Sunday Roasts are a British tradition. With the long history of meat and veg growing in the country, the agriculture of the UK has shaped the kind of meals they serve. Sunday roasts are a hearty pub and family favourite, bringing with it a rich mix of chicken, beef or lamb, alongside gravy, vegetables and potatoes. There are of course vegetarian and vegan options to run alongside the more meaty varieties and the best restaurants and pubs serve these Sunday favourites up with a mix of heritage English decor and a vibrant, warm atmosphere.
In the cold heart of winter, there’s nothing quite like a Sunday full of comfort food, friends and family, and that’s what the Sunday Roast is all about. Guests at the Piccadilly Hotel and their spas for massages in West End are ideally located to explore the many pubs and restaurants of London, and this selection of the best pub roasts will undoubtedly help you to hone in on the best of the rest.
Blacklock in Soho is one of the best spots in the centre of the city for getting unashamedly meaty. Combining its love for rich meats with grace saving veggie roast options, there’s one thing that everyone can enjoy at this historically raunchy basement bar and restaurant, and that’s the cocktail and wine bar (except for the bloody mary, which is made with beef jus). With pigs head on toast alongside full hog roasts and duck fat roasted potatoes, this is one for the mighty meaty among us. The Blacklock has two other locations in Shoreditch and the City of London, but the vibrant history of the Soho branches former occupants makes this one especially tantalising for a West End and London Piccadilly Hotel first-timer.
This South East London boozer has an especially refined sensibility that’s never at odds with its sociable status as an honest pub for locals. With its welcoming atmosphere, this pub is especially known for its small plates of snacks alongside seasonal dishes and of course, a full-blown spit-roasted chicken which can be ordered for sharing.
The Coach Clerkenwell
The Coach in Clerkenwell is a historic pub that’s been running since 1790. With an airy interior with a terraced outside area for the summer, this historic London pub has been taken over by ex-Racine restaurateur Henry Harris, who’s spruced up the family-friendly menu with some elegant gourmet twists. For Sunday roasts you’re in the right, gloriously indulgent place, but you’re also in for experimental yet tantalising flourishes too. Don’t miss the elegant lamb sweetbreads with morels, black puddings and capers served with calf’s brains.
Cleveland Arms Paddington
Located not far from the best London hotel advance purchase offers, the Cleveland Arms in Paddington is all lemon and thyme chicken and braised lamb shoulder, bringing a neat pub that has recently been refurbished with a vintage colonial feel. With dark leather sofas and dim lighting, this is as cool and lavish as you’d expect from a pub with a film executive owner.