A Sunday roast is a classic British tradition, where everyone has an opinion on how to make the perfect dish. Read on for our guide to the best Sunday roast in London.
Hawksmoor has built a reputation for being one of London’s best steakhouses.
The original restaurant opened in Spitalfields in 2006 and since then, the team has opened five more restaurants across London and one in Manchester.
Hawksmoor serves up rump of Longhorn, which is cooked to a rosy medium rare and charred on the outside.
The meat is served with an enormous Yorkshire pudding, duck fat roast potatoes, carrots, greens and lashings of bone marrow and onion gravy.
For one day a week, chops are off the menu at Soho chop specialist Blacklock, with the menu being devoted to a Sunday roast.
Choose beef, lamb, pork or “all-in”, a combination of the three, with a large sharing plate overflowing with meat and all the trimmings.
Additional sides include cauliflower cheese and minted peas and horseradish, but save space for the signature dessert of white chocolate cheesecake served family-style at the table.
Blacklock features in our guide to the best restaurants in Soho.
Le Poulet du Dimanche – Hélène Darroze at the Connaught
Michelin-starred chef Hélène Darroze has launch a new six-course roast chicken menu for two, Le Poulet du Dimanche, which is served in her restaurant at the Connaught.
The chicken is stuffed under the skin according to the ingredients of the season, with black truffle in winter, morels in spring and ceps in autumn, and served with boudin blanc and “Pommes Paysan”, a revised version of the french fries cooked by Hélène’s grandmother.
Le Poulet du Dimanche is available at Hélène Darroze at the Connaught every Saturday from 12pm-2pm and Sunday from 12-2pm and 6.30-11pm and is priced at £95 per couple – excellent value!
The Coal Rooms, Peckham
Housed in the former Peckham Rye train station ticket office, The Coal Rooms is a refined yet relaxed bar, restaurant and café launched by Sam Bryant, formerly of the Smokehouse.
The menu is a selection of meat and fish dishes cooked over a charcoal grill and oven:
Dry aged duck breasts, roasted cod heads and 40 day-aged sirloin and rib, all accompanied by a selection of unusual house sauces including red eye gravy, crab apple jelly, and greengage and mead ketchup.
Inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy, Vinoteca has a number of bars across London that serve simple dishes made with fresh seasonal produce paired with high quality, characterful wine.
Vinoteca City offers a brunch and Sunday Roast menu after 12pm with live electronic jazz from 6pm-8pm. The excellent roasts come with roast potatoes, Chantenay carrots, swede puree, Savoy Cabbage, Yorkshire pudding and gravy.
As you would expect from Vinoteca, the wine list is impressive.
The Hour Glass
The Hour Glass Pub is a traditional London pub in South Kensington. Run by Dave Turcan and Luke Mackay who also own Brompton Food Market, the Hour Glass has plenty of ledges to prop yourself up against with a pint in one hand and a homemade scotch egg in the other.
Upstairs there is a dining room; a light and airy room with traditional elements but an informal, modern feel. The Sunday Roast menu includes a selection of three roast meats accompanied with mouth-watering duck fat potatoes, vegetables and gravy.
A simple, classic and satisfying Sunday roast in London.
Galvin La Chapelle
Galvin La Chapelle’s Sunday Lunch menu offers seasonal French dishes, as well as tried and tested classics and favourites such as a Sunday Roast.
The service is attentive but unstuffy, the ambience is charming but unpretentious and the food is beautifully presented.
We loved the rich, creamy Veloutéof Roscoff onion, aged comte, apple and pain d’epices starter and the braised veal cheek.
The roast beef dish is as it should be for Sunday lunch: ample, pink and accompanied by some fine Yorkshire puddings, lashings of rich gravy, roasts potatoes and sweet glazed carrots.
Dean Street Townhouse
Since opening in 2009, Dean Street Townhouse has established itself as a Soho classic.
The restaurant exudes a Soho charm, combining vintage armchairs, cut glass chandeliers and wooden floors and contemporary British art that adorn the walls.
On Sundays, they offer a Sunday roast menu – two courses for £25 and 3 courses for £29, which is excellent value and one of the best places to while away the day.
Market is one of the best places for Sunday lunch in the Camden area, with a relaxed, casual atmosphere.
The British menu is great value at all times, but a recent visit highlighted the excellent brunch menu with Sunday roast options.
Try the Herdwick lamb with duck fat potatoes, carrots, greens, Yorkshire, green sauce, but make sure to allow room for dessert as the sticky toffee pudding is not to be missed.
The Drapers Arms, Islington
The Drapers Arms in Islington is a neighbourhood pub with a much-coveted terrace and garden.
At the entrance, the atmosphere is bustling and welcoming, with ample beers, ales and ciders on tap for the drinkers, which stand alongside the diners to the sides and upstairs.
It is a place where you feel at home immediately. There is a good selection of dishes available on the Sunday lunch menu, but we suggest going for the roast fore rib of beef with all the trimmings to share between 3 or 4.
Corrigan’s Mayfair on a Sunday is for one thing, and one thing alone: a beautiful, British, Sunday roast. Aged Rib of Beef is wheeled to the table and carved with a princely amount of ceremony.
You’d have to go some way to find a more polished Sunday roast in London.
The Best Sunday Roast in London
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