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!

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

Festive Lunches

FOR A MORE RELAXED CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION FOR FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES OR FAMILY, LET US SPOIL YOU WITH GOOD FOOD AND FINE SERVICE IN OUR HARBOUR VIEW RESTAURANT.

Starters

  • Cream of winter vegetable soup, herb sour cream and croutons (v).
  • Goat’s cheese and butternut squash tartlet, leaves, beetroot and onion relish (v).

Mains

  • Roasted turkey breast with all the trimmings and rich gravy.
  • Grilled salmon fillet, crushed new potatoes, herb salad, black olive tapenade.
  • Butternut squash, spinach, pea and tomato risotto, rocket, vegetarian Parmesan crisp (v).

Desserts

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

Freshly brewed tea or coffee served with a mini festive chocolate.

Dates and Prices

£14.50 per person 2 courses

£16.50 per person 3 courses

24th November through to 24th December*

Your party started

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

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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, which will be a carvery lunch at the same price.
  • Free car parking during this event.
  • Menu pre-selections will be required 2 weeks prior to your function date.

Pre-weekend Party Nights

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR PRE-WEEKEND PARTY NIGHTS WITH AN INDULGENT THREE COURSE MEAL AND DISCO.

Starters

  • Cream of winter vegetable soup, herb sour cream and croutons (v).
  • Chicken and wild mushroom terrine, peach and basil chutney, focaccia croûte.

Mains

  • Roasted turkey breast with all the trimmings and rich gravy.
  • Grilled salmon fillet, crushed new potatoes, herb salad, black olive tapenade.
  • Butternut squash, spinach, pea and tomato risotto, rocket, vegetarian Parmesan crisp (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding with brandy custard Chocolate and chestnut tart, coffee mascarpone.
  • Cranberry cheesecake, chantilly cream, mulled fruit compote.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee served with a mini festive chocolate.

Dates and Prices

£19.50 per person

Thursday 4th, 11th and 18th December

Your party started

  • Includes disco, crackers and novelties
  • Arrival of guests from 7.00pm
  • Full bar service from 7.00pm
  • All guests to be seated by 7.30pm
  • Dancing and bar until 12.00am

Stay over?

  • From £50.00 per single room
  • From £60.00 per standard double/twin room
  • Prices are inclusive of breakfast

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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.


  • Menu pre-selections will be required 2 weeks prior to your party date. Minimum party size of 6 guests. 
  • Private parties on request, restrictions apply.
  • Free car parking throughout the evening. There is a reduced charge of £5.00 for those guests wishing to leave a vehicle overnight, please enquire at Reception.

Christmas Party Nights

ENJOY THE WARMEST OF WELCOMES IN OUR HARBOUR VIEW RESTAURANT. ENJOY A DELICIOUS THREE COURSE MEAL AND DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY TO OUR RESIDENT DJ.

Starters

  • Cream of winter vegetable soup, herb sour cream and croutons (v).
  • Goat’s cheese and butternut squash tartlet, leaves, beetroot and onion relish (v).
  • Chicken and wild mushroom terrine, peach and basil chutney, focaccia croûte.

Mains

  • Roasted turkey breast with all the trimmings and rich gravy.
  • Roast top side of beef with all the trimmings and rich gravy.
  • Grilled salmon fillet, crushed new potatoes, herb salad, prawn and chive cream sauce.
  • Butternut squash, spinach, pea and tomato risotto, rocket, vegetarian Parmesan crisp (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding with brandy custard.
  • Chocolate and chestnut tart, coffee mascarpone.
  • Cranberry cheesecake, chantilly cream, mulled fruit compote

Freshly brewed tea or coffee served with a mini festive chocolate.

Dates and Prices

£30.00 per person

Friday 5th, 12th and 19th December

Saturday 6th, 13th and 20th December

Your party started

  • Includes disco, crackers and novelties
  • Arrival of guests from 7.00pm
  • Full bar service from 7.00pm
  • All guests to be seated by 7.30pm
  • Dancing and bar until 1.00am

Stay over?

  • From £50.00 per single room
  • From £60.00 per standard double/twin room
  • Prices are inclusive of breakfast

  • Menu pre-selections will be required 2 weeks prior to your party date. Minimum party size of 6 guests.
  • Free car parking throughout the evening. There is a reduced charge of £5.00 for those guests wishing to leave a vehicle overnight, please enquire at Reception.

Christmas Day Lunch

MAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS DAY THAT LITTLE BIT EXTRA SPECIAL THIS YEAR AND JOIN OUR FESTIVE FEAST IN OUR HARBOUR VIEW RESTAURANT WITH SUPERB VIEWS ACROSS THE BAY.

Amuse Bouche

Starters

  • Cream of butternut squash and sweet potato soup, pea pancakes (v).
  • Smoked bacon, pork fillet and venison terrine, wild mushroom vinaigrette, cranberry and chestnut chutney.
  • Smoked salmon and paprika pavé, mustard la ratte potato salad, red chicory, balsamic drizzle.

Mains

  • Roast breast of English turkey and all the trimmings.
  • Roast sirloin of beef, Yorkshire pudding, watercress, roast potatoes, red wine, thyme and garlic gravy.
  • Poached monkfish tail in saffron, dauphinoise potatoes, roasted vegetable tian, saffron fish velouté.
  • Mushroom, spinach and pepper bread and butter pudding, parsnip purée, fondant potato, dill cream sauce (v).

Desserts

  • Individual Christmas pudding, brandied custard.
  • Cranberry panna cotta, brandy snap cannelloni, mulled wine syrup.
  • White and dark chocolate torte, cherries steeped in Kirsch, cinnamon biscotti.

Cheeses

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

Freshly brewed tea or coffee with petit fours and truffles.

Dates and Prices

£59.95 per person

£25.00 per child 12 years and under

Thursday 25th December

Your party started

  • Includes crackers and novelties
  • Lunch is between 12.30pm and 2.30pm
  • Arrival drink
  • Five course meal

Stay over?

  • From £195.00 per double/twin room 
  • Rates inclusive of Christmas Day lunch and bed and breakfast
  • Available on 24th or 25th December, please contact our reservations team on 01202 361625

  • This event must be pre-booked. Menu pre-selections will be required 3 weeks prior to Christmas Day.
  • Full payment required in advance.
  • Free car parking during the event.

Boxing Day Carvery Lunch

JOIN US IN OUR HARBOUR VIEW RESTAURANT OFFERING SUPERB SURROUNDINGS AND BREATH-TAKING VIEWS FOR OUR SUMPTUOUS CARVERY, THE PERFECT WAY TO UNWIND AFTER CHRISTMAS.

Starters

  • Assorted cold meats and fish selection.
  • Vegetarian option available.
  • Soup of the day.

Mains

  • A choice of 3 carved meats with a selection of vegetables, roast potatoes, gravy and accompaniments.
  • Vegetarian option available.

Desserts

  • Assorted hot and cold desserts.
  • Cheese and biscuits

Freshly brewed tea or coffee served with mints.

Dates and Prices

£14.50 per person 2 courses

£16.50 per person 3 courses

Half price for children 12 years and under

Friday 26th December

Your party started

  • Includes crackers and novelties
  • Book your table from 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Stay over?

  • Accommodation rates available, please contact our reservations team on 01202 361625.

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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.


  • This event must be pre-booked. Full payment required in advance.
  • Free car parking during the event.

New Year's Eve Celebration

SEE IN THE NEW YEAR IN STYLE WITH THISTLE POOLE. ENJOY BUBBLY AND CANAPÉS BEFORE BEING SEATED TO INDULGE IN OUR MAGNIFICENT SIX COURSE DINNER.

Amuse Bouche

Starters

  • Potato and watercress soup, cheese beignet, chive crème fraîche (v)
  • Trio of scallops, kale masala, pepper sambal.
  • Homemade chicken and duck liver parfait infused with sherry and tarragon, rye toast, cranberry and apricot chutney.

Intermediate

  • Strawberry and mint sorbet, peppered strawberries and pink fizz (v).

Mains

  • Pan-seared fillet steak, Stilton crust, sauté green beans, red onions, leek and potato gratin, watercress purée sauce.
  • Grilled gilthead bream fillets, marquise potato cake, samphire, chermoula spices.
  • Roast root vegetable and tofu crumble, duchesse potatoes, tomato fondue compote (v).

Desserts

  • Frozen orange and espresso mousse, brandy snap basket, green apple sherbert.
  • Cranberry and apple charlotte, vanilla mascarpone, crème anglaise.
  • Drambuie panna cotta, almond praline cookies, satsuma compote.

Cheeses

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

 Freshly brewed tea or coffee and handmade petit fours.

Dates and Prices

£69.95 per person

£35.00 per child 12 years and under

Wednesday 31st December

Your party started

  • Bubbly and canapés on arrival from 7.00pm
  • Dinner served from 7.30pm
  • DJ and bar until 1.00am
  • Dress code: smart attire

Stay over?

  • From £234.00 per double/twin room
  • Rates inclusive of New Year’s Eve dinner and bed and breakfast
  • Please contact our reservations team on 01202 361625

  • Menu pre-selections will be required 3 weeks prior to New Year’s Eve. Full payment required in advance.
  • Free car parking throughout the evening. There is a reduced charge of £5.00 for those guests wishing to leave a vehicle overnight, please enquire at Reception.

Drinks Packages

The Standard Package £80.00

2 bottles of house red wine, 2 bottles of house white wine plus a bucket of 8 beers


The Premium Package £100.00

Choose 4 bottles of any of the pre-order wines excluding sparkling wine and champagne, plus a bucket of 8 beers.


Bucket of 8 Beers or Alcopops £25.00

Mix and match your choice of 8 bottles.


Soft Drinks Package £15.00

Mix and match a total of 8. Choose from Coke, Diet Coke, J20s, orange juice and lemonade.

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SET A DATE

Avoid the Christmas rush and book well in advance if you have your eye on a certain party package.


YOUR WINE WISH LIST

Is your tipple a red, rosé or white? Pre-order your favourites from our tempting wine list.


CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS?

Try our Thistle Poole signature cocktail, Fizzy Santa.


PRE-ORDER

Ordering your drinks in advance can help your party run more smoothly on the night.

Other drinks and packages available, please ask your Christmas Co-ordinator for more details.


ON ARRIVAL

Start your evening with a fizz, arrival drink prices available on request.


SOFT DRINKS

Jugs of still water will be provided on your table throughout the evening.


BOOK A TAXI

Our Receptionists will be more than happy to book a taxi for the end of the evening to take you home, please ask Reception on your arrival. 


  • Cut off date for pre-ordering drinks is 14 days prior to the event.
  • Any pre-ordered drinks will be on your table for your arrival.

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