Press Release: Celebrate the festive season in a historic setting at West Dean College

Celebrate the festive season with a Christmas party lunch or dinner in the historic and opulent state rooms of West Dean College. Experience a sense of occasion as you arrive through the gilded iron gates, down the impressive drive, to a warm reception with a roaring log fire in the Oak Hall. West Dean is a period country-style house and working college offering Christmas dining for the first time. The Grade II* Listed House is the former home of Edward James, poet and supporter of the Surrealists.

West Dean's winter menus have an emphasis on tradition as we selectively source all meat from West Sussex, with seasonal vegetables from West Dean Gardens and local providers, where possible.

Winter time at West Dean makes a truly special setting for your Christmas or celebratory dinner with friends or family, or a festive meal with your club or work colleagues. You'll feel a sense of occasion as you dine in one of the wood-panelled state rooms full of creative character and history.

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

Christmas Dining (lunch or dinner)

2 courses at £35.00 per person

3 courses at £45.00 per person

Sumptuous buffet at £20.00 per person

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Arrive to a roaring log fire and a glass of prosecco. Celebrate with a four-course menu including your choice of West Sussex roast, hand carved at the table by one of our chefs. £60 per person.

The cost per person includes a traditional Christmas roast and hire of one of the state rooms. Guests can choose champagne or wine from our extensive wine list.

West Dean is home to the world-renowned College offering full time programmes in Conservation and Creative Arts and over 700 creative short courses. It is set within a private estate at the heart of the beautiful South Downs.

West Dean College is situated on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and within easy access of Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London.


Christmas dining is available from 27 November - 20 December inclusive. There is a £10 per person deposit and a minimum booking of 10 people. To book call +44 (0)1243 818258 or email


West Dean also offers overnight bed and breakfast accommodation in comfortable rooms with private bathrooms. A weekend at West Dean College starts from £85 per room per night on a bed & breakfast basis. To book (maximum three months in advance) visit 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.
  • Free car parking.
  • All photography is free to use for editorial purposes.

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Media Contact Information

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Irene Caswell, Senior Media Relations Officer, +44 (0)1243 818301


West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 OQZ