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Within a landmark London building, the culinary treat that is Roast awaits. Using the finest of the country's seasonal produce a restaurant has been created that is dedicated to the best of British cooking.

Ranked #472 of 5241 restaurants in London
"Nestled in the heart of Britain’s culinary culture, Roast is a landmark British restaurant in London’s iconic Borough Market. Opened in 2005 by restauranteur Iqbal Wahhab OBE, founder of the legendary Cinnamon Club, Roast has won acclaim and awards across the UK. Using the finest seasonal produce from British farmers and producers, many of the ingredients used by Head Chef Stuart Cauldwell come from Borough Market’s very own stalls. Spaciously set over two levels, the restaurant seats 120 with a view of our busy kitchen, The Shard, St Paul’s and the market below. Alongside the dining room is the intimate Bar at Roast. Loved by diners and drinkers alike, the bar buzzes away until 1am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Every night and at Sunday lunch, live music plays here and sets the ambience across the restaurant. Perfect for all occasions, Roast is popular for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a wide range of events, from meetings and corporate entertaining to spectacular weddings and civil partnerships."

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Opening Hours
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MON

07:00 - 23:30

TUE

07:00 - 23:30

WED

07:00 - 23:30

THU

07:00 - 23:30

FRI

07:00 - 23:30

SAT

08:30 - 23:30

SUN

11:30 - 18:30

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By Nick G.

The bar here is fantastic, looking down on Borough market, and people standing 10 deep outside pubs, here you can relax, whilst the bar staff make your cocktails, let the music drift over you, and a sense of hmmmmm definitely my favourite spot for drinks, might even try some food!!


By Josh C.

Roast is fantastically positioned, looming over borough market which is a foodies heaven. If you get a good window seat you can watch the world go by. The restaurant dines out on its connection to the market and a lot if the ingredients supposedly come from the market itself. I last went on a Friday lunch - the market and the restaurant were very busy the service was good albeit a tad rushed. The food is good and exactly what you would expect but its not a Michelin star place. The clientele were a mixture of media types and suits oh and a few families with prams. I hear they do a great breakfast the perfect way to get fuelled up before you go shopping in the market. Recommended!


By Howard S.

Stopped by before meeting friends later for drinks at their bar they had an excellent menu for drinks and especially Martinis so my wife had the traditional and I had the vesper! Round 2 and it was Vespers around!


By Gwen N.

I was really impressed with Roast. It has a sassy bar and also I prefer my food crisp and spicy I really enjoyed the traditional menu. Def. worth a visit.


By Jean E.

Be very careful and read the full details of the offer. You can miss the fine points. We thought it was 2 for 1. We understood it was food only. what we didn't see was that it was for breakfast only. So if you indulge yourself, you will pay for it.


By Frances M.

Lovely setting; food average and wildly over-priced. Service is a big issue: rather than being ignored, we find the waiters incredibly intrusive, constantly interrupting conversations and not coordinating their service - on our first visit we had three waiters assigned to our table, interrupting us at 30 second intervals. On return visits they were busier, so not so attentive(!) but equally irritating in their ability to disrupt the flow of conversation for trivial questions. Additionally, if you visit on a Sunday there is huge pressure to turn tables and their constant reminders that "you only have 2 hours" are somewhat unwelcoming.


By Rika H.

I totally enjoyed the breakfast at roast on Saturday. We were taking a walk in the Borough Market and found the restaurant by coincidence. The price is 2 for 1 for the meals and price is right with this discount offer. My fiance had a English breakfast and myself omelette. Both are tasty and fairly high quality. Butters and jams came with the toasts are tasty and breads are all super. The atmosphere is relaxed with less people but people working there is lively and friendly. You will also enjoy seeing people walking in the market or getting ready to open the shops if you choose the window side of the seats. Overall we spent 2 hrs to read books/newspapers, had cups of latte/coffee and orange juices because we loved the atmosphere and environment. It was definitely a nice place to visit and we will be back again when we would like to have a bit relaxing morning on weekend.


By H C.

We had been speaking about going to Roast for some time and were unsure due to mixed reviews. I have no intention of ever going back. We arrived to smile and were seated at our table. We were given menus and asked if we would like a drink... just water for now and I will look at the wine list. It then took at least 15 minutes for anyone to come near us again, and I had to wave them down. I asked for some advice on the extensive and expensive wine list. No real help available, sommelier available for this extensive and as mentioned expensive wine list. We finally decided on a bottle which then took at least 10 minutes to arrive. Food was ordered and delivered promptly. Taste... ok... value for money not ok. Overall the food was good. The service was appalling, there were so very many waiters and no one to wait on us, each time we required service we had to hail someone down. Considering the cost to dine here, it certainly is NOT worth the money spent. I would not choose to dine in this restaurant. Nothing special on offer! Stay away. I would much rather eat a Sunday roast at Garrison or the Village East on Bermondsey Street. Much better all round value


By Joe G.

Went with 6 friends the other night for dinner and had a trully fantastic meal! Roast is a unique spot, atmosphere was buzzing and the food did not disappoint, a true sense of occasion! I had the fried sprats - outrageously delicious, but couldn't help by trying my friends hot scotch egg with piccalilli's - scrum! Torn when ordering the main i decided to give the 16 OZ 30 day hung steak a whirl - was beautifully tender, knife through butter! Wine's were great as well, great range, something for all. Overall, had a truly great evening, food and service were fantastic, atmosphere warm and buzzy, highly recommend!


By Daniel W.

Hugely disappointing. The food is fine, if predictable, but the service is decidedly slapdash. We felt on a production line, treated with less care and respect than the suckling pigs being manhandled in the kitchen behind us. Even if the large pricetag had been halved, we would still have felt short-changed. Avoid.


By Colleen A.

We went to Roast for an intimate birthday meal, and they looked after us EXTREMELY well. I love this restaurant and the staff and the atmosphere. I dont think you can beat it for any occasion !


By N.

I went to Roast with some friends for a 30th birthday last night. The starters were good but the mains took over an hour to arrive and were not to the standard we expected. The lamb was too fatty and very tough and the calves liver was raw in the middle.

There was a good selection of wines but the service was poor. We did get a bottle of champagne when we complained but I wouldn't go back to Roast, which is a shame as the atmosphere was generally good.


By L.

Roast is a breath of fresh air. The venue is beautiful, I could sit for hours watching the trains go by through the huge windows. It's worth asking to sit on the higher platform as it provides a better view.

The Roast menu is rewritten for lunch and dinner depending on what fresh produce is available so it's difficult to comment on any one dish, but traditional Sunday lunch fare is always available.

By all means have a roast dinner with all the trimmings but rather than just roast beef why not try ox heart, or suckling pig with black pudding? Its worth the risk as the more unusual things on the menu tend (at least in my experience) to be the most delicious.

The wine at Roast was fantastic with an unsual list that includes many British bottles. The entire experience is very reasonably priced which is lucky for me as I would pay next to anything for the warm fuzzy feeling that I get after a meal there.



By Amelia D.

Opened in 2006 by restaurateur Iqbal Wahhab, founder of the Cinnamon club, Roast has prime location in the midst of London’s unofficial foodie capital, Borough Market. And despite a slew of awards and a focus on fresh, seasonal food that supports British farming (many ingredients are bought from the market) they've decided to shake things up by bringing in new head chef Marcus Verberne, fresh from Brown's Hotel in Mayfair.

The Venue
Roast can be found in the ‘Floral Hall’ – a building used previously only for storage amongst the market holders. Recognising its potential for a unique restaurant location, founder Iqbal fought a fierce bidding war to secure Roast’s current home. And it's certainly an appropriate abode - Roast towers over Borough Market like a King surveying its myriad cheesy, meaty, duck-sandwich-ey disciples that sprawl underneath. Gaze upward and you can't fail to notice the beautiful south portico of the restaurant, which has been lovingly restored to its former glory having previously been dismantled in the '90s from its original home in Covent Garden. It's a vision in glass and black steel, giving the diners a fantastic view out to the market below - something that's particularly enjoyable in the sunshine.

The interior is rather beautiful once you’ve got past the odd entrance; navigate some twisty stairs (thankfully there is a lift for the infirm) past some hardly attractive decoration spattered with fairy lights and merchandise and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what awaits. The interior is simultaneously classic French and modern, with elegant white tablecloths contrasting bizarrely (but not unpleasantly) with the incongruous headsets sported by the waiters. Ask for a window seat – for obvious reasons.

The Atmosphere
One oft-made complaint of Roast was that it seemed soulless and full of tourists, and sub-par waiting staff made the whole experience so bad that many would refuse to return. However there have been quite a few changes in the line-up for 2012 and with a new chef at the helm quality is once more at the fore. The staff are friendly, charming and attentive, leaving you with enough space to enjoy your dinner but involved enough that you never feel abandoned. Ask the head waiter for recommendations when it comes to drinks as every member of staff is really clued up on their wine, ales and cocktails.

The Food
With Marcus leading the charge, the kitchen has a renewed vigour and the menu has real character and synergy. Foraged and wild ingredients are celebrated as much as the British staples, and there is a sense that cooking is a joy, rather than a chore. Forget the limp greens and soggy potatoes of Sunday dinners, because Roast is anything but boring.

For starters the menu is ever so slightly fish-heavy – a realisation perhaps that most want red meat for their main. The Lymington crab is flaky, fresh and creamy, and the Loch Etive trout carpaccio with shallots and capers a revelation in flavours. Delicate, pan-fried Manx Queenies (£12) are served in the most beautiful, tiny shells and just slide down the throat – though the distribution of garlic isn't always even. If you don’t fancy fish there are plenty of vegetarian options on offer, with a celebration of fabulous cheeses to complement them. Meat-wise, earthy haggis, nutty chicken liver and salt beef all provide hearty starts to your meal.

For the main event, it really would be remiss not to plump for meat. The wild rabbit and cider pie (£22.75) has the surprise element of an addition of snails, which are a happy, meaty, rich and sweet marriage – the only gripe would be the decorative snail perched on top, which, without the appropriate implement, is incredibly difficult to prise from its shell. Slow-roasted lamb shoulder and rib of beef also come recommended, but the real star is the fillet of Kingairloch red deer with bashed neeps and MacSweens haggis. Ask for it medium rare and fall in love with the perfectly red, gamey meat that's the perfect match for its Scottish brethren.

For dessert you can’t beat the sticky date pudding (£8.75). The light, fluffy sponge and deep, sweet toffee sauce is heavenly, with Neal's Yard creme fraiche offering an astute touch of lightness.

The Drink
Cocktails impress, not least the lavender infused gin cocktail, which is pretty as a picture (and very fashion forward, contrasting white crystalline sugar around the rim with a sweet and sour lilac inner) and downright delicious. There's a fabulous selection of wines on offer too, from the pricey to the eye-wateringly expensive – but even the cheapest bin is delicious. Plenty of the wine options hail from our shores, so expect good options plucked from places like Chapel Down, Stopham Estate and Ridgeview. If, however, you prefer those from further afield, a good selection of new world and old world is available.

The Last Word
The Roast reviewed on many different websites is quite simply a different restaurant to its current incarnation. Head chef Marcus Verbene is already putting his stamp on it, and it's a stamp that is proving very impressive indeed.

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