If you’re looking for a London pub that’s more than just a pub, you won’t be disappointed by Notting Hill’s The Red Lemon, where you’ll find hearty roasts by ex-Soho House chef Dave Green and a charming local interior, says Gabby Werre
Prior to my move from Los Angeles to London, my Sundays weren’t taken up with roasts, but times have changed and I am now very much onboard – so long as there’s no pressure to cook it for myself. Fortunately, on this particular Sunday I didn’t have to: ex-Soho House chef and the Red Lemon’s Head Chef Dave Green did – wonderfully.
It was a quiet afternoon when my friend Alex and I strolled through Notting Hill to The Red Lemon pub. We were met snout first – one of the locals had a large and rare white German Shepherd alongside him – before being greeted by the manager Tom, who was knowledgeable about the menu and equally helpful. After a chat, we were guided to our table in the back room, which was immensely homely as the walls, exposed with brick, were adorned with art from local artists.
I decided on the Parma ham and Provencal figs. Alex, with recommendations from Tom, decided on the spiced crab on toast and dug right in on its arrival. It was love at first bite – a must order.
Afterwards arrived the mother of all meals: the roast. While Alex opted for the half roast chicken with pigs in blankets, I ordered the roast beef. Not to disregard my dish, but the chicken was phenomenal, and secondly, I am almost certain that pigs in blankets are synonymous to heaven on earth. The meat aside, I really love potatoes and at The Red Lemon there was no shortage of them.
We ordered mashed potatoes on top of our roast ones. The latter were crisp, warm and hardy – one of the tastiest roast potatoes I’ve had yet with a Sunday lunch. I can’t say the Yorkshire puddings were incomparable, but the gravy was second to none. We didn’t want to pass up on dessert, but we couldn’t manage anything sweet so we topped off our wine with its perfect pairing: a cheeseboard.
Alex and I were reminded of The Red Lemon’s charm as we walked out to the chatter of locals with their dogs. It is definitely the place to go to for a homely, quaint Sunday lunch.
45 All Saints Road, Notting Hill W11 1HE; 020 7229 5963; theredlemon.co.uk
About £60 for two exclusive of drinks
A homely, comforting Sunday roast experience
What to eat
Spiced crab on toast – a must order
What to know
The restaurant has regularly changing art collections from local artists