95 Forest Road E8 3BH
0207 249 9996
AKA: The one when a pallid roast dinner on your sofa won't cut it
The deal: Look, we've all had to dig out some dubiously old Aunt Bessie's from the freezer and begrudingly had to buy a Tesco's budget chicken. But you're better than that. The Arthur is the future of Sundays, where you actually bother to put underwear on and venture out to sup on a G&T. While there's not quite a roaring fire, the venue has the ubiquitous-to-Hackney taxidermy and Chesterfield backed booths to while away a few hours.
The food: Gastro-food on a mission. The Arthur gets serious from the off with the ever-present pint or half pint of prawns (£6/£9). Or there's their banging chilli salt squid (£5.5). Mains are consistently high-quality produce, with the slant firmly towards meat – perhaps pan fried haunch of venison (£16), a decent burger (£13.5), but on a Sunday there's no other option than the roast. Tender, slow roasted joints (£16) of beef, lamb or chicken are served with a great selection of veggie sides – we love the touch of the individual cauliflower cheese on the side and the amazing duck-fat roast potatoes.
The signature dish: The Sunday Roast
The chef: Mourad Hamadache
When to dine: Sundays, duh. Although they have pretty good mid-week deals – Tuesday's half price seafood is worth stopping by for
Damage to pocket: Mains average about £17 so with some bar snacks and some booze, it'll clock in about £35 per person
File under: Great with mates, mid-week munches, celebrate good times