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There are few things more satisfying than a truly delicious Sunday roast. Here’s where to find one in Mayfair and Belgravia.
A stablemate of the Alfred Tennyson in the Cubitt House collection, the Thomas Cubitt, housed in a beautiful Georgian townhouse on Elizabeth Street, is the kind of place that Sundays were made for. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon in the ground-floor pub or head upstairs for a more formal dining experience. Regardless of where you sit, you’ll be impressed by the high-quality food on offer.
Roast leg of middle white pork, roast leg of Norfolk Horn lamb and dry-aged beef sirloin are all served with traditional trimmings and seasonal vegetables. For something even more impressive, enjoy a whole roast for four to five people to share. The kitchen requires 48 hours notice to prepare this, so be sure to book in advance.
If you’re feeling indulgent, why not head to the Goring hotel in Beeston Place for a Michelin-starred Sunday lunch? The award-winning chefs serve up roast sirloin of Ross County beef with Yorkshire pudding on the specials trolley every Sunday. And if you don’t fancy a roast, there are six other main courses to choose from, including the likes of Cornish cod and salt marsh lamb.
The starters are no less appetising either; try the Dorset crab with leek and potato salad. And make sure you’ve got room for dessert. You’ll likely be tempted by the selection of puddings on offer, but we couldn’t let the British cheese trolley pass without enjoying a morsel or two.
A traditional free house, the Nag’s Head is a local institution in Belgravia. Tucked away in a picturesque mews, this historic pub may be tiny but it’s warm and friendly too. The pub is renowned for its ‘Jazz Sundays’, which take place on the first Sunday of every month. Top-class jazz musicians play between 2pm and 6pm and the bar gets so busy that traditional Sunday roasts can’t be served. Happily, the kitchen offers a homemade stew – think game, Irish or beef – and salt beef bagels instead.
On any other Sunday, the choice of meat changes and all roasts are served with mash, roast potatoes, carrots, peas, Yorkshire puddings and gravy – all homemade the traditional way.
Sundays are a leisurely affair at Ebury Street Restaurant & Wine Bar. From midday until 3pm, guests can choose from the extensive brunch menu, featuring the likes of eggs Benedict, Caesar salad and full English breakfast. If you’re a Sunday lunch traditionalist, you’ll be pleased to hear that roast beef is available too, served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and Yorkshire pudding.
Be sure to leave some room for dessert: tarte tatin, lemon mousse gateau and homemade ice cream all vie for attention. For cheese lovers, a plate of Roquefort, Tomme de Savoie and Cornish brie served with pear, grapes and quince jelly is the stuff of dairy dreams.