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Christmas menus for the 2012 festive season

Seasonal treats add extra sparkle to Christmas productions including The Nutcracker and La bohème.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

5 October 2012 at 3.57pm | Comment on this article

Royal Opera House Restaurants have introduced an enticing range of menus to complement Royal Ballet and Royal Opera productions over the Christmas season with bar and food inspired by the various works on stage.

The matinee performance of Peter Wright’s Christmas classic The Nutcracker, for example, is accompanied by a magical afternoon tea.

Laura Irving, Royal Opera House Restaurants, explains:

“Our own culinary Sugar Plum Fairy, world-renowned pastry chef Claire Clark, has created a fantasy-filled menu that will delight adults and children alike. It features Christmas trees of chocolate fudge cake, nutcracker-illustrated macaroons, and pecan tarts topped with a curl of edible sheet music.”

A range of classic sandwiches - including Severn & Wye smoked and a cheese and ham option for the kids – also provide a savoury option, alongside scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, a selection of premium teas and coffees, and champagne.

Find out more about Claire Clark and her range of Royal Opera House desserts.


The evening Nutcracker menu also features seasonal treats, including beetroot-cured smoked salmon, pheasant, cranberries, brussel spouts and plum pudding, while Laurent Pelly’s production of Robert le diable is accompanied by an enticing menu of festive flavours, including ‘sauce diable’ to accompany confit free-range pork belly.

John Copley’s classic production of La bohème features a luxurious menu that includes a selection of very special French wines and a decadent choice of desserts, while the mixed programme of The Firebird, In the Night and Raymonda Act III features, fittingly, a Russian-inspired spread that includes blinis with smoked salmon.

Laura continues,

“With prices on some of the matinee menus starting at only £5, it’s like Christmas has come early. A combination of dinner and ballet really does make the perfect Christmas gift!”

For the 2012/13 Season, Royal Opera House Restaurants launched a tantalising range of new menus designed to complement each production on the Royal Opera House stage. Find out more about the new dining options.

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