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 27 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 roast turkey roulade with buttery mash, 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 or mince) chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake or triple chocolate cake. Prices start at £23.95 per person.
- 44 Theobald's Road, WC1X 8NW
A proper feast where you’ll get a pit-smoked turkey served with stuffing, cornbread, candied sweet potatoes and creamed spinach. Bookended by pumpkin and squash soup, and freshly baked pumpkin pie. A three-course meal costs £30 (NB: different Thanksgiving menu at Chelsea branch).
- 12 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NA
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. Book £29.95 tickets and you'll be treated to live blues from The Untouchables followed by DJ sets until 1am.
- 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN
Book ahead for a smoky taste of Americana. These barbecue outposts (in Soho, Clapham, Fulham, Balham and Tower Hill) are charging £23.95 per person for a meal that includes a choice of clam chowder, a quesadilla (with a chicken, pulled pork or veggie filling) or caesar salad to start, a main platter for two filled with 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 chilli and beer buttered turkey or roasted acorn squash stuffed with mac ’n’ cheese – served at all six branches (Soho, Islington, Hoxton, Spitalfields, Battersea Rise and London Bridge). Finish off your meal with warm pecan pie or cinnamon chessecake 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 mushroom stuffing and gravy. Dessert includes spiced pumpkin baked alaska or Fuji apple and blackberry crumble with maple 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 pie finished with very English clotted cream. £59.50 per person. Telephone booking essential.
- Brown's Hotel, (33-34 Albemarle Street), W1S 4BP
On Thanksgiving eve, dinner at this Deep South-themed restaurant leads with a corn and red pepper chowder ahead of smoked turkey leg served with gravy, mash and collard greens. To finish? Pecan pie and whipped cream, all for £22 per person (also at Bankside and Shoreditch branches).
- 18 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AG
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 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 creamed corn casserole; 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 Wild Turkey manhattans to their twist on the old fashioned. For eats, choose from the likes of hot wings, pumpkin soup or a clam and bacon chowder, ahead of serious comfort mains (BBQ glazed beef short rib or roast Norfolk Bronze turkey, say). Not forgetting the calorific puds, from pecan pie to lemon posset (if something a little lighter is required at this stage of the meal). Mains cost £11.75-£16.50.
- 11 Barley Mow Passage, W4 4PH
- Price band: 3/4
A serious Southern feast: smoked and fried turkey legs, country ham and smoked brisket, served with stuffing, candied yams, cheesy grits and coleslaw, with three desserts (bourbon pecan pie, banana pudding, sweet potato pie). Three-course dinner costs £60 while lunch with smaller portions is just £40.
- 22-24 Seymour Place, W1H 7NL
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 (£43.50 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 shrimp cocktail or Severn & Wye smoked salmon, followed by roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, grilled sea bass or mushroom and quinoa stuffed globe artichoke, and finishes with sweet pies, chocolate mousse or cheese plates and a selection of petits fours.
- 170 Great Portland Street, W1W 5QB
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Bea's wrote to me saying that they are not hosting a thanksgiving dinner this year (2014). However, they will have a thanksgiving themed afternoon tea available upon reservation.
Why not try the traditional rôtisserie-roasted turkey at Le Secret des Rôtisseurs in Canary Wharf, 37 Westferry Circus. eatlesecret.co.uk
I wondered if you may be planning on including Christopher's who always have a great Thanksgiving menu!