Crunchy crackling, crispy potatoes, tender meat (or nut-roast!), light tasty Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy – are you salivating yet?
Competition amongst Stoke Newington pubs and restaurants is fierce (but also lovely) and the result is a quality of roast dinners you’d be hard pushed to find anywhere else in London.
Here, in no particular order are 11 of the best.
The Three Crowns, 175 Stoke Newington High St
This gastropub now has Head Chef Ousmane Gaye at the helm – he spent six-years with Roast in Borough Market and has mastered the art of the Sunday Roast. Choose between corn-fed chicken with lemon and thyme gravy, slow roasted pork belly stuffed with sage and garlic with apple sauce or topside beef with horseradish cream. Or tuck into a butternut squash nut roast wellington. Yorkshire puddings, crispy roasties and seasonal vegetables are served as standard! Check out their regular Saturday jazz lunches too.
The Jolly Butchers, 204 Stoke Newington High St
Booma Kitchen have a new take on the British roast at this High St pub. Their tandoori style roast chicken with masala potatoes is well worth a try! Or if you like things more traditional you can usually choose between Sirloin, chicken, leg of lamb, pork or a leek and stilton Wellington. All served with roasties, Yorkshire Pudding, vegetables and lashings of gravy. Their lemon and poppy seed cake is yummy too.
Reviewing the Jolly Butchers on Instagram recently, @Ellaeats_goodfood described the roasts here as: “absolutely delicious, the perfect amount of food so you don’t feel like you’re going to explode but enough so you’re not wanting more.”
The Clarence, 102 Stoke Newington Church St
Hearty food in a welcoming setting, The Clarence was recently listed in The Guardian newspaper as one of the top 30 pubs for a Sunday Roast. It offers less traditional roasts but just as rich and flavoursome. The menu changes daily but recent dishes include venison shoulder goulash, onglet with chips and watercress, ham hock, leek and parsley terrine or roast Delica pumpkin with wild mushrooms. Their buttered greens are sublime.
Desserts here are wonderful too – we recommend their sticky toffee pudding and are looking forward to their panettone bread and butter pudding.
The Londesborough, 36 Barbauld Road
Can’t decide between chicken, beef or pork? You can have all three on one plate at The Londesborough! This neighbourhood pub offers the ‘Stokey Trio Roast’ (free range chicken, topside of beef and slow roasted pork belly) served with all the trimmings (as well as Yorkshires and crackling). There’s a veggie option too (mushroom and spinach Wellington).
The puddings are good here– banoffee pie, apple and rhubarb crumble or treacle tart with clotted cream.
It’s worth booking ahead and checking they’re open as it’s often booked up for weddings.
The Axe, 18 Northwold Road
This pub promises meat from ‘native rare breed animals that are slow grown, had a stress-free life and are fed on a natural diet of herb, grass and hay.’ Choose from Gloucester Old Spot pork loin, free-range chicken or beef rump (served medium-rare). Or, if you prefer your meat still roaming the field, tuck into their vegan nut roast! Everything’s served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and veg.
The Axe typically gets five-star reviews.
The Prince, 59 Kynaston Road
This local gastropub is serving up Christmas dinner throughout December (until the 23rd). Choose between braised ox cheek and roast Norfolk turkey breast – there will be plenty of Brussels sprouts and pigs in blankets. There’s also a feasting menu offering slow-braised shoulder of lamb or Hereford wing-rib of beef to share.
Their traditional Sunday roasts, sold throughout the year are also excellent. The menu changes regularly but recent dishes included Tamworth Pork Belly with Apple Sauce, herb-fed chicken breast and Hereford Sirloin. They’re served with duck fat potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and greens.
The Coach and Horses, 178 Stoke Newington High St
The portions at this pub on the High Street are big! Their roast are served on huge plates – crispy roasties and parsnips are standard and the menu includes roast sirloin of beef or vegan nut roast.
The Brownswood, 271 Green Lanes
Hit the reservoir for a brisk walk and then head for The Brownswood for a warming winter roast. This place on Green Lanes gets good reviews and their roasts look so good! Choose between rib-eye, roast chicken, pork with crackling, lamb shoulder and a vegetarian Wellington with spinach, mushrooms and goats cheese or a vegan nut roast.
All served with roasties, Yorkshire puddings, vegetables and gravy. Sticky toffee pudding
The Rose & Crown, 199 Stoke Newington Church St
This is the loveliest spot for people-watching and, if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a wedding happening at the Town Hall over the road. Roasts are served here every Sunday between 12pm and 8pm and you can choose between lamb shoulder, beef rib eye, pork with crackling and nut roast.
Primavera, 16 Stoke Newington Church St
This beautiful family restaurant on Church St consistently gets five-star reviews. They offer roast beef on a Sunday with Yorkshire puddings and vegetables and the portions are generous. There’s a beautiful family-vibe here and founder Gimmy puts his heart and soul into the business.
They’re open Christmas Day!
This place is a dream for sports lovers – big matches are often shown at this local pub. Choose between lamb, pork, chicken or veggie roasts with all the trimmings (including Yorkshires).