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.
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
Hoi Polloi at Ace Hotel, Shoreditch
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
Merchant’s Tavern, City
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 at Merchant's Tavern.
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 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, £39.50
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
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 £16.50
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: Owned by Caprice Holdings (of The Ivy Collection fame), you can spend your Sunday at Rivington, a modern brasserie, enjoying the likes of roast pork belly with apple sauce, which comes with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Don’t miss the apple and Yorkshire rhubarb crumble for pudding either.
Where: 178 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN
How much: From £16.50
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: £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 £24.95
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 42 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 £22.50
The Garrison, Bermondsey
What: Sunday lunch at The Garrison, a casual favourite among Bermondsey locals, begins with 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 roast potatoes, carrots, fine beans a Yorkshire pudding.
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
Claude Bosi at Bibendum, Chelsea
What: Sunday roast at the legendary Bibendum at Michelin House is a real treat. The menu changes regularly but the roast is always served with all the traditional accompaniments. Prices are high, but so is the quality, so make the most of the experience and enjoy the light streaming through those famous stained-glass depictions of the Michelin man.
Where: 81 Fulham Road, SW3 6RD
How much: Three courses £115
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 seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings, unlimited duck fat potatoes 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 £21
The Gilbert Scott, King’s Cross
What: The Sunday roast at Marcus Wareing’s The Gilbert Scott is a three-course affair for £35 (a bargain compared to the restaurant’s standard prices). The main course features roasted Cumbrian Cob chicken and sirloin of Hereford beef, while you can round things off with tempting desserts such as rhubarb and ginger crumble with custard.
Where: St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, Euston Road, NW1 2AR
How much: Three courses for £35
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 £17.50
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 smoked ham hock terrine to start and white chocolate and mint mousse to finish up.
Where: 16-18 St James’s Place , St. James's, SW1A 1NJ
How much: 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 Suffolk free-range chicken with sage stuffing and bread sauce or roast leg of Herdwick mutton with mint jelly. Portions are huge, so make sure to turn up hungry.
Where: 49 Chiswell Street, EC1Y 4SA
How much: £23
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 you 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 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: £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
The Elgin, Maida Vale
What: If you love mushrooms, you are in for a treat at The Elgin. Found in West London, this cosy bar, lounge and restaurant serves up a mushroom and spinach wellington on Sundays, paired with braised leeks, seasonal greens and a jug of vegan gravy to drizzle all over your dinner – lovely stuff.
Where: 255 Elgin Avenue, W9 1NJ
How much: £11
Stem + Glory, City
What: Mini-chain Stem + Glory has been impressing diners with its veggie and vegan cuisine for a while now and the Sunday roast is no different. Here, you’ll find a nut wellington with a walnut and puy lentil filling, wrapped with wild mushroom duxelle and puff pastry. On the side, there’s roast potatoes, seasonal veg and maple-roasted parnsips.
Where: 60 Bartholomew’s Close, EC1A 7BN
How much: £14.50
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