Your Christmas At The Osborne Hotel

This Christmas, why not wake up to a stunning view across Torbay… it may only be September but now’s the perfect time to start planning how you’ll be celebrating Christmas 2016.

Mini breaks have become an increasingly popular way to spend the festive season, with many of us keen to escape the chaos and stresses Christmas preparation can often bring. You don’t need to jump on a plane to enjoy a winter break; thanks to the sheltered nature of Torbay, Torquay enjoys a milder climate at Christmas than is typical for the UK. Choose Torquay for your festive celebrations instead of heading abroad and you’ll have extra money for next year’s summer holiday too!

Think how wonderful it would be not to worry about cooking Christmas lunch for the whole family, have your festive entertainment taken care of and a beautiful setting to enjoy it all in… we’ve got Christmas all wrapped up for you!

Whether you’re local to Torquay and looking for the perfect place to enjoy a festive meal or you’re travelling further to make the most of Christmas by the coast, we’d love you to join in the celebrations at the Osborne. Discover our Christmas offering for 2016:

Stay with us – Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year so make sure you truly take the time to enjoy it; get away from it all with one of our festive breaks. We have a range of offers available from a one night stay on Christmas Day (includes Christmas lunch, evening buffet and lazy breakfast on Boxing Day) to a three-night break from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day to help you relax and unwind. With our three-night stay you’ll be welcomed with a glass of bubbly on Christmas Eve, enjoy a delicious lunch and evening buffet on Christmas Day plus a late breakfast on Boxing Day (checkout is on the 27th December). We’ve also got plenty of exciting (yet relaxing!) entertainment on offer to keep you in the festive spirit!

Spend the day with us – Join us for dinner on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day or lunch on Christmas Day. From 7-9.30pm on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, you can look forward to a three course meal for both adults and children – a particular highlight is the Edible Christmas Crackers for dessert on Christmas Eve, sure to be a favourite with the little ones!

Christmas Day lunch with be served from 12.30-2pm. We’ll treat you to a glass of bubbly on arrival before you tuck into an eight course meal (a three course meal is provided for children under 12). There are plenty of options to choose from for each course with mouth-watering mains including roasted traditional turkey and pan seared turbot. When it comes to dessert, you can choose between Christmas pudding served with brandy custard and clotted cream or Baileys Cheesecake – it’s a tough decision!

We have more Christmas Packages available, including two-night stays and Christmas parties. Take a look at our Christmas 2016 brochure for full details of all our offers or call our Christmas team on +44 (0) 1803 213 311.

Wine & Food Pairing

Balance is the name of the game when it comes to pairing the right wines with the right foods this festive season. Here’s our handy guide on how to balance the flavour, weight and intensity of your wine with your festive menu:

  1. Sweet white wines can work really well with salty canapés. For example a sweet Sauternes is delicious with Roquefort cheese or a delicate Champagne is fantastic with pretzels.
  2. Bitter wines (usually red), which contain a higher level of tannins, are the perfect accompaniments to fatty foods like classic steak, lamb or foie gras. For instance, Ribshack Pinotage-Shiraz is the ideal match for the Roast Loin of Venison included in our Boxing Day Dinner Menu because it has a bold and full-bodied flavour. The tannins in the wine attach to any fat left behind in the mouth, helping it to feel refreshed and clean between mouthfuls.
  3. Delicate wines, such as Pinot Grigio, Soave and Muscadet are light enough to be paired with shellfish and seafood. However, salmon works better with a stronger, full-bodied Chardonnay because it’s often served with a fatty sauce and accompaniments.
  4. Try to match your wine with the most prominent element in the dish. Hearty meals tend to work well with richer red wines whereas light snacks are better with delicate white wines.
  5. Take in the aroma of the wine and look for flavour links that may indicate which dishes it will complement. For example, a dark Cabernet will bring out the richness of a sticky dessert that includes dense currants.

Trusting your taste buds and factoring in your own palette is the most important rule of all; you’re the host of the party and so it’s only fair that you get to choose which wine will be the star of the evening.