The work Christmas meal thIs year took place at Jones and Sons in Dalston. A party of 14, meant we  managed to see every course on the menu.. well nearly. Luke, was also taking full advantage of his new camera, the LUMIX DX1, the upgrade for the camera I tend to use when out and about.

Luke was sitting opposite Ben and I. 

 And in return Adam, Luke and Francesca slightly dazed faces

Some of us went off the Christmas menu and the other went from the main menu. Either way we all decided it only seemed right to start with a few oysters and just a couple of cocktails...

I opted for a Jones Collins - Gin, Lemon Juice, Elderflower & Fizz

Whilst Graeme went for an Old Fashioned - Bourbon, Sugar and Orange Bitters

I opted for the Scallops, Cauliflower puree, Clementine's and Toasted Almonds for starter, which was deliciously zesty and the flavours really complimented each other.

The starter off the Christmas menu was the Crayfish and brown shrimp cocktail. I'm sure it tasted great but felt the presentation wasn't overly imaginative.

The Wild Boar and Hazelnut Terrine with homed piccalilli.
I believe this was good, as it was gone in seconds!

Steak with Oxtail Jus and Potato Gratin

Venison Haunch and Shallots

Roast Turkey and The Trimmings

Duck Breast and Roasted Salsify & Jus

Pan Fried Hake, Puy Lentils, Artichoke Hearts & BĂ©arnaise Sauce

Fish fillet, Razor Clams & Greens
 (this was changed on the menu & can't remember what it was)
Kim said it was delicious 

Pudding after all that food!? Hmm well might as well get into practice for Christmas day. With a fond love of a Terry's Choc orange at this time of year I decided to go for the Choc Orange soufflé with chic orange ice cream. Incredibly rich and it really gave a good cocoa hit but was still floaty light and seemed to slip down remarkably well.

Ben, who is very partial to a fruit pub. Went for the pear tart tartin with Rum and raison ice cream

Apple and Blackberry Crumble and ice cream

I ended the meal with a classic Americano and a not very classic glass of champagne…. oh and then the owner, Andy had a surprise for us!

The the owner, Andy, popped over to our table (the only one left in the restaurant) and told us he wanted to let us into a secret….

Luke, Graeme and the owner of Jones & Sons, presenting us with access to his Grandad’s old liquor cabinet! Reserved especially for sharing a drink with excellent customers, he said… we feel very privileged.

A beautiful and indulgent end to a superb Christmas doo! Thanks Graeme ;)
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