What could be better than a Sunday roast during the cold, dark days of winter? A bottomless Sunday roast of course! The Resident has teamed up with DesignMyNight to shine a light on London’s best free-flowing offerings, from endless mimosa and bloody Marys to prosecco, red wine, as well as bottomless Yorkshire puddings and an all-you-can-eat buffet…
Words: Leighanne Bent
Lead image: Quaglino’s
1 Quaglino’s, Mayfair
One of the most opulent and famed restaurants in Mayfair, Quaglino’s is a no-brainer if you’re looking for a roast to remember. Once visited by the Queen herself (alongside many other famous faces across the years), the Sunday offering here is a three-course affair, with the option of bottomless bubbles or wine, depending on what takes your fancy. Pick from tender pork belly or chicken with port jus and giant Yorkshire puddings, but make sure you leave room for dessert. There’s a heavenly white chocolate crème brûlée with your name on it, and an actual cheese trolley that comes packed with luxury crackers and quince jelly.
16 Bury Street, Mayfair SW1Y 6AJ; designmynight.com
2 Tanner & Co, London Bridge
From toilets to bike sheds, London has a knack for recycling its unused buildings and facilities, and Tanner & Co is definitely one to take note of. Once an old gymnasium, this spot is now one of the coolest eateries near London Bridge. It boasts a number of menus, but it’s the bottomless roast menu that’s sure to turn your head during the colder months. Offering up Suffolk pork belly and Norfolk chicken on a silver platter, you have the pleasure of washing down your mouth-watering roast with bottomless espresso martinis, bloody Marys, beer, fizz or wine, every single Sunday.
50 Bermondsey Street SE1 3UD; designmynight.com
3 Lost Society, Battersea
The Lost Society is an art deco-inspired hangout in Battersea that’s flamboyantly decorated with royal blue velvet booths, hanging greenery and glowing neon signs, and although it’s known as a brilliant spot for cocktails down south, the Gatsby-esque restaurant is known to plate up a brilliant roast come the weekend. Featuring a wholesome vegan nut roast wellington and rump of Dorset lamb, add some sparkle to your Sunday mealtime here with free-flowing fizz or bloody Marys that can be made to your personal preference.
339, Battersea Park Road, SW11 4LS; designmynight.com
4 South Place Chop House, Liverpool Street
South Place Chop House is a force to be reckoned with come the weekend. You can opt for bottomless Clarendelle Bordeaux for just £20 when you order two or more courses from their Sunday spread, and if you’re dining in big groups? They have an incredible sharing option with three varieties of meat and tonnes of sides; think cauliflower cheese, curly kale, duck roast potatoes, glazed carrots and a swimming pool’s worth of gravy. The desserts are applause-worthy too, especially the indulgent sticky toffee pudding that comes served with clotted cream.
3 South Place, Finsbury EC2M 2AF; southplacehotel.com
5 Martello Hall, Hackney
Martello Hall is a rustic restaurant in Hackney that’s set in an old Victorian building, and although it’s very tempting to order a pizza, pull up a seat, and watch it cook in the wood fired oven at the bar, you should turn your attention to their Sunday roast menu. Perfect for groups, you can order a whole roast chicken for £30 and carve it at the table, or go your own way with a chilli cauliflower steak or slow-cooked leg of lamb. Like the interiors, bottomless options are anything but standard, sweeping prosecco to the sidelines, to make way for endless Martello rum punch, mimosas and frizzante for just £25.
137 Mare Street, Hackney E8 3RH; designmynight.com
6 Skylon, South Bank
With views stretching across the Thames, Skylon is up there as one of the most idyllic spots to spend your Sunday afternoon in London. Nip into the restaurant after a crisp stroll along the South Bank this winter and warm up with their three-course extravaganza that features classic dishes like roast beef and pork with all the usual trimmings. Unlimited prosecco and Bordeaux can be added on for as little as £17 too, meaning you can top up your glass as much as you like across your two-hour sitting.
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank SE1 8XX; designmynight.com
7 Hixter Bankside
Only a few minutes stroll from London Bridge and Shakespeare’s Globe, Hixter Bankside is a top spot for a roast if you’re spending a day sightseeing in the capital. Brainchild of chef Mark Hix, it comes as no surprise that meat is the name of the game at this restaurant, and although there are only two roast options to choose from – the marbled sirloin and the barn-reared Indian Rock chicken – you can bank that both choices are an excellent one. Coming loaded with crispy potatoes, cauliflower cheese and autumn vegetables, it would be something of a shame to not round off your roast with the venue’s bottomless mimosas and red wine.
16 Great Guildford Street SE1 0HS; designmynight.com
8 New Street Grill, Liverpool Street
New Street Grill are never ones to sit still. They have a luxury wine list that earned Best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator and they recently announced a collaboration with Le Bun, who are known for their French-inspired burgers. Always striding towards better things, one thing we hope never changes at the venue is their approach to weekend roasts. Free-flowing prosecco and red wine has a £15 price tag and that’s not all that’s bottomless. Pick from one of five meat options and you can have as many helpings of roast beef dripping potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and gravy as your heart desires.
16a New Street, the City EC2M 4TR; newstreetgrill.co.uk
9 Aster, Victoria
Aster is located in the heart of Victoria and its branded itself as a ‘European Grand Cafe’. If you have a soft spot for bloody Marys and comforting roasts, it’s definitely worth pencilling in a Sunday visit. Their feast menu is £35 and it’s more than worth the dent in your bank balance thanks to unlimited starters (highlights include Colchester rock oysters and charcuterie platters) and desserts. Part ways with an extra £15 and you’re looking at two hours of unlimited trips to their DIY bloody Mary station.
Nova Building, 150 Victoria Street, SW1E 5LB; designmynight.com
10 Adam Handling, Chelsea
Don’t fix what isn’t broken? Although roasts are sometimes best left in their traditional form, Adam Handling has upped the ante for the Sunday staple at his Chelsea restaurant. Costing £75, his indulgent all-you-can-eat buffet is fit for a king with starters such as oysters and caviar to beef Wellington and pork belly accompanied by clotted cream mash, millionaire chips and greens as the main attraction. Desserts are lookers too with lemon thyme and vanilla pyramids, fig tarts and fresh bunches of seasonal fruit. As for the drinks packages? You’re looking at premium options with free-flowing Kir Royals and fizzy flutes of champagne.
75 Sloane Street Chelsea SW1X 9SG; adamhandlingchelsea.co.uk