The saying goes “a Sunday well spent brings a week of content” – and we can think of no better way to end the week than devouring a mountain of roast potatoes washed down with a glass of red. If you’re not thrilled by the idea of slaving over a hot stove, rally the troops and head to one of these London pubs for a long, lazy lock in.

The Pig and Butcher

If you’re missing home cooking then this Islington institution offers comfort in spades. Firewood is piled high in the corner and copper pans line the walls. The on-site butcher provides delectable cuts, Yorkshire puds are the size of your face and wine is carefully sourced from family-run vineyards. Book in advance and arrive hungry.

The Three Stags

Known for their eco credentials, some of the vegetables at this South London pub are grown on a plot next door and they use local produce whenever possible. Their current menu features foraged porcini and girolles from a secret Scottish location. Save room for pudding, the lemon posset contains honey from the rooftop hive.

Hack & Hop

Rally the troops and tuck into a Sunday sharing feast at this “local beer house” in the City. Lemon and thyme chicken, confit pork belly and rich, medium-rare beef are served alongside a chorizo scotch egg, giant Yorkshire puddings and a very generous portion of roast potatoes.

Blacklock Soho

Cocktails are a fiver and the wine is on tap at this former brothel in Soho, best to visited on a Saturday when it doesn’t matter if you accidentally end up in a bar afterwards. Line your stomach with the mammoth all-in of pork, lamb or beef. Eclectic sides such as coal-roasted scallops complete the banquet – but the winner is cauliflower cheese.

Heirloom

If it weren’t for the postcode, the leafy suburbs of Crouch End would fool you into thinking you were settling down for dinner in a rustic, country farmhouse. The chunky, wooden table and chairs groan in acknowledgment like all reclaimed furniture does and the herbs, vegetables and edible flowers all come from their back garden in Buckinghamshire. Started by two brothers, the choice of meats tend towards the rarer cuts, while fresh fish is lovingly brought from Cornwall by “our man Rupert”.

Smokehouse

Butcher-turned-head-chef Nick Essex takes Sunday dinners seriously. Longhorn topside of beef has been dry-aged for 34 days and is impossibly tender, oozing meaty juices over fluffy Yorkshire puddings and duck-fat potatoes. Snuggle under one of the faux-fur throws next to the blazing fire and feel the Sunday blues evaporate.

Roast

If you’re naming your restaurant “Roast” you’ve got to be pretty damn confident it’s up to scratch – and this Borough Market joint doesn’t disappoint. Swallow slighter higher prices along with exemplary beef sirloin and expertly paired wines, with city views making it well worth it, particularly if you’ve got visitors to London in tow.

The Pig's Ear

A roaring open fire, well-dressed locals and some of the crunchiest crackling in town certifies this gastropub as a timeless favourite. The Yorkshires are huge, there’s pavlova for pudding and the staff don’t mind when you ask for more gravy.

Number 90

This waterside hangout is the ideal place to fend off hangovers over a roast and bloody marys combo among East London cool cats. The gravy is homemade, the carrots are honey glazed and there’s a beetroot, mushroom and spinach wellington for vegetarians. Be sure to head down early, as it gets pretty packed.

The Harwood Arms

If only a Michelin-starred roast will do, book a table (probably several months in advance) at this West London lovely. With a focus on wild game, don’t be surprised to find venison served alongside Galloway beef, cauliflower cheese croquettes, smoked bone-marrow gravy and scotch eggs.

The Harwood Arms

Number 90

Smokehouse

Roast

The Pig and Butcher

Heirloom

The Pig's Ear

The Three Stags

Blacklock

Hack & Hop

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