Make your Christmas magical. A friendly welcome awaits you at Bridge House as you step into our historic hotel decorated with garlands and baubles, and warm yourselves by the crackling log fire. Unwind, relax and enjoy our traditional hospitality and the magic of Christmas. Our chef Geraldine Gay and her team will be creating truly sumptuous festive fayre taking inspiration from Yuletide recipes and locally produced ingredients.
Arrive anytime from 2pm, and once settled in your room, start the festivities with a traditional Dorset cream tea with freshly baked scones and homemade jam. There’s a crib service five minutes walk away in St Mary’s Church, or a short drive takes you to the picturesque village of Netherbury, where the church holds a children’s nativity service.
At 6.30pm join us in the candle-lit medieval bar and lounge for an early evening glass of Prosecco Royale and canapés, whilst enjoying the beautiful voices of the local carol singers. This will be followed by a memorable five-course candle-lit dinner in the Georgian panelled dining room. For those who wish to attend midnight mass, Beaminster’s Grade 1 listed, 15th Century church is a short stroll away.
Christmas Day begins with a splendid Dorset breakfast, choose from eggs Benedict, smoked salmon or bacon and local scrambled eggs, Dorset Down mushrooms all accompanied by freshly baked Bridge House bread, jams and marmalades.
From midday onwards join us for a glass of Champagne in the 13th century medieval bar and lounge or around the fire on the outside terrace. This will be followed by an incredible seven-course Christmas feast. The kitchen team pull out all the stops with the very finest Dorset produce - free range turkeys, fish from Lyme Bay & local home grown vegetables.
Finish with coffee and Chef’s Christmas cake in the lounge, where you can play games, read or enjoy a light snooze. The Queen’s speech is at 3pm. Around 7.30–8.pm mulled wine is served with a delicious cold buffet.
A relaxed late breakfast will be served from 8.30 to 10.30am.
Enjoy Boxing Day by exploring our corner of West Dorset, such as a stroll along the beach at West Bay (famously known in TV’s Broadchurch series), or a drive through the countryside that inspired Hardy to write his classics.
There are some fantastic Brit Valley walks starting at the hotel across rolling hills and along the River Brit, passing the original River Cottage on your way.
Alternatively, take a short drive to Seatown near Charmouth and walk along the cliff top paths for a real calf stretcher. The views from Golden Cap (the highest point on the South Coast) are worth the climb. Another wonderful walk is along the beach at Burton Bradstock and back over the cliffs through National Trust land.
Return to Bridge House for Champagne cocktails, followed by a sumptuous five-course candle-lit dinner in the Georgian dining room.
Our sample Christmas Day Lunch
Kir Royale & Canapés
Wild mushroom broth, white truffle oil, double cream
Home cured gravadlax, beetroot cured salmon, chive potatoes, marinated cucumber, sweet dill grain mustard dressing
Bloody Mary jelly shot, celery salt crisp, vodka ice
Traditional roast bronzed turkey, herb roasted potatoes, bread sauce, port & cranberry
Tipsy Christmas pudding, cranberry & port cappuccino, brandy & clotted cream ice cream
Dark chocolate brownie, amaretto cheesecake, white chocolate & honeycomb ice cream
Platter of local cheeses, quince, walnut toast, grapes, celery
Coffee & mince pies