Alternative Christmas Celebrations On Offer At Shropshire Hotel

People planning this year’s Christmas parties are being offered an alternative to traditional turkey and mince pies by one Shropshire hotel - including the chance to have dinner with a Roman centurion.

Staff at The Wroxeter Hotel in Wroxeter, between Shrewsbury and Telford, are already preparing for what promises to be one of their busiest Christmas seasons yet.

Sales manager Amanda Round said the number of bookings for Christmas parties is already higher than the same time last year, in reflection of increased optimism among businesses and their staff.

“We’re really excited about Christmas this year. The past few years have been hard for every business, including hospitality and Christmas celebrations seemed to be the last thing on everyone’s minds but we’re now seeing the economy start to pick up and people want to party,” she said.

“However, that doesn’t mean that everybody wants to sit down to a full roast turkey dinner, which is why we’ve introduced some alternatives this year here at The Wroxeter Hotel.”

For those looking to have a relaxed, informal event, a Winter Afternoon Tea will be available throughout December and on selected dates during November, served from 2pm to 5pm.

Guests will be able to enjoy a glass of mulled wine, a selection of sandwiches with festive fillings and homemade cakes, including Christmas fruit cake. Groups and parties booked in advance can even have it served in their own private room.

“Then we have our famous Roman banquets, which will bring a unique twist to your festive dinner party,” added Mrs Round.
“The food served is all based on traditional Roman recipes, with just a few tweaks made to allow for modern tastes.

“There is also our Vera Lynn Festive Lunch on Wednesday 18th December, when guests can join us for a heartwarming afternoon being serenaded by a tribute to the forces sweetheart.”

The hotel also offers more traditional Christmas functions, such as festive lunches, Sunday lunches and Christmas party nights.

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