Roast

Price guide: Mid-range

The Floral Hall, Borough Market, Stoney Street, London, SE1 1TL

Price guide: Mid-range

Majestic market building

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#104 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.4
3.4
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
3
3.0
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
2.8
2.8
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Foodies, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, People watching, Shopping

Expert review of Roast

A wonderful setting in which to enjoy the best of Britain’s artisan food producers.

Set in a former flower market portico, Roast features beautiful arched windows overlooking Borough Market and offering views of St Paul’s cathedral. It’s only right that this place should be a showcase for British cooking.

Food and drink: 

A meal here can be a whistle-stop call of some of my favourite food producers – Inverawe smoked fish, white pudding from Clonakilty in Ireland, Laverstoke Park’s buffalo milk mozzarella, Shropshire blue cheese, and Flower Power City breads (which you can buy downstairs in the market). The breakfasts are renowned and perhaps first choice for any visit as the value-for-money is better than at lunch and dinner, when the kitchen tends to be over-ambitious. However, this is one of the best places to sample traditional dishes such as roast chicken with bread sauce, beef and stout stew with horseradish dumpling, game birds, and steamed puddings. It’s also a great opportunity to try England’s thoroughly modern still and sparkling wines.

Ambience: 

Breakfast on Saturdays – when Borough Market is in full swing – is chaotic, so too the family-friendly Sunday roast; things aren’t substantially calmer when the city boys are lunching.

Service: 

Not always as smooth as one would like.

Location: 

Above Borough Market, one of London’s most popular tourist destinations and still a favourite with locals.

Price advice: 

The sizeable full English breakfast is £15, breakfast special main courses £8.50-£19. Later in the day, roasts and game main courses are £18.50-£32. You can eat from a cheaper, shorter menu in the bar. Wines start at £19 a bottle but there are plenty of by-the-glass and carafe options.

Other useful branches: 

There is a takeaway outlet in Westfield shopping centre Shepherd’s Bush serving roast meat sandwiches using the same esteemed producers as the restaurant – see website for details.

More information on Roast:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Restaurant, Takeaway
Food:
British
Address:
The Floral Hall, Borough Market, Stoney Street, London, SE1 1TL
Telephone:
020 7940 1300
Website:
http://www.roast-restaurant.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Tue 7am-11am, noon-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Wed-Fri 7am-11am, noon-4pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Sat 8am-11.30am, noon-4pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun 11.30am-6pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Meat, Borough Market

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