There’s finally a proper chill in the air, and that can only mean one thing: great big hulking Sunday roasts every weekend from now until spring.
Almost certainly followed by a nice long nap.
But while roast beef and Yorkshire puddings are among the hallmarks of a good roast, sometimes it’s nice to have a little variety.
Here are London’s best non-conventional Sunday lunches.
1. The Jamaican One
Head to Dalston for a Jamaican twist on the Great British classic, where Rudie’s is serving up a whole jerk-rubbed free-range chicken with loads of Caribbean-inspired accompaniments.
Trimmings include roasted yams, pumpkins and sweetcorn, plus jerk rum-spiked gravy and Rudie’s own take on a Yorkshire pud.
The deal: £30 per roast, recommended between two people. Available every Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.
2. The Indian One
Swap your usual gravy for a fragrant saffron rogan josh sauce at Indian fine-dining restaurant The Cinnamon Club, whose three-course Sunday feast takes inspiration from the classic British roast.
The ‘Lazy Sundays’ set menu includes a champagne cocktail and a selection of dishes such as roast saddle of lamb and saffron poached pear.
The deal: £45 per person for three courses and a cocktail.
3. The Japanese One
Dalston restaurant Untitled is celebrating its first Christmas with a unique Japanese-inspired roast.
Designed specially by head chef Rob Roy Cameron, it includes boneless stuffed chicken in teriyaki glaze plus exotic trimmings like baby carrots with miso butter and fried aubergine with camomile honey.
Finish up with Taiyaki-style mince pies.
The deal: £24.95 per person, available every Sunday and other days for pre-booked groups.
4. The French One
Michelin-starred Covent Garden restaurant L’Atelier De Joel Rubuchon has recently launched an all-inclusive French Sunday roast, complete with three courses, drinks and even complimentary childcare from the in-house nanny.
Main courses include confit herb-stuffed organic pork belly and roast leg of organic Welsh lamb with all the trimmings.
The deal: £39 to £79 per person, depending on main course. All served with three starters, three puddings, sides, a welcome cocktail, fruit juices, water, tea and coffee.
5. The South African One
What’s a Flattie?
We’re not sure, exactly, but Farringdon-based South African restaurant Hammer & Tongs does them every Sunday.
Diners can swing by for a spatchcock chicken served family-style with braai-cooked trimmings, including fire-roasted beetroot and butternut squash; spicy broccoli; and pork and Peppadew stuffing with dried apricots and coriander.
The deal: £20 per person (two person minimum) for the Sunday Flattie will all the trimmings, available Sundays between 1pm and 4pm.
6. The Portuguese One
London Bridge-based Bar Douro has its own twist on the Sunday roast, inspired by owner Max Graham’s childhood in Porto and family road trips through Mealhada, famous for its suckling pig.
Slabs of Graham’s own roast suckling pig are served alongside roast potatoes, carrots and cauliflower, but for the full experience, wash everything down with a glass of Portuguese sparkling wine.
The deal: £24, available Sundays between midday and 5pm.
7. The Wild One
Forget chicken and beef, Mac and Wild’s Fitzrovia restaurant serves up Scottish venison topside with its Sunday roasts, which comes with seasonal veg, roasties, gravy and ‘a Yorkshire pud the size of your head’.
Save room for a couple of ‘wee plates’ to start you off – the venison, black pudding and haggis Scotch egg is a must-order.
The deal: £19.50 per person, available on Sundays between 1pm and 4pm.
8. The Lebanese One
Crocker’s Folly is a grand old Victorian pub-turned-Lebanese restaurant, so it makes sense that its Sunday roasts are the stuff of legend.
Chicken and lamb options are both steeped in deep, Middle-Eastern flavours, and served with your choice of traditional vegetables, rice with minced lamb, or Lebanese vermicelli rice.
The deal: £18 per person including a roast, side of choice and lashings of homemade gravy, available Sundays from midday to 5pm.
9. The Peruvian One
Another suckling pig, but you’ll need to get a few mates involved to get in on Ceviche Old St’s Peruvian-Japanese nikkei-style porker, which is served whole. The beast is served alongside traditional sides with a Peruvian twist, such as quinoa Yorkshire puddings and Andean herb gravy.
The deal: £280 for a whole suckling pig, recommended to share between 10-12 people, with sides galore.
10. The Fishy One
If meat isn’t really your thing, top seafood restaurant Chamberlain’s of London does a fancy fish option for your next Sunday lunch.
Dishes include Scottish oak-smoked salmon, prawn and crab risotto and oysters.
The deal: Two courses for £27 or three courses for £32, and add bottomless prosecco or Bloody Marys for £20.
Available on Sundays from 11am to 4pm.
11. The Italian One
Marylebone is home to one of London’s finest examples of la porchetta – Italian-style stuffed roast pork loin.
Bernardi’s version comes with homemade polenta chips and roasted veggies, and if you fancy a tipple or three there’s 2-for-1 cocktails and a bottomless prosecco option for £19.
The deal: £21 per person for roast porchetta with all the trimmings, available Sundays from midday to 6pm.
12. The Veggie One
If you’re a vegetarian and sick of the sight of nut roasts or a meat eater who just fancies something a little different, posh veggie restaurant The Gate serves its meat-free Sunday roasts from Clerkenwell and Hammersmith locations.
Dishes include a root vegetable and goat’s cheese Wellington and a slow-roasted whole celeriac with lentil ragout, both served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and vegan gravy.
The deal: two courses for £18.50, three courses for £21.50.