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 the 22nd – here’s you’re chance to have a pre-Christmas turkey dinner with our top pick of places to celebrate in London.
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Book ahead for a smoky taste of Americana. These barbecue outposts (in Soho, Clapham, Fulham and Tower Hill) are charging £20.95 per person for a meal that includes a choice of clam chowder, pulled pork or salad to start, a mains platter of turkey and ham with cornbread stuffing and cranberry sauce, followed by apple cobbler with ice cream or pumpkin pie. See more
Rowley Leigh’s refined retreat in Whiteley’s shopping centre will be incorporating transatlantic inspiration aplenty in its three-course Thanksgiving meal. The menu includes hors d’oeuvres, Louisiana staple po’boys (sub sandwiches) filled with oysters to start, a traditional roast turkey main course and the obligatory pumpkin pie (£45 per person). Diners will be serenaded by the house bluegrass band – the Good Ol’ Café Boys. See more
This grand restaurant in Covent Garden has an all-day Thanksgiving menu that encompasses more choice than most. Five starters will segue into five mains: ballotine of turkey, spice-rubbed lamb with avocado tamales, rump steak with Boston baked beans or mushroom and leek risotto, followed by chocolate and peanut butter tart, brownies and cobbler galore for afters. £45 per person. See more
It’s only fitting that US celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant should do something special for Thanksgiving and at £85 (£125 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. Desert includes bourbon pecan pie or apple stuffed doughnuts with spiced, whipped cream and a cranberry and pomegranate cocktail. See more
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 coffees and truffles. £52.50 per person. Telephone booking essential. See more
Gordon Ramsay’s gastropub overlooking the Thames in Limehouse will be celebrating with a turkey dinner at a mere £15.50 per person, including roast turkey with sweet southern US inspired sides of creamed corn and brown sugar glazed carrots, plus cauliflower cheese, sweet potato and cranberry sauce. Pecan pie with ice cream and maple syrup (an extra £7.50) along with mulled cider or hot rum and apple toddys will bring the evening to a sweet and spicy close. See more
The venerable and glamorous Savoy Grill is run by Gordon Ramsay Holdings. This year, chef Andy Cook has set his US inspired menu at £55 per person. Dine on sweetcorn and crab chowder, maple-roast turkey, roasted yams and sage stuffing. Round it off with a wafer thin (or not) slice of pumpkin pie with cinnamon ice cream. See more
This upmarket Italian in Bermondsey has been making its own tradition of the American feast with an Italian flavour for several years. Expect the classic roast turkey and pumpkin pie, but with an extra course of home-made pumpkin ravioli (£39.50). See more
Despite being bought by the Belgian-based chain Le Pain Quotidien last year, 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, then moves on to roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, grilled sea bass or squash galette, before finishing with sweet pies, brownies or cheese plates and a selection of petit fours. See more