Sport – it’s not for everyone, and American sport is even more of an acquired taste. But for those who can’t get enough of that sweet, sweet flavour, this weekend is set to be a star-spangled extravaganza, as the NFL American football season kicks off. But you don’t need to endure a seven-hour flight to enjoy it, oh no – you can sample the thrills, the razzamatazz and the copious amounts of barbecued meat that accompany what those across the pond call ‘football’ right here in this London. But where?
Touch down (see what we’ve done there?) at American restaurant The Lockhart, Seymour Place for Game Night this and every Sunday at 6pm. The games will be on the big screen, but more importantly, head chef Brad McDonald, who hails from Mississippi, will be rustling up back-home favourites like southern fried chicken, baby back ribs and his renowned honey butter cornbread, for your delectation.
Favourite BBQ joint Bodean’s, with branches in Balham, Clapham, Fulham, Soho and Tower Hill, will have both the 6pm and 9pm games on and will be serving up their special offer Game Day Special – chicken wings, half baby rack, pulled pork, coleslaw, fries and a beer. You had me at half baby rack.
Meanwhile the London Cheerleaders will be shaking their pom-poms to provide the entertainment at Frankie’s Sports Bar & Diner’s NFL launch party from 5pm on Sunday. An American-inspired menu and selected free drinks will also accompany the big-screen action.
If you’re not that bothered about the game but you love yourself some buffalo wings, potato skins, mac ’n’ cheese or a boozy milkshake, head down to Honky Tonk in Clapham where they show NFL matches with the volume down. There are US bourbons and craft beers galore to enjoy, too.
If you are a dedicated sports fan, settle in for the day at the Jetlag Sports Bar, Cleveland Street. Enjoy brunch over college football, lunch over international volleyball (come on, Belgium!), football, US Open tennis, motor racing, hockey, baseball and rugby before selecting one of their fine American ales for the main event from 5.30pm.
By Colin Hubbuck