This year, I booked my Christmas party in for something a little different from the traditional afternoon tea that I have had the past couple of years. I had previously posted about having a meal at the Coy Carp in Harefield, near Uxbridge. (Uxbridge is outside central London on the Metropolitan line in Middlesex.) I'd been back a couple of times and picked up their Christmas season and festive menu during a previous visit and booked the festive meal for Sunday lunch time. I booked a taxi there (and back) so that we could drink. We were looked after well, and the staff gave us a Christmas card as we were the first festive meal booking that they had this year.
I'd ordered the most expensive champagne on the festive menu, the Mercier Brut. It was a good champagne.
Of course, the festive menu came with all the trimmings. This included a Christmas cracker each. We laughed at the bad jokes, and I received a bookmark, which will come in useful unlike most of what you get from crackers. The bloke received a card magic trick, which is something that I could care less about really.
We had an option of four different starters, including mushrooms with chestnuts, pork and fig terrine and prawn and lobster cocktail. We both had the spiced roast carrot soup to start, and this came with two slices of bread and a generous helping of butter. It was very delicious.
After the soup, we had the roast. Slow-cooked beef rib, nut roast, or sirloin steak with a surcharge were the other three options that we could have. We both opted for the hard-carved turkey. It was served with roast potatoes, bacon-wrapped stuffing, sprouts, carrots, and parsnips. Gravy was served in a jug on the side. The meal was very good, and I managed to finish all of it.
Next up - desserts! Christmas pudding, winter-spiced plum crumble, and a cheese board (with a surcharge) were three of the options that we could have. However, the bloke opted for the chocolate and orange torte. This was served with cream. I had a bit of this, and it was tasty. I'm just not a big fan of mixing chocolate with orange. The torte came on a crispy cookie base and the texture of the rest of it was very creamy but not too rich.
I had the orange-scented crème brûlée, and this came with a mint and orange side and butter biscuits. This was delicious, and the butter biscuits tasted especially delicious.
The Christmas trees and other decorations were on display and made the pub feel very Christmassy, even though it is a bit early in the season.
The Coy Carp is part of the Vintage Inns group. The website is: http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/london/thecoycarpharefielduxbridge