A stone’s throw from Liverpool Street station and just around the corner from Broadgate Circle, South Place Chop House is (as the name suggests) located on the ground floor of the five star South Place Hotel.
We mention the area because this neck of the woods can be a bit desolate at the weekend – in fact a lot of places don’t bother opening at all. So it was great to see this place heaving – canoodling couples, groups celebrating birthdays – it was all here.
Head Chef, Guy Betteridge utilises seasonal ingredients and carefully sourced cuts of meat for his uncomplicated British menu. We thought our roast cravings were a thing of the past, but the cold snap (remember snowmageddon!?) had us hunkering for a good old Sunday social. Available from 12 til 5pm each Sunday, roasts come with bottomless gravy AND red wine. The actual dream. There’s a small section of starters, we opted for the smoked mackerel pate which came with light as air melba toast and was laden with spring onion and horseradish. There’s also salads, soups or if you’re particularly ravenous, a board of ‘pubby’ bits to share – think scotch eggs, sausage rolls, chicken and pickles.
But of course, we were here for one thing only – the roast. If you’re not one for sharing you can choose from beef, chicken or pork which come with all the trimmings. OR you can buddy up and get the whole lot brought to your table on a sharing board. Obviously you should do this. We tucked into sirloin Hereford beef, slow roasted old spot pork belly and various cuts of Goosnargh chicken which comes with a gravy boat EACH. The trimmings consist of a big fat Yorkshire pudding, duck fat roasties, cauliflower cheese, kale and carrots. All of which is washed down with carafe after glorious carafe of the most delicious red wine we’ve had the pleasure of drinking in a long time.
Desserts are similarly decadent, we particularly loved the sticky toffee pudding served with clotted cream – our chosen way to bring a close to any given Sunday.
So all that’s left to do is round up the gang and that’s your Sunday Social – sorted.