With its festive green frontage, friendly staff and authentic Italian food, Bella Roma is an ideal spot for non-traditional Christmas parties. Located in the heart of Lewisham, Bella Roma has space for up to 60 seated guests in its open-plan restaurant, which features rustic décor in the form of tiled floors, wine-laden shelves and tasteful prints. It isn’t possible to seat all guests on one table, but the assorted round and square tables can be arranged in whatever layout you like for your Christmas party.
Bella Roma can be booked for Christmas lunches and dinners throughout December, so whether you’re planning a festive gathering for friends or family, or an all-staff party for your office Christmas do, it’s a great spot. The design isn’t high-spec, but if it’s a cosy, comfortable space that possesses the feel of a traditional Italian trattoria you’re after, you won’t be disappointed.
The festive menus change each year, but the principle remains the same: several options per course, all of which promises to be good-quality Italian fare. For starters, you might decide on a plate of cured Italian meats, bocconcini mozzarella, cornichons and olives or a classic prawn and avocado cocktail, followed by a main course of polla alla Romana or steak and chips. Vegetarians are well catered for as well, with starter options including soup with toasted ciabatta, and grilled goat’s cheese with toasted hazelnuts and raspberry vinaigrette, and main options such as potato gnocchi with aubergine, tomato, basil and mozzarella or risotto with asparagus, artichokes and courgettes.
Desserts include both a traditional English Christmas pudding with brandy sauce as well as an Italian Christmas pudding made with panettone, plus tiramisu and panna cotta. Three courses from this tempting menu costs under £30 per person, making it excellent value for money and ideal for any event bookers looking to host a Christmas party without blowing the budget.