Christmas meals and party nights: North West England

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So to avoid tears over the Christmas turkey and crackers this year, we’d advise getting ahead of the pack. Thankfully, a number of venues in North West England  are well-prepared and ready to take your bookings…

The Gerard Arms

Gerard Arms

Address: Dentons Green Lane, Dentons Green, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 6SD
Phone: 01744 28894
Website | Christmas Menus

The Gerard Arms in St Helens is a friendly local pub offering great value pub food, weekly deals and offers and a great selection of drinks. It’s part of the John Barras chain of pubs, who pride themselves on greeting customers with a warm atmosphere and friendly service, and offering an excellent choice of Christmas menus.

You can choose between Christmas menu, Christmas Buffet menu or Christmas Party menu,with an excellent selection of seasonal meals and drinks.

Haydock Park Racecourse

Haydock Race Course Christmas

Address: Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, WA12 0HQ
Phone: 0151 522 2922

Haydock Park is as well-known for world-class racing as it is for hosting spectacular events, attracting visitors in their thousands each year. They offer a range of exciting Christmas party events, including Moulin Rouge and Winter Wonderland themes.

Private suites are also available to hire mid-week for your own party, whether you choose to have your own theme or not. Festive drinks can even be ordered in advance so you can get the party started right away.

Holiday Inn, Haydock

Holiday Inn Haydock Christmas

Address: Holiday Inn, Lodge Lane, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, WA12 0JG (M6 J23)
Phone: 01942 868 330

The Holiday Inn Haydock is ideal for office Christmas parties and great value Christmas dinners, with the option to stay the night too. Located in an idyllic setting with a quiet tree-lined drive, the hotel is set back from the M6 motorway and next door to Haydock Park Racecourse. It’s close to the cities of Manchester and Liverpool which are both 15 miles away, with complimentary parking, a Fitness Centre and heated indoor pool to sweeten the deal.

Christmas events include Sunday Lunch With Santa and December party nights, to dinner and dancing, Christmas and Boxing Day dining.

Thistle Haydock Hotel

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Address: Penny Lane, Haydock, Merseyside, WA11 9SG
Phone: 0871 376 9044

Thistle Haydock is a four-star luxury hotel in Haydock, halfway between Liverpool and Manchester and close to Haydock Racecourse. Surrounded by attractive landscaped gardens and designed around a beautiful central courtyard, the Thistle Haydock hotel is a fully modernised Georgian mansion-style building.

Thistle Haydock certainly know how to host a great Christmas event, from party nights and gala dinners to traditional Christmas lunches and New Year’s Eve celebrations. The food at Thistle Haydock always matches the occasion too, and if you don’t fancy the taxi journey after the party you could even stay the night and enjoy a hearty breakfast the next morning.

Ashfield House Hotel

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Address: Ashfield Park Drive, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0EQ
Phone: 01257 473500

Built in 1755, Ashfield House is a hotel, restaurant and venue converted from an elegant English Country House. It stands  in its own landscaped grounds and overlooks the Douglas Valley. Despite being just five minutes from the M6 the grounds are peaceful and quiet. It is the perfect place to celebrate the festive season thanks to its period features, beautiful decor and unique atmosphere.

The food at Ashfield House comes home-made and freshly prepared, something they are not ready to compromise on even during the busy festive period. Private parties from two to 130 guests are welcome, with the restaurant, Music Room, Langtree Suite and Langtree Bar all available for bookings.

Robin Hood in Lancashire

Robin Hood

Address: 1 Bolton Road, Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire, WN4 8AA
Phone: 01942 721560

The Robin Hood in Lancashire is a welcoming local pub that is also part of the John Barras chain, with a great range of drinks and food at great value prices, and a real pub atmosphere.

They offer a choice of Christmas menu, Christmas Buffet menu or Christmas Party menu,with an excellent selection of seasonal meals and drinks. You’ll enjoy a very warm and festive welcome should you choose to book with them this Christmas.

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