1251

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.

BLACKLOCK

24 Great Windmill St, Soho, London W1D 7LG, United Kingdom
Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square

Blacklock is all about keeping things simple and as such there is just two starters on offer for their Sunday roast; grilled bone marrow or scallops roasted in the coals with melted black pudding. This is probably wise as you wouldn’t want to fill up before the food-extravaganza that follows. Sure you could get a single meat roast with all the trimmings but frankly you’d be a fool not to go ALL IN. For £20 per person you’ll be presented with a huge platter of beef, lamb and pork, giant Yorkshire puddings, perfectly crispy roast potatoes, heritage carrots and sprouting broccoli. What’s more, at the bottom you’ll find three thick fingers of bread, soaked full of gravy and juices – a genius move.

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THE DRAPERS ARMS

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.

HAND OF GLORY

240 Amhurst Rd, London E8 2BS

There’s no messing about at The Hand of Glory with their Proper Northern Roast. It’s a treat alright with two types of potatoes – yep you’ve got the best of both worlds with roasties AND buttery mash. Add that to honey roasted carrots and parsnips, giant Yorkshires, kale, cauliflower cheese and pigs in blankets all coming alongside your choice of British topside of beef, roast chicken with lemon and thyme or a nut roast for the veggies. The best bit? The epic side portion of gravy that comes to the table on top of the lashings of gravy already on the plate. YES. We always have to ask for more gravy, except when it’s a Proper Northern Roast. You won’t be disappointed here.

THE CLIFTON

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

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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.

MADAME PIGG

83 Freshfield Ave, London E8 4BG, UK
Haggerston

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.

ROAST

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

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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.

BOB BOB RICARD

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’.

HAWKSMOOR

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.

LUCKY CHIP AT THE SEBRIGHT ARMS

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.

LAUNCESTON PLACE

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

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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!)

THE NATURALIST

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.

LADY ABERCORN PUB & KITCHEN

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.

THE JONES FAMILY PROJECT

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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WATER POET

The Water Poet, Folgate Street, London, United Kingdom
Liverpool Street Station

Be sure to wear your slack pants because this roast is BIG. The ‘proper boozer’ does a proper roast that’s all too pleasing to read from the menu. Served with roast potatoes, seasonal veg and a Yorkshire, you’ve got the choice of roast chicken and lamb shank to get down you, and neither disappoint. In charge of all the food at The Water Poet is 2016 Masterchef: The Professionals contestant Max Holba, so you know you in safe hands. With plenty of crunchy veg, this is one homemade, hearty meal of Sunday goodness and even better when you can sit back an enjoy a couple of drinks in a proper great east London boozer too.

BE-BOP-A-LULA

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

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.

DRAFT HOUSE

102-104 Camden Road, London NW1 9EA, United Kingdom
Camden Road

When you’ve spent enough time people watching and walking around the Stables, Camden’s Draft House is a spot where you can warm up and get a good old traditional roast…that means a massive Yorkshire pudding, top notch roast potatoes, those honey glazed carrots, seasonal greens and proper gravy. With beef, pork belly, half roast chicken and a mushroom, feta and walnut wellington there’s a good selection available. If like us sometimes it’s a little hard for you to decide, you can opt for All The Farm, which as it suggests is a selection of all the meats with all the trimmings for two people. The true essence of any self respecting roast is the gravy, if that’s not right the whole thing is out the window, and Draft House manages to do this well. Crackin’ roast in a decent pub. Extra points for the giant Yorkshire too.

PASSO

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.

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Radici
Radici  | London On The Inside

RADICI SUNDAY WILD FEASTING

30 Almeida St, London N1 1AD, UK
Highbury & Islington

You know what they say? Italians do it better…well we’ll leave that for you guys to decide once you’ve checked out the Sunday Wild Feasting at Ridici. The feast is centred around a different meat each week, expect everything from turkey, guinea fowl, wild boar, venison, suckling pig and lamb served alongside seasonal veg and mash. You’ll be entertained as the raw meat are carved out in the open before being cooked in the kitchen. AND whilst you wait there’s plenty to keep you occupied like the small buckets of courgette fritti. Mamma Mia! Who said a Sunday feast *had* to include gravy?!

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