Dine, drink and dance your way into 2017... Nicola Foley selects six great local events
1. Masquerade Feast
The Willow Tree, Bourn’s gorgeous gastro pub, will host a Masquerade Feast on 31 December with dinner, drinks and dancing.
Priced at £90 per person, guests will be treated to a sumptuous six-course Italian dinner with cocktails, followed by entertainment from a live band. The food is famously fantastic at The Willow Tree (it’s been listed in the Michelin Guide), and the whole place, with its quirky, shabby chic decor, is charming. A lovely spot to see in 2017.
2. Hotel du Vin
Go for a bit of old-school glamour this New Year’s Eve with an evening of indulgence at Hotel du Vin. This handsome Trumpington Street hotel oozes sophistication and cosy elegance, and they’re promising to see in the new year in style with a decadent feast.
The evening will begin with champagne, followed by a four-course dinner which features dishes including lobster Benedict, roast saddle of venison and frozen white chocolate soufflé with hot Manjari chocolate sauce. Tea, coffees and handmade truffles will round off the meal, followed by live music and dancing (priced at £105 per person).
If you fancy making a real night of it, there are packages available which include dinner, an overnight stay in one of Hotel du Vin’s beautiful rooms and a full breakfast the next morning, plus they’re laying on delicious, restorative four-course lunch for New Year’s Day (£24.95).
3. The Carnival of Dreams
Step into the dazzling, decadent and gorgeously attired world of the Neon Moon Burlesque and Cabaret Club at The Carnival of Dreams on 31 December. Known for their glamorous parties, they’re promising an evening of entrancing interactive entertainment, dancing, cocktails, stalls to browse and plenty more surprises from 8pm until 2am.
The venue is the historic Cambridge Union Society on Bridge Street, and as always, the organisers are encouraging guests to let their imaginations fly when it comes to their outfits. The dress code is ‘exquisite vintage retro chic’, and the crowd always dresses to impress. Over 18s only, tickets are £49.50 in advance.
4. De Luca Cucina
Central, stylish and with seriously good food and a great atmosphere, we reckon that De Luca on Regent Street would be a top spot for seeing in the new year.
They’re inviting guests to drink, dine and sing their way into 2017 with a shindig that features live musical entertainment and a sumptuous five-course meal. Indulge in a menu of Italian classics like arancini, cannelloni and tiramisu, then venture up to the supercool New York loft style cocktail lounge on the top floor. As well as expertly blended tipples, there will be live music and, we’re sure, a good old singalong with lots of favourite tunes. Priced at £65 per person.
5. NYE Party at Revolution
There’s five floors of fun planned at the newly refurbished Revolution on Downing Street at their huge New Year’s Eve party, which runs from 10.30pm ‘til late. Priced at £25, there will be two DJs plus a live saxophone player, as well as complimentary fizz from 9pm until 10.30pm to get the party started.
Elsewhere, you’ll find prop giveaways, selfie frames for capturing the fun of the night, photo walls and more. It’s also a great chance to hang out at Revolution’s stylishly decked out new roof terrace, which overlooks the city centre and has a fully retractable roof, as well as being heated – making it inviting whatever the weather!
If there’s a group of you, you can book a booth or table and order bubbles and canapés on arrival to really make a night of it – contact the events team on 01223 364895.
Novi is promising a sophisticated night of New Year Eve’s fun at their Prohibition era party, priced at £20 (advance).
Don your best 1920s-inspired finery and head to this uber-chic bar for an evening of live music, dancing and a late night DJ.
Enjoy a complimentary speakeasy-style welcome cocktail, explore the first floor casino and then party the night away in the stylish surroundings of this spacious Regent Street favourite.