Best Sunday roast round-up
A British Institution that conjures up a shedload of nostalgia for anybody who partakes. We've got the goods on some of the top roast spots around the counties.
Honestly, if I could get Dave and his team to cook me a roast every weekend, I’d happily agree. With a focus on local produce (the meat often coming straight from indie smallholdings), plus an emphasis on traditional dishes, with a bit of extra flair, you know that you’re guaranteed a decent Sunday dinner here. The dishes will not only give you a good dose of nostalgia of how your grandma used to do it, but also have major Michelin-esque vibes too.
You can’t mention Hampshire food without dropping The Peat Spade into the conversation. This place lives and breathes food, and is also located near the gorgeous town of Stockbridge. With roast dinners complete with meat from renowned Wiltshire butcher, Walter Rose, along with sharing platters and divine trad’ desserts for those who want to skip a big meal, everybody’s foodie boxes will be ticked at this place.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Muddy Hants and IoW’s Best Destination Pub for several years running, I think Sunday lunch is the perfect excuse. The food at The Watership Down Inn is incredible. Everything is locally sourced, with plenty of care and attention into flavours and presentation. And while you dine in the tranquil surroundings you’ll also get a side order of absolutely beautiful landscape to look out over (oh, Test Valley you’re looking fineeee!).
The Cliff House is a restaurant and bar that prides itself on fantastically fresh food and superb views – and their Sunday roast is no different. If you fancy stepping away from a traditional pub this is the perfect spot plus they also have live music from 5 pm on a Sunday if you fancy partying on a school night.
The Swan, Farnborough
If you fancy your roast with a side of aviation enthusiasm, then The Swan in Farnborough should be on your radar. With an extensive Sunday menu that includes Hampshire Beef and Rosemary and Mint Leg of Lamb, this independent pub works with local suppliers and has a children’s menu that caters for even the fussiest of tastes. An added bonus is that you can pop outside and see some of the planes, particularly during the airshow in July.
Red Lion, Freshwater
Arguably one of the most beautiful spots on the entire Isle of Wight, Freshwater is a super quiet and breathtaking spot to spend your weekend. The Red Lion have their very own herb garden and if you don’t fancy the roast itself (scandalous!) then they also have freshly caught fish from nearby.
The Rockingham Arms, Romsey
Romsey’s offering is The Rockingham Arms, complete with cosy interior, enviable glassware and top-drawer suppliers of meat. With Stokes Marsh Beef and Creedy Carver Chicken Breast, you can take the dog for a stroll (make sure they’re well behaved and dry, mind!) and finish off with a two-course meal for £23.50 or go for the whole shebang, three courses for £28.50.
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. 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 £22 for two courses and £27 for three, it’s excellent gastropub value as well.
The George, Yarmouth
The George in Yarmouth is an amazing little spot and even has it its very own beach outside. Having recently changed management, the place is still big on using Island produce and actually has two restaurants to choose from. Fans of this spot include Island-dwellers and those who have sailed in for a special treat.
Kings Street Tavern, Portsmouth
You need to be quick at the Kings Street Tavern because it sells out pretty fast on a Sunday – such is its reputation for being Portsmouth’s best roast. Despite being in an 18th-century building the vibe inside is modern and quirky, with jazz icons on the walls and a huge range of craft ales to sample. As well as a vegan option (£12.95), for the carnivores, they also serve their stuffing wrapped in bacon which is a delight in itself.
The Willow Tree, Winchester
To Winchester, where The Willow Tree is a family-friendly pub on its very own island. Fancy! Serving up the full roster of meat options, plus a gluten-free, vegan choice, its also very well priced with all dishes costing £12.50 and a kids roast at £7.50. If the weather is good you can also sit by the River Itchen and enjoy the view as you have your meal.
The Vine, Hambledon
This little spot, located just outside of Waterlooville in prime wine-making territory, is the ideal place to grab some roast tatties after exploring the Downs. It’s simple, unfussy and sticks to traditional crowd-pleasers when it comes to a roast dinner. For drinkers, it also boasts a rather impressive whiskey collection to help warm you on a cold winter’s day (or Summer… we’re not fussy).
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. From starters such as a ‘Bubble & Quack’ (comprising of a fried hen’s egg and smoked duck breast) to the classic braised pork belly and apple sauce, you’ll come away feeling like you’ve done Sunday right.
The Crown, Lyndhurst
Lyndhurst is an adorable little place in the New Forest and certainly feels like a “typical” English town to all who visit. Located in a rather majestic 15th century listed building, The Crown also comes with rather a good roast to boot. Rock up here to enjoy a delicious Sunday dinner before exploring the local area for indie boutiques and the odd pony trotting about.
The East End Arms, Lymington
With its New Forest backdrop and locally sourced dishes (in fact they even make their own ice-cream on-site), the East End Arms is a top spot for anybody based in south-west Hampshire. They also have some beautiful rooms to stay in if you’re in too much of a food coma to go home.