Food & Drink

These are London's best Sunday roasts

Jason Allen Published On 08/22/2013 Published On 08/22/2013
Best Roasts - London

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...

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The Hawksmoor's Seven Dials
Covent Garden
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

House of Wolf
Islington
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.

Cubbitt House

The Thomas Cubitt
Belgravia
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.

The Horseshoe

The Horseshoe
Hampstead Village
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.

The Rookery

The Rookery
Clapham
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.

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The Marksman Pub
Shoreditch
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.

Pig & Butcher

The Pig and Butcher
Islington
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.

Marquis Cornwallis

Marquis Cornwallis
Bloomsbury
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

The Modern Pantry
Clerkenwell
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.

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The Albion
Islington
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).

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1. The Thomas Cubitt 44 Elizabeth Street, London, SW1W 9PA (Belgravia)

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.

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2. Hawksmoor Seven Dials 11 Langley St , London, WC2H 9JG (Covent Garden)

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.

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3. House of Wolf 181 Upper St, London, N1 1RQ (Islington)

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.

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4. Horseshoe Pub 28 Heath St, Hampstead, NW3 6TE (Hampstead)

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.

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5. The Rookery 69 Clapham Common Southside, , London, SW4 9DA (Wandsworth)

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.

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6. The Pig and Butcher 80 Liverpool road, London, N1 0QD (Islington)

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.

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7. Marquis Cornwallis 31 Marchmont St, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AP (Bloomsbury)

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.

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8. The Modern Pantry 48 St John's Sq, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4JJ (Clerkenwell)

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.

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9. The Albion 10 Thornhill Rd, Islington, N1 1HW (Islington)

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.

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10. Marksman Public House 254 Hackney Rd, London, E2 7SJ (Hackney)

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.

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