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Christmas at The Speech House

Christmas 3 Day Package 2020

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 merry making 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

Thursday 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

Friday 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.

After lunch, retire to watch the Queen’s Speech, in our residents’ lounge. This room is situated on the first floor and here you will find board games, books and magazines to while away the rest of the afternoon. Later, if you have room, tea and traditional Christmas cake will be served.

A light evening buffet will be served at 8.00pm, followed by our Christmas quiz.


Saturday 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 6.30pm followed by a fun evening of  entertaining stories of the forest  and a few folk songs provide by our local group “Bandshee.”

Sunday 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 2020 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 £499.00
Main House - Double or Twin room £525.00
Courtyard - Superior 4 poster room £525.00
Main House - Superior 4 Poster or Junior Suite £545.00
Main House - Master 4 Poster room £650.00

Single Occupancy

Courtyard - Twin Room £545.00
Main House - Double /Twin or Courtyard Four Poster £599.00

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 £99.50
Courtyard - Double/Twin £79.50 sharing
Main House - Double/Twin £84.50
Main House – Superior four Poster room £89.50
Main House – Master four Poster room £106.50

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


Roast Cauliflower Soup
Cheddar Crumble

Confit Duck Leg
Cherry Chutney ∙ Puffed Wild Rice

Crab and Crayfish Tian
Chilli Jam ∙ Peanut Brittle

Blackberry Poached Melon (V)
Pickled Blackberry ∙ Cashew


Rump of Lamb
Fried Potato ∙ Smoked Carrot ∙ Spinach

Breast of Guineafowl
Boulangerie ∙ Swede Puree ∙ Spouts and Bacon ∙ Rich Game Jus

Pan Fried Sea Trout
Cockles ∙ Jerusalem Artichoke ∙ Sea Lettuce ∙ White Onion Broth

Butternut Squash and Chestnut Parcel (V)
Curried Potato ∙ Swiss Chard ∙ Roast Almond


Mascarpone Panna Cotta
Candied Pecans ∙ White Chocolate Crumble

Lime Tart
Baked Chocolate ∙ Chocolate Ice Cream

Forest Berry Sundae (V)
Brandy Snap ∙ Clotted Cream Ice Cream

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



Christmas Day Lunch 2020


Tomato and Roast Garlic Soup (V)
Smoked Brioche Croutons

Gloucester Old Spot Liver Pate
Plum Pickled Onions ∙ Roast Chestnut ∙ Sour Dough

Severn and Wye Smoked Salmon
Capper and Shallot Dressing ∙ Chive Mayonnaise ∙ Rye Croutons

Deep Fried Brie (V)
Malbec and Cranberry Preserve ∙ Iced Grapes ∙ Rocket


Traditional Roast Turkey
All the trimmings

Beef Wellington
Fondant Potato ∙ Thyme Roasted Carrots ∙ Peppercorn Jus

Herb Crusted Cod Loin
Leek ∙ Potato ∙ Chive

Wild Mushroom and Stilton Cannelloni (v)
Green Apple ∙ Walnut ∙ Celery Shoots


Classic Christmas Pudding (v)
Brandy Crème Anglaise

Chocolate Orange Profiteroles (v)
Clotted Cream ∙ Baked Chocolate

Blackberry and Port Cheesecake (v)
Mulled Blackberries ∙ Gingerbread Crumble

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

Tea, Coffee and Petit Fours

£89.50 Per Person



Dinner will be served at 6.30pm followed by a fun evening of local forest entertainment . This year, by popular request, will see the return of “ Banshee” who will tell a few  Forest tales and Forest folk songs. Sorry no dancing this year.


White Onion and Sage Soup (V)
Crispy Shallots

Honey Roast Ham Terrine
Parsnip Crisps ∙ Ale Jam ∙ Sour Dough

Smoked Haddock Beignet
Pickled Cucumber ∙ Crispy Capers ∙ Parsley Oil

Duck Egg Mayonnaise (V)
Pine Ash ∙ Mustard Cress ∙ Rye Toast


Sirloin of Welsh Beef
Braised Ox Cheek ∙ Pastry Crisp ∙ Creamy Mash ∙ Carrot ∙ Peppercorn

Stuffed Pork Belly
Confit Potato ∙ Baked Apple ∙ Savoy Cabbage ∙ Cider Pickled Onion

Pan Fried Black Bream
Roast New Potatoes ∙ Sprouts ∙ Bacon ∙ Spiced Parsnip Sauce

Stilton Glazed Celeriac (V)
Roast Broccoli ∙ Pickled Walnuts ∙ Celery Shoots


Warm Chocolate Brownie (V)
Salted Caramel Sauce ∙ Sticky Toffee Ice Cream

Orange Posset (V)
Candied Walnut ∙ Cinnamon Cream

Toffee Apple Tart (V)
Anise Meringue ∙ Pumpkin Seed Brittle ∙ Cider Sorbet

Selection of British Cheese
Winter Chutney ∙ Crackers ∙ Grapes ∙ Celery

Like a bit 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 £79.50 DBB per person to include your accommodation, breakfast and a three course evening meal. Go on spoil yourself, it’s Christmas after all!