Alternative Christmas Dinner Ideas

Alternative Christmas Dinner Ideas By Brian Maidment Head Chef At The Belsfield

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Alternative Christmas Dinner Ideas By Brian Maidment Head Chef At The Belsfield:

If you are looking to try something different this Christmas or if turkey just isn’t for you, Head Chef Brian Maidment at Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield has shared his suggestions on how to mix up your Christmas dinner this festive season.

Personalise It:

If you’re catering for various dietary requirements this Christmas, preparing individual Beef Wellingtons is sure to please all.

Beef Wellington is a hearty alternative to the traditional turkey and can easily be substituted for a vegetarian alternative filled with mushrooms, butternut squash and beetroot.

It might be a little more work than usual, but it’s sure to be well-received, and when served with all the trimmings you won’t miss out on a classic Christmas dinner either.

A Festive Steak Night:

For a truly unique Christmas meal try Venison steak, a lean game meat with a deep colour and rich flavour.

Serve with a blackberry and sloe gin sauce, rosemary and garlic Parmentier potatoes and fine green beans. This quick recipe is perfect for those who want to avoid spending their Christmas Day in the kitchen.

Go Vegan:

Christmas doesn’t need to be a meaty affair – it’s easy to make substitutions to the traditional turkey dinner, whether it’s nut roast, mushroom stuffing or vegan gravy.

But if you want to step away from the ordinary and go for something truly unique this year, try a baked squash filled with lentil stuffing, caramelised red onion, dried cranberries and kale.

This plant-based special will impress vegans and meat-eaters alike.

Festive Fish:

Whether you live by the coast or are inspired by the Italians when it comes to Christmas, swapping the turkey for seafood makes for a refreshing change.

If you don’t want to lose the taste of Christmas completely, try roasted Monkfish with sage and onion stuffing, which delivers familiar festive flavours but with a twist. This recipe is easy to prepare – the fish can go from fridge to table in under an hour, giving you more time to enjoy the festivities.

Alternative Christmas Dinner Ideas By Brian Maidment Head Chef At The Belsfield

Alternative Christmas Dinner Ideas. By Brian Maidment Head Chef At The Belsfield:

Guest Post By Brian Maidment Head Chef At The Belsfield:

On Christmas Day Laura Ashley The Belsfield is serving a three-course Christmas lunch followed by tea or coffee and festive petit fours, priced from £75 per person. 

Guests can enjoy their Christmas lunch within the 2AA Rosette awarded Belsfield Restaurant while admiring breathtaking views of Lake Windermere and the Cumbrian Hills. 

Alternative Christmas Dinner Ideas By Brian Maidment Head Chef At The Belsfield


A magician will be on hand throughout lunch to keep the whole family entertained, while children will also have an opportunity to meet Father Christmas and will be given a gift each.

Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield is a four-star luxury boutique hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere in the resort town of Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District. 

The hotel sits amidst six acres of landscaped gardens with unrivalled views over England’s largest lake.

The Belsfield dates back to 1845 as a private home for the Baroness Von Sternberg with some of its original features still remaining. Laura Ashley acquired the property in 2014 and The Belsfield underwent a huge refurbishment making Laura Ashley The Belsfield the second Laura Ashley hotel in the world. 

Prices start from £149 for a classic room including full English breakfast. The Belsfield is home to two restaurants catering to both casual and formal dining.

The 2AA Rosette Awarded Belsfield Restaurant is the ideal location for a sumptuous gourmet experience.

The Belsfield Restaurant pairs fine dining with views of the breathtaking scenery. 

Sitting beneath crystal chandeliers, guests can enjoy a selection of delicious dishes such as Jerusalem artichoke & black truffle velouté, Goosnargh duck with fennel puree and pineapple pickle, and Stone bass with black garlic lentils and salt-baked kohlrabi, as well as an extensive wine and cocktail list.

The Brasserie is a stylish yet relaxed eatery serving local Cumbrian produce and traditional British dishes including Fish & chips and Sticky toffee pudding.

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  1. We were just talking last night about what we're going to eat on Christmas... my boys unanimously decided on a big spaghetti dinner with meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, and garlic bread. It's certainly not traditional but I can't deny that it does sound delicious (and pretty easy too!).


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