Hannah Burton’s guide to seeing in the New Year in style…
As New Year’s Eve looms ahead of us, getting ever closer as we eat our way through December, it’s about time to make some plans to welcome in 2015. The appeal for queuing for a club has long since passed us by, so what better way to ring in the new year than with some top-notch food and a glass or two of fizz? Your desire for a great grub shouldn’t mean you miss out on the fireworks, though, so here’s a roundup of a few foodie havens to dine in whilst enjoying the displays.
London has countless fantastic options for celebrating New Year’s Eve, but so many involve pesky crowds – for a quieter affair, dine out in style and see in 2015 with a full belly and wonderful views of the fireworks.
Perkin Reveller has a prime location in The Wharf at The Tower of London, so it’s bound to be a brilliant spot for spying Boris’ firework display. Tuck in to a delicious meal before enjoying the spectacle with a glass or two.
Odette’s Restaurant & Bar is just a short stroll from the top of Primrose Hill, so you can enjoy an exquisite meal before wandering along to watch the beautiful display. When the last oohs and aahs have quietened down, head back to Odette’s to warm up with another glass of bubbly.
It’s no secret that the Scots are pros at ringing in a new year, with a three-day Hogmanay celebration and incredible firework display from Edinburgh Castle. If you’re looking for a slightly more refined evening than the street party can offer, why not spoil yourself to a Michelin-starred meal?
Award-winning Number One at The Balmoral has a fantastic five-course feast that starts with Champagne and canapés and ends in a castle-view suite overlooking the firework display over the castle – this is truly the place to be for a memorable New Year’s Eve.
For harbourside hijinks and fireworks in Bristol, you can’t do better than Bordeaux Quay. Choose from either a three or four-course meal then move on to an evening of music and dancing. As the clock starts to chime, head outside to enjoy the fireworks over the gorgeous harbourside area.
Newcastle’s iconic Quayside is a hotbed of fun on New Year’s Eve, and happily, there are tons of great restaurants to eat in before you watch the spectacular display of fireworks. Terry Laybourne’s award-winning 21 Hospitality Group restaurants are making waves on the dining out scene, so get a table booked at Broad Chare, Cafe 21 or Caffe Vivo for a slap-up meal before you watch the fireworks light up the city’s skyline and bridges.