The best Sunday roasts in London

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In a world of uncertainty, one thing's for sure, a great Sunday lunch is unbeatable. Even better are the ones you don't have to cook yourself. We've rounded up the best Sunday roasts in London from Islington to Peckham whether you're after roast beef with all the trimmings or something interesting for vegetarians.

Central London

The Devonshire

Soho - 2 St James’s Market, London SW1Y 4RP 

One of London's hottest restaurants and pubs, The Devonshire is already known for the quality of its meat, so it's no surprise that the Sunday lunch is a big draw. As with the main menu, a lot of work has been put in by Ashley Palmer-Watts and Jamie Guy to deliver a top-notch Sunday lunch. They also have an old carvery trolly from Simpsons so it's all carved tableside

What’s the Sunday roast? Unlike the weekday menu, the Sunday lunch focuses on one main course, which at the time of writing is a roast rib of beef, potatoes, carrots, leeks, peas, Yorkshire pudding and lots of gravy. 


Claridge's RestaurantClaridge's Restaurant

Mayfair - Brook Street, London W1K 4HR

If you're looking for something a little more on the high end, then the Sunday lunch at the new-ish Claridge's restaurant should fit the bill. There's a special set menu every week, with an aim to "celebrate British traditions" with a few modern twists.

What’s the Sunday roast? The main event features options of truffle-stuffed chicken, roast rib of beef, roasted cod and a celeriac pithivier, with a fully vegan menu available too. The usual trimmings are all there, and you can finish off with a dessert for the table - the Claridge's chocolate, which comes with a hammer, being the must-have. 


Sophie's Soho sunday lunch londonSophie's Soho

Soho - 42-44 Great Windmill St, London W1D 7NB

This Soho steakhouse (which you'll also find in Chelsea) does epic Sunday lunches, cooked over their firepit, with meat that comes from Cornwall's Philip Warren butchers.

What’s the Sunday roast? You can order roast West Country beef or cornfed chicken, but the main event is the slow roast prime rib of beef. it all comes with potatoes, seasonal veg and lots and lots of gravy. The veggie option is a roast cauliflower with vegan gravy.


Fallow sunday lunch londonFallow

St James - 2 St James’s Market, London SW1Y 4RP 

In addition to their viral Saturday brunch, the Sunday lunch game is extremely strong at Fallow. If you fancy trying it out, you're going to need to book well in advance. 

What’s the Sunday roast? Options include dairy-cow rump or Middle White pork belly and Romney Marsh lamb as well as a vegetarian option of roast maitake mushroom. All come with roasties, Yorkshire puddings, glazed parsnips, braised red cabbage, greens and gravy.


blacklock sunday lunch londonBlacklock

Shoreditch, Soho, City, Covent Garden, Canary Wharf 

Blacklock’s Sunday lunch is the stuff of London legend and has previously won the much-coveted OFM Award for best Sunday roast.

What’s the Sunday roast? Choose from 55-day aged beef rump, 28-day aged lamb leg or 21-day aged pork loin or - even better go ‘all in’ and try them all. It comes with all the trimmings, including Blacklock’s infamous bone marrow gravy. There's a celeriac roast for non-meat eaters.


hawksmoor sunday lunch londonHawksmoor

Spitalfields, Seven Dials, Borough, Knightsbridge, Piccadilly, Canary Wharf and Guildhall.

Anywhere as devoted to meat as Hawksmoor is should be able to turn out a solid roast, and so this proves to be - it's definitively one of the best in town.

What’s the Sunday roast? They keep it simple with just one meat - a slow roast rump. And that comes with beef dripping roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, carrots, greens, roasted shallots and garlic as well as bone marrow and onion gravy. You can also choose any of the sharing cuts from the board and add all the trimmings to that. 


Lore of the Land Sunday lunch londonLore of the Land

St James - 2 St James’s Market, London SW1Y 4RP 

Guy Ritchie’s Fitzrovia pub is always a good spot to hit up for a central London pub lunch. Start with pints and scotch eggs downstairs before heading upstairs to the dining room for the Sunday roasts.

What’s the Sunday roast? There are three main Sunday options - Roast rare breed pork belly, slow-cooked Philip Warrens lamb, dry-aged beef sirloin and roast 90-day-old chicken. All of those come with beef fat roast potatoes, glazed carrots, grilled hispi cabbage, pickled shallots, smoked almonds, roast bone marrow, Yorkshire pudding and roasting juices.


The Guinea sunday lunchThe Guinea

Mayfair - 30 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London W1J 6N 

This historic Mayfair pub prides itself on the meat it serves up, their dry-aged, grass-fed English and Scotch beef, and Sunday lunch here is no exception.

What’s the Sunday roast? Roast rump of dry-aged beef, slow-cooked pork belly or sirloin joint plus beef dripping roast potatoes and lots more. For the veg option, go big with an order of blue cheese, truffle and walnut gratin with vegetable gravy and Yorkshire pudding


North London


Islington - 108 Essex Rd, London N1 8LX

This Irish bar also has a full food menu on offer and that includes a Sunday lunch which is, of course, a proper Irish Sunday roast. If you're looking for a great pint of Guinness with your Sunday lunch, this is a good bet. 

What's the Sunday roast? Choose from roast beef, chicken or the weekend's vegan roast and have it paired with a French-dipped rosti (Irish pud), peas, cabbage, mash and roast potatoes (because you can never have enough potatoes). 


The Baring

Islington - 55 Baring St, London N1 3DS

Start your Sunday lunch at this Islington gastropub with either a Pul Beiber Bloody Mary or a Blurred Vines alcohol-free fizz depending on how your Saturday night has been.

What's the Sunday roast? There are three main options - a Simmental beef bavette with Yorkshire pudding, Ibaïama pork with leeks & plum ketchup and wild mallard with leg pastilla & walnut ketchup. There's also a grilled Normande rib of beef for two with Yorkshire pudding. All come with roasties, hispi cabbage and gravy.


The Parakeet

Kentish Town - 256 Kentish Town Rd, London NW5 2AA

As you might imagine the critically-raved about Kentish Town pub puts as much effort behind the scenes into its Sunday lunch offering as it does its weekday menu.

What's the Sunday roast? The best options are the sharing roasts - so go for the flame-grilled Leg of Lamb for four and Roast Chicken, which is pre-brined and roasted in hay. For veggies, there’s a Celeriac Wellington. All roasts come with spring greens, roast potatoes, seasonal root veg, Yorkshire pudding, and carrot & swede puree.



Kentish Town - 83-85 Kentish Town Road, London NW1 8NY

If you’re after a Latin-Caribbean restaurant that serves up a halal menu then you’ve come to the right place with Guanabana. 

What's the Sunday roast? The restaurant’s famous Island roast sees them offering either oak-wood smoked and jerked roast beef or half a jerk chicken. Trimmings include plantain, baby carrots, roasted potatoes, grilled cabbage, and loads of jerk gravy.


Bull & Last

Highgate - 168 Highgate Rd, London NW5 1QS

This hugely popular Highgate pub has long had a reputation for its Sunday roasts (winning an OFM award for them). It's also perfectly situated for a pre or post-Sunday lunch walk on Parliament Hill.

What's the Sunday roast? Sirloin of Shorthorn beef or roast chicken with bread sauce. For the veg option, there's currently an aubergine parmigiana Wellington.


Red Lion and Sun

Highgate - 25 North Rd, London N6 4BE 

We are huge fans of this lovely Highgate pub which has two gorgeous gardens - the front one is often covered to protect punters from the British weather.

What’s the Sunday roast? There's roast rib of Aberdeen Angus beef or 35-day dry-aged Hereford Cote de boeuf, slow-roasted belly of middle white pork and braised Cornish lamb shank. On the veg side, a vegetable and chestnut roast comes with onion gravy. If you book ahead there's also the option of a roast suckling pig to share.


The FarrierThe Farrier

Camden - Camden Stables Market, 87/88 North Yard, Chalk Farm, London NW1 8AH

This popular Camden spot works closely with independent family-run British butchers HG Walter for their Sunday offering. 

What’s the Sunday roast? Choose between rump roast of beef, lemon and thyme roast chicken or a beetroot nut roast (all of which come with roasties and Yorkshire puddings).



Islington - 107 Upper Street, London, N1 1QN

James Cochran's Islington restaurant goes big on their Sunday roast, giving the sides as much glory as the main event itself.

What’s the Sunday roast? Keeping it simple there's one roast option - 42-day aged Sirloin of belted Galloway beef, with sides that include truffle cauliflower cheese, beef dripping roast potatoes and chargrilled hispi cabbage dressed in beef fat vinaigrette. 


drapers sunday lunch londonThe Drapers Arms

Islington - 44 Barnsbury St, London N1 1ER

Picked by the Guardian as serving one of the best Sunday lunches in the country, this neighbourhood Islington pub is one of a few gastropubs worth crossing town for.

What’s the Sunday roast? A recent menu included a rare roast 48-day aged sirloin, 35-day bone-in sirloin and roast forerib of beef, pork belly, seven-hour lamb shoulder and a whole roast chicken. 


The Junction Tavern sunday lunch londonThe Junction Tavern

Kentish Town - 101 Fortess Rd, London NW5 1AG

Tufnell Park folk throng this cavernous neighbourhood pub of a weekend which boasts not only a spacious pub garden but a very well-rated roast offering.

What’s the Sunday roast? There's a sous vide pork belly, rump of dry aged beef and a veggie en croute on offer, but the easiest option is The Chapter sharing roast platter for up to four which includes a bit of everything along with all the sides.


Parlour sunday lunch londonParlour

Kensal Rise - 5 Regent Street, London NW10 5LG

Run by Jesse Dunford Wood, Parlour in Kensal Rise has a pretty epic Sunday Roast menu and it's a good option if you've had gone large the night before as it's on offer until 10pm.

What’s the Sunday roast? Lots of choice, including sirloin of shorthorn beef, brined and roasted chicken and Paddock Farm Tamworth pork. Or if the choice is just too much, go for a platter with a bit of everything. And there are big platters for larger groups. The veggie option is a Redefine New Meat and portobello mushroom Wellington.


The WellsThe Wells

Hampstead - 30 Well Walk, London NW3 1BX

One of the best pubs in the Hampstead area this is a great place to go after a walk on the heath. 

What’s the Sunday roast? Either roast rare breed beef, corn-fed chicken breast or roast venison rump plus trimmings. For the veg option, pick from the a-la-carte menu (a recent example was the Wells veggie burger with green tomato chutney).


South London

Perry Hill Pub sunday lunch londonPerry Hill Pub

78-80 Perry Hill, London SE6 4EY

Sunday lunches are, by common consensus, on point at this Catford pub which goes to great lengths to please all customers by serving beef either perfectly pink or cooked through depending on their preference. 

What’s the Sunday roast? There are three roasts on offer - a 48-day aged Galloway shorthorn rump of beef,, roast rolled belly of Cumbrian pork and Devon red free-range chicken. The trimmings are honey-roasted heritage carrots, hispi cabbage, roast potatoes, yorkshire pudding and gravy.


Kudu Grill sunday lunch londonKudu Grill

Peckham - 57 Nunhead Ln, London SE15 3TR 

Anyone who’s a fan of this South African braai restaurant in Nunhead would have expected great things from their Sunday roast. The smokey touch of the grill is employed in every element of their lunch offering from the beef to the carrots.

What’s the Sunday roast? It’s a single dish offering - beef rump roast served with sweetcorn bread,fingerling potatoes, grilled carrots, broccoli, fondant shallots and smoked thyme jus. The veggie option is a celeriac roast.


Camberwell ArmsCamberwell Arms

Camberwell - 65 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8TR 

This South London pub is owned by the team behind The Canton Arms and the Camberwell Arms. It has a great reputation for the Sunday roast, but it’s always worth a trip across town for their seasonally changing menu.

What’s the Sunday roast? It's a sharing feast-style menu - so come with a gang. There might be half a spit-roast chicken, roast pork belly or a roast or slow-braised lamb. A recent veggie main was fresh fazzoletti with pumpkin, gorgonzola and sage.


canton arms sunday lunch londonCanton Arms

South Lambeth - 177 South Lambeth Rd, London SW8 1XP

This pub has Trish Hilferty in charge, who was formerly of both the Eagle in Clerkenwell and the Anchor & Hope in Waterloo and is referred to as “gastropub royalty” - so it’s definitely a pub to make a trek to. 

What’s the Sunday roast? There's rare roast Dexter beef, a slow cooked Dexter short rib or a huge seven-hour Salt Marsh lamb shoulder for up to five people sharing which comes with potato and olive oil gratin. Options for veg are dishes like celeriac and mushroom lasagne.


Coal Rooms sunday lunch londonCoal Rooms

Peckham - Coal Rooms, 11a Station Way, London SE15 4RX

With an on-site butchery, you’d expect any meal with meat as the star of the show to be good here, and you wouldn’t be wrong.

What’s the Sunday roast? Roasts are a BIG thing here and choices can range from smoked hogget shoulder to a wood-roasted Suffolk chicken (with all the trimmings) or a dry-aged Finish Sashi beef (sirloin or T-bone). The veggie option is a barbecue sweet potato with oyster mushrooms and charred roscoff onions.



Clapham - 160 Clapham Park Rd, Clapham Common, London SW4 7DE

The website for this popular South London spot sets out their stall as: 'serious steaks and Sunday roasts'. Judging by the popularity of the latter at least, they're getting it right. 

What’s the Sunday roast? Roasts on offer include rare roast Belted Galloway beef rump, Herdwick lamb leg & shoulder, roast Cumbrian chicken and a slow-roasted Saddleback pork belly. The veg option is a great-sounding Stinking Bishop & wild mushroom wellington.


East London

Acme Fire CultAcme Fire Cult

Dalston - Abbot St, London E8 3DP

For a smoky hit to your Sunday roast you'll need to book a table at Acme Fire Cult where chefs Andrew Clarke and Daniel Watkins cook everything over a live fire.

What’s the Sunday roast? The roast here is inspired by the nearby mangal restaurants and sees a selection of roast meats served up family-style - Vadouvan chicken thigh, Tamworth pork belly, Highland beef rump and Smoked Cotechino sausage.


The CulpeperThe Culpeper

Spitalfields - 40 Commercial St, London E1 6LP 

If sustainability is a key deciding factor in your Sunday roast, then The Culpeper ticks all the boxes. Not only is their veg from minimal intervention farms and meat from  British farmers in Yorkshire & Wiltshire using regenerative farming methods, but they also grow some of their own herbs on their rooftop in the City. 

What’s the Sunday roast? Choose between a roast pork belly, top rump roast beef or a sharing option of Côte de Boeuf for two to three people. The veggie option is a beetroot, mushroom and sweet potato Wellington.


duke of richmond sunday lunch londonDuke of Richmond

Dalston - 316 Queensbridge Rd, London E8 3NH 

This is the Dalston pub from chef Tom Oldroyd. While the burger and the crab and chip butty are a must, the team here obviously understands the need to get the Sunday lunch just right.

What’s the Sunday roast? At the time of writing, Yorkshire chicken, a rolled Tamworth pork belly or slow roast topside of Highland beef - all come with beef fat roast potatoes and trimmings. There's a brown butter roast cauliflower with hazelnut crumb for the veg option.


The GunThe Gun

Spitalfields - 54 Brushfield St, Spitalfields, London E1 6AG 

There's been a hostelry on this spot since the 17th century, but the current pub is a very modern iteration, complete with full-grown tree inside.

What’s the Sunday roast? There are two meaty options, a 28-day aged beef sirloin and a boneless half chicken. Both, crucially, are served inside the biggest Yorkshire pudding you're likely to see. There's also a good mushroom and black bean roast with vegan gravy.


The NedThe Ned

City - 27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ

They go big on Sunday lunch at this hotel and members' club in the City with an enormous buffet-style affair.

What’s the Sunday roast? The Ned's Feast is served across various restaurants on the ground floor and is an all-you-can-eat buffet that's deservedly legendary. Lobsters, oysters, roast beef, pork and chicken and dessert - you name it, it's here. 


Quality Chop HouseQuality Chop House

Clerkenwell - 92–94 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3EA 

Is there anything that they don't do well at QCH? Sunday lunches may be a marginally pared-down menu to the rest of the week, but they're still strong on seasonal starters and interesting cuts of meat for the roast.

What’s the Sunday roast? A recent menu offered options of Aberdeen Angus rump, Mangalitza loin and Cotswold Gold chicken for two. All come with the usual options and you can pay extra to add in some confit potatoes. A veg roast option might be the butter and herb-roasted celeriac.


marksman sunday lunch londonThe Marksman

Hackney - 254 Hackney Road, London, E2 7SJ 

The first Public House in London to be awarded the Michelin Pub of the Year, this popular East London gastropub also turns out a very good Sunday lunch.

What’s the Sunday roast? Sunday lunches are a set menu affair with recent roasts including a roast Hereford rump, whole roast chicken and Hereford wing rib. The veggie option might be a roast tomato tart.


The SekfordeThe Sekforde

Clerkenwell - 34 Sekforde St, London EC1R 0HA 

Enjoy your Sunday lunch at this Clerkenwell pub knowing you're doing your bit for the planet. The Sekforde is aiming to be the greenest pub in London with the intention to "eliminate all plastics and food waste". All that's perfectly fine and dandy but they also do legendary Yorkshires - practically as big as your head. 

What’s the Sunday roast? There are four meat options - 28-day dry-aged sirloin, free-range chicken or Gloucester Old Spot pork loin with crackling. Alongside those is a vegan butternut squash wellington. 


Spread eagle sunday lunchThe Spread Eagle

Homerton - 224 Homerton High St, London E9 6AS

This Homerton pub was London's first fully vegan pub and it also goes big on sustainability too.

What’s the Sunday roast? It has its own spin on the Sunday roast classics so there's beet wellington, walnut & cashew nut roast or slow roast celeriac with 'crackling' served with all the trimmings including potatoes, roasted carrots, seasonal greens, Yorkshire pudding and gravy.


West London

The Cadogan Arms sunday lunch The Cadogan Arms

Chelsea - 298 King's Rd, London SW3 5UG

This smart Chelsea pub has a top-class team running things. So you can rest assured that their Sunday offering will be on point.

What’s the Sunday roast? Sunday lunch has a Cumbrian rump of beef with bone marrow sauce, shoulder of lamb or half a roast chicken with brioche and herb stuffing. There's also a sharer board with a selection of them all. For the plant-forward option, it's the Gardener's Pie.


50 CheyneNo. 50 Cheyne

Chelsea - 50 Cheyne Walk, London SW3 5LR

This elegant London pub down by the river has a restaurant run by ex-Jason Atherton chef Iain Smith.

What's the Sunday roast? Choose from a 100-day aged rib of Belted Gallow beef, roasted beef sirloin or Cumbrian chicken. For non-meat eaters, there's the roasted cauliflower. They also do a popular roast-to-take-home option.


cleveland arms sunday lunch londonThe Cleveland Arms

Paddington - 28 Chilworth St, London W2 6DT

This local favourite is extremely handy if you're travelling via Paddington on a Sunday.

What’s the Sunday roast? Choose from roast Suffolk chicken, pork belly or beef topside. All come with roast potatoes, cabbage and a Yorkshire pudding. The veg option is the roasted cauliflower with salsa verde.


fox and pheasant sunday lunch londonThe Fox & Pheasant

Chelsea - 1 Billing Rd, London SW10 9UJ  

James Blunt and wife Sofia Wellesley own this 17th-century pub, which they bought on the mews where they used to live. As locals, they stood to benefit by giving this Chelsea pub a proper makeover.

What’s the Sunday roast? They keep it trad down in Chelsea - three options, roast beef sirloin, roast pork belly and whole roast spatchcock chicken to share - all of which come with the usual trimmings and sauces. The veg option is a cauliflower cheese steak.


harwoodHarwood Arms

Fulham - Walham Grove, London, SW6 1QR 

It’s still the only Michelin-starred pub in London, which should give you an idea of the quality. The venison scotch egg is a must before hitting the roasts.

What’s the Sunday roast? Choose from a classic like Sirloin of Belted Galloway alongside slow-cooked deer shoulder and roast monkfish. They all come with Yorkshire puddings, roasties and cauliflower cheese.



And one more...

The Yorkshire Burrito Sunday lunch londonThe Yorkshire Burrito

Camden, Wembley and Walthamstow

The kind of Sunday roast that would have purists weeping, this street food sensation rolls up everything you’d find in a Sunday roast in a Yorkshire and serves it as a burrito.

What’s the Sunday roast? Choose from a beef, chicken and cauliflower cheese burrito, add in loaded roastie sides and make sure you get a gravy pot for dunking.



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