Man cannot live on bread sauce alone. Which is why God gave us Yorkshire puddings, gravy and stuffing as well. The traditional roast is one of the best meals known to mankind, whatever the weather, the season or the occasion. And while no roast will ever be as good as your Mum’s, there are some top quality options across the capital: here are London’s best roast dinners…
We’re salivating over the Mercante’s roast concept. Bringing a twist to the classic English lunch combining Italian dishes with the roast carving station us Brits know and love. You’ll be able to indulge in bottomless food and wine with seasonal dishes including; Scottish smoked salmon & horseradish cream; lemon marinated Cotswold white chicken; and rabbit terrine.
Tucked away in one of London’s historic courtyards you’ll find Mews of Mayfair with a choice of bars, pizzeria and first-floor brasserie. It’s here you’ll find all of the classics including their famous bottomless brunches and Sunday roasts. Served up with all the trimmings, you’ll be able to indulge in South Devon beef sirloin topped with a yorkie and horseradish. Or opt for slow roasted pork belly with lavishing of apple sauce and crackling. Sounds divine to us!
Serving up a mean classic every Sunday is The Jones Family Project. Their beastie roasts are jam-packed with mouthwatering meats, crispy roasties, seasonal veggies and a huge yorkie, all topped with lashings of gravy! Or a nut roasted served with mash, veggies and yorkie all topped with cheese sauce for the veggies!
Roasts, roasts are good for your heart, the more you eat the more you… crave more? The Gun in the heart of the Docklands take their roasts extremely seriously. Share the whole Suffolk free-range chicken, or take on the challenge by yourself if you’re feeling up to it! If that doesn’t take your fancy, feast on the slow braised lamb shank and slather it in mint sauce. Because what’s lamb without a bit of mint, eh?
If you’re looking to posh up your Sunday roast, head to Parlour on Kensal Green for their posh roast platter. And for those unable to decide, for got a ‘bit of everything’ – it really does come with a bit of everything! If you haven’t opted for those, don’t you worry because all the roasts are served up with the usual trimmings to fulfil your roastie cravings.
One place you can undeniably guarantee a good ol’ meat cook up is the Chop House inside South Place Hotel. To fuel you through the winter months, dive into their traditional roast dinner season and to really get your Sunday pumping, opt for free-flowing wine.
Spread over two floors, you’ll find two bars, an open kitchen and a year-round outside space at Drake and Morgan at King’s Cross. That’s certainly not all because you’ll also find dreamy roasts that’ll make you want to book in for the following week! If you’re ready for a challenge, dive into their sharing roast with outstanding veggies, spuds and lots of gravy.
Where: 6 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London St Pancras (0.1 miles)
When you’re searching for places to eat a Roast, your first thought probably isn’t going to be an Italian restaurant. But that’s where you’re wrong. Bocconcino might serve up classic Italian cuisine but they also serve up a killer Sunday roast too, with all the accompanies and a delish jus. Because isn’t that what Sundays are for?
Located in the picturesque Blackheath, you’ll escape to the countryside (or at least be able to fool yourself) when dining at The Princess of Wales. It’s the perfect spot to spend your Sunday with roasts for everyone, even the vegans among you, plus the beer garden is perfect for those summer months.
I mean, look at those yorkies? The menu at Roast truly does reflect the best produce that the British Isles has to offer and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t salivating right now. They serve up some of the best roasts in the city, so why need to be named anything other than Roast? For those wanting a quick bite to eat can choose from their roast to go selection, serving up the classics in a butty form!
With views of London’s most iconic buildings, Gillray’s Steakhouse and Bar sources its produce from within 150 miles of the restaurant, using Kent and Essex based farms. They use goose fat to ensure their roasties are as crispy on the outside as they are fluffy on the inside. And if you’re partial to a gin, you’re in luck as they’ve got over 100 different gins for you to take a look at – don’t mind if we do!
Where: Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.3 miles)
You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a country farmhouse, and you wouldn’t be wrong because The Pig and Butcher used to be surrounded by fields and livestock. With meat coming straight from the farm, and then butchered and smoked on site, they take their roasts incredibly seriously. Whether you’re dining alone or sharing one of their sharing roasts, you’re guaranteed to be full once you leave.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden and Seven Dials, you’ll find Hawksmoor. They boast on having a meaty tradition to live up too and they certainly manage the task well serving up mouthwatering roasts every Sunday. Fill your boots with their slow roast rump with all the trimmings and lashings of bone marrow and onion gravy.
One restaurant that’s squeezing its way onto the roast radar is The Coal Shed. Celebrating coal roasted rare breed meats and South Coast seafood (they’ve got two fab venues in Brighton too if you’re heading outta the city this weekend!), their roast menu champions just so. Dive into The Coal Shed’s sharing roast piled high with 500g Black Aberdeen Angus, 35 day dry-aged roast sirloin of beef with all the trimmings.
Where: Unit 3.1, One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London, SE1 2SE
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.4 miles)
Bringing a slice of Argentina to the Brits is Gaucho with their 12 restaurants across the city and even more regionally. Every Sunday they serve up their take on the British classic with unlimited yorkies. Yes, you heard that right, unlimited yorkies. So unbuckle your belt because you’re in for an incredible feast.
Ironically the Smokehouse in Islington serves up a smokey take on the British classic with their slow smoked Texel lamb shoulder and Glouschester old spot pork rib eye and smoked shoulder. Finish off the meal with their sticky toffee – it’s super sticky, super hearty and super scrummy.
Journey to the Middle East with your Sunday roast this weekend as Mamounia Lounge is serving up roasts with a delicious Arabic twist. Head Chef Thamer Darwish has reinvented our most celebrated meal, combining them with ingredients and flavours consistently used in authentic Arabic cooking, served up alongside a selection of mezze plates, salads, tanginess and sides. Whose else is up for a trip to Knightsbridge this weekend?
Let your Sunday roast have a Turkish makeover at Skewd Kitchen, the award-winning Anatolian restaurant and bar in Cockfosters. Devised by Executive Chef Man Demir, whose added Turkish spices to your standard roasties, created mash that’s smothered with butter, tomato puree and BBQ’d onions and don’t get us started on the yorkies – they’ve been tweaked, twisted and left tastier than ever.