Best Sunday roast London: 30 places for a proper slap-up lunch

From classic roasts with all the trimmings to fancy and affordable options, we've rounded up the best places in London for a proper Sunday lunch.

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Best Sunday roast London: 30 places for a proper slap-up lunch

If you were to ask anyone in the UK what makes the best Sunday roast – well – the best, you’re likely to be met with a definitive opinion. Without wanting to generalise, the topic of the best Sunday lunch is a subject us Brits take very seriously, to the point where it’s still one of the most hotly contested culinary debates of today (a close second to the great scone debate: jam or cream first?).

It’s a talking point that restaurants and pubs across the capital have latched onto and now you’ll struggle to find a British restaurant or proper pub that doesn’t serve a Sunday menu dedicated to the dish. It might seem like a simple meal on the surface, but it’s a surprisingly easy thing to get wrong, which is why we’ve rounded up the best Sunday roasts in London, so you don’t have to go through the traumatic ordeal of experiencing a bad one.


A Sunday lunch can mean different things to different people. For some, the weekend ritual represents an excuse to gather the whole family and enjoy some quality time together, while for others, it’s a rather beautiful and indulgent way to cure Saturday night’s hangover. If you’re living in the capital and are sat Googling ‘best roast dinner near me’, listen up, because we’ve scoured the city in search of the ultimate Sunday roast London has to offer - in every area.

From traditional dishes with all the trimmings, to extravagant three-course affairs and more unconventional offerings, the humble roast dinner has been elevated to so much more than just meat and two veg at these top-notch establishments. We've whittled down the best roast in London to try in 2023, and we keep this guide updated throughout the year to make sure your roast dinner knowledge is always up to scratch.

So, rid yourself of the harrowing experience of overcooked beef and soggy roast potatoes at home (not that we’re doubting your cooking skills) and try out one of these epic Sunday lunches instead.


Best classic Sunday roast in London

Some things are at their best when they stick to the basics, and this is true of Sunday roasts. Check out our pick of the most traditional roasts you can find in London below.

Story Cellar, Covent Garden

Yorkshire puddings and rotisserie chicken

What: Tom Sellers' rotisserie chicken-focused concept has started running 'Cellar Sundays', in which the two Michelin-starred chef and head chef Stephen Naylor have created a contemporary twist on a Sunday roast. We'd argue that rotisserie chicken is the thing to get here, but perfectly pink beef sirloin, pork belly with crackling, and beetroot wellington are also part of the deal. All come served with a platter of puffy Yorkshire puddings, honey roasted carrots, buttered greens, pumpkin puree and an intense, viscose gravy that takes four days to make. It's certainly one of the pricier roasts in this list at just under £30 a head, but it's without a doubt one of the best we've tried. If you still have room for pudding, don't sleep on its brown sugar brulee with its cracking top and its smooth and sweet cream beneath.
Where: 17 Neals Yard, WC2H 9DP
How much: From £28 per person
Book now: Story Cellar

Great Central Pub by Matt Fletcher, Marylebone

sunday roast in giant yorkshire pudding

What: You've had a Sunday roast before, but have you ever had an entire roast with all the trimmings served inside a giant Yorkshire pudding? That's exactly what's on offer at this pub-inspired restaurant inside five-star The Landmark Hotel. Perfectly pink roast beef and a selection of lovely seasonal vegetables, all inside everyone's favourite Sunday roast side - what's not to like?
Where: 222 Marylebone Road, NW1 6JQ
How much: £26 per person
Book now: Great Central Pub by Matt Fletcher

The Laundry, Brixton

Table filled with roast dinner dishes

What: The Laundry doesn't do a Sunday roast by halves, and you'll find a cracking selection of centerpiece mains throughout the year as well as some more seasonal summer offerings. Think roast boneless chicken with garlic butter, or their ‘Surf & Turf’ inspired roast Hereford sirloin served with a half-shell scallop, garlic butter, and Yorkshire pudding. Sides include a selection of indulgent favourites, from gooey cauliflower cheese, sage and truffle gratin to sticky honey-glazed carrots as well as some lighter options perfect for Al Fresco dining such as their tomato and pickled shallot salad. We urge you not to skip pudding; there's a warm chocolate chip cookie served with vanilla ice cream that steals our hearts every time. 
Where: 374 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PL
How much: From £20 per person
Book now: The Laundry

Quality Chop House, Farringdon

Roast beef and a Yorkshire

What: The clue’s in the name of this lauded British chophouse, where the ‘quality’ of its ‘chops’ is paramount. Of course, its Sunday lunch menu is as traditional as they come, with a choice between lamb with mint sauce, rump and brisket with horseradish cream, and pork belly with apple sauce. Desserts end things with elevated but traditional classics such as their strawberry jam tart.
Where: 88-94 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3EA
How much: Three courses for £55 per person
Book now: Quality Chop House

Origin City, Farringdon

roast beef with yorkshire pudding at origin city

What: This bit of Farringdon and Smithfields is famously quiet on a Sunday, but that feeds into the charm of Sunday lunch at Origin City, which feels like having a slap-up roast in a sleepy little village. One thing is for sure - Origin City knows how to cook a piece of meat; the roast beef (40 day-aged pasture-raised, organic black Angus) is beautifully cooked, ruby red in the centre but cooked to perfect rare, and towering Yorkshire Puddings are some of the best we've had. If you're a group of four plus we recommend going with the 'Sunday Feast' where you and the crew get hulking piles of lamb, pork and beef delivered to the table, along with all the sides and accoutrements. 
Where: 12 West Smithfield, EC1A 9JR
How much: From £32 per person
Book now: Origin City

Roast, Borough

A plate of roast meet and vegetables on the side

What: With a name like Roast, it’s no surprise that this place does a mean Sunday lunch. These guys major in roast dinners all week long, but on Sundays you can choose from an extended menu crammed with all the classics. Think braised lamb shoulder with mint sauce and gravy, pork saddleback with apple sauce and roast beef Wellington with red wine and shallot gravy. Stretch your stomach one final degree for its signature sticky toffee pudding for dessert.
Where: Floral Hall, Stoney Street, SE1 1TL
How much: From £24 per person
Book now: Roast

The Princess of Shoreditch, Shoreditch

Beef, roasties and Yorkshire pudding

What: The Princess of Shoreditch made a name for itself under the guidance of Great British Menu’s Ruth Hansom, who has since moved away from the gastropub but left it with a mighty reputation to uphold. Truly an elite strain of pub, The Princess's Sunday lunch is just as impressive as you’d imagine. Starters include cured salmon with kohlrabi and horseradish creme fraiche while roast mains feature free-range roast chicken with sourdough bread sauce, an apricot and walnut nut roast and pork loin with apple sauce. Add cauliflower cheese for an extra four quid.
Where: 76–78 Paul Street, EC2A 4NE
How much: From £34 for two courses
Book now: The Princess of Shoreditch

Rotunda, King’s Cross

Rotunda Sunday menu

What: Sunday roasts are taken very seriously at Rotunda, where you can enjoy a two-course Sunday lunch, or go the whole hog with its Sunday Beef Club. If you choose the latter, you'll be treated to a sharing selection of starters for the table, followed by a beef roast with all the trimmings, and your choice of dessert to finish. It also offers a sharing cuts platter, so you and a group can enjoy a bit of everything. 
Where: 90 York Way, N1 9AG
How much: From £30 per person
Book nowRotunda

Sagardi, Old Street

Man holding sunday roast sharing board

What: There's only one option on Sagardi's Sunday roast menu, so you don't have to faff about with deciding what to have. It centres around a joint of dry-aged boneless Txuleton beef, which comes on a sharing board with beef dripping roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, homemade Yorkshire puddings and its signature gravy. This one's designed to be shared, so bring a few mates and tuck in! 
Where: 95 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS
How much: £35 per person
Book now: Sagardi

Acme Fire Cult, Dalston

sunday roast at acme fire cult

What: Smoked meat and veg specialists Acme Fire Cult ought to do a great roast, and the hulking meat platter available on Sundays doesn't disappoint. On our visit it was loaded with smoked chicken thighs, dense, fatty chunks of cotechino sausage, a gorgeous, thick-sliced beef rump and more. It's pretty good value as well - you can order it for a minimum of two people, but we reckon that amount probably feed three with a few sides. Acme ticks a lot of other boxes too - it's dog-friendly, the excellent beers come from nearby 40ft Brewery, and particularly gorgeous on summer days when you can sit outside. The rest of the menu is available too so you can mix and match between a smattering of regular snacks and a meat tower. All in all, it's a great Sunday roast experience.
Where: The Bootyard, Abbot Street, E8 3DP
How much: From £28 per person
Book now: Acme Fire Cult

The Parakeet, Kentish Town

A table of sunday roast dishes

What: The Parakeet opened to great acclaim in 2023, and we’re rather pleased it’s decided to add a Sunday lunch menu to its roster. Starting from just £20 for the veggie option – a celeriac Wellington – it's pretty good value too. Meaty options include hay-smoked roast chicken, lamb and roast beef, and all are served with spring greens, roast potatoes, seasonal root veg, Yorkshire puddings and carrot and swede puree. Tickle your tastebuds with mackerel and kohlrabi to start, and you won’t go far wrong with a classic sticky toffee pudding to finish.
Where: 256 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2AA
How much: From £20 per person
Book now: The Parakeet

The Audley, Mayfair

A dark wooden pub interior

What: Despite having had a multi million pound makeover in conjunction with its smart sister restaurant upstairs, Mount St. Restaurant, The Audley retains a local boozer feel. Screens up high show sports, while the laidback, friendly team serve from behind the bar. Hints at the pub’s pedigree lie in the red and orange crazy paving style painted ceiling (done by artist Phyllida Barlow) and red lacquered bathrooms, as well as in the details of the Sunday lunch menu. Start with crudités and dip or a pint of prawns before moving on to the main event. Roast beef cooked medium and perfectly pink and succulently braised lamb shoulder are served with carrots, potatoes, cabbage and cauliflower cheese, as well as perfectly fluffy Yorkshire puddings. Don’t skip pud - the chocolate cake is very good.
Where: 41-43 Mount Street, W1K 2RX
How much: £29
Book nowThe Audley

The Lanesborough Grill, Hyde Park Corner

The Lanesborough Grill roast dinner

What: Trust The Lanesborough Grill to put on a show with its Sunday lunch menu, which revolves around a spectacular joint of roast beef. Said beef is carted to diners' tables on an antique silver trolley, and sliced before the beholder's eyes by an expertly-skilled waiter. Accompanying your perfectly pink beef is a crunchy Yorkshire pudding, horseradish and apple cream, a bowl of crispy roasties with veg and an addictive sticky sauce. Of course, Sunday lunch at The Lanesborough cannot simply begin and end with a single course. This three-course affair starts with the likes of Hereford beef tartare with crispy potato, egg yolk, shallot and sherry dressing, and ends with a whiskey and pecan brownie with praline ice cream.
Where: Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA
How much: £75 for three courses
Book now: The Lanesborough Grill

The Camberwell Arms, Camberwell

Sunday lunch in Camberwell

What: The Camberwell Arms pops up time and time again when it comes to the best Sunday lunch in London, and who are we to argue with the people? The vote is unanimous; this south east London gastropub is loved by many for its epic Sunday lunch offering, which is served sharing-style and designed to be taken by more than one person to encourage conviviality. Gather your nearest and dearest and head over. Pork belly with hispi cabbage, roast lamb rack with spring greens, and half a spit roast chicken with greens and schmaltz yoghurt are all up for grabs.
Where: 65 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR
How much: From £50 (for two to share)
Book now: The Camberwell Arms 

Fallow, St James's

Roast dinner in London

What: While it might not be the cheapest, Fallow's roast is certainly one of the best in London. This slick, sustainable restaurant has become a destination for foodies, and its Sunday menu is just as stellar as you would imagine. Start off with creative starters like the famous crudo (a must in our books) before moving on to the main event. Options are typically along the lines of, dairy cow rump, pork belly and smoked cauliflower cheese, all served with roasties, a giant Yorkshire pudding, glazed carrots, red cabbage, cavolo nero and delicious gravy. Wash it down with an utterly perfect bloody Mary to match. 
Where: 2 St James’s Market, SW1Y 4RP
How much: Around £32 per person
Book now: Fallow

The Blue Boar Pub, Westminster

What: The Blue Boar Pub at the Conrad St. James offers the classic staples of a Sunday Roast alongside some fresh new additions. Familiar favorites of roast rump beef and pork loin are served with fluffy Yorkshire puddings, crispy roast potatoes, green and root vegetables, as well as a luxurious bone marrow gravy. There are also additional sides with indulgent baked bone marrow, Montgomery cheddar cauliflower cheese, and grilled hispi cabbage. A real standout feature of their menu is the unique opportunity for guests to share their roast with their four-legged friend with their Sunday roast, dessert, and even 'wine' for your doggy pal (non-alcoholic of course). 
Where: 45 Tothill Street, SW1H 9LQ 
How much: £29.50 
Book now: The Blue Boar Pub

The Light Bar, Shoreditch

sunday roast light bar

What: The Light Bar Sunday roast brings a fresh new take on the traditional elements of the meal with Asian flavors that work in harmony with excellent British produce. This more unconventional but still hearty and comforting menu features beef sirloin with a miso bearnaise sauce, perfectly roasted pork loin in a sweet and sour sauce as well as lighter options like their spiced cured trout with shiso. Guests enjoy this exciting selection in the venue’s well-known vibrant setting of their repurposed historic Victorian power station.
Where: 233 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ
How much: £30 per person for 2 courses and sides
Book now: The Light Bar

Hawksmoor, Various locations

Hawksmoor roast dinner

What: Hawksmoor is taking over the world with its award-winning steakhouses, boasting seven sites in London alone, as well as restaurants in Edinburgh, Manchester, Dublin and New York. There’s only one Sunday roast offering here – slow-roast rump of beef – which comes served with beef dripping potatoes, Yorkshires, carrots, greens, roasted shallots and garlic and lashings of bone marrow and onion gravy. All Hawksmoor beef comes from British grass-fed cattle for the best quality and flavour.
Where: Various London locations
How much: £27 per person
Book now: Hawksmoor Borough, Hawksmoor Spitalfields, Hawksmoor Guildhall and more

No. Fifty Cheyne, Chelsea

Chelsea Sunday lunch

What: Dining rooms don’t get much more gorgeous than Chelsea gem No. Fifty Cheyne, with its impressive floral arrangements, large paned windows, book-lined shelves and green banquette. A fine place to spend a Sunday afternoon, settle in for a spectacular roast featuring roast Cumbrian chicken, 36-day-aged sirloin of beef, cote de boeuf or chateaubriand to share as well as roasted cauliflower for vegetarian guests. 
Where: 50 Cheyne Walk, SW3 5LR
How much: From £35.50 per person
Book now: No. Fifty Cheyne

Best fancy Sunday roast in London

These restaurants have elevated the humble roast dinner into an extravagant affair, where no less than two courses is the norm. Naturally, all are delivered with plenty of style and flair, too!

The Restaurant at The Twenty Two, Mayfair

Table of roast dinner plates

What: Not all Sunday lunches have to feel hearty and homemade. The Twenty Two serves its elevated roasts in its powder blue dining room, complete with gilded mirrors and tasselled sconces on the walls. While there’s still a fully functioning a la carte come the weekend, on Sundays, it's all about chicken, beef, and lamb served with all the trimmings. Think Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and seasonal vegetables. The team recommend ordering alongside one of its 'Hair of the Dog' cocktails, which includes four twists on a Bloody Mary. If you can manage it, desserts span classics like bread and butter pudding or crème brulee for two, through to lighter options such as affogato or ice cream.
Where: 22 Grosvenor Square, W1K 6LF
How much
: From £34 per person
Book nowThe Restaurant at The Twenty Two

The Wolseley City, City of London

wolseley sunday roast

What: The sister venue of the Piccadilly institution, Sunday roasts at The Wolseley City are certainly a special affair with guests enjoying their meal with the accompaniment of a three-piece live jazz band. The menu includes classic elements with a roast Herefordshire beef sirloin and corn-fed chicken and some newcomers such as their roast celeriac steak for vegetarian guests. These are served with luxurious trimmings and the meal finishes with a classic Eton Mess.
Where: 68 King William Street
How much: From £35 per person
Book nowThe Wolseley City

Townsend Restaurant, Whitechapel

Roast beef and greens

What: Modern British dining room Townsend Restaurant's weekly-changing Sunday lunch menu centres around half a roast chicken for two to share. It's served with creamed spinach, roast potatoes, mustard mayonnaise and bitter leaves - and you can always order more roasties if you like. Starters keep things seasonal with the likes of roasted celeriac with chanterelles, spelt and cavolo nero. Finish with an upside down apple tart with creme fraiche for the perfect Sunday affair.
Where: 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX
How much: £35 per person
Book now: Townsend Restaraunt

The Game Bird at The Stafford, St James’s

Tableside carving of a roast beef

What: Michelin-starred Lisa Goodwin-Allen leads the charge at British restaurant The Game Bird at The Stafford Hotel, so expect very good things if you’re dining here on a Sunday (or any day). A two- or three-course menu is served on Sundays, with mains including roast British beef with all the trimmings, or seafood linguine if you’re feeling unconventional. Starters include tomato and burratta salad, and puds are indulgent – think a chocolate caramel cheesecake.
Where: 16-18 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NJ
How much: From £50 for two courses
Book nowThe Game Bird at The Stafford Hotel

The Harwood Arms, Fulham

A Sunday roast with a fine dining twist

What: The Sunday roast at Michelin-starred pub The Harwood Arms is both classic and fancy, but with the likes of slow-cooked fallow deer shoulder with bacon and honey mustard glaze on the menu, we’ve put it underneath the ‘fancy Sunday roast’ section. Needless to say, this isn’t your usual Sunday lunch. Starters, meanwhile, include a warm onion tart with goats cheese, Worcestershire and shallots, while desserts span from rhubarb and custard trifle with gelato, to a milk flan with blood orange and sorbet.
Where: Walham Grove, SW6 1QP
How much: £70 for three courses
Book now: The Harwood Arms

The Savoy Grill, Covent Garden

A classic beef roast dinner

What: If you find yourself dining on a slap-up roast at Savoy Grill on the Strand, go ahead and consider yourself a Sunday roast connoisseur. It doesn’t get much finer than this legendary British restaurant, headed up by Gordon Ramsay, and you can expect a Sunday lunch here to deliver the works. Served 12-5pm, dry-aged sirloin beef is accompanied by Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a red wine jus. Extra sides include pomme puree, glazed carrots, creamed spinach if you're feeling extra lavish.
Where: Strand, Aldwych, WC2R 0EU
How much: From £55 per person
Book now: Savoy Grill

Best cheap Sunday roast in London

When you've grown up eating Sunday roasts, it can seem a little absurd having to fork out all your cash to eat one at a restaurant. Luckily, there are still plenty of affordable Sunday lunches in London for those who want to enjoy the comfort of a roast dinner without having to make it yourself. Every single one of these places offers a Sunday roast for £25 or less - and yes, all the trimmings are included. 

The Garrison, Bermondsey

The dining room at The Garrison

What: Bermondsey favourite amongst locals, The Garrison is a quintessentially British pub focusing on local ingredients and supporting Bermondsey suppliers. Its roasts need little explanation (they're as classic as it gets) and with prices starting at just £18 for roast chicken, are tough to say no to. If you want to make a full feast of it, start with a couple of dishes to whet your appetite, such as homemade focaccia and mushroom arancini.
Where: 99-101 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XB
How much: From £18 per person
Book now: The Garrison

Blacklock, Soho

A table laden with roast dinner plates

What: Great British chophouse Blacklock specialises in all things meat-related, and as it is the stuff of legends, can get booked up weeks in advance, so make sure to book ahead to guarantee a space at one of its tables. Touted to be 'almost as good as mum’s', Blacklock roasts whole joints over open coals and English oak in the traditional way, before serving them with Yorkshire puddings, duck-fat roast potatoes, seasonal veg and the team's signature gravy. Go classic with 55-day aged beef rump, or try 28-day aged lamb leg or 21-day aged pork loin. There’s also an ‘all-in’ option for the really ravenous, which includes a mix of beef, lamb and pork with all the trimmings.
Where: 24 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LG
How much From £24 per person
Book now: Blacklock Soho

Smokehouse, Islington

Overhead shot of roast dinner

What: Smokehouse does what it says on the tin, focusing on serving the best slow-smoked and grilled food in London. Naturally, its Sunday roast menu reflects this commitment to smoky flavour, with the likes of Tanworth pork belly, 52-day-aged Hereford beef sirloin and more served with roast potatoes, greens, glazed carrots and Yorkshire puddings.
Where: 3-69 Canonbury Road, N1 2DG
How much: From £20 per person
Book now: Smokehouse

From The Ashes, Hackney

From the ashes

What: From their new permanent home at the Five Points courtyard in Hackney, From The Ashes offers up perfectly smoked cuts for their succulent Sunday Roast menu. Guests can choose from smoky beef rump accompanied by horseradish sauce, as well as porchetta with smoked apple sauce and smoked half chicken with stuffing all of which, of course, come with all the expected trimmings. Those looking for a feast can choose a bumper All in Roast which includes all three meats and all the trimmings.
Where: 61 Mare Street, E8 4RG
How much: From £19 per person
Book now: From the Ashes

Coin Laundry, Exmouth Market

Cauliflower cheese, carrots, beans and Yorkshires

What: Located amongst the hustle and bustle of Exmouth Market, Coin Laundry is a neighbourhood bar and eatery serving up natural wines, house cocktails and craft beers. But what of the food? On Sundays, it adds a line-up of roast dinner options to its regular menu, which are served family style for everyone to share at the table. Choose your joint, including chicken with garlic and herb stuffing, crispy pork belly or roast rump of beef, all of which come with roasties, carrots, summer greens, Yorkshire pudding and gravy.
Where: Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QP
How much: From £19.50 per person
Book now
Coin Laundry

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