The ‘Sunday Roast’ is a staple British tradition. For most of us, the idea of the perfect roast dinner hails from our childhood; memories of family gatherings fuelled by piles of fluffy roast potatoes, succulent meats, and flavoursome vegetables topped with ample gravy. As such, our own home-grown versions of this delicious dish can prove difficult to replicate, and almost impossible to supersede. That is, until you visit Lanes of London.
Housed within the five-star London Marriott Hotel Park Lane, Lanes of London affords its guests the opportunity to experience a truly indulgent Sunday lunch. Its exclusive placement allows diners access to everything that central London has to offer. With easy transport links just metres away, Lanes of London boasts beautiful views over Marble Arch and Hyde Park, ideal for those who would enjoy a serene stroll after their meal. Or, if post-lunchtime browsing is more your penchant, one of the most famed-shopping locations in London, Oxford Street, is also right around the corner. The restaurant itself is elegant and airy, classic with a modern and stylish twist. Live music is played on weekends, creating a relaxed atmosphere perfect for catching up with friends and family.
Upon arrival, we were seated in a large bay-window. Bathed in natural light, we reclined in comfortable armchairs and perused the menus. Free-flowing Spanish Cava or Brooklyn Lager are offered as an optional component of the Sunday Roast menu, which adds a touch of decadence to the dining experience. In addition, the restaurant offers an extensive wine and champagne list catering to all tastes and preferences. The staff were unfailingly attentive and advised us on the perfect wine accompaniments for our meal; a full-bodied red to go with the beef, and a chilled Sauvignon Blanc to complement the chicken. In addition, a lightly toasted, delicious bread-board was brought to the table to satiate our growing appetites whilst our main courses were being freshly and expertly prepared.
Both the flavoursome beef striploin and whole roasted baby poussin were paired with sweet and sticky red cabbage, carrots, and perfectly-cooked al-dente broccoli. The roast potatoes did not disappoint; they were crisp on the outside, fluffy inside, and had been lightly flavoured with herbs. The pièce de résistance came in the form of a generously-sized Yorkshire pudding, served separately on its own board to showcase it’s true splendor. A rich gravy flawlessly tied together all of these elements. We had to agree that it is difficult to make a roast dinner look elegant, but Lanes of London had carefully presented each dish to appear as such, and in doing so have created a truly remarkable Sunday lunch.
Dessert followed after a relaxed break, and a glass of Nyetimber Classic Cuvée English sparkling white wine. We were presented with a menu of both eclectic and imaginative options, paired with recreations of classic favourites. We sampled the famed Sticky Toffee Pudding, with its warm, soft, and sweet sponge paired thoughtfully with a crisp toffee cylinder, which had been filled with cold vanilla ice-cream. These textures and flavours worked together to redesign this traditional dessert, and it quickly became clear why this particular dish is so sought-after.
We were also invited to sample the Bailey’s Cheesecake. This surprising dessert completely reimagined the stereotypical ‘cheesecake’. Served in two delicate slices, a chilled baileys cheesecake was covered in a delicious crumb and paired with pieces of honeycomb, accompanied by a blueberry compote. Once again, the flavours worked beautifully together, with the tartness of the blueberries cutting through the sweet and indulgent cheesecake.
Finally, we enjoyed the Chocolate Dome, which emerged as an immaculately presented dome of chocolate ganache atop a chocolate biscuit. The strength of the chocolate taste was complemented by the other beautifully presented components of the dish, the sharpness of blackberry, and the nuttiness of both pistachio pieces and a handmade pistachio macaron topped with gold leaf. Perfection.
In all, Lanes of London offers a roast dinner comprising of fresh and expertly prepared seasonal British produce. It is the perfect location for a Sunday treat, be it a special occasion or an end-of-week catch up with your loved ones. Of all of the restaurants in Mayfair to quench your appetite for a homely Sunday Roast, Lanes of London is surely one of the greatest. I recommend it to you most unreservedly.
Lanes of London
140 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 7AA