Aimi Gibbons, June 2017
If I was on a desert island and had to have a meal on repeat, it would be a Sunday roast without question. However, it has to be a good one.
I find that restaurants and pubs in London that serve a really good home-cooked roast with all the trimmings are hard to come by; the potatoes are either pale and undercooked, the gravy is watery or the once green- leafed vegetable is brown and soggy.
Despite all this, during the 6 years that I have lived here I have come across a few who are comparable with my mum’s.
In the heart of De Beauvoir and a short walk from Haggerston overground is this little gem.
Their 28 day aged sirloin beef is perfectly pink and if you still have room for afters, they do a pretty good cheese board too.
This pub is a great place to spend a Sunday; with sofas upstairs and board games on tap, you can easily spend the afternoon here. Booking is a must!
The Spaniards Inn
If you fancy seeing the sights and escaping the city bustle for an afternoon, then take a stroll around Hampstead Heath, make your way to the top and see incredible panaromic views of London and work up an appetite.
The Spaniards Inn is just off the Heath and is a typical British pub; roaring open fires, dark woodwork, a dog bowl in the corner and a range of local ales.
Their roast is impressive, and if you are torn between chicken and beef, they do a half and half roast; so you get the best of both! If you are partial to salted caramel like I am, they do a chocolate tart that is mouth-wateringly good.
Gordon’s Wine Bar
If you are seeing the sights Trafalgar Square has to offer or fancy a tipple and some nibbles after the National Portrait Gallery then one place you must try is the oldest wine bar in London. Down the cobbled streets of Villiers Street is a little cave with only candlelight serving an array of wines and fabulous cheeses and baguettes. Simple, but practically perfect in every way!
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