The Mitre is right in the heart of Shaftesbury and all of the towns Christmas festivities. Snuggle up next to our roaring log fire this Christmas and sip away on our warm and perfectly spiced homemade mulled wine and cider.

We are the ultimate place for gatherings with friends or family over the festive season and with a mouth-watering Christmas menu we are the perfect place for festive dining. Get ready for the best Christmas food and the finest of ales, Whether its Christmas day, a Christmas party, or a few drinks and nibbles, we’ve got it covered. Give us a call and leave the rest entirely up to us.

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The gift of the pub
It's normally a sunny beach bordering the warm sparkling Arabian Sea that I make a beeline for on Christmas Day. That is, after quaffing with friends a few glasses of genuine, French champagne, brought from England weeks before. But last December, - for reasons that now escape me - I found myself home alone in Shaftesbury for the festive season. Not wanting to prepare and cook a traditional meal for only one, nor to drink and drive, I decided to see if the Mitre in High Street could squeeze me in somewhere. They could and did and it was great. From the first refreshing glass of complimentary bubbling prosecco to the last crumb of Christmas pud I found nothing to criticise unless, perhaps, you consider over-generous portions - even for Christmas Day lunch - to be a fault! Unsurprisingly, as I'm in my 70s, I stuck strictly to the traditional treats, starting with smoked salmon served with shallots, capers, parsley, lemon and sourdough toast, the latter complementing all the first courses. To go with this for the more adventurous were salami, chorizo, winter pickles and olives or spiced crown prince squash soup containing toasted chestnuts and seeds; bubble and squeak with a poached duck egg hollandaise or chicken liver parfait with pickles and quince jelly. Lemon sorbet followed to cleanse the palate in readiness for the 'mains', all of which included goose fat roast potatoes and honey-roasted carrots and parsnips. Somewhat to my surprise the turkey was succulent as, unsurprisingly, were the accompanying glazed gammon, seared goose breast and pigs in blankets with Brussels tops and chestnuts. Other choices included beef fillet with truffled wild mushrooms and roast salmon from Scotland with creamed celeriac, fennel, leeks and gremolata. Specially for non-carnivores there was a moist mixed nut roast featuring beetroot, rosemary roast potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes and Brussels tops. As well as Christmas pudding with a spiced syrup, those who still had space could choose from chocolate and marmalade brioche bread pudding with chocolate ice cream; apple and quince crumble or a nutmeg panna cotta with orange, cranberry and cinnamon crumble. Coffee and mince pie completed the feast Eating out on Christmas Day amounts to an extra Christmas present for all and especially for those who normally do the cooking and for the teenagers who are so often deputed to do the washing up! With 12 weeks to go those who would really rather not cook or wash up had better book up now!I

Rosemary Skerman

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