Christmas at The Speech House

Pre-Christmas Lunch & Dinner Menu – available from 1st December

Join us at The Speech House Hotel this season to enjoy a delicious festive meal with friends and family or work colleagues. Our Pre-Christmas Lunch & Dinner Menu is available from 1st December for pre-booked tables.


Christmas 3 Day Package – Limited availability

A traditional British affair in our cosy 17th century Hunting Lodge nestled in the heart of the Forest of Dean.

You’ll enjoy a warm welcome and friendly atmosphere coupled with superb food, a small dash of merrymaking and entertainment.

This year we will be celebrating with a traditional British Christmas, with delicious local produce and recipes from around the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Our three-day package includes some light entertainment, designed to keep you active but not too busy, as we want you to relax and enjoy your time with us.

Our three day Christmas package starts early evening on Christmas Eve and comes to a close after breakfast on 27th December.

It includes all your meals, accommodation, activities and entertainment from dinner on the 24th December, up to breakfast on the 27th December.


Christmas Eve

Tuesday 24th December

Arrive at leisure - to relax and enjoy the local area. Check in to the hotel from 2pm onwards.

Join us in the Orangery at 6.30pm for pre-dinner drinks and cocktail nibbles.

Lydbrook Brass Band will play carols around the Christmas tree before dinner - served at 7.30pm.

After dinner, we will accompany you to midnight mass at a local church. A dram of whiskey will await us on our return.

Christmas Day

Wednesday 25th December 

Wake up to a hearty traditional English breakfast.
Join us for a guided gentle walk through the forest from 10am, returning for drinks and canapes at 12 noon followed by lunch at 12.30pm.


Thursday 26th December

Rise at your leisure and enjoy breakfast, before heading out with us on a guided stroll in the forest to work up an appetite for a tasty buffet lunch.

Dinner will be served at 7.30pm followed by a fun evening of Ceilidh dancing with instruction from “Bandshee.” They are sure to get everyone up and dancing.

Friday 27th December

Sadly, it is now time for you to depart. Enjoy your breakfast before checking out by 10.30am or be tempted to stay with us to relax for a few more days.



Arriving on the 24th December 2019 for three nights and includes all accommodation, meals and entertainment.

Price per person

Double Occupancy (per person sharing a Twin or Double room)
Courtyard - Double or Twin room £475.00
Main House - Double or Twin room £495.00
Courtyard - Superior 4 poster room £495.00
Main House - Superior 4 Poster or Junior Suite £515.00
Main House - Master 4 Poster room £615.00

Single Occupancy
Courtyard - Twin Room £515.00
Main House - Double /Twin or Courtyard Four Poster £565.00

Extra Nights

From the 21st December to the 23rd December and from 27th December to 30th December

Price per person per night

Single occupancy - Twin or Double room £97.50
Courtyard - Double/Twin £77.50
Main House - Double/Twin £82.50
Main House – Superior four Poster room £87.50
Main House – Master four Poster room £104.50
Prices include Bed & Breakfast, a three course Dinner and VAT @ 20%

Bring the kids & the Dog!
We are children and dog friendly. Dogs may stay in our outside rooms only at £10 per night. Prices for children under 14 years of age – please contact us.


Christmas Eve Menu



Carrot and Rosemary Soup
Root Crisps

Whipped Chicken Liver
Port Reduction, Brioche Toast

Earl Grey and Lime Cured Sea Trout
Pickled Cucumber, Celery Ribbons, Gin and Sour Cream Dressing

Goats Cheese Mousse (V)
Pastry Crisp, Red Onion Jam, Mustard Frills


Dry Aged Pork Chop
Confit Potato, Baked Apple, Savoy Cabbage, Cider Pickled Onion

Rump of Lamb
Roast Garlic Mash, Braised Leek, Shallot, Rosemary Jus

Pan Roast Cod Cheeks
Cockles, Sprout and Bacon Gnocchi, Fennel Shoots

Wild Mushroom and Chestnut Tagliatelle (V)
Watercress, Pine Ash


Warm Chocolate Brownie (V)
Salted Caramel Sauce, Honeycomb Ice Cream

Lemon Meringue Pie (V)
Almond Snap, Marzipan Ice Cream

Black Forest Sundae (V)
Kirsch Syrup, Cherry Ripple Ice Cream

Selection of British Cheese
Winter Chutney, Crackers, Grapes and Celery



Christmas Day Lunch 2019


Leek and Potato Soup (V)
Double Gloucester Bite

Wild Boar Terrine
Smoked Cranberry Compote, Chestnut, Rye Bread

Prawn and Smoked Salmon Mousse
Oak Leaf Lettuce, Sun Blushed Tomato, Lemon

Baked Camembert (V)
Focaccia, Rosemary Butter


Traditional Roast Turkey
Served with all the trimmings

Beef Wellington
Fondant Potato, Thyme Roast Root Vegetables, Swiss Chard, Peppercorn Jus

Fillet of Sea Bass
Crushed Potato, Scorched Chicory, Mussel and Tarragon Bisque

Black Bomber Cheddar Croquette (V)
Roast Cauliflower and Shallot, Confit Garlic Mushrooms, Sour Cream


Traditional Christmas Pudding (V)
Brandy Crème Anglaise

Baileys Choux Bun (V)
Clotted Cream, Baked White Chocolate

Chocolate Ganache
Praline Mousse, Feuilletine, Hazelnut Brittle

A selection of British Cheeses
Winter Chutney, Crackers, Grapes and Celery

Tea, Coffee and Petit Fours



Dinner will be served at 7.30pm followed by a fun evening of dancing. This year, by popular request, will see the return of “ Banshee” who will guide your through the steps and moves of the Ceilidh.

There’s sure to be something to get everyone up and dancing


Cream of Cauliflower Soup (V)
Brioche and Truffle Croutons

Pressed Ham Hock Terrine
Spiced Apple Chutney, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Sour Dough

Smoked Mackerel Pate
Fennel and Pear Salsa, Crispy Capers, Lovage

Honey Roast Parsnip (V)
Poached Duck Egg, Walnut, Blue Cheese Emulsion


Seared Venison Loin
Celeriac Royal, Salt baked Celeriac, Port Poached Pear, Sprouts

Chicken Supreme
Baked Potato, Glazed Carrot, Kalettes, Sage

Pan Fried Fillet of Salmon
Prawns, Roast New Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Caper and Shallot Sauce

Roast Pumpkin Cannelloni (V)
Cenarth Brie Glaze, Green Apple, Celery Shoots


Clotted Cream Panna Cotta
Mandarin, Gingerbread

Bitter Chocolate, Pistachio Ice Cream

Vanilla and Star Anise Cheesecake
Brulee Plum, White Chocolate Crumb

A selection of British Cheeses
Winter Chutney, Crackers, Grapes and Celery

Looking to stay for longer?

For guests who want a longer festive break and arrive earlier, why not add on one, two or three days to arrive from Friday 21st December? Or choose to stay on after Christmas – the same great price will apply. From just £77.50 DBB per person to include your accommodation, breakfast and a three-course evening meal. Go on spoil yourself, it’s Christmas after all!

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