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23 New Quebec St, W1H 7SD
Marble Arch

Hidden away on pretty New Quebec Street, you will find the independent butcher, deli and restaurant Boxcar. This little gem champions British, ethically sourced meats where you can literally pop in and place an order, then sit down for a three-course slap-up meal. Brought to life by founder Barry Hirst, the menu is heavily focused on meats, obviously, and Boxcar serves up an exceptional Sunday Roast.

Rump of texel lamb is cooked to perfection; soft pink on the inside and served with pea purée, chargrilled peas, tarragon roasted courgettes, roasties, chopped mint and lamb gravy. The rump of Galloway beef is another excellent cut of meat plated alongside parsnip purée, smoked baby beetroot, a crisp Yorkshire pudding, and with a helping of house-made horseradish sauce & bone marrow gravy. These are seriously good looking roasts and absolutely deliver on quality. Top marks.


Cora Pearl, Henrietta Street, London, UK
Covent Garden

We were already big fans of Cora Pearl, the second restaurant from the team behind Kitty Fishers in Mayfair. And then we went by for the Sunday Roast and we fell even more in love with the place. Any visit to Cora Pearl has to begin with the ham and cheese toastie aka the best toastie in London. This little beauty has ham hock and pig cheek wrapped up in a cheesy bechamel sauce and sandwiched in toasted white bread. The walnut pickle that comes across as a drunk, posh Branston is the clincher. Then there’s the roasts, thinly sliced medium rare beef or tender pork belly served with crispy potatoes, broccoli, Yorkshire puds, cauliflower cheese, carrots and lashings of an excellent gravy. They’re not the cheapest roasts in London but they are worth every penny. Simply one of the best out there.


The Jones Family Project, 78 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3JL
Old Street Old Street Shoreditch High Street

For us, the beef picanha from The Ginger Pig takes centre stage on Sundays at The Jones Family Project. It’s good, damn good. And if you’re anything like us the TALL (yes, very tall) Yorkshire pudding will also excite you no end. It all comes served with some mighty fine duck fat roast potatoes, honey roast parsnip and carrots, seasonal greens and lashings and lashings of gravy, with another gravy pot on the side, just for good measure. Yes we dig it. If beef doesn’t tickle your fancy, you’ve also got roast chicken, baked salmon and a nut roast to contend with too. The Jones Family Project also has good wine, good cocktails and a good-looking space to boot.

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107 Upper Street, London N1 1QN, UK

With Great British Menu chef James Cochran behind the menu, this is a pretty special roast. There’s just the one roast on the menu for the Sunday main event: Ayrshire 50 day aged Cote de Boeuf and slow braised short rib of beef, served with all the veg. Everything is seriously tasty; the truffle cauliflower cheese is now a breakfast snack we want for our elevenses every day of the working week. There is also Holwood Farm honey glazed parsnips, beef dripping roast potatoes, coal roasted cabbage, Yorkshire pudding, smoked bone marrow, gravy. BOOM. Even though the food for us is hands down amazing, it’s slightly on the spenny side at £25 although you do get a lot of bang for your buck. A slight readjustment could be considered given the desserts come in at £10 too, though again these are pretty faultless… mauled hobnob with dark chocolate, cocoa nib and banana – de-bloody-lish.


28 Chilworth St, Bayswater, London W2 6DT

The Cleveland Arms is a proper pub and it knows what it’s doing, having been a local in Paddington since 1852. Besides the interesting decor that will ignite your curiosities, you have Elisabeth Passédat in charge of the kitchen. The former Masterchef: The Professionals contestant knocks up banging French-influenced food, but when it comes to Sundays she’s kept things very traditional. Both the beautifully cooked and pink roast beef topside served alongside carrots and horseradish and the thyme roast chicken leg with braised leeks are winners. Spring greens, roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings and a pot of gravy are sharing additions to the table. These roasts are mega, generous in size and rich in flavour; it’s exactly what you want a Sunday roast dinner to be and you’ll leave 100% satisfied. Starters and desserts change frequently and feature that French flare from Passédat. Top marks.


58-60 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP, UK
Shoreditch High Street

From 12pm – 5pm every Sunday the Cecconi’s Shoreditch kitchen transforms into an all-you-can-eat buffet for their Sunday Feast. Obviously there’s lots of Italian food on offer with cicchetti, loads of different types of pasta, pizza, salami and cheese to choose from. It also caters for those who can’t go without the traditional Sunday roast with a carvery station serving up the crispiest roasties, veg and a selection of roast meats. The dessert selection is also pretty impressive with tiramisu, profiteroles and plenty of cake on the counter. Better still, you can get yourself all this food for only £25pp, which is a bargain if you ask us!

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Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe, New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, UK
London Bridge London Bridge

Sat on the banks of the Thames right next door to the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre sits Swan, the British all-day dining restaurant. And as you’d expect from a place that champions local produce and British food, Swan knocks up a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings complete with a fairly sizeable Yorkshire pud. All the starters are cold, but don’t panic because the colourful confit chicken terrine, with white grape chutney on sourdough toast is a beaut. If you’ve room, and by that, we definitely mean make room, dive into the pear and chocolate tart as it wraps up your Sunday good and proper. Now for that walk along the river.

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Galvin La Chapelle, Spital Square, London, UK
Liverpool Street Liverpool Street Liverpool Street

A three-course Sunday lunch inside a Grade II-listed building that sets you back just £38…that’s exactly what you get at Galvin La Chapelle. The restaurant holds a Michelin star, so you can expect things to be on the swanky side, except for the price that is. The delicate salt cod and lobster brandade, bisque and rouille is a must and the pavé of hake with grenobloise and crushed ratte potatoes is also worth a shout, not only for the crunchy lemon infused croutons but the mammoth portion of fish. The star of the show though is the Cumbrian sirloin of beef, served medium rare with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and veg. It’s an old school roast more than it is a posh one so no need to worry that the portions won’t be on point. Make sure you get that Yorkie though – ours was forgotten and we were too engrossed in the food to notice until it was too late. Still, it’s a great roast and we’ll go back for that soon enough.


44 Barnsbury St, London, London Borough of Islington N1 1ER, United Kingdom
Highbury & Islington Caledonian Road & Barnsbury

The Drapers Arms has one of the best Sunday Roasts in London and often gets booked up early so book a few days in advance if you want to be sure of a spot. Whether you choose the smart light-filled dining room or the sunny beer garden out back, it’s best to come here with a group and go for one of the big sharing roasts. The slow-cooked shoulder of lamb, roast forerib of beef, or whole roast chicken will all easily serve three people and come with perfect roasties, veg, Yorkshire puds and gravy.


The Hoxton, Holborn, 199-206 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BW, UK

The most important meal of the week has just had a massive upgrade at Hubbard & Bell, the all-day joint inside The Hoxton, Holborn. Not only are they serving up massive portions of slow-roast lamb shoulder, herb-fed spatchcock chicken or mushroom wellington – we can confirm that the lamb is epic, proper tender and juicy – with roast heritage carrots, honey-roasted parsnips, kale and gravy, they’re doing BOTTOMLESS roasties and Yorkshire puds. Yes you can keep the tatties and puds coming until you can’t eat anymore. And you don’t have to worry about your plate going dry as they are very liberal with the gravy serving. In case you don’t consume enough Yorkshires with your main, you can get one for dessert with the giant hot apple pudding pancake with bourbon caramel and cornflake ice cream. When we say giant, we mean it – this thing is bigger than your head and you definitely will need a lie down afterwards – but it’s totally worth it.


96 Clifton Hill, London NW8 0JT, United Kingdom
St. John's Wood Kilburn High Road

the clifton | london on the inside

The Clifton recently reopened under new management with a new and improved look and menu. Located on a leafy street in St John’s Wood it’s hard to spot amongst the multi-million pound mansions but once inside you’ll feel right at home. The Sunday roasts come with all the trimmings and there’s always a selection of meats on offer – if you arrive early enough that is, as they do sell out fast. There’s a cracking range of wines as well as some bar snacks that shouldn’t be overlooked – hello haggis sausage roll – oh and you might spot a celeb or two there given its proximity to Abbey Road Studios. Take our advice and walk or cycle the canal pre- or post-dinner, then you will defo deserve dessert.


83 Freshfield Ave, London E8 4BG, UK

We’re always on the hunt for a new Sunday roast and the newly-opened Madame Pigg has launched with a pretty perfect Sunday offering. Located on Kingsland Road where the short-lived second Stokey Bears used to be, it’s a cute neighbourhood spot that serves a mix of British and Italian dishes throughout the week and on Sundays switches to an all guns blazing roast line up. The roast beef is nigh-on perfection, and comes with Yorkshire puds, carrots, parsnip puree, duck fat roast potatoes and some buttered greens just for good measure. Get a side of the truffled cauliflower cheese and your Sunday will be sorted.


The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London SE1 1TL
London Bridge London Bridge

roast | london on the inside

With a name like Roast it’s fair to say this restaurant sets pretty high expectations for its Sunday Roast, and fortunately it doesn’t disappoint. Looking over Borough Market, these guys serve up a slightly posher-than-the-pub version of a traditional British roast along with all the trimmings. The three course menu includes sirloin roast beef, belly pork and roast chicken served with seasonal veg, crispy roasties, a ginormous Yorkshire pud and the option to order mash as extra (HOORAY for mash!). The highlight of Roast has to be the desserts though, with twists on national faves including apple crumble and custard and sticky date pudding. We definitely recommend having a roast at Roast – a great place to take the in-laws or the rents when in town.


157a Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ, United Kingdom
Shoreditch High Street

As you’d expect from somewhere that dishes up some of the best steaks in the city, Hawksmoor knows a thing or two about knocking up a bangin’ roast beef dinner… and yes it’s beef and only beef here on Sundays. Rumps of beef are started over charcoal before going in the oven to re-create that traditional spit-roasted flavour and you get a nice, fat slice along with duck fat roasties, carrots, greens, roasted shallots and garlic, a big ol’ Yorkshire pudding and plenty of bone marrow and onion gravy to drown it in, and you will want to drown it because that sauce is something else.


1 Upper James St, Soho, London W1F 9DF, United Kingdom

Bob Bob Ricard is a Soho institution, famous for its glamorous decor as well as THOSE press for champagne buttons on every booth. On Sundays, they offer one Sunday roast option, a traditional roast with all the trimmings which is fit for a king. The Irish Rump Cap Picanha is Hereford beef, cooked medium and served alongside slow roast potatoes and a giant Yorkshire pud. A plate of honey and thyme carrots and parsnips make up the veg with the finishing touch coming from a truffle gravy – yep you heard us, truffle gravy. The meat is cooked to perfection, the whole roast is impressive and there’s something truly special about BBR. It’s one of the most decadent places in Soho – here’s hoping they add a second button saying ‘Press for gravy’.


31-35 Coate St, London E2 9AG, United Kingdom
Cambridge Heath

What’s better than a roast at a straight up old school boozer? Nothing. Tucked away off Hackney Road, The Sebright Arms is a mighty pub on the rock ‘n’ roll circuit, it’s downstairs venue being on many a tour schedule. This winter however, the headliner is their Sunday roasts with Lucky Chip in charge of the kitchen. You’ve got 32 day aged Dexter Beef, pork belly, corn fed chicken and a nut roast to choose from, all coming with roasties, carrots, parsnips, seasonal greens and that all important Yorkshire pudding. The portion size is decent with plenty of proper gravy splashing about making Lucky Chip’s Sunday roast a strong one. A simple, old school approach done proper.


1A Launceston Place, Kensington, London W8 5RL, United Kingdom
High Street Kensington Gloucester Road

launceston place | london on the inside

If you’re eating the same old Sunday roast of meat and veg piled high on the plate and fancy trying something a little more civilised then Launceston Place over in Kensington has got just that. Chef Ben Murphy has come up with a very clever tasting menu based around a different meat each month. We were there for chicken and had amazing truffled eggs with foie gras, chicken oyster in onion broth, chicken liver parfait, and roast chicken breast with ‘Pont Neuf’ potatoes. And in case you’re wondering, no there wasn’t chicken in the dessert nor a Yorkshire pudding in sight (shock horror!)


14 Woodberry Down, London, N4 2GB
Manor House

If you’re looking for a wholesome Sunday in North London then what better way to spend it than a walk around Woodberry Wetlands followed by a roast at The Naturalist. One of the latest additions to the Young’s pub group, The Naturalist is located just a two-minute walk from the water front and it has a posh but cosy feel to it. Their Sunday roast menu is simple and traditional, with roast Angus beef sirloin, lemon & thyme half chicken and wild mushroom & spinach wellington on offer. All roasts come with cauliflower purée, carrots roasted in locally sourced honey, roast potatoes, braised cabbage and a huge double egg Yorkshire pudding. If you manage to save room after your roast then make sure you try the peach and apple crumble, which comes with lashings of white chocolate custard – the ideal winter warmer.


40 Liverpool St, London EC2M 7QN, UK
Liverpool Street Liverpool Street Liverpool Street

Part of the Andaz London Liverpool Street Hotel (although it has its own separate street entrance) Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen is a good little spot to have up your sleeve, especially as the City is often quiet on the weekends and Shoreditch can get pretty damn busy. The menu is short and features some more inventive starters and puds as well as the classic roasts. You do only have two meat options, though these change regularly, and a veggie wellington to choose from so just be prepared. What you do get though is perfectly cooked meat (we had nice thick slices of beef and it was bang on medium), roasties, seasonal greens, glazed carrots and BOTTOMLESS Yorkshire puddings. Yes Lady Abercorn did not come to play. They’re also very attentive with the gravy too so you don’t have to worry about all those extra Yorkies going dry.


68-70 Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, London N16 9EJ, United Kingdom

Be-Bop-A-Lula is Stoke Newington’s latest pub on the scene, with a strong 50s rock ‘n’ roll theme and an even stronger Sunday roast. It’s one of the best value roasts around, with £14.50 getting you a big old portion of beef, pork, chicken, or lamb served with tasty roasties, Yorkshire pud and veg. We particularly like that the plate is covered in gravy and they give you another pot of gravy on the side as standard – you can never have too much gravy folks. They also have the footy on, so you can have the double winner of the Sunday games and a good feed to banish that hangover.


80 City Rd, London EC1Y 8TW, UK
Old Street Old Street

If you like to spend time your time dining in what is an urban sanctuary that ticks all interior goals boxes – think large oval striped oak tables, a huge marble bar and a palette of sandy and concrete tones – then Passo is the place. Sitting just off Old Street roundabout, the family-style Sunday roasts are a winner, the emphasis being on the ‘family’ in terms of portion size too. With their meat coming from HG Walter, you best be in the mood for a feast. Grass-fed Aberdeen Angus 35-day dry-aged porcini roasted rump beef, served medium rare as well as free range, corn fed, British garlic and thyme roast chicken were both excellent, soft and juicy. Served, just as they should be, with lashings of gravy, a Yorkshire pudding, truffle cauliflower cheese (hello), parmesan and thyme duck fat roast potatoes, honey roast root vegetables and chargrilled king cabbage with almonds, we felt a little spoilt. We did love, love, love this roast. Top marks.


77a Wells Street London W1T 3QQ
Oxford Street

Traditional pub The Adam & Eve, just off Oxford Street, has been given a makeover both in terms of the interiors, which are now inspired by the Garden of Eden, and the menu thanks to head chef Tony Sweeny. The battered sausage with curried mayo and the truffled mac and cheese croquettes are both generous in size and just as naughty as you’d hope. The lemon and thyme half roast chicken comes with plenty of roasties, seasonal veg and Yorkshire pud, and they bring a whole jug of gravy to the table too so your dinner won’t be going dry. If you’re feeling rather peckish, you could go for their Ultimate Roast, which sees pork, beef and chicken on all one extra-large plate and piled high with the trimmings. It’s a bit of a mouthful, but with a bit of patience and the right loose-fitting trousers, it can be done.

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