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Recommendations for Sunday roast lunch/dinner, staying in Earl's Court area

I'll be in London in March, arriving on a Sunday and staying in the Earl's Court area - can anyone recommend a place for a Sunday roast meal?

I know it's traditionally served earlier, but I probably won't be able to go until 4-5 PM - is that too late?

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For a proper roast, that is probably too late. Some places (Pubs mostly) may still have some left, fewer choices of meats, but able to make up a plate. Meat, Potatoes, and Veg keep pretty well....it is the Yorkshire Pudding that usually suffers.

In the Earl's Court area, there is both the Blackbird and the King's Head Pubs, both Fuller's pubs, I find the Fuller's pubs to have better food than the Nicholson's or Wetherspoon's chains; certainly hard to tell how much is frozen food service stuff, but the Fuller's pubs for the most part are full kitchens with individual menus, you can see the menu for both of the above ones online.

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You might see if the Pembroke on Old Brompton Road is still serving at that time.

Posted by
10954 posts

That's my neighborhood in London.

The Pembroke is on Old Brompton Rd. They serve until 9 PM and if it's a nice day have a rooftop garden you can dine in. It's an independent pub.

The Kings Head, 17 Hogarth Rd., is just a one minute walk off Earls Court Rd. As stated, it's a Fuller Pub, one of three on or just off Earl's Court Road, but this one seems better than the others. It serves until 9:30 PM.

The Blackbird has just been completely renovated. I haven't been in since the completion. (They also just started renting out rooms.) They are known for their pies. They are located on the corner of Earls Court Rd and Barkston Gardens.

Both the Kings Head and the Blackbird are about three minutes from the Earls Court Tube Station.

The Courtfield is directly across the street from the Earls Court Tube Station on the corner of Earls Court Rd and Earls Court Gardens. I have never been in there, even though I've passed it hundreds of times, so I can't give you an opinion.

But if you want a pub that caters more to locals than to tourists, try the Devonshire Arms at 37 Marloes Rd. It's just a few minutes walk north of Cromwell Rd. I have never had Sunday lunch there but they serve food well into the evening.

If you tell me where you are staying I can give you walking directions to any of them.

Whatever you do, stay away from the Prince of Teck. Not only are they rude their food isn't that great.

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Thanks all for the replies - I will be staying for a week, and am looking forward to exploring the various recommended pubs I don't make it to for a Sunday meal as well ;)

Frank, I will be just north of Cromwell Road, not far from the Devonshire Arms - what do you think of The Hansom Cab?

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I find the Fuller's pubs to have better food than the Nicholson's or Wetherspoon's chains; certainly hard to tell how much is frozen food service stuff, but the Fuller's pubs for the most part are full kitchens with individual menus, you can see the menu for both of the above ones online.

Fuller's pubs tend to allow their chefs more free range to create their menu's which is why you'll see different dishes between pubs. There still remain the old stalwarts that feature on most menu's but in terms of frozen, shipped in meals they are not on the scale of Nicholson's or Wetherspoons. The Fuller's pub closest to me usually has very good daily specials, often featuring locally caught seafood however their Sunday roast is as bad as most pub roasts.