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.
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!
The Floral Hall
|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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Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
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- 3 star:7
- 2 star:3
- 1 star:2
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!!
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....
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!
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.
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.