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!

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

Christmas Gala Party Nights

PREPARE TO PARTY THE NIGHT AWAY! WE OFFER A DELICIOUS THREE COURSE MEAL WITH HALF A BOTTLE OF HOUSE WINE FOLLOWED BY DANCING TO OUR RESIDENT DJ.

Starters

  • Glazed goat’s cheese with beetroot and pomegranate salad (v).
  • Chicken liver pâté, winter fruit chutney and toast points.

Mains

  • Roast turkey with all the finest trimmings; chipolatas, 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 coated in brandy cream Crème caramel.

Tea or coffee with mince pies.

Dates and Prices

£30.00 per person

December:
Wednesday 10th and 17th
Thursday 4th, 11th and 18th

£37.00 per person

November:
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th

December:
Friday 5th, 12th and 19th
Saturday 6th, 13th and 20th

Your party started

  • Three course meal with entertainment, disco and festive novelties
  • Half a bottle of house wine
  • Bar open from 7.00pm
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm
  • Carriages at 1.00am

Stay over?

  • From £70.00 single room occupancy
  • £10.00 supplement charge applies for double occupancy
  • Rates inclusive of full English breakfast and VAT

  • If you are concerned about food allergies, please ask one of our team members for assistance when selecting menu items.
  • Deposits are required within seven days of making your booking and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Christmas Party Lunches

ENJOY THE WARMEST OF WELCOMES AT THE NOKE RESTAURANT AND ENJOY A FESTIVE LUNCH WITH US THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON.

Starters

  • Glazed goat’s cheese with beetroot and pomegranate salad (v).
  • Chicken liver pâté, winter fruit chutney and toast points.

Mains

  • Roast turkey with all the finest trimmings; chipolatas, 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 coated in brandy cream Crème caramel.

Tea or coffee with mince pies.

Dates and Prices

£17.50 per person

£14.50 per person (senior citizen)

Monday 1st December through to Friday 19th December

Your party started

  • Three course meal including festive novelties
  • Sittings available from 1.00pm

Thistle insider

SET A 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.


YOUR WINE WISH LIST

Is your tipple a Merlot or a Bordeaux? A chilled Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, pre-order your favourites from our tempting wine list.


  • If you are concerned about food allergies, please ask one of our team members for assistance when selecting menu items.
  • Deposits are required within seven days of making your booking and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Christmas Day Lunch

RELAX AND LET US DO ALL THE HARD WORK FOR YOU. TREAT YOURSELF TO A SUMPTUOUS FIVE COURSE LUNCH SERVED TO YOU IN THE NOKE RESTAURANT WITH A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE ON ARRIVAL.

Starters

  • Cream of watercress soup served with a warm bread roll (v).
  • Home-made chicken liver and brandy parfait, cranberry and sage compote with toasted brioche.

Mains

  • Roast turkey with all the finest trimmings; chipolatas, sage and cranberry stuffing, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy.
  • Prime roast rib of beef with roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and gravy.
  • Roast shallot, chestnut tarte tatin with warm asparagus, garlic wild mushrooms, rocket salad and balsamic reduction (v).

Intermediate

  • Orange sorbet napped with Cointreau (v).

Desserts

  • Trio of mini desserts; plum pudding with brandy sauce, chocolate tart and tangerine mousse.

Cheese course

  • Cheese platter with a selection of English and continental cheeses, port and red onion jam, biscuits, grapes and celery.

Tea or coffee with mince pies.

Dates and Prices

£90.00 per adult

£45.00 per child under 12 years

Thursday 25th December

Your party started

  • Glass of champagne on arrival
  • Five course lunch including festive novelties and pianist
  • Sittings available from 1.00pm
  • A visit from Santa for the children

Thistle insider

BELIEVE!

Santa’s not stuck up the chimney, you’ll find him giving away presents with family Christmas dinners, we even offer plenty of parking for sleighs and reindeer.


  • If you are concerned about food allergies, please ask one of our team members for assistance when selecting menu items.
  • Deposits are required within seven days of making your booking and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Christmas Day Buffet Lunch

FOR A FAMILY TREAT WHERE YOU CAN RELAX AND ENJOY CHRISTMAS DAY WITHOUT ANY EFFORT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU WITH A GLASS OF MULLED WINE ON ARRIVAL IN THE OAK & AVOCADO RESTAURANT.

Starters

  • Christmas broth (v).
  • A selection of cold meats and smoked fish.
  • A selection of salads and dressings

Mains

  • Oven baked turkey with all the very finest trimmings; chipolatas, sage and cranberry stuffing.
  • Roast beef with red wine jus.
  • Poached fillet of hake with a Mediterranean salsa Vegetable moussaka (v).
  • Selection of vegetables, roast potatoes, new potatoes and Yorkshire puddings.

Desserts

  • A selection of hot and cold desserts Fresh fruit salad.

Tea or coffee with mince pies.

Dates and Prices

£65.00 per adult

£32.50 per child under 12 years

Children under 2 eat free

Thursday 25th December

Your party started

  • Glass of mulled wine on arrival
  • Three course buffet lunch including festive novelties
  • Sittings available at 1.00pm or 3.00pm
  • A visit from Santa for the children

Thistle insider

GLITZ UP YOUR NAILS

Add a twinkle with a gradient effect, dabbing glitter polish on to the tips with a sponge. Add chunkier glitter to the very ends and finish with a top coat.


 

FAMILY WITHOUT THE FUSS

Picture Christmas dinner without trying to find the festive tablecloth from last year and no cooking or washing up. Swap all go, go, go for ho, ho, ho!


  • If you are concerned about food allergies, please ask one of our team members for assistance when selecting menu items.
  • Deposits are required within seven days of making your booking and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Boxing Day Lunch

JOIN US ON BOXING DAY IN OUR NOKE RESTAURANT FOR A MAGNIFICENT MEAL WITH ALL THE TRADITIONAL GREAT BRITISH SEASONAL OFFERINGS.

Starters

  • Curried parsnip soup served with a warm bread roll (v).
  • Smoked duck salad with cashew nuts, mixed leaves and star anise dressing.

Mains

  • Roast corn fed chicken supreme with garlic mashed potatoes, honey roast Chantenay carrots and parsnips.
  • Grilled fillet of trout with sauté potatoes, beetroot, and roast garlic courgettes.
  • Wild mushroom and asparagus linguine with parmesan cream and truffle oil (v).

Desserts

  • Warm sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce.
  • Winter berry pavlova.

Tea or coffee with mince pies.

Dates and Prices

£45.00 per adult

£25.00 per child under 12 years

Friday 26th December

Your party started

  • Glass of wine on arrival
  • Three course lunch with pianist
  • Sittings available at 1.00pm or 3.00pm

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.


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.


  • If you are concerned about food allergies, please ask one of our team members for assistance when selecting menu items.
  • Deposits are required within seven days of making your booking and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Private Parties

WE HAVE A VARIETY OF PRIVATE DINING ROOMS PERFECT FOR A MORE INTIMATE FESTIVE CELEBRATION AND ALSO FOR LARGER PARTIES OF UP TO 220 GUESTS.

Starters

  • Glazed goat’s cheese with beetroot and pomegranate salad (v).
  • Chicken liver pâté, winter fruit chutney and toast points.

Mains

  • Roast turkey with all the finest trimmings; chipolatas, 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 coated in brandy cream Crème caramel.

Tea or coffee with mince pies.

Dates and Prices

From £30.00 per person 

Dates available on request

Your party started

  • Three course meal with entertainment, disco and festive novelties
  • Half a bottle of house wine
  • Bar open from 7.00pm
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm
  • Carriages at 1.00am

Stay over?

  • From £70.00 single room occupancy
  • £10.00 supplement charge applies for double occupancy
  • Rates inclusive of full English breakfast and VAT

Thistle insider

HOLLYWOOD STYLE

Glam it up. Why not suggest everyone come decked out in red carpet finery? Create a theme with goodie bags and Oscar-like statuettes for company awards.


CHEQUE PLEASE

Avoid the ‘who had what’ debate. Money should be the last thing on your mind, after all it’s time to party! Just select which inclusive party package suits everyone.


  • If you are concerned about food allergies, please ask one of our team members for assistance when selecting menu items.
  • Deposits are required within seven days of making your booking and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

New Year's Eve Dinner Dance

WELCOME IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A GLASS OF PROSECCO ON ARRIVAL, THREE COURSE MEAL WITH HALF A BOTTLE OF HOUSE WINE AND DISCO IN OUR FANTASTIC MARQUEE.

Starters

  • Game terrine, toasted butter brioche and grape cognac compote.

Mains

  • Supreme of guinea fowl with gratin potatoes, tender stem broccoli and truffle jus.
  • Wild mushroom and red onion strudel on a trilogy of pepper coulis (v).

Desserts

  • Strawberry cheesecake, Chantilly cream and berry coulis.

Tea or coffee and mints.

Dates and Prices

£60.00 per person

£99.00 per person residential package

Wednesday 31st December

Your party started

  • Glass of Prosecco on arrival
  • Three course meal followed by a disco
  • Half bottle of house wine
  • Arrival from 7.00pm
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm
  • Carriages at 1.00am

Stay over?

  • From £99.00 per person residential package
  • Rate is inclusive of brunch on New Year’s Day and complimentary use of the Otium Health & Leisure Club.

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.


MEN CAN SHINE TOO!

OK, so you may not opt for a gold suit, but it is the season to up the style stakes. So add a rich texture or dash of shine to traditional dark colours.


  • If you are concerned about food allergies, please ask one of our team members for assistance when selecting menu items.
  • Deposits are required within seven days of making your booking and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

New Year's Eve Gala Dinner

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR IN STYLE IN THE NOKE RESTAURANT. YOUR EVENING WILL START TO THE SOUND OF OUR TRADITIONAL PIPER BEFORE THE EVENINGS FESTIVITIES COMMENCE.

Chef’s selection of canapés


Starters

  • Foie gras terrine, toasted butter brioche and grape cognac compote.

Soup

  • Demitasse of guinea fowl consommé with vegetable ribbons.

Mains

  • Beef Wellington fillet topped with duxelles and wrapped in puff pastry served with a Maderia sauce.
  • Wild mushroom and red onion strudel on a trilogy of pepper coulis (v).

Intermediate

  • Champagne sorbet (v).

Desserts

  • Chocolate truffle with tangerine and Grand Marnier sauce.

Tea or coffee and mints.

Dates and Prices

£100.00 per person

£139.00 per person residential package

Wednesday 31st December

Your party started

  • Canapés and champagne on arrival
  • Six course meal including half a bottle house wine
  • Live band and disco
  • Arrival from 7.30pm
  • Dinner served at 8.00pm
  • Carriages at 1.00am

Stay over?

  • From £139.00 per person residential package
  • Rate is inclusive of brunch on New Year’s Day and complimentary use of the Otium Health & Leisure Club.

  • If you are concerned about food allergies, please ask one of our team members for assistance when selecting menu items.
  • Deposits are required within seven days of making your booking and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

January Party Nights

LOOKING FOR AN EVENT AFTER CHRISTMAS? WE OFFER OUR JANUARY PARTY NIGHTS WITH A DELICIOUS THREE COURSE MEAL FOLLOWED BY DANCING TO OUR RESIDENT DJ.

Starters

  • Glazed goat’s cheese with beetroot and pomegranate salad (v).
  • Chicken liver pâté, winter fruit chutney and toast points.

Mains

  • Roast turkey with all the finest trimmings; chipolatas, 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 coated in brandy cream Crème caramel.

Tea or coffee with mince pies.

Dates and Prices

£30.00 per person

Friday 9th and Saturday 10th January 2015

Your party started

  • Three course meal with entertainment, disco and festive novelties
  • Half a bottle of house wine
  • Bar open from 7.00pm
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm
  • Carriages at 1.00am

Stay over?

  • From £70.00 single room occupancy
  • £10.00 supplement charge applies for double occupancy
  • Rates inclusive of full English breakfast and VAT

Thistle insider

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.


  • If you are concerned about food allergies, please ask one of our team members for assistance when selecting menu items.
  • Deposits are required within seven days of making your booking and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Pre-order Drinks Packages

PRE-ORDER YOUR DRINKS AT ATTRACTIVE PRICES TO ENHANCE YOUR FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS.

Glasses   

  • 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 

Jugs and bottles 

  • Jug of fruit juice £9.00
  • Bottle of still mineral water (750ml) £4.15
  • Bottle of sparkling mineral water (750ml) £4.15 

Buckets 

  • J20 bucket – 10 mixed bottles £29.50
  • Beer bucket – 8 mixed bottles £36.00
  • Cider bucket – 8 mixed bottles £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.

Stay over?

  • From £70.00 single room occupancy
  • £10.00 supplement charge applies for double occupancy
  • 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.

Thistle insider

KEEP IT FLOWING!

From a sparkling reception to a wide choice of soft drinks, we’ve got you covered. Pre-order your favourites from our inspired drinks menu.


  • To book your overnight stay, please call 01727 854 252. All room reservations must be pre-paid. This payment is non-refundable and non-transferable. Rooms and preferential Christmas party rates are subject to availability.

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