6 of the most delicious Sunday roasts in London

Aug 22, 2020

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Sunday isn’t done properly if, at some point, you’re not sprawled out in a roast dinner-induced food coma.

The great British Sunday roast is a fundamental part of many Brits’ weekly routine. It’s a tradition I hold close to my heart and one that my grandparents still partake in every Sunday without fail — even if it’s just for the two of them.

Because of its popularity, you can get them pretty much anywhere in our great capital. So, to help you decide where to feast on your next chicken, beef or nut roast with all of the gravy, we put this list together of some of our favourite roasts in London.

And remember, never be scared to ask for extra gravy.

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(Photo by Oscar Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Oscar Wong/Getty Images)

1. The Latchmere

With Yorkshire puddings as big as your head, a Sunday roast at The Latchmere is well worth getting out of bed for. You’ll need to order an extra jug of gravy, too. I don’t know what they put in that stuff, but the more of it, the merrier.

Making a reservation is always recommended. One half of the pub is a more relaxed, classic cosy pub setting while the other half has a more formal, restaurant-style setup. If the weather’s good, ideally try to get there as close to midday as possible before it gets busy to make the most of the glorious beer garden. There are also heated lamps for cooler months.

The Latchmere is one of nine pubs in the Three Cheers group of quintessentially London watering holes. Other locations include Abbeville Road, Northcote Road, Balham and Shepherd’s Bush.

Getting there: The closest station, Clapham Junction in south London, is around a 15 to 20-minute walk.

2. The Garrison

In a prime location on Bermondsey Street, The Garrison is the perfect spot to take someone special for a cosy Sunday lunch. The menu, décor and the food has a bit more style and character than your average London pub.

(Photo courtesy The Garrison)
(Photo courtesy The Garrison)

Eclectic Sunday starters include spiced potted shrimp, cauliflower and yoghurt. For mains, you can choose from the classic beef sirloin, slow-cooked lamb shoulder and even fish and chips. Rogue for a Sunday, but why not? And, for the veggies among us, the sweet potato and mushroom Wellington is a real treat.

This spot gets very busy, so make sure you make your booking well in advance.

Getting there: The closest Tube and rail station is London Bridge, south-east London.

3. The Gun

In a far corner of London, tucked away on the Isle of Dogs, is The Gun. It’s part proper British pub, part classic white linen dining room with views over the Thames and the O2. There’s even an outside terrace, which has been converted into a gin garden. Rest assured, there’s plenty of space for social distancing in the sun.

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(Photo courtesy of The Gun)

Is it worth the journey east? Without a doubt. The Gun’s Sunday roasts, and the wine selection to go with it, are really quite the perfect pair. The Yorkshire puddings give the Latchmere’s a run for its money, too.

Getting there: The nearest Tube station is Canary Wharf. Blackwall DLR station is also only a 10-minute walk away.

4. The Pig and Butcher

The Pig and Butcher in Islington, north London, is your classic British gastropub. Sundays tend to be a family affair. Its warm and friendly atmosphere attracts a local crowd of all ages from young couples to grandparents to new parents.

No Sunday is ever exactly the same, either. Every single day The Pig and Butcher’s website is updated with a unique menu for that day. Sundays even include special Bloody Marys and Bloody Ceasars to help with hangovers. As for the food, the quirky mix of starters, mains and desserts will surely leave you satisfied and keen to reserve your table for the following Sunday.

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(Photo courtesy The Pig and Butcher)

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Getting there: The Pig and Butcher is easy to access from several stations around Angel/Islington but the closest is Angel station on the Northern Line.

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5. The Windmill

Right in the middle of Clapham Common, The Windmill is an ideal place to refuel after a Sunday stroll. Choose to eat your roast and drink your liquid of choice on the picnic benches in the beer garden or inside the more formal dining area. Be sure to make a booking if you’d prefer inside seating.

(Photo courtesy The Windmill)
(Photo courtesy The Windmill)

Whatever the setting you choose, you’ll soon forget where you are when you tuck into The Windmill’s Sunday feast. It’s definitely not one of the cheapest roasts in the city, but you get your money’s worth with the mouth-watering meats, goose fat roast potatoes and double egg Yorkshire puddings.

(Photo courtesy The Windmill)

It’s also a great location to stay over thanks to its 42 individually designed, boutique rooms complete with free-standing roll-baths and delightful views over the common. Rooms are from £159 per night.

Getting there: The nearest Tube stations are Clapham South and Clapham Common, both on the Northern Line.

6. Galvin La Chapelle

Have you ever had a Michelin-starred Sunday roast? If you haven’t, then you must add Galvin La Chapelle to your list. Next door to big brother Galvin Bistro & Bar near Liverpool Street, the chapel conversion of La Chapelle with its high stone ceilings, arched windows and stunning interior makes for a delightfully charming setting for some Sunday indulgence.

Food is definitely something the French take pride in, and at Galvin La Chapelle, that includes a slightly French twist on a very British Sunday tradition. The three-course set menu at £42.50 without wine or £52 with wine is incredible value for the culinary journey you’ll experience. You can choose from the traditional British Cumbrian beef followed by a very french tarte Tatin making for a parfait franglais roast.

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(Photo courtesy of Galvin La Chapelle)

Getting there:
The nearest Tube and rail station is Liverpool Street.

Bottom line

There you have it — six out of heaps of places you can eat a roast in London. But trust us, the above places made this list for a reason. Not only are the roasts served in these fine London establishments mouth-wateringly delicious, but there’s also a little special something about each of the venues.

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