Nothing beats a home-cooked Sunday roast but sometimes it’s better to leave the cooking (and cleaning up) to someone else so that you can simply enjoy the eating part. Luckily Londoners and visitors to the capital are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a great Sunday Roast for eating out. Here’s our guide to London’s best Sunday roasts:
The Old Red Cow
This Clerkenwell pub near Smithfield Market is an excellent choice for a traditional Sunday roast, particularly if your diet leans towards the carnivorous. Joints of beef, legs of lamb, free range chickens and even a whole suckling pig can be carved family-style at the table and there’s a nice selection of alternative options, including vegetarian, and side dishes. Real ale lovers will also approve of the range of keg beers.
Sunday lunch is served from noon “until it’s gone” (around 3pm).
71-72 Long Lane, EC1A 9EJ
The Three Staggs
The Three Staggs is a gastro-pub that prides itself on being a sustainable restaurant, focused on local, seasonal food and meat that is farmed responsibly. Roasts include Essex pork loin, Devonshire lamb, Aberdeen Angus beef and Welsh corn-fed chicken. As you might imagine from a pub with such eco-friendly credentials, there’s also a great range of vegetarian options.
Lunch served from 12-4pm.
67-69 Kennington Road, SE1 7PZ
The Canton Arms
The Canton Arms in Stockwell has a great reputation for its Sunday Roasts both locally and further afield. As well as the cooked-to-perfection roasts, this particular establishment happens to be famous for the humble toastie. If you fancy a change from traditional Sunday dinner and you’ve never tried a gourmet toastie before, head to The Canton Arms for a foie gras version of this simple toasted sandwich.
Sunday lunch served from noon-4pm.
177 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1XP
For a venue with a little more class than the usual pubs, consider the elegant European style brasserie, The Delaunay, in Aldwych. Sunday offerings include traditional roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, but the extensive à la carte menu also offers some tempting alternatives such as German sausages, gourmet sandwiches and roast duck. The Delaunay is also a great venue for Afternoon Tea for those who want a lighter dining option.
Sunday lunch served from 11.30am-11pm. Afternoon tea served from 3pm-6pm every day of the week.
55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB
The Bull & Last
The Bull & Last is traditional English on the edge of Hampstead Heath with a friendly family atmosphere and a great Sunday menu. Foodie carnivores are in for a really treat here with options like pig cheek with watermelon pickle, chargrilled whole quail, ox heart kebabs, and even a charcuterie board including duck prosciutto, chicken liver parfait and rabbit rillettes.
Sunday lunch served 12.30-4pm
168 Highgate Road, NW5 1QS
Bacchus is a little unique in that it is a “pop-up” restaurant, opening weekly out of Hoxton Street Studios for Sunday lunch. The atmosphere is modern and trendy (think New York loft) but the menu is decidedly traditional, centred around beef, chicken or pork roasts. For those who can’t decide, there’s also the option of having a bit of each, all served with stuffing, roast potatoes, vegetables and gravy.
Open Sundays 1pm-8pm
12-18 Hoxton Street, N1 6NG