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 Highgate to Peckham - making sure non-meat eaters are covered, and even offering suggestions on post-lunch walks to work it off afterwards
Shoreditch, City, Soho
Blacklock’s Sunday lunch is the stuff of London legend and back in 2016, it won the much-coveted OFM Award for best Sunday roast.
What’s the Sunday roast? Choose from 55-Day Aged Beef Rump, Cornish Lamb Leg or Middlewhite Pork Loin or - even better go ‘all in’ and try them all for just £20 a head.
What does it come with? All the trimmings, including Blacklock’s infamous bone marrow gravy.
What about non-meat eaters? Honestly this one really is for the carnivores...
Where to walk it off afterwards: Best bet for any of the locations is to walk as far as you can home, before giving up and taking the tube.
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30 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London W1J 6N
This historic Mayfair pub prides itself on the meat it serves up - dry aged, grass fed English and Scotch beef - and Sunday lunch here is no exception.
What’s the Sunday roast? Roast sirloin of Scottish dry-aged beef, pork loin on the bone and a 6 bone rack of lamb
What does it come with? Beef dripping roast potatoes, honey glazed carrots and parsnips, curly kale, baby onions with bacon, (optional) and gravy from the pan
What about non-meat eaters? Go big with an order of Blue cheese, truffle and walnut gratin with vegetable gravy and Yorkshire pudding
Where to walk it off afterwards: Do a bit of power walking around Berkeley Square
Spitalfields, Covent Garden, Seven Dials, Borough, Knightsbridge, Piccadilly
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.
What does it come with? Beef dripping roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, carrots, greens, roasted shallots and garlic as well as bone marrow and onion gravy.
What about non-meat eaters? If you’re pescatarian, there’s loads to choose from here with fish brought in fresh from Brixham Harbour. For vegetarians - there’s one key main, a roasted celeriac dish with pickled shiitake, lentils and goats curd.
Where to walk it off afterwards The best location for this is probably Borough where a bracing walk along the Thames would be just the ticket.
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Shoreditch and Belgravia
This family-run enterprise has close ties with The Ginger Pig, so you can expect the provenance of the meat to be tip-top.
What’s the Sunday roast? Choose from half a roast chicken or beef picaña.
What does it come with? Roast potatoes, honey roast parsnip & carrots, seasonal greens, Yorkshire pudding & gravy
What about non-meat eaters? There’s a Nut Roast, served with honey roast parsnip & carrots, seasonal greens, Yorkshire pudding & cheese sauce
Where to walk it off afterwards: If you’re at the Belgravia location, you’re best off heading up to nearby St James’s Park for a bit of a yomp.
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Borough Market - The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London SE1 1TL
The clue is in the name - this Borough Market stalwart has been looming over the market since 2005. With such a super location, every menu has a roll call telling you the suppliers from the market behind each dish.
What’s the Sunday roast? Choose from roast chicken, pork belly, slow roasted lamb shoulder or sirloin of beef
What does it come with? Sides are roast potatoes, seasonal veg and a Yorkshire pudding.
What about non-meat eaters? Choose from a fillet of hake, or a vegetarian special which could be something like lemon ricotta, spinach, pea and shallots tortellini with a truffle and Pecorino nut crumble.
Where to walk it off afterwards: Enjoy a walk along the river, remembering why you love London so much.
25 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F
Neil Rankin has three Temper restaurants with a strong focus on smoked meat and we think the original in Soho is the best for a Sunday lunch, although the Covent Garden branch has also switched from pizzas to meat and tacos too. So you could always have a taco for starters...
What’s the Sunday roast? So much on offer - from lamb shoulder and suckling pig to loin of Dexter beef.
What does it come with? You’ll have to fork out for the roast garnish of lamb fat roast potatoes, seasonal greens, roasted carrots and spiced cabbage.
What about non-meat eaters? Choose the mushroom, onion and almond empanada with smoked garlic.
Where to work up an appetite or walk it off afterwards: Enjoy a casual walk around Soho - trying to work out which order the streets come in (clue, there's a mnemonic that features Billie Piper).
316 Queensbridge Rd, London E8 3NH
This is the Dalston pub from Tom Oldroyd, who’s also behind the wonderful Oldroyd in Islington. While the burger and the crab and chip butty are a must, Tom and head chef Rory Shannon obviously understand the need to get the Sunday lunch just right...
What’s the Sunday roast? At the time of writing, belted Galloway beef
What does it come with? Carrots, soubise onions, roast potatoes & Yorkshire pudding
What about non-meat eaters? Portobello mushroom, celeriac & hazelnut en croute.
Where to walk it off afterwards: Head to London Fields and from there enjoy a slow walk down to Broadway Market.
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 has recently branched out with a Bun Shop at Market Hall Victoria. But back here in Hackney it’s business as usual, which includes a very good Sunday lunch.
What’s the Sunday roast? Menus change regularly, but a recent one features Hereford T-Bone & Yorkshire Puddings or Whole Roast Chicken with Bobby Beans & Mustard - all made for sharing between two.
What does it come with? Sides are all a fiver extra - expect roasties plus dishes like Chard, Bay & Garlic
What about non-meat eaters? It’s pretty heavy on meat and fish, but purely veggie mains like Celeriac Tart & Braised Mushroom are available.
Where to walk it off afterwards: Go and have a wander around Hackney City Farm
65 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8TR
Topping the list of the Guardian’s best Sunday lunches in 2017, this South London pub is owned by the team behind The Canton Arms and the Camberwell Arms. With all the awards, it has a great reputation for the Sunday roast, but it’s worth a trip across town for the regular seasonally changing menu too.
What’s the Sunday roast? Rare roast Dexter beef or - if there’s a gang of you - the seven-hour Salt Marsh lamb shoulder.
What does it come with? The rare beef comes with carrots, roasties and watercress or there’s a potato and olive oil gratin with the lamb shoulder.
What about non-meat eaters? There’s plenty of choice on the extensive menu including a recent starter of Griddled Calçot onions and romesco.
Where to walk it off afterwards: Head up to Burgess Park
177 South Lambeth Rd, South Lambeth, 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. It’s also well known for its foie gras - so if the foie gras toastie is on the menu, keep that in mind too.
What’s the Sunday roast? Rare roast Dexter beef - and at the time of writing - grouse too. And there’s a huge seven hour Salt Marsh lamb shoulder for up to five people sharing.
What does it come with? Garlicky beans, roasties and watercress
What about non-meat eaters? Chose from the main menu - example dishes are ”Ratatouille, fresh cheese and a croute”
Where to walk it off afterwards: Head back towards the river and walk towards Victoria, across the bridge and through Pimlico.
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 range from 80 day-aged Exeter sirloin to a whole spit-roasted Yorkshire chicken for two with sourdough bread sauce.
What does it come with? All the roasts come with beef dripping potatoes, roasted carrots and gremolata, cavolo nero, hay roasted celeriac and Yorkshire puddings.
What about non-meat eaters? Vegetarians aren't an afterthought here with a lovely coal roasted cauliflower served up with vegetable gravy the thing to go for.
Where to walk it off afterwards: You’re only half a mile from the tip of Peckham Rye Common here.
44 Barnsbury St, Islington, 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 had three sharing roasts on the menu, aimed at between two and three people - whole roast chicken, slow-cooked shoulder of lamb and roast forerib of beef.
What does it come with? All come with roast potatoes, carrots and greens and there are Yorkshire puddings with the beef.
What about non-meat eaters? Pescatarians probably do better here, but there should be a vegan main option on the menu too, like a grilled January cabbage with leeks, white beans and romanesco.
Where to walk it off afterwards: Wander around the Barnsbury back streets, trying to decide which pretty cottage you’ll buy when you win the lottery.
25 North Rd, Highgate, London N6 4BE
We visited this Highgate pub for a Test Drive and it’s a perfect place to go if the weather’s behaving with a lovely back garden (but plenty of space inside too). Expect meat from the nearby Highgate Butchers and a seasonal, locally sourced menu outside of the roasts.
What’s the Sunday roast? It can vary depending on the supply, but on our last visit, it was a confit of Cornish lamb shoulder, roast Aberdeen Angus rib eye or a slow roast belly of middle white pork.
What does it come with? Roast potatoes, green beans, carrot turnip, swede mash, Yorkshire and LOTS of gravy.
What about non-meat eaters? Vegetarian nut roast (served without the Yorkshire)
Where to walk it off afterwards: The perfect walk is the parkland walk, which runs from nearby right down to Finsbury Park on the old railway tracks.
Kensal Rise - 5 Regent Street, London NW10 5LG
Run by Jesse Dunford Wood, Parlour in Kensal Rise has a pretty epic Sunday Roast menu. But it’s just as worth visiting for a couple of his specials - the Chicken Kyiv and 'Desperate Dan's' Famous Cow Pie.
What’s the Sunday roast? QUITE the choice. So there’s Sirloin of Shorthorn Beef, Mary's Lop Eared Pork, or Goosnargh Chicken Breast. Or if the choice is just too much, go for “a bit of everything”. And there are big platters for larger groups.
What does it come with? All the usual trimmings and ‘lashings’ of gravy
What about non-meat eaters? A recent main was a Hazelnut Roast served u with Girolles & Sweetcorn
Where to walk it off afterwards: Erm - the Kensal Green cemetery?
30 Well Walk, Hampstead, London NW3 1BX
One of the best pubs in the Hampstead area, a local favourite and definitely THE place to go for a Sunday lunch there.
What’s the Sunday roast? Either roast rare breed beef, corn-fed chicken breast or roast lamb rump.
What does it come with? Roast potatoes, roasted root vegetables, greens & gravy.
What about non-meat eaters? Pick from the a-la-carte menu which runs alongside this. A recent example of a veggie main was goat’s cheese grilled red peppers stuffed with mushroom risotto on tomato sauce and spinach.
Where to walk it off afterwards: Obviously a walk around the Heath, which the Wells backs onto.
Paddington - 28 Chilworth St, London W2 6DT
This local favourite, recently given a sensitive makeover now has ex-Oldroyd chef Louis Linwood in the kitchen where his Sunday roast is already winning plaudits.
What’s the Sunday roast? Choose from Pork belly, thyme roast chicken leg and roast beef topside or go for a whole braised lamb shoulder for six.
What does it come with? All come with family roast potatoes, spring greens and a Yorkshire pudding.
What about non-meat eaters? Head for the a la carte where dishes might include girolle tagliatelle.
Where to work it off afterwards: Choose between Kensington Gardens or Hyde Park.
Walham Grove, Fulham, London, SW6 1QR
It’s still the only Michelin-starred pub in London, which should give you an idea of the quality and it also comes from Brett Graham (with ex Ledbury chef Sally Abé in charge as Head Chef). Theit venison scotch egg is a must before hitting the roasts.
What’s the Sunday roast? Roast Sirloin of 45-day aged Hereford beef.
What does it come with? Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese croquettes (which on their own would make us want to come here), horseradish cream, roast potatoes, root vegetables, bone marrow gravy and greens.
What about non-meat eaters? They have a separate vegetarian menu on request.
Where to walk it off afterwards: Either head to Eel Brook Common or take a long stroll down King’s Road.
55 Shirland Rd, London W9 2JD
Anywhere with Henry Harris (formerly of Racine) in charge of the menu is going to be great and since opening in the summer of 2018 this has been hugely popular with well heeled locals.
What’s the Sunday roast? Solo dishes include a 45 day aged Hereford sirloin or slow roast pork belly or you can share a roast spatchcocked chicken or braised lamb shoulder.
What does it come with? All roasts come with buttered greens, swede mash, roast potatoes, leek gratin, gravy and Yorkshire puddings
What about non-meat eaters? There’s loads of choice in the starters and a main of roast squash with Brussels tops and goat’s curd on toast on a recent menu sounded good.
Where to walk it off afterwards: The Little Venice to Camden canalside walk would be great either pre or post-lunch.
- Anchor and Hope - Waterloo - normally a no-bookings restaurant but Sunday's the one time you can reserve a table.
- The Culpeper - Spitalfields - a great spot in the City and with rooms to stay if you've just eaten too much to walk...
- Smokehouse - Islington - the restaurant has a big focus on smoked meats and has pork, lamb or beef for the Sunday roast.
- Dean St Townhouse - Soho - right in the heart of town, you don't need to be a Soho House member to grab a Sunday lunch here.
- Galvin La Chapelle/ Galvin Hop - Spitalfields - The city outpost for the Galvin Brothers - head to La Chapelle for a more formal dining approach or to next door to the more casual bistrot & bar.
- Jugged Hare - The City - This city pub is also a good place to come if you fancy some game for your Sunday lunch.
- Quality Chop House - excellent at all times of the week, pork, beef and lamb shoulder are on the menu here. You'll want their confit potatoes as extra, mind.
- The Ned - served across Millie’s Lounge, The Nickel Bar, Malibu Kitchen and Lutyens Grill the Ned's Feast is a beast of a blowout brunch/Sunday lunch with as many Yorkshires as you can handle.
- Boxcar - as both a butcher and grill, you know the Sunday roast will be great at this Marylebone spot.
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