Sustainability Sunday #12
Sustainable Sunday sustenance, where to go? Growing up Sundays were about waking up to Dad-music, playing in the garden, baths before bed and glorious full roast dinners that steamed up the kitchen windows.
Since moving out about 9 months ago I’ve had a total of about 4 home-cooked roast dinners of my own and the inclination is to head out to a cosy pub where someone else can make it for me rather than doing all the prep AND washing up myself.
But with pubs galore all over London, how else to narrow your choice down other than by which ones are the most sustainable? 😀
North: The Duchess of Kent, Islington
This is your classic cosy gastropub, perfect for a late Sunday lunch, board games over red wine and watching afternoon sport on Sky.
Choose: The pork and leek sausages with mash and onion marmalade in red wine sauce (more Sunday dinner than Sunday roast, but you won’t be dissatisfied).
South: Lamberts, Balham
Lamberts doesn’t look like your typical pub outside or in (think neat symmetrical furniture and pre-laid tables – so south London) but its family friendly atmosphere and Sunday comfort vibe give you the cosiness you want for enjoying a roast dinner.
Choose: Rare roasted Angus rump, roast potatoes, courgettes, carrots and Yorkshire pud.
East: The Old Fountain, Shoreditch
I highlight The Old Fountain more for the credentials of its beer than its food, although the food is pretty tasty pub grub too. The beer served here really celebrates London’s creations (Camden Town, Five Point and Partizan amongst others) but also serves other British beers so you can try out something regional such as Cornish Habour or Red Willow from Macclesfield.
Choose: Pork and cider sausages or pork belly roast.
West (kinda): The Truscott Arms, Maida Hill
An independently owned, five-storey Victorian pub, The Truscott Arms is well worth heading in a different direction for. These guys use the finest British seasonal ingredients in the restaurant AND the bar through a network of local, sustainable suppliers.
Choose: Free-range English rare breed pork with mustard sauce.
The Duke of Cambridge in Angel & Islington is also a sustainability winner.
Choose: Fish & chips (obviously).
No excuses now folks, wherever you are in London, find a sustainable pub, eat some grub and tell everyone about it!