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Mar 21, 2009 08:24 AM

Roast beef, yorkshire puddings

Where do people suggest for a nice, traditional British Sunday pub lunch? You know, roast beef, mashed potatoes, yorkshire pudding, peas, and so forth?

Or is this something I am just going to have to make on a Sunday morning?

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  1. House on Parliament does a Sunday dinner (after 5pm). Prime rib, mash, yorkshire pudding (recently featured in Now mag if you want to look it up). Haven't had it myself but they do a decent burger (which I find is a good test of a kitchen) and it's definitely a pub. So if you don't mind a late lunch this might be something to try. It's a busy place though and service can be less than exemplary...

    House On Parliament
    454 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A3A2, CA

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    1. re: dxs

      Less than exemplary... Service can be downright hostile towards anyone who isn't a regular. I would never recommend House On Parliament. They don't seem to understand that comfort food should come with comfort service.

      1. re: Googs

        With all due respect, Googs, I have to say that this hasn't been my experience at HoP. I'm far from a regular (only been a couple of times), but have never encountered anything resembling hostility. Have I just gotten lucky? I'm genuinely curious.

        1. re: Wahooty

          I've been to HoP probably a half dozen times on the last few years, enough to get a good idea of what the service is like, but far from a regular. Never had any hostile service, in fact it's usually been pretty good. It's almost always busy there so service has seemed overloaded and stressed a couple of times but always got the job done. The roast beef dinner there is a great deal and one of the best I've had in the city.

          1. re: Wahooty

            I came here to say my piece, not to bash HoP. It's happened to me too consistently and recently to recommend them. I will not give them my money. I doubt they'll miss it.

          2. re: Googs

            Maybe I've just been lucky, but I've only been seven times, and service was always decent, if not good.

            The roast beef dinner was a bit underwhelming... the meat was frightfully overcooked: everyone in my group ordered rare to medium and we all received at least medium well, tough cuts of beef.

            The bread pudding is always great, and the burgers are good. I usually don't care much for fries and don't do much more than nibble on a couple, but at HoP, I clean the plate.

          3. re: dxs

            I second the House. Excellent value and the service is alright.

          4. I can't vouch for it as I have never had it - but Mill Street Brewery Pub in the Distillery has a Sunday "dinner" special


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            1. re: Apple

              Had it once. Prime rib was disgusting - absolutely inedible. I wouldn't be brave enough to try it again.

              1. re: embee

                Too much fat, or too dry? These are the most common problems with a bad roast.

                It's a shame Ed's warehouse no longer is. While it wasn't the best, it was always reliable, especially before a show.

                1. re: ascendance

                  Poor quality meat, unseasoned, and cooked far beyond "well done" (ordered med- rare), dry, tough, and tasted like the proverbial cardboard.

            2. Try Feathers on Kingston Rd -- it's yummy!

              1. Anyone know where you can get a roast beef & yorkie pud lunch, i.e. between noon and 2 pm? thanks!

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                1. re: Squeakycheese

                  To the original poster, I believe Murphy's Law on Qeen in the Beach does a roast beef dinner but I've never been.

                  1. re: millygirl

                    yes, that's right. It's their Sunday special - prime rib roast with yorkshire pudding, veggies, etc. Haven't had it either but I've had apps and snacks there that were decent.

                    Murphy's Law
                    1702 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

                    1. re: JamieK

                      Murphy's Law features traditional Irish cuisine and pub fare, using only the freshest and finest ingredients.

                      LOL,read the menu

                      1. re: Squeakycheese

                        yes, I read the menu. The last time I was there, a group of us had a bunch of different apps to go down with our beer, I think we had sweet potato fries with some kind of mayo dip, also an assortment of dips including hummus, and the nachos. All were good enough for a get-together with a bunch of friends. Didn't notice the fresh/finest issue as chickpeas I'm sure come from a can, sweet potatoes hopefully come fresh from the grocery storey and nachos from wherever.

                    2. re: millygirl

                      Murphy's Law and Mill St Pub are operated by the same company.

                  2. The House on Parliament is a great deal — dessert, too! — but since they don't take reservations, the place is quite small (40 seats?), they only serve it after 5 pm and IIRC they only make three roasts, it quickly sells out. And you need to show up just past brunch (2:30-ish) to get a table so you can order it. Show up at 5 and you won't get in. Show up at 7 and they'll be sold out. Think of it as an afternoon of pints in a pub followed by an early $15 dinner.

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                    1. re: ChalkBoy

                      I've had a great meal at House on Parliament, but the crowding issues, and the fact my friends don't live within walking distance, mean I don't go down there anymore. It's a pity, because I know their food is excellent.

                      1. re: ChalkBoy

                        Ah...supper as competitive sport. That's a lot of strategy for a Sunday afternoon. :)

                        1. re: Wahooty

                          so true! lol, hope ascendance lets us know where she/he ended up for Sunday dinner!

                        2. re: ChalkBoy

                          yes.. HOP used to be okay if you got there at 5.. but they got featured in NOW mag recently and now its a 40 minute wait even if you get there at 5 on the button. Terrible.

                          1. re: ChalkBoy

                            Darn! I was really hoping to take my parents to HOP for Sunday roast but they will NOT be happy with no reservations and waiting in line (and they are not the type to drink the afternoon away waiting around to eat).

                            How's Cowbell's Sunday roast dinner?

                            1. re: Food Tourist

                              Cowbell's Sunday roast is not "traditional". No yorkshire pudding (shame because there is a gallon of jus to soak up), no peas, and potato is not mashed, if you care about that stuff. Aged beef arrives well-done but tender enough. Weird waffle dessert (2 quarters of waffle with applesauce and sabayon cream). Choice of soup or salad for starter. 3 courses for $25. On the bright side, you can easily score a reservation since the restaurant is mostly empty.