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? The Resident has picked out a few favorites…
Lead Image: Riding House Cafe
1 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. Head Chef Francis Agyepong has devised a menu starting with either seared Orkney scallops, blue corn cream, fennel crisps and hazelnut praline; or Maryland crab cakes. 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 sweet potato, scallion & Monterey Jack galette with butter bean casserole and cranberry corn muffin. Dessert includes baked peanut butter & Graham cracker cheesecake accompanied with a salted caramel ice cream sandwich. The three-course menu is priced at £65 and will be served all day from 12pm to 11.30pm in the dining room on 22 November.
18 Wellington Street WC2E 7DD; christophersgrill.com
2 CUT at 45 Park Lane
On Thanksgiving day (22 November), CUT at 45 Park Lane will offer a special three-course menu priced from £110. Highlights include roasted squash soup with chanterelle mushrooms, goat’s cheese, pine nuts and pumpkin seed oil, roasted turkey with wild mushroom stuffing and Desiree potato puree, creme fraiche and black truffles. For dessert, there’s a contemporary twist on an American classic – pumpkin cheesecake with crushed oats and candied ginger ice cream, or pecan pie served with ’10’ year chocolate sauce and maple ice cream. BAR45 will also be serving American Craft Beers. Alternatively, the CUTcakes&Tea American Afternoon Tea will come with Thanksgiving favourites of fried turkey & buttermilk bisquets as well as maple and bacon macarons (£55pp).
45 Park Lane W1K 1PN; dorchestercollection.com
3 Smith & Wollensky, Covent Garden Riverside
Smith & Wollensky is offering up a Thanksgiving meal on 22 November only, starting with Roast Squash, Corn Chowder & Smoked Paprika or Oak Smoked Salmon, followed by meaty mains such as the 320g USDA Prime Dry-Aged Sirloin, Roasted Bronze Turkey with sausage and cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce and red wine gravy, or Beetroot Wellington. There are also family-style sides for the whole table, including bourbon-glazed roasted carrots, green bean and tomato casserole, and whipped potatoes. Round off with traditional puds like Pumpkin Pie, Apple & Blueberry Cobbler and Chocolate Delice. Priced £68pp for three courses.
The Adelphi Building, 1-11 John Adam Street WC2N 6HT; smithandwollensky.co.uk
4 The Jones Family Project, Shoreditch & Belgravia
Modern steakhouse The Jones Family is celebrating Thanksgiving with a three-course dinner and paired cocktails. The menu starts with Cream of Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seeds & 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 pumkpin and pecan pie. The pairing cocktails are inspired by US anthems celebrating classic US harvest fruits (apple, blueberry, grape and cranberry) – think Guns n’ Roses’ Bad Apples (Wild Turkey Straight Rye, Laird’s applejack, pumpkin butter, lemon, sugar and bitters). Historically, Thanksgiving was a three-day celebration so The Jones Family have decided to spread the tradition over three evenings. from Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 November 2018, priced £35pp or £70pp with drinks pairings.
78 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch EC2A 3JL & 7-8 Eccleston Yards SW1W 9NF; jonesfamilyproject.co.uk
5 Rail House Café, Riding House Cafe and Village East
Sister venues Rail House Café in Victoria, Riding House Café in Fitzrovia and Village East in Bermondsey are all offering up a strong Thanksgiving feast this year. Priced at £40 per head, the meal will commence with a festive Cinnamon Old-Fashioned with Bourbon soaked cranberries, before a slow roasted Norfolk Bronze Turkey arrives at the table. Cooked in herb butter and served family-style for sharing, the turkey comes with indulgent sides of cornbread and sausage stuffing; maple-buttered sweet potatoes; mac and cheese; and creamed corn casserole, not to mention the veggies – glazed sprouts with smoky bacon and green beans with praline. Dessert will be a choice of two smash-hit American pies – Pumpkin Brûlée Pie or Pecan Pie – each served with hand whipped vanilla cream. Available 22 November only.
Rail House Café: 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, Victoria SW1E 5DJ
Riding House Café: 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia W1W 7PQ
Village East: 171-173 Bermondsey Street SE1 3UW
6 Farmacy, Notting Hill
Renowned plant-based restaurant and bar, Farmacy in Notting Hill, is hosting its first ever supperclub this Thanksgiving. The menu, a three-course celebration of autumn produce, starter with a sharing mezze board of Chestnut Hummus, Cauliflower Popcorn, Baked Salsify Sticks, Cranberry Chutney and Ancient Grain Flatbreads. For the main courses, there will then be a Forager’s pie, Farmacy’s classic ‘Winter Bowl’, filled with sprouted spiced rice, braised red cabbage, whipped squash, charred brussel sprouts and celeriac remoulade, plus organic seasonal greens. The dessert board will feature a trio of sweet treats including classic American Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Cups with seasonal fruit filling, and Rice and Coconut Pudding. Everything is made from natural, organic plant-based foods, free from dairy, refined sugars, GMO, additives and all chemicals. From 7pm on 22 November. Tickets are £60.
74 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill W2 5SH; farmacylondon.com
7 The Blues Kitchen, various locations
Head over to The Blues Kitchen on 22 November to experience a true Deep South Thanksgiving. With locations in Brixton, Shoreditch and Camden, The Blues Kitchen doesn’t mess around when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner. As well as a live band to get you in festive spirits, you can enjoy an authentic Texan three-course dinner starting with New Orleans Gumbo (smoked sausage, chicken, okra, peppers, long grain rice and cornbread), Buttermilk Fried Turkey with cornbread and sausage stuffing, green bean casserole, crispy onions, twice baked mac & cheese and giblet & bacon gravy), and Pumpkin Pie with toasted marshmallows and vanilla ice cream. Priced £29.95pp.
8 Bread Street Kitchen, the City
On Thanksgiving Day, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen is serving up a decadent three-course Thanksgiving menu centered around a glorious Confit Turkey Leg with cornbread, shrimps and grits and cranberry sauce. There’s also a sharing snack platter with hot wings, wagyu meatballs, polenta croutons, basil and mac n cheese bites to start, and sharing desserts of pumpkin pie with cinnamon ice cream, peanut butter parfait and chocolate lava cake. Priced £50pp or £80pp with a fine wine pairing.
10 Bread Street EC4M 9AJ; gordonramsayrestaurants.com
9 The Hero of Maida, Maida Vale
Critically-acclaimed Chef Director Henry Harris (formerly of Racine) has created fittingly festive menus for The Hero of Maida this Thanksgiving. On 22 November, the restaurant will be serving up classic starters including Endive and Duck confit salad with Roquefort dressing; and Devilled Prawns with garlic butter croutons. The main course is roast turkey from local butcher H.G. Walter, served sharing style with all the trimmings including homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, sprouts, mashed potatoes, sweet potato and marshmallow gratin, and French bean casserole. For dessert there’s an exclusive dessert of sweet potato pie and Bourbon cream. The three-course menu is priced £35.
55 Shirland Road, Maida Vale W9 2JD; theheromaidavale.co.uk
10 Balthazar, Covent Garden
Balthazar London, the New York-style brasserie in Covent Garden, is throwing a three-course feast featuring American Thanksgiving classics. Highlights from the menu include spiced roasted butternut squash soup to start, a traditional turkey roast with all the trimmings (or alternatively baked cod with a thyme and parmesan crust) for the main course and pecan pie for pud, as well as tea, coffee and petit fours to seal the deal. The menu, available on 22 November only, is priced £55pp. You can also opt for a festive gingerbread fizz cocktail for an additional £11.
4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5HZ; balthazarlondon.com
11 Joe Allen, Covent Garden
The home of New York-style dining in London for over four decades, will be throwing an all-American Thanksgiving celebration complete with a live pianist, Stars and Stripes décor and bourbon cocktails galore. The menu kicks off with a pick of dishes from across the US – from a sweet potato, sweetcorn and smoked bacon chowder to truffle mac’n’cheese croquettes – followed by honey roast smoked ham or classic turkey with sweet potato mash, buttered Savoy cabbage, roast carrots, parsnips and potatoes. Then there’s a spiced pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream, or pecan pie with sweet Chantilly cream.
2 Burleigh Street, Covent Garden WC2E 7PX; joeallen.co.uk
12 Town House, South Kensington
Town House in South Kensington invites guests to relax and enjoy the Thanksgiving festivities while they provide the perfect destination to celebrate together on 22nd November 2018. Town House at The Kensington is serving up a refined Thanksgiving menu on 22 November. Choose from traditional dishes such as Butternut Squash Sage Soup, Fall Harvest Salad or Iron Skillet Corn Bread to start, followed by Roast Bronze Turkey Confit Leg Beignet, Pork Short Ribs or Green Bean & Salsify Gratin for the main course. For dessert, there’s a Pumpkin Tart, Red Velvet Cake or Vanilla & Cider Pannacotta to choose from. Priced £30pp for two courses or £45pp for three courses. Served from 5-9.30pm.
109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington SW7 5LP; townhousekensington.com
13 PJ’s Bar & Grill, Fulham
For a classic celebration this Thanksgiving, look no further than PJ’s Bar & Grill in Fulham. Reserve a table for a decadent three-course seasonal meal including plenty of home-cooked American favourites like roast turkey with all the trimmings, truffle linguine, and black forest gateaux. The Thanksgiving menu is available throughout the day on 22 Thursday for bookings only. Priced £32pp.
52 Fulham Road SW3 6HH; pjsbarandgrill.co.uk
14 Sticky Fingers, Kensington
This Thanksgiving, head to Rolling Stones’ legend Bill Wyman’s restaurant just off High Street Kensington. Sticky Fingers is serving up a three-course menu packed with American favourites, starting with starters of Jim Beam honey and Tabasco wings, followed by roast maple glazed turkey with all the trimmings. To finish, there’s a decadent chocolate and pecan brownie smothered in hot chocolate fudge sauce with vanilla ice cream. Priced £25pp.
1 Phillimore Gardens, Kensington W8 7QB; stickyfingers.co.uk
15 Plaquemine Lock, Islington
Plaquemine Lock is an English pub serving Cajun and Creole food. Why? Because it’s run by Jacob Kenedy, whose ancestors hail from Louisiana. So it’s only fitting that Plaquemine Lock will be serving up an array of true southern American Thanksgiving dishes, such as turkey gumbo, sweet potato pie and pumpkin amaretto creme caramel. To drink, try a maple margarita or flight of bourbon & rye. Available from 22-25 November for £29.50pp (Thanksgiving menu must be ordered for the whole table)
139 Graham Street, Islington N1 8LB; plaqlock.com
16 Galvin HOP, Spitalfields
Inspired by the colonial Pilgrims’ 1621 harvest meal, the chefs at Galvin HOP have created an all-American Thanksgiving menu. For one night only, Americanophiles and expats can celebrate the US holiday with an indulgent two-course dinner of roast turkey breast, BBQ pulled turkey legs, sage & thyme stuffing and pickled walnuts served with a selection of small plates (cherry & cranberry salsa, salt baked sweet potato, cheese grits & cornbread, and green beans & crispy shallots). To finish, you can choose between pumpkin cheesecake with a cookie crumb or pecan pie with cinnamon ice cream. Served on Thursday 22 November from 7.30pm. £25pp.
35 Spital Square E1 6DY; galvinrestaurants.com
17 Ace Hotel London, Shoreditch
For the fourth edition of the Breaking Bread series, Ace Hotel London is holding an immersive Thanksgiving evening in conjunction with meaningful experiences experts, The POP. Commencing at 7pm on the 7th floor rooftop, you’ll be welcomed with a pumpkin martini garnished with a burnt marshmallow. Alongside guest speakers unveiled on the evening, Ace Hotel’s Executive Chef Matthew Marshall has created a timely menu of freshly baked cornbread with hemp oil & amaranth dip, corn on the cob on edible soil and roast turkey with American black rice. To finish, choose from pumpkin or pecan pie. Tickets are £40.
100 Shoreditch High Street E1 6JQ. To book see eventbrite.co.uk
18 South Place Chop House, the City
Enjoy an indulgent three-course Thanksgiving feast at South Place Chop House. Head Chef Guy Betteridge has prepared an American feast with a British twist. The menu starts with Ironbank pumpkin soup with crispy sage and toasted seeds, followed by Norfolk bronze turkey with orange and cranberry stuffing, pigs in blanket, young parsnips and roast potatoes. For dessert it’s glazed pecan pie with ice cream. Available on Thanksgiving Day priced £30pp.
South Place Hotel, 3 South Place EC2M 2AF; southplacehotel.com