Thanksgiving – the USA’s favourite day to eat turkey – is almost upon us. The annual holiday, which falls on the fourth Thursday of November, is a time when families gather together for a special menu (invariably involving turkey).
Thanksgiving might be an American holiday but – much like Halloween, Indpendence Day and the Superbowl – we Brits are now embracing the traditional American holiday in our droves.
So whether you’re a US expat or an Americanophile, discover where to celebrate Thanksgiving in London with Haute Living’s guide to five restaurants serving spectacular Thanksgiving meals.
1. 45 Park Lane
Wolfgang Puck draws on his Austro-American roots with a three course Thanksgiving menu at CUT featuring traditional dishes such as Roasted pumpkin soup with Cranberry quince compote and Red jewell sweet potato gratin with toasted pecans. Desserts include Spiced pumpkin & vanilla gelato baked alaska and Toasted pecan cake with candied pumpkin seeds.Meanwhile Bar 45 is offering guests a Black Friday Thanksgiving cocktail (think Campari, sweet vermouth and gin, infused with cloves, star anise and cinnamon in a vintage American Oak barrel imported from the States) created by star mixologist, Thomas Morris.
45 Park Lane, W1K 1PN
Located in old Covent Garden, Balthazar’s interior has been hailed by Bloomberg critic Richard Vines as being “among the most beautiful in London.” But enough of the decor, “What’s Balthazar’s Thanksgiving menu like?" we hear you cry. The answer is seriously good: Spiced roasted butternut squash soup, Traditional roast turkey and pumpkin souffle and Pumpkin pie accompanied with malt ice cream are all present and correct. One caveat: Balthazar attracts celebs galore, so be prepared to battle for a booking…
4-6 Russell Street, WC2
3. Bar Boulud
Dean Yasharian - Bar Boulud’s American executive chef - has created a special menu priced at £45 per person to commemorate Thanksgiving. Expect Pumpkin Soup to start with followed by Roast Turkey with all the trimmings - think sage stuffing, brussels sprout fondue, sweet potato and cranberry compote. But be sure to save space for a piece of Pecan Pie (no Thanksgiving would be complete without it). Factor in discreet service and a low key yet luxe setting and you’ve got the perfect place to mark this American holiday.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X
4. Big Easy
On Thursday 27 November, Big Easy will be serving the ultimate Thanksgiving feast alongside a unique whisky and honey sour; Squanto’s Swig. Sample dishes include Pumpkin and squash soup with cumin & chili toasted pumpkin seeds, Pit smoked turkey served ‘family style’ at the table with cornbread, pork sausage and apple stuffing, gravy, brown sugar candied sweet potatoes, creamed spinach, roast garlic dirty mash and homemade cranberry sauce. To finish, there will be a freshly baked Pumpkin pie, topped with vanilla whipped cream.
12 Maiden Lane, WC2E
5. The Ritz London
This Thanksgiving, The Ritz have created the ultimate celebration from Wednesday 26- to Thursday 27 November 2014. Whether vacationing in London or visiting family and friends, The Ritz invites you to enjoy an exclusive menu including Classic clam chowder, Norfolk Bronze turkey with all of the traditional trimmings, and delicate pumpkin soufflé. Priced from £1,246, the package includes two nights' accommodation, Thanksgiving lunch or dinner on Thursday 27 November, English breakfast each morning and a gift of a Ritz Candle.
150 Piccadilly, W1J