Top 4 'Almost-as-good-as-Nan's' Sunday Roasts

Written by: Violet Myers

They’re more British than Dame Stephen Fry and the Philosopher’s NHS, more traditional than a Morris dancer eating suet pudding and miles better than any other meal of the week… Just what did us evil creatures ever do to deserve the Sunday roast?

Whether you have yours with carrots or peas, roasties or mash, on a table or in the back of a Ford Panda, we all look forward to the day we can dig in and get reacquainted with our really big pants.

Though they may not be anything on your Nan’s (no one mixes Bisto like that lady), here are four of the best ways to end your week right in North London aka ‘the home of the roast’. Sure.

1. The Snooty Fox’s Newent Farm Chicken
Spit-roast free range chicken with sage and onion stuffing, cabbage, cauliflower cheese and roast potatoes.

Veg to meat ratio: It’s a meaty masterpiece, The Snooty Fox doesn’t mess about adorning your plate with bits of unnecessary salad. The quota goes for the classic meat and two veg – although one of those is slavered with cheese. Nowt wrong with that though.

How’s that gravy baby?: On point, next level gravy skillz.

Notable extras: Big fans of that hearty block of stuffing, just like momma used to buy from M&S to pass off as her own.

Good and truly coma-roasted?: We probably won’t be running any marathons, but we’re up, we’re moving and is that… Pudding?

2. The Albion’s Pork Belly
New Hampshire slow roast pork belly with stuffing, bramley apple sauce, roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots, red cabbage and an extra Yorkshire pudding.

Veg to meat ratio: This colossal portion is meat, two veg and then some. Are the chefs at The Albion compensating for something? Wink wink.

How’s that gravy baby?: Finally, a gravy that allows us to happily eat the recommenced amount of eight glasses a day, our doctor will be thrilled.

Notable trimmings: The expertly cooked pork belly was wrapped around the sweetest apple sauce, while the crunchy golden crackling will give us perverted meat dreams for weeks.

Good and truly coma-roasted?: Sorry Jesus, we won’t be making it into church today, we’ll be delivering a serious food baby…

Roast Dinner Clissold Arms Finsbury Park North London

3. The Clissold Arm’s Traditional Roast Chicken
Roast chicken breast served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy.

Veg to meat ratio: With half the plate covered in meat it’s certainly a generous helping, certain memories come to mind – remember that bit in Django Unchained when Jamie Foxx is hung upside down naked? I digress….

How’s that gravy baby?: There’s a fine line between perfect meat juice and “gravy needs sieving”. Unfortunately, The Clissold Arm’s falls on the watery side.

Notable trimmings: Oh I say! Yorkshire pudding once again beats Brian Blessed as the best thing to come out of North East England.

Good and truly coma-roasted?: Where others may have failed we powered through, destroying everything and leaving no survivors. We can move, but are now wearing our non-branded ‘Slanket’. Roomy.

4. Season’s Kitchen’s Roast Chicken
Chicken thigh with roast potatoes, carrot, parsnip, beetroot, green cabbage and Yorkshire pudding.

Veg to meat ratio: I’m told it’s not the size that counts, but what you do with it… Season’s Kitchen chooses to fill the plate with veg over a heavy portion of chicken, which is great news as they’re the winners of this plate.

How’s that gravy baby?: Thick, dark and juicy. Another pint of this please guv’nor!

Notable trimmings: Call Phil Mitchell, he’s been replaced as England’s most talented potato. These roasties are as fluffy as a shitzu and tastier too.

Good and truly coma-roasted?: It’s going to be a short Sunday, pick me up and put me back in bed.


Photos: Rebecca Scott, Josh Harris, Mike Ashdown and Mike Barry

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