There’s lots to enjoy in the run up to Christmas, but perhaps the nation’s favourite Christmas pastimes are enjoying the yummy food and listening to the comforting tunes that come back around each year. Put these two together and you’ve got a winning combination, right?
When I saw via their Instagram that The Mexico Inn in Longrock were going to be hosting a series of Festive Thursday events this month, I knew I had to go. Boasting a fabulous festive menu and live music from different artists each week, this is the perfect relaxing evening out whether you are attending as a couple, family or group of friends.
Last week, my husband and I went along and had a fabulous evening. The festive menu is extensive, with a great range to choose from; from snacks and starters, to mains, puddings and cocktails, there is something for everyone to enjoy. I loved that there are plates on the menu which can be made small or large depending on how hungry you are! I think this is such a great idea, as it makes the choices more accessible (although it does mean making a decision is much more difficult!).
My husband and I shared the devilled whitebait (one of his favourites), and each had a portion of smoked ham croquettes to start (it was a very hungry kind of day). For mains, I had the turkey (it’s got to be done at Christmas!) and he had the smoked ham and colcannon. Everything was delicious – super fresh and piping hot. And I have got to say that the portion sizes are very generous, making it great value for money. I would have loved to try a pudding (I had my eye on the Millionaire’s Tart), but was just a little too full to squeeze one in. We will have to go back another time, twist my arm and all that!
Caption: photos of our delicious food. On the left, we have the starters; on the right, the mains.
What really made the evening stand out, though, was the atmosphere. Although it was a Thursday night, the restaurant was well-filled and bustling, but in spite of this it didn’t feel overcrowded and the service was top notch. The live music was exceptional, and really elevated the evening to another level. There’s something so special about live music – you have much more appreciation for the talent of the individual or band and it completely changes the atmosphere within the room.
It was a wonderfully relaxing evening out; we took our time with the food, listening to the music, taking in the classy Christmas décor and enjoying each other’s company. It was a very cosy evening and a great distraction from the chaos of Christmas shopping and organising our social calendars for the festive season!
Caption: it was a busy evening, I promise! Just had to wait for other visitors to leave before taking a photo of the decor inside!
I would highly recommend visiting. The Mexico Inn’s Festive Thursday evenings are destined to be very popular, so I would encourage booking ahead of time. If you are interested in learning more about what’s on, you can find a full list of the musicians who will be performing (different artists each week) and a copy of the festive menu, as well as information about their New Year offerings on Instagram, so definitely check this out here or visit their website.
And even if you don’t make it in time before Christmas – let’s be honest, it’s a hectic time of the year – I would recommend booking to go another time as the food and service are always great. Truly a little gem hidden in Longrock.
Disclaimer: All opinions displayed are my own; this is in no way an affiliated or paid advertisement, just a local girl enjoying a local restaurant and wanting to share the experience with others. All photos taken are my own.