Sunday best: 12 takeaway roasts
Missing a pub-style Sunday roast with all the cheffy trimmings? Treat your bubble to a top Hampshire and Isle of Wight takeaway
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: Roasts sirloin of beef, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and red wine gravy (£12.50) and a weekly changing alternative roast. When to get it: Collect Sundays 12pm – 4pm. Minimum one hour notice.
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. Recently returned for takeaway you’ll need to book ahead – Sunday lunches here are super popular and sell out fast. What’s cooking: Sunday lunch roast chicken, stuffing, and all the trimmings (£15pp/minimum order of two) or chateaubriand, £50 for two. When to get it: Collect between 1pm and 2pm from the pub. Pre-order by emailing email@example.com. Same-day orders not available.
The Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover, near Winchester and Basingstoke
A charming red-brick pub in the pretty village of Preston Candover, you can takeaway a Michelin-rated meal from the Purefoy Arms – it’s just been relisted in the 2021 Michelin guide. What’s cooking: Top chef Gordon Stott’s Sunday roasts include slow-cooked Saddler’s Mill Farm roast beef (£16.95); roasted pork tenderloin (£15.95); and vegetarian wellington (£15.95), all served with seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings. When to get it: Thursday – Saturday 5pm – 8pm; Sunday 12pm – 3pm.
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. It serves great, classic British pub grub that recently became available for takeaway (hurrah!). What’s cooking: Vegetable Wellington, rib of beef or pork belly (£12/£14/£11) plus hearty puds like chocolate brownie and winter crumble (£5). When to get it: Sunday 12pm – 7pm. Collection only.
The King’s Head Hursley, Winchester
The King’s Head is a cosy Georgian coaching inn with an upmarket country vibe. Located in the village of Hursley, South of Winchester, it’s within striking distance of Chandler’s Ford and Eastleigh. What’s cooking: Roast beef, pork, chicken or vegetable wellington, served with roast potatoes, vegetables, cauliflower cheese, stuffing and Yorkshire pudding (£12.50). Plus classic puds like sticky toffee pudding (£5) and apple and rhubarb crumble (£8 for two). When to get it: Sundays, 12pm – 3pm.
The Crown at Arford, Headley
The Crown at Arford is a cosy country pub in the hamlet of Arford, near Borden. Make the most of being freed up from the usual Sunday cookathon: there are plenty of great local walks to enjoy in the area before you swing by the pub to collect your roast to-go. What’s cooking: Sunday roasts like roast striploin of Hampshire beef and roast leg of Hampshire lamb with gigantic Yorkshire puds, seasonal veg and roast potatoes (£15). When to get it: Sundays, click and collect from the pub. Pre-order by Friday for Sunday delivery.
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 (£11 – £14) with bumper Yorkshire puds, roast potatoes and cauliflower cheese. When to get it: Sundays. Check out the pub’s Facebook page for the latest menu and details of how to order.
The King Street Tavern, Southsea
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 some of the best in Pompey including beef, belly pork, chicken and mushroom Wellington. Kids, medium and large portions are available, priced from £7 to £13, plus optional extras. When to get it: Sundays from midday to 4pm. Pre-order at www.goodeats.io/BearbonesBBQCo for collection or delivery to the surrounding area.
The team behind The Railway Inn Botley, a smart, family-run gastropub with a cosy weekend vibe, has rebranded itself as a takeaway service. If you don’t feel like venturing out to collect, The Pub Delivery Co. will deliver to Botley and surrounding areas, including Hedge End, Bishop’s Waltham, Bursledon, Funtley, Wickham and Swanmore. What’s cooking: Rare topside of beef, garlic and thyme roasted half chicken or quinoa and vegetable nut roast (£16) served with roast potatoes, roasted root vegetables, greens, sweet red cabbage, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Kids portions are £6.50 When to get it: Sundays 12pm – 6pm for collection or delivery (£2)
The London Tavern, Ringwood
A gorgeous redbrick New Forest pub, the London Tavern launched ‘The Tav at Yours’ last year which has fared well in lockdowns. Get your order in early – the takeaway menu gets serious rave reviews from locals. What’s cooking: Topside of Dexter beef, leg of Lymington lamb, leg of pork and vegan nut roast (all £14.50) served with honey roast parsnips and carrots, roast potatoes, veg, cauliflower cheese and a Yorkshire Pud. Children’s roasts are £8.50. When to get it: Sundays by arrangement. Check the pub’s Facebook page for the latest menus and call to pre-order and arrange collection.
ISLE OF WIGHT
33 St. Helen’s, near Bembridge
33 St. Helens is a gorgeous guest house and restaurant in St. Helens, owned and run by husband-and-wife team Tom and Clare Beioley. Smart Sunday roasts are served on the restaurant’s own signature blue plates – just remember to return them! What’s cooking: Slow-roasted sirloin of beef (£13) pork loin with crackling (£13), chicken (£12) and nut roast (£11) served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, savoy cabbage, honey roasted carrots, parsnip puree, parsnip crisps and red wine jus. Puds include Chocolate torte with orange mascarpone, cheesecake and an IOW cheese selection with accompaniments (all £7). When to get it: Sundays by arrangement. Call or email the restaurant to preorder.
The Eight Bells, Carisbrooke
Close to Newport and Carisbrooke Castle, the Eight Bells makes classic, hearty Sunday roasts with a homecooked vibe that are an absolute bargain, served up with all the trimmings including seriously big, crispy Yorkshire puds. What’s cooking: Topside of Beef or Pork Loin; veggie and gluten-free options (£5.25). When to get it: Collection only, 12 – 2pm or 5 – 7pm. Order via the pub’s app and visit its Facebook page for latest updates.