15 of the best local Sunday roasts
Slap-up lunch with all the cheffy trimmings? Treat the family to a rated Sunday roast at these top Hampshire and Isle of Wight pubs and restaurants
Strike out on a weekend constitutional, then hole-up at one of these brilliant pubs and eateries for a super Sunday roast.
The Crown Inn, Upton, near Andover
A Muddy must-visit, The Crown Inn is just inside the North Wessex Downs, about 6.5 miles outside of Andover. Le Manoir-trained head chef-patron David Watts is a firm believer in seasonal cooking with a light touch, which has earned the pub its coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand-rating for successive years, including a listing in the latest 2021 guide. What’s cooking: Roasted dry aged pork loin, roasted 40-day aged rib-eye; fish and veggie dishes.
The Woolpack, Totford
The Woolpack is famed for its major hygge vibes and excellent produce. The inn, located in Totford just outside Alresford, serves up a gratifying Sunday lunch with some excellent local produce. What’s cooking: From starters such as cured chalk stream trout, rabbit terrine and partridge to classic pork belly and free-range chicken, you’ll come away feeling like you’ve done Sunday right.
The Bell Inn, Lyndhurst, New Forest
After a walk in the Forest, a hearty Sunday lunch at this cosy Inn with its oak-beamed ceilings, inglenook fireplaces, flagstone floors and other cosy character features is just the ticket. What’s cooking: Your pick of roast sirloin of beef, chicken, and pork loin with hearty Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and veg, or a veggie option. And a tempting apple and fruits of the forest crumble for pud.
The Phoenix Inn, Hartney Witney, near Basingstoke
The Phoenix is a picture-postcard Muddy-rated pub on the London Road between Winchfield and Hartley Wintney. Folks come from far and wide for the Sunday roasts and regular car and motorbike meets. What’s cooking: Hearty, homecooked-style roasts, from free-range chicken to pork loin, all served up with roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, veg, Yorkshire pudding and gravy.
The Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover, near Winchester and Basingstoke
A charming red-brick pub in the pretty village of Preston Candover, get a friendly welcome and a Michelin-rated meal from the Purefoy Arms. What’s cooking: Top chef Gordon Stott’s Sunday roasts include slow-cooked Saddler’s Mill Farm roast beef; roasted pork tenderloin and vegetarian wellington, all served with seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings.
The Running Horse, Littleton, near Winchester
Muddy loves the warm, friendly atmosphere at the Running Horse, a classic country inn in a pretty village close to Winchester. What’s cooking: Vegetable Wellington, rib of beef or pork belly plus hearty puds like chocolate brownie or pear and blackberry frangipane tart.
The Filly Inn, near Brockenhurst, New Forest
Just restored with a major renovation, this charming 16th-century country inn with rooms has a great Sunday lunch menu and plenty of cosy corners to relax and spend a lazy afternoon in. What’s cooking: Roast sirloin of beef and Yorkshire pudding (above), slow-cooked pork belly and lamb shank, a veggie mushroom, red wine, chestnut and tarragon pudding.
The Crown at Arford, Headley
The Crown at Arford is a cosy country pub in the hamlet of Arford, near Bordon, with plenty of great local walks nearby. What’s cooking: Sunday roasts like roast striploin of Hampshire beef and roast leg of Romsey lamb with gigantic Yorkshire puds, seasonal veg and roast potatoes plus a kids’ roast.
The Thomas Lord, West Meon, near Petersfield
A mellow, quintessential country pub surrounded by thatched cottages in the picture-perfect Meon Valley, Muddy loves the Thomas Lord. It’s named after the founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground and has just been awarded a Michelin Plate (again) in the latest guide for its extremely good cooking. What’s cooking: Roasts change weekly, but might include likes of vegetable wellington, rib of beef or pork belly with bumper Yorkshire puds, roast potatoes and cauliflower cheese.
The King Street Tavern, Southsea, Portsmouth
The King Street Tavern is a town pub with gorgeous original Victorian frontage and edgy modern Southsea vibe inside. As well as traditional roasts, it also does US-style low ‘n’ slow BBQ meats that are massively rated. What’s cooking: Sunday roasts that locals say are the best in Pompey including beef, belly pork, chicken and veggie Wellington. Kids, medium and large portions are available. Big eaters will love the belly-busting ‘Gov’nors roast’ with three types of meat and every trimming you can think of. Cor blimey!
Hoddington Arms, Upton Grey
Up near Basingstoke, The Hoddington Arms (also known as The Hodd), is a traditional country pub in the quaint little village of Upton Grey. What’s cooking: As well as dishes such as Rib of Beef from the Cotswolds and Wiltshire Pork Belly, they have a few non-roast dinners on their Sunday set menu. At £25 for two courses and £30 for three, it’s good gastropub value as well.
The St James Tavern, Winchester
Part of The Little Pub Group, one of five around Hampshire, the SJT is a cosy corner pub with a strong city following. If you like a nice drop with your dinner, the wine and real ale selection here is really something to behold. What’s cooking: roast beef, chicken, pork, a trio of meats or a nut roast with Yorkshire pudding, seasonal veg and trimmings.
The BOSC, Bordon, East Hampshire
A bit off the beaten path – but well worth finding – you don’t have to be a member to tuck into a slap-up Sunday lunch in the clubroom at Whitehill and Bordon’s cricket club pavilion. Great for the kids, there’s a brilliant little kids park right beside it and a bigger one with walks at the Hogmoor Inclosure. What’s cooking: Hot hearty roasts with a real homemade feel, there’s roast beef, chicken, pork or a trio of roasts with a veggie nut roast and kid’s portions.
ISLE OF WIGHT
33 St. Helen’s, near Bembridge
33 St. Helens is a lovely little guest house and bistro-style restaurant in St. Helens, owned and run by husband-and-wife team Tom and Clare Beioley, just a short stroll from the waterfront. Tables are limited so booking is a must. What’s cooking: Slow-roasted beef pork loin, chicken and nut roast all served with roasties, Yorkshire puddings and trimmings, with bistro-style starters and puds.
The Taveners, Godshill
A cosy, 17th Century pub in an idyllic and ancient village, Taveners’ owners Emma and Tim Foster’s menus are big on seasonal local produce. Fans say the roasts here are the best on the Island. What’s cooking: Roast Isle of Wight beef, local pork loin, apple sauce, garlic, sun blushed tomato and rosemary polenta cake and plenty of trimmings, including Arreton Barns greens.
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