Recently, Tim and I celebrated Christmas in July at The Elephant and Wheelbarrow in Bourke Street, Melbourne. So what is Christmas in July? Australians celebrate a mock Christmas in the month of July so that we can indulge in all of the heavy, hot traditional Christmas fare that many of us avoid in the soaring heat of December.
The Elephant and Wheelbarrow feast did not disappoint - after receiving our choice of a glass of beer or red or white wine, we were served with a Christmas dinner replete with ham, turkey with cranberry sauce, stuffing, baked potato, asparagus, cauliflower and brussels sprouts, topped with a generous splosh of gravy.
Dessert was a mini Christmas pudding with custard and cream - delish!
To ensure that everyone knew what we were there for, the table was topped with Christmas decorations, including a Christmas cracker that contained a stunning green paper hat.
It was definitely a fun evening, and I can highly recommend it. At $30 a head, it was also a bargain.