Best Sunday Roasts in London
Though the Internet and telephones are both obviously great, there’s only one winner when it comes to the best British invention of all time. Yes, you got it – the humble Sunday Roast. So with the weekend just around the corner, here’s what we think are the best roast dinners to be had in London!
Hawksmoor Seven Dials
Location: 11 Langley Street, WC2H 9JG.
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
Hawksmoor is somewhat of a pilgrimage for meat lovers in the capital, so naturally they go right to the top of our Sunday roasts recommendations. Simply put, their charcoal roasted rump of Longhorn Beef is some of the best London has to offer. But it’s not just about the main event, the trimmings at Hawksmoor are just as good, with duck fat roasted potatoes, Yorkshire puddings the size of your head, roasted shallots with garlic, carrots, and green, all doused in outrageous bone marrow & onion gravy. We love the Seven Dials restaurant, but really any of its outlets will hit the spot just as well.
Location: The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY.
Nearest Tube: London Bridge
For a roast with a view, look no further than The Shard’s Oblix. You’d be forgiven for thinking this swanky joint would complicate the tried-and-test roast dinner, but Oblix’ take is anything but. There’s no kitchen trickery and, most importantly, no pretension with the Oblix Sunday Roast – just good quality ingredients cooked incredibly well. There are slight twists with a decadent offering of rotisserie duck marinated in honey and cloves, chicken with charred leeks and truffle, and suckling pig with spiced apple, but the 32nd floor eatery is still one of the best you’ll find in the city. Be warned, however, there are no vegetarian options!
Location: 63-69 Canonbury Road, N1 2DG.
Nearest Tube: Highbury & Islington
Their culinary influences may span South America and South Korea, but Islington’s Smokehouse still does one of the best British roasts around. You can expect a few twists, but their offerings of beef, pork rib-eye, slow-smoked lamb shoulder, or a fish fresh from the market are a traditional as you can get. Our main tip would be save room for dessert and get the sticky toffee pudding which comes with bourbon caramel and milk ice cream. It’s perfection.
The Harwood Arms
Location: Walham Grove, Fulham, SW6 1QP.
Nearest Tube: Fulham Broadway
London’s only Michelin-star pub must serve a decent Sunday roast, right? You’re damn right it does! Fulham’s Harwood Arms may have reputation which has spread like wildfire but deep-down this remains a proper, down-to-earth boozer that just happens to serve incredibly good food. That means it’s perfect for a Sunday. Its meat options are diverse with the likes of grouse and venison offered alongside beef rump, but it’s the lavish sides of cauliflower cheese croquettes, and Yorkshire puddings concealing a braised meat concoction which really set The Hardwood Arms apart from the rest.
Location: 1A Amhurst Road, E8 1LL.
Nearest Station: Hackney Central
For you hip East London roasthunters, Hackney’s OSLO on the corner of Hackney Central’s Overground station is the perfect spot for an excellent Sunday lunch among a group of fellow hungover Joes. With options of their rump roast beef or half roast chicken (nut roast is available for veggies), each roast comes with goose fat spuds, Yorkshire puddings, carrots, kale and gravy. OSLO has live music at 6pm, making it ideal for a late lunch followed by a couple of Double IPAs.
The Laughing Gravy
Location: 154 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8EN.
Nearest Tube: Borough
Self-confessed ‘London’s Best Kept Secret’, The Laughing Gravy is the ideal weekend spot if you want to avoid the crowds of the Southbank and Borough Market. Just a short walk inland from Blackfriars Bridge, this skylight-lit relaxed eatery serves tantalising treats such as thyme and garlic butter free-range chicken breast, slow roasted carved leg of Launde Farm lamb, and Aberdeen Angus beef onglet marinated in Fourpure Brewery’s Oatmeal stout. The service is second-to-none and their roasties are well up there too!
Location: 24 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LG.
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Though a former basement brothel in Soho may not scream out as a great joint to have dinner of any sort, Blacklock couldn’t be more perfect for a Sunday roast dinner. This subterranean bare-brick eatery was founded by some notable contributors to Hawksmoor, and just like London’s premier steakhouse, Blacklock is also a meat haven. The roasts on offer range from rump steak, leg of lamb, pork loin or a combination of all three simply know as the ‘All-In’. The latter will set you back £20 per person (for a minimum of two) but you get your money’s worth with the sharing platter laden with tender cuts and all the trimmings, including cirspy crackling, gigantic Yorkshires, crispy duck fat potatoes, carrots, broccoli, and bone marrow gravy to die for. Simply put, it’s the best roast we’ve had in London to date.
If you like your chicken fried rather than roasted, check out London’s Best Chicken Restaurants.