In the UK, all eyes are now firmly on Christmmas, but for those in the US there's just one more big occasion that comes first. Thanksgiving has obviously always been a huge holiday in the States, but recently there's been a growing trend for special menus and events in the UK.
So whether you're after a taste of Americana or an ex-pat looking for a slice of home (and pumpkin pie), here's a pick of the Thanksgiving events happening in the London this week.
Bea’s of Bloomsbury
Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th November - Maltby Street Market, Arch 76, Druid Street, London SE1 2HQ
With three dinners and one lunch, the Bea’s of Bloomsbury’s Thanksgiving series will be serving dinner family style on to big sharing tables. The all-you-can-eat dinner starts at 7pm on Thursday to Saturday while the lunch on Sunday begins at 12pm. Food will be served until you say stop and includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts with hazelnuts, wild mushroom stuffing, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, buttermilk biscuits as well as pumpkin chiffon, apple streusel, and pecan pies. Soft drinks and juices are included and locally sourced beer, wine and mulled wine will be available at a cash bar.
Thursday 22nd November - 332-334 King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UR
Big Easy in Chelsea will host their ‘no nonsense’ three-course Thanksgiving menu for £24.50 with live music from 8:30pm. There is lobster soup or Caesar salad to start while the herb roasted breast of Norfolk turkey main comes with an army of side dishes including cornbread, bacon and leek stuffing, sweet potato with pecan topping and extra creamy macaroni. A three-layer red velvet cake or pumpkin pie is being served for dessert and for drinks there's a special pumpkin martini, apple and cinnamon margarita and eggnog for £7.95 each. Dinner at the diner is almost fully booked but lunchtime reservations are still available.
Thursday 22nd November – Soho, Tower Hill, Fulham and Clapham
American BBQ restaurant chain Bodeans has a bargain bucket Thanksgiving deal on all day. They will have a three course feast of turkey or ham with all the trimmings for just £20.95. Caesar salad, clam chowder or quesadilla being the starter, platters shared between two for mains include mash, cornbread stuffing and grilled veg and the simple desserts choice is either pumpkin pie or apple cobbler.
Thursday 22nd November - 18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7DD
Christopher’s Thanksgiving menu will be served all day. At lunchtime the a la carte menu will also be available but in the evening the £45 three-course menu will be the only one on offer. Starters include a Grand Central oyster pan roast and Maryland crab cake, mains venture further than just turkey with Missouri rubbed rump of lamb and grilled USDA prime rump with Boston baked beans, candied yams and béarnaise. An all-American dessert menu features pumpkin pie, peanut butter chocolate tart and chocolate fudge brownie.
Thursday 22nd November – 45 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1PN
Wolfgang Puck's CUT’s Thanksgiving celebratory £85 menu starts with a cranberry and pomegranate cocktail, followed by starters such as heirloom apple salad or fresh burrata with prosciutto. Traditional turkey with all the trimmings, hand-selected beef from the States or sautéed scallops feature on the main course and specially-created desserts include pumpkin, pecan and apple pie sliders and apple-stuffed pumpkin doughnuts to complete the meal.
The Grill on the Market
Thursday 22nd November - 2-3 West Smithfield, City of London, EC1A 9JX
The Grill on the Market’s Thanksgiving menu at £35 per person includes pumpkin soup, buffalo wings with blue cheese and sweetcorn and crab fritters to start, roast turkey with chestnut and cornbread pudding, spinach, nutmeg and pumpkin cannelloni and roast loin of cod with butterbeans and chorizo for the main course. Desserts of popcorn and salted caramel knickerbocker glory and holiday hot cake with eggnog whip will satiate the sweet toothed among you.
Thursday 22nd November - America Square, 14 Crosswall, EC3N 2LJ
Missouri Angel will celebrate their 5th birthday as well as Thanksgiving with a traditional three course meal for £45 per person. Roast parsnip soup, prawn mayonnaise or Waldorf salad make up the starters, roast turkey, grilled rib-eye steak or pan-fried sea bass mains come served with seasonal vegetables and the desserts include pecan maple tart and sunken chocolate soufflé.
Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th November - 83 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 2EF
Authentic American bake shop and café Outsider Tart will be serving their celebratory menu at one sitting every evening from Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th November. Served family style with everything to share the menu is £50, or £70, with American wines matched to each course. Hosted by New Yorker owners the Two Davids the evenings menu includes roasted pecans, fried pickles, shrimp and grits, roast turkey with OT’s famous mac ‘n’ cheese, spinach gratin and glazed autumn vegetables, pumpkin bread, cherry cornbread and fried pies for dessert.
Thursday 22nd November - 1-3 Pont Street, Belgravia, London, SW1X 9EJ
A seasonal three-course menu will be served at Palm London in Belgravia from noon to 11pm. For £50 for adults or £25 for children, dinner will comprise slow-roasted turkey served alongside pan gravy, traditional stuffing, whipped potatoes, creamed spinach and fresh cranberry compote as well as a choice of three pies for dessert, apple, pecan or traditional pumpkin.
Thursday 22nd November - 89 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5QU
Dinner begins with a Thanksgiving punch (of the drinks variety) at Redhook, the cocktail and oyster bar in Farringdon. Served as a two course lunch for £25 or three course dinner with petit fours for £35, the menu features sweetcorn chowder and cauliflower and sweet potato fritters appetisers, butter roast turkey breast with a pork belly and thyme stuffing or ricotta tortelloni and a maple and bourbon pecan tart or cheese board for pudding.
Thursday 22nd November - Barley Mow Centre, 11 Barley Mow Passage, Chiswick, W4 4PH
Neighbourhood restaurant Sam's not only has a Yankophile name (think Uncle or Fat!) but also a special stateside dinner menu too. There will be one off US-inspired cocktails including a gingerbread martini and brandy eggnog as well as pumpkin soup with cornbread, macaroni cheese with truffle oil, roast turkey with chestnut stuffing and pumpkin creme brulee with shortbread.
Season and The Fifth Floor restaurant
Thursday 22nd November - 109 - 125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ
Season at Harvey Nichols is offering an American-inspired menu; three courses with avocado and blue cheese cobb salad, turkey with all the trimmings and a doughnut funfair with salted caramel for £30. You can choose to include a glass of premium wine from across the pond with each course for an additional £45. The Fifth Floor restaurant has a more casual Thanksgiving affair with three courses for £25 and live music.
Thursday 22nd November - 3 Pan Peninsula Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 9HN
Tompkins' Thanksgiving meal, priced at £29.95, has corn chowder and dandelion salad starters, turkey with all the trimmings and black bream and maple glazed ham main courses with pumpkin pie and chocolate soufflé desserts. Not only that, Tompkins is also giving each guest that dines on the menu a complimentary glass of wine to get the party started.
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