Our friends across the pond have a lovely tradition each autumn: Thanksgiving. Take part in the festive feast at restaurants across London.
Words Gabrielle Hernandez
The history of Thanksgiving dates back to the 1600s. Those who were known as the Pilgrims had settled in America. In celebration of a successful harvest and to show their gratitude for all who had helped make their venture a fruitful one, they had a feast. Today, though equally grateful for the food on the plates in front of them, families and friends gather to reflect on the many blessings and opportunities that have been made available in their lives.
Londoners can also take part in the tradition with the help of some fabulous restaurants around town. Bring your loved ones, and an empty stomach, to one of these amazing venues for a fantastic holiday feast.
A BRITISH TWIST ON TRADITION
Though it boasts impeccably English traditions, The Goring is catering to its guests from across the pond this year. The family-owned luxury hotel is offering culinary classics this Thanksgiving. Michelin-starred. Executive Chef Shay Cooper presents a British twist on the traditional dinner. Though traditional turkey will be offered, also enjoy a selection including cauliflower cream, native lobster, bacon and chives, as well as Cured organic salmon green pepper relish, deep fried oyster, with oyster vinaigrette.
To book please telephone The Goring
Beeston Place SW1W
020 7936 9000
A CLASSIC THANKSGIVING FEAST
The Dead Dolls House
While using the best British and international produce, The Dead Dolls House is designing a menu around this North American tradition. The cornucopia will be filled with all of your favourites from home and abroad. Start with whipped yams, charred corn, creole butter and corn bread. Take part in a bit of gluttony with Norfolk black roast turkey, stuffing, pigs in a blanket and cranberry sauce. You will be eternally thankful for the supersized, sharing-style feast.
Tickets are £35 per person and include three cocktails from the sponsors.
181 Upper Street, N1
020 7288 1470
INDULGE IN LUXURY
Coinciding with the American holiday, Blakes’ Restaurant will curate a special four-course meal featuring a luxurious take on the tradition. The intimate space is perfect for guests visiting London or anyone hoping for a decadent evening. Dinner will begin with dishes such as globe artichoke with truffle oil & mayonnaise and wild mushroom soup with girolles, parsley & black truffle. This will be followed by an impressive whole Norfolk bronze turkey served with all the trimmings including chestnut mousseline, corn fritters, hazelnut stuffing and the house-made cranberry sauce. With an impressive finish, diners will be invited to dig into the golden pumpkin cheesecake with cinnamon ice cream & pine nuts.
The Thanksgiving Set Menu is available on Thursday 23rd November only, at £60 per head. Call Blakes Restaurant to make a reservation.
33 Roland Gardens SW7
020 7370 6701
COCKTAILS AND SWEET TREATS
45 Park Lane
American born, executive chef David McIntyre has prepared a new Thanksgiving cocktail and paired sweet bar bite available exclusively from BAR 45. Enjoy a trio of sweets including a mini pecan pie with maple ganache, an apple choux with almond mousse and a pumpkin doughnut with cinnamon cream cheese. The Gobble Gobble cocktail is created with a classic, fruity Bourbon American whiskey and an American pale ale beer as well as maple syrup and barrel aged bitters. These treats pay compliments to CUT at 45 Park Lane’s three-course Thanksgiving menu which offers traditional holiday fare. Highlights include roasted butternut squash soup with chanterelle mushrooms, goat’s cheese, toasted pine nuts and pumpkin seed oil, and roasted turkey with wild mushroom stuffing, and red jewel sweet potato gratin with toasted pecans. For dessert, the most popular of Thanksgiving’s staples are presented with the signature, contemporary twist; Kabocha pumpkin and ginger cheesecake and pecan pie served with “10” year chocolate sauce and maple ice cream.
The Thanksgiving cocktail, Gobble Gobble, is available from 13 – 26 November. Thanksgiving dinner is available 23 November.
45 Park Lane, W1K
020 7493 4545
A PIECE OF THE PIE
Sea Containers Restaurant
Putting his baking skills to the ultimate test, Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber is taking on the cherished American classic: the pumpkin pie. In conjunction with ‘The Boy Who Bakes’, Sea Containers Restaurant is serving a play on the American tradition with their Thanksgiving menu from 20-26 November. It will feature dishes such as baked pumpkin with braised turkey leg, whole grain mustard and honey, as well as roast turkey with butternut squash, cranberry and pine nut stuffing. End the meal with Edd’s signature Pumpkin Pie, featuring a whisky pastry, a rich spiced pumpkin filling, topped off with a dusting of pecan crumble and a dollop of luscious maple cream.
20 Upper Ground, SE1
020 3747 1063