For centuries families have gathered together for some quality time over a tradition Sunday roast. But times have changed, and sometimes mums (or indeed dads) need some time out from the hot stove, the peeling the potatoes and all the other chores that come with serving up a succulent leg of lamb or hearty beef joint. If this sounds all too familiar, round up the troops and head to London’s premier food hub, Borough Market where you’ll find one of the best family friendly restaurants in the Capital.
Roast celebrates the very best of British food with a modern twist. Menu highlights include everything from White Haggis Scotch Egg to Isle of Mull Scallops with Hazelnut Butter for starters, and Chargrilled Yorkshire Long Steak to Goat Curry for mains. There’s no denying the food here is hearty so forget calorie counting, treat yourself and enjoy the good grub on offer. Considering the restaurant’s namesake we went with the theme and ordered roasts. Living up to mum’s or grandma’s standard of roasts is often a mean feat, but Roast’s traditional roast beef with Yorkshire puds and all the trimmings was superb, full of flavour and satisfyingly filling. If you can fit dessert in the Sloe Gin Jelly with Clotted Cream Ice Cream is a must-try and not too much after the starters and mains.
The location of Roast is perfect, not only for people watching (we sat by the window and had a great view of the hustle and bustle of the market stalls below) but also for the fact that the chefs have high quality, fresh produce on their doorstep. Taking advantage of this, the menu incorporates seasonal delights as well as products sourced from some of Borough Market’s residence like the famous Neal’s Yard Cheeses.
The building itself is impressive, with high ceilings, bright white walls and a glass atrium roof the restaurant is full of light making it stunning in both daytime and evening. Perched high above the market and with a view of St Paul’s in the background, you get a real sense of ‘real’ London – which is great if you’re looking to experience the Capital and its attractions this summer. The atmosphere is busy and bustling from breakfast to dinner so you can cure your hangover in the morning with Eggs Benedict, or be serenaded by a pianist in the evening whilst you enjoy a romantic meal for two. Children are extremely well looked after at Roast too, with kids menus, baby changing facilities and high chairs all on hand.
Price wise, Roast is not cheap with starters coming in at £10 each and mains at around the £30 mark. You do however get the biggest portions we think we’ve ever seen, tones of flavour and a knowing that the food has come from good, quality sources. The friendly staff will be more than happy to make you up a doggy bag too – that is if your eyes were bigger than your belly.
For more information or to book online visit www.roast-restaurant.com