Is This the Most Expensive Christmas Lunch in London?
We’re all trying to make up for the mess that was Christmas 2020 and with that in mind, you might be planning to spend a little more coin than usual this time round. But just how much are you prepared to spend?
Photo: Davies and Brook
Michelin-starred Davies and Brook at the iconic Claridge’s is plating up a feast for Christmas Day that just might be the most expensive Christmas dinner in London.
The six course menu with a champagne and canape reception, comes in at a whopping £395. This doesn’t include booze, other than the champagne to start, so we’re guessing the turkey doesn’t come dry and the sides are sprinkled with gold dust.
Prepared by Executive Chef Daniel Humm (also chef patron of Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park), there’s amuse bouche and caviar with English muffin to start with followed by a choice of foie gras brûlée, scallops or roast beetroot salad as entree.
Mains are a selection of roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, roast beef filet with Hen of the Wood mushrooms or a oyster mushroom, black garlic and quinoa ragu.
These come with a selection of sides for the table – Brussel sprouts, potato rostis, roasted parsnip and carrot with maple syrup, all rolled, cut, mashed and flavoured by Michelin-starred hands.
For dessert, there’s a Christmas pudding flaméed at your table or a treat called milk and honey which is less basic than the name suggests and more fitting for the price tag.
Based on his childhood ritual of drinking milk and honey before bed, Humm’s milk and honey dessert is honey-oat crumble with honey brittle served with vanilla ice-cream.
Finally, you’ve got petit fours.
Many fine-dining restaurants and luxury hotels across London are pulling out all the stops for Christmas, although it seems none are as expensive as Davies and Brook’s offering – however many are expensive enough.
Coming in at a not too distant second, the three Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze at the Connaught has a six-course menu for £325 per person for Christmas Day lunch feasting. The sample menu boasts caviar, foie gras, Cornish turbot and Brillat-Savarin cheese.
For Christmas dinner it’s only £225 for five courses (however the new year’s eve dinner is £360 for eight-courses).
Kerridge’s Bar & Grill at Corinthia London has a Christmas Day Menu for £250 per head. This also comes with champagne and canapés and includes lobster scotch egg, rotisserie roasted turkey and truffled baked camembert for the table as well.
Also at Corinthia London, The Northall’s Christmas Day feast is £225 per person, which comes with a glass of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut Champagne.
Other pricey Christmas Day options include Sette by Scarpetta at Bvlgari Hotel (£145pp), Benares (£132pp) and Angler at South Place Hotel (£125pp), proving London has no shortage of fine eating options or places to splash your cash in.