One of the best meals of the week, a Sunday roast lunch is hard to beat. 

Whether you're up for something a little refined or are after a hearty pub lunch, here are the best roasts in London.

1 The Midland Grand Dining Room

Feast on a slightly French style roast lunch in one of the most majestic dining rooms in London. Conveniently found in the gothic St Pancras Renaissance Hotel attached to King’s Cross station, The Midland Grand’s roast is every bit as sublime as its a la carte menu. Dishes are designed to be shared and include the likes of rabbit leg pithivier, beef sirloin and a whole roast chicken with girolles and braised onion.

Address: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, NW1 2AR


2 Vervian at Birch Selsdon, Croydon

The location of this roast couldn’t be better, whether you’re Croydon local or not. Found in the second restaurant of the newly opened Birch Selsdon, a grand old Victoria country estate set on 200 acres of rewilded land, you’ve got views of nature for days from the light-soaked dining room. There’s plenty of small plates should you want something different, or a roast of every kind of meat, including fish, and another for the plant eaters, loaded up with a host of comforting trimmings.

Address: 126 Addington Road, South Croydon CR2 8YA


3 Hawksmoor, various locations

A plush chain of steakhouse with a restaurant practically in every corner of London, the Hawksmoor’s Sunday roast is also made up of delicious things plated up to be shared. The sharing cuts on offer change but will usually include Prime Rib or Chateaubriand. For sides, you can add on the ultimate comfort food – cauliflower cheese, or try rainbow chard with anchovies or roasted bone marrow.


4 Coal Rooms, Peckham

As a social enterprise, Coal Rooms reinvests over half of its profits in training and employment opportunities for the homeless. As a restaurant, it serves up modern European dishes, cooked over its bespoke coal-fired grill. Open for all-day dining, the venue's roasts are a couple of steps up from your average pub Sunday lunch, think ethically sourced produce prepared so natural flavours sing.

Address: 11a Station Way Peckham, SE15 4RX


5 Manteca, Shoreditch

This nose-to-tail restaurant makes its pasta fresh, butchers in-house, and cooks over fire and coals. Last roast season, the restaurant put on Manteca Sundays, which were a lunch made up of homely family-style dishes such as traditional lasagne and Tamworth porchetta, paired with a selection of various wines not usually on offer. Here’s to hoping there’s a repeat performance.

Address: 49-51 Curtain Road EC2A 3 PT


6 Blacklock, various locations

A restaurant based on the chophouses of the 1690s, a place where hungry punters could go to feast on meat on the bone, for extra flavour. Blacklock is all about the meat, and on Sundays, the restaurant whole joints over open coals for a beefed up version of the traditional English roast. You’ve got beef rump, lamb leg and pork loin to choose from. Vegans and vegetarians can get stuck into a whole roast celeriac too.


7 The Marksman, Hackney

A popular spot for people who’ve just been squashed at the Columbia Road Flower Market, The Markman has Sunday roast dishes for sharing as well as for those who want a plate to themselves. The very British roast options include smoke haddock and pollock fishcake or pressed celeriac pie, with the likes of guinea fowl and Tamworth terrine.

Address: 254 Hackney Road, Hackney E2 7SJ


8 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Those looking for a traditional Sunday roast won't find it at Heston’s two-Michelin starred restaurant. Instead, try experimental dishes such as Heston's signature meat fruit (mandarin chicken liver parfait) or octopus frumenty for starters, before getting stuck into a Hereford prime rib to share, with mustard ketchup and triple cooked chips is on offer. Leave room for the tipsy cake for dessert - that comes with juicy pineapples roasted in full view of the dining room. 

Address: 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA


9 The Pelican, Notting Hill

A refined, Michelin-starred pub, The Pelican won't serve you up your standard Sunday lunch. With ex-The Wolseley and Sketch chef, Owen Kenworthy in the kitchen, the pub plates up selection of elegant British dishes a la carte, with a family style feast being served on Sundays. The feast changes weekly and must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.

Address: 45 All Saints Road WII IHE


10 The Audley Public House, Mayfair

If there's only one roast on the menu, then it has to be a crowd-pleaser. Carrying the wieght of Sunday lunch expectations on its fleshy pink cuts, Audley Public House's roast beef is a traditional Sunday feast. Hefty slabs of succulent meat come with well seasoned vegetables including sauted peppery cabbage, a shaved beef stuffed yorkshire pudding and a meal size serving of cauliflower cheese. 

Address: 41-43 Mount Street, Mayfair W1K 2RX


11 The Holland, Kensington

Standing where the old Princess Victoria once stood, The Holland is the latest venture by chef Max de Nahlik (ex- the organic certified Duke of Cambridge, Islington). Head here for an elegant roast made with seasonal produce of the likes of confit chicken leg or roast beef rump, and spiced brown crab on toast, or sweetcorn, tomato and miso butter with chili peanuts to start with.

Address: 25 Earls Court Road, London W8 6EB


12 The Lanesborough Grill, Hyde Park

The Lanesborough Grill put on a roast that is as grand as the hotel is. It's three superb courses and expect British cuisine at its traditional best. Try coronation crab salad  to start, followed by the likes of roast salt marsh lamb with a pot of rich shepherd's pie on the side. Finish with a yoghurt and raspberry ice-cream sandwich and some petit fours, and let the sommelier pair wine to your courses for a flawless meal.

Address: Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA


13 The Baring, Islington

A new neighbourhood boozer for Islington near Regent's Canal by the team behind The Bull and Last in Highgate. Go for a sharing roast, one you can keep to yourself, or break from Sunday tradition and order a smattering of superb small plates to share.

Address: 55 Baring Street, Islington, N1 3DS


14 Fallow, St James’s Market

Serving up contemporary European dishes, diners can expect a considered Sunday lunch offering with the likes of venison, dairy cow rump, white pork and smoked leeks for the vegetarians as the meal's star event. Each roast comes with trimmings, and there's enough small plates, snacks, sides and roast alternatives to create a multi-course feast or your own Sunday meal concoction.

Address: 2 St. James’s Market SW1Y 4RP


15 The Coach Makers Arms, Marylebone

A pub roast that's more than a pub roast, The Coach Makers Arms' Sunday lunch has been created by celebrated chef Ben Tish. Traditional roasts prepared using quality British produce come with contemporary riffs - pork belly with spice quince, or kohlrabi apple and parsley slaw for example. For diners who are unable to choose, a selection of roasts to share is the perfect solution.

Address: 88 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, W1U 2PZ


16 Le Petit Beef Bar, Chelsea

A Monte-Carlo born concept with locations already in far-flung places including Greece, Malta, France and Hong Kong, this lavish, meaty steakhouse has a London outpost in Chelsea that serves a decadent Sunday roast. Roast wagyu rump comes with trimmings including beef fat potatoes and bone marrow. You can also try the wagyu bullshot cocktail - veal and wagyu consomme, spice mix and vodka.

Address: 7 Cale Street SW3 3QP


17 Temper, Shoreditch & Soho

With venues in Soho, the City Covent Garden and now Shoreditch, temper is one popular barbecue joint and steakhouse. Serving a Sunday lunch at the Shoreditch and Soho outposts, roasts come in single serves or you can go the Three Beast Feast for a family-style dinner that comes with aged beef roast, roasted pork and smoked lamb shoulder.

Address: 78 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3JL; 25 Broadwick Street W1F 0DF