London’s Best Sunday Roasts
The Sunday Roast.
A meal so integral to our identity as Brits that the French literally refer to us as ‘les rosbifs’.
Something that – with the whole ‘frogs’ thing – we probably started.
Fortunately though we’ve come to wear our crown with pride, turning what began as a humble piece of meat and veg to feed the whole family, into a food-driven cultural beacon representing the entirety of Britain.
It is London that reigns supreme though, and we’ve outlined exactly where you can find out why.
Behold, London’s best Sunday roasts:
The Marksman | Hackney
Hackney Rd’s revamped Victorian pub serving up a cracking roast with universally admired Yorkshires. There’s plenty of veggie and fish options too if you have a pescetarian or vegetarian to drag along with you. Doors open at 10am and coffee is served on their balcony, just around the corner from the Colombia Rd Flower Market.
Details: 254 Hackney Road, Hackney | 12-8pm | £24-£29 | For more information or to make a reservation visit their website here.
Hill & Szrok | Hackney
Butcher by day, communal, intimate steak eatery by night. Just like a restauranteering Batman. Chef Alex Szrok, previously of the Eagle in Farringdon, wipes down the chop table at 12pm, places 12 seats around it and – if you’re lucky enough to nab one – cooks whatever he feels like.
Details: 60 Broadway Market, Hackney | 1-9pm | £20 | For more information or to make a reservation visit their website here.
An ‘establishment’ named in honour of the 17th-century herbalist, physician, astrologer and Spitalfields local, Nicholas Culpeper, and which under one roof(top) combines a pub, a restaurant and alfresco gardens – and one of London’s best Sunday roasts.
Details: 40 Commercial Street, Spitalfields | Sunday 11am-11pm | £20 |For more information or to make a reservation visit their website here.
A Soho chop house opened last year by a trio of ex-Hawksmoor folk. Choose your meat – beef, lamb or pork – or don’t, and get the ‘All In’ which has everything, with all the trimmings, and is perfect for sharing. Their gravy is the best in London; we said it. And it’s all even better paired with one of their bloody marys or breakfast martinis.
Details: 24 Great Windmill St, Soho | Sundays 12-6pm | £16-£20 | For more information or to make a reservation visit their website here.
The Quality Chop House
The Quality Chop House is a dining room, wine bar, butchery and butchers shop that has opened for lunch and dinner since 1869. Or, you could just call it an institution.
Details: 88-94 Farringdon Road, Farringdon | Sundays 12-4pm | £20 | For more information or to make a reservation visit their website here.
Coal Rooms | Peckham
If you’re looking for a great Sunday Lunch in Peckham, The Coal Rooms is just the ticket. Housed in a former ticketing office, right next to Peckham Rue station, it gently moves from cafe in the day – with fancy coffees, fresh pastries, and a short menu of paninis – to a fully-blown restaurant in the night. As the name suggests, its primary focus is food cooked over a charcoal grill, think big hunks of smoked meats bolstered by sides like burnt hispi cabbage with jerk spices, or every fitness fanatic’s favourite ‘Peckham Fatboy’ hash brown potatoes, topped with raclette, beef-dripping mayonnaise, and onions. On Sundays – as well as a few of their smaller plates – they offer four varieties of a traditional Sunday lunch: 40 day-aged Hereford sirloin and smoked skin; smoked Cabrito goat shoulder; Gloucester Old Spot pork coppa & smoked shoulder; or, if there’s two of you, a whole spit-roasted Yorkshire chicken with lingonberry jam, and sourdough bread sauce. All roasts come with a side of beef dripping potatoes, roasted carrots, spring cabbage, courgettes, and Yorkshire pudding, as well as floods of red wine gravy. Alternatively, if it’s just the red wine you’re after they’ve got plenty of that too. In fact they’ve got all the wines. And cocktails. And beer. All of which you can enjoy in their laid-back, minimalist dining room. ‘Well what if there was an official Sunday roast survey with an option for unpretentious yet utterly delicious with banging booze’, you say. They’d tick it.
Details: 11a Station Way, Peckham Rye Station, London, SE15 4RX | For more information or to make a reservation visit their website here.
Simply the best steaks in London, and also a pretty strong contender for best roast, with 55 day aged beef rump started off on charcoal, finished in the oven and covered in lashings of bone marrow gravy.
Details: Various Locations | Sundays 12pm-Late | £20 | For more information or to make a reservation visit their website here.
NOTE: A very honourable mention to Foxlow, Hawksmoor’s little sister that serves up equally mouthwatering Sunday fare.
The only Michelin-starred pub in London. And so unsurprisingly, the roasts here are rightfully lauded. The sides are just as impressive as the meat, with Yorkshires stuffed with braised beef, chicken and pork, and cauliflower-cheese croquettes.
Details: Walham Grove, Fulham | Sundays 12-3pm | £35.50 (two courses) | For more information or to make a reservation visit their website here.
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