It’s that time of year, it’s wet and windy and we want to hunker down by the fire and enjoy a long afternoon with good friends and even better food. For weekend stretched out eating there’s nothing finer than a good Sunday roast, whether you want some crackly covered pork, a rich rib roast or lemon and thyme roasted chicken. Over the last few years London’s pubs have upped their game for Sunday fare and now there’s an abundance of places to park yourself on a Sunday afternoon with a pale ale and an overflowing plate of simple British food. We’ve been on the hunt for the best Sunday roast London has to offer.
What to See
The Harwood Arms
This fantastic rural-style pub comes from the same man behind the much-lauded Ledbury restaurant, so emphasis here is on the fantastic food. They are resolutely a pub, however, not a restaurant, expect lively atmosphere and a relaxed vibe. The menu, which nods to its English heritage, includes roast rump of Red Ruby beef, grilled haunch of Berkshire roe dinner and Middlewhite pork. Provenance is paramount at The Harwood and game features particularly highly as the owners are keen hunters and use sustainable and wild produce where possible.
A gastropub proper near Clapham Common, The Bobbin falls into quite a few gastropub clichés, but it pairs a relaxed atmosphere with great modern pub food. The Bobbin always has three ales on tap at any one time. The menu fuses both classic British with Mediterranean, so along with the classic roast and rhubarb and apple crumble you’ll find affogato and starters of grilled octopus salad and antipasti, it’s definitely a good joint for a long meal whatever the day of the week.
Once a bare-knuckle boxing club beloved of the Krays, but now a pub and bistro that’s a stalwart of the Hoxton dining scene. Sundays are simple and drawn-out at Bacchus with pork belly, sirloin roasts and braised west country lamb with quintessentially English desserts such as sticky toffee pudding and lemon posset. A cosy yet smart pub atmosphere is the perfect setting for a lengthy lunch.
The Cadogan Arms
A stylish west London boozer on the King’s Road replete with animal horns on the walls and zoological butterflies pinned into cases. Flooded with light from multifacing windows, this is a great setting for a loud and sociable afternoon’s eating all smushed into a red leather booth. Sundays see the likes of Gloucester Old Spot pork and Cumbrian beef grace the menu with duck fat roasted potatoes, roots, greens and gravy.
The Old White Bear
Set in quaint Hampstead Village, The Old White Bear is the perfect picture-postcard village pub with overflowing window boxes and white wooden shutters. The interior follows the standard gastropub etiquette and you’ll dine well on classic roast dinners accompanied with all the trimmings.