A Nut-Cracking Christmas At Bluebird
Gather round and we’ll tell you a story, or, rather, the Bluebird will. E.T.A.Hoffman’s classic Christmas tale, The Nutcracker, comes to life at the Chelsea restaurant this festive season with various scenes from the book writ large across different parts of the venue.
Enter the courtyard and immediately you’re immersed, with toys, trees and trinkets courtesey of partners Belvedere Vodka with the space teeming with pine garlands, lights, nutcracker soldiers (of course), roasting chestnuts and hanging stockings filled with gifts and candy canes. Visit the present wrapping shack (sunglassiers Taylor Morris’s hut, clearly using the down-season cleverly) and sip on Belvedere Hot Espresso Martinis under the heaters.
Or make your way upstairs to the restaurant, where the Christmas tree will be centre-stage, surrounded with gifts and where Executive Chef, Simon Gregory, has brought together Christmas favourites like London cure smoked salmon with celeriac rémoulade and caviar or his delicious roast Norfolk Bronze turkey with sprouts, glazed root vegetables, roastings and stuffing and for the veggies there’s creamed polenta with roasted ceps, buttered sprouts, black truffle and Berkswell.
Downstairs, the cafe have teamed up with chocolate specialists Rococo who will be serving their rich, aromatic hot chocolates according to their signature recipe as well as their exclusive drink named The Nutcracker, made with Rococo chocolate, hazelnuts and Amaretto (vegans fear-not, there will be a vegan friendly dark drinking chocolate too). Choose your own toppings, from marshmallows or cinnamon to whipped cream and a tot of brandy. Or go savoury! They’ll be serving their alpine cheese fondue, ideal for sharing in the courtyard beneath rugs.
Bluebird’s Festive Afternoon Tea will also be very much available, three tiers of Christmas favourites including turkey, stuffing and cranberry sandwiches, smoked salmon and cream cheese or spiced pumpkin brioche. Joined, of course, by mince pies, Christmas pudding and chocolate yule log. All served with champagne and winter cocktails.
One off events over Christmas will inclue a Gingerbread House Workshop in the cafe and a Wreath Making Masterclass with florist Hannah Martin.
Wisely, as a restaurant, Bluebird’s left out key parts of the Nutcracker story; presumably someone in the PR department intervened to scotch references to The Mouse King and the legion of mice who flood through the floorboards.; while they form an integral part of the Nutcracker tale, it might have proved too much for Kensingon and Chelsea’s Environmental Health department. So for a vermin-free Christmas treat, head down to The Bluebird this Christmas.
Open throughout the Christmas period