Bleak House, the former holiday home of novelist Charles Dickens, which opened recently as a restaurant with rooms, has announced its Christmas menus. For people wishing to celebrate Christmas Day in an historic setting made famous by the author of A Christmas Carol, and with it popularised created many of the ‘traditions’ we now regard as essential to festive celebrations, Bleak House is unique. This year marked the centenary of the Victorian author’s birth. The former museum and private residence, which now operates as a boutique B+B, restaurant and tea rooms and boast spectacular sea views across Viking Bay, Bleak House is also available for private hire. Now owned by the Hilton family, who have lovingly restored the property to its former glory, Bleak House, which retains many original features and antique furnishings, offers a truly unique setting. “The brass bed in the luxurious Dickens Suite was once slept in by Queen Victoria, although we have changed the sheets and replaced the mattress,” said Nicola Hilton. On Christmas Day, Bleak House will serve a four-course menu, with “all the trimmings for £79.95 (under 12s £39.95). For starters there is a choice of Broccoli and Stilton soup; Scottish Smoked and Poached Salmon or Game Terrine Campagne in Bacon with Victorian spiced chutney. Mains offer organic Norfolk turkey; Slow Roasted Organic Rib of Beef; and Loin of Cod Mornay. For desserts there is traditional Christmas pudding; Winter Berry Pavlova or Crème bruleé. To finish there is a selection of cheeses, mince pies, coffee and chocolate truffles. A 50% deposit required on booking with the balance due by 10th December. Bleak house is also serving a Christmas Party Menu from 1st December for £37.50 a head from 1st December. For guests looking for over night stays, a double room with breakfast costs from £135 a night. Bleak House is also offering a free night’s accommodation on two-night bookings. ‘Nancy’s’ tea rooms offers cream tea’s, daily specials, snacks and selection of Nellie’s delicious home made cakes, pastries, sandwiches and baguettes. Home cooked Sunday lunches are served between 12.00 noon and 3.00pm. One courses £9.95, two courses £12.95.