The traditional American holiday and all-out food-fest that is Thanksgiving poses a number of dilemmas for us Brits, who would normally have to wait until at least December before dusting off the carving knives and beginning basting the turkey. For our US counter-parts, offices close early and families flock together to give thanks whilst devouring as much food as their stomachs can tolerate in-between NFL touch-downs.
But if you’re not in the US, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on an early turkey feast, as London-based restaurants add it to their social calendars year-upon-year, with all-American menus to rival even the most patriotic of pilgrims every November. Whether you decide cook up your own meal at home, or choose to head out in search of something extra-special, you won’t go far wrong with our top 5 restaurants celebrating Thanksgiving in London…
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This central London hot-spot has created an irresistible Thanksgiving Feast for guests to enjoy with friends and family. At £35 per person, the menu guarantees you’ll get suitably stuffed over three courses of themed dishes. The Quarterjack cocktail will kick off celebrations; an American muddle of Applejack and candied pumpkin, followed by Roasted Norfolk Bronze Turkey with all the traditional sides you could hope for, and three mouth-watering desserts, including Pumpkin Brûlée Pie!
For more information visit ridinghousecafe.co.uk
Boasting a bash filled with autumnal treats and delicious seasonal dishes, House of Wolf has knocked up a Thanksgiving special in partnership with ‘Check On’ – adding a little London flair to the American tradition. With tickets costing only £30, you can guarantee food and beverages a-plenty, raucous entertainment and a truly artistic setting, all in Islington’s quirky hide-out.
For more information visit houseofwolf.co.uk
For something a little fancy, modern-American restaurant, Christopher’s, has created a menu that truly reflects its roots this Thanksgiving. Priced at £52 per person, the extensive 3-course set menu includes Goats Cheese Soufflé, Slow-cooked Ballotine of Organic Turkey with hazelnut & Michigan cherry stuffing, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart, as well as a traditional Pumpkin Pie. If that’s not enough, you can wash it all down with a delicious Apple Pie Martini!
For more information visit christophersgrill.com
Both the Camden and Shoreditch branches of this quirky restaurant play host to a traditional, deep southern Thanksgiving this November. At £29.95 a head, guests will be welcomed with a traditional pumpkin ale before indulging in their gluttonous spread. To start, a soul warming chicken stew – the ‘new Orleans gumbo’, with smoked sausage, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and peppers, followed by slow roast turkey and ham served with all the trimmings. Dessert is the classic pumpkin pie, while the entertainment for the evening at Shoreditch is in the form of New Orleans’s music maestro Dom Pipkin, who will be presenting the Mardi Gras Mambo!
For more information visit theblueskitchen.com
Also celebrating a deep-south American Thanksgiving is BBQ crab-shack Big Easy. Famous for its lively cocktail and lobster menu, they’ll be changing things up this November, and hosting a tasty banquet to rival our friends over the pond. At £30 per person, you’ll get a three course meal of pumpkin and squash soup, pit smoked turkey and freshly baked pie, as well as live entertainment to keep the party going until close.
For more information visit bigeasy.co.uk