London's best Sunday lunches

Traditional pub roast? Dim sum? Here's our guide to the capital's best Sunday lunch spreads

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Let the Time Out experts guide you through the best Sunday lunches in London - from traditional pub roasts to Chinese dim sum and modern French cooking. Time Out reviews anonymously and pays for all meals.

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Sunday lunch reviews by: Guy Dimond, Tania Ballantine, Anne Faber, Roopa Gulati, Veronica Simpson, Euan Ferguson, Ruth Jarvis, Charmaine Mok, Jenni Muir, Sally Peck

The best Sunday lunches in east London

Carpenter's Arms

Sunday lunch at this bonzer boozer is a relaxed affair – at first. As the afternoon progresses, a couple of low-key locals yield to crowds of swag-carrying Brick Lane marketeers and the mood cranks up from low-key to lively. In keeping with the pub’s unpretentious ethos, the food here is more about satisfaction than aspiration. Sunday-specific options are two roasts and a quiche (or you can order off the regular menu). The cooking style is homely, with sweet-baked veg and gravy liberally dispensed. Beef is quality topside correctly served medium; pork is tasty loin. Roasts come in two sizes: the smaller should be plenty, though note that there’s only one pudding on offer, and that one – chocolate fondant – is neither large nor a showstopper. There’s no booking, and the two small rooms fill up fast. 

Sunday lunch served 1-5pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £50.

  1. 73 Cheshire Street, E2 6EG
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Culpeper

At one end of Petticoat Lane Market lies the Culpeper: a hot ‘new’ gastropub that wouldn’t look out of place in Shoreditch. Come Sundays, ex-Terroirs head chef Sandy Jarvis focuses on a single roast, a single (meat) alternative, and a veggie option. The roast typically rotates top-notch chicken, pork and lamb (the latter two coming from Ginger Pig in Yorkshire), and comes with roast potatoes and made-to-order, err Yorkshires, and with lovely greens – rainbow chard, courgettes, french beans, some of these grown on the pub’s roof garden. The alternatives, such as salt beef pot au feu, aren’t shabby either.

Sunday lunch served noon-7.30pm (last orders). Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £50.

  1. 40 Commercial Street, E1 6LP
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Galvin La Chapelle

If the Sunday press of people around Brick Lane and Spitalfields gets a bit much, you can always retreat to the cossetting interior and service of this branch of a modern French chain. Look at the 100ft-high vaulted ceiling for an inkling of the building’s former life as a parish hall – it’s now Grade II listed. Service is just as smooth and lush, with staff persuasively suggesting drinks, offering another delve into the excellent bread basket, and pointing out the menu’s attractions such the roast rump of lamb, seared Icelandic cod with puy lentils, or the tranche of calf’s liver. Three courses cost a set price of £29, and there’s a cheaper kids’ menu too. If you’re looking for something more casual, the adjoining – but less grand – Café a Vin serves a Sunday lunch at £19.95 from noon-3pm. In warmer weather, the Café’s large outdoor terrace is a draw. 

Sunday lunch served noon-3pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £75.

  1. St Boltoph's Hall, 35 Spital Square, E1 6DY
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King Edward VII

This den of antiquity in the Olympic borough of Stratford was there (as the King of Prussia) when London’s first Games were held in 1908; it served under its present name right through the second in 1948 and will no doubt remain long after the excitement of the third athletics meet is forgotten. Its Sunday lunch has gastropub leanings, with the likes of oysters, smoked mackerel fishcakes and grilled Gloucester Old Spot ham with apple chutney on a daily changing menu; there’s a good wine list to go with it, and the seats and sofas make the quiet back room an easy place to spend an afternoon. But the more traditional dishes are equally accomplished – fish and chips, bangers and mash, and a choice of (usually) two roast meats with the expected accompaniments. The malty house bitter is a fine drop too. 

Sunday lunch served noon-10pm Sun. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £40.

  1. 47 Broadway, E15 4BQ
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Marksman

If you like your Sunday lunches big and bold and your gastropubs more bar than restaurant, this cracking little corner pub near Columbia Road flower market will do you proud. The crowd is fashiony without being deathly cool and the food is straightforward but flavoursome. You can eat Sunday lunch from noon to 4pm and then again from 6pm to 10pm. Several roasts are offered; we tried a well-matured, tasty beef rump and slow-roast belly pork, tender within but a little dry on the outside and sadly not accompanied by the Marksman’s epic, softball-sized Yorkshire pud, which, like the roast potatoes, is good and crispy. There are several other main-course choices plus a handful of puds and starters; drinks include three ales and an oversized bloody mary.The corner room isn’t large, but table service from a friendly young squad spares you too much squeezing past your fellow diners. 

Sunday lunch served noon-4pm and 6-10pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service (two courses): around £55.

  1. 254 Hackney Rd, E2 7SJ
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The Princess of Shoreditch

Sunday lunch is served until 9pm in this handsome pub, and both downstairs bar and upstairs restaurant are packed with a convivial crowd for the full eight hours. Choose from pork rib eye, a poussin and what could be the smoothest beef sirloin in town. All come with seasonal veg (colourful red cabbage, sweet potato mash and broccoli in winter, say), just the right amount of jus and a big, tasty Yorkshire. One disappointment: the roast potatoes were crunch-free and pallid last time we ate here, which was a surprise in a restaurant that generally teases out every last bit of flavour. Roasts (or a fish or vegetarian choice) are bracketed by standard gastropub starters and restaurant-style desserts. 

Sunday lunch served noon-9pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £65.

  1. 76 Paul Street, EC2A 4NE
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19 comments
Tony R
Tony R

DEFINITELY missed out one of the best-kept secrets in SW London - Penny Black on Fulham Road.  Hands down the best sunday roast we have ever had.  Yorkshire puddings the size of a plate, with everything inside - roasts, veg, cauli cheese, and sirloin or rib that can be cut with a spoon.  Amazing

Mary Z
Mary Z

Yes, you've missed the best place for Sunday Lunch in South London; newly opened Cornish Tiger at 1, battersea Rise is doing an amazing one; it only opened this year and are already getting booked out on Sundays.

Pippin M
Pippin M

I went to The Kings Arms in Waterloo which is a great little back street boozer and their Sunday Lunch was really impressive! Loads of meat, perfectly cooked, Yorkshire puds, fresh veg cooked perfectly in a delicious gravy! The potatoes were really crispy too! Going back this weekend! SO good! 

Andrew Brownlie
Andrew Brownlie

My Reccomendation would be the New Cross House, funnily enough in New Cross, South East London. Now timing is everything with this little baby. Get there for about midday to 14:00 and you are in for a Roast dinner onlty really rivalled by the Hawksmoor. Get there a little late and you this review will be a lie and quite frankly wrong (No offence New X House, after 14:00 things get a little sloppy) Choice of half a Chicken, Beef, Pork and some kind of vegetarain dish (why vegetarians get a choice I do not know but that is for after dinner talk) Great crispy potatoes a yorkshire the size of a large hamster, not wait,a small guinea pig and veg that even Mrs Charlie Dimmock and the other old fella from the gardening programme would be proud of. All in all a reasonable price and a great choice. The setting is great, either in the indoors bit or the little outdoor shed/barn/wooden area, basically go and have a look and also have a game of Fuseball.

Caroline
Caroline

The Londesborough in Stoke Newington does a fantastic Sunday lunch. Roughly £12-14 for a variety of roasts and everything on your plate, so no messing around having to order sides as well. Huge tables in the back room - great for gatherings or toddlers sprinting around.

Ian
Ian

Really like the Warrington hotel in Madia vale (north London) amazing decor, food an service.

Pesto
Pesto

Just try harvey Nichols oxo tower restaurant!

Paul
Paul

Yes, I know that it must be boring to constantly have to praise it, but how can prepare a list of Sunday lunch venues without mentioning the Anchor and Hope near Waterloo - best Sunday lunch in town and decent beer!

Martyn Jaggard
Martyn Jaggard

Sarastros restaurant in Drury Lane. Great food, great atmosphere, great service, and live music at 2.30pm every Sunday. When we were there in January, there was a fabulous string quartet, who played and entertained us for 30 minutes, followed by 2 opera singers whose credits from the West End were amazing. They were an absolute joy to listen to and we were invited to participate in some of the story lines of their opera selections (but not to sing!). Would thoroughly recommend to anyone who loves music and good food.

Kathryn
Kathryn

My partner and I love The Masons Arms pub in Battersea. Consistently good food and fantastic staff. We had another superb Sunday lunch there yesterday - a wonderful roast beef with all the trimmings and pumpkin rissotto which was rich and flavourful. I really think it deserves a timeout visit to taste for yourselves!

jon
jon

Had the most epic lunch at the Royal Oak on Columbia road, whole lamb shoulder with all the trimmings for 4 to share... eat upstairs for the best service!!

 bernard grant
bernard grant

very poor selection! Misses out the whole of Chiswick and Hammersmith apart from many other areas. Hopeless

Olly
Olly

Bistrot Bruno Loubet does the best roast sirloin with all the trimmings for just £17.50 so is my Central favourite. The Crooked Well and The Bear in Camberwell get my vote for roasts South - life is too short to spend it in Clapham

Justin
Justin

Bacchus in Hoxton Street. Superb quality and great, personal service. A real Sunday treat.

Isobel Phillips
Isobel Phillips

Best Roast I've EVER had was at The Depot in Barnes. THE most exquisite rib of beef and gravy to die for. Veg cooked to perfection, all against a delightful river setting with a lovely, calm, family ambience. Doesn't get much better than that.

Debbieanne
Debbieanne

'The Rose' on the Albert Embankment in Vauxhall does a really great Sunday lunch with a nice atmosphere...

Lewis
Lewis

The Paradise in Kensal Green, surely?

christiane felber
christiane felber

calm and clean layout, i miss the overview - general problem of websites

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