Food / 28 February, 2019 / My Baba
Plates piled up with meat, veg and roasties galore are what Sundays are all about. London knows a hearty roast, but where are the best ones and are they family-friendly? Book in for a classic roast dinner or a Sunday lunch with a twist at one of our favourite family-friendly restaurants in London. We’ve divided it down by area, so it’s up to you whether the city is your oyster or you’d prefer something closer to home. I’ve detailed whether the places have children’s menus, prepare a mini-roast, or order a feast to share out for all the family. Book into somewhere scrumptious this weekend and save on the cooking and washing up!
Sunday roasts are what Roast does best — it’s not just a clever name! Overlooking Borough Market is Roast’s bright and brilliant dining room. The British restaurant sources many of its ingredients from the neighbouring market stalls and serves up the best and freshest produce. I visited a while ago and it still remains one of my favourite places for family dining. Beef, pork, lamb, chicken and fish are the Sunday roast options. The children’s menu features a fish finger bap, sausage and mash, spaghetti bolognese, as well as some finger licking starters and desserts. Kids eat free during school holidays.
Situated in the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe beside the Thames, Swan is a fantastic family restaurant set over two floors. Swan serves breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner, pre-theatre dinner and a great British Sunday roast. Enjoy old spot pork loin with baked apple or sirloin of aged Ayrshire beef with all the trimmings. A broad Sunday menu also offers roast hake and a violet artichoke tart. Swan cater for the kids with their own menu that features a mini roast of beef or pork, or a burger, or fish and chips options.
With a ‘gate-to-plate’ ethos, Rotunda serves beef and lamb exclusively from their farm in Matfen, Northumberland. The animals are only received by the restaurant when they’re ready, not because demand says so. The meat is then hung and butchered in the restaurant. Corneyside farm beef, slow roast rolled pork belly, and Texel shoulder of lamb make up the Sunday roast menu. A children’s Sunday roast of lamb or beef is available, as well as a children’s menu with grilled chicken, pastrami on toast and grilled vegetables.
Read our review of Rotunda for family lunch and date night.
Scandinavian-influenced Ekte was opened by Danish restauranteur Soren Jessen following the success of 1 Lombard Street. While Etke offers many traditional dishes, including Smørrebrød, on Sundays, it serves up a Nordic Feast — a marvellous spin on the classic Sunday roast and ideal for families. Choose between slow-roasted lamb or herb-fed roast chicken (to be enjoyed between four to six guests), accompanied with root vegetables, seasonal greens and Janesson’s Temptation (a traditional Swedish vegetable dish.).
Part of the Coal Drops Yard development, Hicce offers a wood-fired dining experience. With modern dishes cooked over an open fire, barbecuing, steaming and smoking are Hicce’s specialities. For Sunday lunch, leg lamb & saddle, and squash and mushroom nut roast are on the menu. The Sunday feasting menu for all the family to share includes steaming plates of wood-fired ribs, hips cabbage and a whole roast lamb rack. King’s Cross has become quite the family hang out with events to keep all ages entertained.
Bar + Block is a huge steakhouse a few moments from Kings Cross station. Steaks are hand-cut onsite and you can choose from rump, ribeye, sirloin, and fillet. The Beef Wellington is on point. But it’s Sunday so let’s talk about the Sunday Best: sliced picanha (a delicious hunk of beef), Yorkies, beef-dripping roasties, cauliflower cheese and more. Kids can choose from grilled chicken, tomato penne, cod and chips or a beef burger.
Roast dinner isn’t just a Sunday deal at Simpsons in The Strand. Roasted meats are wheeled out on silver trolleys every day of the week and then expertly carved at the table by the Master Carver. Choose from 28-day dry-aged roast beef or Daphne’s Welsh lamb, both served with all the trimmings. Young diners can enjoy the highlights of the adults’ menu and are encouraged to try all the unusual ingredients that Simpsons in The Strand has to offer.
The all-day dining restaurant serves up Italian-inspired cuisine, daily specials and their very own IPA from an on-site microbrewery. Sunday roasts of rib eye beef, roast chicken or a nut roast are all served with roasties, Yorkshire pudding, a herbed breadcrumb cauliflower cheese and as much gravy as you like! While The Belrose don’t serve Sunday roast portions for children, the adult roasts come sharing-style, so it’s easy to divide up between the little ones. With a dedicated children’s menu with activities, the restaurant is super welcoming for families.
With unrivalled views of the Thames, Fiume has joined Battersea’s Circus West Village. The Italian restaurant is perfect for enjoying rustic southern Italian dishes. Join Fiume for an Italian take on the classic Sunday roast. The selection changes each week so you’ll be in for a surprise! For the bambinos, pizza, pasta and chicken Milanese are on offer.
Set in a historic 18th-century warehouse near Liverpool Street, New Street Grill offers a great selection of steaks and superior cuts of meat. Meats, beef, pork and lamb, straight off the Josper grill are on offer for Sunday lunch. Choose from a fillet or rump steak too if you fancy. For the kids, there’s fish & chips, grill chicken and a traditional Sunday roast.
Everyone needs a great family pub close by and Ealing Park Tavern is just that. The historic west London pub is charming, vibrant and often has a brilliant, traditional pub menu. Throughout the week, enjoy fish and chips, pie of the day and steak. Sunday serves up 45-day aged beef, slow roast pork belly and whole roast chickens with roasties and Yorkshire puddings. Children can enjoy pie of the day, grilled salmon and fish and chips, as well as a fun colouring picture and puzzle.
Chelsea’s Fox & Pheasant is a personal favourite. The traditional country pub received a beautiful refurb last year and attached a bright and airy conservatory filled with orange and olive trees that is fantastic for a family dinner. Fox & Pheasant serve a combination of healthy and hearty British dishes, with refreshing takes on the classics. On Sundays, it serves up beef, pork and roast chicken dinners with all the trimmings. Families are very welcome, as are dogs.
Bluebird is committed to delivering the best of British. With the original branch in the heart of Chelsea, the restaurant and cafe has expanded to open in a new location: the Television Centre in White City. Get roasty with Bluebird Cafe and tuck into one of their Red Roasts. Upgrade your roast for an extra £12.50 to enjoy bottomless red wine. For an additional £8.50, Bluebird will be offering bottomless trimmings. For children choose from fish & chips, sausages and mash, and chicken breast, all with pudding included.