If you live on the Palm, listen up. This sports bar has a cracking Sunday roast deal. After all, what better way to start the week than with a mighty roast dinner? And it just got even better, as the bar is offering five bottles of hops to complement your meaty feast – all for just Dhs199. Now that’s what we call a bargain. Pass us the ’tatoes.
Dhs199. Sun 3pm-midnight. Palm Views East, Palm Jumeirah (04 552 4000).
Bread Street Kitchen
Where else would you go for a traditional roast than a top British chef’s restaurant? Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay offers up a stellar version every Saturday from noon until 4pm. Bring the whole gang along to this family-friendly restaurant at Atlantis The Palm and dig in. The roast features all the trimmings you could hope for – think crispy roast potatoes and giant Yorkshires. Your only dilemma is choosing between chicken or beef…
Dhs135. Sat noon-4pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
This cosy pub in JBR boasts a friendly vibe and a decent roast dinner. Hailing from the Highlands, the Scottish pub offers up its roast every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for Dhs115. And for your hard-earned you’ll get a hefty slice of beef, or chicken, a mini mountain of roasties and a heap of veg. Don’t rush off too soon, though, the happy hour runs from 5pm to 8pm every day, and there’s free pool, too. Why not make an afternoon of it?
Dhs115. Fri-Sat 10am-2am, Sun 5pm-2am. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 559 5355).
Under Dhs100 Crown & Lion
This old-school English pub in Barsha Heights has a range of deals throughout the week, including a bargainous weekend roast. Every week you’ll get a traditional roast – with lashings of gravy – for just Dhs68. There’s a happy hour from 6pm until 8pm, too, if you needed any more reasons to visit.
Dhs68. Sat-Sun 11am-3am. Byblos Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 448 8000).
Under Dhs100 Fibber Magee’s
Old-school Irish pub? Classic roast dinners? Relaxed, friendly vibe? Check, check and check. Head to this fun-loving pub on Sheikh Zayed Road every Sunday and you’ll get homely roast for just Dhs68, including a pint. We’ve raved about the cheese on toast and proper fry-ups many a time, but if you’re after something like you’d get back home, then head here.
Dhs68. Open daily 8am-11pm. Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).
garden on 8
This sports pub in Media City may be busier in the week post-work, but there’s also a great roast served up every weekend. Every Saturday and Sunday tuck into chicken, beef or lamb, with all the standard extras (parsnips, carrots, cauliflower cheese et al). It’s almost like being in the UK (kind of, if you squint) thanks to the picnic benches, faux grass and big screens (ideal for watching the footy). The venue claims “it doesn’t get more traditional”. See if you agree...
Dhs99. Sat-Sun noon-7pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
This is a roast with a difference, being that it’s not a carved joint, it’s a whopping great steak. It’s a pricier option than most on this list, but this Saturday Family Roast at this Argentian steakhouse is ideal for meat- lovers. Choose your cut of meat – sirloin, rib-eye or spatchcock chicken – and it’ll come complemented by roast and sautéed vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and a side of grape jus or lime chimichurri sauce. Alternatively, the Asado roast offers an authentic taste of this South American country through traditional meats and sides such as truffle chips, fried eggs and chimichurri. And you can top it all off with a two-hour unlimited beverage package. Dining en famille? A corner of the private dining room is turned into a “kids’ dream” with colouring stations and games, plus little ones under six eat for free, kids aged six to 12 can dine half price. Our only complaint? It’s served on a board. And who wants gravy dripping on their laps at a fancy place?
Dhs215 (roast), Dhs270 (two courses), Dhs320 (three courses), Dhs405 (asado), Dhs210 (beverage package), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six).
Dhs185 (classic), Dhs350 (asado), Dhs180 (two hours of unlimited grape and hops). Prices exclude 10 percent DIFC authority fee. Sat noon-11pm. Gate Village 5, DIFC (04 422 7898)
Great British Restaurant (GBR)
When you’re looking for a proper, British roast, why go any further than a restaurant that proclaims “Great British” in its name? The swanky eatery at DUKES Dubai – which is of course modelled on the original Mayfair hotel – has a large carving station at its Friday brunch every week. There are loads of sides to go with it, including roasties and cauliflower cheese, and it’s all served up in front of you. It offers up a roast spatchcock chicken every night of the week, too, albeit with a twist. The roast comes with honey-lime glazed carrots and creamed corn with chilli and lime.
Dhs110 (roast chicken). Daily 7pm-11pm. DUKES Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 275 9061).
When an occasion is billed as “quintessentially British” it’s only right to take notice. And considering this cool gastropub in JBR calls its roast dinner just that, we’re paying attention. If you head here on a Saturday or Sunday you can dig into a classic British roast complete with roast potatoes, parsnips, Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese, mashed carrot and swede, and cabbage (although not the soggy school dinner kind). All the sport will be shown on TVs around the place, too, so it’s a great spot to while away the afternoon with your mates. Plus, there’s a deal where you can add on a pint (or a glass of grape) for just Dhs15 or two drinks for an extra Dhs30.
Dhs120 (roast), Dhs135 (with one drink), Dhs150 (two drinks). Sat-Sun 1pm-11pm. Amwaj Rotana, The Walk, JBR (04 428 3084).
Lock Stock & Barrel
What’s better than a Yorkshire with your roast dinner? Your roast dinner IN a Yorkshire, of course. Every Saturday and Sunday from 2pm, head to this massive party bar in JBR and dig into this fun, and huge, offering. Choose two meats – from a choice of chicken, beef or lamb – and they’ll come nestled within a tasty giant Yorkshire (with all the usual trimmings – it’s a tight squeeze). It’s Dhs135 and comes with a house beverage, too. It’s not only our Bar of the Year, it’s also our Best Bar Food winner 2018, so you know you’re onto a good thing with this one.
Dhs135. Open Mon-Thu 4pm-3am; Fri 1pm-3am; Sat-Sun 2pm-3am. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 520 0049).
We’re pretty partial to this roast from Marina Social, and would you expect anything less than excellent from a British Michelin-starred chef? While the dinner at Jason Atherton’s gaff is as tasty as you’d get in Blighty, the views across the twinkling Dubai Marina are slightly different from the average British pub garden. The choice includes roast beef, lamb or chicken (cooked with a lovely garlicky butter), all served up with sides including fresh veg, red cabbage, perfectly crispy roast potatoes, sizeable Yorkshires and lashings of rich, meaty gravy.
Dhs119. Sat 1pm-11pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6664).
Under Dhs100 McGettigan’s JLT
The second (of three) Irish pubs on this list, this famous chain from the Emerald Isle would be ashamed to call itself a proper pub without a roast. Every Saturday and Sunday you can get your chops around a hefty roast feast – including your choice of meat and all the trimmings. It comes in at under Dhs99, too. If you fancy a roast with a view (and a considerably better one than you might be used to back home), head to the Souk Madinat branch, where you’ll get to enjoy your tatties overlooking the Madinat waterways and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. This one’s slightly pricier – at Dhs115 – however you can also get a selection of starters and desserts for Dhs30 each, and a bottle of house grape to wash it down with for an extra Dh95.
From Dhs99. Sat-Sun noon-3am. Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster J, JLT(04 356 0560); Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 447 0219).
Pots, Pans & Boards
There’s not a more sociable family meal than a roast, and Pots, Pans & Boards is a delightful spot at The Beach. It’s also ideal for the whole gang, as there’s a special play area for the sprogs. The restaurant is from British chef Tom Aikens, so you know he’s going to want to do his nation proud with this one. And as the youngest British chef to have ever been awarded two Michelin stars, at just 26, it comes with high expectations. Happily, they’re justified. Every week the beachside restaurant hosts a roast, where for Dhs134 you can get striploin, chicken or salmon with all the trimmings. So fish fans, this is one to add to the list. In even better news roast chicken is available all week – albeit with a Middle Eastern twist. Dig into a harissa and preserved lemon spatchcock with root veg for Dhs98. With views out to the sea, quirky interiors and a pretty terrace for cooler months this is a top choice for a roast dinner with the kids.
Dhs134. Open daily 8am-midnight. The Beach, opposite JBR (04 456 1959).
Under Dhs100 Reddy Roast
The fact this restaurant has the word roast in the title suggests that there’s only one dish to order here. And you’d be right. Reddy’s specials include beef, lamb, half a chicken – in either original, lemon and herb and peri peri varieties. There’s also a mixed roast if you’re feeling hungry (for Dhs121), which consists of all of the above. All come with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, seasonal veg and – just to remind you of your nan’s house – sage and onion stuffing. Feeling adventurous? Push the boat out and go for a Yorkshire pudding bowl (there’s a veggie option, too), or Yorkshire pudding wrap. You can even have your roast meat squeezed into a roll, served with chips and gravy. We’ll take one to go (as well as the full sit-down version).
From Dhs48 (rolls), From Dhs86 (roasts). Open Sun-Thu 8am-10.30pm; Fri-Sat 9am-10.30pm. Canal Residence, Dubai Sports City
(04 513 9449).
Reform Social & Grill
This family-friendly local is the holder of our 2018 Best Pub Food award for many a reason. And one of those is undoubtedly its roasts. You’ll get a massive plate jam-packed with all your faves. Pick from mustard-crusted Angus beef, half a roast chicken or a combo of the two. It’s served up with fresh veg, a huge Yorkshire pudding and plenty of gravy for that homely feel. If you’re into the football it’s a double win, as the Premiership games will be shown live on both days of the weekend, too.
Dhs100 (chicken), Dhs124 (beef). Sat-Sun noon-11.30pm. The Lakes, Emirates Hills (04 454 2638).
This Palm Jumeirah spot hosts “99 Dizza Dinners” throughout the week. And on Sunday it’s the turn of the mighty roast. Choose from a beef or chicken roast dinner, stacked up with veg, Yorkies and gravy, for, you guessed it, just Dhs99. Not around on a Sunday? Fear not, there’s a Saturday version, too, where you can get the same but for Dhs120. There’s also a changing veggie option. A roast with views of the sea? You’re spoiling us, Senara.
Dhs120. Dhs60 for kids. Sat noon-11pm. Palm Views West, Palm Jumeirah (04 451 6460).
Another one that’s gone when it’s gone, so it’s worth arriving on time for. The roast at The Croft kicks off at 4pm every Saturday and boasts it’s “just like home” – depending on your cooking skills, we suppose. Either way, it comes with all the traditional trimmings, and there’s a happy hour to boot – as well as a deal where you can get unlimited drinks for two hours for Dhs125.
Dhs125. Sat from 4pm. Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 319 4000).
The Eloquent Elephant
As a former winner of our Best Pub Food award, this trendy gastropub in Taj Dubai promises some decent grub. And alongside its award-winning curries and burgers there’s also a roast that’s worth sinking your teeth into. The Great British Weekend roast is served up every Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 9pm and comes with all the trimmings you’d expect. You also get four house beverages thrown in, too, so for Dhs179 this is a good weekend deal.
Dhs179. Sat noon-1am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 438 3131).
Under Dhs100 The Irish Village
Our Pub of the Year 2018 knows a few things about traditional pub grub. From toasties to fish and chips, we’re big fans. But we’re never happier than we’re sat in the pub garden (in cooler months, for now soak up the atmosphere indoors) with a slap-up roast parked in front of us. And at under Dhs70 it’s one of the best value on this list, too. The chef whips up a daily roast – just ask your server what the meat is, then expect it with giant portions of Yorkshire pudding, gravy, seasonal vegetables and two types of tatties (mashed and roast, naturally). There’s also a half roast chicken on the menu at all times, served with carrots, parsnips, mash and gravy. Lovely stuff.
From Dhs65. Open Sat-Wed 11am-1am, Thu-Fri 11am-2am. Garhoud (04 282 4750).
The Lion by Nick & Scott
When your roast dinner is being cooked by Time Out Dubai award-winning chefs, you have to expect the best. And Nick and Scott (of folly, Time Out Dubai’s Best European Restaurant, fame) are serving up a weekend roast that’s got your name on it. Head to this gastropub on the Sheikh Zayed Road for a laid-back British vibe, the match (there’s now a plethora of tellies since the British gents took it over), and a pint. Did we mention you’ll get the latter thrown in for the price of your roast?
Dhs110. Sat-Sun noon-11pm. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 359 2366).
The Red Lion
This cavernous British pub just off Sheikh Zayed Road, is the reincarnation of one of Dubai’s oldest pubs. The original opened in 1979, and was later demolished in 2012, along with the rest of the Metropolitan Hotel. Cosy booths and low, faux beam-lined ceilings lend the room a snug, homely feel, plus there are plenty of TVs to catch the game. And, you can score a decent deal here, too. Every Saturday from 1pm until 4pm you can get a roast deal for just Dhs179, including four drinks. Don’t be put off bringing the whole clan, either, this is a family-friendly offering.
Dhs179. Sat 1pm-4pm. Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 522 6145).
The Rose & Crown
Join the party at Roasts and Toasts every weekend at this retro pub in Al Habtoor city. You’ll get a two roast dinners – as the name suggests – as well as a bottle of grape for just Dhs250 between two. The food here is decent, and there’s also a pool table, a dartboard and tonnes of big screens to keep you occupied for the best part of the afternoon (or evening). And if you fancy sticking around there’s a happy hour with Dhs29 drinks from 4pm until 8pm every day. You’re welcome.
Dhs250. Sat-Sun noon-2am. The Atrium, Al Habtoor City (04 437 0022).
Yorkshire pudding fans – this is the one for you. The crowning glory of this marvellous roast is the ginormous Yorkie that sits atop of a mound of tastiness. It’s huge, yet crispy and light and not at all greasy. Frankly we’d be happy to just devour it on its own, doused in gravy. However, coming from British TV chef Simon Rimmer, it would be churlish to ignore the rest of the meal. Choose from chicken, lamb or beef – all of which come with roast potatoes, parsnips, red cabbage, cauliflower cheese, ponchmipe (a delicious mish-mash of potato and swede), and your own mini gravy vessel. You can even opt for a super-size version (AKA more meat) or a whole roast chicken for two (Dhs199). Fancy something to wash it down with? You can get a bottle of grape for Dhs130 with every roast ordered. What a way to round off the weekend.
Dhs125. Fri-Sun noon-midnight. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 422 2328).
Under Dhs100 The Underground
A pub that’s so English it models itself on London’s underground has to suggest it serves up a cracking roast, right? Right. And it’s sticking to the traditional day, too, as this one’s only served on a Sunday. But for Dhs90 you’ll get a tasty roast dinner with all the trimmings. Thirsty? Upgrade by just Dhs10 and you’ll get a glass of house grape. This cosy bar in Dubai Marina also happens to be our Best Sports Bar so treat yourself to an afternoon watching the match while you’re there, too.
Dhs90 (roast only), Dhs105 (with one glass of house grape). Sun noon-12.30am. Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection, Dubai Marina (04 399 5000).