October Guide: 5 New Sunday Roast Menus in LondonBy Alicia Grimshaw
Do you feel it? That nip in the air, the call of the big coat from your wardrobe, the desire to go for a long walk for some reason – that’s right, it’s roast season baby!
Move over BBQs, your time is done for the year, now it’s all about the meats, sides and enough Yorkshire puddings to turn our brains into batter. We know country pubs get the plaudits, but London has some of the finest roasts in the country right now, and lucky for you we’ve rounded up the best new roasts in the capital:
What: Argentinian restaurant Sucre has launched its Sunday Asado – a celebratory, open-fire feast inspired by the rich traditions of the Latin American dining experience. Every Sunday, from 12pm to 4pm, Sucre’s Sunday Asado is a decadent interpretation of the traditional sharing feast, filled with the joys of togetherness and culinary delights.
Eat: Priced at £55 per person, begin with a selection of dishes to share, including Beef and cheese empanadas and Revuelto de gramajo, before indulging in a main course of your choice. Highlight dishes include the Beef rib short rib Banderita with chimichurri, Iberico Matambre with peppercorn sauce, and Catch of the day with lemon ‘gremolata’, all cooked centre stage in Sucre’s open kitchen and paired with seasonal vegetables. Dessert is a true celebration of the traditional convivial dining experience, with diners invited to help themselves to a selection of dishes, presented in the centre of Sucre’s iconic dining room. Expect Dulce de leche profiteroles with raspberries, Poached peaches with blackberry pavlovas and lemon mousseline, and Flax mixto with dulce de leche and cream.
Where: 47b Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7JP
What: Chef Elliot Cunningham, founder of Lagom, has created a brand-new Sunday ‘roast’ offering. Balancing flavours of open-fire cooking with those of Elliot’s Swedish heritage, Lagom’s Sunday Roast menu includes a variety of vegetable and meat sharing dishes.
Eat: Choose from communal, family-style ‘roasts’ prepared by Elliot and team. Smoked chicken comes half or whole for two or four people, brined in salt for two days before it smokes for three hours over Silver Birch wood (Elliot’s log of choice for lighter meats and vegetables). Coal roasted pork belly or beef rump are served in generous slabs, cooked over coals in a way that allows the meat to sing, and as Christmas nears, Smoked turkey legs will be a main feature.
Where: 17 Bohemia Pl, London E8 1DU
What: Following a summer hiatus, The Laundry has brought back its best-selling Sunday roast and now features two new additions for the autumn/winter season.
Eat: Served from 1pm-6pm, the Sunday roast includes a new sharing Spatchcock chicken for two served with honey-mustard bread sauce and Yorkshire puddings, as well as an all-new vegan leek and mushroom wellington with bottomless vegan gravy. The Laundry‘s Sunday menu mainstays – Rolled roast pork belly with apple sauce and 28-day aged Roast Hereford sirloin with creamed horseradish and yorkshire pudding – are also available, alongside an array of add-ons such as honey-glazed carrots, charred broccoli with garlic and pickled chilli and cauliflower cheese with sage and truffle gratin. All dishes are served with a refreshed selection of trimmings: roast potatoes, seasonal squash, roast kumara (New Zealand sweet potato), minted peas and bottomless gravy.
Where: 374 Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8PL
Photo credit: Harriet Langford
What: Kentist Town pub The Parakeet, the critically acclaimed new pub and 60-cover dining room in Kentish Town, has revealed its debut seasonal Sunday Roast menu. With Head Chef Ben Allen and Sous Chef Ed Jennings (both ex-BRAT) at the helm making full use of the kitchen’s custom flame grill and locally sourced ingredients, diners can expect a fresh take on the roast based around fire cooking.
Eat: Roast dishes include a flame grilled leg of lamb for four and roast chicken, which is pre-brined and roasted in hay to give it a rich smoky flavour. Also on the menu is salt aged roast topside beef and lamb rump – both cooked over charcoal and wood on their custom-made grill, and celeriac Wellington. All dishes are served with a generous portion of spring greens, roast potatoes with herbs and garlic, seasonal root veg, Yorkshire pudding, and carrot and swede puree. For dessert, choose between sticky toffee pudding, mandarin & sea buckthorn sorbet, or cheese with crackers
Where: The Parakeet, 256 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2EN
Photo credit: Justin DeSouza
What: Laurel’s on the Roof’s popular Sunday Roast has returned. For the winter months, Laurel’s on the Roof has transformed from a sun drenched rooftop to a cosy escape overlooking the Shoreditch skyline
Eat: Every Sunday from 12pm-4pm, choose from topside of beef, slow roast chicken, a saddle of lamb and a Nut Roast, all served with the traditional trimmings including roast potatoes, seasonal greens, carrots with mustard and honey and gravy with the all important condiments available. Accompany your traditional British classic with an array of Cali-inspired starters including tuna ceviche with chilli dressing, blood orange, fennel and radish and beetroot carpaccio with frisée and jalapeno. To finish, a selection of desserts ranging from Coffee crème brûlée, to Dark chocolate mousse with white chocolate crumble and candied hazelnuts and Coconut panna cotta.
Where: 45 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT