About Time: You Celebrated the Best of Thanksgiving in London 2019By Francesca Brooking
It’s Thanksgiving this week (28th November) and whether you want to celebrate with a cocktail or traditional meal, here are the top Thanksgiving events in London 2019. From Jack Daniel’s cocktails to American Football, we’ve got you covered:
What: We think the Thanksgiving Feast at HIX’s Tramshed with Bulleit Frontier Whiskey is one of the best ways to celebrate Thanksgiving in London 2019. Bulleit Whiskey and East London based HIX Restaurant Tramshed are pairing up to host a delicious feast to celebrate the holiday.
The Lowdown: Guests will be treated to a Bulleit Milk Punch cocktail before taking their seats at one of the long tables in preparation for the arrival of the American-style banquet. The menu is inspired by the social aspect of the holiday with its selection of sharing dishes for starters, including sugar pit beef croquettes with Bulleit mayonnaise, as well as whipped pumpkin with White Lake goats’ curd and pumpkin seed relish, alongside a fresh Atlantic prawn salad with orange and shaved fennel. The main course will be a traditional roast, with stuffed Swainson House Farm turkey and cranberry sauce, accompanied by sweet potato gratin and buttered autumn greens. Finally, guests will be able to tuck into a Bulleit Bourbon and pecan tart with Neal’s Yard clotted cream. Every dish will be paired with a Bulleit Whiskey cocktail and favourites include a Potato Whiskey Sour and a Fennel Iced Tea.
Price: From £65 per person. Book your tickets here.
Where: Tramshed, 32 Rivington St, London, EC2A 3LX
What: Walhburgers Thanksgiving Burger – another one of our top picks for Thanksgiving in London 2019. Renowned burger joint Wahlburgers is celebrating Thanksgiving with a limited edition Thanksgiving Burger, available only at its Covent Garden branch.
The Lowdown: The burger is made with 1/4 lb. freshly ground and seasoned turkey burger topped with stuffing, mayo, housemade orange-cranberry sauce and roasted butternut squash. It’s rumoured to be Mark Wahlberg’s favourite item on the menu because it was inspired by his memories of mealtimes at his family home. Any diner who orders this burger will receive a complimentary drink and any American citizen with a valid passport will receive a slice of delicious homemade pie on the house.
Price: £9.50 per person
Where: 8-9 James Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8BH
What: Brown’s Hotel is pulling out all the stops for an unforgettable Thanksgiving celebration in London this year. To kick things off, the hotel is inviting you to stop by the American-themed party at Donovan Bar where there will be tipples such as Cider Sidecars made with whiskey, Sassy Cidre Brut syrup and bitters to be enjoyed to the sound of an American Swing Band.
The Lowdown: Once you’re feeling suitably peckish, head across the hall to Charlie’s, the new restaurant at Brown’s Hotel, overseen by Chef Director Adam Byatt and Head Chef Matt Starling. There you will be treated to a Thanksgiving feast available at lunch and dinner. The three-course meal includes a New England style clam chowder for starters, a carved whole roast turkey accompanied by celeriac gratin, roast squash, sweetcorn fritters and bread stuffing with sage for the main and a pumpkin custard tart for dessert.
Price: Three-course dinner, £49 per person.
Where: Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP
What: The Thanksgiving of 1876 at Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration. If you feel like having a drink this Thanksgiving then head over to Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration and join them for a selection of Jack Daniel’s cocktails available exclusively for one night only.
The Lowdown: All the way from Tennesse, Mr Fogg’s libations include The Thanksgiving of 1876 – a fresh combination of Jack Daniel’s No. 7 Tennessee whiskey, cranberry cider, fresh lemon juice and salted honey, Pecan Pie – Lucano Anniversario amaro and pecan maple syrup perfectly mixed with Jack Daniel’s Rye whiskey and served over ice and finally, the Fiske’s Coronet Band, a smooth and silky combo of Gentleman Jack whiskey, black nougat & chrysanthemum cream and egg white.
Price: Cocktails are £12 each. Reserve a table here.
Where: 1A Bedford St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9HH
What: Enjoy Thanksgiving with a twist this year at Indian restaurant, Kanishka. Chef Patron Atul Kochhar has taken inspiration from traditional American favourites and added a layer of glorious spice and aroma of his own to create a sumptuous three-course Thanksgiving menu.
The Lowdown: For one night only, Atul will serve his guests Turkey Tikka Pie, a feast of Turkey Tikka encased in a moreish, crispy puff pastry served with a tart and fragrant cumin-scented berry compote. Then, guests can tuck into Jungali Titar, a dish of roasted pheasant, fig, Jerusalem artichokes and Tripura masala sauce. To finish off there will be a Chocolate Sphere made with Valrhona dark chocolate sphere, rich and light chocolate mousse, passion fruit and to top it all off, a salted caramel sauce. A complimentary cocktail will star alongside the meal: The Pecan and Toffee Sour with pecan infused Dead Man’s Fingers spiced rum, Aber Fells toffee liqueur, balanced with lemon juice and made richer with egg white.
Price: All three courses including the Pecan and Toffee Sour are £55 per person. Book here.
Where: 17-19 Maddox St, Mayfair, London W1S 2QH
What: Red Rooster, the first-ever international outpost of the Harlem-based soul food restaurant is hosting an unforgettable Thanksgiving right here in London, complete with a special ‘Thanksgiving Feast’ menu to boot.
The Lowdown: Guests can expect Sammy’s Chicken ‘N’ Waffle served with pickles and hot honey; and Brussels Sprouts Salad served with truffle dressing, pear, baked ricotta and pecan to start. Next, large plates include Roasted Turkey Breast served with confit turkey leg, cranberry and brussels sprouts; Stone Bassserved with parsnip pureìe, chard and clam broth and Ricotta & Pumpkin Gnocchi served with wild mushrooms, chestnuts and macadamia nuts. Polish off the evening with something sweet such as a Pear & Blackberry Crumble served with vanilla ice-cream; warming Pumpkin Pie served with vanilla cream or Doughnuts served with pumpkin pureìe and bourbon ice-cream.
Price: The ‘Thanksgiving Feast’ menu is priced at £55 per person for three courses. It includes a complimentary pumpkin spice espresso martini and will be available on Thanksgiving (28th November). Book your table here.
Where: 45 Curtain Rd, Hackney, London EC2A 3PT
What: American Football and Thanksgiving at Heliot Steak House. Fans of NFL should make their way to Heliot Steak House at The Hippodrome Casino for an evening of food, booze and American Football.
The Lowdown: For one day only, guests can indulge in a Thanksgiving dish of rolled and stuffed turkey breast, glazed carrots, green beans, mashed potato, pigs in blankets and gravy. For convenience, the dish will be served in bowls so guests can enjoy the main event – three back-to-back American Football games shown on a huge screen in the casino’s luxury sports lounge, Lola’s Bar.
Price: FREE entry. Dishes are £10.
Where: 14 Cranbourn St, London WC2H 7JH
What: Sea Containers London ‘Giving Thanks’ with The Felix Project. This Thanksgiving, Sea Containers will be giving thanks by teaming up with The Felix Project to give back to the local community. The Felix Project is a charity which works to rescue edible food waste edible and deliver it free of charge to vulnerable people suffering from food poverty in London.
The Lowdown: This year, Sea Containers will be supporting the charity by volunteering at its various outlets behind the scenes as well as hosting two events at Sea Containers London and Sea Containers Restaurant that guests can get involved with. The Sea Containers Restaurant will be offering a special three-course Thanksgiving meal which includes butternut squash, manchego, chestnut and chorizo salad; roast bronze turkey, apricot stuffing with all the trimmings and a delicious Pecan & Apple Pie. If you want to make the most of the Thanksgiving period, you can book the ‘Thanksgiving on the Thames’ package available between Thursday 26th September and Monday 2nd December and enjoy 30% off the flexible room rates and a buffet breakfast at Sea Containers London while also giving back.
Price: Three-course dinner, £46 per person with 20% of the Thanksgiving net sales going to The Felix Project. Book your table here. 30% off flexible room rates and a buffet breakfast with 20% of net sales going to The Felix Project. Use the promo code ‘GIVING BACK’ when booking online here.
Where: 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD