It’s a question I’m occasionally asked – where can you get a roast dinner not on a Sunday. Sometimes I’ve even had people asking where they can get a SUNDAY roast during the week. You’d have thought the clue would be in the name.
There are very limited options if you want a roast dinner on a different day to a Sunday. Thankfully, Lord Gravy – probably London’s number one roast dinner expert, can advise a few.
The first place to note temporarily closed during covid and hasn’t re-opened yet, despite it being 2023 and that even the WHO have downgraded to advising that you only need to wear one mask at a time.
Clearly this isn’t a great start to this post – however, Simpsons In The Strand used to serve a beef roast dinner every day – at quite a high price and possibly not somewhere to turn up in hotpants. It’s owned by the Fairmont group of hotels who advised me a while back that it is re-opening in 2023. So do keep an eye out.
Slightly twisting the rules of what a roast dinner is, is Rules near Covent Garden.
It’s a sharing plate, so there needs to be 2 of you, and it doesn’t come with roast potatoes – but Dauphinoise instead.
I’ve not yet been, but there will be a time when someone selfishly expects me to go somewhere on a Sunday for their birthday, that I’ve already reviewed – so this is in the list of back-up plans. Expensive back-up plans, alas, currently priced at £47.50 per person.
Roast Dinner Not On A Sunday At Roast
Where you definitely can get a fully-functioning roast dinner every day is at a restaurant named after my dreams and desires, Roast, in Borough Market.
It’s pricey, I paid £36.50 back in October 2022, but it scored a commendable 7.35 out of 10 when I reviewed it.
If you are brave enough, you could try venturing to one of the scary parts of “London”, like Romford or Croydon, to try a Toby Carvery.
If you are a tourist reading this, then, brace yourselves – Toby Carvery is a cheap fill your plate up kinda place – and if you are in any way snobbish about food, drink, people, décor or menu fonts, then you are going to be triggered.
I went to the one in Snaresbrook, for a Halloween special a couple of years back – and, yes, some of it was frightening, the meat in particular was basic and the vegetables all miserable – but the gravy was thick (and unlimited), plus they served one of the best Yorkshire puddings around. And for just £8.49 on a Thursday night.
There is one more option – but again it isn’t so straight-forward, and that is The Great Chase on the Clerkenwell/Islington border, who also do a Saturday roast.
However – it is an alcohol-free restaurant. I can cope, but maybe you should set your expectations – plus apparently they don’t do roasts during Ramadan. I haven’t been yet, but will do eventually – their roasts look the part, as much as you can trust an Instagram self-marketing post anyway.
Bank Holiday Mondays
Gradually, bank holiday Monday roasts are becoming a thing.
There’s not many places offering one, so it is a case of DYOR, but I’ve recently had a very good bank holiday Monday roast at Barge East, and in 2022 had a equally very good one, replete with aubergine (and you thought Toby Carvery was scary) at The Bird In Hand.
Some Young’s pubs do them on a bank holiday Monday, though they can be featuring watery gravy and undercooked roasties – so be prepared for a lack of perfection.
Know of any that I’ve missed? Do add in the comments or drop me an e-mail.