Roast

Restaurants, British South Bank
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Venue says It’s mid-afternoon and you fancy a cuppa and a slice of cake (or four). A sandwich? A scone? Check out our afternoon tea, 3-5pm, Mon-Fri.

As the hordes of Borough Marketeers stuff their faces while standing up, above them in the elegant mezzanine Floral Hall is the more refined eating option – the staunchly British Roast, which feels like the perfect restaurant to have at the heart of London’s larder. The formal operation (precise service, gleaming tableware on white cloths) contrasts with the generally jolly crowd, who rock up for special occasions and family get-togethers in often casual clobber. It’s a very pleasant place for a long lunch or luxurious breakfast. You’d be disappointed if the roasts themselves weren’t up to scratch – but they’re among the city’s best. Free-range pork belly with apple sauce, Goosnargh chicken with bread sauce, or blackface lamb with mint relish all appear. These are bracketed with sophisticated starters (we had grilled sardines with pickled beetroot and blood orange), and grown-up versions of British puds. Visit on a Sunday, as many do, and the menu is restricted to £37.50 for three courses, which although very filling seems rather steep – indeed, prices across the board aren’t especially economical. Still, Roast is right at home amid the food-focused throng of Borough Market.

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Nestled in the heart of London’s iconic Borough Market, Roast is a landmark British restaurant. We use the finest seasonal produce from British farmers and producers, with many of our ingredients coming from Borough Market’s very own stalls.

Spaciously set over two levels, our guests have a view of our exceptional show kitchen and London highlights such as The Shard, St Paul's and of course the historic Borough Market below.

Alongside the dining room is the intimate Bar at Roast. Loved by diners and drinkers alike, the bar buzzes away until midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Every night and at Sunday lunch, live acoustic music is played and brings the restaurant and bar alive!
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Venue name: Roast
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Address: The Floral Hall
Borough Market
Stoney Street
London
SE1 1TL
Opening hours: Breakfast served 7-10.45am Mon-Fri; 8-11.30am Sat. Lunch served noon-3.45pm Mon-Sat; 11.30am-6.30pm Sun. Dinner served 5.30-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 6-10.30pm Sat
Transport: Tube: London Bridge tube/rail
Price: Main courses £16.50-£35. Set lunch Mon-Sat £30 for three courses. Set dinner Mon-Fri 5.30-6.30pm & 9pm-close/Sat 6-6.30pm & 9pm-close £30 for three courses. Sunday lunch £37.50
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Avatar for martin u
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If U love your Sunday Roast then this is the place to go. I had Roast Belly of Pork with apple sauce and mash with sides of veg. Pork had a lovely thick crackling & the steamed Ginger pudding was to die for.

Avatar for Corrina Westwood
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We visited Roast recently after a friend recommended it. We were seated in the bar area which we were not happy about as we thought the music would be too loud, but actually the singer Kate was brilliant and her guitarist was fantastic. They really made our evening and chatted to us but were not intrusive and the choice of songs was lovely. We have been back twice since and will not hesitate to recommend this restaurant, although we did find the food was a bit expensive but the wine list was extensive and excellent.

Avatar for Kim
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We arrived in the borough area hoping to go to black and blue. The empty restaurant had a 40 min wait for a table of 2. We stumbled instead on Roast. What a fabulous find! Lovely restaurant, delicious food and attentive service. Our main of porterhouse steak took a little longer than expected and we were served some smoked trout on the house to wet our appetites. A little expensive but lovely location. Will definitely be back!

Avatar for Jess
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Amazing atmosphere, great service, good drinks list. Only qualm I have would be that I ordered a vego dish as I'd had a really big meaty lunch. Everyone else's meat dishes came out looking delicious and were polished off with gusto. the vegetarian option was boring and not very tasty. To be fair, with a name like Roast, you wouldn't necessarily expect good vego options but it's frustrating trying to find good vegetarian dishes!

Avatar for -M
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Roast continuously delivers excellent food and drinks. I personally find the service to be the best I have come across in London to date, possibly even in Europe. I started working in Southwark this year, and have since been to Roast on many occassions with friends from all over the world - New Zealand, Belgium etc. who all enjoyed the setting and the food. I would give 5 stars if it weren't so easy to rack up a bill that almost turns your stomach, but I wouldn't keep coming back if I wouldn't think it was worth it. One of my favorite places in London, and I would recommend it for business and for a special treat.

Avatar for @rattyboom
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Having worked in Borough Market for the last 6 years I have always wanted to try out the Roast restaurant especially given that I have grown increasingly obsessed with their Roast to Go pork belly baguette that you can pick up downstairs for a pricey £6. So the Bookatable offer for a 3-course meal and a glass of prosecco for £30 per person hadn't even been in my inbox for 5 minutes when I was booking a table for Friday evening. 


The restaurant itself is beautiful; a greenhouse structure with high ceilings and floor to ceiling surrounding glass windows that let in all of the light and offer beautiful views over the market. The service too was decent and everyone was friendly and attentive. But then came the food; now because of my addiction to the pork belly baguette, I must admit I went in there with very high expectations. The £30 menu was decent, with four choices per course and a difficult decision ahead of us. 


For the starter I went for the 'bangers Galore chorizo Scotch egg with piccalilli' and I'm sorry to say that the relish was the best part. When I think chorizo I think rich, juicy meat but what came surrounding the egg was only about a millimetre thick (if that) and tasted nothing like chorizo should...in fact it barely tasted of anything at all under the piccalilli. With the starter out of the way, I then went for the 'pork belly with mashed potato and bramley apple sauce' which was delicious but unfathomably filling as if the mash had been mixed in with polyfiller. I mean I can eat but after a good but not overly substantial amount of food, I was already feeling painfully full and struggling to get beyond half of the dish. That being said, the flavours were beautiful. Then finally, and reluctantly, I ordered the 'chocolate and peanut butter mousse cake with salted banana ice cream', which again was decent but not enjoyed given how full I'd become. From the bite I managed the flavours seemed good but I could manage not one bite more. 


All in all, I am so glad that I have been but the food was only good and not the 'incredible' I'd expected. Would I go back again? Yes, but not in a hurry and I'd avoid the scotch egg which was easily the worst part of the evening.



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Avatar for Jennifer S
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My friends and I went here for Sunday brunch a few weeks ago. Considering the price point and elegant, crisp interior with high ceilings and good views of BM, I'd love to give this place more stars but the lackluster service, some misses on the food and high price point prevents me from doing so.

I have to give them points for a very creative vegetarian menu as well. The salad with cranberries was delicious and a decent-sized portion, and the truffle and burrata tortellini was rich but I think could have used a bit more truffle and the cheese seemed to be a ricotta more than burrata. The desserts though were fantastic. The chocolate peanut butter was sinfully rich and tasty as opposed to the much lighter strawberry panna cotta. The sticky toffee pudding was on point. My husband and dining companions enjoyed their meaty meals as well but no one raved about the food.

The hitch here was the service. When I'm paying this much I expect to have more attentive waiters like I do in NY. We kept on having to ask the waiter (when he decided to show up every so often), to refill our water glasses even though I told him to just bring a jug. He never asked us how our food was, did we want anything else to drink, etc. I know service stinks in the U.K. compared to the US and this just exemplified it.

Also at the end of the meal, our table was offered a toffee sponge dessert. It was pretty bland but our table agreed if we were going to be offered a dessert anyway we wouldn't have spent money on the aforementioned desserts.

Overall, lovely interior but won't be returning.

Avatar for AME
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Roast feels quintessentially British and I would definitely  consider bringing visitors who want that experience here. I would hands down go back purely for the black cheddar souffle. Wow. Absolutely delicious. The beef that I got for my main was annoyingly quite tough and I couldn't bring myself to even try and finish it. I would, however, go back and try another dish as all around the place seems to be well respected and have a good clientele. Great selection of wines and very knowledgeable and amenable staff who make your experience feel just that bit more special and civilised

Avatar for Annabel-Zoe
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Roast is perfectly placed above the glorious Borough Market. You can appreciate the market bustle through the large windows from the comfort of your table. It’s a great spot to people watch and grab some classic British dishes. You can usually find a deal online for Roast, we went for an offer menu that came with a seasonal cocktail. The cocktail was rather underwhelming, but I really enjoyed their version of bangers and mash. I would go back to try other dishes on the menu, especially the red mullet and Chateaubriand, but probably again with a deal as it is a little dear. 

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Avatar for Sarah B
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Roast boasts a rather stunning location; perched atop bustling Borough market and encased by floor-to-ceiling glass it seemed an ideal location to stop by for an afternoon cocktail with visiting family. The winding pathways below that were brimming with peckish and inquisitive shoppers make for fantastic people watching and kept us entertained for as long as we could withstand our rising hunger levels over our cocktails.

We were unfortunate enough to arrive at Roast just as the kitchen shuts on a Saturday between their lunch and dinner service and so not even the bar menu was available to us - despite being printed in the drinks menu it is only an option Monday-Friday. We settled for just the drinks and the delicious view but if the price of an Aperol Spritz (£14) is any indication of the price of a plate of food here then perhaps it was for the best that we took our appetite elsewhere.


Avatar for Soso T
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Sunday roast at Roast. You can't get more British than that. Staff were really attentive and seemed to be well trained. There was always a member of staff around to top up your glass before it emptied. I wasn't impressed with the squid starter, but should have known better than ordering seafood in a place which specialises in roast dinners (plus I'm more of a dessert person than starters). Other two courses were good as my empty plates indicated.


There is a lift to take you up so it's wheelchair friendly. The only downside was that the disabled toilets were behind the cloakroom (a full rail of coats which had to be moved so there were enough room for me to get through). Toilets weren't great either, but at least they had one.


Food was good but a bit on the pricey side for a roast. It's a really lovely restaurant situated above Borough market though... But I'm not in a rush to go back anytime too soon.

Avatar for Yilly P
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I went her for an early dinner with my friend who was visiting from America.  She's a Brit, but her husband and husband's friend are American and hadn't had a proper roast before.  While they went for the traditional beef, I had the pre-6.30 three course meal for £30, which was a real bargain.

I had buffalo mozzarella to start, followed by lamb chops, and a peanut butter brownie - each course was as tasty as the previous and extremely satisfying.

My friend and the Americans loved the roast beef, particularly the Yorkshire pudding that accompanied the dish.  I tried the roast potatoes, which were amazing!

Definitely recommend, and if you want value for money then definitely go for the pre-6.30 menu, it's amazing value and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Staff are friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere is buzzing.  The live music was great too!

Avatar for Nicole S

Nice borough market views

Great Sunday roast served up with all of the trimmings

Loved the texture of the meat and the service was top notch

:) 

Avatar for Raymond M

A beautiful restaurant overlooking the famous Borough Market. The setting and menu's are very impressive, as is the food and choice of wine. The staff are very friendly and attentive.


I only gave four stars as our table was a little overloaded. There were seven of us attending and rather than give us a table for eight people they insisted on squeezing us onto a table for 6. 


Given that it is around £50pp without wine for a three course meal, I was a little annoyed.


But, I wouldn't let that put you off. I will be going back to enjoy their food.


Avatar for ashley c

I came here on an impromptu visit just popping in on an off chance of a table. We were delighted on a Sunday to get a table and such a well known restaurant.


The ambiance of the place was lovely and I will definitely be returning on a day when Borough market is open in order to get the full experience. The live music was a very nice touch.


The good points:

1. Meat - unsurprisingly its hard to beat anything meat based from this restaurant. Perhaps with the exception of Hawksmoor. 

2. Drinks - we had amazing mango martini's which were absolutely to die for.


The bad points:

1. Accompaniments to the meal were a let down. The veg sides of the roast dinner were raw, not al dente. The roast potatoes were slightly scary to cut into in the event they ended up on the next table.

2. Service - whilst our waitress was very efficient it lacked a friendly feel and service was very slow. The waitress did apologise for this but it did appear people were waiting a very long time for deserts, multiple tables around us complained.


Overall a nice place and I will probably come back but I won't be rushing back.


Avatar for Masumi S

This is a must, if your dining out or want drinks in Borough, nothing quite beats being a floor above Borough watching people 10 deep outside the local pubs, whilst your slipping your cocktails, and deciding which one to have next, but don't stop at the bar, although its tempting! Try the restaurant either breakfast or in the evening, the you have ticked your list of restaurant in London you must do!!

Avatar for ramor r
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I went here this evening and at the very least expect a very good piece of roasted meat! I ordered some roast chicken and my friend ordered the lamb.

The chicken I got was dry and decided that this was worth a second chance so I sent it back to which the waiter replied "I can get you a new piece but it will be the same". I stupidly assumed that this couldn't be the case but true to his word, the chicken arrived and it was also dry and overcooked. I tried my friends lamb and it was also overcooked.

This place is below average, there are hundreds of pubs all over london that can do roast better than these guys for around a tenth of the price. My advice is go to those and avoid this place.....free advice and from the heart....

Avatar for H
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I'm pretty sure the staff are told they're not allowed to smile. Otherwise I can't understand how management allows such unfriendly staff to work there. We went for a Sunday roast and it was really average, absolutely not worth the steep price of it, I've had much much better roasts elsewhere for a fraction of the price. The portion size at least is decent. The venue is nice if you get a seat in the window room, the view is lovely over the market. Overall though, I wouldn't recommend!

Avatar for Hugh T
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Went there recently for a family celebration. The food is good but a little overpriced really – it's gastro pub fare. The service is a little too much. I am quite able to pour white wine and water but they refused to put these on the table, meaning you have to wait until they are ready to refill your glasses. Those at my table not drinking wine, were often without water for periods of time, meaning I had to try my best to get someone's attention which put a bit of a dampener on my evening. 

Avatar for elodie
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overrated food!!! this is roast dinner but half the qu

Avatar for filip
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Overpriced. The food was good, in style and quality comparable to a good gastropub, but does not live up to it's price. The wine list was original and extensive. The location overviewing borough market is amazing, although not much action outside in the evening. The interior itself was a bit bland, cheap lighting, hotel style run of the mill furniture. Live music was enjoyable (except when he started to sing). if it was half price it would have my recommendation.

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