There are many “Best Sunday Roasts in London” lists and what makes a roast great is down to your personal preference, It will always vary depending on exactly what you might be looking for.
That said, The Nudge actually do have a list of the best roasts in London.
They’re not the most expensive ones, nor are they the quirkiest ones or necessarily the most critically-acclaimed. They’re simply a collection of the restaurants and their roasts that, if you haven’t already visited, you’ll probably enjoy.
A Soho chop house opened last year by a trio of ex-Hawksmoor folk. Choose your meat – beef, lamb or pork – or don’t, and get the ‘All In’ which has everything, with all the trimmings, and is perfect for sharing. Their gravy is the best in London; we said it. And it’s all even better paired with one of their bloody marys or breakfast martinis.
24 Great Windmill St, Soho | Sundays 12-6pm | £16-£20
These guys aim to serve. Or rather, they aim “to serve the best Sunday Roast in London” – and they’re doing pretty well as runners up to this year’s Best Sunday Lunch at the Observer Food Awards, thanks to their 24-hour slow roasted beef.
1 Battersea Rise, Clapham | 12-6pm | £19.95-£25.95
The Quality Chop House
The Quality Chop House is a dining room, wine bar, butchery and butchers shop that has opened for lunch and dinner since 1869. Or, you could just call it an institution.
| 88-94 Farringdon Road, Farringdon | Sundays 12-4pm | £20
Hackney Rd’s revamped Victorian pub serving up a cracking roast with universally admired Yorkshires. There’s plenty of veggie and fish options too if you have a pescatarian or vegetarian to drag along with you. Doors open at 10am and coffee is served on their balcony, just around the corner from the Colombia Rd Flower Market.
254 Hackney Road, Hackney | 12-8pm | £24-£29
Simply the best steaks in London, and also a pretty strong contender for best roast, with 55 day aged beef rump started off on charcoal, finished in the oven and covered in lashings of bone marrow gravy.
Various Locations | Sundays 12pm-Late | £20
NOTE: A very honourable mention to Foxlow, Hawksmoor’s little sister that serves up equally mouthwatering Sunday fare.
The only Michelin-starred pub in London. And so unsurprisingly, the roasts here are rightfully lauded. The sides are just as impressive as the meat, with Yorkshires stuffed with braised beef, chicken and pork, and cauliflower-cheese croquettes.
Walham Grove, Fulham | Sundays 12-3pm | £35.50 (two courses)
Hill & Szrok
Butcher by day, communal, intimate steak eatery by night. Just like a restauranteering Batman. Chef Alex Szrok, previously of the Eagle in Farringdon, wipes down the chop table at 12pm, places 12 seats around it and – if you’re lucky enough to nab one – cooks whatever he feels like.
60 Broadway Market, Hackney | 1-9pm | £20
The Eagle in Farringdon
London’s first (legitimate) gastropub, The Eagle in Farringdon has a rich history of cooking exceptional food. Three months after their 1991 opening they extended the kitchen to install ‘a chargrill, a cooker, some proper fridges and ventilation’. It remains the same and since then they’ve been through only three head chefs. This is the real deal.
159 Farringdon Rd | 12-5pm | £10-£20
A restaurant, bar and coffee shop housed within a cavernous trinity of railway arches right next to Hoxton station (and the Geffrye Museum). The menu changes daily and the cooking is unabashedly British. Like The Sunday Roast – as you well know.
397-399 Geffrye Street, Hoxton | Sunday 1-4pm | £15-£20
An ‘establishment’ named in honour of the 17th-century herbalist, physician, astrologer and Spitalfields local, Nicholas Culpeper, and which under one roof(top) combines a pub, a restaurant and alfresco gardens.
40 Commercial Street, Spitalfields | Sunday 11am-11pm | £20
Find out all about the history of the Sunday Roast and how it emerged as a British icon in our other article: The Sunday Roast: Brief History.