Christmas At Thistle Manchester The Portland

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

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!ches and New Year’s Eve celebrations; whichever you choose – we’ll make it the most memorable Christmas for you.

Packages Available

Christmas Lunches

FANCY SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT AT LUNCHTIME? WHY NOT GET INTO THE FESTIVE SPIRIT AND JOIN US AT THE PORTLAND STREET RESTAURANT FOR A DELICIOUS CHRISTMAS LUNCH?

Starters

  • Crunchy country vegetable soup with herb crouton (v) (gf).

Mains

  • Turkey paupiette with all the finest trimmings; sausage, sage and cranberry stuffing, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.

Desserts

  • Valrhona dark chocolate torte with mandarin cream and tropical fruit coulis.

Dates and Prices

£14.95 per person 2 courses

£17.95 per person 3 courses

Available throughout December

Your party started

  • Bar open from 11.00am 
  • 2 or 3 course meal served from 12.30pm
  • Festive novelties included

Thistle insider

LET’S DO LUNCH

Christmas is a busy busy time and everyone’s calendars get full to bursting. So you may want to swap a party night for a leisurely lunch and enjoy the festive spirit with all the trimmings.


GO NUDE

Strong eye make up works really well with understated, pink-beige lips. Apply a nude lipstick with a brush for a precise finish to enhance your natural lip colour.


EAT AND BE MERRY

We cater for everyone, so just check if anyone has any allergies or special dietary requirements. We’ll make sure everyone’s included in the good times.


  • Please see page 10 for booking details and the terms and conditions.
  • Menu selections required 2 weeks prior to your event. Vegetarian option available on request.
  • (v) vegetarian (gf) gluten free.

Christmas Dinners

JOIN US IN THE PORTLAND STREET BAR AND RESTAURANT FROM 6.00PM AND BE WINED AND DINED WITH OUR DELICIOUS 3 COURSE FESTIVE DINNER.

Starters

  • Smooth parfait of Goosnargh chicken liver and cognac with red onion and spiced fruit chutney, herb salad and warm olive croute.

Mains

  • Turkey paupiette with all the finest trimmings; sausage, sage and cranberry stuffing, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding packed with fruit and brandy cream.

Dates and Prices

From £19.95 per person

Available throughout December

Your party started

  • Bar open from 6.00pm
  • 3 course meal served from 7.00pm
  • Festive novelties included
  • Dress code: smart casual

Stay over?

  • From £89.00 per room – midweek
  • From £109.00 per room – weekends
  • Rates include bed and breakfast and are based on 2 people sharing
  • Single supplements apply
  • Rates are subject to availability

Thistle insider

SET THE DATE

Avoid the Christmas rush and book well in advance. If you have your eye on a certain party package, it’s all yours, guaranteed.


LIGHT UP THE ROOM!

To add an extra special finish, sweep a little shimmer to the brow 


  • Please see page 10 for booking details and the terms and conditions.
  • Menu selections required 2 weeks prior to your event. Vegetarian option available on request.

Christmas Party Nights

JOIN US FOR AN APPETISING 3 COURSE DINNER BEFORE DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY WITH OUR RESIDENT DJ UNTIL THE EARLY HOURS.

Starters

  • Roast plum tomato and red pepper soup with a dash of chilli infused sherry (v).
  • Chicken liver parfait spread on foccacia crostini with winter fruit chutney.

Mains

  • Turkey paupiette with all the finest trimmings; sausage, sage and cranberry stuffing, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.
  • Wild mushroom, garlic and goat’s cheese Wellington, a rich basil and tomato sauce and seasonal vegetables (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding packed with fruit and brandy cream.
  • Dark chocolate truffle torte served with cream.

Dates and Prices

£25.95 per person

Sundays – Wednesdays

£29.95 per person

Thursday

£33.95 per person 

Fridays and Saturdays
Available throughout December

Your party started

  • 3 course meal and disco
  • Festive novelties included
  • Arrive from 7.30pm
  • Dinner served at 8.00pm
  • Carriages at 1.00am
  • Dress code: smart casual

Stay over?

  • From £89.00 per room – midweek
  • From £109.00 per room – weekends
  • Rates include bed and breakfast and are based on 2 people sharing
  • Single supplements apply
  • Rates are subject to availability

Thistle insider

IT’S YOUR PARTY

Wishes do come true, just believe! From buffets to 3 course dinners to canapés and cocktails, we’ll make it everything you dreamed of.


  • Please ask about our drinks packages.
  • Live entertainment on a selection of evenings. Private parties are available, please ask for details.
  • Menu selections required 2 weeks prior to your event.

January Party Night Packages

JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE TOO BUSY IN DECEMBER, DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD MISS OUT ON THE CELEBRATIONS. LET THISTLE MANCHESTER ORGANISE A PARTY IN JANUARY JUST FOR YOU.

Starters

  • Roast plum tomato and red pepper soup with a dash of chilli infused sherry (v).
  • Chicken liver parfait spread on foccacia crostini with winter fruit chutney.

Mains

  • Turkey paupiette with all the finest trimmings; sausage, sage and cranberry stuffing, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.
  • Wild mushroom, garlic and goat’s cheese Wellington, a rich basil and tomato sauce and seasonal vegetables (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding packed with fruit and brandy cream.
  • Dark chocolate truffle torte served with cream.

Dates and Prices

From £20.15 per person

Throughout January 2015

Your party started

  • 3 course meal and disco
  • Festive novelties included
  • Bespoke events tailor made to match your specific requirements

Thistle insider

SPARKLE AS BRIGHT AS THE LIGHTS

A hint of glitter, subtle shine or a flash of gold. All go just perfectly with classic black. Create an outfit made for celebrating this season.


DANCE! DANCE! DANCE!

We have some amazing DJs to round off your perfect party, with dance floor classics that keep that glitter ball rolling, all night long.


  • Available on dates throughout January, tailor-made to your requirements.
  • Menu selections required 2 weeks prior to your event.
  • Please contact our sales team for more details on mande.manchester@thistle.co.uk

New Year's Eve Party Night

JOIN US IN THE LAKELAND SUITE FOR OUR GOURMET BUFFET, BEFORE WELCOMING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH OUR RESIDENT DJ.

Starters

  • Pumpkin and coconut soup (v) (gf).
  • Selection of salads and bread rolls
  • Beetroot, bean salad, coleslaw, sliced cucumber, sliced tomato, ham, pineapple and mustard mayo salad.
  • Selection of sliced meat with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese, lilliput capers and gherkins.

Meat from the Carvery

Chef will carve

  • Roast turkey breast served with chipolata sausage, sage and onion stuffing and cranberry jus.

Mains

  • Lancashire hotpot.
  • Chicken tikka masala.
  • Herbed haddock fillet with kedgeree.
  • Tomato and basil pasta bake (v).
  • Pilau rice and naan bread (v).
  • Crushed swede and carrots, roasted parsnips, roast potatoes, boiled new potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Desserts

  • Milk chocolate cheesecake.
  • Burnt lemon tart.
  • Christmas pudding with brandy cream.

Dates and Prices

£49.00 per person

Wednesday 31st December

Your party started

  • Arrive from 8.00pm
  • Gourmet buffet at 9.30pm
  • Entertainment and disco
  • Carriages at 2.00am
  • Dress code: smart casual
  • Strictly over 18s only

Stay over?

  • £105.00 per person, including party night, accommodation and breakfast based on 2 people sharing.
  • Single supplement applies

  • Pre-order a bottle of Champagne to see in the New Year at midnight. Ask the waiter for details on the night.
  • Menu selections are required 2 weeks prior to the event.
  • (v) vegetarian (gf) gluten free.

New Year's Eve Gala Dinner

BE GREETED WITH AN ARRIVAL DRINK AND CANAPÉ RECEPTION, FOLLOWED BY A SUMPTUOUS 4 COURSE MEAL, CREATED ESPECIALLY BY OUR HEAD CHEF AND FINISHED WITH COFFEE.

Starters

  • Pumpkin and coconut velouté, with a drizzle of crème fraîche (v) (gf).
  • Dill and fennel cured salmon on a bed of caper berry salsa and micro cress.
  • Ham hock and foie gras croquette with baby leaves, red cabbage and honey mustard chutney.

Intermediate

  • Winter berry sorbet (v).

Mains

  • Smoked garlic and green peppercorn crusted Aberdeen beef fillet and braised shin bon bon, pancetta rosti, glazed root vegetables and cognac jus.
  • Seared fillet of sea bass, tiger prawn risotto, linguini vegetables and saffron butter cream.
  • Crisp roast supreme of Barbary duck with thyme scented potatoes served with French beans and Seville orange sauce.
  • Pappardelle pasta with fricassée of wild mushroom, white wine cream reduction, vegetarian-friendly Parmesan, black truffle oil and mature Cheddar cheese (v).

Desserts

  • Rich Valrhona chocolate cheesecake, cinnamon ice cream with kumquat compote.
  • Mango and peach panna cotta, ginger tuile and Malibu cream.

Freshly brewed coffee

Dates and Prices

£69.00 per person

Wednesday 31st December

Your party started

  • Arrival drinks and canapés from 7.15pm
  • 4 course dinner at 8.30pm
  • Entertainment and disco
  • Carriages at 2.00am
  • Dress code: black tie
  • Strictly over 18s only

Stay over?

  • £119.00 per person, including gala dinner, accommodation and breakfast based on 2 people sharing.
  • Single supplement applies

  • Menu selections are required 2 weeks prior to the event.
  • (v) vegetarian (gf) gluten free.

Thistle Manchester The Portland

3-5 Portland Street
Piccadilly Gardens
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M1 6DP

Tel: 0871 376 9026
Int Tel: +44 845 305 8326

Directions

Leave the M6 motorway at junction 19. At the roundabout take the third exit onto the A556. Continue on the A556, then join the M56 until this becomes the A5103. Keep following signs for Manchester City Centre, then turn right onto the B6469 (Whitworth Street West). When this becomes Whitworth Street you can either park at the Argent car park opposite the train station, or bear left onto Aytoun Street, where you can either turn right into Hope Street and park at the NCP Grand, or continue to the T-junction and turn right onto Portland Street: the Portland Hotel will be on your right. To programme your sat-nav, please use the postcode M1 6DP