Whether you’re a homesick expat or just fancy a trial-run turkey dinner, here are 12 of the best London restaurants to book now for Thanksgiving.
Maze Grill – Get your favourite people together for a Thanksgiving blow-out at Maze Grill, priced at £60 a head. It’s all served family-style so get ready to fight over starters like burnt end sliders and grilled cheese cornbread with maple-bacon butter. Their roast turkey comes with five sides, including grilled corn with chimichurri and bacon and turkey meatloaf, and there’s pumpkin cheesecake for pudding. The menu is available at the Maze Grill Mayfair, Park Walk, and Royal Hospital Road, so you’re spoilt for choice.
The Jones Family Project – This year, The Jones Family Project have teamed up with Wild Turkey to create a 3-course menu with paired drinks inspired by classic US anthems and harvest fruits. After cream of squash soup, roast turkey, and pecan pie, you’ll definitely be thankful you booked a table. We’re loving the sound of the ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’ cocktail, made with Wild Turkey 101 bourbon, Aperol, sweet vermouth, and blueberries. The three-course Thanksgiving feast is priced at £35 per person or £70 including three bourbon cocktails and a glass of wine.
Red Rooster – Marcus Samuelsson opened a Shoreditch outpost of his renowned Harlem restaurant earlier this year and now they’re getting ready to celebrate their first Thanksgiving in London. Diners will be invited to share their three most popular starters: cornbread, devilled eggs and Helga’s meatballs, before the main event: roast turkey with all the trimmings. Don’t fill up on sweet potatoes though – there’s apple pie and ice-cream for dessert. The feast costs £55 per person, including a Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini, and the turkey main will also be available on the a la carte.
Bunga Bunga Battersea – Never one to miss a party, Bunga Bunga in Battersea is celebrating with an American-Italian menu, a live rock band, and plenty of cocktails. For £27 a head, you can tuck into a Thanksgiving sharing board of meats and cheeses, followed by turkey Milanese, slow-cooked ribs, and a pizza topped with roast turkey, Jack Daniel’s BBQ glaze, caramelized red onions and pancetta. Once you’ve finished your pecan tartlet, you can dance the night away or sign up for karaoke and belt out a few American anthems. Born in the USA, anyone?
Sea Containers – If you fancy Thanksgiving dinner by the river, book a table at Sea Containers at the Mondrian London. They’ve teamed up with 2010 Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber to create a show-stopping dessert for their feast – spiced pumpkin pie with whisky pastry, pecan crumble and maple cream. For mains, there’s traditional roast turkey, a venison hot dog, or a whole baked pumpkin stuffed with braised turkey, honey and mustard. With bourbon cocktails to get you in the holiday spirit, this is the perfect place to celebrate with family and friends.
The Game Bird – For a really special treat, why not celebrate with a traditional 3-course menu at The Game Bird? Executive chef James Durrant and his team will be serving spiced pumpkin soup followed by roast turkey and American-style sides like green bean casserole, garlic mash and glazed carrots. After pecan pie with bourbon cream, you can retire to the American Bar for a celebratory cocktail (or two).
Galvin HOP – If you don’t fancy a full-on feast, head to Galvin HOP – a ‘pub deluxe’ right next to Spitalfields Market. It’s a popular spot for after work drinks, thanks to their range of craft beers and copper tanks that house fresh unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell. They’ll be serving a special Turkey Dog Deluxe – an all-American turkey dog wrapped in bacon and served with cranberry relish and a crispy sage and onion topping. It’s available all week long from Monday 20th.
Christopher’s – If you really want to dine in style, book a table at Christopher’s – an ultra-glam American restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden. This year’s menu includes scallops with maple-roasted parsnip cream, seared wild bass, and ballotine of turkey with cornbread and cherry stuffing. Christopher’s are famous for their indulgent desserts, so make sure you save room for a slice of pecan pie cheesecake or spiced apple and almond cobbler.
Hunter 486 – At the heart of The Arch London hotel is Hunter 486, an elegant all-day restaurant serving seasonal British dishes. For Thanksgiving, head chef Gary Durrant and his team will be using the restaurant’s stone oven to cook the roast Norfolk turkey to perfection. Vegetarians aren’t left out either – there’s butternut squash with apple and sage risotto on offer, plus apple pie and cinnamon custard for dessert. The menu is priced at £35 for three courses and is available from Thursday to Sunday. The restaurant is only a short stroll from Oxford Street – handy if you’re already thinking about Christmas shopping!
Big Easy – If you just want to kick back with some beers and pit smoked turkey, then Big Easy’s family-style menu could be just the thing. It’s a steal at £35 for 3 courses and it’s available at their restaurants in Covent Garden, Chelsea and Canary Wharf. If you’re not a turkey fan, why not tackle a lobster instead?
108 Brasserie – At 108 Brasserie in Marylebone, you can kick-start the festivities with an American Spice bourbon cocktail, then choose from starters like New England clam chowder and butternut squash salad. If you don’t fancy the roast Caldecott Farm bronze turkey, there’s grilled salmon with creamed corn or baked mac ‘n’ cheese with leeks, squash and truffle. It’s priced at £30 for two courses and £40 for three.
Rail House Café – Bringing all-American vibes to Victoria, the Rail House Café will be serving a sharing-style feast of roasted Norfolk Bronze turkey with Calvados gravy. Expect classic sides like maple buttered sweet potatoes, creamed corn, sprouts with bacon, and cranberry relish. It’s £40 a head, including a cinnamon Old Fashioned and pecan and pumpkin brûlée pies for dessert.
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