London’s not short on places to go for a Sunday Roast. Everyone certainly has their list of go to places for that perfect ‘end of the weekend’ pick me up and the Plough pub in Hackney is certainly one to add to that list!
Theres a range of beverages for everyone from local ales to craft beers and cocktails (£8).
Or go hard or go home with a Boiler Maker – a shot of bourbon with a small can of beer (£5). With a strong choice of Bloody Mary’s to aid your hangover, or even as an accompaniment to a lovely chill Sunday afternoon, you know straight away this pub is the place you could visit in the early afternoon and before you know it you’ve been there all day.
We tried the Bloody Caesaria (mescal, clamato and spices) as well as the Bloody Brute (chipotle infused bourbon, tomato, smoked paprika and red wine). Both were amazing; refreshingly easy and cheeky yet angry at the same time. If thats even possible. Like if Peter Andre grew a beard, got tattoos and punched Katie Price.
You can’t help but notice all the quirky decor from the original fixtures to the stylish throw back furniture – you know you’re in East London and you definitely know you’re in the company of style.
We went on a particularly quiet day as it was the first day London had witnessed sunshine in a long time and most people wanted to be outside, but that definitely wouldnt put me off returning on an equally glorious day. The original windows leak in sunlight beautifully – and inoffensively for anyone suffering from their night before! With less people in the bar it doesnt feel dead, it feels calm and remains intimate and friendly. Especially with the great staff and all the other customers, ranging from families to your archetypal Dalston troupes, with big smiles on their faces. Not like a lot of places on a Sunday where the only people left at the bar are those weird old men who have been there since the doors opened. You know the ones.
The previous weekend had been their best yet with the place filled to the rafters – so just like the weather it’s all pleasant swings and roundabouts.
On the Sunday we visited we had Roast Belly Pork (£14) served with maple roast carrots and parsnips, roast potatoes, buttered kale and an amazing apple sauce (we had extra on the side too) and a gorgeous red wine sauce to top it off. All heaped high and hit the spot.
For dessert we had their salt caramel ice cream pie and their Treacle sponge pudding with cream (old school!) Safe to say both were gladly received after the roast – theres always room for pudding right!? And at £4 each there was little reason not to order dessert!
Go for a big night or go for a chilled Sunday – whenever you go make sure you try all their bloody mary’s!
23-25 Homerton High Street, Hackney, London, E9 6JP