Best Sunday roasts London

Is it even Sunday if you haven’t had a roast? We don’t think so and now that autumn is here, there’s no better excuse to book into one of our favourite Sunday lunching spots for a comforting roast.

From sharing menus perfect for special occasions to posh pubs where the food outdoes the drinks and restaurants that source the finest British produce you’ll find in London, here are our top picks to end the weekend on a high with no washing up in sight.

The Marksman

Posh public house on Hackney Road, The Marksman, is well known for its excellent food served up by owners and chefs Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram, and interiors that sit somewhere between old East End boozer and Farrow & Ball showroom.

The pub is the place to be on a Sunday if you’re part of the East London set (if you can get a table – you’ll need to book weeks in advance) to tuck into Cured Chalk Stream Trout, Dill Mustard & Rye Cracker to start; followed by a choice of roasts, from Roast Hereford, Yorkshire Pudding & Horseradish Cream to Braised Duck Leg, Coco Beans & Olive; as well as delicious fish and veggie options.

Desserts are a delight too, from Brown Butter & Honey Tart to the Roast Peaches & Chamomile Ice Cream. 

The whole menu is wrapped up into a three-course, £40 job and it’s without a doubt the best Sunday lunch you’ll find on the east side of the capital.

The Marksman, Islington

The best roast you'll find in East London.

The Marksman, 254 Hackney Rd, London E2 7SJ

www.marksmanpublichouse.com

Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

These guys take their roasts pretty seriously, in fact, they even have a dish titled the Gillray’s Yorkshire Pudding Club – 125g sirloin steak, smoked streaky bacon, tomato chutney, red wine sauce and a fried egg all piled into a mammoth Yorkshire pud.

The team source their produce from within 150 miles of the restaurant, using Kent and Essex based farms so you can expect top notch quality and they use goose fat to ensure their roasties are as crispy on the outside as they are fluffy on the inside.

Plus, 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.

Views of the iconic London skyline make it the perfect place to wrap up the week.

Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

www.gillrays.com

Smokehouse

In all honesty, it’s actually hard to find a roast in a restaurant or pub that’s better than your own but Smokehouse is definitely an exception to the rule. Their smokey take on the British classics, such as slow smoked Texel lamb shoulder or Gloucester old spot pork rib eye, are seriously good and use the best produce Britain has to offer.

Book a table inside for a buzzy feel or outside on the leafy terrace while the sun’s still shining.

Smokehouse, 63–69 Canonbury Road, Islington, London, N1 2DG

www.smokehouseislington.co.uk

 

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The Pig & Butcher

From Smokehouse to their sister restaurant, The Pig and Butcher, which serves up an equally epic Sunday offering.

Start off with a spiced bloody Mary to clear any lingering Saturday night cobwebs, before tucking into Tamworth pork loin & Bramley apple sauce; Roasted Elwy Valley lamb leg; or Celeriac nut roast, truffle, caramelised shallot & mushroom gravy.

A shoutout must go to their sharing dishes – that’s what roasts are really all about – like the Sutton Hoo chicken crown, brioche & herb stuffing. Yorkshire puddings, beef dripping roast potatoes, greens, carrots, and cauliflower cheese, which will also be brought to the table for a well-earned end-of-week feast.

The Pig and Butcher, 80 Liverpool Road, Islington, London N1 0QD

www.thepigandbutcher.co.uk

The Lanesborough Grill

Home to executive chef Shay Cooper, The Lanesborough Grill is the perfect spot for Sunday lunching in London. Focusing on the best seasonal modern British dishes, expect their Sunday roast to be quite the theatrical performance – expect centrepiece roasts that steal the show.

Opt for the roast sirloin of Hereford beef with horseradish and apple cream, Yorkshire pudding, and roast potatoes – you won’t regret it.

Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA

www.oetkercollection.com

Blacklock

Entertain your inner Henry VIII as this place doesn’t do meat-filled plates by half.  Their Sunday sessions are known to bring on the meat sweats, so book in, bring out your comfiest pants, and tuck into a mix of Cornish lamb leg, 55-day-aged beef rump, and Middlewhite pork loin, all roasted over open coals and English oak and served with the usual suspects; Yorkshires, duck fat-roasted tatties, veg, and Blacklock’s signature gravy.

Shoreditch, The City and Soho

www.theblacklock.com

Hawksmoor

Hawksmoor, Various Locations

The grande dame of London’s steak scene, Hawksmoor is a no-brainer if you’re after a traditional Sunday roast. They strip things back to basics with their roasts inspired by classic ways of cooking – they basically take huge joints and roast them over real charcoal and finish them off in the oven for a deep, rich flavour.

Order the slow roast rump served with beef dripping roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, carrots, greens, roasted shallots, garlic, and lashings of bone marrow and onion gravy. Wash it down with a fine selection of reds or warming cocktails from the excellent bartenders – we highly recommend the Fuller-Fat Old Fashioned for a nightcap to the weekend.

Top tip: book in before 5 pm because the roasts famously sell out.

Various locations

www.thehawksmoor.com

Straits Kitchen, Pan Pacific London

Offering an Asian twist to your typical Sunday roast is Pan Pacific London’s, Straits Kitchen.

The three-course menu offers a selection of starters, from black pepper prawns to Vietnamese summer rolls, before making your way onto their Asian-style roasted meats. All are served with pan choi, choy sum, and Thai salad.

Save room for dessert and tuck into their buffet – yum.

80 Houndsditch, EC3A 7AB

www.panpacific.com

Sixes Cricket Club 

Helping guests switch up their Sunday routine is Sixes Cricket Club, the social venue serving up roasts with a side of cricket with your pals. They’ve launched roasts available at both their Fitzrovia and Fulham branches. 

Guests can expect to tuck into 45-day-aged Hereford beef with beef fat roasties, charred honey carrots, spring greens, buttered savoy, smoked cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire puddings, and beef gravy – yum.

Fitzrovia & Fulham 

www.sixescricket.com

The Camberwell Arms

Sunday roast, family style. The Camberwell Arms, home to pared back, wooden interiors, is renowned for its sharing style roasts. Start the event off with starters of charred beetroots, spiced tahini and chermoula; crispy pork, corno peppers, anchovy and crumbs; and Tony’s pink fire and spring green fritters with smoked cod’s roe; before making your way onto the sharing dishes. 

Think half a spit roast chicken with blistered hispi cabbage, chicken fat creme fraiche and roast potatoes; grilled lamb with roast gem, mustard, parmesan and roast potatoes; and aged Hereford rump with anchovy butter, watercress and roast potatoes.

The Camberwell Arms, Camberwell

65 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR

www.thecamberwellarms.co.uk

Temper

A barbecue restaurant at heart, Temper sure knows how to add some fire to a classic Sunday roast. Book into their Soho branch and look forward to a family-style sharing banquet fit for a king. The ‘three beast feast’ is designed for two people and features aged beef roast, roasted pork and smoked lamb shoulder, all served with their signature roast garnish. 

If you’re after something individual, look at their singular roasts, from smoked baby chicken with chimichurri to smoked pork belly with smokey applesauce.

Various Locations 

www.temperrestaurant.com

 

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The Northall

The Northall, Corinthia London, Whitehall

If you’re after something more special than your local pub, book into Whitehall’s Northall. Every Sunday, the restaurant that sits inside the stunning Corinthia hotel, celebrates tradition and generosity with a menu bursting with elegant sharing dishes, heartfelt food and, the best bit, a lavish dessert table.

Book in for two courses at £49, three at £59 or go the whole hog and add on a glass of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut Champagne for £10 extra (or include a glass of Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle for £36).

Start with a decadent fruits de mer, followed by sharing mains of Cornish sea bass, roasted Norfolk black leg chicken or Chateaubriand of beef, before ending with a peek at the restaurant’s famous dessert table.

What better way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion or just the fact that it’s Sunday?

The Northall, Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2BD,

www.corinthia.com

The Game Bird at The Stafford

There’s no finer way to spend a lazy Sunday than with a mouth-watering Sunday Roast in the stunning surroundings of The Game Bird at The Stafford.

Enjoy two courses for £40 and three-course for £45 – we recommend the traditional roasted rib of beef, served with all the trimmings.

The perfect excuse to get out of your Sunday comfies and into your best. Plus no washing up in sight.

The Game Bird at The Stafford, 16-18 St James’s Place, London SW1A 1NJ

www.thestaffordlondon.com

The Richmond Club

Richmond’s very first private members’ club, The Richmond Club, serves up a smashing Sunday roast. Their talented head chef has created a menu that’s sure to delight all roast-lovers as the seasons change, featuring the best quality meats from their local butcher, seasonal veggies, and hearty homemade gravy. Designed to be shared with friends and family, expect bottomless Yorkies (yum!) and vegan and veggie options available too.

115-117 Kew Road, Richmond TW9 2PN

www.therichmondclub.uk

Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen

Hidden inside the Andaz London Liverpool Street you’ll find Lady Abercorn’s serving up delicious Sunday roasts week in and week out. Book in for roasts like the roast rump of lamb cooked with Mexican spices or go vegan with the cauliflower steak served with rich veggie gravy.

A destination for the curious, the restaurant takes its name from an iconic sassy and caring landlady from the neighbourhood and is influenced from her travels around the globe 

Andaz London Liverpool Street, Lady Abercorn’s, 40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN

www.hyattrestaurants.com

Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

The perfect marriage of the land and sea, beef and oysters has been enjoyed together since Victorian times. Make your Sunday one to remember with this food pairing at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill. 

Taking place on the first Sunday of every month, their Beef & Oyster Club see executive chef Nicholas Simmons’ curated menu bring together the very finest of Irish Hereford beef and the plumpest oysters from across the Isles in a gastronomic fusion of flavour. 

Delight on crab cakes with lime aioli, fennel, and kohlrabi; roast sirloin of Irish Hereford beef with Yorkshire pudding and horseradish; and raspberry Bakewell tart with praline ice cream.

11-15 SWALLOW STREET, W1B 4DG

 WWW.BENTLEYS.ORG

Smith’s Bar & Grill

Paddington’s Smith’s Bar & Grill has recently launched a new Sunday roast menu that’s stacked with all of the traditional elements. 

Book in for a meal to remember and guests will be tucking into the likes of a 28-day dry-aged British Chateaubriand; British lamb leg; free-range whole roasted poussin marinated with lemon and thyme; slow-roasted free-range pork. All accompanied by duck fat roast potatoes, honey roasted carrots, tenderstem broccoli, parsnips, a Yorkie and gravy. 

25 Sheldon Square, Paddington, W2 6EY

www.smithsbarandgrill.co.uk

The Cadogan Arms

For pub grub done right, look to The Cadogan Arms. This Chelsea favourite has it all, from ornate wooden and tiled interiors (chandelier included) to its legendary strawberry sherry trifle topped with almond crumble.

Their Sunday roasts are just as delicious. Expect to find plates piled high with meats – choose from longhorn rump, shoulder of lamb and half herb-fed chicken – and all of the trimmings.

The Cadogan Arms, Chelsea

298 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UG

www.thecadoganarms.london


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