The Royal Oak, Bethnal Green
The roast menu at this Grade II-listed pub spans seven-hour roast lamb shoulder to 21-day aged dry roast striploin and free-range chicken. For veggies there’s a beetroot, fennel and mixed nut roast. All roasts come with a full set of trimmings: expect goose-fat roast potatoes, crushed butternut squash, creamed peas, leeks and bacon, maple-roasted pumpkin, sautéed sprout tops, double-egg yorkshire pudding and gravy.
73 Columbia Road, Bethnal Green, E2 7RG
The Kenton, Hackney
The Kenton was runner-up in last year’s Observer Food Monthly Best Place To Drink competition. We can confirm it is indeed an outstanding spot for a few weekend pints. On Sundays, count on Scottish topside of beef, leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic, free-range corn-fed chicken, or butternut squash and artichoke nut roast. All come with roast potatoes, crushed carrot and swede, pickled cabbage, cheesy leeks, weekly changing greens, yorkshire pudding, parsnip crisps and gravy.
38 Kenton Road, Hackney, E9 7AB
The Marksman, Bethnal Green
This traditional East End pub serves local beer and cider alongside a selection of fine wines and spirits, but is perhaps best known these days for its dining room – in 2016, it was the first London boozer to win Michelin Pub of the Year. Its menus are inspired by the diverse culinary history of London and change daily. On Sundays expect to eat the likes of roast mallard, damson jelly and bread sauce; Hereford wing rib and yorkshire puddings; or a chicken and girolle pie to share.
254 Hackney Road, Bethnal Green, E2 7SJ
The Jugged Hare, Clerkenwell
This Clerkenwell boozer is well established as one of the City’s best game restaurants. Bedecked in taxidermy and wooden panelling, it’s a cosy spot to hole up in on colder weekends. Given its proximity to the Barbican, you can earn your roast at an exhibition before you hit the dining room. On Sundays, the kitchen serves chicken, pork belly and Longhorn beef rump with all the trimmings, but we’d opt for the signature jugged hare with creamed mashed potatoes, bacon and greens.
49 Chiswell Street, Clerkenwell, EC1Y 4SA