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
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 roast beef rump, 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 homemade bread and butter pudding, which is made with brioche for an ultra soft texture, and swimming in tonka and orange custard.
Where: 17 Neals Yard, WC2H 9DP
How much: From £28 per person
Book now: Story Cellar
The Laundry, Brixton
What: The Laundry doesn't do a Sunday roast by halves, and you'll find a cracking selection of centrepiece mains - think a spatchcock chicken for two with honey and mustard bread sauce, or Hereford sirloin with creamed horseradish and Yorkshire pudding - served with bottomless veg and gravy. If that's not enough, you can also choose from a selection of indulgent sides, from a gooey cauliflower cheese, sage and truffle gratin to sticky honey-glazed carrots. 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
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 on a fun note, with the likes of popcorn pannacotta!
Where: 88-94 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3EA
How much: Three courses for £55 per person
Book now: Quality Chop House
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
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 sea bream with jalapeños, grapes and pickled apple, while roast mains feature stuffed Norfolk Black 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 £33 for two courses
Book now: The Princess of Shoreditch
Rotunda, King’s Cross
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 now: Rotunda
Acme Fire Cult, Dalston
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 £26 per person
Book now: Acme Fire Cult
The Parakeet, Kentish Town
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 its tantalising spider crab croquettes to start, and you won’t go far wrong with its chocolate torte to finish.
Where: 256 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2AA
How much: From £20 per person
Book now: The Parakeet
The Audley, Mayfair
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 onto the main event. There’s only one option, and it’s roast beef cooked medium and perfectly pink. The meat and gravy (respectfully brought on the side to keep the spuds crispy) are served with carrots, potatoes, cabbage and cauliflower cheese, as well as a craggy mountain of Yorkshire pudding stuffed with slow-braised meat in cooking liquor. Don’t skip pud - the chocolate torte is very good.
Where: 41-43 Mount Street, W1K 2RX
How much: £29.50
Book now: The Audley
The Lanesborough Grill, Hyde Park Corner
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
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 white cabbage, roast lamb rack with spring greens, and half a spit roast chicken with pecorino and creme fraiche 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
Hicce Hart, Angel
What: Brought to London by the same team who head up Hicce, Hicce Hart find its home on the corner where Penton Street and Chapel Market converge in North London. It's exactly the sort of place we'd expect to find ourselves all too often if we lived in the area. Bright, welcoming and cool. A log burner flickering away upstairs. Local beer on tap. Like its sister restaurant, Hicce Hart specialises in seasonal British dishes using locally sourced produce, including its Sunday roast. Choose from a half roast chicken, beef rump or rolled pork belly stuffed with herbs and apricots, which is served with caramelised parsnips and carrots, crunchy roasties, mushy peas (yes) and a crisp-as-anything Yorkshire pud. It's totally unpretentious, and every single element is executed to a tee. We recommend kicking things off with its potato bread, and don't forget to finish with dessert - they're always seasonal and always delicious.
Where: 58 Penton Street, N1 9PZ
How much: From £21 per person
Book now: Hicce Hart
Fallow, St James's
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 Fallow deer, dairy cow rump, pork belly and smoked leeks with 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
Hawksmoor, Various London locations
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
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.
Where: 50 Cheyne Walk, SW3 5LR
How much: From £34.50 per person
Book now: No. Fifty Cheyne
The Drapers Arms, Islington
What: The menu at Drapers Arms changes daily and according to what is in season, but a staple that you can always expect to find is the tasty Sunday lunch. We recommend going as a group so you can really make the most of its sharing roast options. Look out for a seven-hour shoulder of lamb with roast potatoes, carrots, greens and gravy, or roast forerib of beef with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, carrots, greens and gravy.
Where:Barnsbury Street, N1 1ER
How much: From £18.50 per person
Book now: Drapers Arms
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
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 now: The Restaurant at The Twenty Two
Townsend Restaurant, Whitechapel
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
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 crispy plaice with warm tartar sauce if you’re feeling unconventional. Starters include vine tomato consomme, 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 now: The Game Bird at The Stafford Hotel
The Harwood Arms, Fulham
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 blood orange trifle with Champagne jelly, to a custard flan with peach and gelato.
Where: Walham Grove, SW6 1QP
How much: £65 for three courses
Book now: The Harwood Arms
Cut at 45 Park Lane, Mayfair
What: We can confirm that London’s self-proclaimed “fanciest roast dinner in the Capital” is just that. Monday to Saturday, Wolfgang Puck’s Cut at 45 Park Lane is the place to go for a serious steak but come Sunday, the restaurant’s roast dinner is the star of the show. Think prime beef sirloin, truffle roast potatoes, Wagyu dripping Yorkshire puddings, and all the trimmings - and those trimmings include heritage baby carrots drizzled with Coworth Park honey, charred hispi cabbage, caramelised thyme roasted shallots, keen’s cheddar Cauliflower cheese, red wine beef gravy and Horseradish sauce.
Where: Park Lane, W1K 1PN
How much: £65 per person
Book now: Cut at 45 Park Lane
The Savoy Grill, Covent Garden
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, choose between dry-aged sirloin beef or Sutton Hoo chicken with Yorkshire pudding and trimmings. Extra sides include pomme puree, glazed carrots, creamed spinach if you're feeling extra lavish.
Where: Strand, Aldwych, WC2R 0EU
How much: From £48 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
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 prawn croquettes and confit hispi cabbage.
How much: From £18 per person
Book now: The Garrison
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 £21 per person
Book now: Blacklock Soho
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
Coin Laundry, Exmouth Market
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
The Old Queen’s Head, Islington
What: We’ve left it until the end, but The Old Queen’s Head over in Islington is the cheapest on the whole list! Starting at a very reasonable £15.50, Sunday roasts at this fun pub include 32-day aged beef, leg of lamb, corn fed roast chicken or a chestnut mushroom Wellington with all the trimmings.
Where: 44 Essex Road, N1 8LN
How much: From £15.50 per person
Book now: The Old Queen’s Head
Looking for more fine food served up with a huge dose of comfort? Take a look at our guide to the best gastropubs in London.