Our Suggested Itinerary For A Festive New Year
Should you choose to arrive today, having settled in to your room or suite, and depending on the time, you may wish to partake in a leisurely lunch or relax and enjoy afternoon tea by the fire in the drawing room from 3.30 p.m. Our afternoon tea menu offers a variety of tempting options including Tea with Apple Cake, ‘Dorset Cream Tea’ with home-made scones, jam and clotted cream, and the Priory’s very own ‘Ritzy Afternoon Tea’ with scones, cakes and pastries. Dinner is served between 7.00 p.m. and 9.30 p.m., and your evening begins with pre-dinner drinks and a selection of freshly prepared canapés served in the Drawing Room and Cloisters Bar.
New Year’s Eve
For those of you who arrived yesterday, enjoy a relaxing start to the day sampling the delights of The Priory’s traditional breakfast menu (7.30 a.m. until 9.30 a.m.) including specialties of Smoked Salmon with Scrambled Eggs, and Grilled Kippers. For both new arrivals and resident guests, however you choose to spend your time today, make sure you still have an appetite for the indulgences of the evening ahead. David Cooper, our Restaurant Manager, and his experienced team, will take you through the evening to midnight, when we toast in the New Year with the chimes of Big Ben, a complimentary glass of Champagne, ‘auld-lang-syne’; and, if you’re feeling energetic enough, some impromptu dancing. Before all the celebrating though, enjoy your own choice of pre-dinner drinks accompanied by delicious canapés, served in the Drawing Room and Cloisters Bar, followed by a sumptuous, candle-lit ‘Tasting Menu’ with Coffee and Petits Fours; and the enjoyment of some ‘up-close’ table magic for your entertainment. “Bon Appetit” and “Happy New Year”.
New Year’s Day
The morning after the night before! Perhaps this is the morning to take advantage of a continental breakfast in the comfort of your room? Whatever your thoughts about breakfast, today must surely be a day for rest and relaxation...and perhaps some fresh air! A walk in the grounds or a stroll around Wareham is highly recommended to build up your appetite for lunch. New Year’s Day lunch at the hotel is popular with residents and non-residents alike, so be sure to make an advance reservation if it is your intention to eat with us. Alternatively, you may wish to wend-your-way to one of the area’s well-known local public houses for a traditional pub lunch (for which you may also need to make a reservation!). Dinner is served between 7.00 p.m. and 9.30 p.m., and is preceded by pre-dinner drinks and freshly made canapés in the Drawing Room and Cloisters Bar.
There is plenty of time to linger over breakfast this morning (7.30 a.m. until 9.30 a.m.), as bedrooms and suites need not be vacated until 12 noon. Bearing this in mind, you may wish to take a last stroll around the gardens, or even stay awhile longer for some lunch or a light snack before returning home. Until next year then? “We wish you a safe journey home and a healthy and prosperous new year.”