On saturday I went to book at The Coal Hole, only to find that because it was so busy last year, I had to use a booking form, as opposed to booking over the phone or in person (as I have tended to do with these things in the past), and put forward a booking charge of £5 per person, and to be fair (esp as I am expecting a fair few, and coming up to Christmas) I cannot afford that and it would be unfair to start demanding that guests cough up money a.s.a.p. So The Coal Hole is scrubbed!
But all is not lost, I also visited St Stephen's Tavern (where I have arranged to meet up with some friends a week before Christmas) and asked about bookings. I can just ring up apparently and book a table for x,y, and z amount of people (I mentioned how many were likely to turn up and whether that was okay). So this afternoon I will do just that. It will still be on Dec 9th and at 5PM though, unless otherwise stated!