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    Friday, 6 November 2015

    ROAST, BOROUGH MARKET

    I can't remember the last time I had a good Sunday roast. Sundays for me now consist of curries or Thai or hungover Dominos but you can't beat a nice big roast with all the trimmings.

    I was recently given a voucher by the lovely Sheepa at Zomato so I could go & enjoy dinner at Roast in Borough Market. They very kindly agreed to let me swap my dinner reservation for a Sunday lunch time booking so I could make the most of their three courses for £37.50 deal. 
    Roast serves great British food from their glass-windowed restaurant located in the middle of Borough Market. It's owned by Iqbal Wahhab, the founder of Cinnamon Club and it's a famed for its use of seasonal produce. 

    We decided to kick our meal off with some fancy looking cocktails. Tom went for the Mango Tarragon Martini (£12) made with Roast gin infused with fresh tarragon, fresh mango puree and elderflower cordial. Lovely and fruity and very strong. 

    I went for the SE1 spICED tea (£12) an even stronger blend of gin, bourbon, citrus infused vodka, rum, cointreau and sugar, topped with ginger ale. Despite containing half the contents of the bar, it's surprisingly refreshing and the perfect way to start out off meal. I started off our three courses with the pork and black pudding scotch egg served with piccalilli which was incredible. The egg was perfectly cooked so the yolk was still runny and ran into the crisp meaty casing. I felt the piccalilli was a little over-powering so I recommend using it sparingly.  Tom went for the pressed wild rabbit and ham hock terrine which came with fig chutney and toasted sour-dough. Not quite to my taste but Tom really enjoyed it. 
    The main courses were where Roast really lived up to its name. The roast pork belly came with the biggest piece of crackling I've ever seen. The meat was perfectly cooked and had that rich, melt-in-the-mouth quality - not too fatty but still packed with flavour.  
     Lamb is Tom's favourite so he went for the rosemary and garlic studded leg of lamb with redcurrant jelly and mint sauce. Perfectly tender and served with an extra-large yorkshire pudding. Roast really know how to spoil you with the extras!
    All the roasts come with a selection of beef dripping roasties, seasonal green veg and carrots. If you're anything like me - order an extra round of gravy which the staff are more than happy to bring out.
    After all that food we had to activate our second 'dessert stomachs' so we could squeeze in room for pudding. Tom went for a piping hot Bramley apple crumble served with the creamiest vanilla custard...
    While I predictably went for the sticky date pudding with toffee sauce and clotted cream. 
    The three-course Sunday lunch is brilliant value but the alcohol doesn't come cheap. The cheapest bottle of wine is around £40 and they increase steadily from there so the bill can rack up pretty quickly.

    Roast would make a really lovely spot if you're heading out for a celebration. It'a a little pricey so while it's probably not somewhere I would come every weekend, I would definitely recommend it for a birthday or an occasional treat.
    The Floral Hall, Stoney St, London SE1 1TL

    * I was given a voucher which covered the cost of my food & some drinks. We added our
    own money for cocktails & service.
    Roast Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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