Thanksgiving, though strictly an American tradition, is one that London has embraced with open arms in recent years. So where to head for a fabulous Thanksgiving feast this November 25? The Resident has picked out a few favorites…
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1 Davies and Brook, Mayfair
This one is a real feast to give thanks for, with three delicious and decadent courses that celebrate the season. A selection of starters range from roasted beetroot, to rich foie gras or tagliatelle, both rich with truffle. Main courses of lobster tail with swede puree and lobster bisque, roasted turket or beef fillet are accompanied by all the traditional trimmings; sharing dishes include Brussel sprouts, potato moussaline, and cranberry sauce for the table. To finish, the classic American pie is elevated in true Davies and Brook style; choose from pumpkin or pecan pie with ice cream.
Menu is £155pp and includes an amuse bouche; Claridge’s Hotel, Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR; daviesandbrook.co.uk
2 The Stafford London, St James’s
The Stafford London in St James’s has long been a favoured destination for guests from across the pond – The American Bar is one of the longest surviving American bars in London and the hotel served as a club during World War II, for American and Canadian officers stationed overseas who sought refuge in the hotel’s centuries old Wine Cellars. In honour of this relationship, the five-star hotel puts on on a lavish Thanksgiving feast annually. The three-course menu starts this year with fully loaded sweet potato soup with crispy bacon, rye croutons and sour cream, followed by maple glazed roast turkey with caramelized onions, roasted squash, creamed sprouts, green beans casserole and garlic mash. For dessert, enjoy The Stafford’s twist on the traditional pumpkin pie, which is served with oat and pecan crust and a buttermilk ice cream. Available in both The Game Bird restaurant and The American Bar.
Menu £49.50pp; 16-18 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NJ; thestaffordlondon.com
3 Sette by Scarpetta
Thanksgiving with fine-dining Italian flair, the three-course menu is made up of seasonal dishes including chestnut and porcini soup with truffle; a primi piatti of pumpkin and foie gras ravioli; followed by a choice of traditional roasted turkey with seasonal trimmings or rich vegetable cannelloni. Finish with cinnamon sugar bombolini with pecan cream and gooseberry sorbet for a decadent dolci.
Menu is £50pp and includes an amuse bouche; 4 Knightsbridge Green, SW1X 7QA; settelondon.co.uk
4 Galvin Bar & Grill, Russell Square
Head Chef Adam Gray has put together a menu that celebrates both classic American dishes and British ingredients and flair. The three-course meal starts with Delica pumpkin soup served with grilled ceps, Spenwood cheese and cornbread, followed by a rustic free-range turkey with sweet potato gratin, maple glazed bacon and cranberries. The meal finishes on the classic notes of the pecan pie.
Menu £48pp; 1-8 Russell Square WC1B 5BE; galvinrestaurants.com
5 The Pem at the Conrad London St James
The Pem chefs Sally Abé and Laetizia Keating have created a one-off, celebratory menu, using the best of British ingredients. The menu celebrates flavours of the harvest using seasonal ingredients to create a comforting and elevated Thanksgiving meal in the Pem’s signature style. Feast on the likes of maple roast turkey, yams, duck fat hassleback potatoes and pumpkin pie ice-cream served with hazelnuts and shortbread and pair your meal with wines curated by the restaurants sommelier.
Menu £95pp; Conrad London St James; 22-28 Broadway; SW1H 0BH; thepemrestaurant.com
6 Joe Allen, Covent Garden
Following an 18-month closure, Covent Garden’s home of New York-style dining will be throwing an all-American Thanksgiving feast. Starters include bowls of creamy sweetcorn soup served with warm, homemade cornbread muffins to dip and an autumnal salad of beetroot, feta and orange dandelion topped with pecan granola. For the main meal, a sumptuous roast turkey complete with all the trimmings is on offer, or, for the non-traditionalists out there, try a crusted cod fillet served in a southern shrimp gumbo with chorizo and white beans. To finish, there’s an indulgently dense baked cheesecake, peanut butter and jelly ice-cream sandwiches and a pumpkin crème brûlée .
Menu £65pp; 2 Burleigh Street, Covent Garden WC2E 7PX; joeallen.co.uk
7 Christopher’s, Covent Garden
Established 1991, London’s original American restaurant, Christopher’s Covent Garden, has been serving up Thanksgiving feasts for over 25 years. The festive three-course feast starts with either a chickpea and chorizo chowder, seared wagyu beef or blackened shrimps. Then there’s the slow-cooked ballotine of organic Turkey, accompanied by cornbread, Michigan chestnut cherry stuffing, cranberry relish, buttered beans and creamed potatoes. For vegetarians, there’s zucchini and piquillo pepper casserole with potato and celeriac dauphinoise and cranberry cornbread. Dessert includes pumpkin pie with bourbon Chantilly, apple and blackberry cobbler or a baked New York vanilla cheesecake.
Menu £65 pp; 18 Wellington Street WC2E 7DD; christophersgrill.com
8 Smith & Wollensky, Covent Garden Riverside
This refined American-style steakhouse is offering up a Thanksgiving meal that starts with your choice of split peas soup with bacon, peppered goats cheese with a tenderstem broccoli, pomegranate and pecan salad or oak smoked Scottish salmon with Keta caviar, creme fraiche and fresh horseradish. This is followed by free-range roast turkey with sausage and cornbread stuffing, pan-friend stone bass, beetroot Wellington, or your choice of three hefty cuts of meat – prime sirloin, fillet or bone-in ribeye. Finish off with a traditional pumpkin pie, apple and blueberry cobbler or an Oreo cheesecake.
Menu £69 pp (steaks additional); The Adelphi Building, 1-11 John Adam Street WC2N 6HT; smithandwollensky.co.uk
9 The Jones Family Kitchen, Belgravia
Modern steakhouse The Jones Family Kitchen is celebrating Thanksgiving with a three-course dinner with the option of pairing it with classic US-style cocktails and a glass of chardonnay. The menu starts with cream of squash soup with pumpkin seeds and winter truffle, followed by roast turkey with buttermilk mash, greens, sprouts, garlic buttered breadcrumbs, stuffing and lashings of gravy. For dessert, you can choose between pumpkin and pecan pie. The pairing cocktails celebrate classic US harvest fruits (apple, blueberry, grape and cranberry) and use a Wild Turkey base. The menu must be pre-booked and is available November 25-27.
Menu £39.50pp or £82pp with paired drinks; 7-8 Eccleston Yards SW1W 9NF; jonesfamilyproject.co.uk
10 Rail House Café & Riding House Cafe, Fitzrovia & Victoria
Sister venues Rail House Café in Victoria and Riding House Café in Fitzrovia are both offering up a strong Thanksgiving feast this year. Served all together like a home roast, you’ve got roast Norfolk turkey, cornbread and sausage stuffing, and maple-buttered sweet potatoes. There’s a host of delicious sounding sides too – truffled mac and cheese, creamed corn casserole, glazed sprouts with bacon and green beans and praline. Dessert will be a choice of two smash-hit American pies – pumpkin brûlée pie or pecan pie. To kick the meal off, there’s an optional aperitif – a Kentucky bucket with Maker’s Mark, cider, mango tea, maple syrup orange bitters, lemon and star anise – which comes as an individual cocktail or as a sharing bowl (£9/£45). Available November 25-26. Delivery boxes are also available.
Menu £45 pp; Rail House Café: 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, Victoria SW1E 5DJ
Riding House Café: 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia W1W 7PQ
11 Ottolenghi at home, Notting Hill, Marylebone & Belgravia
Want to spend Thanksgiving at home and still want a bang-up feast without any of the work? Ottolenghi has a range of Thanksgiving options you can pick up from the Notting Hill, Marylebone or Belgravia restaurants to take home. Coming in various portion sizes, there’s boneless Turkey rolled with mint and cumin and either a chestnut, prune, pancetta and sage stuffing or stuffing with dried apricot, fig, celery and rosemary. The sides are plenty and sound a treat. Choices include festive dirty rice, roasted sweet potato with pecan, sultana maple and spring onion, and green beans with burnt butter, yogurt sage, lemon and almond. For dessert, choose from pumpkin pie, pecan pie or apple galette on walnut pastry. Menu items are individually priced.