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From the gastropubs of south London, to the traditional old pubs of north London, to the cosy fires and Sunday papers of west London, and the modern cool-as-f**k bars of east London, the classic Sunday roast beef, chicken, lamb or nut remains an institution set in the great and glorious minds of London. When the weekend comes floating into view, aspirations of warm, wintery comfort food, fine wines, board games, and a gathering of our bestest friends spring to mind as we work assiduously towards the lovely end of the week. Bring on the weekend, bring on the best Sunday afternoon roast dinners in London.
The Jones Family Project
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Meat
Most Sunday roasts are humble, rustic affairs, but if something a bit more fancy is what you fancy, then the Jones Family Project will serve you all that hearty flavour with a swanky, haute cuisine flourish (see above). Parsnips stand on end like a golden taproot beacons, Yorkshires puff up like a chef hats, and there are whole poussin chickens instead of the usual slabs of breast or leg. Check out the Sunday roast lunch menu. One course is £9.95, two course are £14.50 and three courses are £17.50. Book now by quoting Fluid London using email@example.com or call 0207 739 1740
The English Grill
Victoria / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: British
A Sunday Lunch for the whole family. Set in the style of a traditional carvery with high ornate ceilings and chandeliers, the Old Masters Restaurant has a succulent menu and is well known for its rib of beef selected from the finest Scottish herds. Tuck into prime roast rib of Hereford Beef, 28 day dry aged and sourced by Aubrey Allen Butchers, by appointment to HM The Queen and suppliers to the Queens Kitchen at Buckingham Palace or from a rotating choice of Jimmy Butler's Honey Glazed Free Range Gammon, loin of Dingly Dell Pork with mustard seed crackling or roast leg of rosemary stuffed Braxted Park lamb - the Carvery will not disappoint.
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Borough Market - The name says it all, really. 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 not only has amazing food but amazing views overlooking Borough Market and St Paul's Cathedral as well. Attentive staff, mouth watering food, and a full list of roast dinners on Sunday.
Ten Room at Hotel Café Royal
Mayfair / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: British
Situated in the heart of one of London?s most iconic hotels, The Ten Room at Café Royal offers classic British dining that combines traditional and contemporary flavours and styles. The Sunday roast of Sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding, goose fat potatoes and a selection of seasonal vegetables alongside other main dishes as seared Cornish cod, crushed potatoes and samphire or corn-fed chicken breast, spinach and caponata. Desserts include cinnamon brulee with poached pears and toffee sauce, pecan nut parfair, blackberries and yogurt sorbet or a selection of seasonal artisanal cheeses.
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 pub's many Sunday roast options are up there with the best roasts in London.
Canary Wharf / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Canary Wharf - Overlooking the river Thames, this 250-year-old gastropub produces some pretty fine grub. The Gun's decked terrace is sweet for the summer but for those chilly winter nights it's back inside to the bar and into the snugs. Feasting on a sumptuous roast with all the trimmings is just one of the highlights this pub has to offer. Another is the appealing wine list.
Kings Cross / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Whether you're a Guardian reader or not, a pilgrimage to the newspaper's London offices at King's Place should become your Sunday ritual. The reason? Rotunda restaurant's classic Sunday roast. The meat is sourced from the restaurant's own Northumberland farm and carnivores can choose from the slow roast topside beef or the garlic and rosemary leg of lamb. Trimmings include beef dripping roast tatties (very moreish), a GARGANTUAN Yorkshire pudding (almost as big as your hangover), heritage carrots (yep, nowadays even the humble carrot has a heritage) and purple sprouting broccoli (the hipster's veg du jour). Here's to future Sunday lunches at Rotunda. Readers of all newspapers welcome.
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Brazilian
Shoreditch - This is the best Sunday roast in London I've ever tasted (pictured above). I started with a Portuguese wine and the traditional Brazilian chicken snack, coxinha. Then I moved on to potent Brazilian cocktails and a classic roasts with a Brazilian twist: Picanha sirloin with roast butternut squash, savoy cabbage, Pao de Queijo pudding (Yorkshires) and gravy, whilst my guest chowed on gluten free, vegan, nut and vegetable loaf, a broad smile spread across his face. The portions were enormous. Almost so big that we couldn't finish our Portuguese custard tart with berry compote for dessert. Almost. Arrive hungry, that's all I'm saying.
Angel & Islington / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Bar
This is the best Sunday roast in London for music fans, not Premier League football fans. Non-music lovers are invited, naturally, but if you're not, you won't be as inspired by the free jukebox playing anything from Boney M to AC/DC, the plethora of free music magazines worth snaffling, or the posters of upcoming bands playing live in the club upstairs. The £12.25 roast option includes a lovely smoked duck breast with beautifully cooked potatoes and Yorkshire pudding, with a great doorstop of chocolate brownie for afters: bargain! Plus, DJs play perfect Sunday music in what is coined as the Hangover Lounge. The bourbons on the wall might give you an indication why it's called that.
The Drawing Room Cafe
Fulham / 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 yourelf. 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'
The Penny Black Restaurant & Bar
Chelsea / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Since opening in 2011, The Penny Black Restaurant & Bar has garnered an enviable reputation for producing one of London's best Sunday Roasts. With plate-sized Yorkshire puddings, goose-fat potatoes, roast vegetables and cauliflower cheese all included with the roast, the selection of Aberdeen Angus 28-day aged sirloin, new-season Welsh leg of lamb, or perhaps an 8-hour slow cider roasted belly of Gloucester pork makes the perfect Sunday lunch experience.
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