Celebrate the grand old US of A with our pick of the most scrumptious Thanksgiving treats for the family across London. Falling on the fourth Thursday of every November, the 22nd for your diaries, get a taste for Turkey ahead of the Christmas season and pecan pie galore…
The Big Easy
Inspired by the 19th century crab shacks & Bar.B.Q of the American Gulf Coast, The Big Easy offers hearty portions of good ol’ home-style food and is a much-loved local of choice for millions of Londoners and a fair few home-sick yanks. This 22nd November, make a bee-line for a family style sharing at The Big Easy. Their famous Bar.B.Q Chicken Wings and crisp Caesar salad kickstart the meal followed by the main event – a huge slow-coked, pit-smoked turkey served up with Grandma Emma’s spirited apple & cranberry chutney, velvety mashed sweet taters, the best eve green bean casserole and oh and… coleslaw. Why not switch up tradition and grab a slice of The Big Easy’s banana cream pie! For those under 10, there’s a smashing kids menu with pint-sized portions of Big Easy favourites. Book up your Thanksgiving feast here.
Find The Big Easy at Kings Road, Covent Garden and Canary Wharf
CUTCakes and Tea at 45 Park Lane
We’re always on the search for family-friendly afternoon teas and this one is pretty special. Available between 12th-30th November, you can feast on a truly American afternoon tea…and not a cucumber finger sandwich in sight. To celebrate Thanksgiving, The Dorchester Collection’s 45 Park Lane is giving their CUTCakes & Tea a festive twist with an array of seasonal flavours. Indulge in delectable fried turkey and buttermilk bisquets, maple and bacon macarons, before trying to keep tiny finger away from caramel apple and candied pecan cake pops. For more info or to book this star-spangled afternoon tea – click here.
CUT at 45 Park Lane, London, W1K 1PN
The Breakfast Club
If you’re brood are a little older and you’re on the look out for a memorable Thanksgiving meal for the family, The Breakfast Club always comes up trumps! Three courses for an affordable £28 you can rip off a hunk of jalapeño and coriander cornbread and dunk away in Butternut Bisque for starters. An unctuous Mac n Cheese with sauteed kale, spiralled sweet potato, beetroot and zucchini with a crunchy pretzel crumb topping is a veggie’s delight. For those with a smidgen more space grab a slice of pumpkin pie.
Various locations across London – book your table here
If a three course feast doesn’t tickle your fancy, then why not indulge in a lip-smacking burger by hugely popular plant-based restaurant by CHLOE. This Thanksgiving, it’s all about the aptly named Gobble Gobble burger. It’s got all the traditional American flavours, but is meat and dairy-free – lemon-caper seitan, sautéed kale, rosemary gravy, harvest stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwiches between an ingenious potato bun. Don’t forget the air baked sweet potato fries! Every Gobble Gobble burger bought, a donation is made to dog rescue and rehoming charity All Dogs Matter.
Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HA / One Tower Bridge, 6 Duchess Walk, London SE1 2SD
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a trip to BBQ joint Bodeans. Serving up award-winning Kansas City style barbecue, their new kids menu is an authentic slice of low and slow smokehouse dishes small-style including baby back ribs, juicy chicken wings and southern style sausage and mash. With three courses and a drink for under a fiver, this affordable menu is a savvy slice of Americana in London. Top tip – sign up for the Bodean’s Q Card and kids can eat for free all weekend with a dining adult. On 22nd November, big kids can feast on a Thanksgiving menu of clam chowder, Caesar salad and a quesadilla (with a chicken, pulled pork or veggie filling) to start, followed by traditional turkey, then pumpkin or key lime pie for pud.
Various locations across London – Balham, Clapham, Fulham Old Street, Soho, Tower Hill, Covent Garden
If you’re not one for a slice of pie, then Crosstown’s legendary doughnuts won’t disappoint with their November spiced pumpkin doughnut. Plus this baby is totally vegan! They’ve taken their popular new sourdough base, filled it with a spiced pumpkin (vegan) custard, topped it with a pumpkin glaze, and finished it with a cinnamon and pumpkin seed crumble. Ticking both World Vegan Month and Thanksgiving off in one fell swoop!
Crosstown Doughnuts Vegan Store – 5-6 Picton Place, London, W1U 1BL
FOR MUM & DAD: Give Thanks for Date Night – Rail House Café
Thanksgiving at Fitzrovia’s Riding House Café has always been a firm favourite of ours. Following in their big sister’s footsteps, the Rail House Café is serving up a pretty special festive feast this 22nd November. Their epic feasting menu for £40 is the perfect meal to share with your loved one whilst the babysitter stays home on watch. Start proceedings with a warming cinnamon old fashioned topped with Bourbon soaked cranberries before indulging in a super-sized Thanksgiving meal including Norfolk bronze turkey laden with cornbread stuffing, maple-buttered sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, creamed corn casserole, glazed spouts and lots of boozy Calvados gravy to soak it all up. Be sure to save room for an sticky sweet pecan pie or a pumpkin brûlée pie served with whipped vanilla cream.
8 Sir Simon Milton Square, Victoria, London, SW1E 5DJ