I know you have questions.

Are the best roast dinners in north or south London? Are roast dinners getting better or worse?

Are roast dinners going up in price faster than inflation? Why the fuck do I have a roast dinner blog?

I am going to try to answer your questions using - ROASTATISTICS.

What area of London has the best roast dinners?

The average rating in Central London is 7.36 (68 reviews)
The average rating in East London is 6.94 (41 reviews)
The average rating in North London is 7.25 (67 reviews)
The average rating in South London is 6.81 (77 reviews)
The average rating in West London is 7.41 (38 reviews)

What borough of London has the best roast dinners?

The average rating in Enfield is 8.12 (2 reviews)
The average rating in Hammersmith & Fulham is 7.76 (12 reviews)
The average rating in Bromley is 7.66 (2 reviews)
The average rating in Waltham Forest is 7.60 (5 reviews)
The average rating in Harrow is 7.52 (2 reviews)
The average rating in Kensington & Chelsea is 7.48 (13 reviews)
The average rating in Hackney is 7.40 (25 reviews)
The average rating in City of London is 7.35 (11 reviews)
The average rating in Camden is 7.29 (37 reviews)
The average rating in Southwark is 7.28 (24 reviews)
The average rating in Islington is 7.26 (22 reviews)
The average rating in City of Westminster is 7.24 (39 reviews)
The average rating in Barnet is 7.22 (2 reviews)
The average rating in Richmond upon Thames is 7.14 (9 reviews)
The average rating in Clapham is 7.02 (2 reviews)
The average rating in Hounslow is 6.99 (4 reviews)
The average rating in Haringey is 6.92 (5 reviews)
The average rating in Tower Hamlets is 6.81 (16 reviews)
The average rating in Brent is 6.71 (3 reviews)
The average rating in Lambeth is 6.69 (16 reviews)
The average rating in Greenwich is 6.67 (2 reviews)
The average rating in Lewisham is 6.49 (8 reviews)
The average rating in Wandsworth is 6.48 (12 reviews)
The average rating in Ealing is 6.47 (4 reviews)
The average rating in Merton is 6.46 (6 reviews)
The average rating in Croydon is 6.34 (4 reviews)
The average rating in Redbridge is 6.20 (3 reviews)
The average rating in Hillingdon is 6.13 (2 reviews)
The average rating in Sutton is 6.05 (1 reviews)

Are roast dinners in London getting better or worse?

One of my main aims of this blog is to help the good people of London (and the bad) find the best roast dinner possible - and I hope a side-effect of that is that standards improve across the city

So, how are roast dinners rated across the years that I've been reviewing?

The average rating in 2016 is 8.40 (1 review)
The average rating in 2017 is 6.70 (38 reviews)
The average rating in 2018 is 7.39 (47 reviews)
The average rating in 2019 is 6.95 (48 reviews)
The average rating in 2020 is 7.32 (25 reviews)
The average rating in 2021 is 7.36 (34 reviews)
The average rating in 2022 is 7.06 (46 reviews)
The average rating in 2023 is 7.29 (42 reviews)
The average rating in 2024 is 7.11 (18 reviews)

Is the price of a roast dinner in London going up quicker than inflation?

The average price in 2016 is £14.50 (1 review)
The average price in 2017 is £15.61 (38 reviews)
The average price in 2018 is £16.27 (47 reviews)
The average price in 2019 is £17.54 (48 reviews)
The average price in 2020 is £17.14 (25 reviews)
The average price in 2021 is £18.88 (34 reviews)
The average price in 2022 is £20.54 (46 reviews)
The average price in 2023 is £22.69 (42 reviews)
The average price in 2024 is £24.83 (18 reviews)

Which area of London has the cheapest roast dinners?

The average price in South London is £17.39 (77 reviews)
The average price in East London is £18.14 (41 reviews)
The average price in West London is £18.40 (38 reviews)
The average price in North London is £19.06 (67 reviews)
The average price in Central London is £21.22 (68 reviews)

Which borough of London has the cheapest roast dinners?

The average price in Richmond upon Thames is £16.69 (9 reviews)
The average price in Wandsworth is £16.75 (12 reviews)
The average price in Lewisham is £16.94 (8 reviews)
The average price in Merton is £17.58 (6 reviews)
The average price in Waltham Forest is £17.66 (5 reviews)
The average price in Kensington & Chelsea is £17.67 (13 reviews)
The average price in Lambeth is £17.69 (16 reviews)
The average price in Hackney is £17.77 (25 reviews)
The average price in City of London is £17.90 (11 reviews)
The average price in Tower Hamlets is £19.06 (16 reviews)
The average price in Camden is £19.29 (37 reviews)
The average price in Southwark is £19.48 (24 reviews)
The average price in Islington is £20.00 (22 reviews)
The average price in Haringey is £20.50 (5 reviews)
The average price in Hammersmith & Fulham is £20.58 (12 reviews)
The average price in City of Westminster is £21.88 (39 reviews)

How far do I adventure every year?

2016:
West London: 1 roast

2017:
Central London: 11 roasts
North London: 6 roasts
West London: 6 roasts
East London: 3 roasts
South London: 9 roasts
Not Really London: 2 roasts

2018:
Central London: 12 roasts
North London: 10 roasts
West London: 4 roasts
East London: 3 roasts
South London: 18 roasts

2019:
Central London: 10 roasts
North London: 8 roasts
West London: 8 roasts
East London: 10 roasts
South London: 12 roasts

2020:
Central London: 6 roasts
North London: 7 roasts
West London: 2 roasts
East London: 5 roasts
South London: 3 roasts

2021:
Central London: 8 roasts
North London: 7 roasts
West London: 5 roasts
East London: 2 roasts
South London: 9 roasts

2022:
Central London: 5 roasts
North London: 16 roasts
West London: 6 roasts
East London: 7 roasts
South London: 12 roasts

2023:
Central London: 10 roasts
North London: 6 roasts
West London: 6 roasts
East London: 10 roasts
South London: 10 roasts

2024:
Central London: 6 roasts
North London: 7 roasts
East London: 1 roast
South London: 4 roasts

Are independent restaurants better than chains at roast dinners?

Surely?

Number of independent restaurants: 120

Number of non-independent restaurants: 189

Average score for independent restaurants: 7.27

Average score for non-independent restaurants: 7.03

What's the best chain for a roast dinner?

There are good chains...there are certainly bad chains.

In order of the best and worst chains, with a minimum of 2 establishments in the chain visited:

Blacklock - 8.65 (3 visits)
Dan Doherty - 7.88 (2 visits)
Indapubs - 7.85 (2 visits)
Metropolitan Pub Company - 7.81 (7 visits)
Open House London - 7.8 (2 visits)
Taverns East Ltd - 7.7 (2 visits)
Noble Inns Ltd - 7.57 (3 visits)
Wright Brothers Ltd - 7.54 (2 visits)
The City Pub Group PLC - 7.43 (4 visits)
Cubitt House - 7.25 (4 visits)
Three Cheers Pub Co - 7.18 (3 visits)
Fuller's - 7.15 (16 visits)
Greene King - 7.1 (2 visits)
Urban Pubs & Bars Ltd - 7.08 (4 visits)
Brunning & Price - 7.08 (2 visits)
The Culpeper Family - 7.07 (2 visits)
The Columbo Group - 7.04 (2 visits)
Electric Star Pubs - 6.89 (2 visits)
Young & Co.’s Brewery - 6.82 (35 visits)
Gordon Ramsay Restaurants - 6.76 (2 visits)
Market Taverns Ltd - 6.73 (3 visits)
Mitchells & Butlers - 6.31 (5 visits)
Stonegate Group - 6.15 (4 visits)
East London Pub Co - 5.01 (2 visits)
Antic Pubs - 4.58 (3 visits)

2 responses to “The Islington Town House

  1. Two things. One – too much deviation. I know that’s your forte, being deviant, but overdone on this occasion methinks. Others may disagree, as do you.
    Two – how times have changed, with you swanning off to sup Spanish ales in Madrid for a weekend. I’m older than you (I know that because I’m older than most people) and I remember going from London to spend an entire week at Southend with my mummy. Nowadays it is considered normal to swan off to Madrid just for a weekend. But then, I once whisked myself off to Hamburg for an afternoon to conduct an interview. On that basis, Southend is now worth no more than 10 minutes. About the time it takes to read one of your reviews (without playing the videos).
    Toodle-pip.

    1. I think you might have a point…I was quite drunk when I wrote it and even then I was wondering if I overdid it! Southend seems a proper mission.

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