Thanksgiving in London 2016: The Very Best MenusBy Angelica Malin
Planning to celebrate Thanksgiving in London? From delicious meaty feasts to one-night-only extravaganzas, here’s where to enjoy Thanksgiving in London 2016:
Thanksgiving in London: Slow-Cooked Meats
What: Texas Joe’s Slow Smoked Meats will be celebrating Thanksgiving in true Texan style, bringing an authentic southern flair to the American holiday with an all out Thanksgiving feast on the 24th November.
Eat and Drink: The evening will kick off with a tasting of the award-winning bourbon from Texan distillers Garrison Brothers, followed by a thanksgiving must; turkey, smoked in the restaurant’s custom-made 500-pound capacity rotisserie, bone marrow mash, chipotle glazed sweet potato alongside green bean casserole, smoked creamed corn, Poblano chorizo cornbread dressing and of course, the staple of every Thanksgiving meal: pumpkin pie.
Price: Tickets for the Thanksgiving feast will be £40 and include all food for the evening. Tickets can be purchased here.
Where: 8-9 Snowsfields, London SE1 3SU
Thanksgiving in London: Pecan Pie
What: Sea Containers, located in the uber trendy Mondrian London on the Southbank, are offering a very special Thanksgiving menu. The transatlantic inspired restaurant will be knocking up a Thanksgiving meal available at lunch and dinner on 24th November.
Eat and Drink: The set menu will include a Glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne on arrival and a choice of three courses. Starters include butternut squash soup with medjool dates and chestnuts, shrimp mac n’ cheese, and caramelised onion and goat’s cheese tart. For mains, stick to tradition and order the Roasted Norfolk Turkey served with Brussels sprouts, roasted potatoes, and cornbread and sausage stuffing, or the clay-baked half-lobster if you’re feeling fancy. There’s also the veggie option of sweet potato gnocchi with brown butter and sage. And obviously, there’s pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. Or pecan pie. Or even apple pie. Spoilt for choice.
Price: £50 per person
Where: 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD
Photo Credit: David Griffen
Thanksgiving Menus: Special Cakes
What: Following the launch of Dominique Ansel Bakery London last month, Chef Dominique is bringing Thanksgiving tradition across the pond with an assortment of sweet signature pies. Fan-favourites served at Dominique’s famed Pie Nights in New York will be making their British debut, as the London bakery gears up for the holiday.
Eat and Drink: From Wednesday 16th until Sunday 27th November, individual slices of extra-silky pumpkin, salted caramel apple and bourbon pecan pies will be available in-store. To accompany the pies, blossoming hot chocolate – Chef’s homemade hot chocolate, served with a marshmallow flower bud that blooms to reveal a chocolate Bon Bon inside – will also be available to order. Get your Instagram at the ready.
Price: £6 per slice and £5.50 for hot chocolate
Where: 17-21 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9RP
Thanksgiving in London: Peanut Butter Tart
What: Who needs to travel to the states, when you have Christopher’s on your doorstep. Come Thursday, the capital’s original American restaurant has more than one reason to raise a toast, as it celebrates its landmark 25th Anniversary year too. A one-off menu of innovative twists on US classics by Head Chef Francis Agyepong, who has been at the helm twenty-three years. It be served all day from 12pm to 11.30pm, in Christopher’s glamorous dining room, within the Grade II-listed building which was once London’s first casino.
Eat and Drink: Highlights include Maryland crab cake with red pepper mayo and rocket salad, caramelised Orkney scallops with celeriac and truffle cream and sunchoke and ricotta soufflé. You won’t be disappointed with the main dishes – feast on slow-cooked ballotine of organic turkey with corn bread, hazelnut and Michigan cherry stuffing, cranberry relish, buttered beans and creamed potatoes; roast salmon with lobster kale mash, and lemon and dill emulsion and Missouri-rubbed rack of lamb, with pulled lamb and avocado tamale, and confit of butternut squash. There’s peanut butter chocolate tart for dessert. So much yes.
Price: £58 per person for three courses
Where: 18 Wellington St, London WC2E 7DD
Thanksgiving in London: A Taste of the Southern States
What: The Blues Kitchen’s legendary Thanksgiving feasts are taking place on Thursday (24th November) at Shoreditch, Camden and Brixton. An epic menu awaits, and that’s only the start of it. After the feast, it’ll turn wild as it does every year as people give thanks on the dance floor with live New Orleans brass and piano, rhythm and blues, and soul.
Eat and Drink: The menu includes a New Orleans Gumbo – smoked sausage, chicken, okra, peppers and long grain rice, served with corn bread. Followed by slow-roast turkey and ham served with all the USA trimmings – chestnut stuffing, candied yams, cornbread, carrots, greens, red onion gravy and cranberry sauce. And a sweet potato pie with bourbon and orange cream for dessert.
Price: £28 per person. Includes a welcome Brooklyn Pumpkin Ale.
Where: Shoreditch: 134-146 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3AR, Brixton: 40 Acre Ln, Brixton, London SW2 5SP and Camden: 111-113 Camden High St, London NW1 7JN
Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness
Thanksgiving in London: A Traditional Feast
What: In honour of the most iconic of the U.S holiday’s, Shotgun BBQ have created a stunning three course Thanksgiving set menu. The menu, a vision of Shotgun’s Executive Chef Brad McDonald, pays homage to a traditional meal that would be served across the pond.
Eat and Drink: The night will begin with a welcome drink, devilled eggs and pimento cheese on arrival. The feast is undoubtedly the show piece of the menu and consists of no less than nine elements and boasts three different meats. The feast, that would make any ex pat or seasoned Thanksgiving expert proud sports smoked heritage breed turkey, USDA smoked brisket, country ham, white bread stuffing, glazed sweet potato, baked potato mash, creamed spinach, coleslaw and Brad’s famous cornbread. If after all that you’ve got room for dessert, there’s pecan pie and banana pudding on offer.
Price: £45 per person.
Where: 26 Kingly Street, Soho, London, W1B 5QD
Thanksgiving Menus: A Hotel Affair
What: Brown’s Hotel and HIX Mayfair take one thing very seriously: Thanksgiving. This year, on Thursday (24th November), Executive Chef Lee Kebble and Director of Food Mark Hix will present a feast of dreamy Thanksgiving dishes with a Hix twist.
Eat and Drink: Enjoy a warming woodland mushroom soup, rich with flavour, followed by Roast Holly Farm free-range turkey with autumn greens and cranberry sauce. For dessert, pumpkin pie is elevated with Peruvian gold chocolate. For those looking to continue the celebrations, The Donovan Bar, with its mighty fine cocktail menu, is the perfect place to retire for a cocktail or three.
Price: £59.50 per person
Where: Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP
Thanksgiving in London: A Boozy Banquet
What: If you’re a home-sick American, or just a fan of pecan pie, than Slap Ya Papa‘s New Orleans-inspired Reveillon Feast is just the ticket. Head to the subterranean setting of The Vaults in Waterloo for a Big Easy style Thanksgiving like no other.
Eat and Drink: Slap Ya Papa‘s Reveillon Feast consists of a 12-dish banquet featuring American classics with a southern twist, including honey-glazed ham, New Orleans styled cajun-roasted deep fried turkey, candied yams, shrimp remoulade and truffled sprouts. To wash down these array of hearty treats will be an assortment of festive cocktails and, of course, a shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky to get the party started.
Price: £40 per person
Where: Leake St, Lambeth, London SE1 7NN
Thanksgiving in London: A Meat Fest
What: To get you into the swing of things this Thanksgiving, the kind folks at The Big Easy are putting on one hell of a Thanksgiving banquet. Last year was a sellout, so get your tickets. Stat.
Eat and Drink: The Big Easy’s family-style dinner features pit-smoked turkey with their secret pan gravy or whole Nova Scotian lobster (if you fancy something a little different this Thanksgiving). Mouthwatering sides include southern slow-cooked cornbread stuffing, velvety sweet potato mash, green bean casserole, and other delicious veggies. No Thanksgiving feast would be complete without indulging in their Jack Daniels infused pumpkin pie.
Price: £35 per person. Book here.
Where: Locations here
Thanksgiving in London: A Sprinkling of Italian
What: Margot is adding a touch of Italian finesse to their Thanksgiving celebrations. Head to Covent Garden, where the recently launched Margot restaurant will be serving hungry Thanksgivers (we may have made that word up..) a luxury, three course Thanksgiving menu.
Eat and Drink: As a tribute to the holiday’s most famous ingredient, enjoy a hearty pumpkin soup starter with amaretto crumble and toasted almonds. Roasted suckling pork belly takes pride of place on the menu, served with seasonal vegetables and sweet prunes to complement the dish. As a nod to the heritage of the holiday, there’s the American favourite, apple pie for dessert, with calvados gelatine, vanilla and nutmeg ice cream.
Price: £48 per person.
Where: 45 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5AA
Thanksgiving in London: French Fancy
What: Balthazar are going back to their Franco-American roots for their special three-course Thanksgiving extravaganza. Alongside their smashing menu, the team have special created a new Gingerbread Sour cocktail for the occasion.
Eat and Drink: Available for one day only, enjoy a menu bursting with traditional fare – spiced, roasted butternut squash soup, roast turkey with all the trimmings, and of course, tasty Pecan pie with maple syrup ice cream. Pop next door to the Balthazar Boulangerie for American eats, including s’mores, pecan pies, pumpkin tarts, apple and cinnamon doughnuts as well as iced pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
Price: £55 per person.
Where: 4-6 Russell Street London WC2B 5HZ
Thanksgiving in London: Sarnies and Salads
What: Celebrate 5 days of Thanksgiving this year with a specially created mouthwatering smoked turkey sandwich and smoked turkey salad at Cure + Cut, Seven Dials from Monday 21st right through to Friday 27th November.
Eat and Drink: Packed full with all the trimmings and sure to leave your taste buds singing, the hickory and honey smoked turkey is sandwiched together with smoked bacon, celeriac slaw, cranberry sauce between slices of crusty ciabatta. Alternatively, opt for Cure + Cuts hickory and honey smoked turkey Caesar salad with garlic ciabatta croutons, parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing.
Price: Sandwiches from £6 and salads from £5
Where: 36 Monmouth St, London WC2H
Thanksgiving in London: Fancy Dinners
What: If you’re after a more refined Thanksgiving menu this year – look no further than 34 Mayfair. This snazzy Mayfair restaurant has stuck to the classics with their Thanksgiving offering for one day only (24th).
Eat and Drink: Chef Harvey Ayliffe has concocted a special menu, which includes New England shellfish chowder for starter, and roast turkey with cranberry stuffing for main. And, dessert does not disappoint. Get your spoon into caramel pumpkin pie, served with maple ice cream.
Price: £27.50 per person
Where: 4 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London W1K 2HD
Thanksgiving in London: A Traditional Affair
What: Hunter 486 within The Arch London will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving feast to celebrate the US National Holiday. The special Thanksgiving set menu will be available from Tuesday (22nd November) until (Wednesday 30th November).
Eat and Drink: The menu features traditional favourites, commencing with spiced butternut squash soup, followed by a main course of Norfolk bronze turkey cooked in the stone oven with prosciutto, roast sweet potatoes, maple glaze root vegetables and cranberry sauce; and completed with a warm pecan tart with whisky ice cream.
Price: £25 for three courses
Where: The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD
Thanksgiving in London: At-Home Delights
What: Can’t face leaving the comfort of your own home? We hear you. No worries, the nice folk down at Ottolenghi Delis have got you covered. For the holiday season, the Ottolenghi Delis are offering a special Thanksgiving catering service.
Eat and Drink: Think American dishes with a hint of pizzaz. Choose from a range of grub, such as mini cornbread with feta, cheddar and jalapeño, and mashed potatoes served with wild mushrooms and caramelised onions. And not forgetting Thanksgiving classics like sweet corn and pancetta chowder, pumpkin pie and the all important bronzed free-range turkey.
Price: Side dishes start from £7.50
Where: Locations here
Thanksgiving in London: All the Turkey
What: Celebrate Thanksgiving Day in true transatlantic style on Thursday 24th November at 108 Brasserie, with three special dishes available alongside their classic British menu.
Eat and Drink: This Thanksgiving, 108 Brasserie is delighted to be celebrating with an exceptional selection of dishes from Executive Chef Russell Ford. This delicious three-course menu will include a New England clam chowder, a classic Roast Caldecott Farm Bronze Turkey, served with all the trimmings, and a delicious pumpkin pie for dessert.
Price: Dishes priced from £7
Where: 108 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2QE
Thanksgiving in London: All-American Fare
What: Town House in South Kensington invites guests to relax and enjoy the festivities while they provide the perfect destination to join together this Thanksgiving Day, Thursday 24th November.
Eat and Drink: Town House will be celebrating the holiday with a decadent set menu from Executive Chef Steve Gibbs. Highlights of the three course menu include the all-American Buffalo wings served with celery and blue cheese dip, a traditional roast turkey feast with all the trimmings, and warm s’mores for dessert.
Price: £45 per person
Where: 109-113 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5LR
Thanksgiving in London: Special Cocktails
What: Bloomsbury’s enchanting Dalloway Terrace will be welcoming guests to celebrate Thanksgiving against the beautiful backdrop of its newly unveiled winter look, with a bespoke cocktail, a special menu featuring a variety of festive favourites and S’mores.
Eat and Drink: Dalloway Terrace will be offering a delectable Thanksgiving menu featuring a squash soup, caramelised roast fig, a Free-range black turkey feast, and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. Adding to the celebrations this Thanksgiving will be the Baked Alaska Cocktail, made with vanilla vodka, clarified milk, Chambord, pomegranate syrup, champagne and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Guests can also indulge in classic American S’mores for £3 each as an amuse bouche, alongside a delectable set menu from Head Chef Peter Del Campo, priced at £49 per person.
Price: Set menu priced at £49 per person.
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN