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Christmas lunch along the way

jmsgemini
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Christmas lunch along the way

We will be driving from Heathrow to Edinburgh on Christmas Day. Since we will arrive in Edinburgh too late to enjoy a nice Christmas Dinner, can anyone recommend anything along maybe half way or further? We expect to leave Heathrow by about 9:30 am.

We aren't looking for anything too pricey, more like hidden gems with true local character. Also, is there anything we must see on the way?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Christmas lunch along the way

Sorry but the only places open Christmas day (apart from Indian and Chinese etc) will have been booked up already IMO unless you are lucky. You will not just be able to stop off just anywhere for lunch.

If you leae LHR at that time in the morning then you should be in Edinburgh by 1600 at the latest. Some places will have a late sitting at around 1700 for dinner so I suggest that you look in Edinburgh for somewhere PDQ.

I am not sure where you are from but the UK practically closes down on Christmas day. Even a lot of the pubs are shut or only open for a few hours.

Good luck!!

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2. Re: Christmas lunch along the way

Thank you for the info. If anyone has any suggestions about where would be nice to stop along the way, that would also be appreciated. I am sure that there are many beautiful places to take a break from driving, and even walk around or explore the town. Suggestions on good stops along the way, not too far off the motorway would also be appreciated.

Thanks!

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3. Re: Christmas lunch along the way

From Heathrow, if you take the M25-A1 route up to Scotland you could consider stopping off at Stamford, it would be about 1/3 of your way up, not half-way, but is a nice town for a Christmas Wander. If you are really lucky you might still be able to book your Christmas Lunch at the George -

http://www.georgehotelofstamford.com/

but then you might not want to finish your drive!!

Further up along the way - and still do-able even if you take the M25-M1-A1 route would be a detour to York - but York is not so close to the motorway, so perhaps that won't suit you so well.

Harrogate is not so far from J47 of the A1 (so a little close than York to the motorway) and is also an interesting place to see.

Thirsk would be another possible option, also famous as the home of 'James Herriot' as well as being a pleasant town in itself.

Otherwise, if neither of these is the route you were intending, if you post your route, we could give a few more suggestions.

Happy Christmas

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4. Re: Christmas lunch along the way

Thank you very much! That is wonderful information!

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5. Re: Christmas lunch along the way

The Cotswolds is a wonderful place to stop - very pretty villages and quite special at this time of year with all the twinkling lights. Broadway, Chipping Campden, Stanton, Stanway, Stow on the Wold, Bourton on the Water. You could try the Bell at Willersey for your Christmas lunch since there are only 2 of you, you never know they may be able to squeeze you in!

maggie@bellatwillersey.fsnet.co.uk

www.the-bell-willersey.com

40 miles from Oxford where you would leave M40. After Cotswolds, 16 miles to M5 to continue your northern journey.

Just to remind you that we have the shortest day 21st Dec so starts getting dark at 3.30pm/4 pm Watch out for fog.. We have been having very cold nights, frosty mornings, leading up to brilliant sunshine but cold once the sun goes in so bring your thermals!

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