The roast dinner: while there are surely disagreements about which meat - beef, lamb or chicken - reigns supreme, there won’t be any argument that the meal itself rules as the King of the Sunday menu. So don’t be chicken, venture to West London for your lazy Sunday lunch. Here is your Top 10 guide to the best Sunday roast pubs in west London.
By Faye Armstrong.
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The Drawing Room Cafe
Fulham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Eclectic
Fulham - the Host-a-Roast feasts at the palace every Sunday are delicious. The staff advise a minimum of 6 people, we'd advise more because the on-the-bone rib of Aberdeen Angus beef is IMMENSE. See for yourself. There's also slow roast Gloucester old spot pork belly, roast leg of British lamb, and roast whole Gressingham goose. Everything is served with steamed seasonal vegetables, goose fat roast potatoes, gravy and Yorkshires. Plus, as it is a Host-a-Roast, one lucky person can don a hat, an apron and carve the beast themselves at the table. Booking is essential. Set your girth to 'stuffed'
Chelsea / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
Chelsea - In Winter, when all you want to do on a Sunday is find a warm, cosy pub where you can enjoy a well cooked roast and a few beverages to warm your cockles, there is no better pub than Chelsea's The Cadogan Arms. If you're the sharing kind you can order the delicious Devonshire Bronze chicken with all the trimmings for two, or if, like me, you're both always relentlessly hungry and unwillingly to share your meals, order the chicken for two for one. It's the breast! (Faye Armstrong)
The Lots Road Pub & Dining Room
Chelsea / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Gastro
Chelsea - Ok, so this pub pretends very hard to be something that it's not. Its attempts reminded me of the Soweto-themed restaurants found in wealthier areas of South African cities where you can eat 'township' dishes at suburban prices. So what? This west London pub serves up the same Sunday roasts that your local doles out but with service, cleanliness, and expert culinary knowledge that makes the substantially higher prices slightly less excruciating to read on the bill. (Jade Jacobsohn)
Kensington / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Gastro
Kensal Green - Situated near Latimer Road Tube Station is this quiet unassuming pub which sells one of the best Sunday roasts in west London. For a tenner you can choose from Scottish beef, free-range Devonshire chicken or lamb, all served on a wooden board with all the trimmings. A traditional roast which will leave you suitably stuffed as you waddle out the door. (Cat McGovern)
Chelsea / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Gastro
Chelsea - The word gastropub may make you curl back in horror but fear not, this isn't your average gastro and if you have a penchant for game, then this is the pub to visit on a Sunday. The owner spends his weekends shooting game in Berkshire, so that it can be put on the menu in the Harwood. Sunday lunch is no exception to the quality that is served during the week. Try the rib of Berkshire beef for two or the roast venison which is something quite exquisite. (Cat McGovern)
Le Cafe Anglais
Notting Hill / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
Bayswater - A French restaurant in west London suitable for both quantity and quality: the magic combination. This isn't your typical beef and yorkies combination, this is Sunday lunch tarted up, dressed in its Sunday best and ready to impress a date, the in-laws or anyone else of equally high standing. The roast leg of lamb with pumpkin puree and herb and chilli jus is guaranteed to leave a good impression, even if you don't. (Faye Armstrong)
The Drayton Arms
Kensington / Bar / Cuisine: Modern Eclectic
South Kensington - A grand pub in the environs of South Kensington, offering hearty roasts starting around the £9 mark for the pork. There's even a veggie option and the roast chicken actually comes with bread sauce. With comfy sofas, massive picture windows and a fire for the chilly winter months, the Drayton is a great place to chill out, see and be seen. Plus they have a little terrace, heated in the winter for the smokers to hang out on and watch the world go by. (Cat McGovern)
The Idle Hour
Hammersmith / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Gastro
Barons Court - There may be more clocks than seats in this West London gastropub but you're still likely to lose track of time as you immerse yourself in a spectacular Sunday Roast experience. Something of an institution, the Sunday roast at The Idle Hour pub is quite the theatrical affair, with your choice of meat being delivered to your table for you to carve and serve at your leisure. Roast dinner here certainly will be Time Well Spent. (Faye Armstrong)
Shepherds Bush / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Gastro
Notting Hill / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Gastro