Press Release: Festive celebrations in a 19th century country-style house

Winter time at West Dean makes a truly special setting for your Christmas or celebratory dinner with friends or family, your club or work colleagues. Celebrate the festive season with a Christmas party, lunch or dinner for family, friends or work colleagues at the Grade II* Listed country-style house and working college, and the former home of Edward James, poet and supporter of the Surrealists. Feel a sense of occasion as you drive through the gilded gates and down the sweeping driveway to enjoy a welcoming glass of prosecco in front of a roaring fire in the Oak Hall, before enjoying a very special dining experience in one of the grand, wood-panelled State Rooms. The opulent Old Dining Room, Music Room and Old Library, adorned with original art and lit by twinkling chandeliers, are full of creative character and history.

The traditional Festive Menu uses locally sourced produce with seasonal vegetables from West Dean Gardens. Starters include Selsey crab mousse and West Dean partridge and smoked bacon pate. Main courses feature a hand-carved turkey crown with game stuffing, slow-roast rib of beef with a pink peppercorn crust or Wellington of chestnut crusted salmon. Complete your festive meal with homemade plum pudding, Christmas berry trifle or a dark cherry and chocolate roulade with raspberry sorbet and mulled wine coulis. All dishes are prepared by the West Dean team led by Dan Frowen, Head Chef.

Choose from a range of dining options for party sizes from a minimum of 10 guests up to 90 people.

Christmas Dining (lunch or dinner)

Two courses at £35.00 per person

Three courses at £45.00 per person

Four courses, including a glass of prosecco on arrival £60.00 per person

Guests can choose champagne or wine from the extensive wine list. Christmas dining is available from 17 November - 18 December inclusive. There is a £10 deposit per person. To book call +44 (0)1243 818258 or email


West Dean also offers overnight accommodation in comfortable rooms with private bathrooms. Bed and breakfast is from £75 per room per night. Book online at telephone +44 (0)1243 811301 or email


Notes to editors

  • West Dean College is part of The Edward James Foundation, a charitable trust No. 1126084, also comprising West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and the West Dean Tapestry Studio.
  • All photography is free to use for editorial purposes.

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Media Contact Information

For further information, high-resolution digital images of filming opportunities contact

Irene Caswell, Senior Media Officer, +44 (0)1243 811301


West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 OQZ