Where is the best roast dinner in London?

And where is the worst roast dinner in London?

I present to you – The League of Roasts.

Venue Rating
1. Blacklock, Shoreditch 9.29
2. Madame Pigg, Dalston 9.14 Closed Down
3. The Harwood Arms, Fulham 9.10
4. The Ladbroke Arms, Holland Park 9.05
5. The George, The Strand 9.02
6. Sussex Bar & Restaurant, Soho 8.86
7. The Fox & Pheasant, Chelsea 8.75
8. The Little Blue Door, Fulham 8.72 Stopped Doing Roasts
9. The Red Lion & Sun, Highgate 8.70
10. The Gipsy Queen, Kentish Town 8.68
11. Wood Street Bar & Restaurant, Barbican 8.65
12. The Old Red Cow, Farringdon 8.62
13. The Black Lion, Kilburn 8.55
14. Mac & Wild, Fitzrovia 8.53 Closed Down
15. The Dove, Hammersmith 8.51
16. Smith’s Of Smithfield, Farringdon 8.50 Stopped Doing Roasts
17. Cora Pearl, Covent Garden 8.49
18. Blacklock, Soho 8.48
19. The Gladstone Arms, Borough 8.47
20. The Blue Boar, Westminster 8.46
21. Osteria Wolf, Stoke Newington 8.45 Closed Down
22. 12:51, Highbury 8.44
23. Dessert Deli, Clapham Junction 8.43 Stopped Doing Roasts
24. The Baring, Islington 8.42
25. The Duke Of Wellington, Notting Hill 8.40
26. The Albany, Twickenham 8.38
27. The Duke Of Hamilton, Hampstead 8.35
28. Bar & Block, King’s Cross 8.34
29. The Alma, Canonbury 8.30
30. The Prince, Stoke Newington 8.29
31. The WB Yeats, Finsbury Park 8.28
32. L’Escargot, Soho 8.27
33. The Beast of Brixton, Brixton 8.26 Closed Down
34. Rotunda, King’s Cross 8.25
35. The Selkirk, Tooting 8.24
36. The White Horse, Harrow 8.23
37. Whole Beast @ The Fat Walrus, New Cross 8.22
38. Temper, Soho 8.21
39. The Coal Shed, Tower Bridge 8.20
40. Lore Of The Land, Fitzrovia 8.19
41. The Rose & Crown, Enfield 8.19
42. Leman Street Tavern, Aldgate 8.18
43. Blacklock, Covent Garden 8.17
44. The Abbeville, Clapham 8.16
45. The Footman, Mayfair 8.15
46. Clapton Country Club, Clapton 8.15
47. The Bull & Last, Dartmouth Park 8.14
48. The Star Of The East, Poplar 8.14
49. The Duchess, Marylebone 8.13
50. The Bobbin, Clapham 8.12
51. Oblix @ The Shard, London Bridge 8.11 Stopped Doing Roasts
52. The Tamil Crown, Islington 8.11
53. Clutch, Shoreditch 8.10 Closed Down
54. Tila, Deptford 8.10
55. Goodman, Canary Wharf 8.09
56. Smokey Tails @ The Star Of Bethnal Green, Bethnal Green 8.08 Closed Down
57. The Nelson’s, Bethnal Green 8.08
58. Fed & Watered, Acton 8.07 Stopped Doing Roasts
59. The Lighterman, King’s Cross 8.06
60. Ben’s Canteen, Earlsfield 8.05 Closed Down
61. Skewd Kitchen, Cockfosters 8.05
62. Heidi, Balham 8.05
63. The Horseshoe, Hampstead 8.04
64. The Alexandra, Wimbledon 8.04
65. The Hereford Arms, Gloucester Road 8.03
66. Wheatsheaf, Borough 8.03
67. The Narrowboat, Islington 8.02
68. Coal Rooms, Peckham 8.01
69. Fallow, St James’s 8.01
70. The Prince’s Head, Richmond 8.00
71. The Gun, Docklands 8.00
72. The Harrison, King’s Cross 7.99
73. The Mall Tavern, Notting Hill 7.99
74. The Grazing Goat, Marylebone 7.98
75. The Laughing Gravy, Waterloo 7.97 Closed Down
76. The Jugged Hare, Barbican 7.96
77. The Albert Arms, Elephant & Castle 7.95
78. The Bird In Hand, Brook Green 7.95
79. The Princess of Shoreditch, Shoreditch 7.94
80. Barge East, Hackney Wick 7.93
81. Hatched, Battersea 7.91
82. The Flask, Hampstead 7.88
83. The Snooty Fox, Canonbury 7.87
84. Hanger, Fulham 7.86 Closed Down
85. Knife, Clapham 7.85
86. St John’s Tavern, Archway 7.83
87. The Hand Of Glory, Dalston 7.82
88. The Talbot, Dalston 7.82
89. The Lion And Unicorn, Kentish Town 7.81
90. Pedler, Peckham 7.80 Stopped Doing Roasts
91. The Grill At The Dorchester, Park Lane 7.80
92. The Princess Victoria, Shepherd’s Bush 7.79
93. The Dean Swift, Tower Bridge 7.78
94. The Holly Bush, Hampstead 7.77
95. The Leytonstone Tavern, Leytonstone 7.77
96. The Cow, Westbourne Park 7.76
97. The Ship Tavern, Holborn 7.75
98. The Holland, Kensington 7.75
99. Michael Nadra, Primrose Hill 7.74
100. The Peasant, Clerkenwell 7.73 Temporarily Closed
101. The Cadogan Arms, Chelsea 7.73
102. Fox And Anchor, Barbican 7.72
103. Malt & Pepper @ Simon The Tanner, Bermondsey 7.71 Pop-up No Longer Running Pop-up Moved Venues
104. Riverford @ The Duke Of Cambridge, Islington 7.70
105. Renegade Urban Winery, Walthamstow 7.70
106. Oslo, Hackney 7.69 Stopped Doing Roasts
107. The Cat & Mutton, Hackney 7.68
108. The Conquering Hero, Upper Norwood 7.67
109. The Cumberland Arms, Olympia 7.67
110. The Royal Oak, Marylebone 7.66
111. The Leyton Star, Leyton 7.66
112. Cow & Pig, Bromley 7.65 Temporarily Closed
113. Lady Mildmay, Stoke Newington 7.64
114. The Pig & Butcher, Islington 7.63
115. Oak And Pastor, Archway 7.63
116. The Colonel Fawcett, Camden 7.62
117. The Duke, Wanstead 7.62
118. The Dartmouth Arms, Gospel Oak 7.61
119. The Enterprise Public House, Camden 7.60
120. The Three Crowns, Shoreditch 7.58
121. The Quality Chop House, Farringdon 7.57
122. The Broadcaster, White City 7.53
123. Mr Fogg’s Tavern, Covent Garden 7.52
124. Popup With Kieran @ The Haven Arms, Ealing 7.51
125. Bunch Of Grapes, London Bridge 7.50
126. Ye Olde Rose And Crown Theatre Pub, Walthamstow 7.48
127. The Windmill, Clapham 7.47
128. The Wilton Arms, Belgravia 7.45
129. The Albion, Islington 7.44
130. The Duke Of Wellington, Marylebone 7.43
131. The Well’s Tavern, Hampstead 7.42
132. The Foresters Arms, Hampton Wick 7.41
133. Buckingham Arms, Westminster 7.40
134. Mr Fox, Croydon 7.39
135. Eat 17, Walthamstow 7.38
136. The Claddagh Ring, Hendon 7.38
137. The Happy Man, Egham 7.37
138. Black Dog Beerhouse, Brentford 7.36
139. The Royal Oak, Harlesden 7.35 Closed Down
140. Roast, Borough Market 7.35
141. The Londesborough, Stoke Newington 7.34
142. The Bridge, Barnes 7.33
143. The Crabtree, Fulham 7.32
144. The Trafalgar Arms, Tooting 7.31
145. Black Star Kitchen @ The Star by Hackney Downs, Hackney 7.30 Pop-up No Longer Running Pop-up Moved Venues
146. The Walmer Castle, Notting Hill 7.29 Stopped Doing Roasts
147. The Queens, Crouch End 7.29
148. The Lamb, Bloomsbury 7.28
149. The Elgin, Maida Vale 7.28
150. The Star, Belgravia 7.27
151. Boxcar, Marylebone 7.26 Stopped Doing Roasts
152. The Boot, King’s Cross 7.26
153. The Old Brewery, Greenwich 7.25
154. The Barley Mow, Mayfair 7.25
155. Café Kitty, Soho 6.25
156. The Alpaca, Islington 7.24
157. The Drapers Arms, Islington 7.23
158. Nanny Bill’s @ The Abbey Tavern, Kentish Town 7.22 Pop-up No Longer Running Pop-up Moved Venues
159. Guanabana, Camden 7.22
160. The Vine, Kentish Town 7.21
161. The Old Nun’s Head, Nunhead 7.21
162. The Oxford, Kentish Town 7.20 Closed Down
163. The Bridge Hotel, Greenford 7.20
164. The Spread Eagle, Camden 7.19
165. The Green, Clerkenwell 7.18
166. The Case Is Altered, Eastcote 7.17
167. The Crooked Billet, Clapton 7.17
168. Perry Hill Pub, Perry Hill 7.16
169. The Clissold Arms, East Finchley 7.16
170. Yorkshire Burrito, Soho (Now in Camden) 7.15
171. Smokehouse, Islington 7.15
172. Hack & Hop, City 7.14 Closed Down
173. Kix Bar & Kitchen, East Dulwich 7.14
174. Thatched House, Hammersmith 7.13
175. The Woolpack, Bermondsey 7.12
176. Cue Point @ Orbit Beers, Walworth 7.12
177. Gaucho, Tower Bridge 7.11
178. The Cock & Bottle, Notting Hill 7.11
179. The Red Lion, Barnes 7.10
180. The Prince Bonaparte, Notting Hill 7.09
181. Hereford Road, Notting Hill Gate 7.09
182. The Rose, Fulham 7.08
183. The Old Queen’s Head, Angel 7.07
184. The Cleveland Arms, Paddington 7.07
185. The Scolt Head, Dalston 7.06
186. Langan’s Brasserie, Mayfair 7.06
187. The Spaniard’s Inn, Hampstead 7.05
188. The Sekforde, Clerkenwell 7.05
189. Prince Of Wales, Putney 7.04
190. Dean Street Townhouse, Soho 7.04
191. The Eagle, Ladbroke Grove 7.03
192. The Guinea Grill, Mayfair 7.03
193. York & Albany, Camden 7.03 Closed Down
194. Crown And Anchor, Brixton 7.02
195. The Sun Inn, Barnes 7.01
196. The Hunter S, Dalston 7.01
197. The Florence, Herne Hill 7.00
198. The Parakeet, Kentish Town 7.00
199. Booking Office 1869, King’s Cross 6.98
200. The Clockhouse, Peckham 6.96
201. The Culpeper, Whitechapel 6.95
202. Brasserie Blanc, Southbank 6.94
203. Hawksmoor, Spitalfields 6.93
204. The Swan Inn, Isleworth 6.91
205. Percy & Founders, Fitzrovia 6.90 Closed Down
206. Palmer’s Restaurant, Bethnal Green 6.89
207. The Hoxton, Holborn 6.88
208. The Roebuck, Chiswick 6.87
209. The Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe 6.86
210. The Orange, Belgravia 6.85
211. The Anglesea Arms, South Kensington 6.85
212. The Royal Oak, Bethnal Green 6.84
213. The Express Tavern, Brentford 6.82
214. Mondo Sando @ The Grove Tavern, Camberwell 6.82
215. The Duchess Of Kent, Islington 6.81
216. The Castle, Harrow 6.80
217. The Devonshire, Balham 6.78
218. Ponte Nuovo, Croydon 6.77
219. The Ivy House, Nunhead 6.76
220. Bistro Union, Clapham 6.74
221. The Ship, Wandsworth 6.73
222. Punch Tavern, City Of London 6.72
223. Little Bay, Croydon 6.71
224. The Carpenters Arms, Shoreditch 6.70
225. Jones & Sons, Dalston 6.70
226. The Morpeth Arms, Pimlico 6.69
227. Ladywell Tavern, Ladywell 6.67
228. The Greyhound, Kew 6.65
229. The Stag, Belsize Park 6.63
230. The Farrier, Camden 6.61
231. Clink Restaurant, Brixton 6.60
232. The Flask, Highgate 6.58
233. Parlour, Kensal 6.55
234. The Gun, Spitalfields 6.51
235. Ganley’s Irish Bar, Morden 6.50
236. The Narrow, Limehouse 6.48 Closed Down
237. The Woodman, Highgate 6.47
238. The Antelope, Belgravia 6.45
239. The Grove, Balham 6.44
240. The Distillers, Hammersmith 6.42
241. Dog & Fox, Wimbledon 6.38
242. The Marlborough, Richmond 6.37
243. Number 90, Hackney Wick 6.36
244. Metro Garden, Clapham 6.31 Closed Down
245. 24 The Oval, Oval 6.24
246. Paradise by way of Kensal Green 6.22
247. Toby Carvery, Snaresbrook 6.20
248. The Apollo Arms, Clapham 6.19
249. The Herne Tavern, East Dulwich 6.18
250. Swan At The Globe, Bankside 6.16
251. Rabbit, Chelsea 6.15
252. Lord Napier Star, Hackney Wick 6.12
253. The Old Bull & Bush, Hampstead 6.11
254. Trafalgar Tavern, Greenwich 6.08
255. The Market Porter, London Bridge 6.07
256. Shinner And Sudtone, Sutton 6.05
257. The Crown, Islington 6.04
258. Bull & Gate, Kentish Town 6.03
259. Eat Lagom @ Hackney Church Brew Co, Hackney 6.01 Stopped Doing Roasts
260. Browns, Covent Garden 6.01
261. The Brown Dog, Barnes 5.99
262. Florentine, Lambeth 5.98
263. The Chelsea Pig, Chelsea 5.93
264. Adam And Eve, Oxford Street 5.90
265. Balham Bowls Club, Balham 5.88
266. The Duchy Arms, Kennington 5.75
267. Paternoster Chop House, St Pauls 5.66
268. The Avalon, Balham 5.60
269. Old Fountain, Shoreditch 5.55
270. The People’s Park Tavern, Hackney 5.52
271. The Laundry, Brixton 5.31
272. The Honor Oak, Honor Oak 5.23
273. The Jolly Gardeners, Putney 5.20
274. Stoke House, Victoria 5.15
275. The Junction Tavern, Kentish Town 5.11
276. The White Bear, Ruislip 5.08
277. Tattershall Castle, Embankment 5.07
278. East Dulwich Tavern, East Dulwich 5.05
279. The Hand In Hand, Wimbledon 4.98
280. The Northcote, Clapham Junction 4.96
281. Grow, Hackney Wick 4.95
282. The Grocer, Spitalfields 4.94
283. Heirloom, Crouch End 4.88 Closed Down
284. The Grapes, Limehouse 4.85
285. No 32 The Old Town, Clapham 4.82
286. The Three Jolly Wheelers, Chigwell 4.79
287. Rose And Crown, Wimbledon 4.60
288. Café Van Gogh, Brixton 4.55 Closed Down
289. Ffiona’s, Kensington 4.53
290. Treehouse, Croydon 4.50
291. The Green Goose, Bow 4.44
292. The Red Lion, Westminster 4.38
293. Poplar Cafe, Poplar 3.85 New Management/Owners
294. The Lock Tavern, Camden 3.50
295. The Bedford, Balham 3.40
296. The New Inn, Ealing 3.11
297. Job Centre, Deptford 2.81 Temporarily Closed
298. London Business School, Baker Street 2.30
299. The Islington Town House 1.60

9 responses to “League Of Roasts

  1. The Crown & Goose in Camden used to do the best roasts on the planet. Their gravy was red wine, red onion with strips of red onion in the gravy.
    Is there a pub anywhere in London that makes this divine gravy recipe?

  2. The best roast I’ve tasted was in The Claddagh Ring in Hendon. Absolutely unbeatable home cooked food and the best service ever.
    Consistently amazing on every visit. So good it’s spoiled the ‘sunday roast’ experience for us. Never beaten, fabulous food.

    1. It feels curveball enough to interest me! I actually tried to order from them via Deliveroo in lockdown 1 but they kept cancelling my order.

  3. I must say, ‘Dartmouth Castle’ in Hammersmith, has been by far the best roast I have even had and that was 8 years ago. I’ve been to so many during that time and nothing has even come close.
    Everything from the meat, gravy, the potatoes, down to the greens. Usually there’s always one thing that they will bugger up but, there was not one thing to complain about. Saying that, that was 8 years ago and perhaps the chefs and owners have changed. Need to return there to see if it’s still as good as the one I had 8 years ago.

    1. Never heard of it before! Well do let me know if it is as good as 8 years ago…my to-do list is a tad overwhelming at the moment and government seems to keep closing the pubs 🙁

  4. You don’t get out to the South east very much it seems. Nothing in Greenwich, Blackheath, Lewisham, Lee, Bromley or most of the surrounding area. Any plans to start covering it?

    1. It’s a good point. But another good point is that I live in Harrow so getting to places like Lewisham, Bromley, etc takes 1.5 hours each way – if the Met line is working! It can be painful enough travelling to central London!

      Hangovers, masks, it being more difficult to persuade accomplices to travel further – there are lots of reasons that put me off, but I will try to make the effort again at some point…soonish…very ish!

      If there is one place I should review, where would you say?

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