Come and enjoy a free Christmas dinner in Dorchester

Dorset Echo: Store manager of Poundbury Waitrose Jeremy Board Store manager of Poundbury Waitrose Jeremy Board

ARE you going to miss out on a traditional family turkey dinner on Christmas Day?

Or perhaps you know of someone who will be spending the day alone.

If so, we’d like to invite you or them to a free Christmas lunch with a real party atmosphere in Dorchester.

Little Waitrose Poundbury, in partnership with the Wessex Royale Hotel and the Dorset Echo, is hosting the community Christmas lunch on Sunday and there are still a few remaining places.

The lunch begins at midday at the Wessex Royale Hotel in High West Street, Dorchester.

Anyone who is likely to be dining alone on Christmas Day can come, whether they’re a pensioner or a young adult.

The Little Waitrose Great Christmas Lunch promises a friendly festive atmosphere, a roast dinner with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding for every attendee.

Jeremy Board, store manager of Poundbury Waitrose, said: “We are delighted to be able to put on the ‘little Waitrose Big Christmas lunch’ on Sunday for those people in the local area that are elderly, on their own for Christmas, homeless or would otherwise not get a Christmas lunch this year.

“Waitrose is supporting events through all of our stores but we decided it would be amazing to actually put on a lunch of our own as part of our ongoing work within the local community. We are very much looking forward to Sunday and with only a few spaces left we would love to hear from anyone who would still like to come along.”

Dorchester Mayor Stella Jones will be dropping by to say hello and support the event.

She said: “I think it will be nice for people who are normally by themselves to come and enjoy the Christmas lunch.

“It’s fantastic that Waitrose is holding it in partnership with the Wessex Royale Hotel and the Dorset Echo.

“It should be a fun day.”

To book your place or nominate someone else, get in touch with Debbie Hellaby at the Dorset Echo straight away by email at or call 01305 830815.


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