There are few things so institutionally British, not to mention as comforting, as the traditional Sunday roast. The finest meal of the week and the only way to finish a lazy weekend in Autumn, here’s my current favourites in London:
Hawksmoor has long been the place to be on a Sunday afternoon to get a proper roast done right. For £22 per person you’ll get 60-day-aged rump cooked to absolute perfection with all the traditional trimmings, including crisp and fluffy roast dripping spuds, buttery carrots, hispi cabbage and one of the best cauliflower cheeses in town. If working through all of that on a lazy Sunday sounds like your idea of heaven, then get on down to Hawksmoor for one of the best Sunday roasts in town.
Best For – Cauliflower cheese, because a Sunday roast isn’t quite complete without it.
Note – Booking ahead is very much advised and try and get down before 5pm when many of the roasts are often already devoured.
Hidden away in the back streets of Fulham, the Harwood Arms offers some phenomenal grub in a gastro pub style setting. All of the roasts come with the goods; the ‘goods’ in this case being beef dripping potatoes, roasted carrotts and parsnips and homemade yorkies, some of the best around. Douse your beef with Harwood Arm’s signature bone marrow gravy for a river of flavour you’ll be dreaming about for the rest of the week.
The star of the show has to be the cauliflower cheese croquettes, unlike anything I’ve tasted before and a modern take on the age old classic!
Best For – Special occasions, it may look like a traditional gastro pub from the outside but do not be fooled, it’s a proper restaurant with both dishes and prices to match.
Note – Booking ahead is very much advised !
Sundays in Central London can involve lots of traffic and getting harangued by fellow Sunday shoppers. Avoid having one of those days and spend your Sunday at a proper gastro pub in the form of the Royal Oak in Marylebone. The roast topside was truly stunning but the star of the show had to be the starters, including this melt in the mouth longhorn beef tartare with yolk perfection.
Best For – Starters, why not share the steak tartare, homemade Nduja scotch eggs and honey mustard sausages?!