Holly Willoughby gets in the festive spirit for lunch with Nicole Appleton and Christine Lampard

She’s recently recovered from a nasty stomach bug that saw her missing from This Morning for three days straight. 

And Holly Willoughby got in the festive spirit on Thursday as she headed out for lunch in London with Nicole Appleton, Shiarra Bell, Christine Lampard and Niki de Metz. 

She told her followers on Instagram:  ‘What a beautiful afternoon… heart full of love and belly full of fondue.’ 

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‘Heart full of love and belly full of fondue:’ Holly Willoughby got in the festive spirit on Thursday for lunch in London with Nicole Appleton, Shiarra Bell, and Christine Lampard

Holly looked effortlessly chic in a cosy roll neck jumper as she shared a stunning selfie inside a cosy igloo from their girls day out. 

She continued: Thank you @jimmyspopup for hosting us in one of your magical snow globes … missed you @emmaleebunton’  

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Christine looked similarly snuggled up in a stylish chunky white knit while Nicole opted for a vibrant yellow, grey and black striped jumper. 

Holly’s festive outing comes after she recently recovered from a nasty stomach bug and was forced to miss work at This Morning. 

Poorly: Holly’s festive outing comes after she recently recovered from a nasty stomach bug and was forced to miss work at This Morning

And Holly revealed last week that it was her family’s new golden retriever puppy that had gotten her through her illness. 

The TV star admitted that the household was ‘completely in love’ with their furry friend. 

She wrote on her Wylde Moon website: ‘Bailey has come in and pushed a giant paw-shaped, reset button for all us…and of course we are completely in love.’ 

‘I wasn’t in a good way’: Holly revealed last week that it was her family’s new golden retriever puppy that had gotten her through her illness

Holly recalled of her family’s journey to get the pup: ‘My daughter has been campaigning for us to get a dog since she was able to talk, and we have been waiting for the right time for a dog to fit into our family life. 

‘Now, is that time. This little ball of scrumptious energy bounded into our world and immediately made us question why on earth we have waited so long. 

‘She’s been brilliant for getting us all out of the house, going on long walks and playing in the garden. 

‘During lockdown, the kids gravitated to being on screens more than normal, but Bailey has come in and pushed a giant paw-shaped, reset button for all us…and of course we are completely in love.

‘Last week I was struck down with a tummy bug and for 48 hours I was really not in a very good way. I couldn’t take the kids to school, I couldn’t go to work and I couldn’t take the dog for a walk, but that didn’t stop Bailey lovingly sitting at my feet all day long.’ 

She continued: ‘I didn’t have the heart to tell her that the slight smell of dog food was doing nothing for my swirling nausea, but nonetheless, just having her there made me feel so much better.’ 

‘Bailey lovingly sat at my feet’: She said she didn’t have the heart to tell the pup the smell of dog food was making ner nauseous