Christmas in Cardiff

Welcome to Christmas in Cardiff 2017

It’s known as ‘the most wonderful time of year’ so we’re making sure Christmas in Cardiff 2017 is just that – and as Christmas comes but once a year, you’ll want a stylish venue to make it that extra bit special. So if you’ve been entrusted with the task of Christmas and are struggling for Christmas party ideas, you’re in the right place! Becoming the designated party planner can be daunting and you’ll most likely have some big shoes to fill, however we’ve a wonderful team of passionate people at each of our venues to guide you through this gruelling time.

Christmas Cocktails
Christmas Cocktails at Handsome Jacks

We want to make sure you all have a very merry Christmas in Cardiff and what says ‘jolly holiday’ like sharing fantastic food with your favourite people? Each of our restaurants have crafted and created unique and equally delicious Christmas menus so you can indulge in the most festive of feasts. So if it’s a relaxing restaurant Christmas party or a festive lunch before a big night out, we’ve a handful of places to play host such as The Meating Place, The Potted Pig and Porro.

The office Christmas party is an annual affair that’s highly anticipated. It’s the perfect way to blow off some steam at the end of a busy year, so why put on your glad rags on and hit the dance floor for a night filled with Christmas cocktails and canapés – and not to mention extra glitz and glamour!

Christmas Drinks at Mocka Lounge
Christmas Drinks at Mocka Lounge

Whether you’re planning an intimate family gathering, a holiday tipple with friends or a merrymaking to please the masses, we’ve a host of venues to choose from to ensure you have the perfect party! With bespoke party packages available you can completely customise your Christmas party to suit you and your guests. Plus with industry advice on hand, you can simply enjoy the festive season in style.

We cater for small parties of 6 through to large groups of up to 200 guests so whatever the size of your party, we’ve the perfect venue to make this Christmas one to remember.

So party planners, what are you waiting for? Find out more Download our Christmas booklet now, or Request a copy in the post!

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Christmas in Cardiff 2017 Booklet Cover
Christmas in Cardiff 2017 Booklet Cover


Each of our venues has their own unique style – we want to make it as easy as possible to find the menus you want – so here they are all on one page.

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Opened in 2015, Porro is the second venture from the team behind The Potted Pig. We serve a varied and constantly changing menu of modern British food with Italian influences Like The Potted Pig, we serve food we love cooking and eating.

Show Menu

Two Courses £25, Three Courses £30

  • Selection of cured Italian meats with buffalo mozzarella & accompaniments
  • Fritto misto with aioli & lemon
  • Handmade pasta parcels filled with spinach and ricotta, butter & sage served with garlic and moravia cheese (v)
  • Minestrone Soup served with sourdough bread
  • Crab, prawn & avocado salad
  • Rosemary and sage roasted turkey
  • Roast fillet of seabass, purple sprouting brocolli & capers
  • Beef braised in Barbera with balsamic roasted cipollini onions
  • Panfried veal escalopes, parma ham, sage & white wine
  • Cavolo ripieno, stuffed savoy cabbage with mushrooms and peppers (v)

All served with garlic and thyme roasted potatoes, seasonal greens and fennel carrots

  • Chocolate arancini
  • Panattone bread and butter pudding
  • Traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce
  • Blackcurrant sorbet (v)

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The Potted Pig

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Located in a former bank vault beneath the city, The Potted Pig restaurant shares its passion for modern British food and wonderful gins through ever-changing,

seasonal menus and the odd whole suckling pig!

Show Menu

Two Courses £30, Three Courses £35


>Potted Pig with sourdough toast & pickles
>Jerusalem artichoke soup with white truffle oil (v)
>Pan fried Mackerel with horseradish remoulade
>Game paté with pickled walnut puree & sourdough toast


>Ballotine of Turkey with chestnuts & bacon
>Roast Pheasant with glazed salsify
>Fillet of Sea Bream with braised squid & smoked mussels
>Lamb shank with winter spiced cabbage
>Christmas vegetable & Y’fenni Pithevier with creamed sprouts (v)


>Rich chocolate delice with Clementine & Créme fraiche sorbet
>Traditional Christmas pudding & brandy cream
>Prune & sherry tart with almond ice cream
>Tonka bean panna cotta with cinnamon shortbread

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Handsome Jacks

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A mischievous drinking den for rogues, rascals, rebels and rapscallions. An effortless fusion of turn of the 
century style and Bohemian swagger. An unashamedly fun bar where quantity never affects quality.


Show Menu


  • From £18 Per Head
  • Sourdough and Rye Breads Made with Festive Fillings to include:
  • French Brie & Grape
  • Gammon Ham & Apple Chutney
  • Turkey, Cranberry & Chestnut Stuffing
  • Fresh Prawns and Avocado
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Capers and Lemon Mayo
  • Roast Beef, Horseradish & Rocket
  • Sweet Chilli Steak skewers
  • Mini Christmas on a Stick (Turkey, Sprout, Pig in Blanket, Stuffing)
  • Whiskey Glazed Pork Belly Squares
  • Butternut Squash, Rocket & Goats Cheese Tarts (V)
  • Crispy Brie Filled Wedges(V)
  • Spiced Falafel Balls (V)
  • Individual Chocolate Praline Truffle Sponges
  • Chocolate praline truffle mousse surrounded by nut sponge topped with Chocolate ganache, amaretti crumb and a chocolate decoration.
  • Individual Irish Cream Liqueur Cheesecakes Digestive base topped with fresh cream Irish liqueur

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Mocka Lounge

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Cardiff’s most sought after cocktail bar, where you can enjoy celebrity treatment and exceptional service every day. Taste award-winning cocktails and discover why

Mocka Lounge remains one of the most desirable spots in the capital.

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The Meating Place

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The Meating Place has made its home in the centre of the busy St.Mary st. We are a contemporary grill house based in the city centre that can boast a great steak

menu including a 30oz t bone as well as a great selection of other meats including hanging meat skewers cooked on a real charcoal grill.

Show Menu


Tomato and roasted pepper soup served with mixed bread. (v)
Honey roasted ham hock terrine and homemade chutney served on toasted brioche.
Smoked salmon served with beetroot and lemon creme fraiche.
Goat’s cheese fritter served with red onion chutney and pea shoot. (v)


10oz Ribeye steak served with hand cut chips, buttered green vegetables and a choice of peppercorn or red wine sauce.
Welsh lamb rump served with a traditional laver bread mash, buttered greens and rosemary and garlic jus.
Christmas turkey skewer served with the festive trimmings: skin on roasted potatoes, stuffing, chipolatas in bacon, buttered vegetables, cranberry sauce and gravy.
Grilled Mediterranean vegetables and goats cheese parcel served with pesto dressing and a side salad.
Pan fried Seabass served with crushed new potatoes and green beans with a white wine sauce.


Traditional Christmas pudding with flamed brandy sauce.
Continental cheese board served with homemade chutney and biscuits.
Chocolate brownie served with vanilla ice cream and berry compote.
Chocolate and orange cheesecake.
Selection of ice cream.

Finished with Mulled Wine & Mince Pies

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A letter to Santa!

Nov 10

It’s nearly Christmas, and Royal Mail want to make sure that your letter to Santa Claus gets to him. Father Christmas himself has written to them personally he’s as excited about Christmas as we are! Please remember, as Santa says: get your letter posted by Friday 8 December.

Dear boys and girls,

Christmas is a very exciting but busy time for me: the elves are making toys, the reindeer are practising their sleigh runs, and I’m busy preparing my list of who’s been good this year.

I need to let the elves know what to make so to

Moz the Monster

John Lewis Christmas Advert

Nov 10

John Lewis’ Christmas adverts have become the annual media moment of the festive seasons, and this year is no exception – meet Moz the Monster….

“Joe befriends a noisy Monster – Moz – under his bed but the two have so much fun together that he can’t get to sleep, leaving him tired by day. For Christmas Joe receives a gift to help him finally get a good night’s sleep.”

John Lewis

Over the past decade the iconic store have given us  Monty the Penguin, the 

Christmas Day Santa

November 9th – Cardiff’s Christmas Kick Off

Nov 09

Christmas 2017

With the nights drawing in and the chill in the air, many of us may have been aware that Christmas is just around the corner however as of today Cardiff announces Christmas is here!

If you take a trip to the city centre today, you’ll find the festivities in full swing.

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Cocktails at Christmas

Christmas Party Cocktails & Canapés – Part One

Oct 26

Christmas Party Cocktails & Canapés

Although Christmas dinner is considered the main event, it often compromises most of your time. Whilst you’re slaving away at the stove, the sound of merrymaking can be made out amidst the clatter and chaos of the kitchen. Although these are the sounds that should fill the house at Christmas, you can’t

Mojito by Rey del Mojiito, Raimon Social Club Barcelona
Mojito by Rey del Mojiito, Raimon Social Club Barcelona
help but feel a flush of envy

Christmas Gifts

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.

Oct 13

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.” —Pierre Corneille Christmas is a special time, a time when gifts are at the top of our priority lists and imagination is at its peak – so just how beneficial is gift giving during the festive period, both for you and the recipient? Is it always important to give? The answer must be yes, particularly when you take the time and trouble to buy special and thoughtful surprises for friends, family and colleagues alike. Whilst it feels good to be on the receiving end, there’s a fantastic feeling of self-gratification when

Brussel Sprouts

Christmas Dinners that we’ve grown to love…

Oct 11

One phenomenon of the Christmas dinner (besides the pig in blanket) is its capability to change depending on whose hands it’s crafted in. Despite being constructed of the same components, somehow each home holds its own flavour – from the attributes of the gravy to the adornments on the Brussel sprouts. Crisp and fluffy roast potatoes, sausage meat stuffing and sharp cranberry sauce, it’s all the same – is it not? And although home cooks may share their culinary secrets, these are ideas merely borrowed, never replicated, making each Christmas dinner unique.

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Christmas at Mocka

What makes a ‘jolly holiday’?

Oct 04

Excluding the Scrooges among us, it’s known as ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ and with Christmas fast approaching many of us will have begun strategising how to spend the festive season. Undoubtedly it can also be the most stressful time of the year – from decking the halls to finding the perfect present, cultivating a Christmas is enough to make the best of us crack! So this year, ensure you take some time for yourself to enjoy the festive season. No matter how your Christmas countdown concludes, we’ve an array of ideas to ensure Christmas in Cardiff 2017

Panettone at Porro Cardiff

Has the Christmas cake fallen out of fashion?

Sep 26

With three months to go….

the Christmas connoisseurs among us will know in order to be perfectly prepared for Christmas, now is the time to get planning. With your sloe berries a’brewing next on the list is the classic Christmas cake. This traditional treat requires a frequent tipple, commanding constant care on the run up to Christmas – however this effort doesn’t quite equate for the inevitable waste come the end of December. It would seem that the Christmas cake has fallen out of fashion as its Italian counterpart Panettone is taking centre stage. To get a piece of the

Gin Range at the Potted Pig

Secrets of Sloe Gin from the depths of The Potted Pig

Sep 19

a Guide from The Potted Pig

Sloe Gin Start with slow berries on a blackthorn bush
Sloe gin is made from ripe sloes, which are traditionally picked after the first frost of winter (late October to early November in the northern hemisphere). Each sloe is pricked, traditionally with a thorn taken from the blackthorn bush on which they grow.
Ruby in colour and ripe cherries on the nose, with warm blackberries and heavy rose on the palate –finishing with rich lychee, leaving you with a lingering balance of

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It includes how to book any of our Christmas offerings, including offices parties, Christmas Lunch and Menus from all our sites.

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