As the night’s draw in, the plates, ultimately, pile up. A staple in most pubs and restaurants on a Sunday during the winter months, roast dinners in the City of London bring disciples from all over the capital to enjoy a hearty meal with close friends.
And, with Christmas around the corner, some of our favourite roast dinner haunts are upping their game.
Whether your centrepiece is pork or Portobello mushrooms, every roast dinner lover comes together with the mutual love of all the trimmings – think roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and gravy. But, connoisseurs will know there is an art to creating the perfect dinner.
So, if you’re simply looking for a Sunday roast with a festive vibe, or want to book in for Christmas Day and leave the hassle of cooking to someone else, below are some of the best places to devour roast dinners in the City of London over the holidays.
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We can’t put together this list without mentioning ROAST. Famous for its spectacular contemporary take on a Sunday lunch, the restaurant, located just off Borough Market, has put together a menu with a festive twist this Christmas. Catering to all tastes and preferences, ROAST’s festive menu includes a duo of featherblade and bavette steaks, roast monkfish loin with chestnut and scallion broth, a vegan wellington with truffle cauliflower and, of course, a roast turkey. The menu also includes all the favourites like pigs in blankets and brussel sprouts.
Stoney Street SE1 1TL
Veggies skip over this one. One of the best steakhouses in London, Hawksmoor is also well-known for its Sunday roast offering. Head to the restaurant in the heart of the City this Christmas and tuck into the signature Sunday lunch. Cooked over charcoal before finishing in the oven to get a traditional spit-roast flavour, the slow roast rump comes with beef dripping roast potatoes, roasted shallots and lashings of bone marrow gravy. If you have any room left, finish off your meal with one of their decadent puddings. You’ll not be sorry as you take a bite of the sticky toffee pudding.
10 Basinghall Street EC2V 5BQ
Located in Shoreditch, the British chophouse is housed in an ex-warehouse space with exposed brick and concrete floors. Despite being extremely trendy, Blacklock is a winner when it comes to traditional Sunday roasts. The cool and quirky restaurant is a fantastic place to order a roast dinner with friends in the run-up to Christmas. Simple, yet delicious, you can choose from a 55-day-aged beef rump, a 28-day-aged lamb leg or a 21-day-aged pork loin. With your roast placed on mismatched and vintage plates, and drinks served on a trolley wheeled round to your table, Blacklock is the festive nostalgia you didn’t realise you needed until now.
28-30 Rivington Street EC2A 3DZ
You’ll find The Culpeper just off Brick Lane and a two-minute stroll to Whitechapel Gallery. The local legend is home to a restaurant, hotel, and pub, while it also has a fantastic rooftop kitchen garden. From late November to the end of December, The Culpeper is offering a special Christmas roast dinner menu in its pub and restaurant. Tuck into roast hake fillet with parsnips, roast chicken with stuffing, and a vegetable wellington with goat’s curd and chestnuts. If you have any room left, make sure you finish your meal with the cranberry and apple crumble or cheese board.
40 Commercial Street E1 6LP
The Jugged Hare
A short walk from the Barbican Centre, The Jugged Hare is famous for its game menu packed with flavour. The go-to spot sepacialises in traditional and seasonal ingredients and is known for its extensive wine list. This December, the gastro pub has created an incredible Christmas menu and decked out the event space for you to enjoy it. Something for everyone, the Christmas roast menu includes a haunch of wild Suffolk venison with offal croquettes, as well as butternut squash with wild mushroom, sage and pearl barley. And, that’s not all. The dessert menu is even more tantalising and includes Christmas pudding with brandy custard and pistachio frangipane tart – delicious.
The Brewery, 49 Chiswell Street EC1Y 4SA
Main image: ROAST