The Duck Inn, Stanhoe
A gastro pub lunch. There’s crab bisque and fritters to start, the meat is locally sourced, seaweed butter drizzles over the trout, with seasonal pasta or fried chicken flatbread for those who don’t want it all. .
Burnham Road, PE31 8QD; 01485 518330
Ingham’s Swan, Ingham, Norwich
It’s three courses for £30 in this lovely pub; we would consider pork with burnt apple, followed by shiitake and saffron risotto, then orange sponge with white chocolate burnt.
Sea Palling Road, NR12 9AB; 01692 581099
Wildebeest, Stoke Holy Cross, Norwich
As popular on Sundays as its sister restaurant the Ingham Swan, the Wildebeest puts local produce at the center of traditional roasts, while creative flourishes are applied to starters and puddings.
82-86 Norwich Rd, NR14 8QJ; 01508 492497
The Little Beefbar, Chelsea
The clue is in the name of this international chain where beef reigns supreme. At brunch, there’s sirloin in the croissant, or shredded beef in the truffled egg Benedict. There’s a roast: the Hereford rump, with beef fat potatoes – perhaps followed up with a bullshot cocktail (vodka, consommé and spices).
27 Cale Street, SW3 3QP; 020 4580 1219
Coachbuilders’ Arms, Marylebone
Hearty roasts at this Victorian pub come with all the trimmings, but you might find yourself distracted by snacks such as deviled eggs with Exmoor caviar, fried courgette flower or blue cheese souffle with crab sauce . If you can’t find room for the pudding, at least consider a petit four with passion fruit jelly.
88 Marylebone Ln, W1U 2PZ; 020 7224 4022
The Jolly Gardeners, Putney
Will you have a full roast with blanket pigs and cauliflower cheese, or a slow-cooked beef and beer pie with mashed clotted cream, pangrattato and bordelaise sauce? Vegans can consider planting burgers, nut roast, and a rich caramel cookie dessert.
61-63 Lacy Road, SW15 1NT; 020 8789 2539
Seats at Robinsons, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton
This little bistro is part of a family run butcher, so you know the roasts will be good, as will the sausages and bacon at Sunday brunch.
18 High Street, WV6 8QT; 01902 751692
Knight and Garter, Leicester
Start with the intrigue of a vegan black pudding or oyster croquette from the shellfish bar before enjoying steak and kidney pudding with parsley liqueur steak, or something from the grill at this brewpub chic. If the roasts aren’t enough for you, quadruple it with sides of pecorino fries, beef fat crisps and nduja mash.
14 Hotel Street, LE1 5AW; 0116 303 3310
The Nelson, Burton-Joyce
You can have your traditional fireside roast, but if you want something lighter, Nelson offers tabbouleh with your chicken, or roast beef salad with blue cheese. Which means you’ll have room for sticky caramel pudding and cheese.
Chestnut grove, NG14 5DN; 0115 931 1800
Search for The Feathers Inn
The cozy factor is high at this country pub: the rooms have wood-burning stoves, hearth roasts come with six or seven sides of vegetables, and there are comforting sweets to finish off, perhaps pudding at marmalade with custard.
Hedley on the Hill, NE43 7SW; 01661 843607
The Gray Horse, Glazebury
This community pub’s roast is a bargain (three courses for £20, with the infrequent option of glazed ham), but when locals want something lighter, they opt for the Yorkshire pudding roast wrap.
Warrington Road, Leigh End, WA3 5LZ; 01925 640508
The Mowbray, Neepsend, Sheffield
Keep an eye on the website for the ‘Great Sheffield Roast’ held intermittently at this perfect event venue. Dinner is served family style, with options for vegetarians and children.
118 Mowbray Street, S3 8EN; 0114 276 7885
The Grateful Bread, Belfast
Sometimes Sundays are less about roast meat and more about delicious things on toast, bowls of spiced potatoes and possibly the best cheese toast in town.
The American Bar, 65 Dock St, BT15 1LF
Dundrum Hostel, Dundrum
Lucky locals can choose between lamb shank, nut roast and pork or opt for the Christmas vibe with turkey and ham – all accompanied by roasts and mash, plus the warm welcome (reserved for dogs) which makes them come back.
143 Main Street, BT33 0LX; 028 4375 1211
Roast beef is on offer, but the Sunday menu here dances mostly between Mediterranean and Southeast Asian – even traditionalists will balk at the sweet and sour lobster soup, crispy lamb breast salad and the cherry clafoutis.
7-11 Linenhall Street, BT2 8AA; 028 9031 1150
The Beef, Edinburgh
As you’d expect from the name, Sunday lunch at this friendly pub is roast beef and they do it well – although vegetarians don’t get a second choice, with their own roast and tomato sauce .
49-51 London Street, EH3 6LX; 0131 556 9808
It usually serves up a steakhouse experience, but on Sundays, Kyloe’s staff carve the table from Aberdeen Angus, for an upscale roast. Expect a similar level of polish on the sides, sauces, and signature dessert, steaming chocolate smores.
The Rutland Hotel, 1-3 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE; 031 229 3402
The Scran & Scallie, Edinburgh
Sundays are always a little special at this friendly neighborhood gastropub, which celebrates Scottish ingredients and is a hit with the kids.
1 Comely Bank Road, EH4 1DT; 0131 332 6281
Gather a group of friends, open the cocktail menu and Sunday in style in this magnificent blue room. The pork has charred applesauce, there’s stuffing and chipolatas with the chicken, and all come with yorkies, roasts, cauli cheese, and greens.
Greater Brighton, 97-99 Kings Rd, BN1 2FW; 01273 224300
The White Oak, Cookham
At this very award-winning, stylish village pub, you can feel confident skipping the R-word – they’re present and decent, but it’s nice to have options, especially seafood and vegetarian options. Consider pickled beets or flambéed mackerel with seaweed mayonnaise and mirin gel, then maybe crispy polenta, with fresh vegetables or grilled sea bream.
The pound, SL6 9QE; 01628 523043
The Double Red Duke, Bampton
Jay Rayner has called this beautiful stone pub a ‘class act’ and it’s clear regulars think it doubles on a Sunday. There’s a spit roast for pork and chicken, or maybe it’ll be wood-fired cod and langoustine sauce, with roasts and such.
Bourton Road, Clanfield OX18 2R; 01367 810222
The Warren, Carmarthen
Local, rejuvenating, sustainable and seasonal is central to the cuisine here, even on Sundays. Vegans are welcome (half the starter and pudding menus are fine), as are those with gluten restrictions, locals, tourists – everyone.
1 rue Mansel, Carmarthen SA31 1PX; 01267 236079
The stubborn duckling, Aberaeron
Two kinds of potatoes (roasted and creamed) are offered as standard, but you can add fries. There’s cod in café de paris butter if you don’t want red meat. Retro Alaska bomb stars on the puddings list. The menu is short and sweet, like this small restaurant.
25 Sgwar Alban, SA46 0AJ; 01545 571700
Bar 44, Cardiff
Exercise at 44 the rest of the week is Spanish snacks and small plates, but on Sundays the emphasis is on sharing plates. How about the Hereford picanha with chorizo Yorkshire pudding, fatty roast jamon with garlic and herbs, and manchego cauli cheese?
15-23 Westgate Street, CF10 1DD; 0333 344 4049
Search The Globe Inn
Looking for a cozy lunch after a stroll through one of England’s smallest towns? This 300-year-old family pub is renowned for its excellent traditional roasts, friendly service and local produce, including great ales.
Priest Row, BA5 2PY; 01749 678998
Castle Farm, Midford, Bath
Take a Sunday excursion to the beautiful organic gardens of Castle Farm, where lunch is determined by the best of the season.
Midford Road, BA2 7BU; 07564 783307
Kensington Arms, Redland, Bristol
Friendly and accomplished Kenny’s neighbors couldn’t have asked for a better place. The cuisine’s modern take on pub classics also adorns the Sunday menu: see the salt-cooked hispi cabbage sitting atop fagots of lamb to start; roasts with few frills; or mushroom caramel with the pot of chocolate to finish.
35-37 Stanley Road, BS6 6NP; 0117 944 6444