The multi-award winning operators behind this growing estate of urban-chic pubs – that include The Avalon, The Abbeville, The Stonhouse, The Bollingbroke, The Rosendale and The Tommyfield – seem to have struck a winning formula. And it’s one that is based on the combination of well-executed, reasonably high-spec food, stylish pub settings and a buzzy vibe – exactly what you want when throwing a relaxed Christmas party. Private rooms at The Avalon, The Bollingbroke and The Tommyfield can cater for 22, 36 and 40 people respectively. Alternatively, they’ll find a suitable space for you in the main pub. Food follows the gastropub classics (squid, steak, pies) or ask for their dedicated Christmas menus. Gardens at Christmas time remain useful for smokers.