As we welcome October, we say goodbye to the last days of summer and sunshine and pull out the scarves and gloves. It’s not all doom and gloom, however, as chilly days’ call for (short) brisk walks followed by long cosy hours spent in the pub with friends, enjoying a few drinks and some food.
Autumn is also when of one of the greatest British traditions to ever exist comes into its own – the Sunday roast. This is a tradition that is taken very seriously, and you’ll find hundreds and hundreds of pubs around London serving sizzling roasts of all varieties with all the traditional tasty sides. Luckily, LUMA Concept Hotel happens to be nearby to some of the best pubs and restaurants in the city serving Sunday lunch. So take your pick…
Where: 24 Great Windmill St, Soho, London W1D 7L – 25 minutes on the Piccadilly line from LUMA.
About: Blacklock has a bit of a rep around town as the best place for a Sunday roast. Found in the basement of an old brothel on a side street in the center of Soho, this spot is a carnivore’s dream as they hang whole joints of meat over English oak to slowly roast. You can choose from the 55 Day Aged Rump, Cornish Lamb Leg or Middlewhite Pork Loin, all served alongside mountains of Yorkshire pudding, duck-fat roasted potatoes, heritage carrots, sprouting broccoli and a boat of bone marrow gravy.
We suggest getting the mixed platter, which includes all of the different meats and sides for £20 per person, for a minimum of two people. Be warned though, Blacklock offers a mountain of food, so come ravenous.
Where: 12 Sutton Lane North, Chiswick, London W4 4LD – 20 minutes on the bus or District line.
About: This is the second branch of the restaurant to open, following in the footsteps of Smokehouse Islington. This restaurant is the ultimate cosy Sunday spot, boasting multiple open fires, a garden and a terrace.
Smokehouse’s head chef Jeff Marais is all about championing local produce, and all ingredients are sourced from nearby farms and producers, with the restaurant buying from small, family-owned companies whenever possible.
Choose from options like pork belly and top-side beef, served alongside carrots, roast potatoes, buttered greens, celeriac purée & red wine jus. Dreamy.
Where: 3 Yeoman’s Row, Chelsea, London SW3 2AL – 20 minutes on the underground.
About: While Hawksmoor might be famous around London for its incredible steak, their roasts are not too shabby at all. Not surprisingly, they only do beef. But they do beef very well, indeed. Find some of the most succulent roast beef served with fluffy goose fat potatoes, a humungous Yorkshire, some traditional vegetables, and loads of onion and bone marrow gravy.
Where: The Floral Hall, Stoney St, London SE1 1TL – half an hour on the underground.
About: This iconic Borough Market restaurant is more formal and expensive that the other options on this list, and is definitely more of a restaurant for special occasions than a casual pub visit.
While more expensive, the food is incredible, with the restaurant only using seasonal British ingredients – often from different stall-owners in the market. At the time of writing, you can get three courses for £37.50, choosing from mains such as: hake with olive oil braised baby beets and cavolo nero; free-range chicken with lemon, thyme, smoked bacon and bread sauce; slow roasted lamb shoulder studded with rosemary and garlic; pork belly with Bramley apple sauce; and roast sirloin of Hereford beef with Yorkshire pudding and creamed horseradish.
Puddings include British classics such as sticky date pudding with toffee sauce, Bramley apple and blackberry crumble, and white chocolate set custard with spiced Victorian plums, all paired with different dessert wines.
Set over Borough market, it’s a great spot for people watching while munching on some of the best food the capital has to offer.
Where: Walham Grove, Fulham, London SW6 1QP – 25-minute bus ride.
About: Located in the back streets of Fulham, this lovely spot is the only pub in London to have been awarded a Michelin star – so you know its going to be good! While the food is amazing, the vibe is still casual and relaxed, un-pretentious and not at all stuffy.
The food focuses quite heavily on game and wild food, so expect unusual options such as Yorkshire grouse, beef rump with bone marrow, or honeyed venison, for example. While it is definitely more expensive than other pubs mentioned here, the service is incredible, as is the food and wine list.
If you do decide to try it out, make sure you book! It fills up fast.
Where: Rainville Rd, London W6 9HA – a 20-minute walk via the Thames Path.
About: This local spot to LUMA is located on the river in Fulham, nestled between Hammersmith and Putney bridges. Take a quick 20-minute or so walk from the hotel along the Thames Path and enjoy the stunning views, while working up an appetite.
You can choose from options like the spinach, leek and ricotta wellington; pork belly with apple compote; chicken with chipolatas; beef with horseradish cream; or lamb rump with mint sauce, all served with Yorkshire pudding, seasonal veg, roast potatoes and red wine gravy.
Where: 25 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London W6 9TD – a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
About: This historic pub is set on the banks of the river Thames, were it has been since 1722! A speedy 10 minutes walk from LUMA, it offers incredible views of the river (it has the longest view of the iconic Oxford/Cambridge boat race than anywhere else) as well as tasty food.
A sample of the roasts on offer on Sunday include the roasted striploin of 21-day-aged British beef; corn-fed free-range 1/2 chicken roasted with garlic and thyme; leg of Devon organic lamb, roasted over white wine, garlic, and rosemary; 8-hour-roasted Dingly Dell pork belly with apple sauce; or a vegan Wellington of courgette, mushroom and butternut squash with vegan trimmings.
All of the meat roasts are served with King Edward potatoes roasted in goose fat, roasted vegetables, double yolk recipe Yorkshire puddings and gravy.
So there you have it – some of the best Sunday roasts in the city, and all located nearby to LUMA Concept Hotel.