Tried and tested
A warm greeting and cold, perfectly spiced Bloody Marys were the perfect start to what was to be an epic afternoon of eating. Sunday is not the day for self restraint, so after a glance at the pleasingly paired back menu, we decided to simply order everything. Starters of grilled bone marrow with grated horseradish (£6) and wood roasted scallops on black pudding (£9) arrived swiftly, and were devoured even more so. The scallops has been grilled in the shell over the same English oak as the roasts, and the combination of the smoke, earthy black pudding and nutty brown butter in which they sat was sublime. The bone marrow starter too was glorious; rich tunnels of marrow, still in the bone, with flecks of fiery horseradish and watercress and great hunks of sourdough with which to mop it up.
We had chosen the option to go ‘all in’ on our roasts (£20 per person), so instead of individual portions we were presented with a platter to share for the table. It practically groaned under the weight of crisp duck fat roast potatoes, huge Yorkshire puddings, broccoli, and generous helpings of beef, lamb and pork. Alongside came a jug of bone marrow gravy, roast root vegetables with gremolata, minted peas with horseradish and golden bubbling cauliflower cheese. Horseradish, mint and apple sauces finished off the spread and for a moment we could do little but stare at the feast in front of us with mild trepidation. A common fear when it comes to going out for a roast is that it will never be as good as the one your mother makes, but this time (and please nobody tell her) it was better. The lamb was among the most flavoursome we have ever tasted, the Longhorn beef fore-rib was deliciously rare, and the pork and its crackling were delicious. The deeply favoured gravy perfectly tied everything together, especially those duck fat potatoes of which there were plenty to mop the gravy up.
Most reasonable people would stop eating at this point, but after very little persuasion from the charming waiter, we ordered their only pudding option to share: the chef’s special white chocolate cheesecake with stewed rhubarb. Surprisingly light cheesecake with the tang of the rhubarb was the perfect end to the meal.
We recommend you get down to Blacklock and check out this feast for yourselves. Our main advice? Don't eat breakfast!
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|What||Blacklock Sunday Roasts, Soho|
24 Great Windmill St, London, W1D 7LG | MAP
|Nearest tube||Piccadilly Circus (underground)|
05 Nov 15 – 30 Nov 16, Mon to Fri 12pm-3pm then 5pm-11.30pm, Sat 12pm-11.30pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
|Website||Go to their website|