Top places to eat, drink & shop this Christmas

As the countdown to Christmas begins, festive plans are taking shape. Whether you’re organising a special meal or drinks night out, prepping to entertain at home or shopping for foodie gifts, Stratford has an exciting line-up of shops, restaurants and bars to help you celebrate your best Christmas yet.   

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The best restaurants in Stratford for a special celebration meal 

Looking for a great restaurant in Stratford to celebrate the festive season? We’ve got an extensive lineup of eateries to make the occasion one you’ll remember.

Mark the season at Figo, Stratford Cross. The classic Italian restaurant’s  location is beautifully turned out for Christmas, and boasts special Christmas and New Year’s Eve set menus. Ring in the new year with champagne, a 5-course set meal, live music and a DJ set into the early hours. 

Explore The Stratford’s collection of restaurants and bars – casual all-day dining at Kitchen E20, Christmas cocktails at The Mezzanine (there’s a limited-time festive drinks menu) or old-school luxury at Allegra. 

There’s no better time than Christmas to indulge, and Heavenly Desserts in Stratford Cross is the place to do it. Try out their limited festive menu featuring Gingerbread Martini, Black Forest Bonbon and festive macarons.  

Stop by The Cow, Stratford Westfield, for classic pub cheer and a range of festive  menu options. Whether you’re there for a full, sit down set meal, sharing boards of turkey and mini burgers and cheese, or for Christmas food and drink packages for larger parties with late night bites, oysters and alcohol, The Cow has something for every type of Christmas get-together. 

The best bars in Stratford for Christmas and New Years' Eve parties 

Tis the season for festive cocktails, and you’ll find them a-plenty in these Stratford bars. 

It’s always a good time at The Outpost, Stratford Cross. Their Christmas menu includes stone-baked pizza and mulled wine, or choose from their classic cocktail menu of spritzes, margaritas and more. Plus, there’s still time to book your tickets for their New Year’s Eve party, featuring Latin beats and excellent cocktails. 

Christmas starts early at Crate Brewery’s Cratemas party on December 16, in Hackney Wick, with fire pits, mulled drinks and DJ sets from 4pm. Plus, stop by their free New Year’s Eve party with DJs and dancing from 6pm (remember to secure your free ticket first). 

The best Stratford shops for Christmas food and tasty gifts

From major chains to independent businesses, there are many tempting festive food retail options in Stratford to help you feed friends and family or for inspiring gift ideas:  

You can’t go wrong with Waitrose and M&S at Westfield Stratford City - stock up on party nibbles, drinks and all the essentials for the big day. 

For gourmet produce and cheese boards to remember, Forman and Field is your go-to. You’ll find everything you need in their renowned Christmas shop, from smoked, prepared and fresh fish, meat and charcuterie, artisanal cheeses and an excellent deli line-up.

Head to The Ginger Pig for a wide range of high welfare meat at their butchery counter, alongside classic homemade pastries, chutneys, sauces and more. 

Get your home bar stocked and Christmas presents  sorted at Bottle Apostle. This wine shop is the perfect place to find unusual bottles, with over 1,000 wines, craft beers, sakes, artisanal spirits and low, no alcohol options too. 

Chocolate is always a winner at this time of year. Pick up universally-loved chocolate gifts (for others or yourself!) at Hotel Chocolat, from gourmet chocolate slabs to indulgent hot chocolate sets.

Whatever your plans this festive season, you’ll find a great place to celebrate in Stratford. 

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