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Whether you’re homesick for the great US of A or have an early hankering for turkey, Thanksgiving (22 November) is just the holiday to feed those cravings. You don’t need to cross the pond to take advantage of a good old-fashioned American feast. Grab a group, get your elasticated waistbands and forks ready, and dig into one of London’s Thanksgiving menus.
You can trust a restaurant owned by Mr Transatlantic himself (Richard Branson) to bring home the bacon when it comes to its holiday menus. Roast turkey, clam chowder and pumpkin pie will be making an appearance at Babylon at the Roof Gardens next Thursday. The special menu is available for both lunch and dinner, while evening sessions will be accompanied by live jazz.
The thoroughly British Savoy will be serving-up thoroughly American dishes in Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill. Adding his own spin on traditional tucker, the chef’s £45 menu features the likes of pan-fried Maryland crab cakes with smoked tomato rémoulade, maple-roasted turkey with pecan yams and pumpkin pie with cinnamon ice cream. Tables of up to 12 can book into the main dining room.
Larger groups may prefer to check out the Savoy’s neighbour The Corinthia, where macaroni cheese, mashed potatoes with marshmallows and pecan pie are among the dishes being served in The Northall’s 30-seater private dining room.
Embrace the true meaning of Thanksgiving with JW Steakhouse’s Family Style menu (£58pp), for groups of six or more. Start with a Bloody Mary or glass of Pommery Brut NV before beef or turkey with roasted potatoes, bourbon sweet potato mash, creamed spinach, braised red cabbage, green beans with shallots and roasted root vegetables, served in super-sized sharing platters. If that’s not enough, choose from pumpkin pie, cheesecake for two, triple-chocolate cake or Bettie's bread pudding – whoever Bettie is.
Down the road at fellow beef geek Cut, Wolfgang Puck has recently opened a 12-seater private dining room complete with a 103-inch television screen. Cranberry and pomegranate cocktails, turkey with all the trimmings and beef from the United States can be accompanied by an NFL football match – the all-American experience for £85pp.
For a dinner that won't break the bank, head to Hard Rock Café, where you can enjoy a two-course meal for £21.95 or three courses for £26.45.
[pictures: Cut at 45 Park Lane]