It’s the middle of winter and finally get round to doing what I love this time of the year and enjoy a good Sunday roast. It’s cold, snowing, Shepherd’s Bush Green looks lovely and we’ve headed to Defector’s Weld to enjoy a Sunday roast.
Defector’s Weld is buzzing and busy. All tables at the front are all dining and everyone else is perusing their smartphone or reading the Sunday papers. Oh I love Sunday papers and hope they stay forever!
Defector’s Weld has a tradition of providing great beer and had a great choice of ale and opted for the Brooklyn Winter Ale. This was providing a strong malt hint of the front of the mouth and hefty malt finish at the end. All malt around! This ale was a great choice and recommendation by the manager John Da Costa. This sits at 6.2% ABV and not going to drink many of these at lunchtime!
After nearly completing the Winter Ale and settling my hunger pains our food arrives. My lovely lady went for the roast chicken and I opted for the roast beef. This was topside beef slow roasted and served medium rare. It was a generous portion of beef just how like I my roast dinner with home made Yorkshire pudding and horseradish cream. The vegetables included were roast potatoes, roasted Chantenay carrots and curly kale.
The roast chicken had all the same trimmings. This was topped with a shot of Bloody Mary on the side.
Where do I begin? I salivate and get all excited when my plate arrives and the server chuckles and had the look yeh he’s gonna enjoy that. Indeed I did. This was tender beef with soft horseradish and complimented the carrots perfectly. The potatoes were crispy and the fat had crept into the rough outer parts of the potatoes and yes they are not ideal for the stomach but who cares it’s so tasty. To make myself feel health conscious the curly kale was a nice touch.
My lovely lady looks at me and had the look of you could have offered me some but this a roast you enjoy and do not share! Anyway she did not offer any of her roast chicken and the carcass clearly indicated that. The last bit of my ale complimented the kick of the horseradish and recommendations have been top!
Now there’s a lazy buzz around the Defector’s Weld, staff are busy serving and a young patron walks in with her cute puppy. She was greeted with massive cheers and smiles all around and I am thinking what do I have next? Over walks John and recommends the dessert. The stomach could not contain another ale.
This was chocolate fondue served with fresh strawberries and pieces of shortbread. It was a good dessert and so so Moorish.
Above: Johnny R, John Da Costa, Sofia and Des.
Would I go again?
I have written about this pub before and pleased that I had a wonderful Sunday roast here again. I recommended it before and pleased to do so again. You will see me there again very soon.