Roast beef, roast potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire Pudding covered in rich, dark gravy is the classic British roast dinner. Traditionally a Sunday meal, it is now often enjoyed all week long together with variations such as lamb, chicken, pork or a special Vegan/vegetarian version.
Book Grand Plaza Hotel London and try lots of pubs and restaurants for the iconic meals within London. Allow plenty of time as it is a sit-down meal, not a grab & go.
Some venues such as Simpsons in the Strand or The Cleveland Arms in Paddington have been serving these traditional roast meals for over 150 years. At very busy times of the year, you may even need to book a table in advance.
Dining can be very formal or more relaxed depending on your venue. At Simpsons in the Strand, for example, roast meat is brought on a silver trolley to be carved at your table. The Southwark riverside Swan pub is more casual, offering all-day dining facilities so you can enjoy a meal before or after a visit to the adjacent theatre and Shakespeare center. It is also a great place to sit back and enjoy the river views, watching ships sailing up and down the river while eating a perfectly prepared roast dinner.
Also in Southwark, it is worth considering a visit to Roast in the Borough Food Market which developing a good reputation for traditional roasts as well as Vegetarian and Vegan variations.
Blacklock is a popular chophouse with branches in Soho, the City and Shoreditch. It has a nice vintage vibe, with dark leather banquette seating and retro drinks trolleys. Rather than slices of roast meat, the emphasis here is on roast chops. Choose the size of your chop carefully as they can be quite big. You can smell the meat being slow-roasted over open coals in the kitchens.
In SevenDials near Covent Garden, Hawksmoor has been attracting a lot of attention among diners keen to experience a traditional roast dinner. The meat is cooked over charcoal before being roasted in the oven which gives it an extra special flavour. Just bear in mind that timing is all-important – Hawksmoor cannot guarantee that roast meals will still be available in the evening. Alternative, you can head to the Kensington hotel restaurant where you can enjoy a good meal in the evening.
On Sundays, it is worth considering visiting the Coal Shed near Tower Bridge, especially if you are dining with your family. One of their specialties is a sharing roast, and the portions are really good especially the honey roasted root vegetables, seasonal greens and beef-fat roasted potatoes!
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Not too far away in Whitechapel, Culpeper has long been a favourite gastropub venue. Vegetables and herbs are definitely fresh – they are actually grown in special beds on the roof! Choose between the upstairs dining room or the ground floor pub, but whichever you choose the food is exceptional.