Bacchus Sundays is East London’s best kept Sunday Roast secret. A warehouse space in the heart of Hoxton is home to this weekly residency, with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of unpretentious and delicious food. An offshoot of the original Bacchus Pub & Kitchen, where Guardian readers voted the roasts as London’s very best back in 2013, Bacchus Sundays have taken their award-winning concept to a weekly Sunday pop-up at Hoxton Street Studios.
“Sunday is my favourite day of the week” explains Jon Bourke, founder of Bacchus Sundays. “We have created a casual and cool space for people to enjoy our national British favourite.” But the team behind Bacchus don’t take the business of Sunday roasts lightly. They have put in a lot of effort to ensure both simplicity and sustainability when perfecting their concept. Their beef is cooked for 9.5 hours at 52 degrees to make it as tender as possible and they always make the Yorkshire pudding mix 24 hours in advance to guarantee a perfect soft centre.
We kicked off with house cocktail the ‘Mug of Mary’: a classic bloody Mary served, unsurprisingly, in a mug and topped up with a dash of red wine for a bolder and better flavour. After promptly ordering another round, we chose smoked trout with horseradish mayo and chicken liver pâté to start, both heartily served with fresh and crusty bread.
Extremely contented, it was time for the main event. For those of you who are a little indecisive, the good folks at Bacchus Sundays have created a roast option that’s aptly named ‘The Undecided’. This allows you to try all the meats on offer as well as every trimming. Roasted beetroot, sweet honey glazed carrots, savoy cabbage, wild boar stuffing (the best bit) and crisp but fluffy roasties complete the showing. The massive portion is not only brilliant value for money, but easily one of the best Sunday roasts we’ve ever encountered.
The menu can change slightly each week, but, when it comes to dessert, we wholeheartedly recommend the apple and pear crumble. The buttery crumble had a supreme sugary crunch and was nicely complemented by smooth’n’silky vanilla custard.
The relaxed, lofty space is perfect for some jovial Sunday lounging. Bring a few great friends and the Sunday papers, and try a bit of everything on the menu. You won’t be disappointed.