After battling down a snow-less but still chilly Oxford Street, stepping into the suave interiors of Park Lane's Lanes Of London is a welcome respite. Bright, colourful and comfortable, the bar and restaurant offers plush seating, big windows and views over the Marble Arch Theatre.
The menu offers an eclectic range of light starters, from oysters and beef tartare, to warming parsnip and apple soup, and my personal choice of soft, flaky confit salmon (£10) with crunchy seaweed, sharp yuzu emulsion and refreshing little cucumber cubes. The main event, of course, is the roast. Offering a choice between melt-in-the-mouth beef striploin, or a whole roasted, lightly spiced baby poussin (both £18), there's an intimidatingly packed plate of red cabbage, roast potatoes, carrots, Yorkshire pud and some of the butteriest, most delicious tenderstem broccoli I've ever had the pleasure of putting in my mouth.
While we washed ours down with a bottle of the restaurant's fruity and highly quaffable house red, a Cabaletta Rosso (£25). If you're looking for more of a Sunday sesh, Lanes Of London recently added a bottomless option for an additional £15, where customers can enjoy two hours of Brooklyn Lager of Spanish Cava with their meal.
Dessert is a feast for the senses. The chocolate dome with pistachio and blackberry (£5) is quite the surprise, as the basic ingredients listed on the menu materialise as a quenelle of gooey chocolate ganache atop a chocolate biscuit, accompanied by crumbled pistachio, blackberries and a sticky, vibrant green pistachio macaroon decorated with gold leaf.
With funny, friendly staff, hearty comfort food, if you're craving a slap-up Sunday roast in Central London, then look no further than Lanes Of London. This cosy and comfortable spot offers a relaxing break from the bustle of Oxford Street with some stunningly good dishes.
The Lanes Of London roast is available every Sunday from 12pm - 5pm at 140 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 7AA.