For something a little more downhome than your standard turkey-and-all-the-trimmings Thanksgiving menu, sign yourself up to chilli-based pop-up Lincoln Chilli’s take-over at Maple & Fitz in Fitzrovia. Taking place on 21 November this will be a five-course Thanksgiving supper with a twist; sit at communal tables and enjoy creamed corn ayote, Virginia pork belly sliders and the main event – a flight of different chillis, each with a unique flavour, from ‘low and slow’ smoked Southern-style to a sweeter version from Cincinnati. There’s a nod to traditional Thanksgiving dishes, too, with a spiced turkey chilli, alongside co-host Matt’s family recipe for beef brisket Lincoln chilli, and an earthy vegetarian version (veggies can request an extra secret veggie chilli), plus rice, pasta, sage-baked cornbread, whipped garlic butter and bacon jam. Save room for a star-spangled Thanksgiving dessert – homemade pumpkin pie with a dark chocolate s’more. Drinks-wise, sandwich your night between a smoky mezcal and cranberry cocktail and a small-batch Bourbon or Rye from Virginian Copperfox distillery, with Chicago Goose Island beers and Californian wines along the way. Find out more on Twitter, or buy tickets here.
CUT at 45 Park Lane
As you’d expect at this upmarket joint, Thanksgiving at CUT at 45 Park Lane, is a dressy affair. Book a table for the restaurant’s Thanksgiving dinner on 26 November and American chef Wolfgang Puck’s menu kicks off with a choice of eight starters (think heirloom apple salad, prime beef carpaccio with black truffles and Dorset crab with lobster) before moving on to the likes of traditional turkey, Shanghai lobster, sautéed dover sole or Creekstone Farm prime steak, all served with a selection of modern side dishes. Desserts range from spiced pumpkin and vanilla-baked Alaska with pecan sponge to bourbon pecan pie with maple ice cream and a fuji apple and blackberry crumble with candied almonds. You won’t go thirsty here, either; CUT claims the biggest American wine list in London – choose from Napa Valley Chardonnay, light and earthy Other People’s Pinot from Oregon or a splash-out Syrah Colgin ‘IX Estate’, also from Napa.
Cosy Islington bistro LeCoq will give its spit-roast chicken set menu a Thanksgiving twist from 24 – 29 November. If you’re looking for a bargain celebration it’s excellent value with two courses starting at £17. And, though traditionalists should look away now, what courses they are; ribs, cornbread with sour cream, deep fried yams and chipotle, or devilled sardines on toast to start, followed by the restaurant’s speciality, rotisserie Sutton Hoo chicken, with a bean and root hash (on 26 November they’re also adding lobster rolls and a s’mores tart to the mix). For pud choose from pumpkin pie or peanut butter and jelly ice cream. Join other Americans (and wannabe-Americans) upstairs and watch the rotisserie spin, or book the private dining den for a more lavish American feasting menu for the whole clan.
If you’re a big group celebrating Thanksgiving this year, Big Easy is the ideal place for a raucous feast with its red leather banquettes and merry soundtrack. At the King’s Road and Covent Garden branches (plus the newly-opened Canary Wharf restaurant), a £30 American menu will be on offer on 26 November, running a culinary celebration in the shape of butternut squash soup, herb-roast turkey with Southern, slow-cooked gravy and a choice of two classic desserts – key lime pie or pumpkin pie. If you’re not a traditionalist, swap turkey for an alternative lobster feast menu – whole fresh lobster, whole lobster roll or lobster mac ‘n’ cheese.
At Pont Street, in Belgravia, executive head chef, Sophie Michell, turns out clean and vibrant dishes using impeccably sourced produce. Book in for a specially themed dinner on 26, 27 or 28 November and you’ll be presented with sophisticated twists on Thanksgiving treats, with Bourbon chicken liver pate or winter salad (American pecans and blue cheese) to start, and roast Kelly Bronze turkey with chestnut stuffing and all the trimmings – mashed potatoes, cranberry jelly, mac ‘n’ cheese and sweet potatoes topped with caramelised marshmallow – to follow. Veggies won’t miss out here with mini sage, cheddar cheese and onion pies. And while pumpkin pie is the only dessert option, it comes with a kick in the shape of ginger spice ice cream. If you can’t make it for dinner, visit the hotel’s cake bar (Pont St is part of Belgraves Hotel) will be stocked with special Thanksgiving cakes and pies throughout the week.