Nothing beats a homemade Sunday roast – except, of course, a Sunday roast that comes with no washing up and an extensive red wine list. London, with its world class restaurants and cosy pubs, is full of places to wile away a long afternoon with warm, wintry dishes to enjoy in chic surroundings. We’ve eaten our way around the capital to hunt out the top spots for the very best Sunday roasts. You’re welcome…
The Selkirk, Tooting
So famous are The Selkirk’s mighty Sunday roasts that the pub even offered them for takeaway during lockdown. But nothing quite beats sitting outside in the sunshine on a weekend in SW17 with a plate of this south London institutions finest pub grub in front of you. The slow-roasted loin of Suffolk pork (with lashings of apple sauce and mountains of stuffing) is your best bet here.
Whenever Londoners are hankering for a worldly steak, more often than not they’ll head to Hawksmoor. It’s little surprise, then, that this carnivore’s mecca also serves up an exceptional Sunday roast. Having opened its first venue in Spitalfields in 2006, Hawksmoor now operates seven venues across the capital (as well restaurants in New York, Edinburgh and Manchester), each of which offers up a Sunday roast with a difference.
Large joints of meat are roasted over an open fire before being finished in the oven in a technique inspired by historic roasting practices. They’re then served up alongside beef dripping roast potatoes, all the trimmings and Hawksmoor’s legendary bone marrow gravy. Heaven.
The Gun, Docklands
Hidden away in the shadow of Canary Wharf lies The Gun, a charming traditional pub that offers waterside views with a buzzy atmosphere and, most importantly, a Sunday roast worth traversing the capital for.
Crafted by head chef Matt Colk, The Gun’s gourmet weekend offering runs from herb crusted chicken to 12-hour slow roast Stokes Farm beef sirloin, and are delicate, beautifully presented and downright delicious. There’s also an extensive offering of craft beers, gins and fine wines to wash everything down.
Possibly not the best place to take your vegetarian friends but, if you’re in search of a real meat feast, then Blacklock won’t disappoint. With outposts in Soho, Shoreditch and the City, this classic chophouse specialises in perfectly chargrilled lamb, beef and pork chops. All its meat is sourced from a single family-run farm in Cornwall that specialises in fine rare breed cuts and this really shines through in its Sunday roast offering.
Options include 55 day aged beef rump, Middlewhite pork loin and Cornish lamb leg, all of which are roasted over open coals and English oak. Our tip: take a carnivorous friend and 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.
The Marksman, Hackney
The first pub in London to be awarded Michelin’s Pub of the Year, The Marksman in Hackney offers up a solid menu of brilliantly cooked classics given a modern overhaul – and its Sunday lunch offering rightly draws in quite the crowd each weekend.
Tom Harris (formerly of St John’s Hotel) and Jon Rotherham (of Jamie Oliver’s 15) are behind the stoves, dishing up a frequently changing three-course set menu featuring the likes of potted suckling pig, Hereford wing rib and brown butter and honey tart. Booking in advance highly recommended.
The Anchor & Hope, Waterloo
For a menu that ventures slightly away from the traditional Sunday roast, The Anchor & Hope in Waterloo is the place to be. Sister venue to the equally highly rated Canton Arms, Magdalen Arms and Clarence Tavern, highlights at this cosy gastropub include ‘Venetian style’ cuttlefish, braised pig cheeks and a three cheese and hazelnut souffle for the less carnivorously inclined.
For the gluttonous gourmand, there’s also a varied dessert menu (we’re eyeing up the poppyseed cheesecake) and a huge wine list to choose from.
The Anchor & Hope
Harwood Arms, Fulham
As the only Michelin-starred pub in London, the Harwood Arms is the place to take out-of-towners you want to impress. Expect decadent interiors, lashings of top-quality meat and beautiful, refined trimmings.
Set the afternoon aside for a long lunch – as well as its star 45 day Shorthorn beef and braised shoulder of Aynhoe roe deer roasts, there’s a full complement of starters and desserts, including the indulgent Cornish crab royale and raspberry marshmallow teacake. You’ll never have had a Sunday lunch quite like it.
The Pig & Butcher, Angel
The clue’s is the name here. The Pig & Butcher in Angel does a mean line in hearty roasts which showcase meats from some of the UK’s finest farms.
The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly but, in the kitchen, The Pig & Butcher takes its roasts seriously. Choose from Label Anglais chicken crown, Lake District Herdwick lamb leg or, for something a little different, a hog-roast style pulled Paddock Farm Tamworth pork shoulder. Whichever you choose, sides of voluminous Yorkshires, creamed leeks and beef dripping roast potatoes turn the whole thing into quite the feast.
The Pig & Butcher
Dean Street Townhouse, Soho
Despite its vibrant and swanky ambience, think crisp white tablecloths and velvet chairs you’ll never to leave, this Soho all-dayer delivers fuss-free, unpretentious British cuisine.
Offered as a two- or three-course set menu, its Sunday lunch comes with a choice of Yorkshire chicken, Lincolnshire lamb or Hereford beef (plus roasties, cauliflower cheese and seasonal veg), and can be bookended with the likes of spritely house-cured salmon and classic sticky toffee pudding.
Dean Street Townhouse