Is another lockdown looming? While we can't say for sure, there is a good chance that New Year's Eve 2021 will be a repeat of last year's muted celebrations. While you may be missing out on fireworks and late-night debauchery, you’re also swerving the crowds and a world-ending hangover. Instead, ring in the New Year at home with restaurant kits, decadent menus and gourmet deliveries from London's top chefs, wine bars and hotels.
The Savoy has got all the bases covered this year and, alongside a decadent bash being thrown in the five-star hotel's ballroom, will also be offering three delicious delivery options for those opting to celebrate at home. Among the dishes on offer are a lavish seafood platter, complete with fresh lobster, prawns, crab, scallops, mussels, seaweed salad and condiments (and happily delivered ready-to-eat), as well as an indulgent salmon wellington with sticky toffee pudding for dessert. For those looking to go all out, there's also a three-course feast featuring Orkney Diver scallops, Aynohoe Park venison fillet and a mysterious Big Reveal dessert to finish.
The historic St James's hotel is doing decadent dining boxes this New Year's Eve, featuring a delicious spread from hotel restaurant The Game Bird. The NYE Box contains soda bread and butter and H. Forman & Son smoked salmon with horseradish crème fraîche to start. Move onto a classic beef wellington (to share) with sprouting broccoli and pomme purée. To finish, it's a Lyle’s Golden Syrup sponge pudding with vanilla custard, and petit fours. Available for collection from The Stafford London only, between 12pm and 6pm on Thursday 30th December.
£150 per box, thestaffordlondon.com
Coya will be bringing the spirit of Latin America to London homes this NYE with its new COYA en Casa delivery menu – this includes treats such as Josper tiger prawns, ‘Pollo a la Perilla’, or a selection of ceviches, all paired with wine. If you fancy some dynamic Peruvian fare for your NYE at home, consider the Finish at Home offer – start the celebrations with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot before getting stuck into dishes such as ‘Tiradito de Hiramasa a la Trufa’ (kingfish in truffle oil), ‘Tostada de Atún’ (yellowfin tuna), or ‘Bife Anche Wagyu’ (Chilean wagyu sirloin). Upgrade your dinner with a side of Oscietra Prestige caviar for an additional £120, it’s the least you deserve after yet another year of foiled plans.
£150 per person (NYE Finish at Home), coyarestaurant.com
Hame by Adam Handling
Scottish chef Adam Handling is continuing his at-home 'Hame' offering with a luxurious New Year’s Eve box fit for royalty. Tuck into warm Newcastle brown ale sourdough, chicken butter cheese doughnuts, beef and caviar tartare, lobster wagyu, whole roast duck, white bean and duck leg cassoulet, chocolate and raspberry molten cake, and truffled whole Rollright, plus an all-important bottle of English sparkling wine. There is also an equally mouthwatering vegetarian NYE package on offer.
£350 (serves 3-4 people), vegetarian package £300, adamhandling.co.uk
Home by Simon Rogan
Simon Rogan is the chef’s chef. And while you might not be able to make it up to L'Enclume, his renowned restaurant by the Lake District, or even to his Soho restaurant, Aulis, you can sample this delectable fare via Rogan's 'Home' service. The five-course New Year's menu includes truffled celeriac soup with confit duck, granny smith apple and chestnut to start; followed by sourdough and whipped butter and pine-cured smoked salmon; as well as toasted rye, whipped cod's roe and beetroot. Next up is aged short rib of beef, cep, choucroute, and winter veg, with a dark chocolate fondant and mandarin anglaise, plus preserved blackberry leaf and apple marigold pate de fruits, to finish.
From £95, homebysimonrogan.co.uk
Burger and Lobster
Burger and Lobster is catering for those with (totally justifiable) FOGO with its delivery-only NYE spread. Available from midday on New Year’s Eve, the menu kicks off with a bottle of Taittinger and a seasonal special of spinach and feta croquettes with green goddess dipping sauce. The main event is two of its signature lobster rolls: lobster meat dressed in lemon mayonnaise, sandwiched between pillowy-soft brioche rolls and topped with chives. Finish up with two slices of vanilla cheesecake topped with berries. How’s tackling a whole lobster for a fun NYE activity? For those who like to get a little more hands-on, Burger & Lobster's cook-at-home-kits will also be available to order.
£120 (for two people) or £70 without champagne, burgerandlobster.order
Bubbleshop by Sandia Chang
NYE simply wouldn’t be NYE without champagne, and just because we’re at home this year it doesn’t mean we’re foregoing tradition. Quite the opposite actually – the more bubbly the better. Touted as a one-stop online shop for those wishing to purchase the finest grower champagnes, Bubbleshop is the creation of sommelier Sandia Chang, who has put together a Festive Champagne Case featuring six meticulously selected bottles. Curating the evening’s libations so that you don’t have to, the case includes varieties including Dhondt-Grellet DPT Extra Brut, Georges Laval Garennes Extra Brut, and JL Vergnon Hautes Mottes 2011.
Made in Oldstead by Tommy Banks
Ring in the new year with a six-course feast in the comfort of your own home created by Yorkshire-based Michelin-starred chef Tommy Banks. Renowned for his sustainable ethos and devotion to self sufficiency, Banks’ New Year’s menu is made exclusively of ingredients foraged, picked or grown on or around his family farm. Dishes include chicken fat with Haxby sourdough and cep butter; beef wellington, beef fat pommes chips and Oldstead greens with a rich marrow sauce; and a delice-style chocolate and woodruff dessert. As it’s NYE, booze is included.
From £160, madeinoldstead.co.uk
Chotto Matte, the Nikkei dining destination (that’s Peruvian ingredients prepared with Japanese techniques), has partnered with spirits brand The House of Suntory to create a special NYE package. Households will receive ‘finish at home’ kits including sashimi tartar, wagyu sirloin, miso-marinated chicken and lychee ceviche, served alongside sake soy bok choy, shiso and cauliflower pea purée. Ingredients come with a QR code linking to guides on how to finish each dish for an activity-filled evening.
£250 (for two people), chotto-matte.com