If you thought London couldn’t get much more New York than having a 24 hour tube system, think again. It’s that time of year when restaurants and bars across town put on their best American accents and our bellies get a warm-up for Christmas. Yep, it’s Thanksgiving. Here’s a pick of the tastiest ways to celebrate the big day next Thursday.
Soho BBQ institution Bodean’s are celebrating all day with a menu featuring clam chowder, turkey and ham sharing platters, and key lime or pumpkin pie - all for £22.95. They’re also stocked for the season with Brooklyn Brewery’s limited edition Post Road Pumpkin Ale.
Deep South favourite, Camden Blues Kitchen are putting on a £16 special menu featuring corn bread, mac ‘n’ cheese and a pumpkin pie dessert alongside the requisite roast chicken. There’s live music and bourbon cocktails galore, too.
US-inspired Honky Tonk in Clapham present what they are dubbing the Rock Star Turkey, yours with the trimmings for £20. Having been marinated overnight in a bucket of bourbon and had regular, gentle massages in the style of wagyu beef, it certainly does sound like a tasty bird. There’ll also be live music throughout the evening, and if you’re out West the Chelsea branch will also be serving up a festive menu.
Modelled on New York’s Italian restaurants, Goat in Chelsea are laying on a Thanksgiving feast with a European twist. Think butternut squash with parmesan, gorgonzola with cranberries, and pumpkin pie crème brulee. Three courses and nibbles on arrival costs £30.
Nearby, Kings Road BBQ and Crab Shack joint Big Easy aren’t holding back on their menu. A three-course menu for £29.50 includes lobster and butternut squash soup, turkey stuffed with bacon and leek, and red velvet cake. They also have apple and cinnamon margaritas on hand and a live band from 8.30pm.
For something fancy, plush Bar Boulud in Knightsbridge is putting on a £45 special menu for the evening itself, featuring all the traditional favourites. Also available now are pecan and pumpkin pies made in the restaurant, available to take home. You can pretend you baked them yourself for £25 each (8 servings).
Longstanding Theatre Land venue Joe Allen has been a top spot to celebrate Thanksgiving in London since 1977. This year’s £40 set menu includes a pulled pork and duck terrine, slow-cooked turkey, and pumpkin pie. There’s always that secret burger, too.
The Arch Gallery is giving Thanksgiving an East London twist, putting on a slap-up roast in a railway arch on Cambridge Heath Road. Resident chef Graham Hewitt has spent the last 5 years in the States, so he should know what he’s doing.Tickets are £27.50 from Grub Club.
On your own or in the kitchen? Wholefoods Market have a range of all-in-one dinners for one person up to eight, starting at £10.99 for a single portion. That’s with turkey, stuffing, mash, cranberry sauce, brussels sprouts and gravy.
There’s lots more going on, so if you think we’ve missed something that deserves to be included, do share it in the comments below.