Thanksgiving meals in London
Give thanks for a bountiful harvest and stuff your face, US-style
Let’s hear it for the ‘special relationship’! With a huge number of US expats living in London, it’s no wonder many London restaurants choose to celebrate the main culinary festival of the States. Falling on the fourth Thursday of November – this year Thu 28 Nov – here’s your chance to have a pre-Christmas turkey dinner with our top pick of places to celebrate in London. Do you have a favourite restaurant that will be celebrating Thanksgiving this year? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.
Serving spiced roast turkey with buttery mash, hazelnut-roasted brussels sprouts and a choice of stuffing, sauces and vegetables, Bea’s of Bloomsbury is celebrating Thanksgiving in style. Dessert is a choice of pie (pumpkin chiffon, pecan or apple streusel) or pumpkin cheesecake with whipped cream. Prices start at £45 per person.
- 44 Theobald's Road, WC1X 8NW
Trad US restaurant Big Easy is serving a Thanksgiving meal for £29.50. The three courses take in: lobster and butternut squash soup or caesar salad; herb-roasted turkey stuffed with bacon and leek, with all the traditional extras as well as creamy macaroni cheese and pecan-topped mashed potato; and a triple-layer red velvet cake or pumpkin pie.
- 332-334 Kings Road, SW3 5UR
This year’s Thanksgiving feast at Deep South specialist the Blues Kitchen centres, naturally, on roast turkey, but don’t forget the sides: roast potatoes, cornbread, cranberry jelly, steamed greens, mac ’n’cheese, and corn on the cob. The £16 price tag will even stretch to a portion of pumpkin pie. And if you’ve forgotten to reserve (dinner is for pre-bookings only), you can always console yourself with the seasonal special – a pumpkin ale.
- 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN
Book ahead for a smoky taste of Americana. These barbecue outposts (in Soho, Clapham, Fulham and Tower Hill) are charging £22.95 per person for a meal that includes a choice of clam chowder, a quesadilla (with a chicken, pulled pork or veggie filling) or salad to start, a main platter of turkey and glazed ham with mash, cornbread stuffing and grilled veg, followed by key lime or pumpkin pie.
- 10 Poland Street, W1F 8PZ
Get a taste of the American dream with the Breakfast Club’s feast of roast turkey, sweetcorn and bacon fritters and mac ’n’ cheese – served at all five branches (Soho, Islington, Hoxton, Spitalfields and Battersea Rise). Wash down your meal with hot apple cider and indulge in pecan pie and apple cobbler for dessert. £25 per person.
- 33 D'Arblay Street, W1F 8EU
It’s only fitting that US celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant should do something special for Thanksgiving and at £90 (£130 with wine), we hope they’ve pulled it off. As well as their regular steaks and fries, evening meal options will include roast turkey with cranberry compote, wild mushrooms and gravy. Dessert includes bourbon pecan pie or bramley apple and quince crumble with vanilla ice-cream.
- 45 Park Lane, W1K 1PN
Mark Hix’s other London restaurants are resolutely British, but at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair, Thanksgiving dinner is a fixture. Three courses will include pumpkin soup with cinnamon and pumpkin muffins, roast turkey with baked sweet potatoes, and a pecan and bourbon tart finished with very English clotted cream, plus coffee and truffles. £52.50 per person. Telephone booking essential.
- Brown's Hotel, (33-34 Albemarle Street), W1S 4BP
Classic American brasserie and Theatreland favourite Joe Allen still has room at lunch and after 8pm for its Thanksgiving menu (£40 per person). Start with mussel and clam chowder or pulled pork and duck terrine, followed by Sussex Bronze turkey, honey-roast ham or herbed sea trout, then a choice of puds– pumpkin pie or cranberry hootycreeks (cookies), perhaps. Coffee and petits fours is included too.
- 13 Exeter Street, WC2E 7DT
Le Café Anglais has a special Thanksgiving dinner priced at £55 per head. The four-course (or five if you count coffee) meal includes the likes of waldorf salad ahead of hors d’oevres (ham and corn fritters, say), then roast turkey with sweet potatoes, and pecan pie to finish. The restaurant even has a house bluegrass band (as you do), who’ll be providing ‘rip-roaring music’.
- 8 Porchester Gardens, W2 4DB
Feeling homesick for a proper shared Thanksgiving? Then, whether you’re going solo, in a pair, or in a group, book yourself a place on the sharing table at the Riding House Café. The dinner kicks off at 6.30pm with a welcome cocktail, followed by a two-course menu: Norfolk roast turkey with cornbread and sausage stuffing with sides including maple butter mashed sweet potatoes, or truffled mac and cheese; and the likes of chocolate pecan pie to close. £35 a head.
- 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PQ
To kick off Thanksgiving celebrations, Chiswick favourite Sam’s will be serving a selection of American-themed cocktails, from gingerbread martinis and brandy egg nog, to a cranberry cosmo or suitably autumnal warm spiced cider. For eats, choose from the likes of hot wings, pumpkin soup or a clam and bacon chowder, ahead of serious comfort mains (baby back ribs or roast Norfolk Bronze turkey, say). Not forgetting the calorific puds, from pecan pie to ‘brookies’ (Sam’s hybrid of a cookie and a brownie. Because, let's face it, you can never have too many pudding hybrids these days). Mains cost £11.75-£16.50.
- 11 Barley Mow Passage, W4 4PH
Gordon Ramsay’s gastropub overlooking the Thames in Limehouse will be celebrating with a feast that includes roast turkey with sweet Southern US-inspired sides of corn bread and chestnut-roasted yams, brown sugar-glazed carrots, cranberry sauce and gravy. Bring the evening to a sweet close with pecan pie with mascarpone and maple syrup, all for £35.
- 44 Narrow St, E14 8DP
Enjoy this contemporary Italian cuisine’s own tradition of the American feast. Expect classic roast turkey along with bean casserole and cranberry sauce, followed by pumpkin pie (£39.50 per person).
- 2 Mill Street, SE1 2BD
Despite being bought by the Belgian-based chain Le Pain Quotidien, Villandry (the Marylebone original) still offers a festive meal for Thanksgiving. The four-course menu (£45 per person) begins with prawn cocktail or shallot tarte tatin with goat’s cheese, followed by roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, grilled sea bass or squash galette, and finishes with sweet pies, brownies or cheese plates and a selection of petits fours.
- 170 Great Portland Street, W1W 5QB
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I wondered if you may be planning on including Christopher's who always have a great Thanksgiving menu!