For centuries, Thanksgiving has been the highlight of the U.S. culinary calendar. It may not be a public holiday in Britain, but that doesn’t stop London from indulging like it is.
From traditional fare to contemporary creations, we’ve rounded up the Thanksgiving menus to be thankful for this year on 24 November—whether or not you’re American.
At the restaurant CUT, inside 5-star luxury hotel 45 Park Lane, you can enjoy a three-course festive feast of roasted pumpkin soup with cranberry-quince compote, roast turkey with wild mushroom stuffing and red jewel sweet potato gratin. For dessert, Thanksgiving staples take on a modern guise—think pumpkin cheesecake. Wash it down with My Kind of Gravy, a specially created cocktail made with Bourbon, cinnamon, lemon and blueberry compote, a popular turkey garnish.
With its light, airy dining room and collection of natural curiosities, The Botanist is a tranquil spot in Chelsea. Usually the menu leans towards classic British and modern European cuisine, so it’s a real treat to see some Thanksgiving specials such as grilled venison chops with chestnut purée, pumpkin and mushroom croquettes, roast Norfolk turkey and frosted pumpkin cake with roasted hazelnuts. The bar area is also perfect for solo dining.
If it’s the heady glamour of modern America you seek, then look no further than Christopher’s in Covent Garden. Housed within a Grade II listed building that was once London’s first licensed casino, this elegant restaurant boasts a Thanksgiving menu with fish and vegetarian options. If you can resist the lure of favorites like corn chowder and slow-cooked organic turkey, then try the Maryland crab cake followed by Missouri-rubbed rack of lamb. Here, the pumpkin pie is taken to new heights with a honey bourbon Chantilly cream.
Thanksgiving is given an Asian twist at Royal China on Baker Street. Inside its graceful interior, you can tuck into sumptuous dishes based on traditional Thanksgiving, including almond and pumpkin soup with crabmeat, empress chicken with ginger and spring onion and apples in toffee syrup.
Fancy a nightcap? Stop off at one of the world’s best bars, Nightjar, for a Cocktail a la Louisiane and you’ll be giving thanks in no time.
All the above menus are available on 24 November only.