East London is getting more and more cramped on Sundays. There’s always a scrum on Columbia Road, and just minutes away Brick Lane also hosts a weekly market. The BBQ area at London Fields bursts at the seams, and the punters at The Cat and Mutton spill out onto the street round Broadway Market.
I’m not complaining. There’s nowhere I’d prefer to be on a Sunday than London’s East End. But if you’re hoping to head out for a drink or some lunch, then most places are pretty packed, as I’m sure that the Tower Hamlets population triples on a Sunday.
So I’m quite delighted to discover Bacchus Sundays. A killer roast lunch served in a big, beautiful photography studio. There’s a real feeling of space with the lofty ceiling and industrial entrance. It’s all exposed brick and timber-beams with lots of tables pushed together to accommodate big groups.
Bacchus Sunday was formerly known as Bacchus Pub & Kitchen. But the management realised that they were making most of their money on their Sunday roasts, so they streamlined things. They ditched the Monday to Saturday trade, and changed the format to a weekly pop-up specialising in Sunday roasts, pricing all main courses at £15.
There’s the option of starters and pudding (£20 for two courses; £25 for three courses). But if…no, when I go again, I’m just going to stick with one no-nonsense main course (though I was so very tempted by a steamed treacle sponge pud). The roast beef was the winning dish by far. A gigantic and crispy Yorkshire pudding, perched upon mouth-wateringly good roasted sirloin of Angus beef, with rich, rich gravy and a big selection of homemade condiments. Thomas, who rates himself as something of a Sunday roast connoisseur announced it was one of the best he’d had in ages.
Don’t bother with Bacchus Sunday if you’re scared of big portions, or if you’re vegetarian. If you want a big, classic Sunday lunch and Bloody Mary with a big group of friends, this is the place to go. It’s easy to split the bill, it’s a close walk to Columbia Road/Brick Lane/London Fields, and the slab of beef and crispy Yorkshire pud is the Sunday lunchtime dream.
Bacchus Sunday: Hoxton Street Studios, 12-18 Hoxton St, London N1 6NG
Even though the studio is lovely and big, it’s probably best to book – particularly if going in a large group: firstname.lastname@example.org