One of Britain’s favourite meals, Sunday roasts have been an institution since the late 1700s. The only question now is where to go. We’ve rounded up three of the top spots which might quite possibly rival your mum’s roast.
It’s almost too good to be true when it comes to Sunday lunch at our honey-coloured 17th-century coaching inn in the market town of Northleach. Go for a bracing walk beforehand then return to tuck into our great quality, locally-sourced and simple rustic food. Choose from three meats: Half Roast Chicken with Pigs in Blanket & Bread Sauce, Slow Cooked Kelmscott Pork Loin with Crackling & Cider Mustard Cream and Roast Sirloin of Beef with a Yorkshire Pudding & Horseradish. Choice made, delve into all our favourite accompaniments including Roast Potatoes, Roasted Roots, Cauliflower Cheese and Seasonal Greens. Our desserts are equally delicious – think Sticky Date Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream. For the lesser sweet-toothed, plump for a selection of British Cheese selected by Neal’s Yard served with Oatcakes & Mustard Fruits. Make a weekend of it and stay the night in one of our 14 individually-designed bedrooms with beautiful cotton linens, Hypnos beds, power showers and heavenly-smelling Bramley.
Ever since it opened on bonfire night in November 2016, Neil Rankin’s Soho barbecue restaurant has been raking in the crowds. Rankin – fresh from his clever work at Pitt Cue, Smokehouse and Bad Egg – has brought his meat expertise to W1. And it’s seriously meaty. All produce is bought from UK farms offering specialist breeds before being butchered in-house. Grab a seat by the green marble counter and watch the chefs work their magic with whole animals being slung on coals in a firepit in the open kitchen. With this approach in mind, it’s not surprising that Temper do pretty epic roasts with a choice of Belted Galloway Beef from the Lake District, Daphne Tilley’s Welsh Lamb and Gloucester Old Spot Pork from Mount Grove. Accompany with chunky veg, huge Yorkshire pudding and glorious beef fat-roasted potatoes topped with melted Ogleshield cheese. The best bit? Bottomless gravy. Make sure you leave room for dessert such as Fire-Baked Cookie with Dulce de Leche Ice Cream.
Having taken the crown for best roast dinner in Scotland two years running, this Edinburgh stalwart is a place of Bovine brilliance. And we’re not just talking the food. Based in The Rutland Hotel, with classic views of Edinburgh Castle, the interiors are all very Manhattan with funky cowhide-lined booths, stripped oak tables, hints of aluminium modernity, pop art of cows and light fittings made of milk bottles. This is a place which has got Sunday feasting down to a fine art. There’s only one meat choice – beef – but excellent beef: pedigree grass-fed Aberdeen Angus from Hardiesmill in the Borders, perfectly cooked and carved at your table. Then there’s fluffy roast potatoes with that crispy bite, a massive gravy boat of a Yorkshire pudding, creamed cabbage, sweet root vegetables and hot horseradish sauce. They’re the biggest portions you’ll ever have seen, too. Finish with a sweet hit of crème brulee tart with cranberry sorbet.
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