If there’s one good thing about the winter months, it’s the warmth of a good roast dinner. There’s no better way of bracing yourself against the cold and the rain. And while no roast will ever be as good as your Mum’s, there are some top quality options in London these days – here are some of the best.
Mews of Mayfair
Bond Street (0.3 miles)
What: Bottomless Sunday Lunch
Why: Combining the best part of a London staple, bottomless brunch, with the British institution of Sunday Lunch, Mews and Mayfair have produced Bottomless Sunday Lunch. Enjoy a feast starting with a selection of dishes including butterbean soup and hot smoked salmon; building to a roast dinner featuring beef, pork, turkey, cod or mushroom gnocchi; and culminating in desserts like sticky toffee pudding or berry and apple crumble, all washed down with an unlimited supply of Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas or Bellini’s. Jolly good show.
Where: 10 Lancashire Court New Bond Street W1S 1EY
The Jones Family Project Restaurant & Bar
Old Street (0.2 miles)
What: Traditional Roast
Why: When it comes to a Sunday Roast you can’t beat the classics. It’s one of the only meals which isn’t improved by 'gourmet' or 'decadent'. The Jones Family Project are more than aware of this and are unwavering in their approach to delivering a traditional roast – be it Ginger Pig roast beef, poussin chicken or even nut roast. Top quality ingredients, traditional methods; a winning combination in anyone’s books.
Where: 78 Great Eastern Street Shoreditch EC2A 3JL
The Gun Docklands
What: Historic riverside gastropub with unbeatable views
Why: The Gun take roasts seriously. Choose between roast rump of Cumbrian beef, roast belly of Middlewhite pork and Suffolk free-range chicken, partnered with the kind of top-notch trimmings which cuts like that deserve. And the sage gravy is to die for!
Where: 27 Coldharbour, Docklands, E14 9NS
What: Creative twists on the humble roast in a popular neighbourhood favourite
Why: Popular with the locals, Parlour's growing reputation as an oasis of great food in north London is drawing the crowds. And no wonder. Their Sunday lunches are as good as you'd hope, with a generous slab of sirloin on offer, and a whole roast chicken with a succulent salt-crust. Tuck in!
Where: 5 Regent St, Kensal Green, NW10 5LG
What: Old-fashioned London glamour with a contemporary twist
Why: Hunter 486's incredible stone oven is the crowning glory of the restaurant, allowing the meat and fish to be cooked at a very high temperature and producing incredible results. Braised lamb shanks, a new addition to the menu, are a must; but look out for the 'Best of Butchers' board, bringing mini burgers, rib-eye steak and braised short ribs together with Yorkshire puds and veg. Yum!
Where: The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, W1H 7FD
The Hour Glass
What: Newly-opened foodie pub in the heart of Kensington
Why: A country pub in the city, The Hour Glass has already received rave reviews. Given that the founders also own the Brompton Food Market, it's a given that the food is excellent. And with mains such as roast rib or aged Yorkshire beef and slow-roast rare breed pork shoulder available in children's portions, it's also perfect for families. Oh, and the dog's welcome too!
Where: 279-283 Brompton Road, Chelsea, SW3 2DY
What: Classy yet unassuming all-day restaurant in Belgravia
Why: Chef Sophie Mitchell's quietly brilliant all-day diner whips up a mean brunch, but it's their roasts that really grab your attention. Try the slow-roasted pork belly, served with poached quince and Savoy cabbage - it's to die for!
Where: 20 Chesham Place, Belgravia, SW1X 8HQ
What: The heart and soul of roast in Borough market
Why: Roast have built a fine reputation on serving the best-quality seasonal meat, all sourced through named suppliers working closely with the restaurant. It's as good a roast as you're likely to find in London. Alongside the usual suspects, there's also Yorkshire pheasant and roasted breast of Goosnargh duck for the more adventurous.
Where: The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, Borough, SE1 1TL
The Princess of Wales
What: Relaxing country-style pub on the green
Why: We all want to escape the city sometimes, and The Princess of Wales' picturesque location in leafy Blackheath manages to bring the feel of the countryside to the city. Best of all, there's a very good slap-up Sunday lunch to be had, with all your favourites available. And afterwards, you can kick back by the fireplace and wash it down with a fine ale. Perfection!
Where: 1a Montpellier Road, Blackheath, SE3 0RL
The Pig & Butcher
What: Impressive city pub with a focus on meat
Why: Boasting meat straight from the farm, butchered and smoked on site, The Pig & Butcher take their roasts seriously. This attention to detail and in-house craft make all the difference on the plate. Succulent roasted leg of lamb and 35-day aged roasted Hereford sirloin are sure to get you salivating.
Where: 80 Liverpool Road, Islington, N1 0QD
What: Steak specialists with a dab hand at roast beef
Why: Hawksmoor is the last word on steak, and so you're right to trust them with roast beef. Their roast rump of Longhorn beef, served with duck fat roasted potatoes and bone-marrow gravy, is totally delicious - and at £19.50, far more reasonable than you might expect.
Where: 11 Langley Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9JG
What: Beautiful barbecued meat
Why: These guys have been wowing N1 for a while now, so if you haven't tried it now's your chance. Specialising in smoked and barbecued meat, Smokehouse Islington's Sunday lunch might not be the most traditional, but it's so hard to resist. The pork rib eye will have you coming back for more.
Where: 63-69 Canonbury Street, Islington, N1 2DG