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