Thanksgiving — a historical American tradition that, like Halloween, has become a notable event in British calendars. And, in a bid to celebrate alongside our friends across the pond (as well as an excuse to enjoy really good food), many London restaurants have compiled fine feasting menus for the masses.
The holiday religiously lands on the last Thursday of November every year, making the 23rd of this month the beginning of a three-day celebration. For a little background, Thanksgiving was first commemorated in the 17th century when Puritan settlers of the Plymouth Colony and the native American Wampanoag tribe celebrated the new harvest. Ever since, the holiday has been marked by family get-togethers with pumpkin pies, roaming turkeys on the White House lawn, and restaurants across the world curating their own Thanksgiving banquets. American or not, here’s our guide to the best Thanksgiving dinners in London.
The Cadogan Arms and The George, Chelsea
On 23 November 2023, Chelsea’s sister pubs The Cadogan Arms and The George will be celebrating the American holiday by throwing a celebratory Thanksgiving dinner featuring a special Bourbon dessert and cocktail alongside classic American dishes. Executive chef Alex Harper has created a menu brimming with traditional Thanksgiving delights, including prawn cocktail to start followed by a bronze turkey served with all the trimmings: candied yams, green bean casserole, biscuits, roast potatoes, pigs-in-blankets, and a generous helping of gravy. To sweeten the deal, both pubs will also be offering a special dessert during Thanksgiving week: Bourbon and pecan pie. This decadent treat combines the warmth of Woodford Reserve bourbon with the nutty sweetness of pecan, all crowned with a dollop of freshly made yoghurt ice cream.
The Colony Grill Room, Mayfair
For all-out glamour, celebrate with The Beaumont‘s menu of transatlantic-inspired dishes at the hotel’s resident restaurant, The Colony Grill Room. Decorated with striking large-scale murals and maximalist artworks, The Colony has a glamorous 1920s New York feel, and will pay homage to the American holiday with a celebratory menu designed by executive chef Ben Boeynaems.
Beginning with Parker House rolls with cultured butter, cured sea bass with sweetcorn, lime and ginger, and pumpkin risotto with smoked ricotta and toasted hazelnuts, guests can share a Thanksgiving turkey traditionally garnished with all the classic trimmings. With teas, coffees and a pecan pie served with spiced coffee ice cream to round off the meal, this chic Mayfair spot knows how to properly mark the occasion. Vegetarians don’t have to miss out either, with a specially-curated menu featuring cured sand carrot with sweetcorn, lime and ginger and Thanksgiving nut roast.
From £85 per person, visit colonygrillroom.com
Cut at 45 Park Lane, Mayfair
For the real deal, head to acclaimed American chef Wolfgang Puck’s outpost at 45 Park Lane. Set in the serene surrounds of the Cut restaurant, featuring glass chandeliers and a mahogany wood-panelled dining room, Elliott Grover and his team of chefs are taking the American holiday seriously, offering a decadent menu for both lunch and dinner on 23 November.
Menu highlights include Dorset crab and lobster cocktail with horseradish panna cotta, Norfolk bronze turkey with cornbread stuffing, Australian Wagyu steak, and champagne risotto with white truffle. Round off your meal with two of the most traditional desserts: sweet potato with torched marshmallows and, of course, key lime pie with crème fraîche ice cream.
From £185 per person, visit dorchestercollection.com
The Lanesborough, Knightsbridge
With its richly decorated dining room – that’s naturally illuminated by day thanks to its domed glass roof, and aglow under softly lit chandeliers by night – The Lanesborough Grill makes for a rather special setting to celebrate Thanksgiving. For guests dining at lunch or dinner on 23 November, executive chef Shay Cooper has created a menu filled with all the classic trappings of a real American Thanksgiving dinner, including native lobster chowder, traditional turkey roast and caramelised pecan tart.
From £85 per person, visit oetkercollection.com
Brasserie Max at the Covent Garden Hotel, Covent Garden
For a classic Thanksgiving, head to the chic Brasserie Max in Covent Garden where you’ll kick off the celebrations with a Fords-Biscus Martini: a mixture of clementine and hibiscus infused Fords Gin with fino sherry and Frangelico. Starters include New England clam and sweetcorn chowder and the classic shrimp, avocado and lobster cocktail. Stalwarts of roast bronze turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce and roast beef fillet with horseradish cream, watercress and shallot salad are up for the main course, with accompanying sides of macaroni cheese and roasted sweet potato. For pudding, opt for the likes of Boston cream pie or pumpkin spiced tart with whipped maple cream.
From £65 per person, visit firmdalehotels.com
Sette, an offshoot of the famous New York-based, Italian-inspired restaurant Scarpetta, will be marking Thanksgiving with a special menu available for both lunch and dinner on 23 November. Combining Italian flavours and traditional dishes, dig into fresh salad selections, pasta, risotto, short ribs and blackened cod, alongside macaroni cheese with black truffle and a roast bronze turkey with all the American-style trimmings. Try to save room for traditional pecan pie, NYC cheesecake and Italian Bomboloni.
From £95 per person, visit settelondon.co.uk
Brix, London Bridge
Brix will be celebrating Thanksgiving for one day only on 23 November with a special all-American menu by its award-winning chef, Radek Nitkowski. A stone’s throw from Borough Market, the 8,500 square foot warehouse venue draws inspiration from Manhattan’s meatpacking district and Brooklyn’s all-day dining scene. Dig into plates of pulled beef truffled mac and cheese before roast Norfolk turkey with chicken and apricot stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy followed by classic sweet potato pie and maple, pecan and pumpkin crumble. Pair with the limited edition Turkey Day Old Fashioned cocktail – featuring Bourbon, Tawny Port, maple syrup and orange bitters – to complete your feast.
From £35 per person, visit brixldn.com
Charlie’s at Brown’s, Mayfair
Perfect for the whole family, Charlie's at Brown's has created a unique set menu of classic Thanksgiving dishes using only the finest, locally sourced produce on 23 November. To start, guests can choose from an American classic of clam and sweetcorn chowder with tarragon, seasonal squash soup with spiced bread and a Waldorf salad with blue cheese dressing. Pick from an array of winter comforts for the main course, including organic roast turkey with cranberry sauce, crushed sweet potato and leek gratin; braised halibut with salsify and variegated kale; or potato gnocchi, roast delica squash and hazelnut pesto. To finish on a sweet note, opt for a traditional pecan pie or pumpkin custard tart with autumn spiced ice cream – and for those who prefer a savoury dessert, there is also a selection of cheeses from Buchanan's.
From £95 per person, visit roccofortehotels.com
The Northall at The Corinthia, Whitehall
One of three gorgeous restaurants at Westminster's Corinthia hotel, the Northall boasts soaring ceilings, elegant views over Embankment and a menu of modern European cuisine spearheaded by executive chef André Garrett. With classic white-tablecloth service and an extensive wine menu, the Northall makes every meal feel like a special occasion – so what better way to sample the restaurant than with an indulgent Thanksgiving dinner?
The four-course tasting menu starts with roasted acorn squash soup with chestnut, aged parmesan and truffle or opt for three Rock oysters poached with seaweed butter, breadcrumbs and parsley. This is followed by wild Atlantic halibut accompanied by clam and lobster chowder before free-range Norfolk bronze turkey or dry-aged fillet of beef Wellington in truffle and bone marrow juice. Trimmings come in the form of roasted sweet potatoes, braised red cabbage, green bean casserole with crispy shallots, macaroni gratin, and apple and cranberry relish, while dessert includes traditional pies of pecan and vanilla with butterscotch sauce, and pumpkin with cinnamon chantilly.
From £160 per person, visit corinthia.com
The Hoxton Grill, Shoreditch
Situated within the Shoreditch outpost of The Hoxton hotel, the eponymous grill is putting on a huge Thanksgiving feast on 23 November courtesy of its Mississippi-born executive chef Slade Rushing. Upon arrival, enjoy the welcome cocktail, Seven Hills Switchel, featuring mini Jack Daniel’s No7, Honeger, cranberry and brown sugar, before tucking into plates of pumpkin arancini, tea-brined roasted turkey, Tennessee whiskey glazed ham and cornbread stuffing. Plus, The Hoxton Grill has partnered with London-based pie aficionado, Willy’s Pies, to serve an exclusive pumpkin pie alongside music by American DJ Aimee Phillips.
The Stafford, St James’s
The Stafford has long been a favoured destination for guests from across the pond. The hotel's American Bar is one of the longest surviving American bars in London, following their great popularity in London and Paris during the 1920s and '30s. Today, the bar is filled with a fascinating collection of memorabilia, which has been donated largely by American guests over the years.
To pay tribute to this cherished relationship with American guests, the five-star hotel offers a lavish Thanksgiving feast each year. Available within The American Bar and The Game Bird for lunch and dinner on 23 November, the three-course menu starts with butternut squash velouté, sour cream and chive rye bread crouton. This is followed by maple-glazed Kellybronze turkey with garlic mash, sage and onion stuffing, green bean casserole and roasted pumpkin before finishing off with chocolate pecan pie with mocha ice cream.
From £70 per person, visit thestaffordlondon.com
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