A staple in most pubs and restaurants 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.
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.
Leave the hassle of cooking to someone else, below are some of the best places to devour roast dinners in the City of London.
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Veggies skip over this one. One of the best steakhouses in London, Hawksmoor is also well-known for its roast dinner offering. Head to the restaurant in the heart of the City and tuck into the signature roast. 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 roasts. The cool and quirky restaurant is a fantastic place to order a roast dinner with friends. 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. 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
A contemporary take on the usual roast dinner. The cool hangout in Spitalfields Market, just off Brick Lane, serves high-end food and drinks in a ultra-laidback environment. With walls covered in graffiti set next to a glitzy bar with waiter’s whizzing up cocktails, Coqbull is a great place to relax with colleagues or friends throughout the week. However, come Sunday order the signature roast for two and share a delicious juicy chicken, which is perfectly spiced. Plus, with enough sides to warrant using two tables, you’ll have to open a bottle of Riesling to wash it all down! Delicious!
65a Brushfield Street E1 6AA
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 sensational menu. Catering to all tastes and preferences, ROAST’s menu includes pork belly with Bramley apple sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy. For the veggies, tuck into panfried gnocchi, toasted almonds and crispy capers.
Stoney Street SE1 1TL