Looking for a traditional English meal in London? How about a Roast Dinner? For generations, this has been one of the most popular Sunday traditions. It is an enduring combination of slices of roast meat, roast potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding and vegetables.
Over the years, it has increasingly appeared on menus any day of the week and you can find some really good examples in London.
Top of the list has to be Roast in Borough Market, Southwark. The food here is irresistible as the chefs only use food sourced nearby. Choose between lamb, beef and pork or opt for a vegetarian or vegan offering and still be able to enjoy traditional elements like Yorkshire Pudding and roast potatoes.
Book a stay at a bed and breakfast in Gower Street and head to Simpsons in the Strand have been serving roast dinners since 1848, so they are definitely experts! There’s a bit of theatre too involved, as they bring the roast to your table and carve it on a silver trolley. Equally worth trying are their traditional desserts afterwards such as apple pie or sticky treacle sponge.
If you are roaming around Belgravia and seeking somewhere for a relaxed Sunday roast lunch, then head for the Alfred Tennyson pub. A friendly place, it is well used by locals for a pint and a meal. If you are really hungry, you can even opt for their trio of roasts – a mix of beef, pork and lamb – with all the trimmings. Complete the meal with the pub’s signature dessert – apple pie with ice cream.
The Cleveland Arms near Paddington Tube Station is another good pub meal choice, but it is very popular so you may need to pre-book in advance. Sunday meals are taken seriously here, so take your time and enjoy it.
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On the opposite side of the city, the Old Red Cow at Smithfield is worth considering any day of the week. All the meat is definitely local, given the fact that the Smithfield meat market is only a few minutes walk away. Enjoy a pint or two with your dinner although you will be hard-pressed to choose as the pub rarely has fewer than 15 beers on tap!
If you are staying at any of the hotels near Oxford Street in London and feeling energetic and seeking a walk with some spectacular views across London before lunch, then head up to Hampstead Heath. Stroll across the Heath and enjoy the views from Primrose Hill, before making your way to the Spaniard’s Inn. A really historic Inn, it has been serving customers over two centuries. It was once the haunt of highwaymen like Dick Turpin but now has a much more calmer environment. Just sit back and enjoy a traditional roast dinner in style.