A Sunday roast is the ultimate weekend comfort food, especially when it’s served with a large glass of wine. Gabby Werre selects the 15 roast lunches you need to try in Chelsea and Fulham now the colder weather has arrived
Lead image: Duke on the Green
1 Duke on the Green, Chelsea
On New King’s Road, overlooking Parson’s Green, this dog-friendly convivial locals gaff serves up traditional Sunday roast fare, with a vegetarian and pescatarian options too. Currently on the menu is Scottish beef striploin, Dingley Dell pork belly, garlic and thyme chicken and pan roasted coley. Non-meat eaters don’t miss out- you’ve got a hispi cabbage roast, with sprout tops, creamed truffle celeriac, cauliflower and seasonal squash. To wash it down, you’ve got local craft beers and a decent wine list conveniently organised by characteristics.
235 New King’s Road, Chelsea SW6 4XG; dukeonthegreen.co.uk
2 The Sands End, Fullham
In this Fulham pub you will find locals of all nature, good service, a healthy array of ales and most importantly, great food. Join in with the fun on a Sunday and get stuck into slow-roasted pork belly, chicken with chipolata, sage and onion stuffing, Angus beef striploin, or a dahl squash and tenderstem wellington if you’re vegan. Although we’re on the subject of Sunday roasts, we have to mention The Sands End’s famously good scotch eggs – an absolute must try!
135-137 Stephendale Road, Fulham SW6 2PR; thesandsend.co.uk
3 The Chelsea Pig, Chelsea
Formally the Pig’s Ear, this award-winning gastropub has recently undergone a makeover from Timothy Oulton, a designer who specialises in high-end, luxurious interiors. Due to re-open mid-October, the pub is set to be warm and welcoming and the kind of place you can happily lose hours in. On the menu, expect simple food done well – beef wellington, roast halibut in a champagne sauce are set to become favourites as is the Hereford beef rib for two.
35 Old Church Street, Chelsea SW3 5BS; thechelseapig.co.uk
4 Admiral Codrington, Chelsea
Called the Ad Cod by locals, this casual pub serves up traditional beef, pork and chicken options, and non-meat eaters can order off the pub menu. They’ve also got aperitif and digestif suggestions, which I recommend you try – it might leave you feeling slightly less stuffed.
17 Mossop Street, Chelsea SW3 2LY; theadmiralcodrington.co.uk
5 The Rose Fulham, Fulham
Hidden just off of Kings Road, The Rose Pub is a bit of a find and a local’s secret. Inside it’s cosy and classic, exactly the kind of place to enjoy a good long lunch. If, on the off chance, London delivers a beautiful sunny day, venture into the garden which is scattered with fires and heaters. As with the interiors, The Rose’s roast is the quintessential traditional meal you’ve grown up with. There’s no shortage of gravy and portions are generous.
1 Harwood Terrace, Fulham SW6 2AF; therosefulham.co.uk
6 The White Horse, Chelsea
The quality of the food at The White Horse is a delight all week and come Sunday it’s no different. The menu is a modern take on the traditional roast with aubergine caviar even accompanying one of the dishes. The deliciousness of their roast pork belly will make you crave seconds and the warm environment will keep you there for hours. Pair it with a beer from their wide selection, and if the weather is nice then enjoy your meal on the patio seating area. Oh, and get there early.
1-3 Parson’s Green SW6 4UL; whitehorsesw6.com
7 The Cadogan Arms, Chelsea
A a long-time favourite for those who frequent the famous King’s Road, The Cadogan Arms is the place to go if you’re in the market for a good hearty Sunday roast. Everything on the menu looks delicious – longhorn sirloin in bone marrow sauce, salt baked celeriac in wild mushroom sauce – so you might get a little food envy, but at least you won’t be disappointed by your own choice. After your roast you can enjoy live music, with Peter Golding’s Cafe Django playing gypsy jazz and harmonica swing from 4.30pm
298 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UG; thecadoganarmschelsea.london
8 The Durrell Arms, Fulham
The Durrell Arms is lively and homely, constantly full of the chatter of locals. This vibe extends through to the characterful decor and the generous plates of roasted goodness (including a vegan wellington) with all the trimmings for you to pick and choose what you want. For when you’re feeling indecisive or really hungry, opt for the trio which gets you pork belly, chicken and beef. As an added bonus the pub gets its meat down the road from one of our Top 10 Best Butchers, Parsons Nose. With two favourites in one, The Durrell Arms is the perfect spot for a Sunday roast.
704 Fulham Road SW6 5SB; durellarmsfulham.com
9 The Harwood Arms, Fullham
With a Michelin star, this pub knows quality but it’ll come at a price. However, you won’t feel slighted as the portions will keep you full for a week. The Harwood Arms’ Sunday roast offers much more than just the everyday classics. Instead you’ll find the likes of slow-cooked roe deer shoulder, chalk stream trout with seaweed hollandaise, and pork loin and jowl. Sunday lunch mains are made for two to share, and you’ll shell out £55 for three courses. Also, make sure you book, as The Harwood Arms fills up quickly.
Walham Grove, Fulham SW6 1QP; harwoodarms.com
10 Hawksmoor, Knightsbridge
Alright, so neither Chelsea nor Fulham, however this iconic steakhouse is a must to try and is close enough, and the Sunday roast is a must-have. large joints are cooked the traditional way, with real charcoal to give it a flavorful taste. And its served with all the trimmings, gravy, Yorkshire pudding, veggies and roasted potatoes. The meal will also be well worth its cost, as dishes at the restaurant are notoriously large.
3 Yeoman’s Row, Knightsbridge SW3 2AL; thehawksmoor.com
11 Lots Road Pub, Chelsea
On match days Lots Road Pub in Chelsea is a sea of blue, but come Sundays things are a little more civilized. The menu is concise and to the point, focusing on small tapas style plates and roasts, which are top quality. Portion sizes aren’t as generous as elsewhere but this is a case of quality over quantity. The atmosphere is relaxed, the staff are really friendly and there’s a good stash of Sunday papers to work your way through.
114 Lots Road, Chelsea SW10 0RJ; lotsroadchelsea.co.uk