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Sunday roasts [London]

steve h. Dec 8, 2009 01:19 PM

I like the way that sounds. I'll be staying in Belgravia this weekend but have an oyster card. What's your favorite Sunday roast?

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    Gav Dec 8, 2009 01:57 PM

    Piece of string really. Do you want posh or pub?

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    1. re: Gav
      steve h. Dec 8, 2009 01:59 PM

      No restrictions.

      What's your favorite?

    2. Robin Joy Dec 8, 2009 08:55 PM

      The Rib Room has fantastic roast beef.

      Otherwise Simpsons in The Strand is good, but might be a little gloomy if you are solo. Actually Simpsons do a carving course on Sunday mornings to include lunch and a carving set, and you can be joined for lunch by friends.

      The Georgian in Harrods, The Capital Hotel, The Cadogan Hotel are other nice places.

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        Gav Dec 9, 2009 01:08 AM

        Can't disagree with any of Robin's choices but check out a couple more. The Goring Hotel will be pretty local to you and is rather spiffing (and a bit of a bargain). Might also check out the Anchor & Hope in Southwark which has (or at least it did) a set menu on Sundays and is (was) the only sitting that could be reserved. Sorry to be vague, but if they have a website I can't find it.
        WARNING: do not confuse the A&H with The Anchor down on the Thames.

        1. re: Robin Joy
          rrems Dec 11, 2009 07:19 PM

          I've been to Simpson's and what I noticed is if the roasts get to you while they are not overcooked sitting in the trolley, they might be good. Unfortunately, by the time they got to us they were grey (tough, tasteless). This is to me the confirmation of the worst stereotype of British cooking.

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          Gav Dec 11, 2009 02:03 AM

          Can't comment personally on any of these recs but Charles Campion opines here.


          1. steve h. Dec 18, 2009 04:03 PM

            Thank you for all the suggestions. We had our Sunday roast at the Thomas Cubitt. The potatoes roasted in goose fat were wonderful as were the parsnips. The sirloin was pretty good. Staff here is way above average. I like this place.

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              zuriga1 Dec 18, 2009 11:06 PM

              I'm glad you mentioned the Thomas Cubitt. It was talked about here a few years ago, and very favourably. I had forgotten about it, but now it's on my list again!

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                steve h. Dec 19, 2009 03:04 PM

                I like the Cubitt. It's my "goto" yuppy-infested gastro pub in Belgravia. A block or two down the street is Ebury Wine Bar if you care to march slightly upscale while dialing back the frenzy factor. Both are worthy destinations. Belgravia is "comfortable shoes" to me.

                1. re: steve h.
                  zuriga1 Dec 19, 2009 11:21 PM

                  I'll pass these on to some visiting relatives (from SF) who will soon be spending a lot of time in London. They are eager for ideas. What is one called when they were a yuppie but have now passed that stage? :-)

                  1. re: zuriga1
                    steve h. Dec 20, 2009 09:42 AM

                    That makes us fashionable contemporaries.

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                    greedygirl Dec 20, 2009 02:23 AM

                    The same people have now got the old Orange Brewery on Pimlico Road (called simply The Orange). We went there for lunch the other day - was pretty good.

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                      steve h. Dec 20, 2009 09:45 AM

                      I walked by it last week. It's both a public house and a hotel. I'll give it a try next time I'm in town.

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                        Gourmet Chick Dec 31, 2009 06:34 AM

                        My current favourite for a roast is The Panatechnicon which is actually run by the same people who do The Thomas Cubitt - it is a posh pub roast so seems almost like a restaurant but fairly relaxed and really good quality.

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                          steve h. Jan 1, 2010 11:32 AM

                          Posh, indeed! Deb and I shared a few drinks there one afternoon. Clientele appeared more European than British. My martinis were quite good.

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                JanePond Feb 1, 2010 02:09 PM

                The Dining Room at the Stafford Hotel in St James. They have a roast in their carvery on Thursdays and Sundays at lunch. Great menu. Check our t heir website.

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                  steve h. Feb 1, 2010 05:27 PM

                  It's clear I need to spend more Sundays in London.

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                    Muskrat Feb 1, 2010 05:53 PM

                    Here's the website for the Stafford:

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