Sunday roast at Hawksmoor, Covent Garden

Sunday roast, roast beef, Hawksmoor, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London

Roast beef and all the trimmings (£19.50)

There are honestly countless reasons for you to visit Hawksmoor – any of the branches – and the only reason not to is that a table of two could spend enough money to eat supermarket steak at home every night for a month without even trying very hard. It is worth the money, honestly, but there aren’t that many occasions special enough to warrant having to use your credit card. So if you want to eat exceptional beef in London’s best steak restaurant for less than £20, the Sunday roast is your moment.

This also happens to be London’s best Sunday roast, in my opinion; the veg is all so good that the Yorkshire pudding ended up being what I left behind when I realised it would defeat me. And the Yorkshire pudding is never the worst bit. I suspect the incredible carrots were more butter than carrot, and the duck fat roast potatoes’ crisp cases very nearly make you think they’re overcooked, until suddenly you’re through to the perfectly soft, smooth middles. The meat is so tender and juicy that I am surprised I haven’t had any beefy daydreams about it yet. My only complaint is that is was such a huge portion that we were almost uncomfortably full by the end, but I don’t think too much food is ever really a complaint. And we still found space to share the sticky toffee pudding, which I daydream about almost habitually.

Hawksmoor Seven Dials
★★★★★   £££
11 Langley Street, WC2H 9JG, 020 7420 9390

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