Thanks to an egregious typo in the Bible, most of the rest of the world doesn't consider Sunday the day of roast, as was intended. But we know better, and thanks to London's ever-competitive dining scene, there are some religiously good places to get one, too. Here are the very best...
The Hawksmoor's Seven Dials
There's no choice of roasts at this spot, and that's a good thing -- you come to Hawksmoor for the beef, and you shall find it here, in the form of a Longhorn joint cooked pink w/ a massive Yorkshire that'll go by gums quite nicely.
House of Wolf
This hyper-experimental outfit will roll out their parsnips as part of a mustard & cider soup, while the meat is slow roast pork belly & beef.
The Thomas Cubitt
The folks at The Thomas Cubitt will give you an entire joint (with all the trimmings) for you to carve yourself at the table, because
they're lazy there are few things more satisfying.
Sure, The Horseshoe may sound like the perfect place to get lucky (it's the home of Camden Town Brewery, so it actually probably is), but it's the twice-cooked pork belly and entire legs of lamb roasts, that really make this spot.
This Clapham joint may have a NY-inspired Lower East Side vibe on the inside, but the kitchen's staying firmly on this side of the Atlantic, putting out end-of-week lunchables like topside Longhorn, and slow roast pork belly.
The Marksman Pub
With a head chef who studied under Rick Stein, the Marksman will ruthlessly assassinate your appetite with massive Yorkshires, rare breed pork, and half-chicken roasts.
The Pig and Butcher
Not merely a name, The P&B actually has a permanent butcher on-site to turn farmyard favourites into slow roast pork shoulder, 35-day-aged Angus rumps cooked rare, and Blackface lamb w/ all the trimmings.
With a keen understanding of the nature of a Sunday roast, the Marquis rolls out its all-British chicken & beef numbers not only with jugs of Marys, but also boardgames, newspapers, and a jukebox.
The Modern Pantry
Being about as out-there as you can get while still considered to be a roast, is Pantry's Sunday offering, which includes your choice of thyme-, chili-, and soy-marinated sirloin of beef, or Goosnargh duck breast mole rojo, all w/ duck fat potatoes.
Set in a Georgian mansion w/ a walled garden, Albion's famed Sunday playmakers are their whole-roast poussin, the Romney Salt Marsh lamb, and even a roast suckling pig for 10 (people, not pounds).
1. The Thomas Cubitt44 Elizabeth Street, London
2. Hawksmoor Seven Dials11 Langley St , London
3. House of Wolf181 Upper St, London
4. Horseshoe Pub28 Heath St, Hampstead
5. The Rookery69 Clapham Common Southside, , London
6. The Pig and Butcher80 Liverpool road, London
7. Marquis Cornwallis31 Marchmont St, Bloomsbury
8. The Modern Pantry48 St John's Sq, Clerkenwell
9. The Albion10 Thornhill Rd, Islington
10. Marksman Public House254 Hackney Rd, London
Hit Thomas Cubitt (or sister pub The Orange), where they're now offering a four-person-minimum Sunday roast featuring a whole beef joint "with all the trimmings" for you to carve up yourselves, though if you look like you can't be trusted with sharp objects, they'll do it for you.
It isn't the cheapest steakhouse you'll ever visit, but unless you make a living by recycling tin cans, it won't be the priciest, either. It's renowned for its collection of steaks and you'll always find the perfect pairing on the wine list.
HoW serves up deliciously unique cocktails, like the David Bellamy (which involves an edible flower and straw as a stem), and the Wolf's Blood (that involves a bottle of cognac, hypodermic needle, and spherified black cherry). There's no telling how crazy/tasty your 'tails will be once you walk in.
The Horseshoe is part of Camden Town Brewery, so essentially, it's an awesome place to kick back with some crafts and bar food. They also have a Sunday brunch that boasts some of the best roast in Hampstead.
After honeymooning on the fair island of Manhattan, Rookery's owner decided to duplicate the relaxed, urban-rustic vibe of the Lower East Side, filling his white-tiled joint with reclaimed furniture & touches including an impressive iron spiral staircase and a cracked mirror so large whoever defaced it will continue to have horrible things happen to him even in the afterlife.
Because "The Pig and Butcher… and Lamb and Cow, Some Top Class Chefs, and like, a Million Craft Beers" is too much to fit on a pub sign, Islington's P&B have cut things off after that ellipses, but still offer all of the above -- including a full-time butcher -- in a space whose rustic wood, chalkboards, and stained glass channel the old York rather than the new.
Their bar food consists of salt & pepper squid, and their dinner menu is chock full of seasonal items rich with flavor and color. If anything, indulge in a cocktail and their salted caramel and chocolate tart.
TMP has a Sunday roast that will exceed your standards... which for brunch, are probably pretty low. Regardless, cocktails are above-average and their roast is stellar.
The Albion is set in an old Georgian mansion... so who wouldn't want to dine here? Go for their Sunday roast, which will make you feel like a king, and allow you to leave feeling like a peon.
While this old school pub was given a makeover, it still has all the same charm. Owned by two best friends and joint head chefs who served some time at St John and Fifteen, the food is fantastic and is paired with a solid beer selection and casual wine list.