I am not American. However. If there’s one thing that makes me wish I was (other than Obama as President) it’s Thanksgiving.
OK, so the reasons for the tradition don’t apply to us Londoners exactly, but if you give me an excuse for getting together with the people I love most and show some gratitude for all the things we’re lucky enough to have? I’m in.
Plus of course, you get to stuff your face with some delicious food. Which is one of my favourite things to do. Pumpkin Pie, Turkey and Trimmings, Warm Apple Pie with Custard? The list goes on, and I get hungry..
So, American or not, here are our top tips for places to spend Thanksgiving in 2015. Grab your friends or family, book a table and DIG IN!
4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
Balthazar in Covent Garden knows all about American food, seeing as it’s sister venue in New York is a bit of a local legend. For Thanksgiving, the UK restaurant is serving all-American classics, including spiced roasted Butternut Squash soup, traditional Roast Turkey and Pecan Pie. If you’re ot up for dining in and just want a quick taster though, the Boulangerie is serving S’mores, Pecan Pies, Pumpkin Tarts and iced Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies. Check out the full menu here.
168 Shoreditch High Street
If you don’t fancy the full on dinner experience but want to pay homage to the season – head to Boneyard in Shoreditch who have created a Turkey Breast Burger, with stuffing mixed through, that’s topped with cranberry mayo, smoked sweet potato hash and honey roast ham – all for just £9.
332-334 Kings Road, Chelsea | 12 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden
Oh, I just love The Big Easy. It’s always on my list for a good dinner – and is especially good at Thanksgiving. They’re offering the full dinner for £30 per head, and it’ll include Butternut Squash Soup; ‘farm to table’ herb roasted turkey with southern slow cooked gravy, Grandma Emma’s Apple cranberry chutney, sweet potatoes mash, green bean casserole and coleslaw. Plus for pudding, choose from Key lime pie or homemade pumpkin pie.
20 Chesham Place, SW1X 8HQ
If you fancy being a little bit fancy, head to Pont St, where Chef Sophie Michell has created a thanksgiving feast. Expect roast bronze turkey and the Thanksgiving classic sweet potato topped with caramelised marshmallow alongside a pumpkin pie with ginger spice ice cream. £55 a head.
1 Chiltern St, W1U 7PA
Still one of London’s hottest spots, Chiltern Firehouse are going all out for Thanksgiving. On the 26th November they’ll be serving Hay Roasted Organic Turkey with sausage, truffle and foie gras stuffing, buttered brioche and a sour berry jus (£32) with sides of Maple Bourbon Sweet Potatoes (£6) and Green Beans almondine (£6). For dessert, there’s Pecan Pie with Bourbon Cream (£9).
Book me in, please.
45 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1PN
Wolfgang Puck is one of America’s best Chefs o it’s not surprise that his London restaurant is bringing you the best of Thanksgiving this year. At £90 a head it’s not cheap but it will be worth it. CUT’s three course Thanksgiving menu will include Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Cranberry Quince compote and Roasted Turkey with Wild Mushroom Stuffing and Braised Greens. The desserts will have a thanksgiving twist, adding Spiced Pumpkin & Vanilla Baked Alaska (with Candied Pumpkin Seeds) and Bourbon Pecan Pie with maple ice cream.
Sea Containers / Mondrian London
20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD
One of my favourite hotels in London, the Mondrian is pure class, and I suspect the Thanksgiving offering from their Sea Container’s restaurant will be exactly the same.Their menu, priced at £65 per head includes a starter of wood roasted celeriac soup with winter truffles, a main of roasted Norfolk Turkey with mushroom pine nut stuffing, crispy fried Brussels sprouts, Sobrassada sausage and roasted potatoes, and desserts including a pumpkin pie cheesecake and a brown butter pecan pie.
The Truscott Arms
55 Shirland Road, Maida, Vale, London, W9 2JD
If you prefer Gastropub to Fine-Dining, The Truscott Arms is always a good bet. For Thanksgiving Dinner they’re serving a three-course family-style menu from 12pm-9.30pm. For £40 a head (£20 child) you’ll get Champagne on arrival (Errrm, kids won’t), Butternut bisque and cheddar biscuits, roast turkey with cornbread and chestnut stuffing, sweet potatoes with caramelised apples and both pecan and pumpkin pies (plus a broccoli and rice casserole for vegetarians).
PS: Thanksgiving always falls on the 4th Thursday in November, so this year it’s this Thursday, the 26th!