What’s not to love about a pre-Christmas feast? And to The Handbook, that’s just what Thanksgiving is – a fantastic Christmas rehearsal dinner filled to the brim with our favourite American foods. But when we don’t fancy prepping, cooking and clearing away a whole turkey plus all the trimmings (and we usually don’t!) we venture elsewhere to fill our bellies and celebrate. Here’s our round-up of where to go and be thankful (and full) this Thanksgiving:
A Dirty Feast
Dirty Bones in Soho and Kensington are going all out with the Thanksgiving food this year, from the 26th – 29th November they will be serving up dishes we can all be ‘thank-full’ about (see what they did there…clever). A two sharing course menu will include a platter of fried chicken, jalapeño corn bread muffins, creamy mac & cheese, collard greens, rosemary fries plus sage gravy for dipping followed by chocolate ganache tart, pumpkin pie gelato and pumpkin brittle. They’ll be serving up a Thanksgiving cocktail too – the Pardoned Turkey Cocktail with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, double cream, vanilla and cardamom syrup, finished with a ‘turkey’s crown’ of green apple and a cinnamon stripe. Someone is going to need to buy bigger trousers after.
Where: 20 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4EP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: High Street Kensington (0.2 miles)
A banquet that will leave you as stuffed as the turkey
Jumeirah Carlton Tower’s Rib Room Bar and Restaurant are putting on a Thanksgiving menu that will leave you full of the festive food, we mean cheer. Start with Boston clam chowder and Monterey Jack cheese straws before moving onto turkey, cranberries and sweet potato puree and finishing with pecan nut pie with bourbon ice-cream. Good thing Thanksgiving comes only once a year, we’d resemble human Weebles otherwise.
Where: 1 Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 9PY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Knightsbridge (0.4 miles)
Beaver Lodge's 1st Birthday Party
Beaver Lodge will be throwing an all-out American hoe-down to celebrate its 1st birthday. Kicking off at 10pm with an American marching band, we suggest heading here after you’ve had your Thanksgiving feast! On arrival guests will be greeted with American cocktails including the Sweet Home Alabama fit for all the south London belles – made with Ketel One vodka, fresh mint, simple syrup, elderflower cordial and lemon juice. Then dance the night away to American rock ‘n’roll! Yee hah!
Thanksgiving American BBQ style
If you’re going to celebrate Thanksgiving then an American barbeque restaurant seems like a pretty good place to start! Q Grill in Chalk Farm will be serving up a three course meal with the likes of roasted pumpkin soup with spiced cornbread, griddled shrimp with jalapeño grits, truffle mac and cheese, traditional turkey, slow cooked short ribs and key lime pie on the menu. Get ready to eat!
Grab your friends, and head over to Trader Vic’s for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on the 26th November. There’ll be roast butternut squash soup with crème fraiche and almonds, roast turkey with all the trimmings including duck fat roast potatoes and to finish a classic apple pie with caramel ice-cream. Delicious.
The Henry Root
The Deep South
The Deep South being deep South West London – Chelsea. Nestled in the heart of SW, recently refurbished all-day dining room, The Henry Root, will be serving up a special menu this Thursday filled with our favourite Stateside dishes: think spiced pumpkin soup, whole roast turkey and coconut key lime pie. Already busy on Thursday? Don’t despair – various American-inspired dishes will feature on the menu throughout the week, so you can celebrate course-by-course, day-by-day. Fancy celebrating without carb-loading – get in on the action with a bottle of the Californian Chardonnay, Au Bon Climat 2011 from Santa Barbara.
Where: 9 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: West Brompton (0.7 miles)
Family-style State-side sharing
Not only are The Truscott Arms serving a delicious Thanksgiving menu, they’re decking the place out in stunning Fall flowers (American for Autumn don’t you know!) and featuring a dedicated list of wines from the USA to complement the feast. For only £40 per person (£20 for children), enjoy a glass of sparkling Californian Louis Roederer Quartet NV and an individual starter before sharing the main event – roast turkey of course – and a selection of sweet pies for dessert: choose from pecan, pumpkin and cinnamon cream…
Thanksgiving booze and burger
Pumpkin ale. We’ll say it again: pumpkin ale. How seriously yummy does that sound? Plus a selection of American bourbon cocktails like the Johnny Smash (Old Forester Bourbon, triple sec, Captain Morgan rum, Drambuie, lime, fresh raspberries, soda and mint) – both very good reasons why The Blue’s Kitchen is one of our Thanksgiving recommendations. But to top it off, the team’s BBQ experts have teamed up with DJ BBQ to create the Rad Stack burger – ground T-bone steak patty topped with smoked Applewood cheddar, bourbon onions, DJ BBQ’s brisket and his ‘sauce from planet damn’.
Truly authentic American cooking
Mississippi-born head chef Brad McDonald is serving up an exclusive Southern-inspired menu for Thanksgiving at his Marylebone restaurant. Available on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November, you’ll be greeted on arrival with a glass of Michelle Brut sparkling wine from the Columbia Valley, followed by a bespoke menu of dishes including Smoked turkey with bourbon gravy, mashed potato, oyster and Country Ham stuffing, Marshmallow & pecan-roasted sweet potatoes, and Pumpkin pie with bourbon Chantilly. All for £50 per person, including the bubbles!
New York style
With head chef Seamus Mullen bringing his New York background to the fore, expect another truly American dining experience this Thanksgiving at Sea Containers. Overlooking the Thames on the ground floor of Mondrian Hotel, the four-course Thanksgiving dinner includes starters like Wood roasted celeriac soup with winter truffles and main courses such as your traditional roast turkey but also a healthier Thanksgiving warm salad. Mullen has taking things a step further with dessert, evolving the classic pumpkin pie into an even more indulgent pumpkin pie cheesecake.
East coast dining
When we say East coast, we mean East ‘bank’, as The Narrow offers panoramic views across the river Thames. The Gordon Ramsay outpost will serve up a three course Thanksgiving menu for £35 per person. Expect a winter-warming Pumpkin and wild mushroom soup to start, followed by Herb-stuffed turkey with honey roast root vegetables, pigs in blankets, cornbread and lashings of cranberry sauce and gravy. To finish, they’ll be serving Pecan pie hot from the oven with a boozy bourbon ice cream.
Pumpkin, Pecan Pies and Turkey
Thanksgiving has been a big thing at Villandry for the last 15 years since the owner is a American and they’ve grown a big following – even the American Embassy has ordered their pies from them! They’ll be selling pumpkin and pecan pies at their counter as well as serving up a full Thanksgiving menu with turkey, roast hams, corn fritters and rich chocolate mousse!
Where: 12 Waterloo Place, London, SW1Y 4AU, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)