As the months get colder, there’s nothing like cosying up by the fire in your local pub on a Sunday and feasting on a traditional roast dinner. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon hungover with your housemates or relaxing with your family. Whoever you spend it with, here’s where you should head for a top quality Sunday roast in London. Be prepared to drool over these delights!
Image: Beagle London
397-400 Geffrye Street, London, E2 8HZ
Sunday lunch 1pm – 4pm
The Beagle’s warming charm makes it one of our top five pubs to head to on a Sunday afternoon. It isn’t your usual ‘pub-with-fire’ backdrop but there is smart outdoor seating, a stylish dining area with an open kitchen, and a spacious bar. The Beagle serves up scrumptious amber ales from the Redemption Craft Brewery and sophisticated cocktails concocted by acclaimed barman, Myles Davies. We’d recommend you give the rhubarb bellini with a hint of vanilla a try!
A back-to-basics British ethos is evident at the Beagle, known for roasting meat to exceptional standards. Fancy yourself a roast beef rump served with crispy dripping potatoes (there can never be enough of these!), or mix up your roast with pork belly, grilled pork chops or a Beagle burger. There’s even wood-fired jerked spiced roast chicken with burnt carrots and chimichurri – for an alternative Sunday plate. Here, traditional Sunday roasts are a thing of a past!
Image: Carpenter’s Arms
73 Cheshire Street, London, E2 6EG
12pm – 11.30pm on Sundays
Sunday lunch at this pub makes for a relaxing start to your afternoon, but be prepared for crowds of swag-carrying Brick Lane market visitors to arrive. The mood will soon crank up from low-key to lively! The Carpenter’s Arms is popular and one of our favourites because of its humble ethos; the food here is more about satisfaction than aspiration, and the cooking is homely.
For your Sunday roast you are spared of hard decisions with the menu’s two options; sirloin of beef or loin of pork. Both served with those must-have roasties and Yorkshire puds! And, if you like your Sunday afternoon spent with a beer in hand, you won’t be disappointed by the impressive range of Belgian beers on offer.
1-3 Lillieshall Road, London, SW4 0LN
Lunch from 12pm – 4pm on Sundays
Bobbin is one of our secret finds, tucked away in a quiet residential street north of Clapham Common, but a real charmer that’s worth the hunt! This understated gastropub does a cracking roast dinner within the cosy confines of its bar and dining room.
Here they offer a simple (but undeniably delicious!) menu of slow-roasted pork belly, half a roast chicken and roast sirloin of beef. If there’s any room left, the desserts at Bobbin are particularly tempting and take inspiration from Italy and the French Riviera.
On your next visit, check out their special guest draught ale in the pub’s sun-trap beer garden before your meal. It has a changing rota of proper ales and good wines by the glass, to be enjoyed either in its cosy front room or airy conservatory at the rear.
58 Peckham Rye, Peckham, SE15 4JR
9am – 5pm on Sundays
Pedler is a stylishly shabby-chic restaurant in Peckham Rye, where you’d be forgiven for believing you’ve been transported to the ski slopes thanks to its interior décor of battered wooden floors and lettered mirrors.
If you’re looking for a top notch roast, we’ve found it for you! At Pedler they always deliver on the promise of high-quality seasonal ingredients in their daily changing, modern-European menu. Plus, you’re guaranteed the most atmospheric afternoon, especially around the bar where they serve up a beautiful all-gin cocktail list for you to finish off your Sunday in style.
Hawksmoor Seven Dials
11 Langley Street, London, WC2H 9JG
12pm – 9.30pm on Sundays
We often like to spend our Sunday afternoons in spots outside of the City for a quieter day away from the hustle and bustle of London. However, Hawksmoor is quite frankly worth it! They serve an amazing Sunday roast full of flavour for £20. The meat-loving Hawksmoor chefs are experts at roasting beef, starting first over charcoal, then resigning the meat to the oven. If you’re going to Hawksmoor, it would be wrong to order anything other than this – especially on a Sunday!
The beautiful cut of beef is paired with fluffy potatoes roasted in duck fat, greens, carrots, squidgy cooked garlic cloves and sweet roasted shallots. This is truly a roast to boast about, and we do – often!
Where do you go for your Sunday roast in London? Let us know in the comments below!