Autumn is here, as the mornings get darker and we say goodbye to the bright, yellow-yolks of summer brunches, we can welcome the soul-warming roast back into our hearts (and stomachs). As the ultimate British comfort food and weekend hangover cure (thanks to the glorious balance of carbs, vitamins, protein and CARBS), a great Sunday lunch is the only way to prepare for a new working week. Here’s our go-to places for killer Yorkshire puds and roasties.
1. The Depot, Barnes
To compliment the food, The Depot offers a gorgeous view of the tranquil side of the Thames. From safe inside the conservatory, you can enjoy your nosh while overlooking the river and views of Chiswick. The Sunday menu is extensive, so whether you’re a traditional meat and veg roaster or fancy something a bit different, such as Chinese-style lemon sole, The Depot will fill the hole.
2. People’s Park Tavern, Victoria Park
Looking for a side of hipster with your Sunday lunch? Try taking a stroll to the brilliant Hackney pub, The People’s Park Tavern. If you’ve gathered a group and have time on your hands (who doesn’t on a Sunday?), they also offer a choice of sharing roast boards, which are booked 30 minutes in advance. And when you feel the need to walk off the food, Victoria Park is moments away.
3. Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, Kensal Town
The name has a lot to live up to, but you may well find your own paradise in its Sunday lunch. Let West London’s offering of shabby chic dining add a sprinkling of decadence to your roast. Paradise has also flaunted an array of London’s well known faces, including the likes of Millie Mackintosh and Ellie Goulding, so eat your gravy-laden crispy Yorkshires with care.
4. The Coborn, Bow
Tucked within a street off the busy Bow Road, you’ll stumble upon this cosy, country-feel pub. They may pile their roasts high upon a tower of seasonally selected trimmings, but it won’t take you long to get to the bottom of the plate. (Just try to resist licking up the gravy!)
5. Roast, Borough Market
Roast by name, Roast by nature – this spot above Borough Market does what it says on the tin. Getting its the majority of its ingredients from the market stalls, you can guarantee that lunch will be generous, fresh and delicious. It may slice a little more into your budget, but it’s well worth it. Plus, your meal will be accompanied by live music from the adjoining bar every Sunday. Roasted bliss.
Pssst. Have you heard about the gravy fountain at the roast potato pop up?