Time running out? Book a last-minute Christmas lunch at Arbor!

The festive season is well under way – but if you haven’t booked your office celebration yet, then never fear. Arbor, winner of the Gold Trophy for Eating Out in both the 2015 and 2014 Dorset Tourism Awards, has a handful of tables left for mid-week Christmas lunches and afternoon tea.

Over the years Arbor, the 2-AA-rosette restaurant at the Green House Hotel, Bournemouth’s most eco-friendly luxury boutique hotel, has hosted thousands of office Christmas parties (including some memorable ones of our own!). So we know it’s one of the best ways of showing your staff they are valued and appreciated, whether you’re a business of 400 or 4.

However, following the recent tougher economic times, surveys show an increasing number of smaller employers have done away with the Christmas do because of the costs.

If that’s you, may we suggest that 2015 is the year that you surprise your strivers with a little festive shirking to boost morale? Forget the all-singing, all-dancing Saturday Night Out – it’s just not necessary. Any worker will tell you that the best Christmas party is any party that takes them away from their desks during work hours (as long as the workload is actually reduced!).

If the idea of cancelling meetings and leaving phones to ring brings you out in a cold sweat, think of the tax breaks. While there is no specific allowance for a ‘Christmas party’ as such, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs does provide limited tax relief for the cost of holding an ‘annual event’ for your staff, as long as the cost per head does not exceed £150 (including VAT). Well, let’s just say that with Arbor involved, that is eminently do-able.

For mid-week Christmas lunches, our prices start at just £22.50 per person, including a three course menu, coffee and novelties.

Or for something a bit different, Afternoon Tea is one of our favourite occasions here at the Green House Hotel in Bournemouth and at just £18.50 per person it’s incredible value. Served from 2pm to 5pm, it’s the perfect way to while away a work-free Christmas afternoon – why not even throw in a bottle of fizz for extra brownie points!  All the sandwiches, fancies and scones are served freshly made, and our pastry chef Beth will make sure your Christmas tea has some special festive touches.

So what are you waiting for?  Surprise your hardworking team with an office outing to Arbor restaurant to show them how much you care – and we’ll help you show them the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come!

New Year’s Eve

We also have just a few tables left for New Year’s Eve dinner, for which the team at Arbor, Bournemouth’s 2-AA rosette restaurant, have put together the most amazing New Year’s Eve “supermenu”. Head chef Andy Hilton has chosen his favourite dishes from our seasonal menus throughout the year and, for this one night only, is reprising them for our special guests.

Choose a starter, main course and dessert from our incredible New Year’s Eve “Best of Arbor” menu for the inclusive price of just £50 per person. (If you would like to add some nibbles to start, coffee and truffles or a favourite side dish, then these are in addition to the main menu and are priced individually.)

We advise you to pick up the phone today – remember, this could be your last chance to sample these incredible dishes from Arbor’s back catalogue. Call us on 01202 498900 or email events@thegreenhousehotel.com

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