Christmas at Thistle St Albans The Noke

At Thistle St Albans, The Noke, 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 St Albans, The Noke, 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

Gala Party Nights

From £25.00 per person

Sunday 8th and 15th December

From £28.00 per person

Thursday 5th, 12th and 19th December

From £35.00 per person

Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November
Friday 6th, 13th and 20th December
Saturday 7th, 14th and 21st December

Prepare to party the night away in our black and white themed winter wonderland. We offer a delicious 3 course meal followed by dancing the night away to our resident DJ.

Starters

  • Roast plum and red pepper soup with a dash of chilli infused sherry (v).
  • Chicken liver parfait with a beetroot and pomegranate salad.

Mains

  • Roasted turkey crown with all the very finest trimmings; sausage, sage and cranberry stuffing, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.
  • Wild mushroom orzo pasta with rocket, truffle oil, white wine and crème fraîche (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding with brandy cream.
  • Dark chocolate tart served with cream.

To Finish

  • Freshly brewed Twinings tea or coffee and mince pies.

What you need to know...

  • 3 course meal including festive novelties and disco.
  • Bar open from 7.00pm.
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm.
  • Disco until 1.00am.
  • Carriages at 1.00am.

Terms and conditions apply.

Christmas Party Lunches in The Noke Restaurant

£17.50 per person
£14.50 per senior citizen

Available Monday 2nd to Friday 20th December

Enjoy the warmest of welcomes at The Noke Restaurant and enjoy a lunchtime party with us this Christmas season.

Starters

  • Roast plum and red pepper soup with a dash of chilli infused sherry (v).
  • Chicken liver parfait with a beetroot and pomegranate salad.

Mains

  • Roasted turkey crown with all the very finest trimmings; sausage, sage and cranberry stuffing, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.
  • Wild mushroom orzo pasta with rocket, truffle oil, white wine and crème fraîche (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding with brandy cream.
  • Dark chocolate tart served with cream.

To Finish

  • Freshly brewed Twinings tea or coffee and mince pies.

What you need to know...

  • 3 course meal including festive novelties.
  • Sittings available between 12.00pm and 2.00pm.

Terms and conditions apply.

Christmas Sunday Lunches in The Noke Restaurant

£21.00 per person
£10.50 per child under 12 yrs

Sunday 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd December

Our popular Sunday lunch is given a festive feel with Christmas decorations and novelties.

Starters

  • Roast plum tomato and red pepper soup (v).
  • Chicken liver pâté and toasted brioche.
  • Trio of seafood served with a crisp rocket and lemon dressing.
  • Oven baked flat cap mushroom with a mozzarella cheese herb crust.

Mains

  • Roast turkey with all the trimmings.
  • Fillet of pork with mustard mashed potatoes and roast vegetables.
  • Oven baked salmon with sauté spinach and baby potatoes.
  • Wild mushroom and asparagus linguini served with Parmesan cream.

Desserts

  • Vanilla cheesecake served with a berry coulis.
  • Christmas pudding and brandy sauce.
  • Homemade lemon tart with Chantilly cream.
  • Cheese and biscuits served with apple, celery and a compote.

To Finish

  • Freshly brewed Twinings tea or coffee and mince pies.

What you need to know...

  • 3 course meal including decorations and festive novelties.
  • Sittings available between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

Terms and conditions apply.

Christmas Day Lunch in The Noke Restaurant

£90.00 per person
£45.00 per child under 12 yrs

Wednesday 25th December

Relax and let us do all the hard work for you. Treat yourself to a sumptuous and varied traditional 3 course lunch with a glass of Champagne on arrival.

Starters

  • Christmas broth.
  • Chef’s baker’s basket.
  • Assortment of fresh and cured meats.
  • Mixed seafood platter.
  • Selection of salads, oils, vinegars and dressings.

Mains

  • Roast turkey and turkey gravy.
  • Aberdeen Angus roast rib eye served with a Cabernet Sauvignon red wine sauce.

All served with Yorkshire pudding, sausage meat stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, boiled baby potatoes and roast root vegetables.

  • Oven baked monkfish tails with a vermouth cream sauce.
  • Wild mushroom open ravioli topped with goat’s cheese and white truffle oil (v).

Desserts

  • Christmas pudding and brandy sauce.
  • Red berry cheesecake and a fruit coulis.
  • Chef’s fruit platter.
  • Cheese and biscuits, grapes, celery and quince.

To Finish

  • Freshly brewed Twinings tea or coffee and mince pies.

What you need to know...

  • Champagne on arrival.
  • 3 course meal including festive novelties and a visit from Santa for all the children.
  • Sittings between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.
  • Children under 2 are welcomed by the manager on a complimentary basis.

Terms and conditions apply.

Christmas Day Lunch in The Oak & Avocado Restaurant

£65.00 per person
£32.50 per child under 12 yrs

Wednesday 25th December

For a family treat where you can relax and enjoy Christmas Day without any effort. We look forward to welcoming you with a warming glass of mulled wine on arrival.

Starters

  • Christmas broth.
  • Chef’s baker’s basket.
  • Assortment of fresh and cured meats.
  • Mixed seafood platter.
  • Selection of salads, oils, vinegars and dressings.

Mains

  • Roast turkey and turkey gravy.
  • Aberdeen Angus roast rib eye served with a Cabernet Sauvignon red wine sauce.

All served with Yorkshire pudding, sausage meat stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, boiled baby potatoes and roast root vegetables.

  • Oven baked monkfish tails with a vermouth cream sauce.
  • Wild mushroom open ravioli topped with goat’s cheese and white truffle oil (v).

Desserts

  • Christmas pudding and brandy sauce.
  • Red berry cheesecake and a fruit coulis.
  • Chef’s fruit platter.
  • Cheese and biscuits, grapes, celery and quince.

To Finish

  • Freshly brewed Twinings tea or coffee and mince pies.

What you need to know...

  • Mulled wine on arrival.
  • 3 course carvery lunch including festive novelties and a visit from Santa for all the children.
  • Sittings available between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.
  • Children under 2 are welcomed by the manager on a complimentary basis.

Terms and conditions apply.

Boxing Day Lunch in The Noke Restaurant

£35.00 per person
£17.50 per child under 12 yrs

Thursday 26th December

Join us on Boxing Day in our Noke Restaurant for a magnificent meal with all the traditional Great British seasonal offerings.

Starters

  • A selection of smoked and poached fish.
  • Shell-on prawns and shellfish.
  • Italian antipasto selection.
  • Chicken liver parfait and duck rillettes.
  • A variety of salads, including tomato and mozzarella, Caesar salad, chive and new potato and rocket with bacon lardons.
  • Cream of chestnut mushroom soup.

Mains

  • Roast boneless rib of beef.
  • Roast chicken.

All served with a selection of traditional trimmings.

  • Salmon fillets in a citrus beurre blanc.
  • Aubergine involtini.

Desserts

  • Pastry chef’s selection of desserts.
  • British cheese board, grapes, celery, chutney and biscuits.

To Finish

  • Freshly brewed Twinings tea or coffee and mince pies.

What you need to know...

  • 3 course lunch.
  • Sittings available between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
  • Children under 2 are welcomed by the manager on a complimentary basis.

Terms and conditions apply.

New Year’s Eve Dinner in The Noke Restaurant

£100.00 per person non-residential package
£139.00 per person residential package

Tuesday 31st December

Celebrate the New Year in style at Thistle St Albans, The Noke.

Your evening will start to the sound of our traditional piper before the evening’s festivities commence, starting with our 8 course feast and ending in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Canapés and Champagne


Starter

  • Game terrine, cranberry, mint chutney and toasted brioche.

Soup

  • Demitasse of asparagus soup.

Main

  • Roast fillet of Aberdeen Angus with dauphinoise potatoes, ragoût of wild mushrooms and green beans with a Madeira jus.

Intermediate

  • Raspberry sorbet.

Dessert

  • Trio of mini desserts: raspberry panna cotta, cranachan and raspberry bellini.

Cheese

  • Cheese plate: Somerset Brie, Dunsyer Blue and smoked applewood oatcakes.

To Finish

  • Petit fours, freshly brewed Twinings tea or coffee.

What you need to know...

  • Canapés and Champagne on arrival.
  • 8 course meal including live band and disco.
  • Arrival from 7.30pm.
  • Dinner served at 8.00pm.
  • Carriages at 1.00am.
  • Residential package includes a brunch on New Year’s Day and complimentary use of the Otium Health & Leisure Club.

Terms and conditions apply.

New Year’s Eve Luxury Buffet in The Oak & Avocado Restaurant and Bar

£65.00 per person

Tuesday 31st December

Welcome in the New Year with a disco and buffet.

Starters

  • Cream of asparagus soup.
  • Chef’s bread basket.
  • Selection of cured meats: Parma ham, pastrami, roast beef, honey roast ham, chorizo and salami.
  • Fresh sea food platter: tiger prawns, smoked salmon, rollmop herring, peppered mackerel, poached salmon and crayfish with Marie Rose sauce and lime mayonnaise.
  • Salads: potato salad, mixed leaves, tomato and red onion and cucumber and mint.

Mains

  • Roast strip loin of beef with red wine sauce.
  • Grilled fillet of bream with Vermouth cream.
  • Garlic roast ratatouille.
  • Braised rice.
  • Roast potatoes, baby potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Desserts

  • Winter berry cheesecake.
  • Warm bread and butter pudding.
  • Selection of cut fruits.
  • Cheese platter and biscuits.

Accompanied with a berry coulis, anglaise sauce or fresh cream.


To Finish

  • Freshly brewed Twinings tea or coffee and mince pies.

What you need to know...

  • Luxury buffet including disco.
  • Arrival from 7.30pm.
  • Buffet served at 9.00pm.
  • Carriages at 1.00am.

Terms and conditions apply.

Private Parties and Late Party Nights

From £28.00 per person

Dates available on request.

We have a variety of private dining rooms perfect for a more intimate festive celebration and also for larger parties of up to 100 guests.

Celebrating the festive season late? You will find our parties pack the same atmosphere and offer excellent value for money. The price includes a 3 course meal, festive novelties and dancing to our resident DJ.

Starters

  • Roast plum and red pepper soup with a dash of chilli infused sherry (v).
  • Chicken liver parfait with a beetroot and pomegranate salad.

Mains

  • Roasted turkey crown with all the very finest trimmings; sausage, sage and cranberry stuffing, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.
  • Wild mushroom orzo pasta with rocket, truffle oil, white wine and crème fraîche (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding served with brandy cream.
  • Dark chocolate tart served with cream.

To Finish

  • Freshly brewed Twinings tea or coffee and mince pies.

What you need to know...

  • 3 course meal including decorations, festive novelties and a disco.
  • Bar available from 7.00pm.
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm.
  • Disco until 1.00am.
  • Carriages at 1.00am.

Terms and conditions apply.

Accommodation

£69.00 per person per night

Why book a taxi when you can stay with us?

For guests attending our festive events this year we are offering overnight accommodation including full English breakfast and complimentary use of the Otium Health & Leisure Club.

TO BOOK , PLEASE CALL 01727 854252

All room reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card.

Subject to availability.

Pre-Order Drinks Packages

Pre-order your drinks at attractive prices to enhance your festive celebrations.

Glass of sparkling wine £7.00
Glass of Champagne £9.00
Glass of Kir Royale £7.50
Glass of Buck’s Fizz £6.50
Glass of sherry £5.00
Jug of fruit juice £9.00
Bottle of still mineral water (750ml) £4.15
Bottle of sparkling mineral water (750ml) £4.15
J20 bucket – 10 mixed bottles £29.50
Beer bucket – 8 mixed bottles £36.00
Cider bucket £36.00

Why Not Pre-Order Your Wine?...

Ordering your drinks in advance can help your party run more smoothly on the night and there are attractive pre-order discounts available.

Please contact us for our latest deals and prices.

Thistle St Albans The Noke

Watford Road
St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL2 3DS

Tel: 0871 376 9034
Int Tel: +44 845 305 8333

Directions

Leave the M1 at junction 6, or the M25 at junction 21A, and take the A405, following signs for St. Albans; Thistle St Albans is on this road, about 30 minutes’ drive from London. We have 150 car parking spaces available free of charge. To programme your sat-nav, please use the postcode AL2 3DS