DIN­ING

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

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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

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