Roast

4.2
10104 reviews
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Lunch
Deliciously British, Roast is aptly situated in Britain’s oldest food market.

We are dedicated to classical British cooking and using the finest seasonal produce.

Our dishes wines and cocktails are constantly evolving and, wherever you sit, there is a view- either into our open kitchen, over Borough Market or onto St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Private Dining

Seasonal British restaurant and bar situated in the heart of the iconic Borough market with spectacular views of the stall traders, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Shard. Available for semi and exclusive hire.

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Special Offers

Burns night menu

In honor of Scotland's most famous poet Robert Burns, we will be serving our special three course menu with optional whisky pairing on Friday the 25th of January 2019 from 5.30 pm onward.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 25 January 2019

Ends: 25 January 2019

Availability: Fri 17:30-22:30

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Mon - Wed 2:30PM - 3:45PM 5:30PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:45PM
Thu - Fri 2:30PM - 3:45PM 5:30PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:45PM
Sat 9:00PM - 10:45PM

What 10104 People Are Saying
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M
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Beautiful building with great glass windows and the food that came was alright but not amazing. I had the lobster benedict, which came served with spinach making the under toasted muffin soggy. If ordering this if recommend asking for the spinach on the side. The egg, lobster and hollandaise were nice though. We also ordered a fruit platter at £6, bearing in the Lond the location above gorgeous fruit stalls I was excitedly awaiting this. I’ve never actually rejected an item before on appearance but it was utterly ridiculous - about three or four wafer thin slices of melon topped with a raspberry a blueberry and a couple of strawberry halves. I’ve never seen anything like it. We ordered toast and preserves which were nice but again bread slightly under toasted and cold - perhaps a warm plate otnwhicker service would help. Coffee was okay, so overall 3 out of 5 stars, mainly for the lovely location.

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FG
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed it. Slightly disappointed that, having requested a window seat for our special visit, we didn't get one, but otherwise very good lunch indeed

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SD
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nothing memorable - undercooked greens, entry level wines felt expensive. Food OK - nothing inspiring to make you want to stay.

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m
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was freezing cold and drafty inside. The trout dish should come with some sort of side other than the salad. The dishes were too quickly cleared the minute as the last person tried to finish their meal. Then the waiter wouldn’t come to ask about dessert for a long time although the restaurant was nearly empty. Uneven service. Dishes would be better if they had some starch or vegetables to go with the main courses.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

If as the name suggests you order a Roast - the beef was like leather, the belly of pork was dry. A shame because everything else was fine.

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KH
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, wine and service. Simply cannot fault it.

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JB
London
34 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food for meat lovers but not cheap!

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BF
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Bad service. Rushed at beginning and asked to order within about 2 minutes of sitting down, then asked every two minutes thereafter by a stern looking waiter. At the end of the meal where we required service to get coffees and the bill etc, we had been given up on and there was little interest in us.

Food is good but in my view very expensive compared to other (better) restaurants in the area.

Good location of course but that is about it.

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HH
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The service was very polite but we had to ask a couple of times for water for the table and some soya milk but that was our only criticism.

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SJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Had been looking forward to Roast for sometime and went for dinner and catchup
Understanding the reviews, we had high expectations. Sadly, ours were not met. Asking the waiter for his recommendation rendition of the soups, we told if you like "celery and onion then go for it" - hardly high reviews. Ordered a gin and tonic and reconsidered the menu.

Went for market menu and were asked to place dessert order up front - asked if could wait till after our first two courses as we might feel like something else. Replied with - the till is waiting. ) Note the restaurant was not full) Beef Brescola first round - well - very salty. (Ands we like seasoning, this we couldn't finish). For mainI had hake and the other party, lamb wellington - both lovely. Waited for 40 mins before actually being served for another drink and order taken for the dessert.

Crumble and sticky date were served another 20 mins later (both luke warm) (so dessert an hour after mains) Our bill came after being requesting twice and the 4 drinks (4 gin and tonics) were more than the food. Upon questioning it - were told that's the prices and are on the menus (which weren't shown) initially, only a wine list. (£148 bill of which £49 were 4 drinks, not including water)

Sadly, not worth the trip, staff aren't delightful and food average.

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JE
London
68 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for lunch with my wife. Service was courteous to my wife. Food was good, very swift. Lovely location but not super busy, good to natter but not really busy. I had the roast beef, well cooked and filling. My wife had the pork belly, again well executed.

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GB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely breakfast. Nice airy venue and super service.

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u
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Last minute booking for my family over from the USA. Not one person disliked any of their dishes and there were 8 of us including a 12 year old. The vegan/ vegetarian dishes were fabulous especially the cauliflower steak! The chocolate fudge vegan pudding and rice pudding vegan desserts were delicious. To think I didn't want to go as I was going vegan for a month. Whilst the pork belly, lamp and steak all looked amazing, the vegetarian/ vegan dishes rocked! We sat on the mezzanine which is beautiful. Lovely atmosphere.

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious the best Chutney I have ever tasted.

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p
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply stunning at every level. Made our Season’s celebrations complete. Faultless and fabulous!

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D
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful English food experience. Very accommodating.

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YW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend to Roast for an early dinner on Friday. Thankfully it loved up to my recommendation and she loved it. It's my fourth visit and every time the food is delicious, the service is excellent as is the wine. Really cannot fault it. Thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants great food in central London without having to pay an arm and a leg!

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MH
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My favourite London restaurant , ticks multiple boxes for both clients and family

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was poor.
Restaurant was half empty but the food was slow and served room temperature.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my Dad to Roast for his birthday Lunch. Absolutely perfect from start to finish. Couldnt fault a thing!

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LC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Had the Chateaubriand which was exquisite. Service was good and food was delivered efficiently. Would recommend.

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RS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We had a very pleasant meal here on New Year’s Eve food was excellent although service was slightly slow and sommeliers choice of wine felt a little off. All in all a good evening

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SM
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a good evening service was excellent.Food good but not as good as the last time we were in my scallops were a bit tough but everyone else seemed happy

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G
Dubai
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Second visit here taking my family this time. Slightly reduced menu for early New Years Eve sitting but all I was interested in was the Chateaubriand and boy it did not disappoint.

Good ambiance with a roaming close up magician and very busy. Service was great, quick and polite as you would expect. The food was immense. The roast potatoes are some of the best out there and the meat cooked exactly how we asked.

Couldn’t fault anything and really enjoyed our visit thank you.

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T
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Have dined here many times and enjoyed it, however in this occasion, my husband’s food was cold and an item was missing from our order. Service was not as good as normal; nobody came back to check that we had everything and that the food was ok. By the time we could notify staff our young children were finished eating and we did not have time to wait for missing dish.
Disappointing considering that service is normally so good and is one of our favourite places to eat.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Speedy service but a few elements from menu missing.
Roast was good as you would hope as that is all they do! good portions
Our table had a nice view of borough market but overall ambiance inside restaurant is not great.

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GJ
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We booked a table for 2 for Sunday Lunch for 3:15 but didn't get seated until 3:40. Not a problem because there is a lovely bar area that overlooks the market.
The food was absolutely delicious (set Sunday dinner) quality to die for. If I have a critism the table for two was far too close to the next table for two (7 inches apart). Obviously a table for 4 separated. If you go as a couple ask for a window seat.

This was only a minor issue and I'd definitely recommend.

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W
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, lovely food. Great service. A little pricey but would not stop me coming back. The roast dinner was fantastic. Great birthday lunch for my partners birthday.

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MR
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful Sunday lunch on our last day in London. The big, light airy dining space in the heart of Borough Market is warm and welcoming and the prix fixe menu is a delight. Yes, the roasted stuff is fabulous - perfect meat and Yorkshire pudding - but every aspect of every course is beautifully prepared and served. On that note, service is attentive, but never rushed, and the cocktails (I loved "Baubles") should be savored!

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S
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The staff are friendly and welcoming. Food looked great but found a long hair in the sirloin beef. Brought it to the staffs attention and the managers reaction was to just say that all the staff in the kitchen wear hair nets. The only rectification offered was a replacement meal. The meal was nearly finished anyway and it’s very off putting when you find a hair in the food so this was not a desirable. Quite expensive for a roast dinner with the staffs hair in.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, amazing wine and great staff. Can’t wait to go back

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JP
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a good saturday lunch. My husband and I both choose the porkbelly and it was outstanding! I had the sticky dade pudding for dessert and it was also very very good. Service was also very nice.

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RU
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food and service were as I had expected having been before. Felt the tables looked very tired - couldn't remember if there had been tablecloths previously and thought it would improve the decor 100% to match the quality of food.

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JG
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food with very nice ambiance. The service was excellent until the end when our waiter disappeared and nobody replaced him.

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K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We found the service not to be to Roast's normal standard. We were forgotten about, with others turning up after us getting served before us.

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J
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Every year for the last five years myself and my colleagues meet for an end of the year celebration. Roast is always the venue because the breakfast and service is just so good. Unfortunately yesterday we was very disappointed with the quality of the food:
1, No Scottish breakfast option anymore
2, The bread used to be nice granary bread, now it's like ordinary cheap bread
3, Bubble and squeak was like warm mush
4, The baked beans used to be nice and homemade but now they taste and look like Heinz baked beans
5, Bacon wasn't very warm

The service was top quality but when you are paying £15 for an English breakfast you expect the quality of the food to be fabulous.
The waiter who served us yesterday informed me the chef has changed recently, so im guessing that's why the food is not as good as it once was.

Next year we have decided to change the venue of our yearly gathering and meet for lunch in the Hawkesmoore.

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YF
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was well executed and very tasty, but I thought it was very overpriced for what it was. Over £40 for steak and chips, with sides as extra. Starter of scallops was over £16, but with only 3 scallops on the plate, it felt stingey. The wine was good, but again, was very expensive.

One of the party had the lamb dish which was excellent, but at this level of restaurant and that price, I would have expected a little more finesse - for example, putting the mini cottage pie under the grill to gratinate, rather than just plain mash on the top.

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JA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We have been back to Roast 5 times in different circumstances since we first discovered you one year ago.
It's a great location, things generally function well, the service is very good, and we enjoy inviting other guests to join us there.
However, as a vegan, there are 3 items I can order. Two of these items are quite good, and I have enjoyed them on my past visits. The third choice, gnocchi, which I ordered this last time, was ridiculously poor. The gnocchi, done as Roast cooks and presents it, should not be on anyone's menu - not yours, not anyone's. Imagine our astonishment when we told this to our waitress, and she said it was just one of several complaints she has received about this dish - 'But nothing is ever done. It should be taken off the menu.'
Gnocchi is basically starch. Mashed potato starch. It needs a vibrant, tasty sauce to make it palatable, much in the same way that a plate of plain rice or boiled pasta serves only as a base. Your gnocchi was blaaaaah. Dead blaaaah.
My wife would never serve this dish to me. Why should I pay Roast to?
Do yourselves a big favour, and find a replacement. Or maybe just one person in the kitchen should be required to eat one plate of Roast's gnocchi every day and then give his/her assessment.
Otherwise, everything else was great.
Pity you spoiled a nice dinner.

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GT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was our third family Christmas Eve visit. The previous two were great. This time the food was awful. Our burgers were average at best. The service was the bigger issue, exactly what you don't want, particularly on a festive family traditional event. Our waiter was basically rude. He asked my daughter 'How do you want your burger? She said medium well please. He then abruptly and an almost in a confrontational way said, 'you can't have it like that, it's either 'well done' or 'medium well'. Wouldn't it have been better to have just said from the outset? He could have/should have said that the restaurant policy is – burgers are only cooked 'well done' or 'medium well', which would you like? It genuinely felt like he was being combative. What happened to Customer Service!? Never going back.

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NB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely Christmas meal with my family

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