Now that we’ve discovered the wonders of the great British Sunday roast, it seems we can’t stop. Especially since the temperatures dropped and the days are getting ridiculously shorter, we’re loving curling up by the fire with a good Sunday roast.
Recently opened The Northcote in Battersea invited us in one lazy Sunday, and we instantly fell in love with the place when we were greeted with a DIY Bloody Mary setup at our own table. We both adore a good Bloody Mary and with all the tomato juice, citrus and spices stirred up in there it’s practically a health drink. As well as two tall glasses with a measure of vodka in each, there was a large jug of tomato juice, Tabasco sauce and Worcestershire Sauce. Accompanying that spread were four small bowls of horseradish, turmeric, paprika and Cajun spice.
While the menu itself was very impressive, our minds were instantly made up on what we wanted to order when our lovely waiter pointed us to the specials board. Written up there in honour of the sacred Sunday Roast day was Beef With All The Trimmings for two, featuring 28 day aged Cote de Boeuf, vegetables, creamy leek, pigs in a blanket, stuffing balls, sauteed black cabbage and gravy. If that’s wasn’t enough, they also had unlimited Yorkshire puddings (!!!) passed around the room by a waiter with a big basket.
The Cote de Boeuf was such an incredibly tender cut of meat, with just the right about of fat caramelised on the edges. Perfectly cooked to medium-rare too, we had such a hard time slowly savouring the flavour and just wanted to inhale the whole thing. Served alongside a quarter chicken, it was quite the indulgent feast and had us filled to the brim rather quickly.
The roast vegetables accompanying the meat were a wonderful variety of local British roots, like roasted parsnips, carrots, seasonal greens and duck fat potatoes. Though the food really didn’t need it, the gravy added a nice subtle touch of flavour without overpowering the dish. If gravy’s not your thing, then a slither of the intense horse radish or dollop of cream cheese dipping sauce oughta do it.
We also had to try the baked camembert, as warm, gooey cheese is another fave of ours. Though Northcote’s baked camembert option usually comes with two wheels (great value for money) we requested just one to save room for the roast. It came with a selection of toasted sourdough bread and seeded crackers, as well as some chutney to mix and match flavour combos. The added rosemary gave this dish a rather intense fragrance, adding another delightful element to the cheesy goodness.
Whether you’re on the hunt for a tasty Sunday roast or live in the area, we’d highly recommend giving The Northcote a visit. The cosy décor and big windows make it a great spot for a Sunday sesh too, so grab your friends and settle in for a relaxing Sunday in a traditional British pub.