Tales of a City Girl

On Sundays we roast – Hawksmoor Seven Dials

If you’re after a good Sunday roast, you must try the bastion of London roast beef – Hawksmoor Seven Dials. Here’s why. 

This restaurant has become popular for a reason. On Sundays us Brits love to get a roast – whack on some veggies and roast potatoes, and you’ve basically got Britain in a mouthful. Let’s be honest here, we don’t do much in the way of food well. The Italians have got us on pasta and pizza. Indian, Chinese, Mexican – all a little bit more world respected than the fare of us rainy UK dwellers.

But – then there’s roast. When it comes to roasting, we’ve got it down.  If you’re going out for lunch on a Sunday in England, and not having roast, what are you doing with yourself.  I mean, really.

And Hawksmoor has to be the best of the bunch.  It’s high-end and difficult enough to get a table to feel like a real and rare treat; but it’s affordable enough to be accessible as far as central London restaurants go.

The roasts use British-sourced Longhorn beef, the oldest cattle breed in England, and are roasted on a spit over an open fire. Although they are served rare, you can also request them more well done if you are a heathen like me. I’m not always a massive fan of beef, as I think it’s one of the more difficult meats to get right – it can often come out tasting dry or sinewy, if you don’t know what you are doing. But the Hawksmoor beef just gets it so right. The meat is succulent and packs a punch in the way only good red meat can – I kind of know how Desperate Dan must feel tucking into his cattle pies now.

Along with the meat you also get duck fat roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, carrots, greens, roasted shallots & garlic  – enough to keep even the biggest gastronomic fans full. Roast potatoes are my favourite and these are both fluffy and crispy with the veg providing a fresh spark to the denser meat and potatoes.

If you’re a fan of roast, check it out (be prepared to book in advance!)

The Hawksmoor beef roast is £19.50. Find out more on The Hawksmoor website.

Image attribution: Whatleydude, Flickr