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 Thursday November 24 – Thanksgiving is your chance to have a pre-Christmas turkey dinner with our top pick of places to celebrate in London.
Thanksgiving meals in London restaurants
Balthazar was born and raised in New York, so a Thanksgiving dinner at its London branch should transport you back to the States. This year’s set menu kicks off with a gingerbread-spiced cocktail, followed by three courses – highlights include traditional roast turkey with orange-and-chestnut stuffing and corn fritters, and pumpkin cheesecake. £55 a head.
Serving roast turkey or oven-baked squash for the veggies with buttery mash, roasted sweet potatoes and sage and onion stuffing, Bea’s of Bloomsbury is celebrating Thanksgiving in style. Choose from mini cakes, pumpkin pie and a pumpkin-spiced macaron for afters. Bea's Thanksgiving menu is available for lunch and dinner sittings at Bloomsbury, Marylebone and St Paul's locations for £35.50 per person.
A choice of two all-American feasts: either a pit-smoked turkey served with stuffing, cornbread, mashed sweet potatoes and green bean casserole, or a self-styled 'lobster fest' (£10 supplement) featuring whole lobster, lobster roll or lobster mac n cheese. It's all served family style, and bookended by squash soup or caesar salad, and whisky pumpkin pie. A three-course meal costs £35 (Please note: there's a different Thanksgiving menu also available at Canary Wharf and Chelsea branches.
This year’s Thanksgiving feast at Deep South specialist the Blues Kitchen centres on roast turkey and ham, but don’t forget the sides: candied yams, cornbread, chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce. And don't forget some New Orleans gumbo to start and sweet potato pie to finish. Book £29.95 tickets and you'll be treated to live blues from The Untouchables and Tom Mansi and the Ice Breakers until 1am. The Shoreditch and Brixton venues will also be celebrating.
"Come and watch Superbowl LI at Bodean's and enjoy great American food, luxury bourbons and a great atmosphere"
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 or a quesadilla (with a chicken, pulled pork or veggie filling) to start, followed by traditional turkey and then pumpkin pie for pud. Or scoff a pilgrim burger – filled with turkey, ham and cornbread stuffing – for £12.95 throughout the month. You'll be as stuffed as a traditional Thanksgiving turkey.
From 24-26 November, this all-American joint in the City will be partying U-S-A style, with Thanksgiving feasting in the evenings. The set menu (£45 per head) focuses on a spiced and roasted turkey green bean casserole, buttermilk biscuits, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and wild mushroom stuffing. Have it all covered with 'super awesome' gravy and then wash it down with egg nog and hot buttered cider.
Gordon Ramsay’s City restaurant is serving up a three-course Thanksgiving menu, including pumpkin soup with spiced pecans and a monumental peanut butter and jelly ice cream sandwich for dessert. For main course, chow down on a confit turkey leg for two served with puffed corn and lobster macaroni cheese. £65 a head.
Get a taste of the American dream with the Breakfast Club’s three-course feast of US comfort food and Thanksgiving classics. The meal starts with spicy pumpkin soup, served with coriander cornbread, followed by Norfolk turkey roasted in beer and bacon along with all the trimmings, and finished with pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream. £28 per person. Available at all branches in the evening.
"Announcing our new set lunch menu! All your Bumpkin favourites available Monday through Friday until 6pm at Bumpkin South Kensington."
For a country chic Thanksgiving, head to South Ken's branch of Bumpkin. It's a cosy setting complete with a comforting three course menu with pumpkin and sage soup to start and apple pie to finish. The middle is the serious bit though, with roast turkey joined by sausage and chestnut stuffing, corn on the cob, mashed spuds and cranberry sauce. Amp it up even more with a potent Thanksgiving cocktail of bourbon, red wine and apple juice.
If you want to really push the boat out this Thanksgiving, London’s original American restaurant, Christopher’s, always puts on a good banquet. For 2016, the all-day set menu features caramelised scallops with celeriac and truffle cream, followed by slow-cooked ballotine of turkey with corn bread, hazelnut and cherry stuffing, and a dessert of pear and almond cobbler with blackberry compote and salted caramel ice cream, for £58 per person. Or toast Thanksgiving without carb-loading with Thanksgiving-themed cocktails at the bar.
Find more great American feasts in London
American restaurants in London bring out the best in the sought-after cuisine of the US. Think burgers, barbecue, hot dogs, ribs and other delicious forms of meaty goodness and you're on the right track. But read our list below and you'll discover there's so much more to US cuisine, especially when it's done to a tee in London restaurants.
Belushi's Bar Hammersmith
This Hammersmith Belushi's is one of six in London - there are more across the UK and Europe, too. It's clearly a successful enterprise, borne from accessible food, plenty of promotions on the drinks and a bit of a party vibe. Live music and the screening of big sporting events help too. A short wine list and recognisable beers on tap do good business but it's the cocktails that prove most popular when night falls. Expect classic concoctions served in jam jars, sharers served with straws and a number of shooters ranging from the well-known (tequila slammers and Jägermeisters) to the intriguing - honey pots and shots of peanut butter jelly, for example. Keenly priced breakfasts are served from 8am, and follow an American culinary theme that continues throughout the day. Expect pancakes, burgers, hot dogs, nachos, steaks, tacos, quesadillas, racks of ribs and wings.