Best Sunday roast in London

We give you the best roast restaurants for your Sunday lunch

Updated on 19 June 2019

Best Sunday roast in London

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Smokehouse Islington

Smokehouse Islington

Smokehouse Islington
£30 - £49
Gastropub

63-69 Canonbury Road, London, London, N1 2DG

A gastropub through and through, both food and interiors can be described as ‘rustic chic’ and we love it. The Sunday menu offers the choice between slow-smoked Texel lamb shoulder and rare-breed Lincoln Russet roast beef, served with roast potatoes, cauliflower puree, honey-mustard carrots, spring greens and Yorkshire puddings drenched in jus. Wash it all down with the wide selection of London-brewed beers.

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The Orange

The Orange

The Orange
£30 - £49
Gastropub

37-39 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8NE

This huge Belgravia gastropub and hotel serves up an ace Sunday roast and will transport you to a country pub dining room for the afternoon. The roasts here are ideal if you’re going as a group – take the Salt Marsh lamb shoulder for four, for instance, or the joint for two that are served sharing-style at the table. There’s also a whole Castlemead chicken for two up for grabs. All come complete with roast potatoes, homemade Yorkshires, carrots, parsnips, green beans and gravy. Prefer to keep your dish to yourself? There’s traditional breed beef sirloin and middle white pork with crackling and apple sauce for one person on the menu too.

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Dean Street Townhouse

Dean Street Townhouse

Dean Street Townhouse
£50 - £79
British

69-71 Dean Street, London, London, W1D 3SE

Part of the Soho House group, Dean Street Townhouse feels like a classy British workhouse with its soft armchairs, low ceilings and wooden bar. Atmosphere is everything here, but thankfully the roast is pretty knock-out too; choose between a two- or three-course set menu. From the starters, the steak tartare (served with a raw Burford Brown egg yolk), stands out, and if you dare go #DoubleBeef, the Hereford roast beef with Yorkshire pudding is divine. All roasts (including the Yorkshire chicken with chipolata, bread sauce and stuffing; and the Lincolnshire pork with apple sauce and crackling), are served with roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and seasonal veg. Staples such as a sticky toffee pudding feature on the dessert menu.

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Blacklock Soho

Blacklock Soho

Blacklock Soho
£30 - £49
British

The Basement, 24 Great Windmill Street, London, W1D 7LG

This cool basement chophouse offers affordable and on-trend food – a feature that translates to its Sunday roast. The roast is so popular, in fact, that it usually gets booked up months in advance, so if you’re keen to visit, we recommend you book fast! What makes it so popular? On its website, it claims the roast is as good as mum’s; it’s roasted over open coals and English oak (we’ve yet to find a mum who does this for her Sunday lunch, but alright) and served with Yorkshire puds, duck-fat roast potatoes and a selection of seasonal vegetables bathed in Blacklock’s signature gravy. Choose between beef rump, Cornish lamb leg or Middlewhite pork loin. Can’t choose? You can go all in and have a mix of the three to share between two people.

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No. Fifty Cheyne

No. Fifty Cheyne

No. Fifty Cheyne
£50 - £79
French

50 Cheyne Walk, London, London, SW3 5LR

The Sunday menu at this grown-up restaurant in Chelsea offers a choice of cob chicken breast, beef sirloin or a leg of Herdwick lamb, all served with Yorkshire puddings, glazed carrots, roast potatoes and sausage stuffing. Whatever you go for, the roast dinners are best enjoyed with the signature home-made Bloody Mary. Once you’ve devoured your roast of choice, sneak up to the upstairs Drawing Room, where you can enjoy reading the Sunday paper with gorgeous views of the Thames.

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The Goring Dining Room

The Goring Dining Room

The Goring Dining Room
£50 - £79
British
One michelin star
£30 - £49

The Goring, 15 Beeston Place, London, SW1W 0JW

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.   

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The Drapers Arms

The Drapers Arms

The Drapers Arms
£30 - £49
Gastropub

44 Barnsbury Street, London, N1 1ER

The menu at this Georgian pub 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 how could you resist the sound of roast pork with roast potatoes, carrots, greens, apple sauce and gravy swimming in a giant Yorkshire pudding? There is also the option of a sharing roast, but these are high in demand, so booking ahead is recommended.

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Rotunda

Rotunda

Rotunda
£30 - £49
British

Kings Place, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London, N1 9AG

The farm-to-table ethos and charming canal-side terrace might be enough to make Rotunda a great spot for a roast in themselves, but it's the Sunday Beef Club leaves us with no doubt. Complete with paired drinks, the feast features beef from Rotunda’s Northumberland farm in Corneyside that has been aged in the restaurant’s cabinets. The four-course menu starts with canapés and your choice of Bloody Marys or a glass of Champagne before a platter of seafood 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. Half a bottle of either red or white wine is also included. For dessert, diners can choose one from the a la carte menu and have it with either an Espresso Martini, Irish Coffee or glass of port. The damage? A mere £65 per person, or £45 per person without drinks.

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Roast

Roast

Roast
£50 - £79
British

Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 1TL

How disappointing it would be if a restaurant named Roast didn’t actually serve up a cracking Sunday roast? Thankfully, it does. Dedicated to the glories of traditional British cuisine, its roast is actually right on the money with the option of pork belly with Bramley apple sauce; sirloin of Hereford beef with Yorkshire pud and creamed horseradish; slow-roasted lamb shoulder studded with garlic and rosemary; or a sage and onion-stuffed free-range chicken with devils on horseback and bread sauce.

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The Jugged Hare

The Jugged Hare

The Jugged Hare
£30 - £49
Gastropub

49 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SA

This gastropub next-door to The Barbican is a carnivore’s idea of heaven. From the taxidermy animals dotted around the dining room to the strong line-up of top-quality game, this is the place to go for a spot of meat. Why not share a whole Suffolk free-range chicken with sage stuffing and bread sauce? The roast leg of Herdwick mutton and mint jelly is another winner, but the 45-day-aged Longhorn rump with horseradish cream is our fave. Expect Yorkshire puddings on the side, alongside duck fat roast potatoes, seasonal veg and a rotisserie gravy to go with it. Portions are huge, so arrive hungry!

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Simpson

Simpson's in the Strand

Simpson's in the Strand
£50 - £79
British

100 Strand, London, London, WC2R 0EW

One of the very few ‘Empire-era, Rule Britannia British’ restaurants left in the capital, nearly 200-year-old Simpson’s has a carving trolley that’s available daily. Yeah, you read that right – daily – meaning you can have a Sunday roast, well, every day. Choose between a 28-day dry-aged roast rib of Scottish beef with a Yorkshire pudding, buttered Savoy cabbage, dripping roast potatoes, gravy and horseradish cream; and the Daphne’s Welsh saddle of lamb with aforementioned potatoes and cabbage, mint gravy and a redcurrant jelly. Having your meat carved in front of you from the trolley further adds to the experience and so will the Grade II-listed showstopper of a dining room you’ll be sat in.  

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Rivington Grill Greenwich

Rivington Grill Greenwich

Rivington Grill Greenwich
£30 - £49
British

178 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 8NN

One reader describes this SE10 joint as ‘a perfect local restaurant for all occasions’, and Sunday lunch is just one such occasion. The Devon Red chicken with liver and onion stuffing is scrumptious, while the roast Blythburgh belly of pork with apple sauce is as indulgent as anything. You can’t go wrong with the rib-eye of Welsh Black beef either, and all three are served with Yorkshires, roast potatoes and seasonal veg.  

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Hawksmoor Seven Dials

Hawksmoor Seven Dials

Hawksmoor Seven Dials
£50 - £79
Steak
British

11 Langley Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JG

Known to serve up some of London’s best steaks across its six branches in the capital, Hawksmoor know a thing or two about Sunday roasts, too. It only has one option, but it’s a goon’un: roast rump of Longhorn beef with all the trimmings – beef is what it does best, after all. It’s finished perfectly with lashings of bone marrow and onion gravy.

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Oblix at The Shard

Oblix at The Shard

Oblix at The Shard
£50 - £79
International

Level 32, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, London, SE1 9RY

Head to The Shard for a Sunday roast high in the sky at this contemporary decked out restaurant with a moody atmosphere. The Sunday roast is set at £48 per person and is served with a Yorkshire pudding and roasted beef fat potatoes. Choose between crisp suckling pig with preserved apricot chutney; free-range chicken with charred leeks and truffle; spiced rump of lamb, Greek yoghurt, heritage tomatoes and oregano; or rib of beef with red wine gravy. Alternatively, you can share a bone-in rib-eye with red wine gravy between two. It’s also worth noting the roast comes with a choice of starters.

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Elystan Street

Elystan Street

Elystan Street
£50 - £79
Modern European
One michelin star

43 Elystan Street, London, London, SW3 3NT

After selling The Square after 25 years, acclaimed chef Phil Howard postponed his retirement and returned to the stove by opening Elystan Street in Chelsea – and thank God for that! The highly sophisticated restaurant (with matching price tag) knocks up a terrific Sunday lunch menu where the choice of roast rump of aged Cumbrian beef or roast Lavinton lamb is on offer. The former comes with crushed celeriac, roasted carrots, Yorkshire puddings and gravy, while the latter is served with Jersey Royals, grellot onions, glazed lettuce and mint. So a little twist on the traditional, but worth every mouthful.

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Savoy Grill at The Savoy

Savoy Grill at The Savoy

Savoy Grill at The Savoy
£50 - £79
Modern European

The Savoy, Strand, Aldwych, London, WC2R 0EU

Does the legendary Savoy Grill conjure up an equally legendary Sunday roast worthy of past diners Oscar Wilde, Charlie Chaplin and Frank Sinatra? Yeah, we think so. The set Sunday roast menu is priced at £49 per person and includes roasted sirloin with a selection of seasonal vegetables and Yorkshire pudding and a passion fruit and lime baked Alaska for dessert. Also part of your Sunday menu is a choice between a Bloody Mary or a fruit cocktail. You’re paying just as much for the experience, though, which is made complete with stunning interiors and glittering chandeliers.  

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The Gilbert Scott

The Gilbert Scott

The Gilbert Scott
£50 - £79
British
Afternoon tea

St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, Euston Road, London, NW1 2AR

The Sunday roast menu at Marcus Wareing’s restaurant at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is a three-course affair for a mere £35 (a bargain compared to the restaurant’s standard prices). It includes a choice of delicious-sounding starters championing seafood and fresh vegetables, before you get stuck into your preferred protein. Coined ‘The Great British Sunday Roast’, you can opt for whole roasted Cumbrian Cob chicken with caramelised onion and gravy; sirloin of Hereford beef with shallot and mushroom sauce; or organic Southdown Cornish lamb with fresh mint sauce. The splendour of the restaurant’s architecture will impress, too.

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The Game Bird at The Stafford London

The Game Bird at The Stafford London

The Game Bird at The Stafford London
£50 - £79
British
Afternoon tea

The Stafford London, 16-18 St James’s Place , St. James's, London, SW1A 1NJ

The regular prices at this British-leaning dining room is what you’d except from a luxury hotel in St James’s, but the three-course Sunday roast for £40 is a real bargain. It also tastes magnificent and is carved from a trolley, which is always fun. The only meat option is grass-fed beef with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables, but there’s a roasted salmon alternative as well as a truffle pudding with a warm pea salad and fried pheasant egg for pescatarians or vegetarians.   

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The Guinea Grill

The Guinea Grill

The Guinea Grill
£50 - £79
British
£50 - £79

30 Bruton Place, London, London, W1J 6NL

This old-school Mayfair pub might deceive with its Young’s pub frontage, but inside a green-coated doorman and waiters in black waistcoats will woo you with exceptional service and terrific meats from Godfreys of Finsbury Park. For Sunday lunch, roast rump of 28-day dry-aged beef is served with Yorkshire puds and a horseradish cream, alongside slow-cooked pork belly with apple sauce, crackling and Yorks. There’s also a six-bone rack of lamb up for grabs. All options come served with beef dripping roast potatoes, honey-glazed carrots and parsnips, seasonal greens, baby onions with bacon and gravy from the pan.  

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Tom

Tom's Kitchen Chelsea

Tom's Kitchen Chelsea
£50 - £79
British

27 Cale Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 3QP

Headed up by Michelin-starred Tom Aikens, this restaurant (part of a trio across London) offers ‘roast of the day’ to share between two or three people as part of its Sunday brunch menu. Whatever the cut might be, it will come served with all the trimmings and Yorkshire puddings and it'll surely taste as wonderful as the rest of Aikens’ robust British-inspired grub.   

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The Garrison

The Garrison

The Garrison
£30 - £49
Gastropub

99-101 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3XB

This casual Bermondsey favourite usually caters for a full house with its mismatched chairs, slightly wobbly reclaimed tables, curious selection of lampshade and its wonderful Sunday roast. All served with roast potatoes, carrots, red cabbage, Yorkshire pudding and gravy, have your choice of angus beef sirloin, orchard pork belly or a Suffolk half chicken. Ramp it up with cauliflower cheese as a side and wash it all down with a pint.

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Claude Bosi at Bibendum

Claude Bosi at Bibendum

Claude Bosi at Bibendum
French
Two michelin stars
£50 - £79

Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London, London, SW3 6RD

Sunday roast at the iconic Michelin House is a real treat. The menu changes regularly but the roast is always served with all the traditional accompaniments, and there’s always the roast chicken ‘de Bresse’ for two, too, served with a morel and win jaune. Prices are high, but so is the quality. From food to service, to atmosphere to décor, you’ll be absolutely spoilt here. Enjoy every bit of it as the light streams through those famous stained-glass depictions of the Michelin man.

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