Roast turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce and mac n’ cheese. When it comes to celebrating Thanksgiving, it’s fair to say our friends across the pond know how to host a good old fashion feasting.
Whilst still very much a US tradition, over the past few years we’ve seen a rise in London eateries recreating the day of thanks.
With variations on the traditional meal, here’s our pick of the best restaurants for you to get your fix of pumpkin pie this 27th.
1 | Joe Allen
A famous haunt for both theatregoers and tourists alike, this West End establishment takes Thanksgiving very seriously. For £40 a head Joe Allen will be dishing out three courses, with a main course choice of roast turkey with cornbread and chestnut stuffing, grilled salmon or a roast onion, cheddar and roast tomato tart. Finish off with the flourless chocolate cake with plum confit, cherry lattice tart or the traditional pumpkin pie with honey cream if preferred.
£40 per person. 13 Exeter Street, WC2E 7DT, joeallen.co.uk
2 | Big Easy
Notorious for their sticky barbeque ribs and crab shack, Big Easy will be serving up two different menus for their Kings Road and Covent Garden branches respectively. Diners can feast on the herb-roasted turkey at the west London eatery, or its pit smoked alternative at the latter. However – it’s only the Kings Road branch that will be serving the red velvet cake with buttercream frosting – so choose wisely. Oh, and don’t forget to try their signature-salted caramel cocktail made with Gentlemen Jack (and served in a giant ceramic turkey leg – above). Elasticated waistbands highly recommended.
£30 per person. bigeasy.co.uk
3 | Riding House Café
The all-day Fitzrovian brasserie is gearing up to serve two courses with its roasted Norfolk bronze turkey as its central piece – enjoyed along with a host of sides including sprouts & bacon and maple butter sweet potatoes. With a trifecta of desserts, including chocolate pecan pie, as well as cocktails upon arrival, you’ll have a lot to be thankful for.
Two courses for £35, ridinghousecafe.co.uk
4 | Outsider Tart
This authentic American bakery – set up by two London-living New Yorkers – has fast become the local’s favourite, dishing up homemade cheesecakes and whoopie pies. From the turkey filled with cranberry cornbread stuffing and accompanied with kale and ham hock as well as pumpkin mac n cheese, this is a mammoth festive menu – so be prepared.
Thanksgiving menu runs from Thursday 27 November until Saturday 29 November. 83 Chiswick High Rd, W4 2EF, outsidertart.com
5 | Christopher's
The Covent Garden steakhouse (which also houses a martini bar and club room) serves up a detailed three-course menu within its decadent Wellington Street dining room. Appetisers such as goats cheese soufflé and seared Orkney scallops can be followed by Missouri-rubbed rack of lamb and seen through with a pear & almond cobbler. Don’t forget to try one of its quintessentially American cocktails either – as it doesn’t get more American than an Apple Pie Martini.
£52 for 3 courses. christophersgrill.com
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