While still very much a US tradition, in recent years Thanksgiving has started to steadily steep into the British consciousness, not least because of the greater influx of American chefs and restaurants. So whether you have a penchant for pecan pie or just want another reason for some good ol’ fashioned feasting, here is our pick of the best events happening in London around Thanksgiving on Thursday 22 November.
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Where: 22 Rivington St, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3DY
What: £25 per person
When: 19-25 November 2018
What's on the menu: American sauce king, Frank’s RedHot is hosting a Thanksgiving feast with fried-chicken champions down at Butchies. On the menu will be 3x Frank’s RedHot fried chicken sliders with blue cheese ranch sauce, Fried yams with marshmallow-cream dip, Frank’s RedHot wings smothered in a cranberry sauce, Choice of either Virgil's Cream Soda or Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer. Look out for a special reader offer starting 15 November on this very site for this event.
Where: 4-6 Russell St, London WC2B 5HZ
What: £55 per person (View the menu)
When: 22 November 2018
What's on the menu: They're offering a set menu of all-American classics, including spiced roasted butternut squash soup, traditional roast turkey with orange and chestnut stuffing, corn fritter, roasted sweet potatoes, parsnips and homemade cranberry sauce. Then there's pecan pie or pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.
But that's not all. In the run-up to the day, you can also buy Thanksgiving party pies - a Spiced Pumpkin Pie (£10) or a Pecan & Chocolate Pie (£12). They're available now until the 22nd - but if you're ordering, give them 24 hours notice. We've tried their pies and can only recommend them highly.
Where: 17-21 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9RP
When: Until 23 November 2018
What: Special Thanksgiving pies
What's on the menu: This Pimlico bakery is French by way of America, so you can always expect some Thanksgiving goodies. This year there are three special Thanksgiving pies available. There's Bourbon Pecan Pie (brown sugar, molasses, and whole toasted pecans, in a vanilla sablé crust), Extra Silky Pumpkin Pie (triple-strained, resulting in an extra smooth pumpkin custard, with a hand-crimped gingersnap crust) and Salted Caramel Apple Pie (Honeywood apples and salted caramel piped in pockets inside framed by a buttery flakey crust dusted with icing sugar to finish). The pies are £35 each or £6.50 for a single slice.
Where: Covent Garden and Tower Bridge
What: Thanksgiving burger
When: All November
What's on the menu: Vegan fast food joint By Chloe is serving up the "Gobble Gobble" burger. It's made with lemon-caper seitan, sautéed kale, rosemary gravy, harvest stuffing and fresh cranberry sauce all packed into a potato bun at £10.95. £1 from each sale of the Gobble Gobble will be donated to All Dogs Matter, a London-based charity, specialising in rescuing and rehoming dogs of all ages.
Where: Cnr of Guilford Street and Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5BE
What: Thanksgiving meal
When: 22 November 2018
What's on the menu: On Russell Square, the Neptune Thanksgiving meal features Clam & Smoked Bacon Chowder as the starter, Norfolk Bronze Turkey with Cranberry & Redcurrant Sauce, Chestnut & Sausage Stuffing and Braised Red Cabbage as the main (with sides including Sweet Potato & Marshmallows, Corn & Cheddar Biscuits, and Creamed Kale. And for dessert, a Pumpkin Custard Tart with Maple Pecans & Sour Cream.
Where: The Adelphi Building, Covent Garden Riverside, 1-11 John Adam St, London WC2N 6HT
What: A three-course menu for £68 (See the menu)
When: 22 November 2018
What's on the menu: The Smith and Wollensky Thanksgiving blowout menu features "Corn Chowder & Smoked Paprika", "Free-Range Bronze Turkey with Sausage & Cornbread Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce & Red Wine Gravy" with sides including "Green Bean & Tomato Casserole". And it finishes with what they're humbly declaring "the best Traditional Pumpkin Pie in London".
And that's not all...
Clutch in Hackney has teamed up with Bulleit for a special feast this Thanksgiving. The festivities include a Bulleit cocktail menu including a Brown butter Old Fashioned with Salt Caramel and a Kenturkey Highball. The feast includes Pear and Thyme Brined Turkey with Herb and Onion Stuffing and Pumpkin Pie. Tickets are £50.51.
Margot (Covent Garden) will have an Italian spin on Thanksgiving with "Pumpkin and ricotta ravioli with sage butter, toasted hazelnuts and Grana Padano" as well as the main turkey event. It's £48 per person.
The Goring's Michelin-starred Dining Room has a one-off Thanksgiving menu which adds "Buttermilk pancake, native lobster, pickled vegetables, béarnaise sauce" and "oast Caldecott turkey, spiced crushed roots, glazed parsnip, charred Brussels sprout" as the main event. Six courses are £104.
John Lewis is teaming up with MyPie to give away 100 pies (Turkey, Bacon & Stuffing pie) on the rooftop to celebrate Thanksgiving (from noon on the day). But you have to "name an American President with the first name John". So that'll be a hard one...
Porky's BBQ (Bankside) is teaming up with Jim Bean for a special Thanksgiving dinner that's only £20 for two people. Expect plenty of Jim Bean Bourbon sauce.
The Corinthia hotel has a special Thanksgiving dinner at The Northall on the day for £65 (inc a glass of Champagne). As well as the usual, there will be "Maryland Soft Shell Crab Southern Spices" and "Sam’s Bramley Apple Pie, Cinnamon Custard, Apple Sorbet"
Cut at 45 Park Lane (Mayfair) - Wolfgang Puck's restaurant has Thanksgiving dishes on its American Afternoon Tea menu from now up until 30 November - including turkey & buttermilk bisquets, as well as maple and bacon macarons. On the 22nd, a Thanksgiving menu will have all the classics for £110 per person.
Jones Family Project/Kitchen (Shoreditch and Belgravia) will have a three-course Thanksgiving dinner from 22-24 November for £35 or £70 with special paired cocktails for each course - at Shoreditch and . So Cream of Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seeds & Winter Truffle, is paired with Forever in Blue Jeans – Wild Turkey 101 bourbon, Aperol, sweet vermouth, blueberry and sugar.
The Colony Grill Room (Mayfair) has a menu on the 22nd featuring Grilled Cornbread, Goat’s Curd & Spiced Maple Syrup; Norfolk Bronze Turkey with all the classic accompaniments followed by Pumpkin Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream. It's a la carte and you can mix the dishes with the main menu.
Hix (Soho and Farringdon) has special dishes available on the day which include "Roast stuffed Swainson House Farm Turkey with sweet potato gratin (£22.50)" and "Willie’s Peruvian Gold chocolate and pumpkin pie (£7.50)".
Bbar (Victoria) - The winner of the Love London Time Out Award for Most Loved Bar will have a dinner on the day featuring sweetcorn fritters with sweet chilli yoghurt, Roast Turkey with root vegetables, champ potatoes, pigs in blankets, thyme gravy and cranberry sauce and pumpkin cheesecake with cookie crust and maple ice cream.
Dead Dolls House (Islington) has their annual Thanksgiving Feast including dishes like "Pumpkin, Goats' Cheese & Pecan Tart" while the main is "Maple-Glazed Roast Turkey served with Cranberry & Gravy and Baked Pumpkin & Cheese Polenta with a Mushroom Velout" (with lots of sides too).
34 Mayfair's Thanksgiving dinner features dishes like "New England king crab & corn chowder" (with a Lobster roll on the side), the main turkey event and "Cinderella pumpkin pie with Pecan & maple syrup". All the dishes can be ordered alongside the main menu.
Farmacy (Notting Hill) - if turkey's not your thing, then the plant-based Thanksgiving feast at Farmacy may be for you. The one-off supperclub at the restaurant replaces the mein course with a "Forager's pie, Farmacy’s classic ‘Winter Bowl’, filled with sprouted spiced rice, braised red cabbage, whipped squash, charred brussel sprouts, celeriac remoulade and winter spiced activated seeds, and, a selection of delicious organic seasonal greens.". It's £60 for the meal.
108 Brasserie (Marylebone) has a set menu on the day (2 courses £30, 3 courses £40) and as well as the usual suspects - clam chowder, turkey, pies - they also have special cocktails including the Pumpkin Sour (Tanquaray gin , home-made pumpkin purée & anise syrup, lemon juice, egg white).
Over in Islington, Plaquemine Lock is putting on a range of Thanksgiving dishes including turkey gumbo and sweet potato pie.
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