Christmas is coming! Here’s all you need to know

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What’s that you can hear in the distance? That’s right, sleigh bells are a-ringing! Somehow, yet another year has flown by and we’re all full of thoughts of Christmas.

Before you know it, plans will spread among friends and family like pine needles all over the living room floor. The office will be abuzz about where and when your Christmas gathering will be this year. And as ever, we’ve got some amazing options across our pubs, for all tastes and persuasions. We can’t wait!

Whether you’re looking for an all-out Christmas celebration for a big group or just a cosy, affordable winter-warming meal for two, it’s all possible with Castle Rock.

Scroll down to find our lovingly-curated Christmas menus, check the opening times of your Castle Rock local, or see what else we have to offer this Christmas. Don’t forget to book your table early to avoid disappointment!



Barley Twist • Buffet Menu • Don’t forget their versatile downstairs space is available to hire with a full buffet menu. Warm, cosy and located on Carrington St, just a hop, skip and jump away from the train station.

Bread and Bitter • Festive Menu • Head to the Bread for a festive feast! Their new festive menu has loads of great options for all tastes, perfect for getting Christmassy with friends and family.

Canalhouse • Festive Menu (Pub) • Festive Menu (Functions) • Buffet Menu (Functions) • This city centre gem could be the perfect buzz for your work party or family get together. There’s a spacious first-floor function room available for larger groups as well as plenty of room in the main bar.

Cricketers Rest • No Festive Menu • The Cricketers at Christmas just feels right, even when it doesn’t snow. Warm, welcoming and situated in the heart of Kimberly.

The Embankment • Festive Brochure • If you’re heading out toward the river, the Embankment is a great spot for all your Christmas needs. Boasting lots of delicious menu options, they also have a special Christmas Day menu on offer. (Prosecco on arrival, and we’ll do the washing up!) For larger groups, there’s also a number of function room options, perfect for Christmas parties.

The Fox and Crown • No Festive Menu • Take a break from the turkey with the Fox and Crown’s permanent food residents, Holy Moly! Cooking up their usual mix of Mexican food and pizza, they are perfect if you’re looking for something a bit different. Check out their full menu here.

Fox & Grapes • No Festive Menu • The lovely Fox & Grapes is clucking for Christmas with their brand-new resident food vendor, Chucky’s. Rock up to the Avenues by Sneinton market to watch the festive goings-on with a pint of great beer and some amazing food.

Golden Eagle • No Festive Menu • Forget the turkey and trimmings, it’s all about the Golden Eagle’s famous Christmas Carols evening. Keep an eye on their socials for more details!

Horse & Plough • No Festive Menu • What they lack in food, the Horse and Plough makes up for in great beer! Grab something delicious in cask or keg and soak up their winter-warming décor and comfortable seating. Upstairs is the beautiful Pony Trap, great for private bookings and buffet options available for large groups.

Kean’s Head • No Festive Menu • With Paaji’s serving up some of the best Indian street-food money can buy, does it matter?

Lincolnshire Poacher • No Festive Menu • All the cheer, no frills (or tinsel). Seasonal homemade, hearty food available as always on the specials boards, alongside a cracking selection of beer and whisky.

Newshouse • No Festive Menu • Recently reopened with new management and a great Christmas atmosphere! Serving up their regular food menu, courtesy of D-Grilled.

Poppy and Pint • Festive Menu • Nothing says Christmas like the Poppy (and a pint!). Come and celebrate in this friendly, community hub with their mouth-watering new festive menu.

Stratford Haven • Festive Menu • The Strat is a cosy Bridgford staple, known for its great beer and food; especially the Sunday roasts! Based on that information, you just know their festive menu is going to be top-tier.

The Swan in the Rushes • Festive Menu incoming • If you fancy something a bit different for Christmas, then some good old American BBQ food might be right up your alley! For bigger functions, check out the Hop Loft, perfect for functions and larger group bookings.

Vat and Fiddle • No Festive Menu • Sample the selection of fine beers from our brewery tap, watching the passers-by from the cosy bar!

Willowbrook • Festive Menu • Well worth the trip to Gedling, the Willowbrook offers a homely atmosphere and large selection of beer. Plus, their delicious festive menu is filled with all your favourite Christmas classics.

Yarn • No Festive Menu • Dine inside and watch the street-side Christmas hustle and bustle, or escape to the twinkly roof-top terrace to observe panto season from above!


If you’re looking for special events or things to do around the Christmas period, check out these events going on in December…







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