After much deliberation over who we didn’t want to see this year and who was having the grandparents? We decided to spend Christmas just the three of us; Mum, Dad and me! We like to take our time, talk about what we want and also eat what we like so it was care free, easy and no one had to cook.
Thank god we weren’t after the hectic animals running a mock in M&S and Waitrose on Christmas Eve (I’d forgotten a gift – Orange & Whiskey Marmalade for Grandma A). It’s somewhat of a tradition.
Lunch was booked for 3pm and we arrived just before as we were ready to eat after our 2 hour walk in the morning. Starting off in the bar we had a glass of champagne, I had a Bellini and drank dads too as he was a little jaded from the party the night before. These were served with canapés of home cured salmon with creme fraiche, dill cured herring on rye, cheese straws and olives.
I’ve added the whole menu incase you didn’t fancy what we had!
Tomato consomme with fresh lobster
- Terrine of foie gras, truffled endive salad with Sauterne jelly and homemade brioche
- Roasted root vegetables, pickled mushrooms, radicchio and hazlenut salad (we all had this)
Pink grapefruit sorbet
- Breast of Norfolk turkey, ballotine of leg with a chestnut stuffing, free range chipolata bacon roll, bread sauce and giblet jus (we all had this)
- Pan fried halibut with champagne sauce, buttered spinach, stuffed tomato with wild mushrooms
- Cannelloni of Roquefort and Jersualem artichoke, griddled pear and caramalised walnut salad
- Homemade Christmas pudding with brandy butter (dad had this)
- Chocolate assiette – dark chocolate tart, chocolate sorbet and lemon mousse
- Passion fruit pannacotta with cardamom tuille and poached kumquat (mum and I had this)
Artisan cheese selection, Braeburn apples, grapes and Brazil nuts
Coffee and warm mince pies and Christmas crackers
It was all superb from the beginning and we had a lovely bottle of Fleurie to go with it.
As we still had a little red left it would have been rude not to take a visit to the cheese table that was set up in Elvera’s adjoining Jeremy’s. Bowls of clementines, nuts, biscuits and an array of cheeses was just too good to miss out on.
Of course we were all stuffed by this point but the thought of home made mince pies, chocolate covered marzipan and coffee soon arrived and we of course scoffed the lot.
For a fantastic, festive and relaxing time then Jeremy’s has the perfect setting, superb service and food that delivers at every level. A little bit of local luxury in Haywards Heath – whatever the occasion.
Christmas lunch was charged at £95 per person but worth every penny.
Jeremy’s Restaurant – Borde Hill, Borde Hill Gardens, Balcombe Road, Haywards Heath, W.Sussex RH16 1XP. Tel – 01444 441102