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Christmas Lunch

By 15 October 2007 17

Does anyone know which restaurants/hotels are doing lunch on Christmas Day? Already looked at Hyatt, Rydges, Boat House ($185pp with no mention of wine, eek!), but am having trouble finding others. We need a break from cooking this year.

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Christmas Lunch
Ralph 12:32 pm
15 Oct 07
#1

The one at Rydges next to the lake is ok. The downstairs option is good value for money, but you do have to put up with hordes of screeching kids.

Also try Olims, Ainslie FC, Southern Cross Club.

Danman_straight6_EB_ 12:59 pm
15 Oct 07
#2

Canberra Connect would be where I would start

Gungahlin Al 1:03 pm
15 Oct 07
#3

Something else to disagree with Ralph about – did Rydges last year and it was abyssmal!

But if you enjoy shelling out $90 for the privilege of queuing with plate in hand for 70 minutes, go right ahead…

eggman 1:45 pm
15 Oct 07
#4

RE: Canberra Connect would be where I would start

Do they do food now? :-)

damnintellectuals 1:52 pm
15 Oct 07
#5

Brassey Hotel in Barton.

Sammy 1:56 pm
15 Oct 07
#6

I would be expecting to pay a large premium to avoid cooking on Christmas Day, and paying someone else to do it for me.

Imagine trying to get staff to work Christmas Day. Yikes.

Thumper 2:10 pm
15 Oct 07
#7

West Belco have an Xmas lunch…

But I wouldn’t go.

Danman_straight6_EB_ 3:25 pm
15 Oct 07
#8

When I was a chef – OI negotiated pay for x-mas day – usually beginning on a base 12 hr day for $37.5 minimum. Restaraunteurs pay out the nose for staff on X-mas day – so they charge appropriately – and still make quite a margin.

jennybel75 3:26 pm
15 Oct 07
#9

Benchmark in the Jolimont building are advertising their Xmas lunch, I think it’s $95pp.

AG Canberra 4:54 pm
15 Oct 07
#10

more than 10 years ago we paid staff in a club 40bucks per hour in the hand and the boss got 60. Handy little earner and those staff then got first chance at having NYE off.

Any of the big clubs do lunch, most of the hotels and some other restaurants do it. But yes – labour costs are high so prices are high.

Cameron 4:59 pm
15 Oct 07
#11

In the hand… tsk tsk… I hope they declared it on their tax return ;)

crabb 10:53 am
17 Oct 07
#12

Thanks for your help, guys. I found another couple of places open beyond the hotels, clubs, and those mentioned above – First Floor and Anise. Also Hill Station at Hume – anyone care to comment on the food there? Haven’t been there for years

Kramer 1:42 pm
17 Oct 07
#13

I went to xmas lunch at the Hyatt last year it was about $100 a head, and included house wine, champange and light beer (I grumbled a bit about this last one). The food and service was excellent, and I thought it was really good value for money.

Ralph 2:03 pm
17 Oct 07
#14

The one at the Rydges by the lake they have all the piss you can drink….crownies.

DenMother 3:00 pm
09 Oct 08
#15

DenMother 3:03 pm
09 Oct 08
#16

Arrgh sorry i thought that list had Canberra as well but it doesn’t please ignore and go back to searching lol

Snowflake 2:36 pm
12 Nov 10
#17

Not sure how they will go getting staff this year as Christmas day is not a public holiday, would prob get paid just saturday rates

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