Even if none of your American cousins are in town, it’s well worth getting on the Thanksgiving gravy train this year. Don’t fancy cooking up a storm? These days, there’s a plethora of London restaurants celebrating Thanksgiving to choose from, with menus ranging from authentic Americana to more refined interpretations. The most important thing to remember? Stuff the turkey. It may be the centrepiece, but any decent americophile will know that this holiday is all about the starters, sides and desserts. Pass the baked sweet potatoes and marshmallows, please.
Mac ‘n’ cheese at Rail House Café, SW1
Roast turkey with a helping of gooey mac ‘n’ cheese might seem unnatural on this side of the Atlantic, but Brits should give it a chance. Just don’t pour gravy on it.
Two courses and a cinnamon Old Fashioned for £40, railhouse.cafe
Fried chicken and waffles at Red Rooster, EC2
Head chef Marcus Samuelsson, who hails from Harlem, offers a medley of American classics: chicken and waffles, followed by roast turkey and pumpkin pie. You’ll come out singing The Star-Spangled Banner.
Three courses and a pumpkin spice espresso martini for £55, redroosterldn.com
Bourbon ice cream at JW Steakhouse, W1
The Bourbon Bar here, which has London’s largest selection of American whiskies, has inspired a punchy ice cream to go with the pecan pie. It’s all served with a side of live jazz and blues.
£39 for lunch/£59 for dinner, for three courses, jwsteakhouse.co.uk
Roasted sprouts, shallots & maple bacon at 34 Mayfair, W1
Sprouts are a bona fide foodie trend in New York, where they star in a dish at veggie mecca Dirt Candy and have helped head chef Amanda Cohen to get rave reviews. Now they’re reimagined in Mayfair, with a meaty twist.
Dishes priced individually, 34-restaurant.co.uk
Cornbread stuffing at Big Easy, SW3
Forget Paxo: this is stuffing, elevated. A recipe that came from the plantations of America’s Southern states has made its way to South West London, where it’s served with pit-smoked turkey.
Three courses for £29.50, bigeasy.co.uk