The Gun, Docklands
If you enjoy your Sunday lunch while looking out over great water views (and who doesn’t?) this could be one for you. With a heated outside terrace even winter eating al fresco is possible – be warned though, there’s no booking of terrace tables at the weekend, it’s just the luck of the draw. If you have to have an inside table though, that won’t be too disappointing; you’ll still get your views over the river to some of London’s icons.
As you’d expect from an establishment that has been on site since the 1800s, the setting is traditional, in the best possible way The menu however, isn’t traditional. With starters including treacle lazed chalk stream trout and pear, golden beetroot and bulls blood salad, this isn’t your classic Sunday pub menu. When it comes to the mains though, they’re all there – Cumbrian beef, Suffolk chicken, and roast belly of middle white pork (this is a place where the provenance of the food is important to them). Of course each comes with all the trimmings you’d expect, including delicious crispy Yorkshire puddings and goose-fat roasted potatoes. If the traditional roast isn’t your thing, there are other options too, including a vegetarian option for the non-meat eaters.
Rumour has it that Lord Nelson used to visit the pub, although there’s no record of whether he partook of their Sunday roasts – it would be nice to think he did. And if he didn’t, he missed out on a real treat.
27 Coldharbour London E14 9NS
Call: 020 207515 205222
The Pig and Butcher, Islington
You won’t be surprised with a name like this that meat is a bit of a speciality for this place. Sited on what used to be fields where the farmers would stop and rest their animals on the way to market, it’s now become a great place for Londoners to stop and rest too.
There’s no bought-in joints for them for your Sunday roast – all their meat is bought in on the carcass and prepared onsite by their master butchers. They pride themselves on serving some of the older breeds, bred for flavour rather than yield, including Hereford beef that’s matured for 35 days to bring out even more flavour. As well as all the usual accompaniments, their piece de resistance is the gravy, made by slow-simmering stock and bones for a whole three days – this is slow food at its best. Visit in the summer and you can have meat cooked over wood, or any time of year you can try their brined or smoked products – all done with their own fair hands.
A word for the vegetables too, that oft-overlooked part of your Sunday roast. They don’t forget about them either. Sourced from England’s very own garden, the fields of Kent, they receive the same care and consideration as the rest of your meal; they’re not just to fill up the plate!
For a Sunday roast as good (dare I say better?) than mother used to make, this is a good choice.
80 Liverpool Rd Islington London N1 0QD
Call: 020 7226 8304
The Jam Tree, Chelsea
If you want to go where the cool people go, Kings Road Chelsea has to be it. This popular gastropub has three distinct sections, so you can choose to eat a cosy meal à deux in the Bookcase Bar, join the throngs in the main bar, or feast out in the garden, one of the biggest and best in London.
Sunday lunch menu is satisfyingly simple and mainstream, no “fancied up” food here but just the traditional roast you’re used to – chicken, beef, lamb (shoulder, to share) or pork are all here. To make it even more like your family meal (but without a messy kitchen or any washing up to do), vegetables and potatoes are served in dishes in the centre of the table, just like home. Children are happily accepted, with half portions available and a relaxed and chilled environment that won’t put you on edge in case they misbehave! If you and the kids both want pudding, why not order yourself an “adult pudding” so they can’t share yours?
541 Kings Road Chelsea London SW6 2EB
Do you have a favorite place for Sunday Roast – Let us know about it !