswater. My heels are Office. Oliver wears a Michael Kors jacket with H&M Christmas green trousers and a Little Pud Christmas jumper!

Let’s take a closer look at my dress (*swoon).

Honest Mum wears embroidered Next dress

Now onto the food…

5 star Cliveden House Hotel kindly offered us with two beautifully decadent rooms so we could enjoy a private dining experience with them, over a delicious 4 course festive lunch.

Just look at the decorations…

Christmas lunch at Cliveden House Hotel

private dining at Cliveden House Hotel

Christmas tree at Cliveden House Hotel

The children immediately took to playing chess in front of the fire as we adults sipped champagne and cooed over the festive floral arrangements and ribbon-adorned Christmas Tree.

decadent Christmas decorations

playing chess at Cliveden House Hotel

bottle of champagne on ice


child plays chess

chess set

It was certainly a room with a view.

room with a view from Cliveden House Hotel

Cliveden House Hotel view

With course after course of a pre-arranged menu of delicious and perfectly cooked dishes, we enjoyed the following:

Terrine of hay baked chicken and roast root vegetables, raisin and caper purée, toasted sourdough.

chicken terrine

Flame grilled Cornish mackerel and scallop, cucumber, kohlrabi, ponzu.

grilled Cornish mackerel

Slow cooked duck egg, Maple glazed squash, barley, sprouts and toasted oat crumble.

slow cooked duck egg

Butter poached and roasted copas farm turkey, traditional accompaniments and roast turkey jus, roasted haunch of wild venison, fondant potato, parsnip, cauliflower, bay and cranberry.

roast turkey Christmas dinner

traditional trimmings

Fillet of stone bass, grilled leeks, broccoli, mussel, and potato.

stone bass fillet

Cliveden Christmas pudding, brandy foam, burnt butter ice cream.

Christmas pudding and brandy foam

Yoghurt parfait, marinated pineapple, yeast tuile, lime and mango.

yoghurt parfait

Mincemeat and white chocolate crumble tart, Muscovado ice cream and crème anglaise.

mincemeat and white chocolate crumble tart

Chocolate brownies for the kids and then spiced truffles and blackcurrant meringues with coffee!

truffles and meringues

What a meal!

It was such a magical Christmas lunch with the delightful Johanna on-hand offering us excellent and thoughtful service and shared her German Christmas memories.

Honest Mum and Johanna at Cliveden House Hotel

Thank you so much to Cliveden House for a Christmas lunch we shall never forget.

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