Published: 22:32, 29 September 2019
| Updated: 22:40, 29 September 2019
It seems like only yesterday that we were slapping on the old sunscreen and yet, here we are searching to find the right place for the perfect Christmas bash!
Even though there's still Halloween and Bonfire Night ahead of the queue, restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs across West Kent and beyond are already preparing to launch their annual festive feasts and events.
Are you searching for a cosy Christmas lunch in a traditional country pub away on the coast or in a quaint village with family or loved ones? Or do you prefer a good old knees up with friends and colleagues in town?
Whatever you're after, we’ve picked out some great options!
Telephone: 01322 613900
Address: St Mary’s Road, Swanley, BR8 7BU
With over 40 years experience in bespoke planning and running of different functions, the team at The Alexandra Suite at Swanley Town Council have what it takes to ensure a perfect event. Catering for sit-down meals or buffets this Christmas for up to 300 guests, The Christmas Party Night - with a live DJ - will take place on Friday, November 29 and Friday, December 20 from 8pm at £10 per person. Other Christmas events include the Basket Meal & Disco, Elvis Tribute, Frankie Valli Tribute, Casino Disco and New Year’s Eve Dinner and Disco. Visit the website for dates and prices.
Telephone: 01622 813038
Address: 501 Seven Mile Lane, Mereworth, ME18 5QY
Offering party bookings for up to 150 people, the popular eighteenth century country pub will be open daily except Christmas Day. For lunchtime menus, there is a 2-course (£18.95) and 3-course (£21.95) meal as well as a 3-course (£25.95) from Wednesday to Saturday evenings and £21.95 for Monday and Tuesday evenings. There will also be live music every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday throughout December. Visit the website to see when the various acts will be performing. A deposit of £5 per person is required for party reservation and pre orders will also be required.
The Hop Pole Inn
Telephone: 01622 816916
Address: Maidstone Rd, Nettlestead Green, Maidstone ME18 5HH
A cosy 17th century traditional Kentish Pub, owners Mark and Kirsty pride themselves on their freshly home cooked meals desserts and carvery, all made on the premises to order. There is a warm and friendly atmosphere at the pub which is also child and dog friendly. Ample parking is provided and a large dining and conservatory area opening onto a large rear garden. Those looking for Christmas party bookings in front of a roaring open fire at this great location should book now. Click here for the Christmas menu.
Telephone: 01622 842558
Address: Windmill Hill, Fairbourne Heath, Ulcombe, ME17 1LP
A traditional little pub nestled away in the Kentish countryside between Ashford and Maidstone, The Pepperbox Inn specialises in Shepherd Neame ales, lagers and wines and fresh, seasonal food. The pub sits on one of the greatest vantage points in the county, overlooking the Weald of Kent, with outstanding views across the Kent countryside. Run by the same family since the late fifties, bookings are now being taken for Christmas parties. Click here to see the festive menu. Supervised children and dogs (in the main bar) are welcome although under-10s are not permitted in the evenings.
Telephone: 01622 737185 (Call for table bookings and overnight stays)
Address: The Black Horse Inn, Pilgrims Way, Thurnham, Maidstone, ME14 3LD
Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty at the base of the North Downs is The Black Horse Inn at Thurnham. The inn offers a well crafted menu, an excellent range of real ales, refreshing lagers and a superb Gin selection. This picturesque 18th century inn with onsite accommodation is open daily between 12pm and 10pm and is just 10 minutes from Maidstone town centre. View the Christmas menu online by clicking here. To avoid disappointment, customers should book a table in the restaurant now. For larger bookings (up to 80 people), call directly for details about the Pilgrim Suite Christmas functions.
Telephone: 01795 873059
Address: The Leas, Minster on Sea, Sheerness, ME12 2NL
A popular bar and restaurant situated on the seafront at Minster On Sea, The Playa is a traditional family-run business that is friendly, ideal for families and perfect for hosting big groups at Christmas. There will be live music and tribute acts every weekend throughout December alongside a delicious festive menu served at both lunch and dinner. There will also be a Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday, December 15 and a Masquerade Ball for New Year’s Eve at £40pp or £80pp for VIP tickets with a five-course meal. The Playa is owned by Laura and Neil Moran.
Telephone: 0844 880 0048
Address: Station Road, Aylesford, Maidstone, ME20 6AU
K Sports maybe one of the most modern and best constructed sports facilities in the south east but it is also a popular venue for events. The team at K Sports will once again be busy this Christmas starting from November all the way until January. The venue will be transformed into The Nutcracker’s Christmas Party which is ideal for festive party nights for businesses, sports teams and locals. Whether it’s 2-course or 3-course Christmas lunches or even Christmas party nights and New Year’s Eve party, there’s something for everyone. Click here to check out dates and prices.