Thanksgiving may not be a British holiday, but that doesn’t mean we in the UK can’t join in the celebrations for this event with our American friends. Here we look at the five best dedicated Thanksgiving menus available in London, from full-blown turkey dinners to a US inspired flight of cocktails, and hear from chefs about why they cater for this occasion.
Butler’s Wharf Chop House
The Butler’s Wharf branch of the Chop House family in Shadwell is putting on a Thanksgiving spread until Sunday 27 November. People will be able to choose a two or three course menu, but the hardest decision will be choosing between the roast Heron estate turkey with all the trimmings and the pan roast Scottish salmon with herb butter.
Chef Joginder Singh Dham told OpenTable that catering for this American holiday is part of the norm at the restaurant: “Butlers Wharf Chop House do the Thanksgiving menu every year without fail. It’s been busy during the last few years and we are expecting this year to be busy too.
“We have prepared by keeping it classic with comfort and seasonal dishes in mind. I love turkey from Heron farm based in Essex, house made gravy, duck fat roast potatoes and pigs in blankets.”
Avenue’s head chef Dominic South has created a special Thanksgiving menu for diners on Thursday 24 November, offering a festive take on the restaurant’s popular menu for the day. There will be additions such as the New England clam chowder, sweet potato gumbo with buttermilk corn bread and pumpkin cheesecake with mandarin sorbet and jelly. The two or three course menu is available for groups of up to 12 people.
Sea Containers at Mondrian London on the Southbank will be offering a Thanksgiving set menu at lunch or dinner. It includes a glass of Perrier- Jouet champagne on arrival and the difficult choice between roasted Norfolk turkey, the clay-baked half lobster and the sweet potato gnocchi for mains.
Gus Crosby, head chef at the restaurant, said it has always seemed natural to offer a Thanksgiving menu, given the transatlantic inspiration behind the restaurant. “The hotel also has a lot of guests from the US who are looking somewhere to spend Thanksgiving while they are in London. For the most part, the dishes make use of seasonal ingredients that feature on our menu, including butternut squash and sweet potato – while the turkey and lobster make special appearances for the occasion.
Launceston Place is offering a five course tasting menu created by Raphael Francois available until 27 November. It includes pumpkin pie and turkey with sage and butter alongside an oyster and caviar dish, as well as the opportunity to try pumpkin and sweet potatoes with pecans and marinated foie gras. A vegetarian version of the tasting menu is also available on request.
Those who fancy the taste of Thanksgiving but don’t want the full turkey dinner can head to Seymour’s Parlour in Zetter Townhouse Marylebone for some US inspired cocktails. The special menu includes Sazerac and Milk Punch, both from New Orleans, and the Stone Fence from Connecticut. There will also be clam chowder, corn bread, and turkey sausage rolls with cranberry, port and beetroot chutney among other available to order with drinks.
Photos courtesy of Sea Containers and Seymour’s Parlour