You’ve got to give it to the Yanks. They may have made some questionable observations about Great Britain in the past, but if they know how to do one thing really really well, it’s stuff their faces. Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November every year and with the amount of ex-pats living in London, it’s no surprise that a lot of restaurants are going all out to celebrate it. And by all out, we mean total, unashamed gluttony. Loosen those belts London…
1. The Diner, multiple locations
The Diner knows how to pig out, especially when America’s favourite holiday comes around. This November, start as you mean to go on with the ‘Turkey Frito Pie‘. As terrifying as it sounds, this crazy dish consists of a slashed bag of Frito corn chips (if you’ve ever been to the States, you’ll know what we’re on about here…) topped with shredded turkey, sour cream, guacamole and jalapenos. If you’re after a gut-buster, try the ‘Waffle Gobbler‘. Rather aptly named, it’s a crisp fried turkey burger filled with cranberries and cream cheese sauce stuffed between two sweet potato waffles. If you’ve got any space on the side of that (respect), try the classic ‘Pigs in Blankets‘, which staying true to form, come drowning in macaroni cheese. We don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
The limited edition menu is available in all 8 Diner locations from 26 November – 06 December.
2. The Richmond, Hackney
The Richmond may be famous for its oysters but this year renowned chef Brett Redman and Texas-born Margaret Crow are really getting into the spirit of things, introducing a delicious spiced pumpkin tart to their menu. A friendly East London neighbourhood spot sitting at the intersection between Hackney, London Fields and Haggerston, The Richmond hosts an ‘oyster happy hour’ during the week and has a raw bar, where you can taste freshest-of-the-fresh seafood and a rotating selection of carpaccios and tartares. The delicious Thanksgiving addition to the menu can be enjoyed from now until December – and we couldn’t be more excited.
3. Number 16, South Kensington
Americans love the idea of ‘having tea with the Queen’ – and although this definitely isn’t Buckingham Palace, it’s not a bad alternative. Between 26th Nov – 29th November, Number Sixteen will be offering its traditional English Afternoon Tea with a very American twist in the newly redesigned Orangery by Kit Kemp. Guests can enjoy turkey and cranberry sandwiches, clam chowder and lobster tarts as well as indulge in sweet potato pies, homemade apple and fig custard tarts and red, white and blue raspberry cupcakes. The gorgeous white stucco townhouse is a perfect spot to bring a date, or perhaps take your mum when she’s visiting… At £22.50 per person, it’s definitely a parent-proof purchase. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.
4. Bea’s of Bloomsbury, multiple locations
Bea’s of Bloomsbury are celebrating Thanksgiving in style this year. Serving a turkey roulade with all the trimmings (sauces and stuffings GALORE) as well as melt-in-your-mouth buttery mashed potato, it’s like Christmas come early (and super-sized, obvs). We’ve jabbered on endlessly about how amazing their cupcakes are – and don’t even get us started on those Nutella ‘Duffins’ – so we’ve got high hopes for the selection of desserts that they’re offering up to round off the meal. From pumpkin pie to chocolate peanut butter cheesecake, and a triple chocolate layer cake that brings back Matilda memories, something tells us you’ll be leaving with a big smile on your face. (And a food baby with an even bigger one).
Prices start at £23.95 per person and they’re also offering a delivery service. Thanksgiving – straight to your door. Now that’s a kind of laziness we’ve got serious time for.
5. Big Easy, Covent Garden
At the Covent Garden branch of the Big Easy, there’s a choice of two slap-up meals this Thanksgiving. Bringing a taste of the deep South to hungry Londoners, you’ll be able to feast on either a pit-smoked turkey served with stuffing, cornbread, candied sweet potatoes and creamed spinach or a self-styled ‘lobster fest’ featuring whole lobster, lobster roll or lobster mac n cheese. With pumpkin soup to start with, and pumpkin pie to finish off, you won’t get more American than this. And at £30 a pop, it won’t break the bank either. And for that, we’re very, very thankful.
Missing the States? Have you read about our favourite American diners in London?