5 Best Sunday Roasts in London

Looking for the best Sunday Lunch in London? There’s a lot to choose from which can leave you feeling confused. Here’s our top four best Sunday lunch in London picks. 

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Bala Baya

We’ll start off with something slightly out of the ordinary. If the traditional roast dinner doesn’t quite cut it for you, have you ever considered heading out for an Israeli roast dinner? Well, even if you haven’t, we definitely think you should. Situated just next to London Bridge, you can find Bala Baya – an authentic Israeli restaurant which offers the enticing Tel-Aviv style bottomless roast dinner. To start, indulge in one of the many small plates on offer, which include grilled Turkish chillies, or crunchy pickles, olives, and feta – all accompanied by Eran’s traditional creamy hummus.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Bala Baya

After you’ve satisfied your initial hunger accompanied with a choice of either Bloody Mary or Prosecco, the real treat is up next. Upon our visit, we sampled the lamb shank deluxe, an impressive and mouth-watering alternative to the traditional meat offerings you’re used to, seasoned with garlic artichoke puree and juicy grilled tomatoes. The grilled sea bass is also a solid choice here, coming extremely tender and flavoursome. If you’re up for something a little out of the ordinary when it comes to a roast, we can’t recommend Bala Baya anymore than we already have, it really is a hidden gem, not to mention the prime location.

The Game Bird

Located at The Stafford by Buckingham Palace, The Game Bird has only been around since March making it the go-to destination for fancy, great quality food. So if you’re looking for the best roasts to impress or just want to have a Sunday lunch in central London, this restaurant has you covered.

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PHOTO CREDIT: The Game Bird

A fair bit more than your average pub grub with £35 for two courses and £40 for three, you get what you pay for at The Game Bird. From succulent black chicken to lean roast beef, the whole menu is carefully thought through with delicious flavours that compliment each other throughout. You can even ask the all knowing connoisseur for the best wine to compliment your chosen dish.

The three course English Sunday roast menu offers you the best of their Sunday choices, including a fish or pate starter, the hearty main, and delectable sweet deserts from custard tart to sticky toffee pudding. Even better, they hire and carry out events such as wine tasting sessions in the wine cellar!

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PHOTO CREDIT: The Game Bird

Sea Containers

Sea Containers sits inside the Mondrian London, one of Southbank’s finest hotels. Located on the ground floor of this 5-star hotel, Sea Containers offers unrivalled views across the Thames towards St Paul’s and the City of London, so you can be guaranteed the perfect spot for a relaxing Sunday lunch.

As for the menu, it goes without saying that you can grab one of the best roasts in London here. Placed on the weekend brunch menu, roast dinners are designed to be shared. Don’t fret though. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to scrimp on how much you get because the amount of food that is put on your table is eye-popping.

Choose between a whole roast corn-fed chicken served with confit onions, a complete leg of lamb marinated in a chermoula rub with a side of mint yoghurt, double-cut heritage pork chops with pork crackling and grilled apples, dry-age bone-in-ribeye with beef jus, or a whole brill with brown butter and capers. Whichever you choose, you’ll get seasonal vegetables and Yorkshire puddings (the best we’ve ever tried if we’re being totally honest) to complete your meal.

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The roast chicken at Sea Containers, Mondrian London
PHOTO CREDIT: Sea Containers

To compliment your food, check out the cocktail menu – we recommend the Flora Dora for a refreshing hit on a Sunday afternoon – Bombay Sapphire, lemon, raspberry and Fever-Tree ginger ale.

Even if you’re completely stuffed, you must try one of the desserts. Our personal favourite was the caramelised banana & passionfruit cheesecake, which was served with Snickers ice cream. For those with a sweeter tooth, we recommend the truly indulgent chocolate lava cake, which is drowned in cocoa sauce – a real weekend treat.

Boisdale of Mayfair

The Boisdale in Mayfair is the perfect Sunday roast destination. With locally sourced meat and vegetables, you know you’re getting top quality grub at a reasonable price in a fantastic location.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Boisdale of Mayfair

From a vast array of starter options such as cock-a-leekie soup with smoked chicken, prunes and a pastry crust, or crispy breaded whitebait with aioli & lemon, the mains are everything you could ask for in a traditional Sunday lunch.

With three choices of meat, Lagan Farm 12 hour slow roast beef, half a roast Wiltshire chicken, or a roast leg of Somerset lamb with rosemary and garlic, you won’t be sort of choice. Each with its own rich flavour, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastebuds. There’s even the vegetarian choice of Heritage beetroot salad, accompanied by Rosary goats cheese and a walnut crumble for a starter and risotto of locally foraged wild mushrooms for your mains.

boisdale mayfair roast dinner sunday lunch
PHOTO CREDIT: Boisdale of Mayfair

Merchants Tavern

If you’re looking to avoid central London and want to stay in an aesthetically chilled place with lots to do, then the Merchants Tavern in Shoreditch is perfect for you.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Merchants Tavern

Owned by Angela Hartnett and chef Neil Borthwick, the restaurant offers a weekly set Sunday lunch, with the choice of two or three courses, with starters such as pork rillette, pickled vegetables & sourdough and the roast beef main. So if you’re after a traditional and perfect Sunday roast without the hustle and bustle, then the Merchants Tavern have got you covered.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Merchants Tavern

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