Ahh! The Great British Sunday roast. What better way is there to spend a wintry Sunday afternoon than sitting in a nice pub, tucking into a tasty, comforting plate of food?
We Brits are often accused of forsaking our culinary roots in favour of the new and exotic. That’s probably true in some respects but it’s certainly not something that can be levelled at us over this national institution. In fact, the foodie revolution of the last decade has had a really positive effect on the good old roast.
Gone are the days of grey beef, Bisto gravy and Aunt Bessie’s roast potatoes. London is now replete with restaurants claiming to serve great Sunday lunches, and there are certainly a lot of decent ones out there. This time we paid a long overdue visit to The Pig & Butcher in Angel.
Despite stiff competition from the multitude of restaurants on and around nearby Upper Street, the Pig & Butcher was already packed when we arrived just before 1pm. Unless you want to take a gamble on getting a seat in the bar, booking a few days in advance is essential.
We’d skipped breakfast in preparation for this so we wasted little time in ordering. We started with goose rillettes, toast and cornichons. It was rich and creamy without being cloying and the crunch and tang of the pickles was a nice contrast. It’s a classic dish and they did it well.
Our other starter of mackerel and watercress salad, was equally as good. The fish tasted lovely and fresh and was perfecly cooked. Grated hard cheese was a somewhat unusual addition but it worked for us.
The Pig & Butcher is owned by the same people as Neil Rankin’s Smokehouse (review here) and it shows. Both places have an emphasis on quality, fresh ingredients and offer a fabulous range of craft beers.
The 35 day aged rump was super juicy and packed with flavour. It was a generous portion too, so much so that giant home made Yorkshire pudding couldn’t quite fit in the frame of the below photo.
Not to be outdone by the beef, the pulled pork shoulder was another great dish. The meat was buttery and soft and the crackling was crispy but not too hard.
We kept desserts simple with a winter fruit crumble and chocolate and peanut sundae. What a perfect way to round off our lunch. Needless to say, by this point we were well and truly stuffed but we still managed to force down two malt whiskies to send us on our way home.
The Pig & Butcher is a great option for a traditional Sunday lunch. In an area where seemingly every restaurant seems to be pushing their roasts, you can be sure that this one won’t disappoint. Definitely one of the best Sunday lunches in London.
Meal for two with drinks and service £93.37
Address: 80 Liverpool Rd, London N1 0QD
Tel: 020 7226 8304