North East bar of the year launches Christmas menu with a theatrical twist

The bar’s Christmas-themed afternoon tea.

A award-winning Newcastle venue has revealed a series of new menus to see diners and party-goers through the festive season in style.

Leila Lily’s, at Grey Street – recently named 2021’s North East Pub and Bar of the Year for Tyne and Wear – is renowned for the creativity and theatricality of its dishes, chosen to showcase regional produce.

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And the new main Christmas Fayre menu is no exception with winter ingredients very much taking centre stage.

A whipped duck liver parfait with spiced plum chutney gets the ball rolling, alongside other starters such as butternut squash risotto and smoked salmon and prawn roulade.

Then main course choices include roast bacon-wrapped turkey, slow roast pork belly, Mibrasa teriyaki salmon and a Romano pepper and bulgur wheat tabbouleh, with Christmas pudding, chocolate delice and an eggnog crème brûlée rounding off the meal.

Leila Lily’s – which is owned by the Malhotra Group plc – has also revamped its afternoon tea menu for Christmas, with a selection of delicacies which, again, offer a contemporary take on traditional seasonal favourites.

Savouries include turkey and stuffing with cranberry jam, truffle and brie toast and Cheddar and leek quiche, while the sweet menu features black chocolate cherry and pistachio trifle, mince pies with a clementine crumble topping, festive brownie and a cranberry scone with jam and clotted cream.

Leila Lily’s and its sister venue, Grey Street Hotel are also taking bookings from partygoers wishing to celebrate the season with family, friends or colleagues.

Head Chef, Chris Finnigan has created buffet and canapés menus which can be served in either Leila Lily’s sumptuous private bar or the hotel’s Monument function suite, which can accommodate up to 80 guests.

“So, however you want to celebrate Christmas, we have a venue and menu to suit,” said Beth Williams, Head of Sales and Marketing for the Group.

“But now things are getting back to normal, party bookings really are starting to fill up so I would urge anyone wanting to get their date in our diary to get in touch sooner rather than later.”

The Christmas Fayre menu, which is available now, is priced at £20 for two courses and £25 for three, while afternoon tea costs £20 a head, with additional charges for those wishing to include a glass of Champagne or prosecco.

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