A Sunday roast is undoubtedly one of the staples of British cuisine, but it is also true that 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 resulting hangover. Of course, a Sunday roast also offers an appropriately comfortable retreat from a cold or rainy day when London’s infamously unreliable weather isn’t playing ball.
People can be very specific about their Sunday roasts, and there have been plenty of debates around dinner tables concerning the best time to serve Sunday lunch or what ingredients should actually make it to your plate – some people include mash potatoes with theirs (this is wrong), while others debate whether or not gravy is really needed (it is).
You might have spent your whole life believing that your Mum/Dad’s Sunday roast is the best one in town, but while we are sure that they cook up a cracking feast, we would also encourage you to broaden your horizons and check out the array of Sunday roasts on London’s restaurant scene. The title of best Sunday roast in a London restaurant is one which is hotly contested, with everything from classic three-course Sunday lunches to more unconventional offerings proving popular with the capital’s residents.
Our curated pick of the best Sunday roasts London has to offer should help you whittle it down to one or two that you need to try. So, forget about buying the right kind of meat from the butchers or fighting over who is going to do the washing up, and instead try out one of these epic Sunday lunches in a London restaurant – that’s your weekend plans sorted.
Sunday roast 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.
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, London, SW1Y 4RP
How much: Around £32
What: The Sunday roast at Blacklock’s original site (there are now outposts in Shoreditch and the City) is the stuff of legend, which of course means tables are booked up weeks in advance. If you manage to get through the doors, the ‘all in’ option is the way to go: roast beef, lamb and pork with Yorkshire pudding, duck-fat roasties, veg and bone marrow gravy.
Where: 24 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LG
How much: £20
Hawksmoor, various London locations
What: Hawksmoor has made its name stuffing people’s faces with meaty goodness. The Sunday roast offering changes depending on where you are (sites include Spitalfields and Borough), but you can expect a hunk of meat served with duck-fat roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables 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: £23
Knowhere special, Islington
What: Sundays are all about hearty three-course classic roasts at Knowhere Special in Islington. Served from 12pm until they're gone, order from the likes of pork belly with crackling, roast sirloin of beef or lemon-thyme roast chicken with stuffing. If that doesn't fill your boots, choose from crowd-pleasing sides such as cauliflower cheese and sausagemeat in blankets.
Where: 190 New N Road, Islington, London, N1 7BJ
How much: £19.50
The Grill at The Dorchester, Mayfair
What: Treat yourself to a luxe take on Sunday lunch with The Grill’s sumptuous three-course menu, devised by head chef Tom Booton. The glamorous dining room elevates Sunday lunch to a special occasion, with banquet seating and a six-seater pudding bar, while a whimsical soundtrack and friendly service stop things from feeling too stuffy. Settle in for a seasonal menu paired with beef-inspired cocktails (it's a new thing!). Try the Bulle Shot cocktail with beef consommé, vodka and tomato juice. Served from 12-4pm.
Where: 53 Park Lane, W1K 1QA
How much: £65 for three courses
What: With a name like Roast, it’s no surprise that this place does Sunday lunch right. Tuck in to the 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.
Where: Floral Hall, Stoney Street, SE1 1TL
How much: Three courses from £55
The Coal Shed, One Tower Bridge
What: The Coal Shed at Tower Bridge is known for its grills, so it's no surprise that they know how to put on a pretty mean Sunday roast. There's only one option here: beef. Vegetarians need not apply. Each 500g serving of roasted aged sirloin is meant to be shared between two and the beef arrives with all the trimmings, including beef fat potatoes, Sunday trimmings, Yorkshire puddings, beef jus and horseradish.
Where: One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, Southwark, London, SE1 2SE
How much: £24.50 per person
Brumus at the Haymarket Hotel, Whitehall
What: Brumus at Haymarket Hotel is encouraging family get-togethers on Sundays, offering up the likes of rib of beef for the table, as well as Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and seasonal greens, along with a glass of wine (for the adults, of course).
Where: 1 Suffolk Place, SW1Y 4HX
How much: £19.50
Coin Laundry, Exmouth Market
What: At this plant-strewn bar and kitchen, you can order a pint of Coin Laundry’s own lager, before settling down to enjoy a sumptuous roast. Pick from the likes of ribeye, slow-roast lamb leg or free-range chicken, all served with roasties, veg, Yorkshires and gravy.
Where: 70 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QP
How much: From £15
Peckam Cellars, Peckham
What: Peckham Cellar hosts its very own Sunday Roast Club the last Sunday of every month, and tickets book up fast so you better get in quick. For £37.50, guests can choose from a three-course dinner menu (that ain't bad!) which changes slightly each month. Expect a proper prawn cocktail to start, sirloin beef with yorkshires and roasties for main course and an apple and pear crumble with clotted cream ice cream to finish. All the classics, all the good stuff... It's time to join the club.
Where: 125 Queens Road, Peckham, London, SE15 2ND
How much:Tickets are £37.50 per person
The Jones Family Kitchen, Belgravia
What: This cosy, family-themed restaurant is set in the beautiful Eccleston Yards. If it’s dry out, enjoy your roast on The Jones Family Kitchen's alfresco terrace, with options including Ginger Pig roast beef, free-range chicken, or a nut roast, served with Yorkshire puddings, gravy and all the rest.
Where: 7-8 Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9NF
How much: From £19.50
The Princess of Shoreditch, Shoreditch
What: Great British Menu's Ruth Hansom joined the team as head chef at The Princess of Shoreditch in April 2021. With such strong hands at the head of the kitchen and a keen focus on British provenance, the gastro pub's Sunday roast offering is just as impressive as you'd imagine. On Sundays they offer a set menu, kicking off with the likes of ham hock terrine or homemade corned beef before plates of chicken with sourdough bread sauce, sirloin beef or salt aged pork belly. If you have room, finish up with one of the tried-and-tested dessert options: think lemon meringue tart, chocolate fondant and a mango and passion fruit soufflé. You can't really go wrong.
Where: 76–78 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4NE
How much: Two/Three courses, £29/£36
The Cinnamon Club, Westminster
What: Feast like a royal at Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Club, with the indulgent sharing Raan – slow braised shoulder of milk-fed Herdwick lamb topped with nutmeg and black pepper sauce, and served with black lentils, pomegranate pilau burhani raita and coriander chutney.
Where: 30-32 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU
How much: £175 (serves three-four people)
What: At Sagardi, a Basque steakhouse in Shoreditch, the Sunday offering includes a great value set menu, featuring roasted pumpkin soup, followed up with twice-cooked pork ribs with Bramley apple sauce and pork gravy, before ending with a dessert of dark chocolate truffles.
Where: 95 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS
How much: Two/three courses £26/30
Scoff & Banter, Canary Wharf
What: You’ll be able to scoff and have some banter (geddit?) at Canary Wharf's Scoff & Banter, where Sunday lunch means 28-day aged beef or roast chicken, accompanied by Yorkshire pudding, duck fat roast potatoes, buttered carrots, greens and cauliflower cheese.
Where: 5 Fairmont Avenue, E14 9PQ
How much: From £19
The Tankard, Kennington
What: Kennington boozer The Tankard comes complete with a cutesy roof terrace, but we're more interested in the Sunday roast offering. All roasts here are served with Yorkshires, roasties, roasted vegetables, green beans and gravy, with the stars of the show including Scotch rump of beef, pork belly, and chicken. Veggie option also available.
Where: 111 Kennington Road, SE11 6SF
How much: From £15
Simpsons in The Strand, Covent Garden
What: Simpson’s may be nearly 200 years old, but a major refurb in 2017 made sure it looks sharp as ever, while maintaining its old-world charm. Here, you can enjoy a roast every day of the week thanks to daily carving trolleys which add some charming restaurant theatre to proceedings – choose from 30 day dry-aged Scottish beef or honey and mustard glazed ham.
Where: 100 Strand, WC2R 0EW
How much: From £37
The Guinea Grill, Mayfair
What: Sunday lunch at old-school Mayfair haunt The Guinea Grill is a decadent affair; roast rump of 28-day dry-aged beef is served with Yorkshire pudding and a horseradish cream, while slow-cooked pork belly is topped with apple sauce and served alongside crackling and Yorkshires. There’s also a six-bone rack of lamb up for grabs if you’re feeling truly ravenous.
Where: 30 Bruton Place, W1J 6NL
How much: From £26.95
No Fifty Cheyne, Chelsea
What: The Sunday menu at grown-up and gorgeous No Fifty Cheyne in Chelsea offers a choice of roast Cumbrian chicken or 36 day-aged sirloin of beef both served with Yorkshire pudding, glazed carrots, hispi cabbage, roast potatoes and sausage stuffing. Whatever you go for, you can kick-start your lunch with No Fifty Cheyne’s signature Bloody Mary.
Where: 50 Cheyne Walk, SW3 5LR
How much: From £24.50
The Garrison, Bermondsey
What: Sunday lunch at The Garrison, a casual favourite among Bermondsey locals, begins with seasonal starters such as truffle parsnip soup or mackerel rillettes. The star of the show though is of course the roasts, which include leg of lamb or beef sirloin and are all served alongside vegetables, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and homemade gravy.
Where: 99-101 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XB
How much: From £18
The Goring Dining Room, Belgravia
What: A quintessentially British restaurant such as The Goring Dining Room is expected to serve up a dish as quintessentially British as a Sunday roast. Its lunch menu changes seasonally, but usually features a roast special, perhaps a roast sirloin of Ross County beef with a Yorkshire pudding. Eating here is an experience in itself and a real treat.
Where: 15 Beeston Place, SW1W 0JW
How much: Three courses, £60
Rotunda, King’s Cross
What: Sunday roasts are taken very seriously at Rotunda’s Sunday Beef Club. The four-course menu starts with canapés and a welcome drink before a seafood platter is brought out. For the main event, a roast of sirloin comes accompanied with unlimited duck fat roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings, and plenty of gravy. Desserts are included too.
Where: Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG
How much: From £45
The Orange, Pimlico
What: Belgravia gastropub and hotel The Orange serves up an ace Sunday roast and will transport you to a country pub dining room for the afternoon. The roasts here are particularly good if you are going as a group – take the Salt Marsh lamb shoulder for four, for instance, or the whole Castlemead chicken which is designed to be shared between two.
Where: 37-39 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8NE
How much: From £20
What: A gastropub through and through, both the food and interiors at Smokehouse can be described as ‘rustic chic’ and we love it. The Sunday menu offers the choice between slow-smoked lamb shoulder and rare-breed Lincoln Russet roast beef, served with roast potatoes, cauliflower puree, honey-mustard carrots, spring greens and Yorkshire puddings.
Where: 63-69 Canonbury Road, N1 2DG
How much: From £18
The Game Bird at The Stafford, St James’s
What: The prices at The Game Bird are as high as you’d except from a luxury hotel in St James’s, so the three-course Sunday roast is something of a bargain at £45. Meat is carved on a trolley, which is a nice touch, and traditional roasts are bookended by the likes of pork 'pie' with brown sauce and beer onions to start and sticky toffee pudding mousse to finish up.
Where: 16-18 St James’s Place , St. James's, SW1A 1NJ
How much: Two courses £40, Three courses £45
The Jugged Hare, City
What: Cosy gastropub The Jugged Hare is a carnivore’s idea of heaven. Game season is the best time to visit for dinner, but its Sunday lunch menu is great all year round – tuck into the likes of Somerset free-range chicken with sage stuffing and bread sauce or roast Tamworth pork belly with apple puree. Portions are huge, so make sure to turn up hungry.
Where: 49 Chiswell Street, EC1Y 4SA
How much: £26
The Drapers Arms, Islington
What: The menu at Georgian pub The 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. The Sunday lunch menu doesn’t just limit itself to roasts, but who could resist the sound of roast pork with roast potatoes, carrots, greens, apple sauce and gravy swimming in a giant Yorkshire pudding?
Where: 44 Barnsbury Street, N1 1ER
How much: Mains from £16
The Savoy Grill, Covent Garden
What: At the legendary Savoy Grill (which is overseen by Gordon Ramsay these days), you can enjoy a roast any day of the week. Smart interiors complete with glittering chandeliers provide the backdrop to decadent roast dishes, such as beef wellington to share between two and roasted Herdwick lamb rump. To finish, order the cheese board.
Where: The Savoy, Strand, Aldwych, WC2R 0EU
How much: From £32
Elystan Street, Chelsea
What: Highly sophisticated Elystan Street from chef Phil Howard knocks up a terrific Sunday lunch menu. Begin with steak tartare or lobster linguine, before moving on to double baked cheese soufflé or Cornish chicken with grilled potatoes and thyme cream. A little different to the traditional roast then, but worth every mouthful.
Where: 43 Elystan Street, SW3 3NT
How much: Three courses, £50
Oblix at The Shard, London Bridge
What: Head to Oblix for a Sunday roast high in the sky. The Sunday offering lets diners choose between crisp suckling pig with preserved apricot chutney, free-range chicken with charred leeks and truffle, or spiced rump of lamb lashed with Greek yoghurt. Whatever you choose, you can expect trimmings of Yorkshire pudding and roasted beef fat potatoes.
Where: 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
How much: £48
Vegan Sunday roast London
If you follow a plant-based diet, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun of a Sunday roast. Check out our top picks of vegan roasts in London below.
Bread Street Kitchen, St Paul’s
What: At Gordon Ramsay’s flashy St Paul’s hotspot Bread Street Kitchen, you can order a vegan nut roast or the plant-based Wellington, which swaps out beef for beetroot. There are plenty of options for your meat eating friends too, while there’s a decent selection of wines to wash it all down with too.
Where: 10 Bread Street, EC4M 9AJ
How much: £17
The Old Queen’s Head, Islington
What: To some readers, The Old Queen’s Head might be known as a party venue, famed for its R&B nights on Fridays. In the daytime though, it is a much more subdued affair and on Sunday afternoons you can tuck into a vegan roast. On offer is a delectable mushroom wellington which is served along with lashings of vegetable gravy.
Where: 44 Essex Road, N1 8LN
How much: From £13.95
Manna, Primrose Hill
What: Vegetarian and vegan restaurants might be de rigueur in London now, but Manna has been flying the flag for meat-free food since 1967. The restaurant’s vegan roast is among its most popular dishes and changes week to week so that it can make the most of seasonal ingredients – arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Where: 4 Erskine Road, NW3 3AJ
How much: £15
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