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Taking the stress out of the season to be jolly

Dec 17th, 2014 | By | Category: Latest News


FESTIVITIES FIT FOR A KING: This will be the 18th christmas Logan Brown open their doors offering the public a fine-dining experience and stress-free day. IMAGE: Hayley Gastmeier

TRIMMING the tree, grocery shopping, cooking, entertaining guests and cleaning are just a few things that can make Christmas day feel far from a holiday.

But it’s not all bad news, a quick survey shows Wellington’s cafes and restaurants are standing by ready to put the jolly back into your Christmas.

And even those with no money, home or family will not be forgotten this Christmas.

Fine dining establishments like Logan Brown, Hippopotamus and Chameleon are offering set menus, with prices ranging from $139 to $175 per head.

Logan Brown owner Steve Logan says this will be the restaurant’s 18th Christmas opening its doors,  and they always fill the restaurant.

“We know there is a big demand for the general public to have a place to go on Christmas day.”

Mr Logan says a successful Christmas meal is expensive and takes a lot of effort so going out is a bargain, no one has to play the host and you’ll be well looked after.

He says you would have to spend an absolute fortune to prepare a meal like they offer so it’s cheaper to dine with Logan Brown and have all the stress taken care of.


A NICE PRICE: For $125 each, Zibibbo on Taranaki Stare offering a carefree Christmas, suggesting you leave  the cooking and cleaning up to them. IMAGE: Hayley Gastmeier

Zibibbo owner Nicola Newell says this will be their third Christmas opening and every year they have also been fully booked.

Wellington is quiet during December and January so the good turnover on Christmas day helps with business Mrs Newel says.

When it comes to staff having to work on the public holiday Mrs Newell says they are okay with it because they know they will get a nice break in January.

“Apparently the tips are really good on Christmas day as well so the waiting staff are happy,’ she says.

Rachel Rasch says this will be the first time her family has dined out for their Christmas meal.

Her family will be going to a hotel buffet instead of the usual busy Christmas with extended family, who are doing other things this year.

“It’ll work out cheaper if we all just go pay per head, because by the time you’ve bought a turkey, a ham, a pavalova, all those bits and pieces for just six people, it’ll work out cheaper.”

“The down side is we’re not going to have heaps of left over ham,” says Ms Rasch.

Not all restaurants are willing to open their doors at Christmas.

Chow manager Stephanie Wong says the restaurant is open every other day of the year so Christmas is the one day staff can take off to celebrate and spend with their families.

Wellingtonians who are housebound, disadvantaged or lonely will be able to fill their bellies on Christmas day thanks to the Room at the Inn Christmas day dinner project.

Started in 1963 by Keith Brown, the project has been providing hot meals for those living on the streets, and delivering to those who are housebound.

Room at the Inn will be serving up a hot Christmas day lunch at 12.30pm on December 25 at the Aro Valley Community Centre, or as a delivery service – phone 499 3240.


SEASON FOR GIVING: Room at the Inn, run from Aro Valley Community Centre, offers a hot Christmas lunch to Wellingtonians homeless or lonely. IMAGE: Hayley Gastmeier

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