Looking for the best roasts in London? The search ends here. From fine dining at The Savoy to tucked away pubs, we’ve found the best roast dinners, with all the trimmings, in the capital.
The Best Roasts in London, 2018
When it comes to Sunday lunch with a view, they don’t come much better than Oblix at the Shard. Check out the open kitchen on route to your table to see what takes your fancy, but be sure to start with your meal with an excellent bloody mary. You may want to dive straight into the main (the roast here is pretty sizeable) but if you do want something to start, the aubergine flat bread is our pick. Book early for a table by the window and settle in for a long and leisurely lunch with all the trimmings.
Hero dish: The rib of beef is perfectly cooked but the surprise hero was the creamy mash, that threw the roast potatoes into the shade.
Roasts are funny, aren’t they? While most dishes in a good restaurant are infinitely better than anything you could make at home, one always suspects with a roast that your mother might have done it better. Not here. At the Bull & Gate, the potatoes are fabulous, the Yorkshire puddings are tall and proud, the Limousin X beef (what a name!) is lovely, deathly rare in the middle, yet roughly charred on the outside. Read Joseph Bullmore’s review in full here.
Hero dish: The aforementioned beef is finished perfectly with homemade horseradish sauce.
What Neil ‘king of the barbecue’ Rankin doesn’t know about cooking meat isn’t worth knowing, so we don’t need to tell you that his take on the Sunday roast, cooked over an open flame, is going to knock your socks off. The smell of the leeks and shallots roasting over coals will have you salivating from the moment you walk through the door. Extra bonus points for being the only roast that starts with a round of tacos.
Hero dish: This is the best cauliflower cheese in town. Forget tasteless milky mess, this is smoky, cheesy, gloopy goodness.
If it’s glitz and old-school glamour you seek for your ultimate Sunday roast in London, check into the Savoy Grill for a lunch date to remember. You’ll be presented with the dish of the day on the silver trolley; Sunday means rib of Hereford beef and Yorkshire pudding. Allow the sommelier to recommend the perfect accompaniment to your meal and remember to start with bubbles; after all, this is not your everyday beef dinner.
Hero dish: Nothing polishes off a delicious roast dinner quite like sticky toffee pudding. As you’d expect, the Savoy’s take is absolute perfection.
For an alternative to the standard meat and two veg, fine dining restaurant Launceston Place will be turning the traditional roast dinner on its head come February. Head Chef Ben Murphy will be introducing a new series of Sunday-only tasting menus, starting with a five-course Roast Chicken with a twist which will utilise everything from the eggs to the bones.
Hero dish: We’re looking forward to March to try the 100-Day Aged Tartare as part of the five-course beef menu.
This restaurant overlooking Borough Market is named after what it does best, a good old-fashioned Roast with top-notch ingredients. This is the place to go if you don’t want to wait until Sunday – they have different roast meat and fish specials every day to keep things interesting. But the Sunday menu still reigns, with three courses for £37.50 including some of the best beef and Yorkshire puddings we’ve had.
Hero dish: The potatoes are perfectly cooked every time – try the cheese and truffle fries for a treat.
Tucked away behind Queens Tennis Club, this cosy West London pub is the perfect choice if you prefer the comfort of a home-cooked roast, without actually turning on the oven. As you’d expect from any decent London watering hole, the accompanying tipples are worth trying; if you’ve had a heavy night try the Bailey’s Iced White Flat on for size. Choose from the rump of beef, half roast chicken or roast pork belly.
Hero dish: The Yorkshire pudding is just as good as mum’s. (Although obviously you won’t tell her this.)
If the second must-have on your check-list is quantity, (after quality, naturally) you will be pleased to hear that the key word in OXBO’s Sunday roast offering is ‘bottomless’. That’s right, a bottomless Sunday roast is the order of the day, with unlimited buffet starters and desserts, bookending a civilised at-table roast. You can even throw unlimited prosecco into the mix, should you choose. The main event is rotated between the likes of Josper-roasted cod and grilled corn-fed chicken.
Hero dish: The roast sirloin of Gloucestershire beef is perfectly done. The salted caramel cups on the dessert table are a favourite, too.
Classic gastropub goodness is the order of the day in this lovely pub in the heart of Chelsea. Keep things simple with an all-the-trimmings roast and a hearty sticky toffee pudding to finish. Oh, and a pint on the side, please.
Hero dish: If pork is your favourite roast, get down to The Pig’s Ear asap.
You already know and love Hawksmoor for their steak, but check out their roast offering when you get the chance and you’ll be suitably impressed. Add an array of their famous sides and don’t forget to try their duck-fat potatoes and tasty onion gravy.
Hero dish: The beef. Obviously.
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