To celebrate England qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Euros, we’re offering a Sunday pub lunch special. We’ve got all four corners covered, so head to one of the below, have a roast, then cheer on our boys as they take on Italy in a national event that will, if possible, be even more exciting than a rain-soaked, five-hour flotilla (sorry your Maj).
NORTH – THE DRAPERS ARMS, Islington
Tucked away on a beautiful residential street in genteel Barnsbury is The Drapers Arms. The lamb is juicy, the chicken succulent and the spuds plentiful. Grand mirrors, chandeliers, pale blue walls and wooden tables make you feel like you’re in a Georgian stately home as you tuck into your steaming Sunday lunch. Make sure you save room for dessert though; the sticky toffee pudding is devilishly good, making this one of my favourite pub lunch spots in North London.
WEST – PARADISE, Kensal Rise
In the increasingly trendy Kensal Rise, The Paradise has been a local favourite for years, and rightly so: just looking at the Sunday menu gets the juices flowing. There’s the usual choice of chicken, beef, lamb or pork, as well as fish and a genuinely good vegetarian option. The meat is carefully sourced and delicious, and the Paradise’s interior is a joy to behold; spacious yet intimate, it boasts several rooms across two floors, and a couple of delightful outdoor terraces if the weather’s good. And then there’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, ideal for anyone nursing their head from the night before…
EAST – THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON, Dalston
In true East London style, The Duke of Wellington only deals in locally sourced food, free range meat and eggs and fish from sustainable sources; their website even tells you which farms their food comes from. Which means, after a heavy weekend, you can feel good about yourself in more ways than one as you enjoy an ethical Sunday lunch within the Duke’s shabby interiors. And even Dalston’s hipsters will be watching the football, so there’ll be a big screen out the back showing the match.
SOUTH – THE PRINCE ALBERT, Battersea
For those brave enough to venture south of the river, The Prince Albert pub on Battersea park should be the first port of call for any wayward sailor. You’ll be generously rewarded for your wanderlust and further inspired by its funky interiors – illuminated deer head – and exteriors – cow on the roof. After over-indulging on their always popular Sunday fare, stroll through the park and wear off your meal before settling down to watch the big game.Google+