The American festival of Thanksgiving sees some of London’s best restaurants creating very special menus of seasonal treats. Sam Rogg raises the stars and stripes flag to investigate
Celebrate Thanksgiving in London – there are plenty of restaurants offering the season’s staples, from delicious pumpkin pie to slowroasted turkey.
For centuries, Thanksgiving (24 Nov) has been the highlight of the US culinary
calendar. It may not be a public holiday in the UK, but that doesn’t stop London from indulging too. From traditional fare to contemporary creations, we’ve rounded up the Thanksgiving menus to be thankful for this year, whether or not you’re American.
At the restaurant CUT, inside luxury five-star hotel 45 Park Lane, you can enjoy a delicious three-course 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 more modern guise – think pumpkin cheesecake. Wash it all down with My Kind of Gravy, a specially created cocktail made with bourbon and cinnamon, lemon and blueberry compote, which is a popular turkey garnish ( 45ParkLane,W1K1PN).
With its light, airy dining room and collection of natural curiosities, The Botanist is a tranquil spot to enjoy a bite to eat in Chelsea. Usually the menu leans towards classic British and modern European cuisine, so it’s a real treat to see some Thanksgiving specials of 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 ( 7SloaneSquare,SW1W8EE).
If it’s the heady glamour of modern America that you’re seeking, 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 favourites such as 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 ( 18WellingtonSt,WC2E7DD). Thanksgiving takes on an oriental twist at
Royal China on Baker Street, with sumptuous dishes including almond and pumpkin soup with crab meat, empress chicken with ginger and spring onion, and apple in toffee syrup ( 24-26BakerSt,W1U3BZ).
Fancy a nightcap? Stop off at one of the world’s best bars, Nightjar (p. 66), for a Cocktail a la Louisiane and you’ll be giving thanks in no time (all the above menus are available on 24 Nov only).
Clockwise from this image: slow-cooked ballotine of organic turkey at Christopher’s; pumpkin pie at Christopher’s; almond-flavoured pumpkin soup with crab meat at Royal China; The Botanist