Bob Bob Ricard, Soho
Back at the start of the year, Soho hotspot Bob Bob Ricard launched its off-peak pricing system (where, as per hotels and flights, food served during quieter times is discounted). Happily, this extends to Sunday evenings, where the team serves its delicious French-style roast: slow-roasted topside of Aberdeenshire beef; roast Agria potatoes triple-cooked in veal stock, duck fat and butter; maple syrup-glazed Heritage carrots and parsnips; cave-aged Dorset cheddar cauliflower cheese; and twice-baked Yorkshire pudding, all paired with champagne. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available – as is extra champers via the famous ‘Press For Champagne’ button.
1 Upper James Street, Soho, W1F 9DF
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Kettner’s Townhouse, Soho
After years of renovations, legendary Soho landmark Kettner’s finally reopened its doors at the start of the year. Now part of the Soho House Group, the townhouse – which dates back to 1867 – has been given the full Ned works: opulent furnishings, metallic detailing and a razzmatazz nod to the 1920s. On Sundays, the French-leaning menu goes heavy on the crowd-pleasing classics – think steak tartare with artichoke crisps, plaice goujons with frites and tartare sauce, and poached Banham chicken with cabbage, carrot and radish, while beef wellington and salmon en croute are served from silver trolleys. Both bars at Kettner’s are beautiful, so we recommend arriving early for a pre-lunch drink, or lingering until it shuts at 1am (just don’t blame us if you’re a bit groggy at work the next day).
29 Romilly Street, Soho, W1D 5HP
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The original Blacklock is set in the basement of an old brothel on a side street in the centre of Soho. With a focus on quality meat week-round (mostly cooked over fire), Sunday sees the restaurant come into its own. We recommend kicking things off with a Breakfast Martini, and the pig’s head on toast (don’t be squeamish– it’s delicious). Grab and group and go all in, and for £20pp you’ll get a whole Cornish leg of lamb, 55-day aged beef rump and Middlewhite pork loin, with all the trimmings (plus bone marrow gravy), for the whole table.
24 Great Windmill Street, Soho, W1D 7LG
Hawksmoor, Covent Garden
Think steak in London, and your mind will inevitably drift to the inimitable Hawksmoor. Therefore it only seems natural that this meat-focused restaurant group would do a decent trade in Sunday roasts. Case in point: each joint of rump is grilled over charcoal and finished in the oven to give the meat the traditional roasting treatment. Each slow-roasted rump of beef is served with duck fat roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, carrots, greens, roasted shallots and garlic, and plenty of bone marrow and onion gravy. Given that its Seven Dials site located in an old brewery, expect an impressive selection of ales to go alongside the red you’ll want to order with your beef.
11 Langley Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9JG
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Bull & Gate, Highgate
The Bull & Gate pub might be famous for its live music (Nirvana, Blur, Oasis and the Manic Street Preachers have all performed here), but it’s also well-known for its superlative Sunday lunches. The highlight of the menu has to be its lemon and thyme spatchcock chicken, served with caramelised pork and bacon stuffing, bread sauce, goose-fat roasties, roasted baby carrots and parsnips, buttered greens, braised red cabbage and Yorkshire pudding. Make sure to leave room for the Rhubarb and date crumble, served with custard or ice-cream.
389 Kentish Town Road, Kentish Town, NW5 2TJ
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This Islington dining room is a former neighbourhood boozer. And you can tell (in the best possible way): original wood panelling and a bar lined with dimpled glass tankards remain, as does its beer garden. Neil Rankin might have left the kitchen in 2016, but his region-spanning influence remains; many of the dishes that stole the show when it launched are still on the menu today (starters include Korean chopped brisket roll with gochujang; and pork tacos with green sauce and chipotle aioli). Sunday mains include rare breed pork rib eye and smoked shoulder; and Elwy Valley slow-smoked lamb shoulder, all served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, jus and Yorkshire pudding. We recommend leaving room for dessert – the white chocolate peanut cup is a sensation.
63-69 Canonbury Road, Islington, N1 2DG
Heirloom, Crouch End
Heirloom is a modern British restaurant in Crouch End that focuses on seasonal ingredients: this autumn, the kitchen is committed to celebrating wild mushrooms, game, squash, chestnuts and celeriac — which will all make an appearance across its a la carte menus, alongside the restaurant’s very own garden, which supplies the team with fresh herbs, vegetables and edible flowers. Come Sundays, dishes include black pudding, kohlrabi, roscoff onion and fried egg; honey-roasted fig, ricotta, candy beetroot and smoked almonds; plus Red Sussex sirloin or salt marsh lamb, both served with hispi cabbage, roasted potatoes, courgettes, sandy carrots and Yorkshire pudding. A large selection of biodynamic wines, cocktails and craft ales complete the lineup.
33-35 Park Road, Crouch End, N8 8TE
Perilla, Stoke Newington
Perilla is a modern neighbourhood restaurant based in Newington Green. Using humble ingredients of the highest quality, the food focuses on a contemporary interpretation of classical European flavours, served in a stylish yet relaxed dining room. Sundays play host a stripped-back set menu with an emphasis on comfort food, designed to be shared between the whole table. Kick things off with seaweed sourdough and brown butter, followed by slow-cooked egg with onion soup, then roast beef with all the trimmings. A creme caramel completes the simple, yet delicious three-course set meal.
1-3 Green Lanes, Newington Green, N16 9BS
The Jugged Hare, Clerkenwell
This Clerkenwell boozer is well known for being one of the City’s best game restaurants. Resplendent in taxidermy and wooden panelling, this is a really cosy spot to hole up in come Sundays. Given its proximity to the Barbican, we recommend an exhibition or cinema trip, followed by an afternoon in the dining room – on Sundays, the kitchen serves chicken, mutton and Longhorn beef with all the trimmings, but we’d opt for the 45-day aged Shorthorn sirloin, served with bone marrow gravy and hand-cut chips. Poached pear, buttermilk mousse, nougatine and pear sorbet makes for a light, yet indulgent dessert.
49 Chiswell Street, Clerkenwell, EC1Y 4SA
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The Marksman, Bethnal Green
This traditional East End pub serves local beers, ales, lagers and ciders alongside a selection of fine wines and spirits, but is perhaps more well-known these days for its dining room – that might just be down to the fact that The Marksman became the first pub in London to be awarded the Michelin Pub of the Year in 2016. Its menus are inspired by the diverse culinary history of London – and change daily – but come Sundays expect to eat the likes of Tamworth pork belly ham with coco beans and roast onion; whole roast chicken and corn on the cob for two; and nectarines with iced almond.
254 Hackney Road, Shoreditch, E2 7SJ
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The Duke of Richmond, Hackney
Open since the end of May, this new launch from ex-Polpo chef Tom Oldroyd feels like a proper public house. Restored to its former glory and original name, within there’s a 30-seat dining room and a 20-capacity terrace, all smartly kitted out in tones of green. Bar food includes elevated classics such as crispy pigs ears; a Cornish crab chip butty with brown crab rouille; and a 6oz rib burger with Roquefort, confit shallots and béarnaise sauce, while the dining room serves refined French staples, including Cornish crab soufflé, crab bisque and gruyere toast and Swaledale lamb en croute with green beans and truffle butter. A Sunday highlight includes herb-fed rotisserie chicken with roast potatoes, creamed corn and café de paris butter.
316 Queensbridge Road, Hackney, E8 3NH
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The Coach, Clerkenwell
Established in 1790, this longstanding neighbourhood pub continues to be a cornerstone of Clerkenwell. Restored in January this year, The Coach has been taken over by ex-Racine chef Henry Harris and his partner James McCulloch. Now, it’s an upscale boozer (picture original stained glass, wood-panelled walls against statement glass partitions, bright artwork and a bold use of paint) that focuses on food – highlights from the Sunday lunch menu include duck liver parfait, quince paste, pickles and toast; seven-hour roast shoulder of lamb and mint sauce; followed by muscat grape and raspberry Bakewell tart and cream. A pretty garden hits the mark once the sun comes out to play, and the bar’s homemade sausage rolls are an event in themselves.
26-28 Ray Street, Clerkenwell, EC1R 3DJ
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The Royal Oak, Marylebone
The man behind sky-high hotspot Duck & Waffle launched his own high-end pub in Marylebone earlier this year. This September Dan Doherty has opened up the Royal Oak for Sunday roasts – and they look delicious. Plates include roast pork belly with crispy crackling, homemade Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, creamed celeriac, carrots, cavalo nero and apple sauce; and a sharing whole roast chicken, served with stuffing, bread sauce and all the trimmings. The menu also features Dan’s decadent cauliflower cheese (a must-try), along with dishes from the already-popular a la carte menu.
74-76 York Street, Marylebone, W1H 1QN
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The Harwood Arms, Fulham
As London’s only Michelin-starred pub, expect big things from The Harwood Arms. Fulham’s famed pub has become a bit of an institution on the London dining scene. Boasting a British-inspired gastro menu with Sunday classics including roast rump of Cumbrian veal with parsley mash, wild mushroom and charred onion; and braised jowl of Tamworth pork with carrots, black pudding and pale ale, The Harwood will satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. What’s more, they offer a set-menu for both lunch and dinner priced at £49.50 for three courses. A bargain without the Michelin star, and a steal with one.
Walham Grove, Fulham, SW6 1QP
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The Hero of Maida, Maida Vale
This stylish box-fresh spot, housed in the much-missed former Truscott Arms, is the latest revival by Harcourt Inns (the same collective behind The Coach, whose intention is to rescue noteworthy sites and conserve them as drinking and dining destinations). Once again headed up by Henry Harris, who’s overseeing the kitchen with Steve Collins (Les Deux Salons, Bellanger), the menu merges classical French cooking with British ingredients: Sunday lunch dishes include Seared cod, kalibos cabbage and crab butter sauce followed by côte de boeuf, roast potatoes, watercress & Béarnaise sauce. Independent beers from family-run breweries are served from behind a zinc-topped bar, alongside a variety of wines.
55 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, W9 2JD
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The Fox & Pheasant, Chelsea
A ‘little country pub’ tucked away in a small corner of Chelsea, this hostelry began its life as the Bedford Arms in 1846. Now it’s undergone a huge restoration, becoming a snug pub in the winter (it has three fireplaces and plenty of armchairs), while summer sees the team wind back the roof in the olive-tree filled conservatory for long summer lunches. Tasty bar snacks span truffle, mushroom and brie toasties served with thyme honey through to buttermilk-fried rabbit with mustard mayo, while its a la carte offering includes the likes of Cornish crab with cured salmon, avocado and seaweed cracker, followed by duck breast and sausage with spiced carrots and spring greens. All this is available on a Sunday, alongside three weekly-changing roasts. A darts board and unlimited biscuits for dogs complete the refined country feel.
1 Billing Road, Chelsea, SW10 9UJ
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The Anchor & Hope, Waterloo
This no-nonsense pub on The Cut by Waterloo serves some of the best food we’ve had in London. A proper boozer with a chalkboard menu, this gastropub serves up comfort food such as hot smoked eel with celeriac and mustard; chopped veal shin with crushed Cornish new potatoes and spring onions; sheep’s ricotta and broad beans on toast with chilli and mint; followed by cherry and almond tart with Jersey cream. An impressive wine list complements its selection of local ales – it’s also the perfect spot for a long Sunday lunch (we recommend the seven-hour lamb shoulder, served with tomatoes, fennel seeds, gratin dauphinois, to be shared between three).
36 The Cut, Waterloo, SE1 8LP
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Mark Hix's stylish Bankside restaurant doesn’t need a Sunday lunch menu: happily, its everyday a la carte presents a plethora of roast-friendly dishes. First, kick things off down in the dark and atmospheric Mark’s Bar in the basement. Then take your seats and order either a whole Swaison House Farm whole chicken, served upside down and alongside sage and onion stuffing, chips and gravy, or roast ‘mighty marbled’ sirloin steak with minted peas. In summer, end with Oak Church Farm strawberries served with ripple ice cream; come winter, opt for Bramley apple pie with custard, cream or ice cream.
16 Great Guildford Street, Bankside, SE1 0HS
For a Sunday lunch guaranteed to get your mum’s seal of approval, Roast ticks all the boxes. Located in Borough Market, the kitchen uses the finest seasonal ingredients to create classical British cooking that both supports and celebrates Britain’s farmers and producers, many of whom are stallholders in the market. Enjoy a traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings, including pork belly with mashed potato and Bramley apple sauce, Welsh lamb leg with girolles and rare roast beef with Yorkshires and roast potatoes in beef dripping. If you’re not sick of the sight of food once you’ve had your meal, head down to the Market to pick up a few bits for the week ahead.
The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, Borough, SE1 1TL
Located up in The Shard, Oblix is a contemporary restaurant, split across two different spaces offering views across central London from east to west. Open for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, drinks or dinner, late Sunday afternoons in the autumn – when the nights begin to draw in early – offer an impressive sunset to go alongside your roast. From the menu, we’d opt for steak tartare with beef tomato and grilled sourdough; followed by suckling pig with spiced apple, sage and cider sauce, Yorkshire pudding and roasted beef fat potatoes; followed by toffee banana and crème brulée tart, with a side of coffee ice cream.
31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1 9RY
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