This article is written by our guest author Adam Hyman.
I’m not American but I love to celebrate Thanksgiving with my American friends who live in London. It is a holiday across the US that is enjoyed by all. Religion is cast aside for a day, with the focus solely on family and friends coming together to feast. To me, it also signals the countdown to Christmas. This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday 24 November and although celebrations will not reach the levels of those across the Atlantic, here are five London restaurants where you can still get your turkey and pecan pie.
The ‘5 Star Hotel’ Thanksgiving – CUT, 45 Park Lane
Wolfgang Puck’s first foray into Europe with CUT at The Dorchester Collection’s newly opened 45 Park Lane has been one of the biggest restaurant openings of the year to date. Brand Puck in the states is up there with the likes of Donald Trump and Justin Bieber. Following Daniel Boulud across the pond, CUT is all about steak. A perfect destination for the well heeled American tourists who are regulars at The Connaught or Claridge’s and want a bit of glitz and glamour with their turkey. The Thanksgiving menu is priced at £85.00 per person and can be paired with an all American wine list with such delights as a Russian River Valley chardonnay from Sonoma and a Heitz Cellar cabernet sauvignon from Napa for £40.00. Doggie bags are available upon request.
CUT at 45 Park Lane
Tel: 020 7493 4554
The ‘On A Budget’ Thanksgiving – Bodeans
This small BBQ restaurant chain is the perfect pit stop for those on a budget but still craving their traditional Thanksgiving dinner. An all day menu offering three courses for £20.95 per person will draw the American backpackers and students here to reunite and celebrate all things ‘Uncle Sam’ while rooting for their NFL team as the games are screened live from 5.30pm onwards. With sites in Fulham, Soho, Clapham and Tower Hill no one has to travel far for their cornbread stuffing.
The ‘Boozy’ Thanksgiving – The Big Easy
You must visit The Big Easy at least once in your lifetime. Although situated on the road which is home to suede loafers and the twin set, all stereotypes are left at the door as this is where people come to drink margaritas, eat Louisiana style and get messy. The Thanksgiving special main course is priced at £14.95 which means you can still head down to the basement to feast on lobster and ribs before tucking into your turkey while listening to one of the many live acts they will have performing. To make it a Thanksgiving to remember, The Big Easy boasts a cracking wine list with some American gems such as Ridge Zinfandel, a steal at £40.
Big Easy Bar-B-Q & Crabshack
332-334 Kings Road
London SWB 5UR
Tel: 020 7352 4071
The ‘Ex Pat’ Thanksgiving – Joe Allen
This discreet basement restaurant in theatre land, set amongst the stage doors, has been serving the American ‘ex pat’ community for years and still does one of the best ‘off the menu’ burgers in town. Sneakers and fur coats are the norm for the clientele who descend into this New York inspired dining room with signed photographs and posters covering every inch of the bare brick walls. A three course Thanksgiving lunch is being offered for £30.00 or a five course dinner is being offered for £39.00. The fact you are within walking distance of The American Bar at The Savoy gives you the perfect opportunity to have a cheeky snifter afterwards to help wash down those yams.
13 Exeter Street
London WC2E 7DT
Tel: 020 7836 0651
The ‘American Diner’ Thanksgiving – Spuntino
Forgo the stereotypical roasted bird and pecan pie and head to Soho’s Rupert Street for London’s coolest American diner. However don’t come here expecting milkshakes, waitresses in diner outfits and jukeboxes playing Elvis. Spuntino is all about the edge, the sizzle, the swagger. The inspiration behind Russell Norman and Richard Beatty’s 24 stool gaff are the bars and restaurants of Brooklyn. Grab a place at the zinc topped counter and work your way through the old school cocktail list while tucking into sliders with a side of cheese grits and finish with the all time American classic snack of peanut butter and jelly dessert.
61 Rupert Street
London W1D 7PW