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.
Venue says: “Free birthday bubbly for parties booking in for drinks at Blues Kitchen Camden on Friday nights. Get in touch for more details.”
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.
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.
Venue says: “Hip hop karaoke, live comedy and our famous Crawfish Boil - We've got your summer events covered! Tickets via our website!”
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.
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.
Tooting’s on the up. Although the Antic group, with their three bars on Mitcham Road, appear to have cornered the market in shabby chic for aspirational Tooting folk, there’s still plenty of room for other well-priced, mid-range places to eat. Tota has a contemporary design that looks like something out of a Livingetc shoot, with a menu that shifts according to the time of day: it serves breakfasts, light lunches, and a dinner menu with equal conviction. The dinner menu showcases grill dishes, such as slow-smoked pork ribs; ours were good, but served lukewarm. Perhaps the chefs were having trouble mastering the heat in the new kitchen, as a bavette steak wasn’t so much rare (as requested) as raw in the centre. Other details were good: crisp, dry fries, and pert spring greens. The wine list is succinct, and the beers bottled – it’s always great to see beers from Camden Town or Hogs Back Breweries on the list. Tota is a sharp-looking place, and once the front-of-house staff smiles don’t feel quite so forced, this could give places like Antelope some competition.
Venue says: “Proudly serving great food and cocktails in a fun, friendly fashion since 2012, Tota is Tooting Broadway'’s original destination restaurant.”