Traditional British cooking served with a view across London's Borough Market
Where? Borough Market, The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London SE1 1TL (020-7940 1300, www.roast-restaurant.com)
Mood? From Roast’s ceiling-high windows you might look out onto stall traders in striped aprons and Borough Market regulars wrapped up in knitted jumpers and jeans, but upstairs it’s an entirely different, more well-heeled affair with stiff white linen tablecloths and sparkling, efficient service.
What to wear? During the day, for lunch or the delicious afternoon tea, you can get away with a pretty relaxed approach. However, if you visit in the evening, make an effort: think heels, stockings and a dress for the girls, with a shirt and jacket for the boys.
Why go? Championing British cooking and sourcing much of its produce from Borough Market, Roast is now a must-visit culinary stop on London’s foodie scene.
To eat? Enjoy a plate of Irish Carlingford rock oysters (the freshest you’ll ever enjoy, we guarantee) in the bar before making your way to your table. Once seated, York ham served with leeks and mustard dressing (£7.50*) makes a tasty starter, followed by a baked whole trout (£17.50*) or traditional roast chicken (£17*). The daily changing specials, including hearty dishes like Beef Wellington, are also delicious. Around the room, you’ll be hard pressed to find a table which doesn’t feature a bowl of the restaurant’s famous roast potatoes (£3*), however, the mash and homemade chips are equally worthy of mention. Traditional English puds, like steamed treacle pudding or Devonshire apple cake with custard (£6*), appear on the sweets menu and are well worth finding room for.
To drink? Don’t miss the cocktail of the week – The Wakefield Triangle (£8.50*), for instance, is made from Yorkshire rhubarb, vanilla and English sparkling wine, while a Taste of the Highlands includes Graffiti Scottish vodka muddled with lavender, violet liquer, honey and a dash of Scotch whiskey.
Need to know? If all the sustainable produce and seasonal eating hasn’t made you feel quite worthy enough, you can choose to eat your meal at The Prince’s Trust Table where all profits are donated to support the charity’s work in Southwark. Just ask when booking to reserve the table.
*Prices correct as of March 2007