Maybe you’re an American expat. Maybe you were raised on American sit-coms. Or maybe you’re just looking for an excuse to eat an entire pecan pie on your sofa. Whatever brings you to this guide, welcome - it’s full of turkey and pumpkin. These London restaurants have got you covered with everything from a full-blown Thanksgiving feast or, if you just want to dip your toe in this American tradition, a turkey hoagie. Read on for the ultimate reason to give thanks, pecan pie.
According to our colleagues in the US, Thanksgiving mostly involves stuffing, tense family squabbles, and repeatedly shouting ‘has anyone seen the meat thermometer?’. Luckily, The Riding House Café’s Thanksgiving feast box doesn’t require any cooking skills, just a quick glo-up in the oven. For £85 you’ll get turkey, a boozy punch, pecan and pumpkin pie, table decorations, truffled mac and cheese, maple-buttered sweet potatoes, and even more sides. You’ll even get a party game, so that’s the family squabbles sorted too.
We are always thankful that Passyunk Avenue exists. A Philadelphia-inspired dive bar in Fitzrovia, they specialise in things that make us happy - more specifically, philly cheesesteaks, wings, and homemade honey mustard. This Thanksgiving they’re doing a ‘Gobbler Lovebundle’ - not a euphemism - containing everything you need to make the ultimate turkey day sandwich. There’s stuffing. There’s creamy brie. There’s hoagie rolls. And most importantly, a big pot of gravy for exceptional dipping potential. Next-day delivery nationwide.
Quick show of hands, is it appropriate to sing James Blunt’s Beautiful to a rolled, stuffed bird? When it looks like this, yes, yes it is. What you’re looking at here is a roulade of copas turkey with toasted brioche and thyme stuffing. If you just said ‘hubba hubba’ out loud, don’t worry, we did too. This modern Californian restaurant is delivering this dolled-up turkey dish as well as cardoons au gratin with comté and black truffle, and plenty of other luxury treats as part of their £140 blow-out feast. Beautiful, it’s true.
Once good old bonfire night is over, November is a wasteland of naps, half-hearted Christmas shopping, and buying jumpers off ASOS whilst hungover. Not any more UK comrades, because now we can get in on turkey day. And not just any turkey, but a whole bronze turkey delivered from none other than legendary restaurant, River Café. This beast of a bird comes stuffed with herbs from their garden, and they’ve also got all the classic sides and desserts covered too. New York cheesecake, anyone?
If you’re wondering what exactly to be thankful for in the midst of lockdown 2.0, let us remind you that there are less than two months of 2020 left. Worst year ever? Completed it mate. Onwards. Upwards. And in the meantime, bacon. The people behind Sussex - The Gladwin Brothers - are doing a huge Thanksgiving kit that includes a whole turkey wrapped in bacon. For £150 their meal kit will feed up to six people, and includes trimmings like crispy roast potatoes and creamed leek stuffed pumpkin. Gratitude and cranberry relish, commence.
This might shock our American readers, but an alarming number of Brits have never eaten pecan pie. We also don’t have Hershey’s Kisses. It’s all very sad. But what we do have is Mon Dessert, who are shipping DIY pecan pie kits. If you’re a pecan pie pro, you’ll have a laugh rolling out the prepared pastry mix and packing it full of coconut and golden syrup. If you’re a novice, welcome to the big pie leagues friend - they’re like the lovechild of a giant treacle tart and a walnut cake. Trust us, you’ll like it.
Goodbye sadness, hello gratitude and pecan pie cheesecake. That’s right, pecan pie cheesecake. In case you needed any other reason to get involved in Christopher’s Thanksgiving delivery situation, they’re also doing apple and blueberry cobbler, pumpkin pie, and a giant chocolate fudge brownie that errs on the blue whale side of huge. Just want turkey and trimmings? This sophisticated American restaurant has got that covered too. You can pre-order now for collection, or delivery if you’re within two miles of Covent Garden.