Should you be planning to visit London – and especially the Chelsea area – this autumn, you’ll likely be looking for some suitably seasonal activities to get up to. And some that are traditionally British to throw into the mix too. Well, come Sundays there’s nothing more traditional in the UK than sitting to a rollicking roast dinner and these venues (each of them perfect should you be booking with us at the San Domenico House hotel Chelsea), would prove fine choices, to say the least…
The Cadogan Arms
(298 King’s Road SW3 5UG)
A long-time favourite for those who frequent the famous King’s Road, The Cadogan Arms is the place to go if you’re in the market for a good hearty Sunday roast. Everything on the menu looks delicious, so you might get a little food envy, but at least you won’t be disappointed by your own choice. After your roast have a game of table tennis with your friends in the Billiards Room.
(3 Yeoman’s Row SW3 2AL)
At the Hawksmoor steakhouse, the Sunday roast is a must-have. They make it the traditional way, with real charcoal to give it a flavourful taste. And its served with all the trimmings, gravy, Yorkshire pudding, veggies and roasted potatoes. The meal will be well worth its cost; dishes at the restaurant are notoriously large.
The Durrell Arms
(704 Fulham Road SW6 5SB)
The Durrell arms is lively and homely, constantly full of the chatter of locals. This vibe extends through to the characterful decor and the generous sharing plates of roast chicken served whole with all the trimmings for you to pick and choose what you want. As an added bonus it gets its meat down the road from an excellent local butcher, Parsons Nose. With two favourite Chelsea-located establishments in one, The Durrell Arms is the perfect spot for a Sunday roast.
(200 Kings Road SW3 5XP)
The Trafalgar’s interiors are bursting with personality and the menu is just as colourful. Choose from a vast array of meats, vibrant veg, fluffy Yorkshire puddings and a boat load of good gravy. Just to add to the fun, there’s board games for those of you who can multitask, having stepped out of one of the luxury boutique hotels London of a Sunday afternoon.
Lots Road Pub
(114 Lots Road SW10 0RJ)
On match days Lots Road Pub in Chelsea is a sea of blue; but come Sundays things are a little more civilized. The menu is concise and to the point, focusing on small tapas style plates and roasts, which are top quality. Portion sizes aren’t as generous as elsewhere but this is a case of quality over quantity. The atmosphere is relaxed, the staff are really friendly and there’s a good stash of Sunday papers to work your way through.
The Jam Tree
(541 King’s Road SW6 2EB)
The Jam Tree serves up an abundant Sunday feast with sides of roast potatoes, swede and carrot mash, greens, parsnips and cauliflower cheese, all served together in the middle of the table ensuring a homely, communal atmosphere that’s perfect for families or large groups. A half corn-fed chicken roasted in garlic and tarragon top notch, while the succulent beef sirloin roasted simply in salt and pepper, as well as the two-person sharing classic shoulder of roasted lamb with garlic and rosemary, is highly recommended too.