6 amazing places to enjoy a Sunday roast in the UK

In case you don’t know what a Sunday roast is, I’ll give you a little introduction. The Sunday roast is a meal traditionally eaten on a Sunday and usually around lunchtime. It can include roast beef – the most traditional meat for a roast in Britain – or a roast chicken, lamb and even a vegetarian or vegan meat substitute. This is a large plate of food and also includes roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, vegetables such as carrots, peas, cauliflower or cabbage, stuffing and most notably Yorkshire puddings.

If you’re new to Yorkshire puddings, they’re made from batter like pancakes and poured into small, bun-sized trays. The mixture rises in the oven to create individual “puddings”. The puddings are especially good for pouring the sauce over! Your roast will also be served with different sauces depending on where you’re eating. It could be cranberry sauce, mint sauce if you have lamb, bread sauce, or a white sauce.

While the Sunday Roast was traditionally cooked at home every Sunday, nowadays it’s more of a thing to be enjoyed outside. Almost every pub and restaurant in the UK offers some sort of Sunday roast, but here are fantastic places to enjoy this most authentic of British dishes.

“Although it still retains some of the traditional characteristics of the Sunday roast in the kitchen [at the Bottle & Glass Inn] also offers some exciting modernizations.”
(Image credit: The Bottle & Glass Inn)

1. The Bottle & Glass Inn

Henley on Thames, England

The Bottle & Glass Inn is an award-winning pub and restaurant with rooms just outside Henley-on-Thames. It is a Grade I listed thatched pub. It has a very traditional look, and while it still retains some of the traditional Sunday roast features, the kitchen here also boasts some exciting modernizations.

Start your roast dinner with a classic shrimp cocktail or a genuine Scottish egg, then move on to the compact roasts. A regular item on the menu is the Peasemore poll dorset lamb shoulder, cooked overnight so it falls apart on the plate. It comes with all the trimmings you can think of, plus cauliflower cheese and mom’s mint jelly.

Other roasts that cannot be shared are also available, including a belted rump roast of 35-day aged Galloway beef, served with Yorkshire pudding, horseradish and all the trimmings. But it’s their roast lamb sharing boards that have become a staple and hugely popular with their diners.

Finish with the sticky toffee pudding with honeycomb, toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream, or opt for something lighter for the Binfield berry pavlova with orange and elderflower curd and vanilla whipped cream.

The Castle at Edgehill near Branbury, England.
“The Castle at Edgehill is known locally for two things – its view and the ‘right’ sauce it uses on its hearty Sunday lunches.”
(Image credit: The Castle at Edgehill)

2. The Castle at Edgehill

Near Banbury, UK

It doesn’t get more traditionally British than a castle, so eating your Sunday roast at one is very special. The Castle at Edgehill is known locally for two things – its view and the ‘right’ sauce it uses for its hearty Sunday lunches.

The restaurant offers locally sourced beef and pork, fresh produce from the local allotments, the ‘right’ sauce for which it has become known and a stunning historic setting. In case you’re wondering what a “proper” gravy is, it’s traditionally made from the gravy and not from pre-made gravy mixes.

Beer Garden, Castle at Edgehill.
The Castle at Edgehill, a pub since 1822, has a lovely beer garden.
(Image credit: The Castle at Edgehill)

The History of Castle at Edgehill

Castle Tower, which now also houses a new micro-distillery, also known as the ‘Radway’ or ‘Round Tower’, was designed to replicate Guy’s Tower at nearby Warwick Castle. The Castle first became a pub in 1822, then was sold by Sanderson Miller and acquired by Hook Norton Brewery in 1922, with Mark Higgs, the current tenant, taking over the lease in 2013.

Pro tip: The on-site distillery runs a gin school where you can try your hand at making your own gin.

3. Lewinnick Hut

North coast of Cornwall, England

Lewinnick Lodge is a family run restaurant and bar with rooms that really take you to the edge – where land and sea meet. Nestled between the rocks of the headland, Lewinnick offers panoramic views of the Atlantic and beyond and is perfectly placed for sea-view dining or to stay a little longer in one of the 17 bedrooms.

With the sea as a backdrop, Lewinnick’s Restaurant is the perfect spot for sunset dinners, long lunches or coffee by the fire. Expect brasserie favorites like king prawn laksa and pork belly with apple kale. The seasonal menus, prepared using locally sourced produce, include seafood specialties from the banks below the restaurant and signature dishes, highlighting the best of the Cornish purveyors.

Sunday lunch here consists of a choice of beef, pork belly or lamb shoulder. However, if you’re dining by the sea, they also offer the chance to enjoy a beer-battered catch of the day.

Pro tip: Dog-friendly rooms are available upon request, and upon arrival four-legged friends can expect a dog bed, bowl, treats in their room and advice on the best dog-friendly walks in the area.

Sunday Roast, 18 in Rusacks, St Andrews, Scotland.
18 at Rusacks is a hip rooftop restaurant with unparalleled views and a compact menu packed with flavor.
(Photo credit: 18 at Rusacks)

4. 18 At Rusacks

St Andrews, Scotland

Sunday lunch is served at the 18 at Rusacks rooftop restaurant, which offers unparalleled panoramic views over the famous Old Course Golf Links and West Sands Beach. The 18 offers a Sunday lunchtime menu, served between 12pm and 3pm

Celebrate a great weekend with a selection of Palmer & Co. champagnes, pure or alcoholic Bloody Marys or a Bellini cocktail. There is also the option of pairing half or a dozen Loch Fyne oysters with dill, apple and fermented cucumber or shallots, Tabasco and lemon. The menu is compact and full of flavor.

Appetizers

  • Slightly creamy cauliflower soup with Blue Murder (a Scottish blue cheese) and golden croutons
  • Loch Duart salmon cured with beetroot, fennel, horseradish creme fraiche and keta caviar

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  • Roast Scotch Beef Hindquarters, Yorkshire Pudding, Robata Grilled Roots, Beef Fat Roast Potatoes and Skillet Gravy
  • Whole Roasted Peterhead Plaice, Sea Vegetables, Verjuice and Seaweed Oil

dessert

  • Warm apple and cinnamon crumble with Drambuie vanilla cream
  • Market cheese of the day with fennel crackers, grapes and quince bunches
Sunday roast at The Lawn in The Marine in North Berwick, Scotland.
The Lawn, near North Berwick Beach, “offers a Sunday lunch menu full of Scottish specialties with some modern touches.”
(Image credit: The Lawn)

5. The lawn

The Navy at North Berwick, Scotland

After a stroll along North Berwick Beach, the whole family can sit down to a Sunday lunch prepared by Chris Niven and his team at The Lawn. The Lawn Restaurant offers a Sunday lunch menu full of Scottish specialties with some modern touches.

The sea bream is fantastic, but to keep things traditional, the Tweed Valley sirloin is the choice for most guests. The restaurant is cozy and intimate, with comfortable parlors and the most incredible sea views.

Appetizers

  • Duck parfait with orange, tarragon and brioche
  • Traditional turnips with Knockraich Farm Crowdie, brambles, basil and walnuts
  • Belhaven smoked salmon with creme fraiche, capers, dill and rocket
  • Andante Sourdough and Butter Chef’s Soup of the Day by Edinburgh Butter Co.

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  • 35 Day Dry Aged Tweed Valley Sirloin with roast duck fat, glazed carrot, creamed cabbage, Yorkies and bone marrow gravy
  • Roasted harlequin squash with peanuts, onions, goat cheese mousse and crispy sage
  • Confit pork belly with hay baked carrots, romesco and coriander
  • Whole sea bream with lemon, capers and sea vegetables

dessert

  • Sticky toffee pudding made with frozen pudding, butterscotch and candied pecans
  • The Lawn Crumble with seasonal fruit crumble, anglaise and vanilla ice cream
  • Pain au chocolat with brown butter caramel
  • Selection of ice cream and sorbets from S.Luca

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High Newton near the Lake District, England

Heft is former Michelin starred chef Kevin Tickle’s first inn and restaurant venture. Kevin’s irreverent version of Sunday lunch, which he calls “Sunday Service,” begins at 12 p.m. and lasts until early evening, with the final service ending at 6 p.m. each Sunday. This is a most unusual way to do Sunday lunch and for that alone I love it!

Based in Grange-over-Sands, Heft is run by people with a true passion for food, who keep things simple but make them shine. It all starts with a little bread, but then again, any good gathering will do.

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  • Whole Cornish sole grilled on the bone with mint and citrus and charred pak choi
  • Corn-fed chicken escalope, celery remoulade, creamy farmer’s gherkins and an unusual herb sauce
  • Wild mushroom, celeriac and hazelnut stew and pickled red cabbage
  • 20 ounce dry-aged beef rib, served pink, with thyme-roasted shallots, wild mushrooms, and wild garlic bearnaise (This can also be made for two.)

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  • Buttery carrot and swede puree, spoonwort and roasted yeast
  • Cavolo Nero in thyme cream with roasted sunflower seeds
  • Gemstone hearts with herbs, fennel kimchi and pickled vegetables
  • Root Vegetables and Black Cumin Salad
  • Chorizo ​​Macaroni Cheese
  • Cobs in Blankets, Glazed in Maple
  • Tunworth and truffle puree

sauces and toppings

  • Yoghurt with mint and citrus fruits
  • Wild garlic bearnaise
  • Craving for herb sauce
  • Creamy farmer’s pickles

dessert

  • Pear Pecan Frangipane with Mascarpone Ice Cream
  • Yorkshire rhubarb and brown butter crumble with custard
  • Cheese pudding

Pro tip: The accommodation page of Heft is currently being renovated but five double rooms will be available soon. Can’t wait to go and stay!

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