Best Sunday Roast In London – The Leaderboard

by timchester

Autumn – it’s finally here. And with it evening chills, walks through carpets of crispy auburn, and chunky knit covering up pasty flesh once more. Most importantly, though, Sundays will be fun again as (for me at least) the focus moves from Friday night debauch to end-of-weekend languishing. And with nowhere better on earth to rake spare hours into the hazy past that the English boozer, time to seek out those pubs that have lain empty, dark and smelling of farts for the last six months.

As I’ll be spending an inordinate amount of time ensconsced in these places between now and April I thought it was time to round them all up into some sort of leaderboard, a living list from which readers can delve into the city’s finest. Under the vague ‘gastropub’ umbrella it will encompass any traditional pub that serves food beyond last night’s cheese ‘n’ onion sangers and pickled eggs, and will no doubt lean heavily towards Sunday roasts.

So, thanks to a complex and baffling points system known only to me (think Four Weddings’ bridal bitchiness with the ‘dress’ category replaced by ‘drink’, Metacritic metrics with Urbanspoon standing in for Rolling Stone, and Paul the Octopus breaking into the National Lottery’s Arthur and doing keepy uppy – plus a healthy dollop of random discrimination) here it is: the London Gastropub Leaderboard. It will grow over time. Words with a line under them are links to reviews. Feel free to comment with your own favourites, and suggestions for where we should go next. It’s an evolving collection, and only reflects places I’ve personally been. It doesn’t feature bad pubs, only my favourites in descending order.

London’s Most Best
Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green (Kensal Green)
The Spaniards Inn (Hampstead)
The Charles Lamb (Islington)
The Bull & Last (Highgate)
The Albion (Islington)
The Crown & Goose (Camden)
The Holly Bush (Hampstead)
The Princess Victoria (Shepherds Bush)
The Mall Tavern (Notting Hill)
The Londesborough (Stoke Newington)
The Gipsy Moth (Greenwich)
The Flask (Highgate)
The Trafalgar Tavern (Greenwich)
The Three Crowns (Stoke Newington)
Dean Street Townhouse (Soho)
The Dartmouth Arms (Forest Hill)
The Rose & Crown (Stoke Newington)
The Daniel Defoe (Stoke Newington)
London’s Least Best

The top of my head is pretty blank right now so hit me up – where did I forget? Where should I investigate?

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Andy Morris September 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm

My fav is The Barnsbury, Liverpool Rd, Angel. Rare roast beef.


faith hill September 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

Inn on the Park, Victoria Park… great food and they encourage 8 hours lunches


Hazel September 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

The Havelock Tavern in Brook Green is great (when you can get a table).


Lizzie September 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Save one entry your list is looking pretty bereft of South East pubs… The Victoria Inn in Peckham does excellent food, as does the Royal Albert in New Cross.

I recently went to the Marquess Tavern; the whole braised shoulder of lamb was cracking. As was my hangover after having spent 7 hours boozing in there…


timchester September 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Good shout. I’m going to stick the refurbed Dartmouth Arms in there – for their liver to start with – and the Trafalgar Tavern. Thanks for jogging me memory!


Catherine November 19, 2010 at 12:01 am

The Victoria Inn is a bit meh with their food. Wouldn’t make a special trip there.


Martha September 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm

And South-West London? The Bolingbroke on Northcote Rd does a lovely Sunday lunch (though watch out for rug-rats).
The Canton Arms in Lambeth is all round fab for food.
The Earl Spencer on Merton Road also has good food and is a good Sunday vegging spot.


Dave October 11, 2010 at 8:10 pm

The Albion in Islington, still my no.1.
Worst is the Bull on Upper street, just cos they gave me one and a half roasties. Still haven’t forgiven them for that.


timchester October 12, 2010 at 9:29 am

Thanks Dave. Weirdly I wrote a less-than-effusive piece on the Albion as you were commenting. Any less than five roasties is taking the piss. Less than three is cause to be shut down.


Hugh Wright July 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm

The Ship in Wandsworth and The Black Prince in Kennington both do absolutely crack(l)ing roasts; great meat/fowl, all the trimmings done beautifully, none of the crap, lots of gravy.


timchester July 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Cheers Hugh – two more to add to the must-do list then


Mzungu July 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Try the londesborough, a great roast or the Jolly Butcher in Stokie for a good roast but better beers.


timchester July 24, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Gotta love the Jolly Butchers. Proper beer mugs too.


Aliceson Robinson July 24, 2011 at 3:30 am

The Anchor & Hope wins my award. The only downside is a need for a little planning – you need to book on Monday for Sunday but then the family style feast more than makes up for that.


timchester July 24, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Interesting. Big fan of their midweek food – must try on a Sunday then.


Mark Owen September 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm

The Britannia on Victoria Park is a pretty storming Sunday Roast too…


Mzungu December 23, 2011 at 7:13 am

The Flask in Hampstead does a good roast …..


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