The jury’s out on what makes the ultimate Sunday roast. Is it a perfectly pink slice of beef, a leg of lamb loaded with mint sauce, or a whole chicken flavoured with tangy lemon slices? Is it a plate swimming in gravy or just a splash of red wine jus? One Yorkshire pudding or two (or more)? However you like yours, you can rest-assured you’ll find it this Easter thanks to London’s fine dining restaurants, which have created a selection of special takeaway menus and Sunday roast meal kits to enjoy over the bank holiday weekend. Fancy something a little different? There are several non-roast options to enjoy too.
Set across three floors overlooking Green Park, Ollie Dabbous’ Hide restaurant was the place to see and be seen pre-pandemic thanks to its decadent approach to all-day dining. With its doors closed, Hide has pivoted to finish-at-home menus every bit as indulgent as its usual fare. Its four-course Easter set menu is no exception, starting with Wye Valley asparagus, ricotta and nut praline tart before moving on to elderflower-cured salmon with kohlrabi and broad beans and a main of roast rump of Herdwick lamb with salsa verde, grilled calcot onions and white bean salad. The meal is finished with a special Hide Easter egg. Champagne and wine pairings chosen by Dabbous are also available.
£75 per person, hide.co.uk
While it may not be possible to exactly recreate the exquisite daily-changing menu of Whitechapel restaurant Townsend at home, the quality of its locally-sourced British ingredients still shines through in its takeaway and delivery offering. For Easter it’s serving a full roster of roasts, including rib of beef, chicken, pork belly, leg of lamb and root vegetable cake, all served with roast potatoes, stuffing, seasonal greens and gravy. If you fancy something a little different this Easter, there’s also a range of recipe boxes available, providing everything you need to plate up delicate dishes including potted shrimp dumplings, Crapaudine beetroot with almond cream and chilli carrots, and stem ginger and date pudding.
Roasts from £20 for two, individual dishes from £4, townsendrestaurant.co.uk
Feeding a family and can’t face the hassle of actually, well, cooking? Belgravia’s highly regarded pub The Orange is here to help. Delivered via Slerp, it’s offering a range of individually-portioned Easter roasts which arrive at your doorstep ready to eat. Options include half a Castlemead chicken, roast beef, heritage pork, and root vegetable and pine nut Wellington, served with all the trimmings. Each one can also be delivered as a child’s portion. We highly recommend you push the boat out and add a side of cauliflower cheese and Bramley apple pie to your order.
Roasts from £16 per person, cubitthousepubs.slerp.com
The Riding House Café
The Riding House Café in Fitzrovia is a popular brunch spot, perhaps best known and loved for its delicious avocado-on-toast and egg dishes. So it was a little surprising when its at-home offering was launched with a Caribbean twist. Steered by chef patron Henry Omereye and chef Martin Kanu, Soul Ride is a series of takeaway dishes and meal boxes inspired by fiery Caribbean flavours. The concept has replaced the Riding House Café’s traditional menu – and to much success. For Easter lunch, order the Soul Ride roast box and enjoy dishes including whole corn-fed pimento chicken, grilled cauliflower and plantain salsa, and ginger and caramel pudding.
As the owner of several pubs in Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Pimlico and Marylebone, Cubitt House is no stranger to a good Sunday roast. Lucky for us, then, that the brand has chosen to share its delectable dishes with the nation with a series of roast boxes, each of which comes with ingredients pre-prepared by Cubitt House chefs to help you cook the ultimate Sunday roast dinner. Take your pick from côte de boeuf, whole Castlemead chicken with garlic and herb butter, grass-fed beef sirloin or a vegan root vegetable and pine nut Wellington.
From £30 for two, restokit.co.uk
Fancy something other than a Sunday roast? Look to Coya Mayfair, which is serving up a traditional Peruvian Easter feast. The one-off Almuerzo de Pascua menu includes four courses of South American-inspired dishes, a lavender and honey gimlet cocktail, a bottle of wine or champagne and chocolate Easter eggs. Tuck into a series of colourful appetisers, including corn tostadas with black tiger prawns and a selection of ceviche, your choice of lamb rump or duck leg with stir fried rice for the main course, and a tangy lemon tart with meringue for dessert.
Available for delivery on 3 April only, £85 per person, coyarestaurant.com
Made in Oldstead
Tommy Banks earned a Michelin star in 2013, at the time the youngest recipient of the award, for his cooking at his Oldstead-based restaurant The Black Swan, where a tasting menu is informed by ingredients grown and sourced in the local area. When the pandemic hit, he started delivering his award-winning dishes nationwide, with a series of Made in Oldstead boxes. For Easter, the chef is serving a special six-course Celebration Box for two, including a roast saddle of spring lamb and a hot smoked salmon starter with vodka jelly made using nasturtium flowers from The Black Swan’s garden.
£150 for two, tommybanks.co.uk
Blacklock knows that nothing can beat your mum’s roast, but with many of us not able to see our families this Easter weekend, the chophouse is serving the next best thing. Its Almost As Good As Mum’s roast box for two includes a 28 day-aged lamb rump, duck fat roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings, mint sauce and gravy. Save room for dessert: a fluffy white chocolate cheesecake with tangy forced rhubarb.
Roasted by Jack & Scott
When restaurants closed last year and Michelin-trained chefs Jack Blumenthal and Scott Perkins were put on furlough, they sought a new outlet for their culinary talents. Together they founded Roasted by Jack & Scott, a roast dinner meal kit that can be whipped up at home in 30 minutes. For Easter Sunday, the pair are serving a special three-course dinner for two. Start with home-baked sourdough bread and whisky-cured Loch Duart salmon, before tucking into a roast lamb leg with all the trimmings. Finish with an English rhubarb trifle and salted caramel truffles.