Christmas at Gerber

It’s that time of year again! Time to book your favourite restaurant for Christmas drinks and eats and order those gorgeous Christmas hamper.

Here is a selection of Gerber’s unmissable events and must-have gifts for Christmas.

Group Feasting 

Experience Christmas in the breath-taking and remote Yamagata Prefecture without having to leave London at Carousel’s Winter in Japan Feast. Unwind with a drink and a bowl of ramen in the peaceful internal courtyard before the authentic Japanese screens slide back to reveal the izakaya drinking den for those who want to celebrate until the sunrise. Here, revellers can spend the night playing pachinko with friends, singing karaoke in the neon side room and sampling every sake under the sun.

For a glamourous Christmas party that’s sure to impress, look no further than the beautifully located Sea Containers at The Mondrian Hotel, and dine in style as you overlook the Thames. Their feasting menus to share offer a traditional festive fayre with a modern twist; begin with a venison carpaccio with beetroot, pine nuts and cress before a classic rib of beef with horseradish cream and a bone marrow gratin. A selection of Christmassy cocktails have also been created as part of the menu, featuring ingredients such as gingerbread, hazelnut bitters, and of course, mulled wine. The feasting menus will be available from November 27th for groups of 8 or more and start from £80. Similar menus will also be available as a set lunch on Christmas day at £115 per person.

From JKS Restaurants, Michelin-starred Indian, Gymkhana, will be serving a Christmas feasting menu with an Indian twist. Dishes such as venison shank korma with brussel sprouts, pumpkin thoran and sweet potato kulcha will feature for the main event, with festive delights such as mulled fruit and saffron kulfi falooda for dessert. The menu will be available in their main restaurant, and specific feasting menus will also be available in their private dining vaults. Trishna, will also be serving a Christmas menu at the Marylebone restaurant. The menu will feature dishes such as teen mirchi pheasant, gongura lamb and an indulgent Trishna mince pie, flavoured with fennel, black pepper and coconut, and served with Christmas pudding ice cream.

Skye Gyngell will be serving a seasonal-fayre within the award-winning interiors of  Spring. For £39.50, you can dine on the four-course festive set menu filled with imaginative and elegant dishes such as baked celeriac with ceps and truffle and roasted scallop with fermented pumpkin seeds and beurre blanc, or dine from the a la carte menu, with small plates priced between £6 and £14. This year, Skye is also working with Jamie’s Farm, using produced grown on their own farms and donating a percentage of the takings to their charity, which aims to help transform the lives of vulnerable children in challenging urban schools by providing an alternative learning environment for residential placements and follow up programmes.

On December 19th, Spring will also be hosting the second installation of TABLE, a community eating house in collaboration with StreetSmart. With community and collaboration at its heart, TABLE will be serving a traditional Christmas dinner for vulnerably housed or homeless Londoners, made by the chefs at Spring and a front of house staff drawn from within Somerset House’s diverse community of creative organisations.  TABLE will run lunch service from 12 noon and 3pm on the 19th of December.

To celebrate its first Christmas in Dalston, Tony Conigliaro’s Untitled will be hosting an extraordinary Christmas feast, with a twist on the quintessentially English Christmas dinner. With more than 20 years of experience in the drinks industry, Tony has become an internationally renowned, award-winning drinks and flavour expert with a number of revered bars to his name. Head chef, Rob Roy Cameron (formerly El Bulli and Hoja Santa) has developed a traditional festive menu re-imagined with influences from Japan, using innovative techniques to create a seasonal feast like you’ve never experienced. To accompany dishes such as boneless chicken with a teriyaki glaze and roasted cauliflower with furikake vinaigrette, Tony has developed new seasonal cocktail, Snow, an intriguing combination of flavours designed to simulate the mineral, ‘wet-concrete’ feel of catching a snowflake in your mouth. This will be available alongside Untitled’s cocktail menu, as well as a selection of wines, champagne and non-alcoholic drinks. The exquisite 6-course set menu is priced at £25 per person.

For a Christmas party with an Italian twist, Bernardi’s in Marylebone can provide an evening of food within the beautiful setting of the restaurant. Party-goers can choose between a three-course (£40), four-course (£50), five-course (£65) or six-course (£85) feasting menu, with dishes such as lobster maccheroni and roasted guinea fowl, pancetta and chanterelle mushroom served at the table to share. For a more relaxed affair, Bernardi’s also offer a range of gorgeously designed canape menus combining a range of cold, hot, and sweet treats to satiate your guests as they sample one of the restaurant’s  cocktails; this is the perfect Christmas drinks menu.

David Carter, founder of SMOKESTAK, has announced the addition of a whole beef brisket at his esteemed Shoreditch restaurant, alongside a series of festive feasting menus for groups. Smoked for 12-15 hours over kiln-dried English oak, and accompanied by pickled cucumbers, chillis and mustard barbecue, the whole brisket is priced at £150 and serves between ten to twenty people. It is the first time SMOKESTAK has offered its most popular mainstay dish in its entirety, which usually features on the menu as an individual cut or brisket bun. The whole brisket will also be available to takeaway, for the same price of £150, offering a unique dinner party option for those planning a festive gathering. Alongside the whole beef brisket, SMOKESTAK has introduced two festive menus – the feasting and sharing – available from November 27th. Priced at £35 and £45 per person respectively, these will stray from a traditional set menu format, instead taking a sharing style approach.

Or perhaps you’re looking to rebel against the traditional Christmas meal altogether? Join the Christmas Revolution at Wahaca this year for their Rebellion Banquet, filled with the flavours of Mexican market eating. For £30 per person, you can feast on a selection of Mexican street food followed by a make-your-own taco sharing board of confit duck, slow-roasted beef shin and roasted vegetables. For a lighter option, the Revolution Feast at £25 per person offers an indulgent selection of tapas-style street food to share, including their famous slow-braised pork pibil taco, finishing the meal with the classic churros y chocolate. If you’re looking for a more informal get together, the cocktail bars in selected branches of Wahaca are the perfect location to gather round and sip on a margarita. Head to their website to enquire about group bookings and parties.


Private Dining Venues

If you and your friends are looking for a quirky Christmas party venue, the downstairs of BAO’s Fitzrovia venue is available to hire for up to 10 guests. Enjoy their famous steamed bao buns and critically acclaimed small plates with a cocktail and soak in the atmosphere of the open kitchen dining room.

No matter what size your Christmas party may be, The Modern Pantry’s two sites in Clerkenwell and Finsbury Square can cater for any number of guests, providing an imaginative take on a festive feast within the elegant and warm surroundings. Dishes such as rose roasted quince with Crozier Blue, turkey ballotine with plum wine soaked prunes and Persian spiced halibut with turmeric roasted cauliflower can be enjoyed in the intimate Foundry Room in the Clerkenwell branch, seating up to 12, or the Botanical Room in the Finsbury Park branch, seating up to 40. If your party requires a larger space, the Clerkenwell branch’s North Dining room, seating 22, and South Dining room, seating 40, can be used together to seat up to 60 people sitting, or 100 for a standing event. The Modern Pantry provides the ultimate bespoke event, going to every trouble to ensure your Christmas gathering is perfect.

For a Christmas party with an Asian twist this year, why not book into the private dining rooms of Bone Daddies St Christopher’s Place, or sister restaurant Shackfuyu? Forget the Christmas turkey and instead chow down on bowls of ramen and the Japanese Christmas classic Korean fried chicken, accompanied by one of the largest collections of sake in London. For larger groups, Flesh and Buns can be rented out to provide the ultimate Izakaya-style party.


Gifts and Hampers

If you’re looking to give a loved one a Christmas stocking with a little more luxury, The Modern Pantry Christmas Stocking, available on the site or in store, is sure to impress. Within your Modern Pantry stocking you’ll find goodies such as a bottle of The Modern Pantry’s Pinot Noir, berry and liquorice jam, and The Modern Pantry truffles amongst many other spoils; the ultimate grown-up stocking.

The famous La Fromagerie cheese and produce shop in Marylebone, Highbury and as of September, Bloomsbury, will be bringing back their popular cheese gift boxes, this year ranging from the ‘Winter Classic Box’ (£45) to the ultimate ‘Christmas Box’ (£1,000), containing a fabulous range of cheese, wines and accompaniments for the ultimate cheese lover.

Tony Conigliaro, famed cocktail maestro, will be releasing a limited edition white bottle-aged negroni to add to his collection of bottled negronis, which include the Classico, Robusto, Rosato and Superiore. Made with gin, martini bianco, fennel seeds and anise liquor with a hint of pine, this unique cocktail will be retailed at £36.95 at Bar Termini and Bar Termini Centrale, for you to take home and enjoy in front of the fire.

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