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
In Parson’s Green, on the iconic New King’s Road, you will find head chef Paul and his team cooking up traditional, yet modern, British cuisine. Their passion for food is evident in the Sunday roast, which pulls out all the stops, and will satisfy every craving you have for a roast dinner, whether it’s for West Country rump beef, twice-cooked pork belly or a lovely pink rump of lamb. The pub has recently been given a funky new look.
235 New King’s Road, Chelsea SW6 4XG; dukeonthegreen.co.uk
2 The Sands End
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 its amazing 12-hour slow-cooked lamb, roast rib of beef or a whole chicken with lemon and herb stuffing. 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 Pig’s Ear
This award-winning gastropub is a timeless Sunday favourite. In the heart of Chelsea, this is a great place for locals and visitors who fancy a well-cooked roast. Its pork roast is melt in your mouth tender, and if you still have room for dessert, order the sticky toffee pudding. It’s an all around quality meal for the price.
35 Old Church Street, Chelsea SW3 5BS; thepigsear.info
4 The Imperial
The recently revamped Imperial mixes traditional Victorian features with a minimalist urban look and its large tables at the front of the room (with plenty of space to play) make it great pub for families. Food also comes family-style, large plates of roast chicken or a whole leg of lamb are ideal for sharing, while the à la carte menu comes in small portions for little ones.
577 King’s Road, Fulham SW6 2EH; the-imperial.co.uk
5 Admiral Codrington
Called the Ad Cod by locals, this British pub will satisfy all of your roast cravings. They have options of a chicken, beef or pork roast. And if you’re really hungry or just feeling indecisive, then try out their mixed roast with a variety of meats. With excellent food and service to match, this restaurant has a roast to beat.
17 Mossop Street, Chelsea SW3 2LY; theadmiralcodrington.co.uk
6 The Rose 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 London delivers us any more beautiful sunny days, then 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
7 The White Horse
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 loins with homemade apple sauce 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
8 The Cadogan Arms
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, so you might get a little food envy, but at least you won’t be disappointed by your own choice. After your roast have a game of table tennis with your friends in the Billiards Room.
298 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UG; thecadoganarmschelsea.com
9 The Durrell Arms
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 sharing plates of roast chicken served whole with all the trimmings for you to pick and choose what you want. As an added bonus it 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
10 The Harwood Arms
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 beef rump with bone marrow and Yorkshire grouse. The kitchen often changes the menu to match what’s in season. Make sure you book, The Harwood Arms fills up quickly.
Walham Grove, Fulham SW6 1QP; harwoodarms.com
At the Hawksmoor steakhouse, the Sunday roast is a must-have. They make it 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 be well worth its cost, dishes at the restaurant are notoriously large.
3 Yeoman’s Row, Chelsea SW3 2AL; thehawksmoor.com
12 Lots Road Pub
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.
Lots Road, 114 Lots Road, Chelsea SW10 0RJ; foodandfuel.co.uk
13 The Trafalgar
The Trafalgar’s interiors are bursting with personality and the menu is just as colourful. Choose from a vast array of meats, vibrant veg, fluffy Yorkshire puddings and a boat load of good gravy. Just to add to the fun, there’s board games for those of you who can multitask.
200 Kings Road, Chelsea SW3 5XP; thetrafalgarchelsea.co.uk
14 The Jam Tree, Chelsea
The Jam Tree serves up an abundant Sunday feast with sides of roast potatoes, swede and carrot mash, greens, parsnips and cauliflower cheese, all served together in the middle of the table ensuring a homely, communal atmosphere that’s perfect for families or large groups. A half corn-fed chicken roasted in garlic and tarragon is £14, the succulent beef sirloin roasted simply in salt and pepper is £17 and the two-person sharing classic shoulder of roasted lamb with garlic and rosemary is £20pp.
541 King’s Road, Chelsea SW6 2EB; thejamtree.com