Christmas at Thistle Inverness

At Thistle Inverness we certainly know how to host the best Christmas celebrations. From party nights, gala dinners, traditional Christmas lunches or New Year’s Eve parties – whichever you choose, we’ll make it the most memorable Christmas for you.

So if you’ve been nominated to organise your work’s Christmas-do, family get-together or your friends are looking to you to organise a treat, then look no further!

Be our guest with friendly staff experienced at organising events that are seamlessly smooth, beautifully presented and charged with a joyful atmosphere. And at every good party there’s got to be great food! At Thistle the food always matches the occasion and our chefs are passionate about serving consistently delicious, fresh food from a mouth-watering range of menus.

At Thistle Inverness, an eventful and enjoyable Christmas and a very happy New Year is waiting for everyone!

Good honest seasonal food and drink

Raise your expectations because our winter menus are here to delight. Whether it’s a traditional Christmas party, lunch, or a gala dinner party, our chefs prepare every dish with the freshest ingredients sourced from the finest suppliers. And all our recipes include a large dash of culinary passion.

So enjoy the party season this Christmas and bon appétit!

Don’t book a taxi... book a room!

You’re having a great night so don’t let it end too soon, spend the night with us! With such great room rates and a hearty breakfast the following morning, let us look after you!

Packages Available

November Tribute Party Nights

£25.00 per person

Friday 29th November St. Andrew’s Night
Saturday 30th November – Rod Stewart

Wine and dine in style with our traditional Scottish set menu.

Starter

  • Smoked salmon with capers, dill oil, crisp salad and buttered brown bread.

Main

  • Chicken stuffed with haggis served with a whisky sauce.

Dessert

  • Raspberry cranachan.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee with homemade tablet.

What you need to know...

  • Scottish 3 course set menu.
  • Arrive at 7.00pm.
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm.
  • Pre-order party drinks to your table.
  • Smaller parties may be asked to share party tables of 10.

Why not stay overnight?

  • Tribute Party Nights accommodation packages available from £39.00 per person including dinner, bed and breakfast and entertainment. Subject to availability.

Terms and conditions apply.

December Tribute Party Nights

£25.00 per person

Friday 6th December – Michael Bublé
Friday 13th December – Kylie
Friday 20th December – Robbie Williams

Let us entertain you! Our popular tribute nights are back by popular demand including a delicious 3 course meal.

Starters

  • Roast plum tomato and red pepper soup with a dash of chilli infused sherry (v).
  • Chicken liver parfait on foccacia crostini with winter fruit chutney.
  • Glazed goat’s cheese with beetroot and pomegranate salad (v). Tiger prawn cocktail served with Marie Rose sauce and a citrus hint of lemon.

Mains

  • Roasted turkey crown or turkey paupiette served with all the finest trimmings and rich gravy.
  • Roasted rib of beef with port sauce and all the trimmings. Grilled salmon fillet with buttery hollandaise sauce, steamed new potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
  • Wild mushroom orzo pasta with rocket, truffle oil, white wine and crème fraîche (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding and brandy cream.
  • Sticky treacle pudding served with caramel sauce.
  • Dark chocolate tart served with cream.
  • Crème caramel with chilled caramel sauce.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee.

What you need to know...

  • 3 course set menu with entertainment and disco until late.
  • Arrive at 7.00pm.
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm.
  • Pre-order party drinks to your table.
  • Smaller parties may be asked to share party tables of 10.

Why not stay overnight?

  • Tribute Party Nights accommodation packages available from £39.00 per person including dinner, bed and breakfast and entertainment. Subject to availability.

Terms and conditions apply.

Christmas Lunches

£16.95 per person for 2 courses
£19.95 per person for 3 courses

Available throughout December

Enjoy a sumptuous lunch with a glass of house wine and novelties included.

Starters

  • Chef’s piping hot vegetable broth served with a warm roll (v). Pressed salmon and potato terrine with beetroot salad and toasted focaccia bread.
  • Apple, celery and walnut salad mixed with red chard and lightly coated with natural yogurt (v).

Mains

  • Oven roasted turkey with all the trimmings and roast jus. Steamed cod on a bed of leeks with a creamy tarragon sauce. Broccoli and cauliflower pancake finished with a mild cheese sauce (v).

Desserts

  • Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.
  • White chocolate mousse served in a brandy basket.
  • Wild berry tartlet with vanilla ice cream.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee with a warm mince pie.

What you need to know...

  • Christmas novelties included.
  • Bar available from 11.00am.
  • Meals served from 12.00pm–3.00pm (other timings available on request).

Terms and conditions apply.

Christmas Party Nights

£29.00 per person

Saturday 7th, 14th and 21st December

Wine and dine in style with welcome drinks and half a bottle of house wine per person included. Plus a special guest appearance.

Starters

  • Roast plum tomato and red pepper soup with a dash of chilli infused sherry (v).
  • Chicken liver parfait on foccacia crostini with winter fruit chutney.
  • Glazed goat’s cheese with beetroot and pomegranate salad (v).
  • Tiger prawn cocktail served with Marie Rose sauce and a citrus hint of lemon.

Mains

  • Roasted turkey crown or turkey paupiette served with all the finest trimmings and rich gravy.
  • Roasted rib of beef with port sauce, and all the trimmings.
  • Grilled salmon fillet with buttery hollandaise sauce, steamed new potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
  • Wild mushroom orzo pasta with rocket, truffle oil, white wine and crème fraîche (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding and brandy cream. Sticky treacle pudding served with caramel sauce.
  • Dark chocolate tart served with cream.
  • Crème caramel with chilled caramel sauce.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee.

What you need to know...

  • 3 course meal, novelties and disco until late.
  • Arrive at 7.00pm.
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm.
  • Dancing until midnight.
  • Pre-order party drinks to your table.
  • Smaller parties may be asked to share party tables of 10.

Why not stay overnight?

  • Party night play and stay accommodation rates available for just £50.00 per room per night.
  • Cheaper than a taxi home! Subject to availability.

Terms and conditions apply.

Christmas Day Lunch

£42.00 per person

Wednesday 25th December

Enjoy a sumptuous 4 course lunch, the perfect way to relax and enjoy the festivities with your family on this special day!

Starters

  • Pan-fried scallops with crisp pancetta, poached quails’ eggs and sweet corn vinaigrette.
  • Duck and orange pâté with onion chutney and toasted oatcakes.
  • Pineapple and Parma ham with mango sorbet.
  • Rustic tomato and vegetable soup with parsley croutons (v).

Intermediate

  • Raspberry sorbet.

Mains

  • Roast turkey with chipolata sausage wrapped in bacon, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry tartlet and a rich red wine jus.
  • Baked whole sea bass, presented on a bed of stir-fried noodles drizzled with a smooth basil pesto dressing.
  • Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and thyme gravy.
  • Garden moneybag, a selection of freshly steamed vegetables bound in a garlic cream sauce served in a moneybag pancake (v).

Desserts

  • Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.
  • Eton mess, whipped cream, strawberries and crushed meringue with strawberry coulis.
  • Mixed berry tartlet with crème anglaise.
  • Chocolate and orange cheesecake with homemade vanilla ice cream.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee and petit fours.

What you need to know...

  • 4 course lunch with novelties and a special guest appearance.
  • Bar available from 11.00am.
  • Lunch served from 12.00pm.

Terms and conditions apply.

Christmas Residential Packages

£160.00 per person 2 night residential package
£250.00 per person 3 night residential package

Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th December

Celebrate in style at Thistle Inverness with one of our superb Christmas residential packages.

Christmas Eve

  • Welcome drinks.
  • Delicious 3 course evening meal.
  • Christmas Eve Ceilidh in the Raigmore Suite.

Christmas Day

  • Wake up to a full Scottish buffet breakfast.
  • Traditional Christmas lunch.
  • A visit from Santa and gifts for the children.
  • Buffet in the evening.
  • A family film showing in the Culcabock Suite.
  • Board games available all day in the lounge.

Boxing Day

  • Full Scottish buffet breakfast.
  • Soup and sandwich lunch.
  • 3 course evening meal.
  • Entertainment.

Why not extend your stay?...

  • If you would like to linger a little longer or arrive a little earlier, then additional nights are available.
  • From only £35.00 per person per night or £50.00 per room per night.
  • Including dinner and bed and breakfast.

Terms and conditions apply.

Hogmanay Gala Dinner in the Raigmore Suite

From £70.00 per person

Tuesday 31st December

Before your meal, join other guests in the Dornoch Bar for a glass of bubbly. Then make your way to the sound of the pipes to the Raigmore Suite for the start of our traditional Scottish Gala Dinner.

After dinner, dance the night away at our Highland Hoolie with our piper bringing in the New Year. To finish the evening off, stovies will be served in the lounge after the bells!

Starter

  • Smoked chicken, pink peppercorn and brandy terrine served with crisp salad, red onion chutney and Melba toast.

Soup

  • Traditional Scotch broth (v).

Intermediate

  • Trio of sorbets, to refresh the palate (v).

Main

  • Beef Wellington served with oven roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a rich red wine jus.

Dessert

  • Chocolate, rum and raisin bavarois with vanilla ice cream.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee and petit fours.

What you need to know...

  • Glass of bubbly on arrival.
  • 5 course meal and entertainment.
  • Arrival from 7.00pm.
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm.
  • Over 16s only.
  • Dress code: traditional, black tie optional.
  • Carriages at 1.00am.
  • Vegetarian option available on request.

Terms and Conditions

Hogmanay Residential Packages

£150.00 per person 1 night residential package
£225.00 per person 2 night residential package
£325.00 per person 3 night residential package

Celebrate in style at Thistle Inverness with one of our superb Hogmanay residential packages.

Monday 30th December

Arrive at your leisure, where tea, coffee and cakes await you whilst your luggage is taken to your room. Take this opportunity to meet with your fellow guests and the hotel’s management team.

In the evening, enjoy a 4 course dinner in the Cromarty Brasserie followed by live entertainment in the Raigmore Suite.

Tuesday 31st December – Hogmanay

In the morning come down to a leisurely breakfast in the Cromarty Brasserie; the energetic could try a swim or a work out in the gym first. After breakfast you can enjoy the sights and shops of Inverness.

In the evening join our Hogmanay Gala Dinner.

Wednesday 1st January

Enjoy a leisurely brunch in the Cromarty Brasserie starting, of course, with a Bucks Fizz to blow away the cobwebs.

The day is spent at your leisure; perhaps take a gentle swim and a long sauna in our Otium Health and Leisure Club or take a stroll into town in search of the January bargains!

In the afternoon, our annual game of bingo will take place and in the evening a gala buffet with entertainment is planned.

Thursday 2nd January

After a hearty breakfast we will bid you a fond farewell and a safe journey home – we hope to see you back again in the near future.

Why not extend your stay?...

  • If you would like to linger a little longer or arrive a little earlier, then additional nights are available.
  • From only £35.00 per person per night or £50.00 per room per night.
  • Including dinner and bed and breakfast.

Terms and conditions apply.

Pre-Order Wine List

White Wines

Borsari Inzolia, Italy £15.00

Typically Italian – delicate, engaging and elegant.

Luis Felipe Edwards Lot 66 Sauvignon Blanc, Chile £17.50

Its zingy, lemon-lime sorbet quality is perfect with poultry.

Kleine Zalze Bush Vines Chenin Blanc, South Africa £20.00

Award winner from the Rainbow Nation. Soft, creamy and exotic.

Red Wines

Arium Tempranillo-Garnacha Tinto Albali, Spain £15.00

Easy drinking Spanish. Full of cherries and plums.

Berri Estates Shiraz, South Eastern Australia £17.50

Brambles and warm spices. Great with winter warmers.

La Campagne Merlot, France £20.00

A rich and juicy southern French wine with a punch!

Rosé Wines

Vendange White Zinfandel, California, USA £17.50

Vibrant and juicy sweet summer strawberries. Delicious!

Corte Vigna Pinot Grigio Rosé, Italy £20.00

It’s Pinot Grigio. It’s pink. It’s soft. It’s easy.

Sparkling & Champagne

Prosecco Sant’ Orsola, Italy £25.00

Peachy soft, with a gentle fizz of apples and pears. A heavenly choice.

House Champagne, France £35.00

Lovely bubbly!

For reserve BIN wines selection and other wines available to pre-order, please ask at booking.

All wines are subject to availability and vintages may vary. If your chosen wine is not available, a suitable alternative will be provided. The AVB range of the wines on this list is 11%–15%.

Terms and conditions apply.

Thistle Inverness

Millburn Road
Inverness
IV2 3TR

Tel: 0871 376 9023
Int Tel: +44 845 305 8323

Directions

From the South on the A9 take the Raigmore Interchange exit (signposted Aberdeen) and take the first left towards the city centre (third turning if you’re coming from the North). Thistle Inverness is on the opposite side of the roundabout. We have 150 on-site car parking spaces available free of charge. To programme your sat-nav, please use the postcode IV2 3TR