Christmas At Thistle Poole

At Thistle Poole 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!

Behind the scenes, our friendly staff are 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 Poole, an eventful and enjoyable Christmas and a very happy New Year is waiting for everyone!

We’re just adding the finishing touches to our Christmas party packages.

For more information please contact us.

Packages Available

Festive Lunches

Get into the festive spirit and enjoy an amazing outlook in our panoramic Harbour View Restaurant. 

Starters

  • Tomato and Roasted Pepper Soup with dill crème fraîche and croutons (v).
  • Honeydew Melon and Parma Ham with rocket, parmesan and olive oil.

Mains

  • Roast Breast of Turkey with stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, gravy and pea shoots.
  • Goats Cheese and Spinach Tartlet with courgette and carrot spaghetti and a tomato compote.
  • All served with Panache of Steamed Vegetables*

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding with brandy custard Chocolate and chestnut tart, coffee mascarpone.
  • Chocolate and chestnut tart, coffee mascarpone.

Tea, Coffee and Mini Mince Pies

Dates and Prices

£14.95 per person 2 courses

£16.95 per person 3 courses

Available lunchtimes throughout November up until 23rd December*

Your party started

  • Includes crackers and novelties
  • Available between 12 noon and 2.30pm

Thistle insider

PRE-ORDER

To save money, pre-order your drinks in advance.


CLOAKROOM

Available at a small charge. Proceeds will go to our nominated charity.


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.


  • Excluding Sundays
  • Free parking during lunches
  • Menu selections required 14 days prior
  • Minimum party size 6 guests
  • Private parties on request, restrictions apply

Christmas Day Lunch

Celebrate in the spectacular setting of our panoramic Harbour View Restaurant. You and the family can enjoy a traditional Christmas feast and superb service in a relaxed, sociable atmosphere.

Amuse Bouche

Starters

    • Roast parsnip and garlic soup with toasted sunflower seeds and cumin spiced sour cream (v).
    • Smoked halibut with courgette and potato salad, lamb tongue lettuce, sun blushed tomatoes and a lemon and dill vinaigrette.
    • Thai spiced fillet of beef with sticky rice salad and a lime and soy dressing.
    • Goats cheese crostini with baby beets, pomegranate, red chard salad and a balsamic and oil dressing

Kir Royal sorbet, sparkling wine and blackcurrant compote


Mains

  • Roast breast of English turkey with stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, gravy and watercress.
  • Roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding, parsnips, roast potatoes, gravy and watercress.
  • Grilled whole seabass with saffron fondant potato, ratatouille of veg, aubergine fritters, lemon and pea cream sauce.
  • Wild mushroom, rocket, peppers and orzo pasta with truffle oil, parmesan crisps and crème fraîche (v).
  • All served with panache of steamed vegetables*

Desserts

    • Individual Christmas pudding with brandy custard.
    • Dark chocolate and pear tart with sweetened crème fraîche and cherry compote.
    • Apple and almond frangipan with caramel sauce, kiwi and strawberry salad and apple crisps.
    • Cheeseboard with biscuits, grapes, celery and chutney and apple crisp

Tea, coffee, mini mince pies and truffles


Cheeses

  • Assorted English and continental cheeses, grapes, celery, chutney and biscuits.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee with petit fours and truffles.

Dates and Prices

£62.95 per person

£30.00 per child 12 years and under

Your party started

  • Lunch served 12.30pm - 2.30pm
  • Crackers and novelties included

Accommodation Offers

  • Stay over for £195.00 inclusive of bed,breakfast and Christmas lunch, based on double occupancy

  • Cloakroom available at a small charge -
  • all proceeds will go to our nominated charity
  • Free parking during the event
  • Menu selections required 14 days prior

Pre-weekend Party Nights

A great-value way to party in the run up to Christmas, with a fabulous three-course meal and disco included.

Starters

  • Butternut and Sweet Potato Soup with chive crème fraîche and croutons (v).
  • Smoked Chicken and Avocado Timbale with spinach, oranges, crushed walnuts, lemon and
  • orange dressing.

Mains

  • Roast Breast of Turkey with stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, gravy and pea shoots.
  • Grilled Pavé of Salmon with herb crumb crust, fondant potato, sauté fennel and red onions and
  • a hollandaise sauce.
  • Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Pesto Tian with rocket, parmesan and olive oil (v).
  • All served with Panache of Steamed Vegetables*

Desserts

  • Christmas Pudding with brandy custard.
  • Chocolate Truffle Tranch with chocolate sauce and sweetened crème fraîche.

Tea, Coffee and Mini Mince Pies

Dates and Prices

£19.95 per person for 3 courses

  • Available Sunday - Thursday from 20th November - 23rd December
  • January dates are available on request

Your party started

  • Arrival, bar open from 7.00pm
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm
  • Dancing and bar until 12.00am
  • Crackers and novelties included

Accommodation Offers

  • Single rooms from £60.00 per room, bed and breakfast.
  • Double/twin rooms from £70.00 per room, bed and breakfast.
  • If a booking of 50 or more guests is booked and confirmed by October 2015, the organiser will
  • receive a complimentary room with breakfast for the night of the party!

Thistle insider

THE PERFECT EXCUSE TO PARTY!

Now’s the time, round up your friends and have a good time, Christmas provides the perfect excuse, so start emailing dates.


  • Cloakroom available at a small charge -
  • all proceeds will go to our nominated charity
  • Free parking until 12.00am
  • Menu selections required 14 days prior
  • Minimum party size 6 guests
  • Private parties on request, restrictions apply

Christmas Party Nights

Bring your friends, family or colleagues for a fun, informal seasonal celebration. Enjoy a traditional three-course Christmas meal, then dance the night away to music from our resident DJ.

Starters

  • Butternut and Sweet Potato Soup with chive crème fraîche and croutons (v).
  • Smoked Chicken and Avocado Timbale with spinach, oranges, crushed walnuts, lemon and orange dressing.
  • Gravadlax of Salmon with caper and shallot dressing, mixed leaves and lemon.

Mains

  • Roast Breast of Turkey with stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, gravy and pea shoots.
  • Roast Rib of Beef with Yorkshire pudding, thyme, garlic and sausage meat stuffing, gravy and watercress
  • Baked Cod Loin with parsley mashed potato, spring onion, tomato, pepper and chilli dressing.
  • Goats Cheese and Spinach Tartlet with courgette and carrot spaghetti and a tomato compote.
  • All served with Panache of Steamed Vegetables*

Desserts

  • Christmas pudding with brandy custard.
  • Cherry and Almond Frangipane Tart with sweetened crème fraîche and cherry compote
  • Cranberry and Lime Cheesecake with berry compote and shortbread biscuits

Tea, Coffee and Mini Mince Pies

Dates and Prices

£29.95 per person

  • Available Fridays and Saturdays from 20th November - 19th December

Your party started

  • Arrival, bar open from 7.00pm
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm
  • Dancing and bar until 1.00am
  • Crackers and novelties included

Accommodation Offers

  • Single rooms from £60.00 per room, bed and breakfast.
  • Double/twin rooms from £70.00 per room, bed and breakfast.
  • If a booking of 50 or more guests is booked and confirmed by October 2015, the organiser will receive a complimentary room with breakfast for the night of the party!

  • January parties available on request
  • Cloakroom available at a small charge -
  • all proceeds will go to our nominated charity
  • Free parking during the event
  • Menu selections required 14 days prior
  • Minimum party size 6 guests
  • Private parties on request, restrictions apply.

New Year's Eve Celebration

See in the New Year Thistle-style. Start the evening with fizz and canapés, followed by a fabulous six-course menu. Then dance into 2016, with hits and party favourites spun by our resident DJ.

Amuse Bouche

Starters

      • Cream of celeriac and parsnip soup with goats cheese croûte and crispy leeks (v)
      • Duet of smoked salmon and gravadlax salmon with micro herb salad, capers and beetroot salsa and a black pepper and lemon dressing.
      • Smoked duck breast with petit waldorf salad, red chicory, frisée endive and a red wine and raspberry vinaigrette.
      • Avocado, mozzarella and tomato stack with parmesan sablees biscuits, aubergine and sesame salsa and a basil oil

Intermediate

      • Bucks fizz sorbet, whisky and orange compote and a tuille biscuit (v).

Mains

      • Braised lamb shank with minted mashed potato, roast root vegetables and a red currant and port sauce.
      • Pan-roasted pork fillet wrapped in parma ham and sage with dauphinoise potatoes, celeriac puree and a calvados sauce.
      • Wild mushroom stuffed corn-fed chicken breast with chicken and tarragon sausage and savoy cabbage.
      • Grilled fillet of halibut with colcannon potatoes,sauté spinach and bloody mary sauce
      • Flat mushroom, artichoke and asparagus risotto with butternut puree, herb beignet and a basil and shallot dressing (v).
      • All served with panache of steamed vegetables*

Desserts

      • Drambuie cream, poppy seed and orange shortbread biscuits with orange and malt whisky compote.
      • Traditional highland syllabub with cinnamon tuille biscuit and gooseberry marmalade.
      • Dark chocolate torte with black cherries in dark rum syrup and nutmeg ice cream in a wafer basket.
      • Citrus lemon and lime tart with grilled mango salsa and coffee mascarpone
      • English and Continental cheese board with grapes, celery, chutney and biscuits

Tea, coffee, mini mince pies and truffles


Cheeses

      • Assorted cheeses, grapes, celery, chutney and biscuits.

 Freshly brewed tea or coffee and handmade petit fours.

Dates and Prices

£74.95 per person

£37.50 per child, 12 years and under

Your party started

      • Bubbly and canapés on arrival from 7.00pm
      • Dinner served from 7.30pm
      • DJ and bar until 1.00am
      • Crackers and novelties included

Accommodation Offers

      • Stay over for £234.00 inclusive of bed,
      • breakfast and New Years Eve Dinner,
      • based on double occupancy

Dress code

      • Smart attire

    • Free parking during the event
    • Menu selections required 14 days prior

Accommodation Packages

Take the stress away this Christmas and let us do all the hard work! Book now on one of our Christmas or New Year Packages.

Dates and Prices

Arrival from 23rd December
£250.00
Inclusive of bed, breakfast for 2 nights and Christmas lunch (based on double occupancy).

Arrival from 24th December
£295.00
Inclusive of bed, breakfast for 2 nights, Christmas day lunch & Boxing day lunch (based on double occupancy.

Arrival from 25th December
£195.00
Inclusive of bed, breakfast and Christmas lunch (based on double occupancy).

Arrival from 30th December
£195.00
Inclusive of bed, breakfast for 2 nights and New Years Dinner.

Arrival from 31st December
£234.00
Inclusive of bed, breakfast for 1 night and New Years Dinner.


Terms & Conditions

7 day cancellation on any packages.

A credit card is asked to reserve any room packages, payment will be required on check out

Bookings of 5 rooms or more on packages, an invoice will be sent and full payment is required 3 months prior.

If books consist of packages and additional Christmas meals, an invoice would be provided for payment 14 days prior

Menu choices will be required 14 days prior


Car Parking is charged at a reduced rate of £5.00 per night for residents-guests need to register their vehicles at reception on check-in

Please contact our reservations team on 01202 261625 to book any accommodation packages

Terms and Conditions

Directions to your Hotel

By road
From M27 junction 1, follow the A31 to Wimborne Minster, then take the A349 into Poole town centre and follow signs to the Port (A350). Thistle Poole is on the seafront. If you’re travelling to Thistle Poole by car, car parking is available for 120 cars at a charge of £5.00 per night. Please note that Parking Eye is used in the car park, so please ensure that you register your car details at reception on arrival. For those not staying in the hotel, please use the pay and display machines located in the car park, or follow the instructions on signs in the car park to pay by card. To programme your sat-nav, please use the postcode BH15 1HD.

By rail
Mainline rail services run to Poole from London Waterloo. Thistle Poole is about five minutes by taxi from the stations.

From the airport
Thistle Poole is 11/12 miles - a taxi is easiest - from Bournemouth International Airport and 90 miles from London Heathrow.


To make a booking

Please call the Christmas co-ordinator on 01202 361622. A non refundable deposit of £10.00 per person is required to secure the booking. Deposits are per person and non refundable. Full and final payment must be received a minimum of 14 days prior along with menu choices and pre ordered wine.


Cancellation policy

Deposits, part payments and full payments are non refundable and non transferable under any circumstances.

We recommend that you take out event insurance to cover you in the case of cancellation.

In the event of cancellation by Thistle Poole, an alternative date will be offered or a full refund given without liability to the hotel of Thistle Hotels.

Food and Drink

Please advise the hotel of any dietary requirements prior to your party. We will endeavour to meet any requirements where possible and allergen data information can be provided to guests who require this. We can never guarantee our meals will not contain traces of allergens due to these products being used in the kitchen and dining room.

Menus are correct at time of print but may be subject to change. All prices include VAT at the current rate.


General Information

Complimentary car parking is available to all party guests. All guests are required to enter their vehicle registration into the system at reception to avoid an automatic fine being issued by Parking Eye, the car parking management company.

There is a reduced rate of £5.00 for those guests wishing to leave a vehicle overnight - please enquire at reception on the night.

Boxing Day Carvery Lunch

Unwind after the big day with a relaxed carvery lunch in our panoramic Harbour View Restaurant. Great food and amazing views - what more could you want?.

Starters

  • Assorted Cold Meats and Fish selection.
  • Vegetarian option.
  • Soup of the day.

Mains

  • A choice of 3 Carved Meats with a Selection of Vegetables, Roast Potatoes, Gravy and Accompaniments.
  • Vegetarian option

Desserts

    • Assorted Hot and Cold desserts
    • Cheese and Biscuits

Tea, Coffee and Mini Mince Pies


Freshly brewed tea or coffee served with mints.

Dates and Prices

2-course meal £14.95

3-course meal £16.95

Your party started

  • Lunch served 12.30pm - 2.30pm
  • Crackers and novelties included

Accommodation Offers

  • Arrival from 24th December - £295.00,
  • inclusive of bed and breakfast for 2 nights,
  • Christmas day lunch & Boxing day lunch
  • (based on double occupancy).

Thistle insider

TAKE IN THE VIEW

Why not take a stroll along Poole Quay after your meal? The views across to Brownsea Island are stunning.


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 is included in the good times.


  • Cloakroom available at a small charge -
  • all proceeds will go to our nominated charity
  • Free car parking during the event.
  • Menu selections required 14 days prior

Thistle Poole

The Quay
Poole
Dorset
BH15 1HD

Tel: 0871 376 9032
Int Tel: +44 845 305 8331

Directions

From M27 junction 1, follow the A31 to Wimborne Minster, then take the A349 into Poole town centre and follow signs to the Port (A350). Thistle Poole is on the seafront. If you’re travelling to Thistle Poole by car, car parking is available for 120 cars at a charge of £5.00 per night. Please note that Parking Eye is used in the carpark, so please ensure that you register your car details at reception on arrival. For those not staying in the hotel, please use the pay and display machines located in the carpark, or follow the instructions on signs in the carpark to pay by card. To programme your sat-nav, please use the postcode BH15 1HD