The best Sunday lunches in central London
Dean Street Townhouse has the feel of a private members’ club, but the menu of your favourite British auntie – where else could you get mince and tatties in Soho? On Sundays, there’s a two- or three-course ‘set roast’ menu (£24/£28); choose from Hereford beef or Banham chicken (plus roasties, cauliflower cheese and seasonal veg) bookending it with posh soup or salad (beetroot soup; cured salmon; sprouting grains) and classic-with-a-twist puds or a cheese plate.
Sunday lunch served noon-6pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £80.Read more
The Delaunay is the sibling of The Wolseley, and shares many of its key traits – a strong sense of occasion, smooth service, grand room, retro European menu. There’s roast rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding served all day (for a hefty £24.25), but the extensive à la carte menu also lists brunch dishes (eggs every which way) alongside more unusual, and more interesting mittel-European dishes. The schnitzels are excellent, so are the German-style sausages. The menu evokes French salons, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Weimar Republic, when grand cafés were the meeting place of Europe’s bourgeoisie – so perhaps it’s no accident that this is where many of London’s intellectuals now choose to lunch on a Sunday.
Sunday lunch served noon-10.30pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £80.Read more
A pub that does proper Sunday roasts with good ales. You’ll find the likes of herbed free-range chicken with cheesy leeks (£13), roast pork belly with apple sauce (£14) or 28-day hung, rare roast sirloin with a Yorkshire pud (£15), all served with roasties, greens, carrots and gravy. Or for something that’s not a roast, keep it simple with beer-battered cod and chips, or a veggie option like a ‘strudel’ of goat’s cheese and butternut squash. Starters and puds are pubby-with-a-twist – how about smoked salmon with celeriac remoulade or buttermilk fried chicken wings to start, and toffee apple crumble or bread and butter pud with a cherry jam compote to finish. Both of which, naturally, come with custard.
Sunday lunch served noon-2.30pm, then again 6.30-9pm (subject to availability).Read more
Finding a decent Sunday roast in the centre of town used to be a difficult mission, wrought with the dangers of greying beef more suited to working the jaw than chewing the fat. Hawksmoor’s original branch in Spitalfields already did a brilliant roast, but the newer Seven Dials restaurant is now our choice for a Sunday treat, and is more central. The roast costs £19.50, and there’s no choice. Come if you adore beef, full of flavour and cooked to a rosy medium rare; they use rump of Longhorn here, which offers the right amount of beefiness and chew, and it comes charred on the outside and evenly pink throughout. It’s accompanied by a massive Yorkshire (to get an idea of size, hold two fists together), iron-rich greens and tender – not mushy – carrots, and we love the addition of half a roasted head of garlic and sweet roasted shallots.
Sunday lunch served noon-9.30pm (subject to availability). Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £70.Read more
If Sunday roast’s too conventional for you, consider Modern Pantry. Chef Anna Hansen’s known for her creative approach to mixing up flavours and ingredients. Rump of lamb marinated with yoghurt and North African spices might come with grilled aubergine purée; a lemon, cauliflower and coriander cous cous; and a beetroot and sour cherry relish – and that’s just one of the more conventional choices. The vegetarian options are always enticing, such as roast courgette, tofu and pea tempura with a spiced soy broth, turmeric pickled grelot onions, confit girolles and a red ‘mole’ sauce. This style of cooking’s not for everyone, but if you fancy something different, you’ll certainly find it here. The dining room is large and bright, and in warm weather tables are placed in the cobbled square outside the front of this attractive Georgian building.
Sunday lunch served 11am-4pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £70.Read more
A proper pub with a proper Sunday roast, if that’s what you’re after. Located near Smithfield meat market, the emphasis at the Old Red Cow is – quite fittingly – on meat. Sunday roasts are top-notch, and include free-range half roast chicken (£14.50), stuffed pork belly (£14.50), or a roast shoulder of lamb (£15) – all served with roast potatoes, a Yorkshire pudding, carrots and green beans. There’s even a chateaubriand – again with all the trimmings – for two, but be warned, this will set you back £55. The rest of the menu is solid British pub grub – the chicken pie is popular – but with vegetarian options like wild mushroom linguine. The Old Red Cow is also a proper beer-lover’s pub, with four hand pumps to keep the real ales flowing and 12 changing keg beers.
Sunday lunch served noon-4pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £55.Read more
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In the posh part of Pimlico where it becomes Belgravia, this grand building looks like a gastropub, but deep down it’s a smart restaurant wearing mufti. The Sunday roast is equally grand: not only can you choose from the likes of dry-aged beef rib, outdoor-reared pork rack or sage-and-onion-stuffed Suffolk chicken (with all the trimmings, of course), but they’ll even do you a whole roast for 4-5 people to share. Just give them 48 hours notice, and gather your very favourite friends.
Sunday lunch served noon-9.15pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £70.Read more
The crypt of St Paul’s has been put to good use with this charming all-day café which also serves good Sunday roasts. This translates to roast (rolled-and-stuffed) pork belly or roast sirloin of beef, complete with roasties, a Yorkshire pudding, honey-roasted carrots and spring greens – both cost £17.75. There are usually a couple of non-roast mains, too: black-leg chicken pie, say, or a sun-dried tomato risotto.
Sunday lunch served noon-2.15pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £60Read more
Vinoteca is best-known as a wine bar, but this second branch also serves a good Sunday lunch, and has bookable tables. This being a wine specialist, every roast is listed with the perfect vinous tipple, be it a grand Spanish red to go with the roast topside of Longhorn beef, a crisp South African white to pair with the Middlewhite pork belly and apple sauce, or a bold Austrian red to accompany the pan-roast leg of Elwy Valley lamb. As for the trimmings, they run to duck fat roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, carrot mash, greens and gravy. Not bad for a wine bar, eh?Read more
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It’s oversubscribed and hard to get a table at these days, but this gastropub is a fixture for Hampstead Heath strollers. Between modish starters (octopus with smoked lardo and cow’s curd; crispy pig cheek with watermelon pickle) and irresistible puds (peanut butter parfait with roast rum banana; any of the iconic own-made ices) you’ll find pimped-up, posh pub grub mains. Think beer-battered haddock and chips (with optional wally), sheep’s cheese gnocchi with roast sesame vinaigrette or a classic roast – lamb rump (£20) with braised belly, roast potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli and mint sauce, or sirloin of beef (£21) with more roasties plus carrots, horseradish and – of course – a Yorkshire pud.
Sunday lunch served 12.30-4pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £70.Read more
This upmarket Crouch End restaurant flies the Union Jack for homegrown heritage produce and rare-breed meats. Plating up homely tradition, the splendid Sunday lunch offers succulent smoked Windsor pork loin, 35-day aged Red Sussex beef rib and slow-roasted Blackface lamb – all cooked just so. Besides meaty goodness, it’s the supporting cast of mile-high Yorkshire puds, double-fat potatoes and roasted marrow that swing it for us. Veggie sides might include deliciously sweet carottes de sable (sandy carrots), or crunchy spring greens. Families head here for the great cooking, spot-on service, relaxed vibe and supply of high chairs.
Sunday lunch served noon-3.45pm, with some availability 6-9pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £50.Read more
The good news is the Horseshoe – home of the small Camden Town Brewery – keeps its front bar tables reservation-free on Sundays. The bad news is you really have to be here at noon to nab a table if you haven’t had the foresight to book the rear dining area. In view of customers, a bustling brigade turns out roasts including roast beef or rotisserie chicken with all the trimmings, while from the designer bar comes bloody marys, sophisticated wines, and draught stout Camden Ink. The farm-to-fork claims aren’t just blah-blah, with many ingredients such as the rare breed Red Poll beef deriving from small farms in Suffolk. Start with a large bowl of tomatoey River Exe mussels, finish with British cheeses or Braeburn apple crumble.
Sunday lunch served noon-4.30pm (subject to availability). Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £65.Read more
This enduringly popular local is divided in three, with the dark red restaurant and open kitchen on one side a bar room on the other, plus an ample rear conservatory (nicely lit after dark). Spring of 2015 saw the arrival of an exceptionally good chef who has continued the Junction’s grand tradition of selling superior Sunday lunches at user-friendly prices. There’s a selection of the Med-influenced starters that always populate the daily-changing menus, but most people, unless they’re heroically hungry, save their fire for the roasts. Lamb, beef and pork are there every week, and so is a single vegetarian option. Everything comes properly garnished (spuds and at least two vegetable sides) and the portions are very generous. With roasts rarely popping above the £16 mark, you will feel well filled gastronomically but not well drained fiscally. And if you linger long enough, you may have room for dessert, or cheeses from Neals Yard Dairy.
Sunday lunch served noon-5pm, then again 6.30-9.30pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £50.Read more
Staff are very welcoming at this revamped Edwardian pub, which has plenty of room whether you want to sit in the capacious restaurant, cheerful bar or outside on the stylish alfresco terrace. The menu packs a punch, with full-flavoured starters (Merguez sausages with cucumber salad; Scottish salmon sashimi with pickled ginger) and more ‘trad’ puds (sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream) either side of pubby mains (fishcakes, burger, fish and chips). The roasts all come with roasted roots, Yorkshire pud and duck fat roast potatoes – there’s Dexter topside of beef (£15), Devon rump of lamb (£16), or Suffolk chicken, which you can have as a half (£14) or a whole ‘sharing’ version (£26). Vegetarians aren’t forgotten – there’s a mushroom and nut roast, with the potatoes cooked in olive oil (£14). We can’t fault the bar – the interesting range of frequently changing ales is well kept and the wines are good value.
Sunday lunch served noon-9pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £50.Read more
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Tucked away in a quiet residential street north of Clapham Common, this cosy, neighbourhood gastropub lures in the locals for a decent Sunday lunch that isn’t fancy, isn’t overpriced, and doesn’t require dressing up. The emphasis is on Sunday roasts: meaty delights such as a slab of slow-roast pork (£17.50), roast beef (cosying up to a Yorkshire pud, £17.50) or half a roast chicken (£15) come served with the standard sides of roast potatoes, cabbage and root veg. Those with less carnal cravings needn’t despair – fish and vegetarian options include hake and chips or pumpkin lasagne. The dessert menu offers robust temptations such as chocolate pot with peanut biscuits, or bread and butter pudding.
Sunday lunch served noon-5pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £40.Read more
The Camberwell Arms serves up a heightened reality of a Sunday roast, such as starters of venison kofte, served with beetroot slaw, or barbecued mussels fragrant with garlic, chilli and lime. For mains, there’s roast cod or rabbit, barbecued squid and curried crab. We sampled more traditional fare: whole spit-roast chicken (for two) served on an huge white platter, piled with roast potatoes and vinaigrette-drenched lettuce leaves (delicious), or beef, stacked in thick, pink slices and served with spinach barbecued squid and curried crab. A pared-back, 1940s brasserie aesthetic – aubergine walls, salvaged furniture and stripped floorboards – suits the no-nonsense service.
Sunday lunch served noon-4pm. Sunday lunch for two including drinks and service: around £85.Read more
Sitting incongruously on a particularly bleak stretch of South Lambeth Road, Canton Arms is an excellent place to while away a Sunday afternoon. The kitchen serves up rustic, meaty dishes which are the essence of contemporary British food, though occasionally with an Italian or French flourish. Fish or meat terrines or warm seasonal salads are the perfect way to whet the palate. Go with a big appetite and share a succulent joint (roast Old Spot pork with gooseberry sauce, roasties and watercress, say), or opt for a lighter risotto or fish (the menu changes daily) and finish with a decadent chocolate pot with cream, or a satisfyingly tart crumble. The pub serves a less-usual selection of real ales such as Skinner’s Betty Stogs or Timothy Taylor Golden Best, plus two daily-changing guest ales. Child, baby, and dog-friendly, Canton Arms is popular on weekends and is not the place for a speedy meal. Bookings not taken.
Sunday lunch served noon-4pm. Sunday lunch for two including drinks and service: around £65.Read more
As popular with well-heeled locals as a flash sale on Range Rovers, the Dog & Fox’s Sunday lunch is everything you’d want from a home-cooked meal, but without the faff. Juicy, pink-middled 21-day aged beef, rare breed roast pork loin or succulent garlic-and-thyme marinated half-chicken come with all the trimmings: crispy roasties, herb-specked root veg, lashings of gravy, and a proper Yorkshire pud as big as a melon. There’s even the roast version of a mixed grill – a platter of all three, again with trimmings and that giant Yorkshire. Service is terrific, and being a short stroll from the green spaces of Wimbledon Common (past the stables, with their tell-tale horse manure ‘tang’), you can get a taste of country life, but without having to leave a London postcode.
Sunday lunch served noon-5pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £70.Read more
A Crystal Palace institution with a big local following, Joanna’s only ever offers one roast, but they make sure it’s a goodie. Most of the year, this translates to them serving the highest quality 28-day aged rib of beef they can get their hands on, plus beef gravy, a Yorkshire pud, duck fat roasties, and the best of the seasonal veg, all for £16.75. On really hot, summery days, they might swap the beef for slightly cheaper half roast chicken (breast and leg), this time with salad and fries. Call ahead if you want to be sure.
Sunday lunch served 12.30-5pm (subject to availability). Sunday lunch for two including drinks and service: around £60.Read more
A Greenwich restaurant with nice outdoor seating, lovely beer and a great Sunday lunch. All the roasts come with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, roasted carrots, mixed greens and gravy – roast beef also comes with a horseradish sauce (£18.95), roast chicken comes with bread sauce (£17.95) and roast pork with both apple sauce and crackling (£15.95). There’s also an excellent children’s menu, offering the likes of fish goujons and chips or pigs-in-blankets with mash and gravy, but, best of all, a ‘mini roast’ of chicken, beef or pork with all the trimmings for only £7.95.
Sunday lunch served noon-4pm (subject to availability). Sunday lunch for two including drinks and service: around £60.Read more
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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 (sirloin of beef or loin of pork, served with roasties and a Yorkshire pud), or you can order off the main menu. The cooking style is homely, with sweet-baked seasonal veg and red wine onion 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 – chocolate fondant – which is neither large nor a showstopper. There’s no booking, and the two small rooms fill up fast.
Sunday lunch served 1-5pm (subject to availability). Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £55.Read more
At one end of Petticoat Lane Market lies the Culpeper: a 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 Yorkshires, and with lovely greens – rainbow chard, courgettes, French beans, some of these grown on the pub’s roof garden.
Sunday lunch served noon-5.45pm (last orders). Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £55.Read more
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 Cornish plaice with white borlotti beans, lemon and cockles; or the tranche of calf’s liver with Madeira jus. There’s usually one ‘classic’ option – a roast rump of Cumbrian beef, say, served with a Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, glazed carrots and fine green beans. Three courses cost a set price of £34.50, 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 between 11.30am and 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 £110.Read more
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.Read more
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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.Read more
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West London’s Cow is known for putting the ‘gastro’ in gastropub, and blazing an early trail for high quality pub dining. These days, the menu is a mix of Continental and British Isles styles, with a proper sit-down Sunday roast being served in the upstairs dining room. Expect one choice, such as a forerib of beef served with a Yorkshire pud, roasties, carrots and horseradish cream, all yours for £19.
Sunday lunch served 12.30-4pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service (two courses): around £65.Read more
With its appealing garden, this Thames-side gastropub remains a firm summer favourite. But as the days grow chilly, the all-day roasts – with fresh joints cooked from scratch several times throughout service so that your cut is juicy regardless of when you order – become the main draw. Whether you opt for rump of beef (£15.75); lemon and thyme chicken (£14.50); or pork belly with apple sauce (£14.75); your plate will come piled high with roasties, a Yorkshire pud, seasonal veg and red wine gravy. They go out of their way to get enough joints in, so rarely run out, but can’t guarantee it – so don’t leave it till 8pm if you can’t cope with disappointment.
Sunday lunch served noon-9pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service (two courses): around £60.Read more
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. The menu roams the Middle East, North Africa and the Med – on any given day you might find rabbit tashreeb (an Iraqi stew), sea bass baked in chermoula (a North African marinade), or clams baked with ham and rosemary in fino sherry. 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 (such a giant T-bone), as well as one vegetarian option, such as vegetable mezze.
Sunday lunch served noon-3.30pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £50.Read more
If being cooped up in a dark room isn’t how you want to spend Sunday lunchtime, Eelbrook may be the answer. The white dining room is light-filled, with floor-length glass doors leading onto an alfresco terrace overlooking Eel Brook Common. Boring roasts are also off the menu. Instead, there’s a sunny Mediterranean menu that might include heritage tomato salad with salted ricotta, raw peas and lovage ahead of harissa-marinated shoulder of lamb with Israeli cous cous and tahini yoghurt, and wild blackberry parfait and honeycomb to finish.
Sunday lunch served 12.30-4pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £65.Read more
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 heavyweight Sunday roasts – think sirloin of aged belted Galloway beef with roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, field mushrooms and smoked bone marrow (£45 for two) – as well as more modish options (roast T-bone of Tamworth pork with wild mushrooms, chicory and smoked onions, or roast Yorkshire grouse with blackcurrant, wild mushrooms, cabbage and bacon). Leave some room for dessert though, as it will be hard to say no to cherry plum jam doughnuts with orange sugar and vanilla cream.
Sunday lunch served noon-9pm (subject to availability). Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £100.Read more
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. There’s always a roast, usually a forerib of beef with a Yorkshire pud, roast potatoes, roast parsnips and gravy (£16.50), though sometimes they do a roast pork belly (with the same trimmings, only apple sauce instead of gravy), for £14.50. For something more off-beat, the daily-changing main menu offers the likes of grilled mackerel with cucumber and kohlrabi, or pork chop with courgettes and saffron.
Sunday lunch served noon-4pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £60.Read more
As you’d expect from one of the best-known of the D&D stable, Launceston Place is a slick, well-oiled machine. On Sundays, the roast is completely classic – think dry-aged Herefordshire beef with a Yorkshire pud, seasonal veg and a red wine sauce – with Continental flavours coming from the starters (white polenta ‘bonbon’ with charred asparagus and lardo) or desserts (cheesecake with gariguette strawberries, pea nougatine and strawberry jus).
Sunday lunch served noon-4pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £100.Read more
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 dim sum served 11am-4.45pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £40.Read more
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