The definitive Guide to the Best Pubs and Restaurants in South London for Roasts. Everyone has their ‘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 familiar with - such as south of the river - and in need of some emergency ‘Ahhhhhh’, then look no further than this definitive Guide to the Best Pubs and Restaurants in South London for Roasts.
Roll on Sunday afternoon!
Compiled by Christian Rose-Day, Faye Armstrong, Farzana Ali, Claire Williams, Anastasia Hancock, Paul Fairclough, Sophie Atkinson, Nathalie Bonney and Sara Oldham
The Jam Tree
Clapham / Bar / Cuisine: Gastro
Clapham - This south London bar has 4 roast meats - pork belly, corn fed chicken, 35-day aged rib of beef, or shoulder of lamb - to wrap your weekend gobs around you lucky, lucky Londoners. The shoulder of Lamb is served to share on a board - see attached picture, YummyVisionXtreme - and all roasts are accompanied by Yorkshire pudding, duck fat roast potatoes, roasted roots, broccoli, pigs in blankets, candied parsnips and a rich red wine gravy. There's also 9 Bloody Mary cocktails to choose from and a cheese menu that boasts 10 different cheeses. That's 10 DIFFERENT CHEESES!
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Borough Market - The name says it all. Just as a roast dinner sums up all things English, Roast sums up all things, well, roast. Famous for its classical British cooking and use of seasonal produce, this restaurant has not only amazing food but amazing views overlooking Borough Market and St Paul's Cathedral. Attentive staff, mouth watering food in the week and a full list of roast dinners on Sunday. You'll have no beef with this restaurant. Unless you order it of course. (Faye Armstrong)
The Gaslight Grill @ The Lost Angel
Battersea / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Battersea - One thing this multi-functional venue in south London is known for on a Sunday is the amazing roast dinner! It's a roast dinner like your mum used to make. Succulent meat, large crispy Yorkshire puddings, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside roasties. See for yourself. There's also no portion control here too so you will definitely be full and satisfied, and there's a rather good offer available of all you can drink Bloody Mary cocktails AND a roast lunch for £25.
Ales and Tails
Twickenham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Twickenham - Why not try the new family and friends offer on a Sunday 'Host Your Roast'. For 10 or more people, get a whole carving joint brought to your table with all the trimmings and much more! Choose from a 4 rib of beef or a suckling pig and host your roast just like at home, only without all the cooking and washing up!
The Manor Arms
Streatham & Norbury / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Pub
Streatham - The Sunday roast lunches here is hugely popular and requiring advance booking. The set Sunday menu for £18 consists of 2 courses or £22.50 for 3 courses. The head chef, Matthew Pepperell - formerly of Pont de la Tour and Sheekeys - has a passion for cooking meat and is particularly fond of autumn and winter treats when red legged partridge, grouse and pheasant appear. View a sample menu here. The signature Manor Arms Bloody Mary is ideal for those nursing slightly sore heads, plus there's newspapers galore, an extensive, approachable and affordable wine list, chilled tunes and all in all a great vibe!
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Gastro
This refined Balham pub-cum-restaurant - once the footie-obsessed George - has one of South London's largest and most beautiful pub gardens as well as a fantastically authentic interior. The transformation took place in 2009 and since then Avalon has been attracting a more diverse clientele. Food lovers who bias about their British meats will be converted in just one sitting.
The Prince Albert
Battersea / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Gastro
This old school boozer has had a major overhaul and is now attracting Battersea's finest, not least for its excellent Sunday roasts. So work up an appetite with a brisk walk round Battersea Park and then hop across the road to The Prince Albert to take advantage of their comfy sofas, fireplaces and hearty roasts. (Anastasia Hancock)
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
This lovely London village pub is run and owned by the Renassiance team and, as of mid-2009, was relaunched with a new look, chef and menu. It isn't the kind of place you'd find easily - its location is off the relative beaten track - leaving it slightly isolated. Which is great for those lazy Sunday roast afternoons. Escapism on a plate.
Lambeth & Elephant & Castle / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: English
Everything is roasted fresh in the morning. All the meats, potatoes & the Yorkshires go in last just like at home. When it's gone it's gone - the locals know its first come first served. Don?t expect to turn up at 5 & get a roast dinner! The sharers are the first to sell out. Half shoulders of slow roast Elwy Valley lamb or whole free range chickens or Cote de Boeuf 1.2 kg aged Bannockburn fore-rib on the bone. There's roast sirloin from Bellfield's and the pork is supplied by Chiltern farm.
Brixton / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
This cavernous pub in Herne Hill's the perfect destination for a wonky roast after a heavy Saturday night. Hungover locals devour plates piled high with meat, roasties and veg, each crowned with an absolutely enormous Yorkshire pudding. They have wine on tap, too, and Bloody Marys, so you can settle in for the afternoon and wait for hair of the dog to kick in. (Sara Oldham)
Clapham / Bar / Hotel / Cuisine: Pub
Roasts cost just over a tenner and all meat is British sourced where possible. Large bare wooden tables look like they should be in a country kitchen and add to the homely feel of the place. A lounge area with leather sofas and soft lighting really confirms the feeling that you're at someone's house. A great place to while away a Sunday afternoon. Have lunch then retreat to another of the Windmill's many rooms for a nap or read of the papers. (Nathalie Bonney)
Waterloo / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Built originally for the 1951 Festival of Britain, Canteen's look is defined by a knowing nostalgia and an updated 50s modernism - and the food springs from the same source. Roast lamb, beef, pork or duck is served twice daily, every day, taking classic British cooking and creating something familiar, comforting and entirely contemporary. (Paul Fairclough)
Greenwich / Bar / Cuisine: Eclectic
Head to the Amersham Arms in New Cross for their famous Roasts and Records Sunday lunches. Offering three delicious meats and a veggie option, this carvery is a relaxed affair, which is undoubtedly helped along by the mellow selection of music playing in the background. Plus, the earlier you get there the cheaper it'll be, which certainly makes getting up on Sundays more appealing. (Farzana Ali)
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