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David B
A very convenient place close to the Barbic...
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2.5
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Reviewed Today

"A very convenient place close to the Barbican, food reasonably good, service rather hit and miss"

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chris w
Another Hardens Manchester anomaly, like Ak...
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1.5
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"Another Hardens Manchester anomaly, like Akabars, has a 3 for food in the guide, but is pretty poor. We went the night before last. We shared 4 dips, hallomi, Madam had Sheek kebab and I had the moussaka. I asked if it was freshly made as moussaka should be , and was told they do it every day. I asked for a salad without tomatoes or cucumber. The dips were unremarkable, the halloumi was thin and dry, the sheek kebabs were so dry they were served with a tasteless tomato sauce, the moussaka was hideous, and had clearly been made weeks before, cooked, frozen, and reheated, possibly more than once considering the current state of my gut. Hardens really isn't authoritative re Manchester."

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Rishad T
What a joyful experience. A glorious summer...
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4
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"What a joyful experience. A glorious summers day set off the light bright airy room making the decor of spring almost antipodal. Deliciously balanced dishes with occasional surprises in the tastes. Glad Skye Gingell decided to move to central London"

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Rishad T
The Chefs table watching the cooking with A...
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5
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"The Chefs table watching the cooking with Ashley Pslmer Watts describing the provenance and cooking of the dishes which were uniformly excellent. Excellent warm attentive service without being overbearing and superb matching flights of wine. Pure foodie heaven !!!"

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Nicola H
Superb, inventive food, presented with a la...
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4.5
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"Superb, inventive food, presented with a lack of hype. Our waitress was the best we'd met in a long time: enthusaistic about the dishes, the ingredients, wine matches and wider food culture. Interesting selection of wines. Very enjoyable night out, inexpensive for cooking at this level."

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Steve B
Confusing when ordering....they got the chi...
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2
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"Confusing when ordering....they got the childrens meals wrong. Food not really up to much, but a good place for atmosphere. Need better staff training!!"

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Kate P
Make sure you arrive early enough to have a...
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4
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"Make sure you arrive early enough to have a cocktail upstairs before your meal. Wonderful place with a fun atmosphere and reliably top notch grub."

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Kate P
Best Italian in London...
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4.5
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"Best Italian in London"

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Kate P
A real gem in an unexpected location. Impre...
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3.5
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"A real gem in an unexpected location. Impressive menus showcasing local seasonal produce. Great wine list too."

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Phil K
Pricey but good place to have my birthday b...
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3.5
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"Pricey but good place to have my birthday breakfast - excellent coffee."

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The Editors Review

timthumb-2What better way to treat your dear ol' dad this Father's Day than taking him out for Sunday lunch with all the trimmings? We've rounded up some of the best places across the UK to get a roast on 21 June, according to our 2015 survey. From the traditional beef and yorkies to quirky pop-ups and Chinese roast duck to dim sum, we've got it covered...





For a no-expense-spared affair...


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If only all hotel makeovers were as successful as the rejuvenation of this “spacious” Belgravia dining room – “a high quality traditional experience”, now offering what fans say is “the best roast beef in London”, albeit at “huge” cost.




The George Hotel, Stamford


“A taste of tradition and class”; this huge, historic coaching inn is just the sort of place to seek out for “good roasts” and an “old-fashioned dessert trolley” too, although the “lively” (much cheaper) Garden Room is often preferred to the more sedate main dining room.




hawksmoor manchesterHawksmoor (London and Manchester)


It may be expensive for dinner but go for Sunday lunch and it’s a comparatively reasonable £19.50 a head for slow-roast beef rump with all the trimmings. “Absurdly juicy” steaks and “first-class cocktails” underpin huge acclaim for Huw Gott & Will Beckett’s “casual and laid-back” temples to meat; even fans admit prices are “eye-watering”, though, and ratings are beginning to fall some way behind those of its main rival, Goodman.




The Goring Hotel SW1


“Class personified”; this “very grown-up” dining room, in a “luxurious” family-run hotel near Victoria, is perhaps the last redoubt of “classically English” virtues – its “superb” staff dish up such “safe” staples as “perfect” breakfasts, “unbeatable” beef Wellington and, obviously, the “best ever afternoon tea”.




For proper country pub dining...


slide1newBull at Broughton, Broughton


This “cheerful and relaxed” old coaching inn, the Yorkshire outpost of the Ribble Valley Inns chain, is known for its “well-sourced local produce” (helping make it an ideal location for “one of the best Sunday roasts in the area”).




The Tilbury, Datchworth


“A highly enjoyable country gastropub where Paul Bloxham’s food is always a delight” – the consistency of upbeat reports this place inspires is truly impressive; “sumptuous Sunday lunches” a highlight.


 

hammer-04The Hammer & Pincers, Loughborough


“Great food, good-value set menu, best Sunday lunch in the area…” – such are the plusses fans see in the family-run beamed restaurant, in the village of Wymeswold, which almost invariably inspires positive reports.




Hand at Llanarmonn, Llanarmonn DC


“Well worth a journey from the NW for Sunday lunch” – a cheerful pub-cum-restaurant recommended for its all-round standards.




The Five Bells Inn, Clyst Hydon


The sort of place that’s “brilliant for a Sunday lunch”, this 16th-century village inn is tipped as “the best place in the area”; don’t miss the “perfect” Scotch eggs!




The Pheasant at Keyston


“Reliable quality” is the gist of pretty much all feedback on this “capable” and “good-value” village inn – sibling to the better-known Old Bridge in Huntingdon; Sunday lunch is a highlight.


 




For offbeat Sunday fun...


Bacchus Sundays N1


An offshoot of the recently closed Bacchus Pub & Kitchen (just down the road), this weekly residency is (you guessed it) a Sunday only affair serving up traditional English roasts.




timthumb-1Resident of Paradise Row E2


From the folks behind Sunday Roast specialists Bacchus Sundays comes this neighbourhood restaurant aiming to be a 'home away from home' for east Londoners; serving British food, roasts and classic cocktails.




The Grapes E14


A Limehouse relic majoring in fish ’n’ chips and Sunday roast – no culinary haunt this, but fans insist that’s “not an issue for a 500-year-old pub in a famous street, on the bank of the Thames”.


For a reliable roast...


Pig & Butcher N1


“Modern but hearty” cuisine, with the meaty emphasis the name suggests, has helped make this Islington gastroboozer quite a hit; “fabulous Sunday lunches” a highlight.


Bald Faced Stag, N2


A popular gastropub that spans the range from “casual eats” – “ideal if you’re going to a movie at the Phoenix in East Finchley” – to an “excellent Sunday lunch”.


BtFL-QLCcAENdCOThe Andover Arms W6


“A solid clientele of male pint-drinkers” only adds to the “classic friendly local atmosphere” of this Hammersmith backstreet boozer; “Sunday roast (book) is a highlight” of the “solid” and “uncomplicated” pub grub.




The Canbury Arms, Kingston upon Thames


“A really good gastropub without the pretentions”, where culinary highlights range from “fantastic-value” tapas-style dishes to highly recommended Sunday roasts.




sJHbrpcLt520CGbtyg1GYreK7QkFo0q06eQQJFvhOrsThe Three Tuns, Henley on Thames


Handily located in the heart of the town, a pub tipped for its “very high quality food” – “great for a family Sunday lunch”.




The Monro, Liverpool


A “great gastropub” whose real ales, Sunday roasts and so on are “very popular”; by local standards, though, it can seem “a wee bit expensive”.




For Sunday lunch with a twist...


Four Seasons (group)


“Unbelievable” roast duck is the special attraction of these “down-at-heel” diners in Bayswater and Chinatown; “curt service and a complete lack of ambience” are all part of the package.


 


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Morada Brindisa Asador W1


The ever-expanding chain of tapas joints brings a new Spanish dining concept to Soho – 'asador' – the tradition of roasting suckling pigs and lamb in wood fired ovens.




Tai Pan, Manchester


“A great favourite of Chinese students and restaurateurs”; this Longsight Chinese is particularly sought out for dim sum on Sundays, when this is a particularly “family-friendly” destination.




Maliks, Cookham


The “area’s top Indian” offers “original” dishes with a “real range of flavour”, in a “cosy” beamed cottage that seems “even better after a recent interior revamp”; the Sunday buffet is “a winner” too.

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