A typical Christmas for most countries is indicative of a warm feast, celebrations of giving, and the cold weather of December.
For those who have grown up in Australia, Christmas means something a little different, so in the spirit of joviality we have acquired the tradition of Christmas in July; after all, why not have both? Here, Hunter and Bligh have listed the top places to spend your Christmas in July.
Bopp & Tone
Bopp & Tone are here to help you celebrate Christmas in July with a special winter feast. Available when booking their lavish Private Dining Room, the shared banquet consists of a sumptuous and classic feast. Indulge in dishes including marmalade glazed ham, spiced wild thyme honey carrots, Brussels sprouts, Yorkshire puddings and finish off with a warm sticky date pudding.
The Taphouse are all about the roast life, so they have not one, but two offers for this (not so) Christmas season. The Sunday Roast ($25) is served at 12pm until sold out, in which you can choose from beef or pork belly – nine-hour slow roasted with roast potatoes, honey roasted carrots, steamed broccoli, English gravy and house-baked Yorkshire pudding. They have also organised for a Xmas in July banquet menu ($62), which will include one mulled cider, Christmas crackers and can be held in their themed room, for which a minimum of ten people is required.
Endeavour Tap Rooms
Endeavour Tap Rooms have released their Sunday Winter Roast Series and we aren’t complaining! Available every Sunday throughout winter, Tap Rooms will be serving up sirloin steak with hassle back potatoes, roast Dutch carrots, roast Brussels sprouts, broccolini, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Your Sunday roast, or better yet your Christmas in July, is covered.
Every Sunday in July at the Chiswick Woollahra you can immerse yourself in winter creature comforts and jazz. The Tilly Street Trio will be performing from 3:30pm in the communal bar, while the roast menu rotates weekly. Sunday 28 of July is their designated Christmas in July celebration, with roast turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing, cranberry and bread sauce, along with rhubarb crumble and vanilla custard to finish.
Christmas in July party? The Paddo Inn says “yes!” Paddo Inn’s famous Sunday Roast will transform for the day, with head chef Mark Holland cooking up a beautiful roast turkey with all the trimmings. Running for both lunch and dinner, you can enjoy the Christmas festivities in the front bar or restaurant along with Christmas crackers and decorations. It’ll be sure to feel like the cosiest Aussie Christmas you’ve ever experienced. The two different prices vary in accordance with two or three courses.
Acre Eatery is doing something a little different for this winter season – for the month of July the Camperdown venue will be turning into a warm Italian farmhouse, inspired by Chef Gareth’s formative years with Gennaro Contaldo. With a new all-Italian menu offering delicious Italian home-style cooking in the form of house-made pasta, authentic pizza, all-Italian breakfasts and a dedicated dessert and digestif trolley, the takeover is all-inclusive and extremely exciting. For something a little different for your Christmas in July, give Acre Eatery a try!
Fratelli Fresh have unveiled their July calendar, and while it doesn’t specifically incorporate the Christmas vibes, we feel gifted with the array of choices they have on offer! If you’re looking for a steal of a Christmas in July dinner, from the 22nd July to the 26th July, guests can choose from three dishes that are down to $15 each. On Monday 29th July, every restaurant will be serving $10 lasagne dishes all day in honour of National Lasagne Day. Finally, The Darling Harbour restaurant is teaming up with the cocktail connoisseurs at Aperol to bring guests a Venetian-style (four-course) long lunch ($100pp) from 12.30pm on Saturday 20th July, in celebration of the drink’s 100th birthday.
The Oxford Tavern is here to embrace the July weather with their warming roasts and ultimate Xmas in July banquet menu. The Smoker Sunday Roast ($25) is cooked in the Black Betty smoker and comes with your choice of beef brisket, pork belly or pulled jackfruit (v), roast potatoes, honey roasted carrots, steamed broccoli, English gravy and a house-baked Yorkshire pudding. The Xmas in July menu ($62) includes one mulled cider, Christmas crackers and a delicious feast, for which a minimum of 10 guests are necessary.
Chef Nelly Robinson is digging deep into his British roots and launching a British-themed, pub-inspired degustation menu alongside the perfect comfort food, a weekly Sunday lunch roast – the perfect options for a Christmas in July Feast with friends! The British Pub Classics Degustation will see an extra special twist on the classics, from soup & bread transforming into a tomato soup infused marshmallow, potato & truffle pies and crackling puff pastry rings! The Sunday Lunch Roast series will be filled with succulent roast meats, Yorkshire puddings and sticky toffee puddings!