What’s On: Indulgent Afternoon Tea, a Sublime Italian , and a New Simon Rimmer Restaurant

With Thanksgiving drawing ever nearer, this week’s guide to what’s hot, what’s new, and what’s just downright delicious, is fittingly trans-Atlantic.  Although many of us Brits may not really understand what Thanksgiving entails, it’s the perfect excuse to sample some hearty fare from across the pond.  So we’ve got a Forrest Gump-themed restaurant, and an American venture from Simon Rimmer.  To balance things out we’ve got beautifully British dining, and for an international twist, a divine Italian establishment.  Topping it all off, there’s a restaurant serving nothing but steak, purely because that’s intriguing, whatever your nationality.

1. Brumus Book Brumus

Piccadilly

Afternoon tea at Brumus

Afternoon tea at Brumus

If a sophisticated afternoon tea at a swanky hotel in central London is up your street, then that street might be Suffolk Place, home to Brumus at Haymarket Hotel.  It’s not quite as quintessential as it first seems though, with mushroom and truffle vol-au-vents, chorizo rolls and French macarons allowing for internationally inspired indulgence.  If a flavoursome European dinner is more likely to tickle your fancy, they’ve got that covered too: slow-baked beef flank with horseradish mash, chicken and porcini ravioli, and grilled lobster with garlic butter are just a handful of the options.

 

2. Bibo Book Bibo

Putney

Bibo

Bibo

Despite its Michelin star-trained chefs, there’s nothing pretentious about this place.  Just rustic Italian food cooked to perfection.  The menu’s definitely something special though, featuring venison haunch with baked celeriac, pheasant ragu risotto, and Cornish plaice with slow roast salsify, Jerusalem artichoke, spinach, and rosemary butter.

 

3. Liberty Tavern Book Liberty Tavern

Liverpool

Liberty Tavern

Liberty Tavern

Simon Rimmer’s a busy man. When he’s not teaching us how to cook on TV, he’s a successful restaurateur. His latest venture is Liberty Tavern, a real homage to the timeless traditions of American cooking, washed down with craft beers and classic cocktails. Spanning taco sliders, barbecue ribs, Texan chili, and mac ‘n’ cheese, menus don’t get much more American.

 

4. Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

Leicester Square

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

With 39 restaurants stateside, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company is an American institution. And now they’ve brought their Forrest Gump-themed dining to London, with 19 styles of shrimp and all manner of steak, chicken and fish dishes. With portions this big and this tasty, you might be running here, but you might struggle to run home.

 

5. Flat Iron 

Soho

Flat Iron

Flat Iron

There are two options here: steak, and the daily special. So if steak’s not your thing it might not be for you, but if it is, a whole restaurant dedicated to the stuff must sound rather enticing.  It’s a trendy joint in Soho, with bare stone walls and an underground cocktail bar, but it doesn’t get much more primal than being served a glorious slab of beef on a wooden board, with a meat cleaver as your culinary weapon.

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