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December 13, 2021

Eating out with friends and family is one of life's great pleasures. Especially when someone else is treating you.

Here are some suggestions for restaurant offers that would make delicious Christmas presents.

Of course, there is always the option to buy multiple deals and turn dinner into a feast to which you are all invited.

You can browse the full range at 5pm Christmas Gifts. More are added each day.

£34.99 for Afternoon Tea & Fizz Cocktail for 2 at Glenskirlie Castle

Relax over afternoon tea at Glenskirlie Castle.

Relax over afternoon tea at Glenskirlie Castle.

Acres of lush greenery. Landscaped lawns. And in the heart of it all, a pretty white wedding cake of a castle...

Glenskirlie Castle in Stirlingshire is like the first page of a storybook.

And if you turn the page, you might find a picture of yourself with your favourite person, enjoying a fizzy afternoon tea for two…

Stirling’s secret castle

With its romantic turrets and AA Rosette restaurant, Glenskirlie Castle is a place you won’t forget in a hurry.

With this Big Deal, two people can indulge in afternoon tea for two washed down with a peachy Spring Fruits Bellini each.

Tempting menu

Individuals items can change, but here is a sample of what you can expect (veggie and gluten-free choices are available):

Mini ‘cup-a-soup’ to start your afternoon tea

Sandwiches – typically include tuna, tomato red pepper salsa, chicken & mustard mayo, egg & cress

Scones with clotted cream and homemade jams

Sausage rolls

White chocolate & raspberry cake, fresh cream meringues, milk chocolate orange gateau, coconut & jam cake

Spring Fruits Bellini

Selection of teas

Dreamy gift idea

It goes without saying that fizzy afternoon tea in a castle is a gift that would make anyone smile.

Plus as this Big Deal is available from January until March, you could visit Glenskirlie in all of its snowy glory.

£39 for Bread & Olives with Sangria + 5 Tapas & 2 Desserts to share for 2 at Café Andaluz - choice of 6 locations

Café Andaluz brings Spanish flavours to Scotland.

Café Andaluz brings Spanish flavours to Scotland.

What’s the quickest way to experience the spirit of Espana without jamming yourself onto a budget airline flight?

Simple — get yourself to a good tapas spot pronto for tasty nibbles and rivers of sangria.

With this Big Deal from Cafe Andaluz, you will be whisked off to Southern Spain faster than you can say ‘patatas bravas’...

Spirit of Seville

With this Big Deal, two people can dine at Café Andaluz in either Glasgow’s city centre or west end, the George IV Bridge or George Street branches in Edinburgh, or the Aberdeen or Newcastle branches.

Whichever you pick, you can enjoy a vibey meal surrounded by decor from old Andalusia, including stained glass lamps and colourful ceramics.

Tapas, sangria and nibbles

This Big Deal is for a tapas feast for two, including a fruity chilled sangria on arrival, bread and olives, a choice of five tapas to share and a dessert each.

You will have a huge array of tapas to choose from, including spicy Moorish pork skewers, classic crisp-fried calamari, and fresh Shetland mussels in your choice of sauce.

Or what about stuffed aubergines with couscous and juicy sultanas, or cod fillet marinated in lemon, paprika and garlic? Yum!

Spanish charms

With nibbles, tapas, drinks and desserts all included, this Big Deal has all the makings of a lovely and leisurely meal for two.

Plus, as it is available seven days, you could enjoy it as anything from Sunday lunch to a Spanish-style date night.

Loved by 5pm customers

‘Love this tapas restaurant. Another great visit. Food delicious and staff very welcoming and friendly. Sorry but can’t find fault with anything. 5/5’

Know someone who would love to taste some Spanish sunshine? Snap up this Big Deal from Café Andaluz.

£49 for 8oz Steaks, Sides + Wine for 2 at Mharsanta Restaurant & Bar, Merchant City

Steak dinner for two? March down to Mharsanta.

Steak dinner for two? March down to Mharsanta.

Want to show someone special that you care? Here’s a top tip — don’t do it with a microwave lasagne.

Instead, take them out for a stylish steak and wine meal. Better still, make it an award-winning Merchant City restaurant like Mharsanta.

And thankfully, this juicy Big Deal offers exactly that…

Popular Scottish restaurant

Since flinging open its doors on Bell Street a few years ago, Mharsanta has carved out a niche for classic Caledonian food with a contemporary twist.

Inside you will find a smart, minimalist dining space with cosy booths - no wonder diners leave it top TripAdvisor reviews.

Stylish steak dinner for two

The Big Deal is for two people to each have an 8oz sirloin steak with thick-cut chips and a rocket & Grana Padano salad. You can also tuck into a creamy mac ‘n’ cheese side to share plus your choice of sauce from pepper, whisky cream or garlic butter.

Obviously, you’ll get your choice of a glass of red or white wine too (or swap for a soft drink if you prefer).

Ideal Christmas gift

Flirting over candlelight while enjoying steak and wine? Sounds like a pretty sweet evening to us.

So why not nab this Big Deal fast and try out award-winning Merchant City dining some night soon?

TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2021

‘We discovered Mharsanta today and were really impressed by the food, service and overall friendliness… good food as it should be. 5/5’

£35 for a Rotisserie Chicken with 3 Sides + Dessert to Share for 2 at Atlantic Bar and Brasserie

Atlantic Bar and Brasserie take chicken to the next level.

Atlantic Bar and Brasserie take chicken to the next level.

Over the years, French chefs have perfected the chicken-on-a-spit cooking method, adding a little finesse and a touch of seasoning.

Sample the finest rotisserie chicken for yourself with today’s Big Deal from the popular and stylish Atlantic Bar and Brasserie.

Stylish French restaurant

Located on St Vincent Place in the centre of Glasgow, Atlantic Bar and Brasserie is a stylish French restaurant on the lower ground floor, underneath sister restaurant The Anchor Line.

Inspired by an early Glasgow pop-up restaurant which was built for the Empire Exhibition of 1938, Atlantic offers a contemporary French brasserie and bar in a sophisticated and glamorous vintage setting.

Succulent chicken

Available seven days, this offer is for two people to share a delicious whole rotisserie chicken at Atlantic Bar and Brasserie. As well as an amuse bouche to start, the deal includes sauce of your choice, three side dishes and a grand sharing dessert.

The Atlantic chefs brine and marinate their chickens 48 hours before they go on the spit so they stay perfectly moist while they cook to perfection.

They are served with a choice of sauce; jus de rôti, Béarnaise or smoked hickory, all made fresh each day.

A variety of enticing and creative side dishes include French fries, potatoes roasted in goose fat, creamy mashed potato, French green beans with shallots and honey roasted vegetables.

The grand sharing dessert is a gorgeous mix of the most popular puddings at Atlantic Bar and Brasserie.

Happy diners

‘First time I have been here and will definitely be back. Gorgeous restaurant and fantastic atmosphere. Staff were pleasant and helpful. Great service. Food was fantastic. Definitely recommend Atlantic Brasserie.’

This Big Deal would be ideal for anyone who loves the French-style ambience at Atlantic Bar and Brasserie. Buy here.

Brunch + Optional Drink for 2 at 56 North, Edinburgh; from £12

Make someone very happy with brunch at 56 North.

Make someone very happy with brunch at 56 North.

There are few activities more indulgent than brunch.

Eggs Benedict, waffles dripping with syrup, smashed avocado on bread, all washed down with a glass of mimosa.


This Big Deal invites you to tuck into the leisurely foodie treat at hip Edinburgh bar, 56 North.

Brunch with option of Mimosa

This deal is for two people to dine on the brunch menu at 56 North in Edinburgh’s South Side.

There are three options with the deal – option one is for a brunch dish each, the second option adds a glass of Mimosa each, and the third option swaps Mimosas for a bottle of Prosecco to share.

Brunch menu

Scottish Breakfast – butcher’s sausage, grilled haggis, streaky smoked bacon, fried egg, mushrooms, hash brown, baked beans and toasted rustic loaf

Veggie Breakfast – veggie sausages, veggie haggis, fried egg, mushroom, hash brown, baked beans, toasted rustic loaf

Eggs Benedict – soft poached free range eggs on traditional muffins with hollandaise sauce (options to add smashed avocado and streaky bacon)

Rave reviews

‘What an amazing night my wife and I had at 56 North! Everything was delicious and served quickly even though the place was very busy. A great atmosphere with very friendly and helpful staff, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening and I would highly recommend 56 North to everyone… it’s very reasonably priced and the bar is furnished with a magnificent array of drinks. We will come back again soon.’

Write-ups don't get better than that. You can bag this Big Deal for friends - or yourself - here.

£69 for 2 Bottles of Prosecco, 2 Pizzas + 2 Dirty Chips for 4 to 6 at Sannio Italian Restaurant & Bar, Glasgow

Pizza and Prosecco cover most major food groups, don't they?

Pizza and Prosecco cover most major food groups, don't they?

Know anyone whose idea of happiness is grabbing that first slice of pizza on a Friday night? Of course you do.

And what’s the betting that they’d love an epic pizza and Prosecco feast as a present?

Best of all, they get to take up to five lucky people with them…

Pizza and Prosecco in the city centre

Sannio Italian Restaurant & Bar serves up traditional pizzas with a modern twist at Charing Cross, right across from the King’s Theatre.

With this Big Deal, up to six people can sit down to a fizzy pizza feast. Choose any two a la carte pizzas, accompanied by two plates of classic ‘dirty chips’ and two bottles of Prosecco.

Pick your favourite toppings

Pizza choices include Parma ham with shaved parmesan and rocket; spicy Italian sausage with tomato and red onion; and the vegetariana with roast Mediterranean vegetables.

Sannio’s epic dirty chips will be piled with melted cheese, bacon and onions. Get in!

Fab gift idea for a pizza fan

This Big Deal would make the perfect present for anyone who’s always angling for that last slice of pizza.

Plus as this feast is available for up to six people, why not make it a cheeky surprise for the whole family?

Praise from a 5pm customer

‘Great new restaurant! Recently opened, this is a lovely little restaurant. Food was great, I had a pizza that was excellent. Decor is beautiful, staff lovely! Will definitely return. 4.6/5’

£17.95 for a 2 Course Meal + Wine for 1 at La Bonne Auberge

The food is the star of the stage at La Bonne Auberge in Glasgow's Theatreland.

The food is the star of the stage at La Bonne Auberge in Glasgow's Theatreland.

La Bonne Auberge knows all about keeping it fresh.

The Theatreland restaurant has been thriving for more than forty years and has held an AA Rosette for twenty of them.

Find out why with today’s Big Deal on a splendid two course lunch or dinner.

Located on West Nile Street, the restaurant has the understated charm and elegance of a Parisian bistro while the food nods to both classic French and Mediterranean dishes.

Two courses

This big deal is for one person to have a two course meal – starter and main course or main course and dessert – from the prix fixe menu. A glass of house wine or a soft drink is also part of the offer.

The deal is available to book seven days a week, from noon until 8.30pm, from January to March 2022.

The menus change regularly but typical starters might be the calamari, chicken liver pâté on toasted brioche or the ever popular soup of the day. Popular main courses include the butternut squash and ricotta tortellini; the steak haché with peppercorn sauce and pommes frites plus the Moroccan-spiced salmon.

For dessert, we can't choose between the dark chocolate mousse, the profiteroles or the vanilla crème brulée.

Note that this is a sample menu, some dishes may incur a supplement.

Bon appetit

5pm diners remain impressed by the cuisine at La Bonne Auberge, giving the restaurant a rating of 4.1/5, with a recent customer commenting the following:

‘Superb food. Good service, pleasant and welcoming staff. Would certainly recommend.’

If that has sharpened your appetite then you can purchase this offer from La Bonne Auberge here.

And there is more

This is just a handful of the dining offers available on 5pm Christmas Gifts. Browse the full menu here.