A Sunday Roast is something to look forward to and an established UK tradition. It’s the favourite day of the week when families gather at home, or a restaurant, with family and friends and enjoy a meal together. Families recipes are all part of the tradition and everybody has their favourite part of the meal – crisp, crunchy roast potatoes and good gravy are a must. You’ll find most pubs and restaurants around London offering their own versions of the perfect Sunday Roast and here are some suggestions that we think are worth a try: NOTE: *top photo by roast
Roast: The Floral Hall, Borough Market, Stoney Street, SE1 1TL
Appropriately named and set above Borough Market, so you can confidently expect a good traditional Sunday lunch. Seasonal and local sourcing is the philosophy and it’s a popular destination, so booking is advisable. The traditional roast dinner is a speciality and the ‘Yorkshires’ are highly recommended. Three course lunch is £37.50 per person.
Duke of Wellington: 94a Crawford Street, Marylebone W1H 2HQ
The bustle of a pub always helps make Sunday Lunch a sociable occasion. The roast menu here includes beef or lamb, but don’t let the lack of choice put you off. The quality and cooking of the meat are excellent, and the roast potatoes are perfect too. The three course Sunday Special is great value at £14.95 per person.
The Hawksmoor: Seven Dials, Covent Garden
Tucked down a quiet street close to the main piazza in Covent Garden, The Hawksmoor is serious about meat and has been described as the best steak restaurant in London, so you can expect the roast beef here to be top-notch. Sunday lunch: £19.50 per person.
The Delaunay: Aldwych and Drury Lane
In The Wolseley family, so smooth service, a grand room and sense of occasion can be anticipated. The Sunday menu of roast rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding is served all day. It’s a great meeting place and ideal for a sociable Sunday lunch which is £23.50 per person.
Old Red Cow
A proper pub serving a proper Sunday roast. Close to Smithfield meat market, the emphasis, of course is on the meat. It’s a great location for large groups where ‘family-style’ roasts are on offer. The Old Red Cow is also a beer-lover’s pub serving real ales flowing and a selection of 14 changing keg beers. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service is around £45.
Restaurant St Paul’s Enjoy a delicious, great value roast in impressive surroundings. In the crypt beneath St Paul’s Cathedral is, surprisingly, where you’ll find this restaurant, which is impressively serving British food at its best. Windows let in natural light (unlike in the main crypt), and the white walls, mellow-green woodwork, create an airy, slightly rustic look. The roast menu is provided on Sundays: two courses for £21.50, three courses £25.95.
Anchor & Hope: Southwark, 36 Waterloo Rd, SE1 8LP
A five star destination near Waterloo Station. It’s difficult to get a table during the week, but on Sundays they waive their no reservations rule and take bookings for a 2pm sitting. The set menu roast is £30 per head and served on enormous sharing platters – take your time and enjoy a leisurely afternoon!
Simpsons in the Strand, 100 Strand, London WC2R 0EW One of London’s great eating establishments for over 170 years. It’s traditionally English, a little old fashioned, which adds to the charm, and they serve a good old fashioned roast with all the trimmings.
Of course, if you prefer to cook a Sunday lunch to your own recipe and family traditions, all our Serviced Apartments include fully-equipped kitchens – shopping, preparing and enjoying a leisurely lunch for some are all part of the ritual and enjoyment.