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.
Note - All these places have now reopened unless it specifically says otherwise.
Shoreditch, Soho, City
Blacklock’s Sunday lunch is the stuff of London legend - 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, 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.
What about non-meat eaters? You're after their celeriac roast.
Follow them on Instagram: @blacklockchops.
Mayfair - 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 28 day dry-aged beef, slow cooked pork belly, sirloin roast and a 6 bone rack of lamb plus beef dripping roast potatoes, honey glazed carrots and parsnips, seasonal greens, 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
Follow them on Instagram: @guineagrill
Spitalfields, Seven Dials, Borough, Knightsbridge, Piccadilly 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.
What about non-meat eaters? If you’re pescatarian, there are loads to choose from here with fish brought in fresh from the South West. There's usually a Dartmouth lobster on the menu.
Delivery: Head to the Hawksmoor at Home shop for their roast box.
Follow them on Instagram: @hawksmoorrestaurants.
Soho, Covent Garden and The City (reopens 8 June)
There are three Temper restaurants with a strong focus on smoked meat, but the original in Soho is the one for a Sunday lunch. And of course, you can always have a taco for starters...
What’s the Sunday roast? There's a range of family-style roasts for sharing - chicken, smoked roast beef and whole smoked lamb shoulder - along with individual roast opetions which include pork belly and goat.
What about non-meat eaters? There's a cauliflower mole with paratha for vegetarians and a wood smoked plaice with tortillas for pescatarians.
Follow them on Instagram: @temperlondon
Belgravia - 44 Elizabeth St, London SW1W 9PA
Meat is a big deal at this Belgravia gastropub which actually butchers it on-site allowing them to play around more with the cuts they offer.
What’s the Sunday roast? There's a lot of choice - along with the Middle White pork you can opt for Dry aged rare breed sirloin or a whole Somerset chicken to share.
What about non-meat eaters? There's always a veggie/vegan roast option - right now it's Beetroot and hazelnut Wellington.
Follow them on Instagram: @thethomascubitt.
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, the team here obviously understands the need to get the Sunday lunch just right...
What’s the Sunday roast? At the time of writing, roast rump of Highland beef which comes with carrots, soubise onions, roast potatoes & Yorkshire pudding along with Mersea salt marsh leg of lamb and a whole roast poussin.
What about non-meat eaters? Brown butter roast cauliflower with hazelnut crumb, carrots, roast potatoes, mushroom and lentil gravy.
Takeaway: Sunday roast chicken takeaway available - call 0207 923 3990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow them on Instagram: @thedukeofrichmond
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, half a roast chicken or a roast sirloin of grass fed beef. Both, crucially, are served inside the biggest Yorkshire pudding you're likely to see.
What about non-meat eaters? For you, they do a mean vegan Wellington with maple glazed carrots and parsnips, roast potatoes and vegan gravy.
Follow them on Instagram: @thegunlondon
City - 27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ
They go BIG on Sunday lunch at this hotel and members' club in the City. But the famous Ned's feast from 1 June will only be available to hotel guests and members (although there's a new Ned's Friend membership at £200 a year which gets you access)
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 meats and dessert - you name it, it's here.
What about non-meat eaters? There are literally heaps of salads and a vegetarian wellington too. Pescatarians will also be in seventh heaven here.
Follow them on Instagram: @thenedlondon
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 Highland rump, Middle white collar and a shoulder of Swaledale lamb. All come with the usual options and you can pay extra to add in some confit potatoes.
What about non-meat eaters? A roast option might be butter and herb-roasted celeriac and there's often a plant-based pie on too.
Delivery: You can order chop and steak boxes from their butcher at the online shop
Follow them on Instagram: @qualitychop
Dalston - 480 Kingsland Rd, Dalston, London E8 4AE
Chef Adam Hardiman came here via St John and a variety of London gastropub, so if he can't turn out a good Sunday lunch then we might as well all go home.
What’s the Sunday roast? There are four main meaty options - Roast Aberdeen Angus beef, Porchetta, whole or half chicken and a Welsh lamb rump.
What about non-meat eaters? They've got the option of a whole crispy sea bass with Vietnamese veg or a vegan nut roast with a wild mushroom gravy.
Follow them on Instagram: @madame.pigg
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? Menus change regularly, but a recent one features roast Suffolk lamb with green olives and tomatoes.
What about non-meat eaters? There's usually a pescatarian option like braised monkfish cheeks.
Follow them on Instagram: @marksman_pub
Clerkenwell - 34 Sekforde St, London EC1R 0HA (reopened)
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. Don't forget to leave room for their lovely puddings.
What’s the Sunday roast? It's a to-the-point menu on Sundays with four meat options - 28 day dry aged Sirloin, free range chicken supreme or Gloucester old spot pork loin with crackling.
What about non-meat eaters? Nut roast for you my friend, but it's a good 'un.
Follow them on Instagram: @the_sekforde
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.
What’s the Sunday roast? it's a sharing feast style meny - so come with a gang. There might be Half a spit-roast chicken, roast pork belly or an overnight braised lamb shoulder on offer.
What about non-meat eaters? Feast on their small plates including Marinda tomato, bagna cauda or Grilled nespole with roast celery, pecorino and toast
Follow them on Instagram: @thecamberwellarms
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.
What’s the Sunday roast? Rare roast Dexter beef with fine beans, roasties and watercress. And there’s a huge seven-hour Salt Marsh lamb shoulder for up to five people sharing. It comes with potato and olive oil gratin.
What about non-meat eaters? Chose from the main menu - good examples are aubergine melanzane with rocket and pecorino salad or Grilled mackerel with roast fennel, tomato and chimichurri.
Follow them on Instagram: @cantonarms
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 40-day aged Belted Galloway Rumps to a miso butter half chicken. All the roasts come with roast potatoes, roasted carrots, buttered greens and Yorkshire puddings.
What about non-meat eaters? Vegetarians aren't an afterthought here with a seaonal vegetable gratin with orange and honey roasted heritage carrots.
Follow them on Instagram: @coalrooms
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. In the kitchen is chef Andrew Bradford - who co-owns the place with Matt Wells, who also owns nearby The Dairy.
What’s the Sunday roast? There's a choice of four meats on offer - Rare Roast Belted Galloway Beef Rump, Herdwick Lamb Leg & Shoulder, Slow Cooked Saddleback Pork Belly and Roast Cumbrian Chicken.
What about non-meat eaters? How does the Stinking Bishop & Wild Mushroom Wellington sound? Pretty good, hey?
Follow them on Instagram: @kniferestaurant
168 Highgate Rd, Highgate, London NW5 1QS
This hugely popular Highgate pub has been shut for a while for a major revamp and extension It's always had a reputation for its Sunday roasts (winning an OFM award for them).
What's the Sunday roast? Choose from roast Suffolk chicken or Sirloin of Shorthorn beef with all the trimmings.
What about non meat-eaters? There's always their beer battered haddock and chips or currently a Potato, Tallegio and Mushroom Pithivier.
Follow them on Instagram @thebullandlast
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. All come with roast potatoes, carrots and greens and there are Yorkshire puddings with the beef.
What about non-meat eaters? Pescatarians do very nicely, while vegetarians have options like roast aubergine with broad beans and preserved lemons or caulflower with giant couscous.
Follow them on Instagram: @thedrapersarms
101 Fortess Rd, Kentish Town, London NW5 1AG
Tufnell Park folk throng this cavernous neighbourhood pub of a weekend which boast not only a spacious pub garden but a very well rated roast offering.
What’s the Sunday roast? Choose between Roast sirloin of Angus beef or Roast Waveney Valley pork loin and - if there's a group of you - you also get a choice of Whole roasted Suffolk chicken for two or 12 hour braised Welsh lamb for three.
What about non-meat eaters? They're well catered for with a vegan Wellington - featuring chesnut, mushroom, spinach, cannellini beans and chickpeas.
Follow them on Instagram: @junctiontavernnw5
25 North Rd, Highgate, London N6 4BE (reopened)
We are huge fans of this lovely Highgate pub which has two gorgeous gardens - the front one is currently covered to protect punters from the British weather. Expect meat from the nearby Highgate Butchers and a seasonal, locally sourced menu outside of the roasts.
What’s the Sunday roast? All the roasts come with roasties, purple sprouting broccoli, heritage carrots, Yorkshires and red wine jus. There's roast rib of Aberdeen Angus beef, braised Cornish lamb shank, slow roasted belly of middle white pork and a whole roast Norfolk black chicken.
What about non-meat eaters? There's a wild mushroom Wellington along with a veggie or vegan nut roast.
Follow them on Instagram: @theredlionandsun
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, Brined and roasted Norfolk chicken and Paddock Farm Tamworth pork. Or if the choice is just too much, go for “a bit of everything”. And there are big platters for larger groups. Thre are also all the usual trimmings and ‘lashings’ of gravy
What about non-meat eaters? A recent main was a mushroom and potato pie with green sauce and red wine gravy.
Follow them on Instagram: @parlouruk
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 plus roast potatoes, roasted root vegetables, greens & gravy on the side.
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.
Follow them on Instagram: @thewellshampstead
50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, 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? There's a distinct focus on beef with the option of Chateaubriand, 36 day aged Sirloin and cote de boeuf to share - all are served with roast potatoes, glazed carrots, cabbage, Yorkshire puddings and sausage stuffing. Look out for 'limited edition roasts' too with rib of belted Galloway and French black legged chicken on there.
What about non-meat eaters? For you, there's the roasted cauliflower as a main.
Follow them for the latest info: @50cheyne.
Paddington - 28 Chilworth St, London W2 6DT
This local favourite has ex-Aster chef Elisabeth Passédat in the kitchen where her Sunday roast is winning plaudits.
What’s the Sunday roast? Choose from Gloucester Old Spot Braised Pork Belly, Roast Chicken with herb crusted tomato, and East Anglian beef topside or go for a whole braised lamb shoulder for six. All come with family roast potatoes, greens and a Yorkshire pudding.
What about non-meat eaters? There are two good options - a roasted butternut squash with British quinoa or barbecued seitan with roasted fennel.
Follow them on Instagram: @theclevelandarms
Chelsea - 1 Billing Rd, London SW10 9UJ (reopened)
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 and it does look rather lovely.
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.
What about non-meat eaters? Opt for the Sweet potato & mushroom Wellington.
Follow them on Instagram: @thefoxandpheasantpub
Walham Grove, Fulham, London, SW6 1QR (reopens 30 August 2020)
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? The usual Sunday classics like Roast sirloin of 45 day Shorthorn beef and bronze turkey
What about non-meat eaters? Truffled nut roast is the appealing option.
Follow them on Instagram: @harwoodarms
- 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.
- Galvin La Chapelle - Spitalfields - The City outpost for the Galvin Brothers
- Jugged Hare - Moorgate - This City pub is also a good place to come if you fancy some game for your Sunday lunch.
- Boxcar - as both a butcher and grill, you know the Sunday roast will be great at this Marylebone spot
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