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, Anne Faber, Euan Ferguson, Ruth Jarvis, Charmaine Mok, Jenni Muir, Sally Peck


The best Sunday lunches in west London

The Dock Kitchen

Don’t expect to find the traditional Sunday lunch at Dock Kitchen, as chef Stevie Parle likes to use international influences in his eclectic dishes. You’ll find North African touches such as chermoula cod (the fish marinated in a Moroccan herb mix) or Mediterranean flavours in the charcoal pork chops with chickpeas in a Spanish-style romesco sauce. Don’t be shy to ask for explanations regarding the menu’s less-familiar culinary terms, as there are plenty of them. The weekly-changing menu usually offers one roast meat dish to share, as well as one vegetarian option, such as artichokes alla romana with grilled polenta. 
Sunday lunch served noon-3.30pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £50.

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  1. 344 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5BU
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Harwood Arms

This terrific gastropub is the worst-kept secret in Fulham. It serves dishes that are far beyond the standard of any other pub in west London, and even trounces many far more expensive restaurants. As a result, you need to book well in advance – at least one week for Sunday lunch. But it’s worth it: if you manage to bag a spot, you're in for a treat that reminds you just how good simple, classic British cooking can be. The Harwood Arms dishes up proper Sunday roasts – think sirloin beef with smoked bone marrow and all the trimmings, or less obvious options such as wild Cornish sea bass with cauliflower and oat-crusted mussels. Leave some room for dessert though, as it will be hard to say no to cinnamon buttermilk pudding with poached pears and marmalade cake. 
Sunday lunch served 12.30-3.45pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £60.

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  1. Corner of Walham Grove and Farm Lane, SW6 1QP
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Hereford Road

Try not to be put off by the bare interior of Hereford Road (there's not a single picture on the walls) - Tom Pemberton's British cooking provides all the visual nourishment you'll need. Pemberton worked for the ground-breaking St John Bread & Wine, and the influence of Fergus Henderson is apparent. 
Sunday lunch served noon-3.30pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £55.

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  1. 3 Hereford Road, W2 4AB
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Le Café Anglais

The set Sunday lunch menu at this elegant Queensway brasserie gives you a choice of seasonal British-style roasts – lamb, maybe, or roast loin of pork with apple sauce – or classic French dishes such as bouillabaisse or lemon sole. The family-friendly ambience is promoted by the special kids’ menu: they can dig into a roast of their own, or munch on perennial favourites such as spaghetti with tomato sauce. Le Café Anglais is not the place for the sort of pile-it-high meal you might expect in a neighbourhood pub. Fortunately, hearty desserts such as apple crumble and brownies will make sure no one leaves the table hungry. Chef Rowley Leigh also supervises the superior snack menu of the adjacent Odeon cinema’s new boutique theatre, called The Lounge, where you can watch movies and eat full meals with table service at the same time. 
Sunday lunch served noon-3.30pm. Set Sunday lunch menu: 2 courses £25, 3 courses £30. Kids’ menu: 2 courses £13.50. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £65.

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  1. 8 Porchester Gardens, W2 4DB
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Royal China

Royal China is still the place in London to get high-quality, authentic dim sum at a reasonable price. The original branch in Queensway does a roaring trade on a Sunday: the doors open at 11am and there is a queue pretty much from then until 3pm to nab a spot in the bustling dining room. Bookings are not taken. Still, a bit of bustle is what you want in an authentic dim sum restaurant, and Royal China is worth the wait: the food is of reliably high quality, the service efficient, and the newly-renovated dining room quite posh for the price.The classic and well-priced dim sum menu has not changed. 
Sunday lunch served 11am-3pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £40.

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  1. 13 Queensway, W2 4QJ
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Cadogan Arms

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King’s Road gastropub from the Martin brothers who run a chain of successful gastropubs across London.

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  1. 298 King's Road, SW3 5UG
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Crabtree

Thames-side gastropub with appealing garden.

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  1. Rainville Road, W6 9HA
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Cow

Continental and British Isles styles mixed up at this popular pub with a first-floor dining room.

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  1. 89 Westbourne Park Road, W2 5QH
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Launceston Place

Smart dining from D&D London, with all the polish you’d expect from this professional chain.

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  1. 1A Launceston Place, W8 5RL
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26 comments
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.

Lyndsey B
Lyndsey B

The Rookery is in Clerkenwell - thus does not face Clapham Common

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.

Belle Wallace
Belle Wallace

We went to the House of Wolf for Sunday Roast last weekend Oh my word! Yummy, Yummy roast and you get a bottomless Bloody Mary (my Sunday fav!) it cost us about 20 pound each I think. It's like a package deal so your roast and then just keep going back and bugging the bar staff for another drink! loved it! It's quiet a cool/nice looking place to have dinner. Would we go back? Yes.

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.

Pickle
Pickle

House of Wolf's Sunday Roast should be on here! It is only £25 for a roast with all the trimmings with bottomless Bloody Marys or Mimosas and they are incredibly generous with both drinks and food!

wkc
wkc

The Adam & Eve in Wells St is closed on Sunday so probably not the best place for a Sunday lunch...

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.

Ezda
Ezda

Not sure if the description of the Adam & Eve is quite accurate - "For good weather the huge outdoor garden has many large tables" - the last time I was there the only outdoor seating was a few tables in the alley behind the bar. It hardly classifies as "North" given its' proximity to Oxford Street (and the last time I checked it was closed on Sundays)? Perhaps the reviewer is confusing it with The Garden Gate or The Stag in Hampstead, both with fantastic beer gardens?

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?

Juliet
Juliet

South London is bigger than Clapham! A little more variety please.

christiane felber
christiane felber

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

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