London's best Sunday lunches
Traditional pub roast? Dim sum? Here's our guide to the capital's best Sunday lunch spreads
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 central London
The Delaunay is the new 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 £18.50), 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 11am-11pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £60.
- 55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB
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. There’s no choice of roast. 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-4.30pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £60.
- 11 Langley Street, WC2H 9JJ
- Rated as: 4/5
- Price band: 2/4
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. Sirloin of beef might be crusted with chilli and curry leaf, served with a tomato relish; and that’s one of the more conventional choices. The vegetarian choices are always enticing, such as the roast butternut squash with a filling of feta, hijiki seaweed, miso, lentils, soy broth and a parmesan crisp. 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.
Set lunch £20 (two courses), £25 (three courses). Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £55.
- 47-48 St John's Square, EC1V 4JJ
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. We had a couple of top-notch Sunday roasts on our visit, with free-range chicken and well-hung beef bought from just over the road. Large groups can dig into ‘family-style’ roasts – by carving the meat themselves at the table. The rest of the menu is solid British pub grub – ham hock terrine, beef burger, fish and chips – but with vegetarian options such as buckwheat and cider pancake. The Old Red Cow is also a proper beer-lover’s pub, with three hand pumps to keep the real ales flowing and a selection of 14 changing keg beers.
Sunday lunch served noon-3pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £45.
- 71 Long Lane, EC1A 9EJ
Bored of the usual Sunday roasts? Then break the tradition with a Chinese dim sum. This Sunday lunch tradition of Cantonese families is a way for Chinese chefs to show off their prowess, which they do by showcasing a variety of small, sharing plates of steamed, baked or fried nibbles. This stylish Soho restaurant is unusual in serving dim sum all day, not just at lunchtimes – and is justly renowned for both quality and creativity. The extensive menu features classic har gau (steamed chewy shrimp parcels), fluffy char siu buns (filled with roasted pork), and slithery cheung fun (cannelloni-like rice pasta tubes with various fillings), but also has more innovative dishes such as baked pastry puffs filled with venison or roasted duck, pumpkin and pine nut.
Sunday lunch served noon-10.30pm. Sunday lunch for two with drinks and service: around £65.
- 15 Broadwick St, W1F 0DL
Also good for Sunday lunch 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?
- 69-71 Dean Street, W1D 4QJ
A pub that does proper Sunday roasts with good ales.
- 94A Crawford Street, W1H 2HQ
Part of the National Gallery, this Peyton & Byrne brasserie (part of a chain) is open all day, and tries to please all comers for a fair price.
- Sainsbury Wing, Trafalgar Square, (National Gallery), WC2N 5DN
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.
- 37 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8NE
- Rated as: 3/5
- Price band: 2/4
The crypt of St Paul’s has been put to good use with this charming all-day café which also serves good Sunday roasts.
- St Paul's Cathedral, (St Paul's Churchyard), EC4M 8AD
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
I've had a lot of Sunday Roasts in London over the years, but none better than the Colonol Fawcett in Camden http://thecolonelfawcett.co.uk/
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!
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!!
very poor selection! Misses out the whole of Chiswick and Hammersmith apart from many other areas. Hopeless
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
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.
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?
'The Rose' on the Albert Embankment in Vauxhall does a really great Sunday lunch with a nice atmosphere...