Warm up this winter with a hearty Sunday lunch, a typical British feast, with these fine choices to get your mouth watering.
"It is a common practice to have a huge piece of roast-beef on Sundays, of which they stuff until they can swallow no more," observed 17th-century tourist Henri Mission while staying in London in 1698.
Three centuries later, we Brits still love nothing more than Sunday lunch with all the trimmings, also known as "Sunday roast".
Originally centred around a cut of beef, today’s Sunday roasts focus just as much on chicken, lamb, pork and vegetarian options, all served alongside roasted vegetables and occasionally Yorkshire pudding, crackling or stuffing. And then there’s the sauces: apple for pork, mint for lamb, horseradish for beef, redcurrant for chicken—those are the rules. Say what you like about traditional English food: when it comes to Sunday dining, we are the best, particularly in London.
For the ultimate Sunday roast experience, head to contemporary gastropub The Jugged Hare handily placed near the Barbican Centre. Featuring a "theatre" kitchen with a state-of-the-art eight-spit rotisserie and a charcoal grill, this place was born to roast. Choose from a daily selection of British game (their speciality), wild fish and shellfish.
If you’re two, the whole Suffolk chicken with sage stuffing and bread sauce is a must and available any day of the week—so is the whole suckling pig, for four people. On Sundays, things amp up a notch with 45-day aged Longhorn rump and Herdwick mutton. A fine wine dispenser lets you be adventurous by the glass, and beer-lovers should try the pub’s own Jugged Hare pale ale.
If you can’t decide between roast pork belly, sirloin of beef or chicken, you don’t have to at new gastropub The Grocer at Spitalfields Market, in fashionable east London. Boasting all three classic meats on one plate, the "Sunday Extravaganza" is not for the faint-hearted. Eclectic décor, a covered terrace and TVs for watching sport make this the ideal spot to while away the afternoon.
As its name suggests, Roast is a restaurant that specialises in Sunday lunch but on a daily basis, so you can get your fix seven days a week. Situated near Borough Market, Roast uses only the highest quality ingredients.
Vegetarians are definitely not an afterthought, with tempting mains such as creamed barley and spelt with butternut squash and girolles. Just make sure you leave room for the apple and pear crumble with custard—like Sunday roasts, it’s practically an institution in Great Britain.
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