21 August 2014

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London's best Sunday lunch


Cadogan Arms - diningareasm.jpgUse Square Meal’s list of the best places for Sunday lunch in London to find the perfect spot for a slap-up roast dinner with family and friends – from central-London restaurants to foodie pubs off the beaten track.

The Bull & Last

The roast dinners and atmosphere at this much-loved gastropub knock its competitors into a cocked hat. Try roast partridge with red cabbage, chestnuts and bacon, or go traditional with a roast rib of Dedham Vale beef with Yorkshire pudding. For dessert, there’s rhubarb-and-almond crumble with horseradish ice cream. After lunch, walk it all off with a stroll on nearby Hampstead Heath.

The Cadogan Arms (pictured, above left)

This picture-perfect gastropub from the Martin brothers serves classy Sunday roasts in swish surroundings. Despite its Chelsea postcode, the Cadogan Arms’ interior has been countrified with studded leather banquettes, oak tables and deers’ head displayed on the wall. Foodwise, indulge in roast chicken with pigs in blankets, or beef with all the trimmings.

Canton Arms (pictured, right)Canton Arms - Canton_Arms_2010_-_IMG_2104_WEB.jpg

The Canton Arms knows in its heart that it’s a gastropub best suited to a chill, dreary Sunday – which is convenient for a nation whose summer weather frequently underwhelms. On a grey day, it comes into its own: the open fire is kindled, the dim lights cast a cosy glow, and rustic dishes shared between the table, such as slow-cooked shoulder of lamb with celeriac mash, comfort diners. It’s first-come first-served tablewise, so make sure you arrive early.

Dean Street Townhouse

Traditional English grub became fashionable again at this cosy Soho rendezvous. With three courses for £30, the Sunday set menu is a steal: start with potted shrimps, then indulge in Banham chicken or Hereford beef with decadent sides such as cauliflower cheese or buttered greens, before finishing off with Eton mess or homemade ice cream.

The Duke of Wellington

The words ‘slow-roast shoulder of pork with potatoes cooked in duck fat’ should tell you all you need to know about this superlative Marylebone boozer-turned-gastropub, but if you’re not a lover of the pig, you’re sure to be tempted by roast leg of lamb or sirloin of 28-day-aged Longhorn beef. Stout puds such as apple-and-peach crumble with vanilla custard or sticky toffee pudding with banana ice cream should hit the spot.

The Harwood Arms - Harwood_Arms_2008_-_PICT7540.jpgHarwood Arms (pictured, left)

This Michelin-starred gastropub aims to bring a bite of the countryside to its city-based plate, with starters such as game pie in cider jelly and desserts such as heather-honey ice cream. In between, there are Sunday-roast stalwarts such as a giant rib of beef (for two) with smoked bone marrow, or pork belly with sweet-and-sour turnips and crispy pig’s ears. Menus pay close attention to the seasons and aim to keep things local.

The Princess Victoria

This smart, premier-league gastropub, bursting with original features and regally kitted out in teal, makes a superb focal point for your Sunday. The owners are serious about food, and this shows through in everything from the homemade bar snacks to Sunday stand-outs like roast belly of Gloucester Old Spot. A stunning wine list with more than 30 by-the-glass options will shoo away thoughts of Monday morning.

The Marquess Tavern (pictured, right)Marquess Tavern 2013 - Marquess-Tavern-2013_43_resized.jpg

A sleeper hit in leafy Canonbury, The Marquess Tavern is a near-perfect local. The menu offers appealingly offbeat starters such as salmon rillettes with pickled cucumber and herb ‘froth’, as well as a signature 25-day-aged forerib of Galloway beef with Yorkshire puddings, and ‘butcher’s specials’. Desserts are suitably gooey and decadent for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

York & Albany

Sunday lunch at this Gordon Ramsay outpost is a relaxed affair, available from noon to 8.30pm. The kitchen is a typically tight outfit, serving the likes of roast corn-fed chicken with olive-oil pomme purée and roasted leg of lamb with garlic new potatoes, all for £17.

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