Spring has finally arrived in full swing, meaning Easter is on its way very soon. Once you’ve got your gifting list crossed off and chocolate eggs ready to go, it’s time to plan the main event, or in other words, the best bit, the food. With a four day weekend comes a great excuse to gather the whole family for a classic Sunday roast.
The Sunday roast is one of the most celebrated food traditions in the UK. There’s nothing better than a centrepiece of roasted meats (or veggie alternatives), roastie potatoes, veggies, Yorkshire puddings (although somewhat controversial!) and unlimited juicy gravy.
While home-cooked roasts are the best you can get, we all need a break every now and then from putting together this huge meal. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of pubs and restaurants serving up incredible roast dinners in the UK.
Without further ado, here are some of Propagrub’s favourite roast dinners in London.
This is the type of place you’ll want to spend your whole Sunday, especially if it’s gloomy and rainy outside. Sit at the bar sipping negronis or white port and tonics while feasting on small sharing plates with the family.
The Camberwell Arms takes the classic Sunday roast to a new level, from nibbles of pork fat and scotch bonnet on toast to eclectic starters such as celeriac, tarragon and caper fritters with almond aioli.
For the main event, you can choose between three roasts, spit-roasted, herb-fed chicken, slow-cooked lamb or dry-aged Hereford beef or perhaps something a bit different if you’re feeling adventurous, like a pie or some seasonal game. If you still have room for dessert, try their ice creams and sorbets.
Address: 65 Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, London SE5 8TR
If there’s one good reason to visit the vibrant area of Covent Garden on a Sunday, it’s Cora Pearl. Walk through the doors to experience a French-boudoir-like spot playing a mellow jazz soundtrack that’ll have you lingering all afternoon.
Their simple, British-led menu offers delightful starters including deviled eggs or brown shrimps. On Sundays, their mouthwatering mushroom-stuffed chicken breast or perfectly pink sirloin are to die for. The army of sides includes fluffy and unlimited Yorkshire puddings, thick heritage carrots, spears of broccoli, cauliflower drowned in rich Coolea cheese and little pots of horseradish, bread sauce and gravy.
What should definitely not be missed is Cora Pearl’s best selling chips – fat, crispy fingers of deep-fried, multi-layered mandoline potato, which take 24 hours to perfect. Don’t be shy and order several portions, you won’t regret it. For dessert, stick to the roast theme and order another Yorkshire pudding, but this time, stuffed with tart warm cherry compote and tonka-bean ice cream.
Address: 30 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8NA
For a more stylish lunch on a Sunday, head to The Coach’s 1st-floor dining room where you can enjoy a proper British Sunday roast in elegant surroundings.
Menu must-tries are the 48-day Hereford beef sirloin, juicy chicken, middle white pork belly and the seven-hour slow-cooked lamb shoulder. The mighty slabs of grilled beef to share should also not be missed.
To accompany this meaty feast, indulge in Yorkshire puddings, duck fat roasties, carrots, greens and leek gratin. Make sure you check out the rest of the menu for Anglo-french starters and puds.
Address: 26-28 Ray St, London EC1R 3DJ
We all know it can be a mission to find a decent Sunday roast in Central London. Now Hawksmoor is on every corner of the capital, ready to serve an exclusive lunch with all the additional sides.
Hawksmoor’s British-reared beef rump is full of flavour and cooked to perfection, first over charcoal, then in the oven. It’s accompanied by fluffy potatoes roasted in beef dripping, carrots, greens, lots of garlic and sweet roasted shallots, plus condiments of bone marrow and onion gravy. A true roast to brag about.
However, be quick as Hawksmoor warns, ‘‘We can’t guarantee roasts will be available after 5 pm”.
Address: 11 Langley St, London WC2H 9JG
This local boozer, situated in Islington, truly ticks all the boxes, offering all you need for a lazy afternoon: a welcoming vibe, board games, roast dinners, bloody marys and more.
The Old Queen’s Head’s award-winning Sunday roasts are served from midday until 7 pm, offering four main options. Meat-eaters can enjoy an acute farm leg of lamb with minted peas, roast corn-fed chicken with aioli and smoked gravy and a just-pink 32-day aged longhorn beef with marrow gravy, while for the veggie lovers there is an excellent veggie/vegan mushroom wellington with all the trimmings.
All four are served with the perfect roast potatoes, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, flavorful cooked carrots, parsnips, and kale. And of course, it wouldn’t be a proper roast without a Yorkshire pudding and delicious gravy. The roasts are available alongside their regular menu, which offers all the best burgers, beers and cocktails.
Address: 44 Essex Rd, London N1 8LN