Are you sure you're off to the right places this Christmas?
If you're as fashionably spontaneous as the team here at Townsite, chances are you still don't have a clue where you're going or what you're doing over the festive period. By keeping our ear to the ground and sifting intelligence from our Man in Marlborough, we have put together a guide to the places to see and be seen around town with details of what you can find in each. Why sweat over the sprouts when you can get out and have fun?
The Bear Marlborough, 1 High Street, Marlborough. 01672 512134 Website
Until Friday 23rd, The Bear are running a great Christmas menu with all the usual culinary suspects as well as pan fried sea bass and chorizo and prawn risotto with lobster oil. only. Two courses £22, 3 courses £26. Booking essential. On Sunday 18th December they are holding a chilli evening with live music and a meat raffle. On Friday December 23rd you can enjoy live music at their 'Rockabilly Rumble' and on Christmas Eve The Bear will be staying open until 1am but please, no kids. Badly behaved adults only. Closed on Christmas Day, The Bear opens its doors on Boxing Day for cocktails but the real show-stopper this year will be the New Year's Eve celebrations with live music from Son of David, 4 Jagerbombs for £10 and some bottles 2 for £6. Bar closes at 2am.
Castle and Ball, High Street, MarlboroughWebsite
A full Festive menu will be available over the holiday period but you must book. 2 courses for £17.99 or 3 courses for £20.99, extra £1 for slow cooked beef rib.
The Castle and Ball will be keeping normal hours on Christmas Eve, closing for Christmas Day and opening again on Boxing Day. All rooms are fully booked for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but there is still availability for New Year's Eve which means you could really tie one on at the New Year's Eve Casino and Disco without the worry of how to get home. Tickets are £10 and can be bought in advance or on the door. Gambling fun money and great prizes to be won. Smart dress code, no jeans, and over 18’s only.
The Bell at Ramsbury, The Square, Ramsbury Website
01672 520 230
There is still some limited availability in the restaurant for the Bell's pre ordered festive menu which offers 2 courses for £30.00 or 3 courses for £35.00. Includes all the usual suspects as well as a rather unusual and intriguing braised ox cheek with oyster mushrooms
Bar and bistro ‘Bella’ will be open as normal, Monday to Saturday from 8.30am until 4pm, Sundays from 8.30am until 11am for their fabulous breakfast menu, light bites and lunch. Well, you'd go mad if you didn't get out of the house over Christmas, even if it's only for a breakfast you don't have to cook yourself. Click here for the delicious cafe menu
Café Marlborough, 5 Old Hughendon Yard, High Street, Marlborough. 01672 515200 Website
Townsite loves this place and happily whiles away hours drinking coffee and stuffing our faces when we should be working in the office. This daytime café which does much of its baking on-site, is the perfect place to rest your weary pins during a shopping trip. Conveniently situated in central Marlborough you can feast on tea cakes, cream teas and during the Christmas period enjoy their special offer of a tea or coffee with a mince pie for only £2.50. 9am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday. Last chance to grab a bite is 23rd December as they will be closed from 24th December to 3rd January.
Roebuck, London Road, Marlborough. 01672 700037Website
The Roebuck restaurant is now fully-booked until Christmas but there's plenty left by way of entertainment. THE BAR STAYS OPEN until midnight on Christmas Eve, is closed Christmas Day and opens again on Boxing Day. On Wednesday 21st December at 8pm the Roebuck are holding their Christmas Quiz with a whopping £250 prize for the winning team. Entry to competition £2 per team member.
New Year’s Eve looks set to be a good 'un with live music from local band Mule until 1am. Tickets are £15 including bar nibbles and a drink. Only ten tickets left so get in quick.
Green Dragon, 12-13 High Street, Marlborough. 01672 514847Website
Their festive menu is still available for pre-booking with three courses for £20.95 or two courses for £16.95. Click on this link and feast your eyes. http://www.greendragonmarlborough.co.uk/assets/GreenDragonM-Takeaway-4pp-Web.pdf
The Green Dragon will be closed on Christmas Day but open again on Boxing day. New Year's Eve the bar will be open until 1am with food served until 9pm. In a generous gesture, the Green Dragon are offering DESIGNATED DRIVER DRINKS FREE, in recognition of the selfless service they provide. And on New Year's Day there's no better way to soothe your weariness from the night before than with their delicious brunch served from 12pm to 4pm
The Inn with the Well, Marlborough Rd, Ogbourne St George. 01672 84 14 45Website
About a 7 minute drive north of Marlborough is the pub with the most comprehensive selection of Christmas entertainment.
On Sunday 18th December they are hosting the Village Sunday Lunch, with 2 courses for £11.95 but you must book. On Friday 23rd December there is a Darts Night and on Christmas Eve the bar will stay open until 1am. It is something of a rarity these days to find a pub which opens on Christmas Day but in a nicely civilised gesture, The Inn with the Well will be open for drinks from 12pm-2pm offering sanctuary from those angry people in the kitchen back home preparing lunch.
In another twist with tradition the Inn will be closed on New Year’s Eve but somewhat thrillingly open on New Year’s Day when the rest of the world is closed for business. Back by popular demand, The Inn's famous Big Breakfast returns on Sunday 1st of January. The best way to get rid of the toxic effects of the night before is a nice cooked breakfast and a hair of the dog. Food is served 1pm-2:30pm and the bar is open 1pm-4pm.
Rick Stein’s, High Street, Marlborough. 01841 532700 Website
Marlborough's newest and most fabulous restaurant is fully booked for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinner but there is still some lunchtime availability. The restaurant will be closed on Christmas Day but there is still some space available for lunch on Boxing Day. There is limited availability over the rest of the Christmas period but it is definitely worth having a go because the Dover Sole alone is like all your Christmases at once!