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Best Sunday Lunch in London

 
 
 

The Harwood Arms

 

Sunday lunch is one British tradition worth observing. All you need is a lazy afternoon, an expandable waist line, good company and more Sunday papers than you could ever hope to read. London is packed with places offering fantastic Sunday menus covering everything from authentic roasts with full trimmings to lighter lunch options.

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Duke of Cambridge

Pioneering gastropub with an extensive range of micro-brewery beers and an all organic menu

30 St Peter's Street, Islington, London, N1 8JT

Tube: Angel Station

 
 

Pioneering organic pub the Duke of Cambridge has done a good job of going gastro without losing the atmosphere of a proper boozer. In part, this is due to the number of tables and chairs they've crammed into the stripped pine main bar, forcing people to share and creating a buzzy, convivial atmosphere that works well whether you're on a birthday party or a date. It's also due to an excellent range of organic micro-brewery beers, which keeps the CAMRA types happy, even though the decor's a bit lighter and airier than they might like. On Sundays, roast dinners take centre stage with aged striploin of British beef, pork belly with crackling and apple sauce, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, and half roasted chicken cooked with rosemary, lemon and garlic on the menu. There's also squash and spinach wellington along with a selection of mains such as lamb shank shepherd's pie, trout with cavelo nero and vegan 'fish' and chips.

 
 
 

Hawksmoor

Renowned steak restaurant Hawksmoor serves legendary Sunday roasts.

11 Langley Street, Seven Dials, , Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JG

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

Renowned for its succulent steaks made with beef from grass-fed native cattle, Hawksmoor has made a name for itself as one of London's best steak restaurants, and its Sunday lunches have also become legendary. The slow roast rump is roasted on a spit over an open fire on real charcoal before being finished in the oven. Beef dripping roast potatoes, oversized Yorkshire puddings and lashings of bone marrow and onion gravy complete the indulgent experience along with carrots, greens and roasted shallots. The Sunday roast is available at the Air Street, Borough, Knightsbridge, Seven Dials and Spitalfields branches.

 
 
 

The Harwood Arms

Tuck into 45-day aged beef served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and cauliflower cheese croquettes.

Walham Grove, Fulham, London, SW6 1QR

Tube: Fulham Broadway Station

 
 

The Harwood Arms has upped its gastro offering, moving away from being just another west London pub and blossoming into a place where fine food flourishes. The critics seem to agree, and the Harwood has steadily built up a collection of awards and accolades, including the first and only London pub to be awarded a Michelin star. Hidden away in the back streets of Fulham, the Harwood offers award-winning food and wine in a casual and relaxed setting, championing the very best British produce with a focus on game and wild food, much of which is sourced from the nearby Berkshire countryside. Resolutely down to earth, they get the basics just right. Their signature dish, to give an example, is a venison Scotch egg, to be enjoyed as a bar snack, and they serve the best potatoes in London - crushed and fried to perfection. Sunday is a celebration of all things delicious and British with their famous 45-day aged Shorthorn beef served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese croquettes, horseradish cream and bone marrow gravy. It's what Sundays are made for.

 
 
 

Dean Street Townhouse Dining Room

Indulgent roast dinners are served in a handsome dining room at this trendy Soho eatery..

69-71 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3SE

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Tottenham Court Road Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

Everything about the Dean Street Townhouse is very British, from the Grade II listed four-storey Georgian building to its handsome Dining Room and floral lounge, where afternoon tea is served. The first joint production by Nick Jones, founder of Soho House, and Richard Caring, who owns The Ivy, Le Caprice, Scott's, Annabel's and others, Dean Street Townhouse feels like it's been on this Soho street for a hundred years even though it only opened in 2009. It's not easy to do but with this restaurant the duo have created "the perfect French brasserie serving delectably simple English food" (observes Matthew Norman in The Guardian). And unlike its sister establishments - exclusive London members' clubs Soho House, The Electric and Shoreditch House - you don't have to be a member to eat or stay here. The menu is full of nostalgic comfort food, from fish and chips with mushy peas to fruit scones for afternoon tea. The style is fashionably homey and the roast dinners are seriously indulgent with the choice of two or three courses including Hereford roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and Lincolnshire roast pork with apple sauce and crackling. You can sit on red leather banquettes in the main dining room, in vintage armchairs in the lounge, or on high stools at the bar while taking in the impressive art collection featuring works by contemporary British artists like Paul Noble, Keith Tyson, Peter Blake, Tracey Emin, Mark Titchner, Fiona Banner, Keith Coventry and Mat Collishaw.

 
 
 

The Thomas Cubitt

Sundays roasts with all the trimmings in a perfect panelled pub.

44 Elizabeth Street, Victoria, London, SW1W 9PA

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 
 

The Thomas Cubitt - named after the great Belgravia architect - is a perfect panelled pub, enclosed by French windows on two sides which open out on to the pretty Elizabeth Street and the huddles of tables outside, adding to the light, airy feel. The menu is focused on unfussy British country house cuisine. Sunday roasts include traditional breed beef sirloin, salt marsh lamb with mint sauce and middle white pork with crackling and apple sauce. All roasts come with roast potatoes, homemade Yorkshires, carrots, parsnips, green beans and gravy followed by indulgent desserts like Bramley apple pie, vanilla custard profiteroles and custard panna cotta. 

 
 
 
 

The Horseshoe

A great boozer with exceptional Sunday roasts.

28 Heath Street, London, NW3 6TE

Tube: Hampstead Station

 
 

The birthplace of Camden Town Brewery, The Horseshoe continues to serve the full range of Camden beers, making it a good boozer by anybody's standards. But couple this with the simple, honest cooking using quality ingredients and you have a gastropub that stands out from the over-priced restaurants in this affluent area. As a restaurant alone, it is the best thing in Hampstead, and the Sunday roasts are a real highlight. Diners can feast on 35 day dry-aged Hereford beer sirloin, rolled confit lamb shoulder, Tamworth pork bellow, roast chicken with bread sauce or the vegetarian-friendly mushroom, red pepper, spinach and ricotta Wellington. All roasts come with roast potatoes, parsnip, carrot and swede mash, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. 

 
 
 

The Grazing Goat

The Sunday menu here covers British pub classics as well as the traditional roast dinner.

6 New Quebec Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 7RQ

Tube: Marble Arch Station

 
 

This huge gastropub is another ambitious project courtesy of the people behind Cubitt House (Stefan Turnbull and Barry Hirst, the guys behind The Thomas Cubitt, The Orange, and The Alfred Tennyson) who have been brought in by the Portman Estate who also own the nearby Portman Bistro and the Vinoteca wine bar, to re-hash what used to be the Bricklayers Arms in New Quebec Street.  An expensive refurbishment has transformed The Grazing Goat into what appears to be a large country house, set in the Marble Arch end of Marylebone. Inside, you'll find a strong English theme, regarding both the interiors and the menu. Simple British food is the fare of choice here and the Sunday menu covers everything from British pub classics such as fish and chip and burgers to the traditional roast dinner. Diners can choose from Cardington grass-fed beef rib, middle white pork, salt marsh lamb and butternut and cashew wellington as well as a whole Castlemead chicken for two people or a sharing joint for four or more diners. Puddings continue the British theme with Bramley apple pie and a selection of British cheeses both on the menu.

 
 
 

HIX at The Tramshed

A whole roast chicken with sage and onion stuffing is on the menu every day of the week.

32 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3LX

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 

A whole roast chicken served with chips and sage and onion stuffing can be enjoyed every day of the week at Tramshed, the Mark Hix restaurant that sees steak and chicken feature prominently on the menu. Marble steak that's been aged in a Himalayan salt chamber and a buttermilk fried chicken burger served with kimchi mayo also make for an indulgent Sunday feasts but for traditionalists there are two different sharing roasts to choose from: The Shoreditch strip joint and the roast Indian Rock chicken, both served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and seasonal vegetables. Follow it with banoffee cheesecake, salted caramel fondue or Bramley apple pie. A Damien Hirst cow-in-formaldehyde-tank makes for an eye-catching art piece at the centre of the dining room. 

 
 
 

The Alfred Tennyson

Indulgent Sunday roasts in a high-end pub setting.

10 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8LA

Tube: Knightsbridge Station , Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 

Part of the Cubitt House group, which is also responsible for The Orange and The Thomas Cubitt, The Alfred Tennyson is a modern Belgravia pub that has a quintessentially British feel. The chic decor fits in with its well-heeled neighbourhood and a local pub meets fine dining atmosphere makes it an enjoyable spot to dine. The Sunday menu features British pub classics such as fish and chips and burgers as well as refined options like pan-fried hake and roasted beetroot and caramelised onion tart. A Sunday staple, the roast dinner menu includes traditional breed beef sirloin, salt marsh lamb and middle white pork as well as the option to feast on the full trio. All come with traditional trimmings and seasonal vegetables. 

 
 
 

The Game Bird

A succulent rib of beef is carved directly at the table at this sophisticated hotel restaurant.

The Stafford , 16-18 St James's Place, London, SW1A 1NJ

Tube: Green Park Station

 
 

Making full use of the diverse produce of Great Britain and its surrounding oceans, The Game Bird, the sophisticated in-house restaurant at The Stafford Hotel in St James's, puts locally sourced ingredients to good use, making it a fantastic place to indulge in the British tradition of a hearty roast dinner. The Sunday offering here adds a sense of theatrics to proceedings with a succulent rib of beef carved directly at the table on a handcrafted trolley. Diners can choose between two or three courses, priced at £35 and £40 respectively, with pan-roasted sea bream and Jerusalem artichoke risotto sitting alongside the roast beef on the main menu. Expect dishes such as smoked ham hock terrace and celeriac velouté on the seasonal menu of starters as well as indulgent desserts like treacle tart and apple and calvados pavlova. 

 
 
 

Roast

Tuck into a Sunday roast while overlooking the famous Borough Market.

The Floral Hall, Borough Market, Bankside, London, SE1 1TL

Tube: London Bridge Station , Borough Station

 
 

The clue is in the name at Roast in Borough Market, where one of the best Sunday lunches in town can be found. Perched on the high bridge over the famous food market, the restaurant provides spectacular views and a refined British menu created using the finest produce from the market below. The Sunday roast menu consists of three courses, kicking off with dishes such as potato dumplings with black garlic, scotch egg with piccalilli and roast iron bark pumpkin soup. For the main event, there's Roast Wicks Manor pork belly, roast sirloin of Hereford beef, slow roasted lamb shoulder and free-range chicken as well as fillet of bream and barley risotto. Add on sides such as buttered peas and onions, parsley carrots and black pepper cabbage before tucking into sticky date pudding or chocolate tart. There's also roasted East Anglian chateaubriand for two with rosemary roasties, Yorkshire pudding, horseradish cream and red wine gravy.

 

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