In the states this thankful day is dedicated to basting, roasting, stuffing, boozing, totally inappropriate wisecracking from grandmothers and feuding until mom loses her sh*t. We don't like to miss out so London's taking on Thanksgiving in style this year with big*ss feasts, bourbon gravy, gingerbread cocktails and more pumpkin pie than you can shake a stick at. This year it’s on the 26th November so if you want something to be thankful for mark your calendars and book in to one of these epic Thanksgiving feasts.
Hallelujah, Mississippi-born Brad McDonald is bringing Deep South flavours to Marylebone: smoked turkey with bourbon gravy, mashed potato, oyster and country ham stuffing, collard greens, marshmallow and pecan roasted sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie with bourbon chantilly. BarChick’s all about a no-frills aesthetic matched with heaps of vibrant food, so this feast is at the top our list. It’ll cost you £50, but a glass of Michelle Brut sparkling wine from Columbia Valley is included in that price and it's the best American grub in town, so you’re winning. Bookings can be made via email@example.com.
24 Seymour Place, London W1H 7NL//Price: £50//From 26th November - 27th November
All of Bodean’s barbeque joints are charging £23.95 (bargain) per person for a meal worthy of association with the smoke-pit capital of the U.S. of A.. You’ll get a choice of clam chowder, quesadilla (with a chicken, pulled pork or veggie filling) or a caesar salad to start and a main platter for 2 of turkey and glazed ham with mash, cornbread stuffing and grilled veg. Seal the deal with a key lime or pumpkin pie at no extra cost. If you wanna become an American national treasure, drink a Coors Light with your chow; no high-brow antics here. Don't wanna commit to the whole spread? Opt for their Pilgrim burger (6oz seasoned turkey patty mounted on homemade corn stuffing, topped with cranberry relish, watercress and a hand-carved slice of juicy turkey ham in a thick gravy) with a side of sweet potato fries.
Locations vary//Price for meal: £23.95//26th November
For £29.95 this Deep South specialist will not only treat you to live blues by The Untouchables, but they’ll plate you up a roast turkey with all the trimmings: roast potatoes, cornbread, cranberry jelly, steamed greens, mac n cheese, and corn on the cob. This is Texan BBQ and Cajun fare at it’s most epic. And if you feel like gyrating afterwards or picking up a date to carry on the party with, this is the joint for you.
Locations vary//Price: £29.95//26th November
Barchick digs it for its glittering wall of amber rye, but on the 26th we're there for the epic Thanksgiving spread. Imagine a mega New York diner boasting all the fried and cheesy goodness of the South; for £24.95 you’ll get the real goddamn deal: truffle mac and cheese, buttermilk fried turkey, crab cakes and pecan pies and that’s not even the half of it. They’ll let you make your own bespoke 3-course meal, so check the full menu and start salivating. Make a reservation here.
Locations vary//Price: £24.95//26th November
It’s already epic all year round, but they've got this Thanksgiving sh*t locked down. You’ll get to choose between 2 spreads at £30 a head: either a family style pit-smoked turkey served with stuffing, cornbread, candied sweet potatoes and creamed spinach, or a 'lobster fest' featuring whole lobster, lobster roll or lobster mac n cheese. Both family styles meals will also include pumpkin and squash soup and pumpkin pie.
12 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA// Price: £30//26th November
Their original outpost is in New York and they're massively homesick, so they're obviously going to be partaking in the festivities at their newest sister outpost across the pond. Chef Seth Levine will not only be serving you up a decadent family style meal, but he'll be doing so until 2am. Very unorthodox, but very cool in BarChick's book. On the menu will be Figs Brulee, Autumn Greens Salad with spiced butternut squash, goat curd and apple cider vinaigrette, Butternut Squash Risotto, and a Roasted Turkey with chestnut brioche stuffing. After you've lined your stomach take a breather on the terrace, then get back in there and coat it with killer booze and chocolate.
23 Orchard St, London W1H 6HL//Price: £35 per person//24th November - 26th November
Balthazar is a New York transplant and kind of an institution, so you should seriously consider partaking in Thanksgiving shenanigans here. The menu will not only include a 3-course feast showcasing roast turkey with orange-and-chestnut stuffing, corn fritters and pumpkin cheesecake, but a gingerbread-spiced cocktail; you get the best of both worlds from either side of the pond in this opulent modern brasserie. Pow.
4-6 Russell St, London WC2B 5HZ// Price: £55//26th November
Nuno Mendes will be the man behind the epic meal at this grade II-listed Victorian-gothic fire station. If you’re after a swank and swish kinda affair, this one’s for you. It does come from the same man who’s behind Chateau Marmont after all... For £32 you’ll get hay roasted organic turkey with sausage, truffle and foie gras stuffing, buttered brioche and a sour berry jus; it’s a far cry from a quintessential American Thanksgiving, but does it really matter when truffle and foie gras stuffing is on the menu? No. If all of that doesn’t line your stomach sufficiently, opt for some maple bourbon sweet potatoes and pecan pie with bourbon cream for a few extra quid.
1 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7PA// Price: £32//26th November
If James Bond were to decide to engage in the Thanksgiving festivities, he would go to Christopher’s with a loosened tie and a Martini in hand. This is not only because of the super sleek decor, but because of the all-day set menu featuring blackened shrimps with shaved truffle and pistachio crumbs, slow-cooked ballotine of turkey with corn bread, hazelnut and cherry stuffing, and all the fixings. Seal the banquet with a dessert of pear and almond cobbler with blackberry compote and salted caramel ice cream and pat yourself on the back for getting all of it at £55 a head. If you’re more into festive booze than festive food, sidle up to the art-deco bar and order yourself a few Thanksgiving-themed cocktails.
18 Wellington St, London WC2E 7DD// Price: £55//26th November
CUT is Wolfgang Puck’s creation-need we say more? He’s American, which means that he’s celebrated the holiday countless times and knows his sh*t. We’re not gonna pussyfoot around the price: it’s gonna be £90 per person (£130 with wine), but it’s the Thanksgiving feast of which dreams are made. They'll have a 3 course Thanksgiving menu which’ll boast a roasted pumpkin soup with cranberry quince compote, roasted turkey with wild mushroom stuffing and braised greens alongside spiced pumpkin & vanilla baked alaska (with candied pumpkin Seeds) and bourbon pecan pie with maple ice cream. If you haven’t been before, expect a ritzy decor that’ll prompt you to wanna dress to the nines.
45 Park Lane, 45 Park Lane, London W1K 1PN// Price: £90 per person (£130 with wine)//26th November
This Art Deco-inspired grade II-listed historic building will leave you feeling like you’ve just dined in an East Coast steakhouse across the pond with all those big money people from Wall Street or Long Island. For £55, you will not only get a glass of sparkling Michelle Brut, but a whole slew of festive treats: herb-roasted turkey with sausage and cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce and red wine gravy, pecan pie with malted vanilla ice-cream and much more from which to choose. Not into turkey and all about the steak? They’ll sort you out with a 14oz USDA Prime Dry-Aged Sirloin. Whether you’re an ex-pat with homesickness or a native with a hankering for Americana, you’ll be welcomed with open arms.
The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam St, London WC2N 6HT//Price: £55 per person// From 26th November - 28th November
What better place to stuff yourself on a Thanksgiving meal than at the original mooring point of The Pilgrim Fathers’ Mayflower Ship? If you want a 17th century kind of evening with vistas of The Thames and the cargo ships it carries, then this is where you should be docking. The menu, which comes in at £28.95 a head, is a simple roast turkey with sage stuffing, sweet potato mash and veg or a roasted vegetable nut roast. Both are bookended by roasted pumpkin soup and pumpkin or pecan pie. Thanksgiving cuisine doesn’t need to be revolutionary to be epic. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a booking.
117 Rotherhithe Street, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4NF// Price: £28.95//26th November
This Shoreditch watering hole's got a host of American and American-style craft beers alongside turkey and cranberry burgers, voodoo wings and succotash. Pumpkin-spiced pours anyone? Yes please. American music is also gonna be on rotation, so get the stretch-pants out.
226 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6PJ//26th November
Head to Maida Vale for a 3-course family-style harvest menu of butternut bisque and cheddar biscuits, roast turkey with cornbread and chestnut stuffing, sweet potatoes with caramelised apples and both pecan and pumpkin pies. There’s even a broccoli and rice casserole for vegetarians. At £40 per adult and £20 per child, you can get your fill at lunch or dinner in this recently revamped Victorian pub. You’ll even get a glass of Champagne upon arrival. Lucky you. Book by emailing email@example.com.
55 Shirland Rd, London W9 2JD//Price: £40 per adult and £20 per child//26th November
This is not your prototypical American Thanksgiving as would be portrayed on a sitcom (food-wise and decor-wise), but there will be pumpkin, and that is certainly a start. The spread will be unique, mildly autumnal and mildly reminiscent of the holiday we're all making such a fuss about. The unconventional festivities will begin with almond-flavoured pumpkin soup with crabmeat, continued with an empress chicken with ginger and spring onion and concluded with apple in toffee syrup. Sold.
Locations vary//Price: no set price//26th November
Matt Glassman, who was born and bred in Virginia, is one of the brains behind this operation where chilli will be making more than a cameo appearance for the Thanksgiving holiday and beyond. Your welcome cocktail will be a fittingly titled 'Smoky the Pilgrim' (fresh cranberries, ginger reduction and mezcal) and the feast will be mostly rooted in tradition, although slightly altered. Think Virginia sliders (Smithfield Pork Belly, homemade cilantro aioli, sweet heirloom tomato and purple onion), flights of chilli with homemade sage cornbread with garlic butter and bacon jam and homemade pumpkin pie.
Maple & Fiz, 36A Berners Street, London, Westminster W1T 3LY//Price:£32.50//21st November
They're all about Americana all year round at this joint, so you know they're gonna be all over Thanksgiving. But instead of sticking to tradition, they're decided to go a bit off-piste, deep fry the sh*t out of everything and throw Poutine in for good measure. Why not? At all locations you'll find their epic Turkey Frito Pie (slashed bag of Fritos topped with sour cream, guac and shredded turkey), Fried Mozzarella Sticks, Pigs in Blankets and Waffle Gobbler (crisp fried turkey burger topped with cranberries and cream cheese sauce encased in sweet potato waffles). Not quite enough for gastric bypass surgery, but just that special amount for some mild heartburn and very much worth it.
Locations vary//26th November - 6th December