A Sunday lunch can be so much – a cosy family gathering, a beautiful way to cure a hangover or an ace way to forget about cold, rainy days. Oh, and the food, of course. Sunday roasts with its tenderly cooked meats, fluffy potatoes and lashings of gravy really can’t be beaten. Read on for our top picks of where to get them in London.
What: The Sunday roasts at Blacklock are the stuff of legend, which of course means they’re normally booked up weeks in advance. If you manage to actually get through the doors, the ‘all in’ option is the way to go: roast beef, lamb and pork with Yorkshire pudding, duck-fat roast potatoes, veg and bone marrow gravy.
Where: The Basement, 24 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LG
How much: From £16
What: At this ode to king of cool Steve McQueen, you can tuck into a hearty helping of beef, lamb or chicken, served with baked potatoes, carrots, tender stem broccoli and Yorkshire pudding. If you’re in the mood to celebrate, spend an extra £25 to get unlimited Prosecco for an hour.
Where: 55-61 Tabernacle Street, EC2A 4AA
How much: From £17.50
What: Hawksmoor has made its name stuffing people’s faces with meaty goodness. The Sunday roast offering changes depending on where you are, but you can expect a hunk of meat served with duck-fat roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, veg and lashings of bone marrow and onion gravy.
Where: 5a Air Street, W1J 0AD; 16 Winchester Walk, SE1 9AQ; 10 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5BQ; 3 Yeoman’s Row, SW3 2AL; 157a Commercial Street, E1 6BJ
How much: £21
What: You might expect Sunday roast at the sleek and sophisticated Ace Hotel to be a minimalist affair, but fear not. Hoi Polloi brings it home with a hearty offering of roast rib of beef, served with duck-fat roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, seasonal vegetables and of course, a Yorkshire pudding. All for under £20 too.
Where: 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ
How much: £18
What: The roast offering at this City tavern from chefs Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick - changes week-to-week, but you might find the likes of roast chicken with rainbow chard or roast Angus black rump with cauliflower gratin. Sunday also means there’s no corkage fee when brining your own wine.
Where: 36 Charlotte Road, EC2A 3PG
How much: Two/three courses, £25/30
What: With a name like Roast, it’s no surprise that this place does Sundays right. Tuck in to the Sunday Market menu, which includes the likes of pork belly in a Bramley apple sauce, served with beef-dripping roast potatoes and veg. Then give your stomach one final stretch with a helping of sticky date pudding drizzled with toffee sauce. You won’t regret it (probably).
Where: Floral Hall, Stoney Street, SE1 1TL
How much: Three courses, £37.50
For a more detailed take on London’s Sunday roast spectrum, check out our selection of the best restaurants for Sunday lunch in the capital.