When I first moved to London, last summer, I was introduced to Ship Sundays – a day of drinking in the English sun, sat (if you arrive early enough to get a seat) on the pub’s terrace overlooking The Thames. It’s far from London’s best view of the river, and for me, getting to the pub means quite a long excursion across south west London, but it’ always worth the trip for the great atmosphere, buzzing crowd and top-notch G&Ts.
Now my second hazy gin-fuelled summer of fun, I decided it was about time to visit the restaurant, for a traditional Sunday lunch. Armed with a reservation for two, I sauntered past the ever-growing queue, slid through the crowded conservatory bar, and – as if entering Narnia – exited the masses into the calming haven of the restaurant. It’s a lovely, homely space, with dark wooden tables, upholstered chairs, towering wine rack and bread station piled with freshly baked loaves.
I didn’t need to browse the menu. Sunday’s are for roasts, and a generous plate of roast beef, Yorkshire puds, roasted veg and lashings of meaty gravy was the only dish for me. We waited impatiently for the food to arrive, while nibbling on warm bread spread with sea salt sprinkled butter and sipping on a scarlet Merlot. It wasn’t long before the aroma of roasted meat wafted from the kitchen.
The Ship’s Sunday roast is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. All the usual suspects are there, from roast potatoes, turnips and parsnips, to mashed swede, honey-glazed carrots, buttered cabbage and cauliflower cheese. Blushing beef with a ribbon of tasty fat lounges across the plate and a giant, golden and crisp Yorkshire pudding crowns the dish. Where to start!?
Not one to leave good food, I polished off the whole lot, and still made room for dessert, which was quite possible the best sticky toffee pudding I have ever eaten. A succulent and light sponge, glistening with toffee sauce and lavished with vanilla speckled ice cream which trickled into the pool of toffee below. Anyone for seconds?…
41 Jews Row,
T: +44 (0)20 8870 9667
Open 11:00-23:00 (Sun-Wed) & 11:00-00:00 (Thurs-Sat)
Sunday roast £16-19, desserts £4.50-£10