Let’s be honest, January is a terrible month. You’re encouraged to stop spending any money, to ditch the booze and sign up to a gym that you’ll attempt to visit twice before giving up. Thus, the one saving grace of this mensis horribilis is Sunday roasts; beautifully cooked meats, fluffy potatoes and lashings of gravy – they can’t be beaten. Read on for our pick of the best options in the capital.
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: £20
The Grill at McQueen, Shoreditch
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
Hawksmoor Air Street, Borough, Knightsbridge, Seven Dials and Spitalfields
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
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.
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
What: At Stevie Parle’s ‘Britalian’ restaurant, you can enjoy a roast with sides, garnish and gravy for just £15. Tuck into the likes of herb and garlic-stuffed porchetta with porcini, roast potatoes and gravy along with selected antipasti, pasta and desserts available for an additional £5 per plate.
Where: 434 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA
How much: £15
The Water Poet, City
What: Sunday is meant to be a day of rest, so leave your Nigella cookbook in the kitchen and get down to Spitalfields for a proper Sunday dinner. We recommend the roast beef, which comes with fluffy-centred roast potatoes, honey-glazed parsnips, carrots, gravy and a sizeable Yorkshire pud – take that, Lawson.
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.
Where: 9-11 Folgate Street, E1 6BX
How much: Roast beef main, £18