A Sunday roast is a classic British tradition, where everyone has an opinion on how to make the perfect dish.
Here is a list of some of our favourite Sunday roasts 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.
The Coach, Clerkenwell
The Coach has recently been restored by chef-restaurateur and former Racine chef, Henry Harris.
The menu mixes French and British flavours and techniques, which Henry Harris is known for, and will change with the seasons.
Roasts include a 48 day aged grilled côte de boeuf, grilled porterhouse steak, and a seven hour roast shoulder of lamb, all served with duck fat roast potatoes, roasted carrots, greens and leek gratin.
The Coach gets the balcne of proper pub and great food just right.
The Marksman, Hackney
The Marksman is a ‘proper pub’ with an excellent food offering in Hackney.
Sunday lunch is a very reasonable £33 for 2 courses with main including whole roast chicken, Hereford T-Bone and a chicken, leek and tarragon pie, all to share.
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.
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.
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.
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