Many of London’s restaurants are already gearing up for American Thanksgiving. We have a special relationship with the United States and there is a huge number of expats living in the capital, so it’s no wonder many of the best-known eateries are starting to get booked up. Thanksgiving occurs on the final Thursday of November – this year that’ll be the 28th – making it the best day of the year (besides Christmas!) to enjoy a nice succulent turkey dinner.
‘Bea’s of Bloomsbury’ – 44 Theobald’s Road, WC1X 8NW
‘Bea’s of Bloomsbury’ has a traditional Thanksgiving feast on the menu during the last week of November, for £45 per person. Trimmings include: buttery mash, hazelnut-roasted Brussels sprouts, a wide selection of stuffing, various sauces and a whole host of vegetables. Dessert options include pumpkin and pecan apple pie or cheesecake.
‘Blues Kitchen’ – 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN
For a genuine Southern style Thanksgiving feast you can’t beat the ‘Blues Kitchen’ in Camden High Street. For only £16 per person the spread includes everything one could expect from an epic authentic American household: roast potatoes, cornbread, cranberry jelly, steamed greens and mac ‘n’ cheese. Dinner includes a pumpkin pie dessert, and for a little extra, you could even enjoy an imported pumpkin beer. Advanced bookings are required and places are filling up quickly, so best to give them a call as soon as possible.
‘Cut at 45’ – 45 Park Lane, W1K 1PN
If you really want to go all out on Thanksgiving this year, ‘Cut at 45’ – owned by chef Wolfgang Puck – will be serving the finest dinner in the city for £90 (or £130 with wine). Expect roast potatoes, wild mushrooms and homemade cranberry jelly, using only the very best produce available. Dessert includes a bourbon pecan or Bramley apple pie with vanilla ice cream.
‘Bodeans’ – Soho, Fulham, Tower Hill and Clapham
The ‘Bodeans’ American BBQ restaurant chain may not serve gourmet food; however, at £20.95 per person and with four branches scattered throughout London you can’t go wrong. That said, the food is fantastic for the money and will easily top some of the more exquisite restaurants in the city. Plus, you’ll also get the bonus of being able to watch the NFL coverage while you chow down.
‘Christopher’s Grill’ – 18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DD
Christopher’s Grill in Covent Garden serves up a very posh Thanksgiving dinner, but with a price tag of only £45 per person. Unlike the other restaurants, in addition to turkey, they will be serving lamb and a vegetarian option. Their dessert also sounds quite appetising – and typically American – chocolate and peanut butter tart.
‘The Savoy Grill’ – 100 Strand, London, WC2R 0EW
Owned by chef Gordon Ramsay and headed by Andy Cook, the Savoy is one of the most famous restaurants in London. For £55 per person you can get a three course feast including maple-roasted turkey, all the trimmings – stuffing, steamed vegetables etc. – and pumpkin pie with cinnamon ice cream.
‘Whole Foods Market’ – Everywhere
If you’d prefer to eat in this year and cook yourself, don’t settle for mass produced supermarket fare. The Whole Foods Market has plenty of branches all over the capital, and as an American chain, is bound to have plenty of turkeys, pumpkin pies, cranberries, and all the other essentials on offer.