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11 Great Places to Celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK

Thanksgiving in the UK

#1 Plymouth, England - Plymouth Barbican Waterfront

Typically, the Thanksgiving Festivities kick off around 10:30am the day of in Guildhall Square. Then it is on to the Mayflower Steps, with the Plymouth Barbican picturesque pubs offering all kinds of refreshments along the route, it is not too bad of a walk. Relax and enjoy plenty of Thanksgiving games and fun. Later on in the evening dinner will be served by the Plymouth University Student Union. The feast is typically made up of turkey, cornbread, and softdrinks as each guest is asked to bring a dish creating a potluck style event.

#2 St Paul’s Cathedral in London

If you associate Thanksgiving with at least one religious service then make sure to check out St Paul’s Cathedral. The cathedral is known for hosting many Americans during their annual Thanksgiving Day service held from 11am to 12pm. The service is free and the US Ambassador will give a speech typically delivering a message from the president. Make sure to show up to the service on time.

#3 Maze Grill

If three course meals are more your style than make sure to check out the Maze Grill. The menu will include choices like salt baked and roasted turkey, butternut squash, grilled corn on the cob, and turkey fat roasted spuds. You can also expect desserts like apple crumble with cinnamon ice cream and smashed pumpkin pie.

#4 Savoy Grill

The Ramsay's Savoy Grill is a relatively expensive high end restaurant, so if you are looking to save a buck then this is not the place for you. The lavish restaurant is known for its out of the ordinary five course meals. The menu has consisted of cornish crab cakes, turkey stuffed with cornbread, red cabbage, yams, and the traditional spiced pumpkin pie paired with whiskey maple ice cream. Each year the menu changes and only gets better! Be sure to check out their website for specifics.

#5 Pont Street

Pont Street in Belgravia is home to one of the most authentic Thanksgiving feasts. The menu usually offers a three course meal with plenty of sides to choose from. Their traditional Thanksgiving dinner includes turkey with chestnut stuffing or a mini sage, onion, and cheese pie for vegetarians. The sides will consist of sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, green beans, mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts covered in maple syrup with a bacon glaze as well as cranberry sauces and jelly. You will need a nap after this meal.

#6 Missouri Angel

Located in London, the Missouri Angel celebrated its grand opening on Thanksgiving Day back in 2008. The menu is comprised of the typical American Thanksgiving Day feast with an exception of their Goat Cheese Floating Fritter on their Roast Parsnip Soup. Thus, the Missouri Angel Thanksgiving Dinner won’t break your budget, including drinks.

#7 PJ’s Bar and Grill

Located in South Kensington, PJ’s Bar and Grill hones in on more of a pubby atmosphere. The lounge like club pub has been hosting Thanksgiving dinners for several years. The menu consists of three courses and is reasonably priced. For the exact menu and location details give them a call at +44 (0) 207-581-0025 and they will email you all desired information.

#8 Calistoga

Edinburgh has been home to Calistoga for the past 8 years. Their Thanksgiving festivities include a California Wine Tasting during the afternoon and a Thanksgiving buffet in the evening. The buffet is made up of non traditional items like turkey and chorizo stew, pumpkin and potatoes, as well as pumpkin Fritters.

#9 JW Steakhouse

The JW Steakhouse resides at the Grosvenor House on Park Lane. This restaurant is famous for its family style Thanksgiving dinners. The Festive JW Steakhouse Thanksgiving menu includes roasted pumpkin soup paired with a cornbread muffin, turkey with apricot stuffing, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and/or cheesecake plus their infamous bread pudding. However, if you have a vegetarian traveling with you, then you are out of luck, as this menu is entirely made up of options for carnivores. The feast will be severed on Thanksgiving Day and the following Sunday from 12pm to 11pm.

#10 Christopher's Covent Garden

Christopher’s Covent Garden has been voted as one of London’s top restaurants to dine at on Turkey Day. This chic spot hosts relatively reasonable prices and a menu to die for. Vegetarians and carnivores alike will enjoy the menu consisting of meat, fish, and meat/fish free options for all. Try dishes like turkey with cornbread, cherry, and hazelnut stuffing, corn and chorizo chowder, caramelized Orkney scallops, peanut butter chocolate pie, or honey bourbon creme chantilly.

#11 Bodean's BBQ Smokehouse

There are several Bodean’s BBQ Smokehouse locations all throughout London and its casual atmosphere is family friendly. Enjoy a pulled pork quesadilla or bowl of clam chowder as an appetizer while watching a Football game on TV. The three course menu consists of in house smoked ham or turkey and it is terrific. Unfortunately, vegetarians will not find any pleasing meals at this establishment and it will cost you a pretty penny for what you receive as it is a traditional "smokehouse". Check their website for prices, availability and menu options prior to visiting. Happy Thanksgiving!

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