In light of the government’s most recent announcement, it looks like Christmas isn’t cancelled this year.
For now, hospitality appears to be remaining open as usual, with the advice for people to be extra vigilant during this time – taking tests wherever possible before socializing with others. As variant cases increase, we should all be more vigilant – COVID isn’t over folks! What’s more, the future of hospitality within the next year is ambiguous – there are lots of uncertain questions being thrown around. Will we go into another lockdown? Will hospitality be closed in January? No one is sure of the answers to these questions yet. But one thing we do know is that hospitality is still open for now – so here are 5 places local to Wolverhampton you can get some Christmassy nosh and a festive cocktail (or ten).
So whether it’s your work Christmas party, or you’ve got mates coming to visit Wolverhampton – check out these hospitality hot spots!
1. Lupo Lounge
Good for: Spontaneous drinks, quirky and fun evenings, hungover brunch
Distance from TheStudios: 9-minute walk
Informal, quirky, and fun, Lupo Lounge is a laid-back retro venue offering tasty food and lip-smackingly lovely cocktails! The interior promises decorative walls scattered with wacky art, alongside an exciting menu that guarantees some ultimate soul food. With a daily seasonal soup, and a menu full of twists on classic British dishes, you won’t be disappointed!
And if you opt for their festive menu, you’ll get a lovely sharing platter to start – perfect for communal dining. You don’t even have to book, which is perfect for those ‘fancy a drink?’ moments.
Guests can expect a bright and warm welcome and an even warmer atmosphere!
2. The Grain Store
Good for: Night owls, gin lovers
Distance from TheStudios: 9-minute walk
Calling all gin heads!
Get your Christmas gin fix with The Grain Store’s tasty array of premium gins.
If you fancy tasting some different gins and snacking on some delicious bar food – go and visit The Grain Store! They’ve got some stunning neon-against-dark interiors, making this place extra instagrammable. This eclectic bar is decked out with funky decorations, helping to make your night that little bit more memorable (this depends on how many gins you’ve tried, of course…)
And this place isn’t just for gin lovers! They’ve got some fabulously creative Christmas cocktails on the menu too. Guests can expect Percy Pig-themed cocktails, as well as sweet gingerbread cocktails with gingerbread men perched on top of their coupe glasses.
They’re a popular live music venue in Wolverhampton. For those looking for bands and DJ sets, check out what’s on before you visit! Here’s their website if you want to check out one of their drinks (or ten!)
Open late for those who fancy a boogie a little later on.
3. Hamilton’s Restaurant Wolverhampton
Good for: Dinner with the family, fancy work lunches, foodies
Distance from TheStudios: 9 minute walk
Situated on Park Road in West Wolverhampton, Hamilton’s Restaurant within the Park View Hotels offers delicious high-quality food and drinks, perfect for foodies who are after a high-end Christmassy meal!
With an extensive festive menu including Festive Afternoon Tea, as well as Festive Sunday Lunch menus, and even a New Year’s Eve menu – this place is sure to satisfy those tingling taste buds.
They’re even holding a Champagne and Glitter New Years Eve party, so there really is something for all occasions over the festive period.
Staying extra safe this Christmas? If you prefer staying at home and want to avoid the crowds, Hamilton’s are also offering a collectable Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, and a Festive Afternoon Tea – which are both available on pre-order. Hamilton’s use only fresh ingredients from local businesses so you know you’re eating some really good quality food. Save some for us?
4. Miller and Carter Penn
Good for: Steak lovers, festive dinners
Distance from TheStudios: 11-minute drive
Warm-up from the harsh winter weather and step into Miller and Carter, a cosy warm interior with a roaring fire.
With a tempting array of steaks, fish, nibbles and rich sides, guests are promised some intensely flavoursome foods across the board.
With sweet strawberry daiquiri, and their festive signature cocktail Snowball Velveteen (yes – it’s as good as it sounds), the festive cocktail menu doesn’t disappoint either!
5. The Studios!
Good for: Having a festive tipple right on your doorstep!
Come and have a drink at TheStudios bar! We’ve got a lovely selection of Christmassy drinks which you can order straight from the app! Drinking a cocktail has never been easier…
Have a tipple in our bar, and catch up with your neighbours. TheStudios bar is a great place to meet other residents before heading off into Wolverhampton where the fun can continue!