When it comes to a roast, you have two choices: have all your friends come round to tell damning jokes about you, or option two: sit in a leather pub booth in front of a plate full of roast chicken and Yorkshire puddings smothered in gravy. Which sounds better? Notting Hill may have some of the most upmarket restaurants in town, but there’s no shortage of good quality pub roasts; some traditional, some experimental and some are even good value. Here are just a few of our favourite Sunday lunches in Notting Hill and nearby neighbourhoods
1 The Mall Tavern
A young, lively pub that doesn’t take itself too seriously, except when it comes to putting on a good roast. There’s no fancy tricks with the dishes here, just solid bloody marys and a generous Sunday lunch. For the ravenous, there’s an option for a whole roast chicken to share at £30. You can make table bookings, or just walk in early and grab a seat in the bar. The Mall prides itself on serving beer from local London brewers, with 23 to choose from on draft, and groups between 6-25 can book in for a meal at the bar’s new Beer Cellar.
71 Palace Gardens Terrace W8 4RU; 020 7229 3374
This Notting Hill restaurant was the first instalment of the Bumpkin brand, and though slowly growing into a London chain, they still know how to put on a decent spread for a Sunday. There’s a choice of chicken, middle white pork or a 28 day dry sirloin – as well as a veggie nut roast – all accompanied by duck fat roasties, veg, and Yorkshire puddings.
209 Westbourne Park Road W11 1EA, 020 7243 9818
3 Kensington Place
If you think it sacrilege to have anything but a meat joint tied with string for Sunday lunch, then you can still eat out at Kensington Church Street’s famous fish restaurant, Kensington Place. On Sundays only, there’s a menu addition of dry aged Angus rump or free range chicken with Yorkshire pudding (£17.50). For something different but with the same heavily-sated roast meal feel, try the KP fish pie (14.50).
201 Kensington Church Street, W8 7LX; 020 7727 3184
4 The Windsor Castle
With its hanging plants, old-fashioned monochrome front and friendly staff, The Windsor Castle on Campden Hill Road feels like it just crash landed in from the Lake District. And what can you guarantee at almost every Cumbrian pub? A solid Sunday roast. Try the loin of free range Cherry Orchard pork with crackling £17 and for veggies, a rarsnip, carrot, cranberry & stilton nut roast £16.
114 Campden Hill Road W8 7AR; 020 7243 8797
5 The Cow
When it was first launched by Tom Conran, this was seen as one of the pioneering gastropubs, but The Cow is really more of a restaurant with all the markings of a local boozer. Stroll past the vintage Guinness posters, and you’ll find yourself in the dining room, looking at a menu that features an £88 fish platter. The Cow is known for its celebrity visitors (Kate Moss and Paul McCartney have both been known to nurse a few drinks here) and its seafood. But on (yes, you guessed it, Sundays) they do a superb roast with forerib of British beef, roast potatoes, carrots, Yorkshire pudding and horseradish cream for £19.
89 Westbourne Park Road W2 5QH; 020 7221 0021
6 Sun in Splendour
It’s rare to find a decent pub sandwiched between a tube station and a popular tourist destination, but the Sun in Splendour is the exception. A short walk from Notting Hill Gate and Portobello Market, it has some of the friendliest bar staff in west London, and the food is affordable too. Try a very decent Sunday roast of free-range cherry orchard pork loin with crackling for 12.50 or 21-day-aged West Country beef for 14.50. And as an added bonus, they’ve got Meantime on draft.
7 Portobello Road W11 3DA; 020 7313 9491
7 The Prince Bonaparte
One of the more ‘gastropubby’ options on the list, The Prince Bonparte goes in for Sunday lunch in a big way. There’s live music, bloody marys and a choice of a 28 day-dry aged côte de boeuf for two, which will set you back £52. There’s also a roast Suffolk chicken with pork stuffing at £15. All the roasts are served with a Christmas style spread of Roast potatoes, celeriac, Yorkshire pudding and more. You can add fancier options of charred fennel or corn on the cob for £3.50. If you’ve any room left after that, we recommend the Pecan pie, Chantilly cream for £6.
80 Chepstow Road Westbourne Park W2 5BE; 020 7313 9491
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8 The Red Lemon
This cosy restaurant/bar opened up on the site of The Pelican last year and totally overhauled the menu – which had mostly consisted of fried pub-grub dishes. It hasn’t caused much of a stir but it’s a sweet, quiet place to enjoy Sunday lunch, with walls decorated in the changing work of local artists. Try the half roast chicken with pigs in blankets for £14. And another nice little touch – kids can enjoy a mini Sunday roast here for free when accompanied by a paying adult.
45 All Saints Road W11 1HE; 0207 229 5963
9 The Whippet Inn
A 15 minute walk from Ladbroke Grove station in Kensal Rise, The Whippet Inn is a trendy-ish food and craft beer pub, with an interior themed on the humble sighthound. They do a satisfying Sunday roast with all the trimmings, and for those willing to share, there’s a slow cooked Devon lamb shoulder (said to feed 2-3 people) for £40.
54-66 Chamberlayne Road NW10 3JJ; 020 8968 8142
10 Paradise by Way of Kensal Green
Since chef Cat Ashton came on board at Paradise, the menu has never been more exciting, and her Sunday roasts are worth getting out of bed for. Cat has shaken up tradition with her spinach, ricotta and potato wellington (£12.50) and lemon and thyme stuffed whole poussin (£15.50), but there’s still the safe option of rump lamb with mint sauce for those who refuse to break their Sunday ceremony.
19 Kilburn Lane W10 4AE 020 8969 0098