5 Terrific Spots To Celebrate Thanksgiving In LondonA time-honoured American tradition and another excuse to eat pie.
You could be reading this guide for any number of reasons: as a US expat, as a Seinfeld superfan, or simply as a person who enjoys any excuse for an OTT Sunday roast. Whatever the reason you’re reading it, it’s a good one. This guide has got everything you need to celebrate Thanksgiving in London. From multiple takes on turkey to sweetcorn soup and oyster jambalaya as well, here’s where to give your thanks on Thursday the 25th.
For a truly classic experience, albeit one that doesn’t involve a problematic take from a distant family member, then The Cadogan Arms’ three-xourse set menu fits the bill. It kicks off with a pecan brittle old fashioned before seamlessly segueing into a nostalgic first course of prawn cocktail served with a side of memories. Main is, of course, roast turkey with all the trimmings before a slice of pecan pie with yoghurt sorbet. The whole thing costs £65 and given the Chelsea gastropub’s fireplace and regal interior, we can think of few places better for a classic menu.
The 10 Bells Rags Band are a self-described ‘New Orleans-loving, London-living, fine-looking jazz band’ and they can be the soundtrack to your Thanksgiving at the Plaquemine Lock. The Creole-style restaurant in Islington is also serving up turkey gumbo and undefined amounts of bourbon. A pretty good combination if you ask us.
Thanksgiving lunch at the Colony Grill Room. It even sounds legit, doesn’t it? All you need is a disapproving ex-US army father and an ambition to make biodegradable surf boards in California and you’re basically living the American dream. Anyway, kick off this confusing fantasy with their £65 Thanksgiving set menu. There’s a truffle-topped quail caesar salad, pumpkin risotto, turkey and trimmings, and of course pecan pie. If big birds aren’t your thing then there’s also a vegetarian menu complete with your old friend nut roast.
Sunday In Brooklyn
If you’re looking for a little more flex then Sunday In Brooklyn’s offering is available from the 24th to 26th of November. The US brunch import sounds like a number from Noah Baumbach’s filmography, complete with a heated serving of divorce papers over brussels sprouts, and its offering is a slightly modern take on tradition. There’s turkey ballotine with pistachios and lardons, cornbread, sprouts, and all the rest.
Alternatively, you might want to say ‘to hell with tradition!’ in anticipation of your turkey tacos this Christmas. With that in mind you can celebrate Thanksgiving at Dishoom. Their Indian-inspired Christmas feast is available for a month from the 22nd of November, featuring their turkey raan: a whole slow-cooked turkey leg served alongside Bombay potatoes, chilli sprouts, and spiced cranberry chutney.