Sunday, 9 December turned out to be a wet and windy day, but nothing could dampen our spirits as we travelled to the Catch of the Day restaurant in the HafenCity’s Maritimes Museum. And we weren’t disappointed with the new venue! On arrival we were greeted with sherry and mince pies and had the opportunity to chat with other members and guests. Following this we moved to festively decorated tables with place settings which included a Christmas cracker, gift and BCH tote bag. The friendly staff quickly got our drinks sorted out and then the food was served. The three-course, sit-down lunch made a nice change to the buffets of previous years. My personal favourite was the starter, smoked salmon with blini pancakes. We all agreed that the main course of turkey with potatoes, vegetables and gravy was a good first attempt at a traditional British Christmas lunch, while the brandy sauce served with the Christmas pudding was actually warm! Those of us who prefer something lighter for dessert enjoyed the cheesecake alternative. Time flew by and before we knew where we were, it was time for the next item on the programme: a short Christmas carol concert by the Hamburg Players choir. They turned out to be excellent singers and certainly got us into the festive mood, as was apparent by the number of people who joined in the sing-along at the end. The afternoon wound up with our traditional “Secret Santa Lucky Dip” before everyone set off for home – maybe a little full; maybe a little tired but certainly happy.