Copper Dog has all the markings of your cosy local. Craft hops, a homely vibe, a pool table and, of course, a traditional roast dinner.
The latter makes it that much easier to choose which brunch you’re doing, as there are three different options here.
As well as the roast, there’s a breakfast package (which runs from 12.30pm to 4pm) and includes all the breakfast-meets-lunch dishes you’d expect (think full English, avocado on toast et al), and finally a sharing brunch (same timings, with veggie, meat or fish platters to dive into).
All three run on both Fridays and Saturdays.
But there’s no contest in our minds when we’re making our booking. Primarily because of the roast itself, but also because of the freedom of this package. You’ll get a roast dinner, traditional British pudding and two hours of unlimited drinks. The best part? You can have it at any time of the day.
Which makes this perfect for a Saturday evening wind-down.
When we visit, the pub is quiet, which is surprising, given back in the UK this would be one of the most popular times to kick back with a pint, a meal and good company.
Despite that (we’ll put it down to the quieter summer period), the vibe is still warm and laid-back, and we’re happy to spend a couple of hours chilling out at this friendly gastropub. The lack of diners also means there’s no queue for the pool table, which we take full advantage of.
On the food front, it’s not the best roast you’re going to get in the city, but it’s pretty good, nonetheless. There’s a lack of choice (beef or nut roast), which is a shame, but that at least makes the decision-making process all the more simple.
We opt for the beef, and a massive plate (not a chopping board, bonus points Copper Dog) appears in front of us.
The meat is on the fatty side, and doesn’t look hugely appetising when it arrives, but is surprisingly tasty, well-seasoned and tender.
The Yorkshire pudding is light and crisp, and is a joy when doused in the flavoursome gravy (which is of an excellent consistency).
Roasties are also perfectly done, with fluffy centres and crunchy, crisp exteriors. We’d like some more veg, if we’re honest, to lighten up the dish (maybe some al dente broccoli), as the carrots are roasted and the cabbage is heavily buttered, but it’s not a deal-breaker.
Puddings change weekly, but go along the lines of sticky toffee pudding and crumbles – both of which we can recommend if you’re into traditional, comforting desserts.
For a relaxing roast with friends – that’s fairly decent value, too – then you could do worse than head to this Scottish gastropub to wind down your weekend.
Dhs275 (two hours of house beverages). Fri-Sat noon-midnight. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 559 5355).
The bottom line
A lazy meal that will remind Brits of Sundays at home.