American Food Store
This friendly Holland Park shop prides itself on its huge range of imported US foodstuffs, also available online. Thanksgiving favourites include cans of Libby’s Pure Pumpkin, Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup and Kraft Stove Top Cornbread stuffing mix, plus patriotic stars and stripes paper plates, cups and napkins.
2 Ladbroke Grove, London, W11 3BG, 020 7221 4563; usafoodstore.co.uk
As the name suggests, imported soft drinks as well as confectionery are the speciality of this online business, which also has a Manchester-based shop. Soda bestsellers include A&W Root Beer, Dr Pepper Cherry and Fanta Grape. Confectionery such as Hershey’s Kisses, or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures, Marshmallow Fluff, assorted frostings and cookie mixtures are also much in demand.
Alexandria Drive, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 0QN, 0161 359 3655; americansoda.co.uk
The Ginger Pig
A roast turkey is, of course, the centrepiece of any Thanksgiving feast and feted British butcher The Ginger Pig does a roaring trade in birds at this time of year. On offer are free-range, bronze turkeys, raised on the Belvoir Estate in Lincolnshire and reared on home-grown wheat and vegetable protein. The birds are then dry-plucked and hung for up to 14 days to boost flavour.
8-10 Moxon Street, London, W1U 4EW, 020 7935 7788; thegingerpig.co.uk
If you’re craving a slice of rich, spicy pumpkin pie, then this is the place to come. Established and run by two American baking enthusiasts, David Muniz and David Lesniak, bakery-cum-café Outsider Tart offers treats such as sweet potato pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pecan pie and cornbread. The two Davids’ also offer hugely popular Thanksgiving dinners in the café and sell a range of US foodstuffs online.
83 Chiswick High Rd, London, W4 2EF, 020 7096 1609; outsidertart.com
This St John’s Wood food shop has catered for the area’s local US community since the 1950s. There’s Thanksgiving foods aplenty here, from corn-fed Kelly Bronze turkeys to spectacular pumpkins and squashes. Bestsellers include Pepperidge Farm stuffings, canned yams, ready-made pie shells, and Gold Medal flours.
13-19 Circus Road, London, NW8 6PB, 020 7722 8596; panzers.co.uk
Jenny Linford is author of ‘Food Lovers’ London’ (Metro Guides, £12.99)