Want to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving but can’t squeeze in a trip to the States? Fear not, we’ve got the low-down on where to get booked in to for the most sumptuous Thanksgiving feasts in town. Check out our round-up of the best places to celebrate Thanksgiving in London…
Best Places to Celebrate Thanksgiving in London
Balthazar London, Covent Garden
On Thursday, 22 November, visit Balthazar London where they will be serving up a an all-American Thanksgiving feast. The Thanksgiving Lunch & Dinner Set Menu is £55 per person and includes spiced butternut squash soup, winter kale salad, traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings, and of course, a compulsory pecan or pumpkin dessert. You can also order sharing pies from £10, which serve 6-8 people to finish off your at-home celebration. We’ve tried the pecan pie, it’s delicious! To make a booking please contact the reservations team on 020 3301 1155, [email protected]
45 Park Lane, Mayfair
The Dorchester Collection’s 45 Park Lane celebrates Thanksgiving at its modern American restaurant CUT at 45 Park Lane with both a special afternoon tea and a three-course feast. California born executive chef David McIntyre has used his roots to give the classic British afternoon tea an American twist: think maple and bacon macaroons, graham cracker s’mores and wild mushroom tart with black truffle. Meanwhile the three-course Thanksgiving dinner offers festive favourites such as roasted squash soup with chanterelle mushrooms, roast turkey with wild mushroom stuffing and the signature pumpkin cheesecake with crushed oats and candied ginger ice cream. Thanksgiving CUTcakes & Tea is priced at £55 per person. The three-course Thanksgiving Dinner starts at £110 per person. To make a reservation contact CUT at 45 Park Lane on [email protected], telephone +44 (0)20 7493 4545 or visit dorchestercollection.com
Bread Street Kitchen, St Paul’s
Head to Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen for a special Thanksgiving menu that includes dishes such as wagyu meatballs, polenta croutons and basil to start, confit turkey leg with cornbread for main and pumpkin pie with cinnamon ice cream, peanut butter parfait or chocolate lava cake to finish. Three courses for £50pp with wine pairing from £30. See what else is on offer at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants here: gordonramsayrestaurants.com
Jackson + Rye, various locations
American restaurant Jackson + Rye will be celebrating Thanksgiving across their London venues in Soho, Kingston, Chiswick, Richmond and Bank with a specially crafted menu. For appetizers there’s crispy chicken wings, duck liver parfait and shrimp and bacon chowder, then for mains diners can choose between a number of options including roasted squash risotto and boned and rolled turkey. Multiple desserts are also on offer, including the classic pumpkin pie, lemon tart and salted caramel peanut butter fudge. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of fizz to kick-start the celebrations. £29.95 per person. Visit jacksonandrye.com for more information and to book.
Rail House Café, Victoria
Victoria-based all-day restaurant and bar Rail House Café will mark the American holiday with its second Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday 23 November. Kick things off with a festive Old Fashioned cocktail of Calvados and cinnamon with Bourbon soaked cranberries. Follow with slow roasted Norfolk Bronze Turkey served with cornbread and sausage stuffing, maple-buttered sweet potatoes, mac & cheese, creamed corn casserole, glazed sprouts with bacon and calvados gravy. (Erm, wow.) Dessert will be a choice of two classic American pies – Pumpkin Brûlée Pie or Pecan Pie, each served with whipped vanilla cream. £40 per head, railhouse.cafe
Blakes Restaurant, Kensington
Blakes Hotel has announced a one-off Thanksgiving set menu for the evening of Thursday 22 November at Blakes Restaurant. The three-course feasting menu of luxurious takes on American classics will include dishes such as butternut squash veloute soup and a whole Norfolk Bronze turkey served with all the trimmings. To finish there will be a tasty chocolate peacan tart. Available on Thursday 22 November only, £49 per head. Reservations can be made via email: restauran[email protected] or telephone: +44 (0)20 7370 6701.
The Blues Kitchen, Camden Town
For your comfort food fix, head to Deep South specialist The Blues Kitchen, which is serving up an all-American feast this Thanksgiving. To start, it’s smoked sausage with okra and peppers, followed by the main event: buttermilk fried turkey, crispy onions, cornbread and twice-baked mac’n’cheese. Make sure you save some space for pudding too, which is a tasty pumpkin pie served with toasted marshmallows and ice cream. A vegetarian menu is also available, featuring okra and black bean gumbo for starters and a broccoli and cheddar pot pie with sweet potato mash for the main course. To top it all off, the house band will be playing live blues throughout the evening, with music inspired by our friends from across the pond. £29.95 per person. Visit theblueskitchen.com to book or call 02039111367 to book.
108 Brasserie at The Marylebone
This Thanksgiving 108 Brasserie at The Marylebone will be serving a menu of traditional American dishes. Diners can choose from a two-course and three-course option, and dishes include: stuffed squash with quinoa, spinach and pine nuts with wild mushroom sauce, a grilled fillet of salmon with creamed sweetcorn and of course the traditional turkey with chestnut stuffing and all the trimmings. To finish, you can choose between New York cheescake, pumpkin or pecan pie. Special Thanksgiving Cocktails are also available – there’s ‘American Spice’ made up of bourbon, plum bitter and homemade cinnamon syrup, or ‘Pumpkin Sour’: a gin concoction with pumpkin, purée & anise syrup, lemon juice and egg white. Two courses for £30 or three courses for £40.
The Breakfast Club, various locations
Head to your local Breakfast Club for a taste of the American Dream this Thanksgiving. You’ll be starting with a butternut bisque served with warm jalapeño and coriander cornbread – a top secret recipe from the executive chef Matt’s mum. The next course is bacon and beer roasted Norfolk turkey served with hasselback potatoes, pan juices and cranberry relish, or mac n cheese with sautéed kale, spiralized sweet potato, beetroot and zucchini for vegetarians. £28 per person, available across all their venues. Visit thebreakfastclubcafes.com
Bloomsbury seafood restaurant Neptune will be putting a modern spin on the traditional Thanksgiving feast. To kick things off it’s a clam and smoked bacon chowder followed by turkey with cranberry and redcurrant sauce plus a chestnut and sausage stuffing. Sides include a unique sweet potato and marshmallow dish, corn and cheddar biscuits and creamed kale, and to finish it’s a tasty pumpkin custard tart with maple pecans and sour cream – all for £35 per person. Visit neptune.com to book or email [email protected]
Brasserie Blanc, various locations
Pumpkin’s not just for Halloween – as demonstrated by Brasserie Blanc’s seasonal Thanksgiving menu, which runs right through until 10 January. Star dishes include pumpkin ravioli with pine nuts and roquette garnish, smoked mackerel with spiced pumpkin chutney and spiced pumpkin tart, proving pumpkin to be one of the most versatile ingredients around. You can find a number of Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie Blanc restaurants throughout the capital including venues in Fulham, Southbank and Chancery Lane. Two courses for £11.95 or three courses for an extra £3.50. Visit brasserieblanc.com
Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen at Andaz London Liverpool Street
Thanksgiving festivities at Andaz London Liverpool Street hotel will be taking place at Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen, one of their dining spots. A huge turkey will be carved at the long table, complete with all the trimmings – or for veggies, the veggie wellington is set to be equally delicious. Bonus: you’ll be treated to bottomless Yorkshire puddings! Available 22-24 November. Visit hyatt.com
Ace Hotel London, Shoreditch
For the fourth helping of their Breaking Bread series, Ace Hotel London have collaborated with meaningful experience experts The POP to bring guests an immersive modern Thanksgiving. Over the course of the evening a number of guest speakers will perform, covering topics surrounding our multicultural city: from the importance of finding your tribe to celebrating community. Executive Chef Matthew Marshall has created a special menu for the occasion, with dishes including freshly baked cornbread with hemp oil and amaranth dip, corn on the cob on edible soil and roast turkey with American black rice. Guests will be welcomed with a pumpkin martini garnished with a burnt marshmallow, and the meal will finish with the traditional pumpkin and pecan pie.
Bunga Bunga Covent Garden
London’s best pizza party Bunga Bunga of course have their roots in Italian cuisine, but this Thanksgiving their Covent Garden venue is getting an American makeover. Their Italian-American hybrid celebration swerves the turkey tradition and focuses on two other USA favourites instead: pizza and Jack Daniels whisky. Gorge on smoky-barbecue metre-long pizzas and flaming cocktails while surrounded by a flurry of dancers and live music for a flamboyant Bunga-Bunga style Thanksgiving. 22 November, £38 per person
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