The Best Sunday Roast In London | Best Of The Best

The Best Sunday Roast In London | Best Of The Best


Ju Shardlow: No Sunday
in Britain is complete without a full, gravy-covered roast. Mm. Oh, wow, it’s so good. Harry Kersh: Hey guys, it’s Harry and Ju. Ju: And today we are on the hunt for the best roast dinner in London. So, as usual, we’ve trolled through local recommendations, TripAdvisor, and social media to try and
find the best of the best. Harry: So, we’ve narrowed
it down to four places, all of which put their own
unique spin on the roast dinner. And we’re going to go and
order the most popular thing on the menu and pick our favorite. Ready to eat?
Ju: Yeah, I am. Harry: Let’s go. For those of you who don’t know, the Sunday roast is a
traditional British meal served on a Sunday. Ju: What we will be
looking for on our plate is some succulent roast meat, well-seasoned roasted potatoes, thick, tasty gravy, and
fluffy Yorkshire puddings, which are a savory batter
cooked in a cupcake-style mold. Harry: Our first stop is The Jugged Hare, a restaurant which specializes in game. Rob Els: Our roast is the
best because it’s freshly made and the meat is very high quality. Beef is put on, we slow-rotisserie it for three to four hours. Potatoes are then roasted in the oven along with the Yorkshire puddings, and then that all comes
together on the plate, which is carved by, with the meat, which is
carved by our saucier who is on sauce at the time. Customer: Yeah, yeah,
it’s delicious, yeah. You’re not getting, like, a
huge, big plate of veggies, but everything that’s on the plate is, like, perfectly cooked
and worth coming for. Harry: So I think, just in
terms of, like, presentation, the way it’s plated
up, it’s kind of like a more of a fine-dining feel
than maybe you’re used to from, like, a classic pub roast dinner. But hopefully they’ve found
a way to kind of, like, elevate things, and it
will taste really good. Ju: Time to tuck in? Harry: Time to tuck in. I think we go for the meat first. I’m not sure I’ve ever
had beef that tender. Ju: No. That’s so juicy. Like, it’s very succulent. It’s just, I think the way
that it’s been presliced as well, like that, it’s not, you know, a big, hearty slab of beef. It’s, like, it’s very
fine, it’s very thin, but it’s just the right texture and just the right thickness. Harry: All right, so I think
we should try it with some of this horseradish cream. Ju: Yeah. Harry: Ooh. Ju: It’s so smooth. Harry: It’s not overpowering, either. It’s quite, like, a fairly
gentle horseradish taste. It’s not that kind of, like,
burn that you’re used to from like, a wasabi or something. Try some potato? So, if I’m being honest, it’s probably not the best roast potato I’ve had. I think it’s like…could
be crispier on the outside. They’ve gone for quite a
light, golden-brown coloring as opposed to maybe the darker coloring that you’re used to from roast potato. But credit to them in that
the inside is really good. It’s very, very light
and fluffy on the inside. Go for the Yorkshire?
Ju: Should we go for this Yorkshire, yeah. Harry: Sounds crispy. Ju: That is a crunch right there. The top is slightly
chewy, but not too much. It’s just crispy enough. I think it’s extremely light. Harry: I want a bit of
chew in a Yorkshire. I don’t want it to just
kind of crack and crumble. A bit of chew is good. Ju: Yeah, it’s just the
right amount, I would say. Overall, this whole plate
has a slight sweetness to it. And very light, very
delicate balance of flavors. On to our second stop, Blacklock. It can take up to two
months to get a reservation at this popular restaurant. Gordon Ker: The best-selling
roast dinner that we do is the All In. It’s an opportunity to
try all the different roast meats that we sell. So, beef, pork, and lamb all on one plate to share for the whole table
with lots of trimmings. Unlimited gravy, a real feast. We start about a week
beforehand making the gravy. The Yorkshire pudding mix gets
put together on a Thursday. We then take large joints
of beef, pork, and lamb and cook them whole over
the open charcoal grill, and so the meat, we feel, gets more flavor cooked as a large piece. Yorkshire puddings are,
and roast potatoes are roasted in the oven in duck fat. The meat will all get
presented on the plate with a few little bits of crackling on top and away it goes. Ju: You’ve got to be kidding me. (laughing) Harry: Look at that. Ju: Oh, my God. Harry: Oh, my goodness. Wow. Ju: This is certainly
the most monster roast I’ve ever seen. Harry: Yeah, I’ve got to agree with you. The size of this thing is enormous. I think it’s 20 pounds per person? But you get so much
food. That’s incredible. Ju: It’s like a giant’s feast. Harry: Right, I’m getting
some of this beef. Ju: The first thing that hits you is the flavor of that gravy, and it’s just a really
sexy gravy. (laughs) Oh, my God, it’s just so luxurious and such a strong flavor. Harry: This is a very
picture-perfect roast potato. You’ve got that golden-brown exterior, interior is looking nice
and soft and fluffy. I’m going to give this one a try. Mm. Oh, yeah. Ju: It’s really well seasoned. Harry: Yeah. You’ve
got a really good crisp on that roast potato. I think the duck fat,
they cook it in duck fat, which is, like, notorious for producing a really, really good roast potato, and it really does show. That’s a proper Yorkshire. Ju: It’s really good. It’s not too soggy at the bottom. Like, it really retains its structure. And it’s wonderfully,
like, wonderfully crispy. The batter’s risen just perfectly. Harry: Really airy. Yeah, very light. Ju: This is actually the
sexiest roast I’ve ever had. I’m going to continue
to say the word sexy. It’s d— sexy. Harry: Next, we head to Oblix
in the Shard skyscraper, which offers a fine-dining
alternative to the Sunday roast. Marcus Eaves: For me, the
best thing about Sunday roast is the beef. And of course, being an Englishman, Yorkshire puddings as well. The beef we’re cooking
today is a rib of beef, and it’ll be cooked in the Josper oven, which is kind of like a big, it’s an indoor barbecue, basically. Filled with charcoal. It gets
up to around 350 degrees. So you get a really kind
of amazing caramelization, a real, sort of, full-on
sort of smoky flavor. So the roast potatoes we’re cooking today have been boiled till they’re just cooked, in salted water, and then they have been sort of roasted in the
oven with some thyme, some rosemary, some
garlic, some rock salt, and we use half duck fat
and half beef fat as well. We tend to do slightly larger Yorkshire puddings than normal. Side dishes we serve with the Sunday roast is a mashed potato with garlic crisps and broccoli with, like, a chili dressing, with some preserved lemon on top as well. Just helps keep that
side dish, that vegetable nice, light, and fresh as
opposed to being heavy. Ju: Wow, well talk about fine dining. This looks exquisite. Everything looks so
beautifully put together. Harry: The color on
that beef is incredible. It’s so, so dark. Even the fat is, like,
really darkly colored. Mm. D—, that’s good. Ju: We both just, like, sat back, we just said, “Oh, wow,” at the same time. It’s just, like, juicy enough. It’s got flakes of salt over top as well; I feel like it’s just
salty enough as well. Harry: It’s kind of, taste-wise
and almost texture-wise, closer to a steak than to,
like, the classic roast maybe. Also, just because of the way
it’s cooked on those coals, you do get that kind of, like,
char flavor on the outside. Which is really, really good. Ju: Yorky time. Harry: Yorky time. That’s really good. Ju: It’s not very crispy. And I wouldn’t say that…it
almost has a sweet taste to it. And it just reminds you quite
a lot of it being a batter. It’s almost, like, a
little bit cakey in a way. Harry: I get that a little
bit. Yeah, I get that from it. Ju: Mm. Oh, wow, it’s so good. That has just got the
right amount of salt on it. And the right amount of oil. The garlic, you can
really taste the garlic. Our last stop takes us to northwest London for a rather unique and portable take on the traditional Sunday roast. Henry Preen: I was doing some
work with a friend of mine in street food before, so
I was doing that part time for a few months and kind of realized, from all the events we were doing, there was nothing British, really. And then the roast dinner was
a thing that I thought was, that we do better as a
country than anything else. And then just the whole Yorkshire pudding, wrapping-up thing just seemed like the best way to do it. You don’t want a knife
and fork for taking stuff. Customer: Checking out
the menu in the Uber on the way over here, and this was the one
thing that drew my eye. I actually tried to make a
Yorkshire pudding at home, failed miserably. But this
one, absolutely incredible. Henry: So, the beef wrap starts with a giant Yorkshire pudding. So we get that toasting off on the grill so it’s all nice and crispy. And then, as that happens
we start to build it. So, there’s a sage and onion
stuffing, goes on the bottom, followed by garlic and
rosemary roast potatoes. Then today we’ve got a bit of
spinach that will go onto it. Then the braised beef. A bit of red-wine gravy. Horseradish, and then all wrapped up. And then there is your
beef Yorkshire burrito. Ju: Thank you. Harry: Mm. Ju: Wow, that is a mouth full. I just bit into some
lovely, really soft beef, and then straight through
a crispy roast potato. And those are the kind of
textures that you really want in a great Sunday lunch. Harry: Horseradish is a
classic pairing with beef in the UK with your roast dinners ’cause it just kind of
gives you a bit of, like, it’s kind of a heat, isn’t
it? Like a bit of a heat, but it just kind of really cuts through what can be quite rich meat,
especially when, like this, it kind of had that braising
effect in the red wine. Ju: Yeah, I was worried, actually, about the roast potatoes
because they’re deep-fried instead of being, like,
classically roasted. I was a little bit worried about them. Harry: So, I mean, just to talk
about the Yorkshire itself, it’s not like a normal
Yorkshire I’ve had, it’s not hugely kind of fluffy. I think the way they’ve kind of made it, obviously because it has to
have a bit more structure and integrity to hold all this liquid in, so it’s a little bit, sort of, chewier than I was expecting, but I think in kind of the grand scheme of the whole dish, it’s kind of necessary. Ju: Yeah, it’s not a
classic Yorkshire pudding. But I’m really enjoying it. Harry: Now it’s time to decide which is the best of the best. Ju: So, we’ve had four
roast dinners in London, and now it is time to
reveal what we thought was the best of the best. Now, I really, honestly don’t
know what you picked, Harry. Harry: No, I don’t know
what you’ve picked, but I’m excited to find out. Should we reveal on one? Ju: OK.
Harry: Countdown? Ju: OK.
Harry: Let’s go at it. Both: Three, two, one. Ooh! Ju: Division! Harry: We’ve got a disagreement, OK. Ju: OK, I’m actually, you know what? I was about to write Oblix. I was about to write Oblix, I mean, why did you pick Oblix? Harry: So, for me it was
kind of a two-horse race between Oblix and Blacklock. I went for Oblix because it
was more of an experience. Maybe for someone who’s
coming from outside of the UK and wants to try a roast dinner, I think the fact that you
get to go up the Shard, and just the quality of the food, and the atmosphere in there was fantastic. And I just really, really enjoyed it. Ju: Actually, for exactly the same reasons I would have picked Oblix. The reason why I picked
Blacklock is because for me, it redefines what the idea
of a classic Sunday roast is, which is a little bit more messy, you kind of get in there, it’s very meaty, very hearty, and just the portion sizes, I thought it was a
fantastic value for money. And there’s just something
a little bit more, kind of, like, charmingly
rough-and-ready about it. It’s like, it’s just
getting stuck in there and with gravy everywhere, and with the amount of meat you get. I think that Oblix was
fantastic for fine dining, but for me, the idea of a Sunday roast is a little bit more rough, I think. Harry: You know what, Ju, pass me the pen. Ju: (gasps) Harry: I’m gonna back down. I’m gonna agree with you. Like I said, it was a two-horse race. There wasn’t a lot between
it, and I think maybe for the more, sort of, authentic
roast-dinner experience in terms of, like, the
quantity and getting your hands a bit dirty, I think Blacklock maybe just edged it. So, sorry, Oblix, Blacklock’s the winner. So, there you have it. We’ve crowned Blacklock as the
best roast dinner in London. Did we miss anywhere that you like? Let us know in the comments below. Harry: Hey guys, it’s Harry and Ju. Ju: And my phone’s ringing, sorry. Harry: Blooper reel. Ju: Sorry, I’m switching it off. Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry. There we go, sorry, sorry, sorry, OK.

100 thoughts on “The Best Sunday Roast In London | Best Of The Best”

  1. so is she making fun of Jews by her name …'Ju' ..??? because I am Jewish and I am totally offended all the way to my taint…and I have a five inch taint….

  2. Yeah these host's are are kind of boring sorry to say. As a Londoner I roast every Sunday and though Blaclock and Oblix do deserve to be on this list key additions should have been…

    1. Hawksmoor
    2. The princess of Shoreditch
    3. The marksman

  3. Almost every pub in the UK will offer a Sunday Roast, it is remarkable how many do a terrible job, despite being one of the simplest things to cook.

    These didn't look too bad at all, but for the love of all things holy dont make a sunday roast wrap out of a yorkshire pudding. That's desacration!

  4. Two of the most uninteresting people in London manage somehow to pick up four of the most average Roast Dinner experiences in the whole city of London. I believe the time spent on making this video in terms of research is criminal. There are thousands of pubs all doing fantastic Sunday Lunches and I think since its the only real "British Dish" we do in the UK. It would be fair to take on the challenge by breaking up regions in London by budget and experience for the best Roast dinner.

  5. does ' sexy' mean something else in the uk cause she kept calling that roast sexy. Here in the states it means arousal and sexual excitement. What does it mean over there?

  6. £48 per person for a Sunday Roast is expensive. Understand it’s in a unique and incredibly special venue, however, £48!

  7. So in the hosts we have two who seems like normal people and everybody complains. I'd much rather have people who seem like they're giving honest reactions and descriptions than people who just give big, fake reactions because it plays better on camera.

  8. It ain't a roast for me unless it's swimming in gravy and the roast potatoes are cut open in half and have a thick slice of butter melting atop them.

  9. nah mate that's raw meat,could never eat such food that hasn't been cooked enough,the taste of blood isn't my thing!

  10. As a Londoner the majority of roast dinners in London aren't worth getting out of bed for. Usually way over priced, small portions or the taste isn't great. Better off having a roast at home you'll probably do a better job then most of these places, plus you can pick at the leftovers 😋.

  11. I have always heard about this Yorkshire pudding. I imagined a pie with great stuffing and whatnot, its just regular ass bread.

  12. Blacklock or hawksmoor for Sunday roasts. The fact you didn’t even review hawksmoor shows you’re bloody amateurs!

  13. A Yorkshire isn't a Yorkshire until the gravy is in the middle..I'm Irish and Yorkshires are something we proudly stole from yas. We thank you 😋

  14. I understand why English where always colonizing, they were looking for Better food 🤣😂 . Their cooking is proper shit 🤷‍♂️

  15. You are soooo right. For someone outside the UK. I would definitly go to OBLIX. Everything was in my stile. Thank you even thou you changed your mind 🙂

  16. The guy at the first restaurant says their roast is the best because it's freshly made? So are you saying you give birth can the cow? Because as far as I'm concerned all roast is freshly made? They are you slaughtering the animals in the back alley? I mean seriously freshly-made. When you say that two people go like oh that's amazing and not realize that I'll roast is freshly made. I mean you go by the meat from the Butcher and you bring it back and you cook it.

  17. Where are the salad carts at !
    £48 and no salad cart
    This is why I stay loyal the the harvester, £12 and unlimited salad cart
    Boom!

  18. We do everything so much better in America. Portions, price, dental work. U.K. has more rugs facing Mecca though. Participation medal!

  19. Damn, that second restaurants cooking method of the meat looked on point and those potatoes incredible. Oh man!! I wanna goooo!!!! Oh!! And the third place, ugh, omg, that meat!!! Oh lordt…

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