Have your vacation (and eat your turkey too): The best British restaurants to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner

Wednesday 26 October 2016

It’s never easy to spend the holidays away from your loved ones, but if you’re lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving in Britain, there’s one tradition you won’t have to miss out on: a delicious turkey dinner! From neighborhood diners to Michelin-starred eateries, restaurants all across the UK are rolling out the cranberry-colored carpet in celebration of the American holiday.

So don’t forget to pack those elastic-waist pants – here are the best places to give thanks (and stuff your face, US-style) in Britain.

34 Mayfair
34 Grosvenor Square
London W1K 2HD

Photo credit: Sim Canetty

For a traditional Thanksgiving feast with a twist, stop by this London eatery and let Chef Harvey Ayliffe tantalize your taste buds with roast turkey, shellfish chowder, cranberry stuffing, sweet potato gratin, and buttered sprout tops. Cap off your meal with a slice of caramel pumpkin pie slathered with maple ice cream — and if you’re feeling extra, extra celebratory ­— Champagne from a real-life mold of Kate Moss’s left breast. Before you sneer, rest assured, it’s nothing dirty — just an artistic interpretation of the world’s first Champagne coupe, which legend claims was shaped by Marie Antoinette’s left breast. Bottoms, er, bosoms up!

Calistoga Restaurant
70/72 Rose Street North Lane
Edinburgh EH2 3DX

Photo courtesy of Calistoga 

Forget gravy, nothing pairs better with turkey than wine. And luckily, this California-themed restaurant (and wine shop) in Edinburgh has plenty to pick from. But don’t just settle for one bottle! Reserve your spot at Calistoga’s 9th Annual Wine Fair on Thanksgiving to taste a few (or 60) California wines and feast on braised turkey and a plethora of pumpkin-infused sides. Trust us, once you’ve tried real pumpkin grits, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin chowder, and of course, pumpkin seed brownies, you’ll pity all the poor chaps clutching their artificially-flavored pumpkin spiced lattes.

Coast to Coast American Restaurant & Bar
The Gate, Newgate Street
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5TG

Photo courtesy of Coast to Coast 

Take a gastronomic road trip across the good ole US of A at this American restaurant… in Newcastle. Outfitted with maps of the Lincoln Highway and classic US memorabilia on the walls, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported stateside (minus the British accents, of course). Given the restaurant’s penchant for all things American, it’s no surprise that they’re pulling out all the stops for Thanksgiving with a multi-course festive menu featuring seasonal staples like creamy butternut squash soup, roasted turkey, baked potatoes, maple carrots, and nutmeg kale and stuffing balls.  

Missouri Angel
America Square
14 Crosswall
London EC3N 2LJ

Photo courtesy of Missouri Angel

The best part about enjoying Thanksgiving dinner away from home: no clean-up. The second best: having plenty of time to play in London because of the aforementioned lack of clean-up. For a no-fuss, no-muss holiday meal that will leave you with ample time to explore, book a table at Missouri Angel. Serving modernized American cuisine (including beef dry-aged in Nebraska), plus all your Thanksgiving favorites like Waldorf salad and roast turkey, it’s the perfect place to enjoy traditional food before you venture out for a non-traditional Thanksgiving evening.   

Ad Lib
111 Hope Street
Glasgow G2 6LL

Photo courtest of Ad Lib

If you’re going to dine at an American restaurant in Britain, you might as well pick one inspired by the heartbeat of it all: New York City! Outfitted with a huge mural of Times Square, dark wood, and sleek leather booths, it’s got all the hustle and bustle of the big apple (including plenty of buzz in the evening hours—it’s open until 3 AM on weekends). On Thanksgiving, swing by the gastro-pub for a four-course meal featuring all the classics like roasted turkey, buttermilk mash, and steamed greens, plus a few internationally-inspired surprises.

Balthazar
4-6 Russell Street
London WC2B 5HZ

Photo by Steven Joyce

Though spin-off restaurants typically lack the same luster as the original, we can confidently say that the London outpost of Keith McNally’s New York City hot-spot does not disappoint. But what’s even more impressive than the sleek red leather banquettes (or celebrity clientele) is the food, especially the highly-anticipated Thanksgiving menu. Choose from seasonal specialities like roasted turkey and butternut squash soup, or take a break from tradition and try the parmesan-crusted baked cod and winter kale salad.

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