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Best Venues for Mid Winter Christmas Dinner

We’re now more than halfway through the year, which means it’s nearly Christmas. Why wait until December to celebrate though? There are a number of restaurants around New Zealand where you can celebrate the occasion.
 

Auckland
 

Northridge Country Lodge

Experience a bit of mid-winter Christmas magic at Silverdale's popular Northridge Country Lodge. The lodge's colourful yuletide decorations, tasteful interior and delicious menu really bring the spirit of the festive season alive.

Sample dishes from the mid-winter Christmas menu include stuffed turkey tenderloin, Omelette Norvegienne and dark chocolate tart.

A minimum of 25 people are required for the mid-winter Christmas dinner, making Northridge an ideal venue for an office function. Contact Danielle McCulluch danielle@northridge.co.nz to make your booking.

The Brigham Café

If you looking for somewhere to take your staff for a mid-winter Christmas celebration, West Harbour’s Brigham Café is a great option.
 
Enjoy traditional festive fare in the café’s picturesque semi-rural surrounds throughout June and July.

They’ve got three fantastic function menus priced from $26 to $40 per head.

Contact The Brigham Café on 09 416 7369 to make your booking today.
 

Waikato
 

Vilagrad Winery 

Well known, family-run, winery Vilagrad  is holding a mid-winter Christmas Party again this year on the 14th and 21st of July, from 7pm to midnight.

The ticket price of $58 per person includes Vilagrad nibbles platters, whole spit roast pork, marinated barbecue chicken, amazing European salads and homemade relishes and chutneys, among other things. There will also be a range of delectable desserts such as citrus mousse meringue, sticky date pudding and Vilagrad's special caramel sauce. The cost of alcohol is not included in the ticket price.

Three Brothers Band will provide live entertainment.

 

Wellington Region

 

Tirohana Estate

Martinborough boutique winery Tirohana Estate is holding a number of mid-winter Christmas theme nights on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of June.
Tirohana's Cellars Restaurant will be transformed; festooned with twinkling fairy lights, brightened by a dazzling Christmas tree and decked out with festive decorations.

Traditional Christmas dinner is on the menu. Vegetarians and people with special dietary requirements can be catered for, just let the staff know when you make a booking. Bookings are essential, call 06 306 9933 to make yours.

 

Macs Brewbar , Wellington

Macs Brewbar  has an all year round Christmas Dinner Menu, so why not tuck into it this month? There are four Xmas set menus  priced at $40 (lunch only), $50 (lunch or dinner), $57.50 (lunch or dinner) and $65 (lunch or dinner) respectively. These menus feature both traditional Xmas fare and dishes such as market fish and risotto cake.
 
 

Christchurch
 

Chateau on the Park

The Chateau on the Park's  Garden Court restaurant is serving an alfresco mid-winter Christmas Lunch from the 1st of June. It offers an Express Lunch for $26.50 per person, plus two and three-course options at $38.50 and $48.50 each. These menus  feature both traditional Christmas fare, such as Christmas pudding and hearty winter favourites like lamb shanks and beef fillet mignon.
 

Editorial by Nicholas Chidley
8 June 2012
 

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