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London’s Best Sunday Roasts

London’s Best Sunday Roasts

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Discover London’s best Sunday roasts with this tantalizing guide. 

The humble Sunday roast… oh how we love you.

Wondering where to get a proper Sunday roast in London? Whether you love a yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings or prefer to go for a vegan nut roast (this is a judgement free zone), the capital is bursting with brilliant spots where you can fill up on the comforting British classic.

From Soho to Shoreditch, wherever you are in the capital, you’re closer to a cracking roast than you might think. 

Not sure where to start? Here’s our round up of the best roast dinners in London.

The Best Sunday Roasts in London

The Jugged Hare

Barbican

This unapologetically British pub pulls out all the tricks – from the stag head hanging on the wall to the interior design reminiscent of a Victorian-style pub. It makes sense then that The Jugged Hare sits at the top of our guide to Sunday roasts in London.

Serving up some of the best meat in the capital, the roast dinner options here include free-range chicken, roasted pork belly, or a 45-day aged Longhorn beef rump. 

Your choice of meat is served with a Yorkshire pudding done proper, roasties (cooked in duck fat, of course), seasonal veggies, and rotisserie gravy to drizzle – or drown – your meal in.

An impressive wine list accompanies the Almighty Roast – the in-house sommelier has carefully created a menu of wines that work perfectly with the ingredients used, as well as for lazing around with on a Sunday afternoon. 

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, a range of indulgent desserts – including a sticky toffee pudding – round the meal off perfectly

Or you can finish with a cheese board – though, we think that is blasphemy.

Blacklock 

Multiple Locations

We rave about Blacklock time and time again, but we promise it’s worthy of all our praise. Known for their steak, the Sunday menu is something of a blessing. They brand their roasts as almost better than Mum’s… and we are inclined to agree. 

Choose between beef, lamb, and pork, each cooked over hot coals in a nod to tradition. Or opt for the all-in: a combo of all three to share between groups of two or more.

The only thing better than a perfectly-cooked steak is a steak that’s enveloped in a Yorkshire pudding and accompanied by buttery vegetables. Facts.

Wash down with an Autumn Negroni and spend the rest of Sunday in your loosest joggers, lounging on the sofa, completely content.

12:51

Islington

A modern brasserie with traditional touches, James Cochran’s 12:51 is a real winner if you’re looking for a London Sunday roast that’s a little bit special.

We’re talking pink sofas, deep wood, and industrial style lighting. It’s an elevated take on a traditional British restaurant. 

For a reasonable £25 per person (reasonable by bougie London restaurant standards, that is), scoff 42 day-aged sirloin beef smothered in horseradish cream, served alongside cauliflower cheese, carrot puree, chargrilled hispi cabbage, beef dripping potatoes, and Yorskire’s. Covered in deliciously thick bone marrow gravy. 

Say no more, we’re sold.

Roast

Borough Market

Roast by name, roast by nature. Perched above Borough Market, this is a wonderful spot for a tasty Sunday lunch in central London.

You might not get all the trimmings here (hear us out) but that doesn’t matter. What you do get is a curated selection of quintessential British dishes: the beef wellington with rosemary potatoes and red wine sauce, and the old spot pork belly with crushed root vegetable mash and a cider gravy are two standouts. 

Whatever you opt for, dabble in a side of creamy mashed potato for an unforgettable roast dinner.

Hawksmoor

Multiple Locations

Another spot we could discuss endlessly. Lots of people love Hawksmoor for their meaty offerings, but would never think to venture there for Sunday roast. Oh, how wrong they are.

Beef is King here: started off on hot charcoal and finished in the oven, the meat is deliciously tender and flavourful. 

Keeping the delicious hunk of beef company on the plate are beef dripping roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, veggies, roasted shallots and a healthy drizzle of marrow and onion gravy. 

Get there early on Sunday – London’s best roast dinner isn’t guaranteed after 5pm.

The Horseshoe

Hampstead

On Sundays between 12pm-8pm The Horseshoe in Hampstead serves up one of the best roast dinners London has to offer. 

Melt in the mouth beef and all the trimmings are on offer here, alongside a healthy craft beer and wine menu. Opt for a glass of fizz for a little weekend luxury.

The Horseshoe is also the perfect location for a post Sunday lunch stroll on Hampstead Heath.

Joanna’s

Crystal Palace

With a blended American and British style rolled into one brasserie, Joanna’s is a seriously underrated spot for a roast dinner in London. 

Start with the sweetcorn croquettes, Chipotle mayo, and red pepper relish before moving onto the star of the show: a delectable roast sirloin of beef. The roast middle white pork loin is a close second option, as is the chicken.

Veggies are also well-catered for; the chestnut mushroom, artichoke and spinach pithivier could tempt even the most tenacious meat lover onto the plant-based side.

It has to be said that the cocktail menu is on the smaller side, though each is crafted to perfection. Get the French 75 for a delicate balance of sweet and tart flavours.

Lady Mildmay

Islington

It’s almost a written rule that you can walk into any Victorian London pub and they’ll offer a cracking roast – though Lady Mildmay’s Sunday lunch tops the lot.

Arrive early – around 12pm – on Sunday to avoid a scrap with hungry locals and prepare to be wowed. Succulent meats are served alongside all the trimmings in a no-expense-spared spread. 

The menu changes every three weeks to ensure local ingredients are used, but whatever menu you rock up to, you’re guaranteed a delicious Sunday roast worth raving about. 

The wine list is worth a ponder too – the Rola de Branco pairs perfectly with a comforting lunch.

Smokehouse 

Islington

The Sunday menu at Smokehouse is something of a dream.

You’ll struggle to choose between a whopping seven mains, including a smoked lamb shoulder, lentil and buckwheat slice, and a Somerset Saxon whole chicken. 

All are fantastic but the lamb shoulder has a special place in our hearts.

Each roast is served with roast potatoes, greens, maple carrots, cauliflower purée, and a Yorkshire pudding. And, if you’ve still got room after (unlikely), you’ll want to order the dark chocolate cremeux and mango sorbet for pud. Delish.

Temper

Soho

For a Sunday roast in London with a unique Mexican twist, Temper is the spot.

Start with a plate of goats cheese tacos – it would be rude not to. And it would also be rude to not order one of their many gin and tonics. We love the Bathtub Old Tom, FYI. 

Meat is dry aged and cooked on an open fire for an intense smoky flavour, and no trimmings are spared: roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, honey glazed carrots, parsnips, crispy cabbage, and bottomless gravy will be piled high on your plate. Come hungry.

As tempting as it is to go to town on that plate, Temper’s infamous Cookie dessert is well-worth saving a smidgen of room for.

The Thomas Cubitt

Belgravia

It’s no surprise that charming Belgravia is home to one of London’s best Sunday roasts – The Thomas Cubitt claims to have the best roast dinner in the capital… and we’re inclined to agree.

Locally sourced meat and seasonal veggies are what makes this Sunday lunch so special; the sharing joints for two are absolutely sublime. 

All are served with beef dripping roasties, tenderstem broccoli, glazed carrots, Yorkshire puddings, and gravy.

The apple crumble skillet is worth shouting about alone, topped with pecans, salted caramel, and vanilla ice cream. You certainly won’t want to share this.

The Princess of Shoreditch

Shoreditch

With two courses for £33 or three for £39, The Princess of Shoreditch might not be the place for a cheap Sunday roast in London, though it’s worth the splurge.

Starters include flaky ham hock terrine and an Autumnal squash, carrot, and pine nut concoction. 

The main event is no less spectacular. With 5 choices of meat, fish, and a veggie wellington, you’ll struggle to decide what to pick – we love the salt aged pork belly with a tangy apple sauce. Add cauliflower cheese and black truffle to your plate if you’re feeling extra indulgent.

Rounding off with the chocolate fondant and caramelised banana ice cream is a no brainer, we think.

The Pig and Butcher

Islington

With Sunday roast options including a celeriac nut roast with caramelised shallot and  mushroom gravy, a hearty roasted Elwy Valley lamb leg, and a pork loin and bramley apple sauce option, The Pig and Butcher does not mess about. 

If you fancy sharing with a pal, order the Welsh lamb shoulder covered with balsamic glaze and puffed spelt. No regrets.

Save some room for the ginger Jamaica cake that rounds off the meal perfectly. 

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