American Gal’s Guide to Thanksgiving in London

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday – even more so than Christmas. For the most part, it is one of those holidays that brings back a lot of great memories growing up. Every family has their own traditions, but the universal commonality is that friends and family come together over the dinner table and bond over an incredible feast. We give thanks for the people in our lives and things we are fortunate for.

Thanksgiving has made its way over to the UK and there are more and more restaurants celebrating it each year with special menus and fun events. For those of you who are American expats living in London and want to celebrate with an evening out or if you’re a Londoner and simply want to jump on the Turkey-Day bandwagon before Christmas hits, I’ve rounded up London’s top places to celebrate.

BBQ Thanksgiving at Bodean’s

Make the pilgrimage over to your local Bodean’s BBQ this Thanksgiving, London’s premiere KC BBQ joint, to try out The Pilgrim Burger. Grab the family and give thanks while chowing down on a chargrilled turkey patty with cornbread stuffing, home-cured BBQ turkey ham, fresh cranberry and orange sauce, watercress and a drizzle of turkey gravy.

OR, eat your heart out with a three course feast – featuring BBQ pulled pork, chicken or veggies, followed by turkey with all the trimmings.

A Very Texan Thanksgiving at TX Joe’s

Garrison Brothers bourbon has partnered with Texas Joe’s in Bermondsey to showcase  ‘the Texan way’ of slow-smoking turkey, chipotle glazing vegetables, adding jalapeños to cornbread and Texan-measures of bourbon. Celebrate the Lone Star way with a feast the size of Texas, including smoked turkey, bone marrow mash, smoked creamed corn, chipotle-glazed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, poblano chorizo cornbread and good old fashioned Pumpkin Pie. Wash it all down with two Texas-sized shots of Garrison Brothers Single Barrel Bourbon.

True to the tradition of celebrating ‘fall bounty’ the single priced menu of £40 per person is ‘all-you-can-eat’ including two Texas-sized shots of Garrison Brothers.

TX Joe’s | 8-9 Snowsfields | London | SE1 3SU

Thanksgiving the Absurd Bird Way

The folks at Absurd Bird are embracing the American way of life with a Thanksgiving feast inspired by the Deep South. Give thanks this year with family-style sharing dishes of spicy chilli and butternut squash soup or Mississippi Sin Di served with whole grain tortillas. Tuck into a twisted take on the classic bird with stuffed turkey crown rubbed in Southern spices, or go for something a bit more absurd with Mama’s favourite Southern style smoked whole chicken. Top it all off with Pumpkin Pie and Peanut Butter & Crack Brownies. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the libations – wash all the Southern goodness down with Hill Billy Iced Teas, laced with Absurd Bird’s home-brewed Moonshine, sweet peach tea and lemon juice.

The menu is £18.95 for two courses or £22.95 for three courses. The menu is available from 21st November – 27th November.

Absurd Bird | Delish Cafe | 25 Peter St, Soho | London | W1F 0AH

Bea’s of Bloomsbury

Bea’s of Bloomsbury, the masters of scrumptious cakes, are putting on a Thanksgiving dinner with lots of delicious pies (we know where we are getting ours from this year!) Kick off your dinner with Glorious Pumpkin Soup or Spinach, Avocado Pomegranate Walnut Salad, followed by Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings – gravy, onion stuffing, cranberry sauce. Sides include buttery mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts and oven roasted sweet potatoes with rosemary (yum). Top it all off with Classic American pie, pumpkin spiced macaroons and berry passion fruit cheesecake.

The special menu is available on 24th November and is £35.50 per person.

Bea’s of Bloomsbury | 44 Theobalds Roa | London | WC1X 8NW

Thanksgiving at Home with Rhug Estate

There is nothing better than enjoying a family Thanksgiving in the comfort of your own home. Impress your guests this Thanksgiving with a luxury plump turkey from Rhug Estates. The free-range, Great Taste Award-winning Dee Valley bronze turkeys are available to order online to be delivered direct to your door. These famed feathered fowl are supplied to some of the UK’s best restaurants, so you can take solace in knowing you’ve got the most incredible turkey as your Thanksgiving centre piece! Order here: https://www.rhug.co.uk/

Eat Pumpkin Pie at Dominique Ansel Bakery

 Following the highly anticipated launch of the famed Dominique Ansel Bakery London last month,  Chef Dominique is bringing Thanksgiving tradition across the pond with an assortment of sweet signature pies. Fan-favourites served at Dominique’s famed Pie Nights in New York will be making their British debut, as the London bakery gears up to celebrate the holiday. From Wednesday 16th until Sunday 27th November, individual slices of Extra-Silky Pumpkin, Salted Caramel Apple and Bourbon Pecan Pies will be available in-store (£6 per slice). To accompany the pies, Blossoming Hot Chocolate – Chef’s homemade hot chocolate, served with a marshmallow flower bud that blooms to reveal a chocolate Bon Bon inside (£5.50) – will also be available to order. Guests can now also pre-order whole pies online (£35) for pick up in store between the same time period.

Dominique Ansel | 17-21 Elizabeth Street | London SW1W 9RP

Thanksgiving The Cure + Cut Way

You don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving leftovers to get your Turkey sandwich fix this year. Head to Cure + Cut during the week of Thanksgiving for hickory and honey smoked turkey sandwiched together with smoked bacon, celeriac slaw, cranberry sauce between slices of crusty ciabatta. I love a good sandwich.

Available from Monday 21st – Friday 27th November.

Cure + Cut | 36 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials | London WC2H 9HB

Dance Off Your Thanksgiving at Blue’s Kitchen

 The Blues Kitchen’s legendary Thanksgiving feasts are taking place on Thursday 24 November at ShoreditchCamden and Brixton. An epic menu includes a New Orleans Gumbo: Smoked sausage, chicken, okra, peppers & long grain rice, served with corn bread. Followed by Slow-Roast Turkey & Ham served with all the USA trimmings: chestnut stuffing; candied yams; cornbread; carrots; greens; red onion gravy; cranberry sauce. And a Sweet Potato Pie with bourbon and orange cream for dessert.

Priced at £29.95 per person and including a welcome Brooklyn Pumpkin Ale. After the feast, it’ll turn wild as it does every year as people give thanks on the dance floor with live New Orleans brass & piano, rhythm & blues and soul. 

 The Blues Kitchen | Shoreditch | 134-146 Curtain Rd | London EC2A 3AR

Brixton | 40 Acre Ln, Brixton | London | SW2 5SP

Camden | 111-113 Camden High St | London |  NW1 7JN 

Thanksgiving at The Riding House Café

Celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday 24th November, Fitzrovia-based modern brasserie The Riding House Café is serving up a special feast perfect for sharing. Kicking off with a warming welcome cocktail made with Applejack brandy, Scrumpy reduction, roasted pumpkin and autumn spice puree and candied waffle, followed by the main event with Roasted Norfolk Bronze Turkey with all the trimmings. Sides are always a focal point at any Thanksgiving dinner and you can look forward to cornbread and sausage stuffing, maple-butter sweet poatoes, truffled mac & cheese, creamed corn casserole, sprouts and bacon, green beans, and of course, cranberry sauce. 

Dessert will comprise of a choice of two classic American pies – Pumpkin Brûlée Pie and Chocolate Pecan Pie, each served with whipped vanilla cream.

 The Riding House Café | 43-51 Great Titchfield St | London W1W 7PQ

Christopher’s Covent Garden

Come Thursday 24th November, the capital’s original American restaurant, Christopher’s Covent Garden, has more than one reason to raise a toast, as it celebrates its landmark 25th Anniversary year too. A one-off menu of innovative twists on US classics by Head Chef Francis Agyepong, who has been at the helm twenty-three years. It be served all day from 12pm to 11.30pm, in Christopher’s glamorous dining room, within the Grade II-listed building which was once London’s first casino.

 Priced at £58 per person for a choice of three courses, highlights include Maryland Crab Cake with Red Pepper Mayo & Rocket Salad; Caramelised Orkney Scallops with Celeriac & Truffle Cream, Apple Crisps, Cobnut Praline; Slow-cooked Ballotine of Organic Turkey with Corn bread, Hazelnut & Michigan Cherry Stuffing, Cranberry Relish, Buttered Beans & Creamed Potatoes; and Pear & Almond Cobbler, Blackberry Compote & Salted Caramel Ice Cream.

 To accompany the menu, Christopher’s Covent Garden has introduced a series of three dedicated Thanksgiving cocktails – Pumpkin Pie Martini, Providence and Orange Blossom (non-alcoholic) – available throughout the day both in the restaurant and in the Martini Bar. Expect a Christopher’s Thanksgiving feast even greater than the many gone before at this special venue. The Martini Bar will be in full swing too. So, make sure to book a table and join the festivities with one of London dining’s iconic institutions.

 Christopher’s | 18 Wellington Street | London WC2E7DD  

Thanksgiving Cupcakes at Hummingbird Bakery

Hummingbird Bakery has my all-time favourite cupcakes in London and this year, they have created a selection of very special Thanksgiving-themed delights that are perfect desserts to bring along to your Thanksgiving feast. Available from Monday 21st – Sunday 27th November, the adorable cupcakes are Chocolate and Pumpkin flavoured as well as Candied Yam flavoured (which I am really excited to try)! They are decorated with turkeys and pumpkins, making them the perfect festive treat!

Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll!

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