Post, 12 November 2021
With the crunch of the autumn leaves comes a overwhelming desire for a British institution: the Sunday roast. Sequestered in cosy pub corners or perched at an elegant brasserie bar, stomach-satisfying Sunday lunches can be found along the King’s Road. Whether you are a veggie, or craving a traditional roast with all the trimmings, here’s our pick of the best.
The Cadogan Arms
Following a meticulous renovation to restore this much-loved Chelsea institution to its former Georgian glory, enjoy your traditional Sunday roast in the opulent new dining space at The Cadogan Arms. Expect beautiful lost details, like original timber panelling mingle with mosaic flooring and heritage tiled fireplaces using Yorkshire sandstone. As for the roast? Choose from Longhorn Sirloin, Collard Pork Belly, Salt Baked Celeriac or Half Herb-Fed Chicken, all served with butter-glazed vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings. Delicious.
298 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5UG | Book here.
The Surprise, Chelsea
Another newly reopened King’s Road favourite, interior designer Isabella Worsley has returned this 200-year old Chelsea institution to a traditional pub aesthetic. Quite simply, this neighbourhood pub and local landmark since 1853, feels like home. In keeping with the interiors, Sunday lunch is a classic affair: pork, beef, lamb or chicken. Plus, a Barley & autumn Vegetable wellington for the non-carnivorous amongst us.
6 Christchurch Terrace, Chelsea, London SW3 4AJ | Book here.
Famed (and frequented) for its seasonal approach to menu making, Rabbit’s ‘Sunday on the Farm’ lunch makes the most of foraged produce and local lifestock. Run by the hugely knowledgeable and and passionate Gladwin brothers, meat is sustainably sourced from the duo’s own family farm in West Sussex, and there are some delicious meat-free options too. All roasts are served with roast potatoes, a Yorkshire Pudding, seasonal vegetables and jus. Wash it all down with a Bloody Mary, if you so desire.
172 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4UP | Book here.
No. 50 Cheyne
This award-winning Sunday Lunch has been the talk of Chelsea since No. 50 opened. The team work closely with farmers in the Lake District to use the best seasonal produce in their traditional roasts and grill menu. Want your roast with a view? Following its makeover earlier this year, you can choose to have your Sunday lunch in The Drawing Room and enjoy picturesque views overlooking Cheyne Gardens and the Thames.
50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London SW3 5LR | Book here.
The Cross Keys
Tucked away just a stone’s throw from Chelsea Embankment, The Cross Keys is a warm and laidback place to drink and dine, away from the hustle and bustle of the King’s Road. Their ‘field to fork’ ethos ensures high-quality, responsibly sourced local ingredients feature in every dish. The carnivorous amongst us can opt for mouth-watering traditional roasts, whilst vegetarians needn’t feel they are missing out, with plenty of alternatives on offer to ensure you’ll leave feeling full.
The Cross Keys, 1 Lawrence Street, Chelsea SW3 5NB | Book here.