Roasts: North London's Best Pubs & Restaurants. Everyone has a ‘local’, and everyone will try to tell you that theirs is better than all others in London for that meaty plate of nostalgic comfort food: the roast. But if you’re stuck, delightfully, in an area of the capital that you’re not particularly familiar with - such as the expansive north London - and in need of some emergency ‘Ahhhhhh’, then look no further than this definitive Roast Guide: the Best Pubs and Restaurants in North London.
Roll on Sunday afternoon!
Compiled by Christian Rose-Day, Elena Plaiter, Paul Fairclough, Joni Lewis, Anastasia Hancock, Faye Armstrong, Paul Wells, Sophie Atkinson, Ben Brill and Jade Jacobsohn.
The Star of Kings
Kings Cross / Bar / Cuisine: European
Star of Kings doesn't only offer great nights out, it offers great Sunday roasts too. With locally sourced meat and homemade Yorkies, as well as all the trimmings and enough gravy to swim in, you can enjoy the Roast of Kings from midday until 8pm every Sunday. With the papers, fresh coffee, Bloody Mary's and a Funktion One speaker system to link your iPod up to, you'll have no 'beef' with this great venue. (Faye Armstrong)
The Holly Bush
Hampstead / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Hampstead - Most of us are stuck in dead end jobs and the last thing we want is a dead-end pub. But the Holly Bush is a dead end pub, albeit in location only. Dating back hundreds of years, this pub has managed to keep hold of ancient charm without embracing dinginess. The warm, wooden interiors, deep-set windows and original gas lamps encourage full day pub commitments. Luckily, the many Sunday roast options are quite possibly the best in London. (Jade Jacobsohn)
The Lord's Tavern
Maida Vale & St Johns Wood / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
St John's Wood - Taking huge pride in their Sunday roasts, and having established quite a following with the locals too, this pub next to Lord?s Cricket ground is great choice for a lazy Sunday lunch. With home cooked roasts, a few choice newspapers and a fabulous Bloody Mary, you?d be hard pushed to find a better place for a spot of Sunday sinking. The board games and cards are always out on a Sunday! This pub offers local, seasonal produce at very reasonable prices too.
Bull & Last
Kentish Town / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Gastro
Local produce, seasonal menus, a (possibly ornamental) jug of Bloody Mary by the bar - you sense that Mockney food messiah Jamie Oliver would approve of the Bull & Last. Staffing the place with a gaggle of geezers apparently crafted from one of the no-longer-naked one's spare ribs may be stretching the concept a little, but with roast potatoes this pukka, you'll soon be singing this Dartmouth Park pub's praises as well. (Ben Brill)
Angel & Islington / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: British
Islington isn't exactly short of pubs and restaurants, but if you're in the market for an outstanding roast at wallet-friendly prices, then keep eyes forward and head straight for The Winchester. The perfect hangover venue, it offers healing Bloody Marys, warm winter cocktails, and with 2-for-1 deals on Sunday roasts, you can't go wrong with this star turn. (Anastasia Hancock)
The Marquess Tavern
Angel & Islington / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Gastro
That elusive local pub cosiness is preserved alongside outstanding nosh in this award winning gastropub. The menu boasts mains, such as braised pork and crackling with all the trimmings, for under £15 a head. A wholesome, wallet-friendly Sunday roast can be enjoyed settled in a snug, next to a log fire with an old piano just waiting for an impromptu sing-song. (Joni Lewis)
The Old Queens Head
Angel & Islington / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Pan Asian
The duck-fat roasted potatoes with rib of beef or roast pork belly are only two (very good) reasons to spend a Sunday at this boozer. It also enjoys a reputation as one of the most innovative venues in North London. More reasons include DJs, live bands, stalls and games that make up the carnivalesque atmosphere of the weekly Sunday Social (3pm til midnight). Not one for those who take all that 'day of rest' stuff too seriously. (Paul Fairclough)
Angel & Islington / Bar / Cuisine: Bar
The Albion in Islington, just off Upper Street, boasts the prestigious titles of winner of The Observer Food Monthly award for Best Sunday Lunch 2009 and is one of The Independent's Top 50 Sunday Lunch Venues. With log fires and the best roast in Islington, this sumptuous pub is perfect for cold autumn Sundays. (Sophie Atkinson)
The Charles Lamb Pub & Kitchen
Angel & Islington / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Gastro
Want your mums homemade cooking but she's not available? Or willing? She thinks you should be able to cook yourself these days, you think that's not likely. Well head down to one of North London's best kept secrets (until now) and enjoy the excellent roasts. The succulent roast beef comes as juicy pink slices of sirloin, served with a red wine gravy, homemade horseradish sauce and cabbage with spiced-up bacon. (Faye Armstrong)
The Lock Tavern
Camden / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
Eating in parts of London where the favoured aesthetic is skinny, and where the resident's prefer sauce to food, means that the offerings and subsequent portions available to everyone else are epic. Camden's Lock Tavern, favoured hangout of North London's waifs and strays, lays on a surprisingly hearty spread when it comes to Sunday lunches. This venue, and it's food by reflection, is not about quality. It's about getting stuck in and not giving a fig. (Paul Wells)
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