How to celebrate Thanksgiving in London in 2021
Once again, on November 25, the biggest hotels in London will have the opportunity to show off their own special transatlantic connection.
Up in Mayfair, The Beaumont has remained closed between closures in London, using the time for serious stealth renovations, creating more suites and refreshing bars and restaurants. Fans will be relieved to learn that the Colony Room retains its Anglo-American magic, however, and this Thanksgiving will feature a four-course menu starting at Â£ 65 per person, including a Norfolk Quail Caesar salad, pumpkin risotto with smoked ricotta and hazelnuts, and turkey and pecans.
During the First World War, The Goring, became the headquarters of the US military; a direct telephone link was set up between General Pershing and President Woodrow Wilson. As a result, still seriously for Thanksgiving this year, the Michelin-starred dining room will blend tradition and innovation. The six-course menu includes scampi, turkey with foie gras, followed by beauvale and pumpkin pie with maple syrup cream, for Â£ 110 per person.
The Firmdale hotel group covers both New York and London. In the latter town, his Ham Yard Hotel near Piccadilly Circus has a menu that includes hot smoked salmon with chili cornbread and turkey from the Rhug estate in Wales. Three courses cost Â£ 55, including coffee and truffles.
In a happily hidden corner of St James, the Hotel enabled US and Canadian soldiers to perform much needed R&R during WWII; Stafford’s American bar still holds fast to the Mid-Atlantic Pact. The Stafford Thanksgiving Menu will be served in the Game Bird Restaurant, American Bar and the hotel’s private dining rooms. It will include a sweet potato soup with bacon, rye croutons and sour cream, a turkey casserole with green beans and mashed potatoes with garlic, followed by a pumpkin pie. Three courses cost Â£ 49.50.
With Daniel Humm at the helm, Claridge’s Davies and Brook serves London’s most extravagant Thanksgiving meal this year, with foie gras to start, followed by a choice of lobster tail, roasted turkey with Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes. Finally, there’s the pumpkin or pecan with ice cream, at Â£ 155 per person.
The Berkeley includes marshmallow with its sweet potato and also takes a traditionalist approach to pumpkin pie. The four-course meal starts with poached lobster and continues with a Norfolk Bronze turkey, but also includes British roast potatoes on the plate. The menu costs Â£ 95 per person.
Far from hotels, Joe allen has been a stronghold of good American food in London since the 1970s and has just reopened after 18 months. Now run by one of London’s leading restaurateurs, Russell Norman (who started as a bartender at Joe Allen in 1989), head chef Gary Lee will be offering a special menu on November 25, featuring corn chowder and bread muffins. corn, beetroot, feta and orange dandelion salad topped with pecan granola, followed by roast turkey or cod fillet with southern shrimp okra with chorizo ââand white beans, finishing with a butter cheesecake peanut and jelly or a pumpkin crÃ¨me brÃ»lÃ©e.
For something a little different, Dishoom will serve a Menu with Indian accents which runs from November 22 to December 24, with Turkey Raan, fresh naan and raita reminiscent of Iranian cafes in Bombay but in London. And if you want to stay at home, one of London’s greatest chefs, Skye Gyngell has Spring to go with stuffed turkey crown and herbs, sweet potato and red cabbage gratin, accompanied by pumpkin soup, pecan pie served with bourbon or brown bread ice cream, available as delivery or pick-up.