Bacchus Sundays: Reinventing the Roast

BacchusThis post is all about an epic Sunday Roast. Yes, that which is generally consumed on chilly winter days and/or afternoons after the night before. Is there really a place for comfort food in the heat of summer?

Well, this particular Sabbath day offering has a cool, summertime twist, with no hangover required – although hungover bodies would definitely relish this dining experience. Stay with me!

Bacchus Sundays has quite literally reinvented the traditional Sunday Roast lunch, serving up in a New York loft-style whitewashed photographic studio with film set lighting, an ever-changing exhibition on the wall and equally laid-back waiting staff.

But even though we are in prime hipster territory, the portions are by no means fashionably lean. Hell no! We felt that the starters were slightly lacking in pizzazz, but that’s really only after our main courses totally stole the thunder.

The meat at Bacchus is prime, sustainable and includes 12 hour roasted sirloin of angus beef, bantam chicken and Gloucester old spot pork belly.

If you can’t decide between them, or are just plain greedy, take a tip from your dedicated reviewer and go for The Undecided, which gives you chicken, pork and beef on your plate, plus all the extras including a humungus Yorkshire pudding (£5 supplement), and is truly a thing of beauty.

Vegetarians are also well catered for with a superb nut roast with mushroom gravy and Yorkshire pudding, and all roasts come with roasted beetroot, glazed carrot, shredded cabbage, roast potatoes, roasted garlic and gravy, so you’re unlikely to want to eat for the remainder of the day. 

Wash it all down with something from the finely tuned drinks list – the four house cocktails are eclectic and include Margaritas and their take on the traditional Bloody Mary, the ‘Mug of Mary’.

Or stick to beer or even bubbles if you want to celebrate having discovered Bacchus.

If you really must have dessert, there are normally three or four to choose from; we opted to share the apple and pear crumble with vanilla custard which was delicious.

Prices are really reasonable – £15 for the roast course only, £20 for two courses and £25 for three courses. I also love the fact that the opening hours are longer than usual – midday to 9pm.

Personally, I can’t think of a better place to spend a summer Sunday with your coolest mates. Go now. 

Bacchus Sundays, Hoxton Street Studios, 12-18 Hoxton Street, N1 6NG. Tel: 020 7638 5825. 

Rebecca Barnes

Beauty editor and blogger Rebecca Barnes is the founder of the blog, Beauty Voyage. Having created beauty, travel and lifestyle content for countless publications and websites including Tatler, Daily Express, Cosmopolitan and iVillage, when Rebecca is not jetting around the world, she is scouting out London’s best bars and eateries for Belle About Town. Someone’s gotta do it…

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