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Tucking into a homemade roast in front of the TV may well be the ideal way to cap off a weekend, but if you’ve forgotten to prep the veg or if you’re too fatigued to unearth the baking tray from your cupboard, then there’s nothing wrong with heading out into London in search of some warm, wintry dishes in cosy surroundings. Luckily for you, we’ve eaten our way around the capital to find out where to go for the very best Sunday lunches about.
From Hawskmoor to Hixter, these are the places that’ll guarantee you won’t have a substandard Yorkshire pudding ever again…
If you’re feeling royal, there’s no better place for a Sunday roast in London than The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant. Situated on the ground floor of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Executive Head Chef Simon Young uses nothing but the finest meats – sourcing his Roast Rib of Beef from Royal Warrant holder, Donald Russell.
So, if you’re in the mood to eat regally, indulge in this juicy slab of meat, cut classically, served alongside roasted vegetables, and bookended by an enviable selection of starters and desserts. Sunday lunch also includes a complimentary Red Snapper cocktail – The Rib Rooms gin-fused twist on a Bloody Mary that acts as a prelude to one of the best roasts you’re ever likely to eat.
The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant
Whenever Londoners are hankering for a worldly steak, more often than not they’ll head to Hawksmoor. There’s little surprise then that this carnivore’s mecca also serves up an exceptional Sunday roast, and at the Seven Dials branch, large chunks of meat are roasted over charcoal before being finished in the oven. The bone marrow gravy alone is worth the trip to Covent Garden.
Hawsmoor, Seven Dials
Hidden away in the shadow of Canary Wharf lies The Gun, a charming little restaurant that offers waterside views with a buzzy atmosphere. From the pan-fried cod cheek to the roast belly of Middle White pork, The Gun’s gourmet gifts are delicate, beautifully presented and – most importantly – downright delicious.
The Gun, Docklands
If you’re in search of a real meat feast, then Blacklock won’t disappoint, as this subterranean chophouse specialises in perfectly chargrilled lamb, beef and pork chops. Our tip to you: opt for the all-in combo.
This gargantuan sharing platter arrives at your table laden with medium-rare cuts, oversized Yorkshire puddings and a generous helping of duck fat roast potatoes.
Legend has it that the Spaniard’s Inn is haunted. But that shouldn’t put you off from visiting this Hampstead institution, as the goods here – including a roast cherry pork loin with crisp crackling or a roasted lamb shoulder – are worth battling any ghost for.
The Spaniard's Inn, Hampstead
For a cuisine that ventures slightly away from the traditional Sunday roast, The Anchor & Hope is the place to be. Highlights at this cosy gastro pub include ‘Venetian style’ cuttlefish, braised venison shank and foie gras ballottine. For the gluttonous gourmand, finish off your meal with the Moorish marmalade brioche bread and butter pudding.
The Anchor & Hope, Waterloo
As the only Michelin-starred pub in London, the Harwood Arms ensures that guests will have a Sunday experience like no other. So, when you rock up at this upmarket eatery, expect decadent interiors, lashings of top-quality meat and beautiful, refined trimmings such as cauliflower cheese croquettes. To avoid any disappointment, make sure to book in advance.
Harwood Arms, Fulham
High in the sky, 32 floors above the ground sits Oblix, the brainchild of Zuma and Roka restaurateur, Rainer Becker. And despite the dizzying heights guests are made to sit at, they’ll quickly relax once the piping hot plates of meaty goodness arrive from the kitchen. From now until the end of December, the restaurant will be serving up winter favourites such as rotisserie duck, stuffed turkey breast and fillet of cod.
Oblix, The Shard
Mark Hix is without doubt a gastronomic god, and when it comes to Sunday serves his Hixter restaurant is amongst London’s best. Either go for the chicken (complete with leg and foot) or the beef (which arrives as a large, pink sirloin) and indulge in an afternoon of belt-loosening culinary delights.
Despite its vibrant and swanky ambience, this Soho all-dayer delivers a fuss-free, unpretentious British cuisine. From the ‘set roast’ menu, choose the Banham chicken or Hereford beef (plus roasties, cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire pudding and seasonal veg), and bookend it with a Jerusalem artichoke soup and the luscious treacle tart.
Dean Street Townhouse
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