I just called Roast to enquire about lunch on Christmas Day - am rapidly losing enthusiasm to buy everything and remain sober enough to cook it. Apparently, they have no idea what will be on the menu that day and could not quote me a price - "average spend is £50 a head." I was expecting there to be a set menu they could email me - was I expecting too much??
That's insane, as they sent a friend of mine their Winter Newsletter which details a Christmas lunch. They obviously need to train their staff.
Recently opened in a stunning glass building in Borough Market, Roast is an exciting new restaurant and bar dedicated to the best of British cooking using the finest seasonal produce.
From Monday to Saturday Roast opens from 7 to 10am for breakfast. From fresh fruits through to boiled eggs and marmite soldiers and The Full Borough, we have a menu that suits how you would like to start the day.
Christmas Day Lunch
Champagne and nibbles, Diver Caught Scallops with Buttered Leeks and Pickled Rock Samphire, Pressed Game with Port and Cranberry Chutney, Gressingham Goose, Roast 28 Day Aged Scotch Rib of Beef with Yorkshire - just a few of the delights on Roasts Christmas Day menu to tempt you away from the stove this Christmas. (£75.00 per person)
Bar Comfort Food
Great bar snacks are available from midday onwards and the choice is diverse: try a glass of Traquair House Ale with Hot Scotch Eggs and Coronation Sauce, or Chips and Curry Sauce, or how about Krug and Oysters for £24.00 while you watch the hustle and bustle of the market below? The cocktail list is a masterpiece: look out for Jammy Jim - Gosling's gold rum with rhubarb and ginger jam with apple and rhubarb juice; 1749 Appleade - Appleton's white rum with organic cider, sugar and fresh lemon juice or Taste of the Highlands - Graffiti Scottish vodka muddled with lavender, violet licquer, honey and a dash of Scotch whiskey.
Dining at Roast
Menus change each day for lunch and dinner to make the most of market availability but dishes likely to make regular appearances include Grilled Cornish pilchards with watercress salad, Boiled Herdwick mutton shank with caper sauce and a pudding of a Pot of lemon curd with shortbread.
I wouldn't give Roast another thought Katy. With the poor publicity they've had one would think they would by now be dotting their i's and crossing their t's ... if after the recent flood of bad reviews the management can't get things right then who knows what you'll end up with on your plate by Dec 25th.