Don’t want to be up at dawn preparing a turkey? Here’s our pick of local restaurants open on Christmas Day so you can sit back and relax and let someone else worry about all the cooking and washing up
Hand in Hand, Wimbledon
Start with a walk on Wimbledon Common to build up your appetite then sit down to a Christmas Day lunch where you can either opt for healthy starters such as quinoa, beetroot and avocado salad then choose from a meat feast of English roast turkey, honey-glazed gammon, seared goose breast, and pigs in blankets.
The Earl Spencer, Southfields
Awarded a Bib Gourmand in the 2017 Michelin Guide, this Edwardian pub uses seasonal flavours for its time-honoured Christmas dinner. Choose from the traditional turkey meal or Christmas fish as well as a vegetarian Wellington.
With an exclusive menu for the big day itself, guests will be greeted with a glass of Champagne and amuse bouches on arrival before choosing from a selection of both traditional Christmas fare as well as contemporary treats such as grilled king prawns and almond milk and coconut pannacotta.
No. 12, Kingswood
Don’t miss this exciting new restaurant’s mouth-watering five course Christmas menu featuring: Lobster, Prawn and Avocado Salad; Roast Sirloin of Lake District Beef; Dark Chocolate Tart with Brandy Ice Cream, among other delicious menu items.
Ciao Italia, Banstead
Ciao Italia serves irresistible Italian food to perfection. Its newly renovated restaurant makes for a sumptuous dining experience and its Christmas menu has something for everyone.
Ristorante Sorrento, Tolworth
Ristorante Sorrento serves traditional, heart-warming Italian cuisine, and on Christmas day their four course set menu will include smoked salmon, home-made pancakes filled with ricotta cheese and spinach, lemon sorbet, sea bass and much much more.
The Willow, New Malden
Opt for a Christmas lunch with a difference at The Willow Health Restaurant and Bar. This year they’re boasting three Christmas menus to suit all tastes and budgets – choose from the classic, luxe or deluxe options.