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52 roasts with the most across the Muddy counties

Why bother basting potatoes with goose fat when this lot do it so much better? Grab your gang and head to one of these gorgeous gastropubs across the Muddy counties.

BEDFORDSHIRE BERKSHIRE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE CAMBRIDGESHIRE CORNWALL DEVON DORSET ESSEX GLOUCESTERSHIRE HAMPSHIRE HERTFORDSHIRE ISLE OF WIGHT KENT LEICESTERSHIRE NORFOLK NORTHAMPTONSHIRE OXFORDSHIRE RUTLAND SOMERSET SUFFOLK SURREY SUSSEX WARWICKSHIRE WILTSHIRE WORCESTERSHIRE

BERKSHIRE

Five Bells, Wickham

Five Bells Wickham country pub Berkshire Sunday Roast

Classic country pub vibes at the Five Bells in Wickham. Low beams, roaring fire, countryside views and a stonking Sunday roast. It’s one of those pubs that once you settle in, you never want to leave. There’s a real mix of people here – families, couples, pit-stop cyclists, local drinkers and well-behaved dogs all settling in for the afternoon. Chef Owner Duncan Jones has four roasts on the menu, plus a selection of pub classics for the anti-roast brigade. I’ve got my eye on the lemon and thyme chicken with all the sides you could wish for, and apple and cinnamon crumble.

Hurley House, Hurley

Hurley House Restaurant

If you’re going to step away from the Aunt Bessies, do it with bells on. Hurley House is a Muddy award winning boutique hotel just a smidge outside the village of Hurley. Think roaring fire, candlelit restaurant, understated luxury decor and staff who lavish you with attention. Hello complimentary bubbles! The menu is an interesting combo of classics, using quality British ingredients and an exceptional Japanese menu too. It feels special, so hang up that pinny, lady – you’re in for treat. Start with something on the Japanese menu, followed by the roast of the day and a splash of Pinot Noir. Lunch utopia.

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BEDFORDSHIRE

The Plough, Bolnhurst

Recommended in the Michelin Guide for its charming, rustic appeal and bustling atmosphere, this 15th century whitewashed pub serves English fare with French and Italian twists. The Sunday Furrow (a nod to ploughing lingo), costs £38 for two courses and £48 for three, but my goodness it’s a corker of a menu. Try the roasted Highland venison loin, Boulangère potato, roast carrot and turnip with juniper sauce, or how about Josper grilled Merrifield Farm duck breast with thyme, roasted squash puree, fennel and green olive dressing. Why not push the boat out and pair with a Plough bloody Mary made with horseradish vodka. You can even watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen as you drool (er, we mean, wait!)

The Red Lion, Milton Bryan

The husband and wife team behind this country pub, Daniel and Narelle, have 40 years experience between them so they know a thing or two about how to create a friendly atmosphere, and serve good food and wine to keep their customers coming back. Daniel is also the Head Chef (and an award-winning one at that!) and his menus are simple but finely tuned using fresh, seasonal produce all the way. If you can’t decide between classic lamb or beef, you can have a slice of each! Plus there’s a veggie wellington for the non-meat eaters too.

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

The Greyhound, Beaconsfield

Winner of best Bucks / Oxon restaurant in our 2021 Muddy Awards, The Greyhound is a gastropub with a big emphasis on the gastro. There are three Sunday roast options alongside its small but perfectly formed a la carte menu: 40-day aged sirloin, maize-fed chicken for two that’s carved at the table for you, and a mushroom wellington for the veggies. Eat in the inn’s cool, contemporary restaurant with exposed beams, accents of mustard (the colour not the condiment) and trendy curved seating.

The Royal Oak, Marlow

Another big-hitter, The Royal Oak won best Bucks / Oxon destination pub in our 2021 Muddy Awards. Tucked a mile or two outside of Marlow, it has the feel of a hidden gem and is cosy with a wood-burning stove and exposed brickwork. The Sunday roast here is much-loved, and does exactly what you want a roast to do: huge Yorkshire pudding, rich gravy, piled veg, and a non-negotiable sticky toffee pud — the sort of meal you finish off with a lengthy nap.

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Provenance Brix + Mortar, Whittlesford, near Cambridge 

Set in countryside just outside Cambridge, Muddy fave Provenance is perfect in winter (there’s a roaring fire) and just as good in summer, thanks to a courtyard and meadow. The only problem you’ll have on a Sunday is which roast to choose. Will it be the Somersham pork loin with Bramley apple sauce, the aged Hereford beef sirloin with horseradish, a roast Norfolk black face lamb with mint, roasted aubergine with walnut and herb crumble or what about a roasted sea bream with capers, parsley and burnt lemon? Just typing this is making our mouth water! And don’t get us started on the cauliflower cheese side or the chocolate truffle ganache dessert *books trip to Whittlesford asap*. 

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CORNWALL

Lula, Hayle

This is one for the non-traditionalists – Lula’s is a wooden shack on the beach at Hayle’s North Quay and on Sundays you can book a table for a roast, east coast USA style, from 1-9pm, or until they sell out. Expect a Creole / Cajun / Cornish version of a traditional roast, with chicken, lamb, potatoes and veg accompanied by gravy and slaw. Plates were previously bamboo and have been upgraded to enamel. Wear your coat and leave your heels behind – Lula’s is very much on the beach, which means the views are glorious and the vibe laid-back. Work up an appetite beforehand with a walk, or even a little swim or SUP as Lula’s is right next to the slipway.

St Mellion Estate, Saltash

Served every Sunday between 12.00pm – 3.00pm the roasts at St Mellion Estate in Saltash are legendary and traditional, with veggie options too. Work up an appetite beforehand in the gym, swimming pool or on one of their two championship golf courses (The Nicklaus Signature Golf Course was the first European course personally designed by, yes, you’ve guessed it, Jack Nicklaus – and is apparently on all golfer’s bucket lists, with it’s very own ‘Amen Corner’).

Una Kitchen, Una St Ives

Every Sunday, lunch at Una is served from 12pm-3pm with live music starting at 2pm. Expect lightly smoked then roasted local meats, enormous Yorkshire puddings and ‘proper’ gravy served with al forno potatoes and generous bowls of wood-roasted vegetables, all cooked over the impressive Gozney oven which takes centre-stage in the theatre-style kitchen – plus inventive veggie options. Music showcases the best in local musical talent with artists confirmed for February and March including Our Atlantic Roots, Adam Parfitt, Change the Letter, Ash Harding and Simone Rochelle. 

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DEVON

Bucket & Spade, Shaldon

Shaldon’s newest cafe-by day/restaurant by night is getting quite a name for its Sunday roasts, thanks to generous portions, the tres reasonable £14 price tag and the stunning 180-degree views of Lyme Bay served up with your choice of three local meats and Brixham-caught fish. It’s uber-family and dog-friendly (with dog-free areas), and don’t be fooled by the kiss-me-quick name and holiday park location, the average house price hereabouts is a cool £800k. Trust us, you’ll be back for seconds.

Church House Inn, Stokenham

Heard of The Cricket Inn on the beach at Beesands? (Get it on your radar!). Here’s its country cousin, bought by CI’s owners and wowing locals with its mouth-watering Sunday lunches since 2018. Tuck into stonking yorkies, buttery parsnips and pigs in blankets and for the meat-shy, Hemsley-sisters’ style BBQ Cauliflower Steak, with charred courgette, pinenut and truffle dressing. Walk it off in the balmy South Hams countryside or the beach at Slapton Sands afterwards, or if that’s too energetic, there are four stylish, grey-painted doubles to collapse into upstairs.

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DORSET

The Fox Inn, Corscombe

Rural pubs are often described as being ‘nestled’ in the countryside but this one really is, situated in a little valley in undulating West Dorset, four miles from Beaminster and with lovely walks all round. Mark Hix’s Grade II listed pub is all cosy corners and open fires although we’ve eaten in the airy garden room at the back. Typical Sunday roasts: Hannan’s Himalayan salt-aged roast sirloin and a roast Bellair Haye pork belly (have both if you like). Their Grandma’s apple pie, eaten with custard and ice cream, is quite the nicest I’ve had.

The Larderhouse, Southbourne, Bournemouth

We reckon there’s little to beat the flavour of meat cooked over a wood fire, which is why carnivores should make a beeline to this buzzy place. Established by James Fowler (2014 World Class UK Bartender of the year, founder of Michelin star winning Terroir Tapas), the Sunday menu includes roast chicken, 28 day aged topside beef, Dorset shoulder of lamb and overnight cooked ham hock, alongside eclectic small plates to share (or not). No need to rush, wood-fired Sunday roasts are served until 8pm.

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ESSEX

Galvin Green Man, Great Waltham

There are sooooo many reasons Galvin Green Man was named The Best Pub in the UK in the National Pub and Bar Awards 2021, but we reckon the superb Sunday roast was one of them. Run by Michelin-starred Essex born brothers (the clue’s in the name), this posh pub manages to be stylish, contemporary and welcoming all at once – there’s no pretention here, thank goodness. What’s on the Sunday menu? Roast belly of Great Garnetts pork, free range chicken (hi there, chestnut and cranberry stuffing) or Herefordshire beef served with all the trimmings. Not forgetting the expert wine pairings, of course. *Hic*

Dog & Pickle, Moreton

Ok, so the good news is that the roast here is epic. I mean, really epic. The bad news is, everyone appears to agree and there are currently no tables available on a Sunday until May! Eek, but we promise you it will be worth the wait. This family-run pub – complete with roaring fire and real ales – is famous for it’s ‘Sharing Roast’ board, which boasts sirloin, pork belly and chicken breast served with giant yorkies, duck fat roasties, and tonnes of veggies. There’s also a ‘Little Pickles’ menu if you want to take the kiddos along for the roast ride. Get booking now!

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Bathurst Arms, North Cerney

This charming candy-coloured country pub has a field-to-fork ethos and serves up one of the best roasts in the Cotswolds. If you love local, sustainable and organic fare, you’re in for a treat. Cosy up at a rustic tables by a roaring fire for Sunday lunch and enjoy mouth-watering options from Roast ‘BBQ’ beef brisket to Pork Shoulder with crackling and Beetroot & Mushroom Wellington, with all the trimmings. Dog and family-friendly dining, it’s nestled by the River Churn in the idyllic Cotswold countryside so perfect for a post-feast stroll.

The Green Dragon Inn, Cockleford

Roaring fires, beamed ceilings, stone flagged floors and a Sunday roast that tastes home-cooked (well, if only we were that good!). This lovely country pub was crowned Muddy Stilettos Best Destination Pub 2021, tuck into the best cuts of local turkey, beef and lamb or a vegetable cutlet, all pretty reasonably priced (£15.95) and and it’s kid-friendly too, with a roasts for smaller appetites for £8.95.

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HAMPSHIRE

The Hoddington Arms, Upton Grey

The Hoddington Arms Upton Grey Hampshire Best Sunday Roasts

Put on your Sunday best and get set for a trip to the country. At the heart of the pretty little village of Upton Grey, near Basingstoke, North Hampshire, ‘The Hod’, has all the character features you could want. Head chef and co-owner Chris Barnes presides over an ‘understated’ Michelin plate-rated menu. Roasts are traditional with a focus on provenance. Think Rib of Beef from the Cotswolds and Wiltshire Pork Belly, and a few non-roast dinners on the Sunday set menu. At £25 for two courses (£30 for three), it’s good value, too.

The Gun, Keyhaven

Boom! To the coast, and this 18th century pub in the pretty hamlet of Keyhaven, near Milford on Sea. Reopened in April 2022 by new management following a major refurb, there’s a big focus on local sourcing. And the Head Chef here, Mark Young (aka The New Forest Chef), is especially big on local meats. On Sundays, this might include the likes of roasted loin of Swallowfield Farm pork, roasted sirloin of salt-to-smoke beef with Yorkshire puds, or half a roast chicken with stuffing and pigs in blankets. A few vegan and fish options feature, but in the main, this is one for the carnivores.

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HERTFORDSHIRE

Kite at the Red Hart, Hitchin

This lovingly refurbished 16th century coaching inn is handily located just off the main town square in Hitchin, and combines rustic charm with a menu that goes well above and beyond your average pub grub, including a cracking Sunday roast, with a contemporary twist. How does prime aged beef sirloin sound, or roasted pork loin with apple sauce, truffled cauliflower cheese, roasties and greens, plus a Guiness and red wine gravy? Check out Head Chef, Olly’s top tips for nailing a home-cooked Sunday Roast, here.

The Lamb, Berkhamsted

Looking for somewhere to enjoy a peaceful Sunday lunch à deux? This historic high street pub on has had a makeover and blends tradition with a seriously sophisticated menu, plus… it’s strictly adults only (get that babysitter on speed dial immediately!). Currently claiming Trip Advisor’s No.1 spot for Berko restaurants, its Sunday lunches already have a pretty good rep. Pick from roasted leg of lamb (of course), to duck leg confit or Guinea Fowl supreme, with seasonal fresh veg and all the trimmings (cauli cheese, red cabbage, honey-glazed carrots, Yorkshires and roasties).

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ISLE OF WIGHT

The Old Fort, Seaview

The friendly, independent Old Fort is right by the sea in the appropriately named Edwardian coastal village of Seaview. Winner of Muddy’s Best Destination Pub in 2021, it’s surrounded by gorgeous, Insta-worthy beach and coast walks. After blowing off the cobwebs, head here for a full quota of Sunday roast classics. We’re talking Roast Sirloin of Beef with Yorkshire puds, slow-cooked pork belly with apple sauce, chicken supreme or walnut and parsnip nut roast… Yum.

Off the Rails, Yarmouth

All aboard! Found in what was once Yarmouth’s railway station, Off the Rails opened in 2014 – a good 60 years after the last train chuffed by. Ultra dog-friendly with some brilliant walks and cycle rides along the disused line, the Sunday Roasts are characteristically quirky. Changing weekly, think slow-cooked Beef Brisket, golden Marmite roasties, spiced red cabbage, cheddar Yorkies and the self-titled ‘Gravy of the Gods.’

The Taveners, Godshill

Taveners Godshill Sunday Roast

A cosy, 17th Century pub in an idyllic, ancient village, seasonal, local produce features big on Taveners’ menus. Fortunately, the Isle of Wight has it in abundance. Think roast Isle of Wight beef, local pork loin, apple sauce, garlic, sun blushed tomato and rosemary polenta cake and plenty of trimmings…

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KENT

The Kentish Hare, Bidborough, near Tunbridge Wells

Winner of Best Destination Pub in Kent, in the 2019 AND 2021 Muddy Awards, this is both a family-friendly venue and one for the foodies too. Nestled in suburban Bidborough, owned and run by brothers Chris and James Tanner, there’s plenty of choice for roasts on the Sunday Menu. And you can enjoy watching the chefs prepare your dishes through a glass window in the main dining area.

The Lantern Inn, Dover

A hidden gem nestled between Deal and Dover, The Lantern Inn is a 17th century cosy pub with timber beams, room to stay and delicious food. There is of course the classic Sunday roast, with locally sourced meat (cider braised pork belly is a favourite), crunchy roast potatoes, yorkshire puds and seasonal veg. Delicious gastro-pub food, tick. Roaring fires, tick. Fabulous interiors, tick.

The Duck Inn, Pett Bottom

Set in the beautiful Kent countryside, the kitchen has steadily gained a strong reputation for dining excellence. Plus there’s a James Bond connection – what more could you want? Visit on a Sunday and they’ll have you with their House Baked Bread & Butter – and that’s before you’ve even stiffed the Starters and Mains. Guests are guaranteed a warm welcome, but the exceptional food is the real star.

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LEICESTERSHIRE

Stag and Hounds, Melton Mowbray

Since Michelin-trained chef Dom took over this village pub a few years ago it’s had quite a bit of attention so it’s no surprise then that they managed to slide into the Top 100 Gastropubs list this year. Their Sunday roast has something for everyone from aged beef with stuffed yorkies to slow cooked shoulder of lamb and of course, everything is served with seasonal Sunday veg. What’s not to love?

Knight and Garter, Leicester

Is goose fat the secret to a perfectly crispy Sunday roast? We think the chefs here would agree which is why each one of their dishes uses the goose grease. Each dish from their Sunday roast also menu comes with all the trimmings including thyme salt potatoes and veggies, Yorkshire pud and veal jus but wait! There’s even a vegan cheese and onion nut roast. Nice one!

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NORFOLK

NoTwenty9, Burnham Market

Heading to plush Burnham Market on a Sunday? Take a pew at foodie hotspot NoTwenty9, housed in a quirkily decorated Georgian gaff. The team are all about seasonal, local produce, so delicious meats for every roast are sourced from nearby Swannington Farm to Fork. The village is an indie boutique paradise, surrounded by stunning coastal walks, so why not build up an appetite for your roasties with a wild and windswept walk at Burnham Overy Staithe? And if you need to sleep off your pudding (pear trifle, we’re looking at you) NoTwenty9 have a selection of lovely rooms. A Sunday well spent, we say.

The Bucks Arms, Aylsham

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Perched right on the edge of the glorious Blickling Estate, this 17th century pub has cosy Sundays written aaaaaaaall over it. The vibe couldn’t get much more ‘country roast’ if it tried – think Grandfather clocks, dark wood beams, roaring fires and a cracking selection of local beers. The justifiably famous roasts come with all the traditional trimmings and use high quality local meats. That said, even the most committed carnivore could be tempted by the lush veggie option: cauliflower cheese bubble and squeak cake. 

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

The Willow and Brook, Apethorpe

If you’re after restaurant quality food, The Willow and Brook’s creative menus are aways a cut above. Flavours are sophisticated but not snobby and the Sunday lunch menu ticks all the right boxes. Choose from roast topside of beef, pork, venison or vegan halloumi, all served with the essential veg, Yorkshires and cauli cheese, but if trad isn’t your thing there are always other options, think baked haddock or pea and morel risotto. There’s also a kids’ menu and activities to keep them occupied while you taste test the extensive wine list.

The Three Conies, Thorpe Mandeville

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The Three Conies is an absolute corker of a pub. A big old traditional looking village inn from the outside, the decor inside is fabulously dark, quirky and glam thanks to the creative irreverence of owners Rob and Darren, who have certainly put their mark on the place. The vibe is warm, welcoming and relaxed and the menu is a real crowd-pleaser, with Head Chef Rob piling the plates high with roasties and lashings of gravy. There are loads of gorgeous walks here on the Northants/Oxon border to help you work up an appetite, and it’s a great spot to dry off by one of cosy open fires, plus pooches are welcome.

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OXFORDSHIRE

The Double Red Duke, near Faringdon

This elegantly renovated 17th-century coaching inn seamlessly mixes dark-panelled, cosy corners with bright dining areas and greenery. Its beauty extends neatly onto the menu, which is casually, jaw-droppingly excellent — elevated yet familiar. A down-to-earth sort of fancy. The Sunday lunch menu is somewhat fluid, but puts a big emphasis on fire (chargrilled sirloin of beef, woodfired squash, that sort of thing) and comes with all the necessary trimmings.

The Mole Inn, Toot Baldon

The sleepy village location of this pub, just five miles south east of Oxford, belies its fantastic foodie credentials (Raymond Blanc is a fan), and the cosy, unfussy interior and pretty outdoor space make it a great family-friendly option. The enormous roasts cost between £17 and £18 – choose from Shorthorn beef or Sandy Lane pork or lamb, all with beef dripping roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, honey roast carrots and parsnips, and creamed leeks & celeriac purée. Phwoar.

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RUTLAND

Jackson Stops Inn, Rutland

Michelin recommended four years in a row since 2018, this pub knows its food. Pop in on a Sunday to sample their roast and choose from a 2 or 3 course menu and feast on sirloin of local beef, yorkies and rich pan gravy, turkey, veg tortelloni, fresh tuna salad or marinere of monkfish, mussels and king prawns.

Finch’s Arms, Hambleton

It’s no secret that we love this gastropub over in Hambleton. It’s got gorgeous views, great food and last year they had a little makeover too (love the panelling and parquet flooring BTW). Their Sunday menu is worth booking and they have 6 options to choose from including beef, chicken, two fish options and more. They also have a Mini Finch’s Menu for the kids priced at £10.50. That’s everyone sorted!

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SOMERSET

The Moorfields, Oldfield Park, Bath

This is one of those places you can stay all day – laid back, family friendly – with something on the menu for everyone. The Sunday roasts are stonking: slow roasted belly pork, roast ruby and white sirloin, chicken, nut and butternut squash, all served with seasonal veg, but they still offer stuff like burgers, beer battered fish & chips, and cauli pakora.

The Lime Kiln, Knole, near Langport

A former 17th century cider mill, this trad family-run pub between Langport and Podimore serves up smashing roast topside of Hereford and Angus beef, leg of West End Farm pork and Creedy Carver Farm chicken – or you can Go Big with all three – and a roasted mushroom, five bean and kale Wellington, each with all the trimmings, alongside super views over the Somerset Levels.

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SUFFOLK

The Unruly Pig, Woodbridge

It’s just been voted the best gastro pub in the country so as you’d expect, the Sunday roast is way better (and more interesting) than your average chicken and veg scenario.…we’re talking dishes like roasted veal sweetbread, roast pork belly porchetta and roast chateaubriand, all served in the funky dining rooms or on the terraced deck. Your only problem? This place is SO popular you’ll need to book well in advance. 

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SURREY

The Bailiwick, Englefield Green

Nestled on the edge of Windsor Great Park and just a stone’s throw from Virginia Water Lake in Surrey, The Bailiwick is a destination pub if ever there was one. Food is sensational – and on a Sunday it’s all about the roast. Choose from dry aged rib of beef, roast leg of lamb or Jimmy Butler’s roasted pork rack, served with all the trimmings including cauliflower cheese and Yorkshire puds. Be sure to leave space for puds too, they’re also spectacular.

The Drumming Snipe, Mayford

The Drumming Snipe is a quality country pub with a a solid reputation for outstanding food. It’s unsurprising when you consider owners James and Jamie both worked at The Ivy in London. The food might be described as unfussy but the quality of the ingredients and cookery is top notch. Roasts are served all day on Sunday – choose from Roast sirloin, Tamworth pig, grain fed chicken or nut roast. All come with Yorkshire puds, pigs in blankets, goose-fat roasted potatoes, carrots and greens.

The White Horse, Hascombe

The White Horse in Hascombe is one of those traditional country pubs that ticks all the boxes: roaring fires to hunker down in the winter and a brilliant large garden with lush country views. There’s the option of the slightly more formal (and kid-free) Dining Room or the relaxed and family-friendly Saloon Restaurant. The excellent drinks list offers most of the wines by the glass, and there are some lovely walks nearby too so you can justify a massive blowout. Tuck in.

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SUSSEX

The Cat Inn, West Hoathly

Dog friendly, (despite it’s name!) the Cat Inn is a 16th century chamer that simply oozes character. Close to the Ashdown Forest it specialises in top-notch comfort food cooked with style (hence its Michelin Bib Gourmand award). No sloppy gravy here – your food looks as good as it tastes , plus if you eat too much to make it home you can stay in one of their smart bedrooms for the night.

The Royal Oak, Midhurst

Set in the heart of the South Downs, with a pretty and substantial outdoor space, The Royal Oak is ideal for families, couples, walkers, horse riders, big groups & furry friends – in fact it’s great for everybody! With a cosy inside and a picture-perfect garden outside it works all year round – and it goes without saying the roasts are epic – I mean just look at the Yorkshires!

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WARWICKSHIRE

The Cross, Kenilworth

Muddy award-winning and Michelin-starred The Cross doesn’t do things by halves (as you’d expect). If you’re rocking up for lunch there’s chateaubriand on the menu with Yorkshire puds, roasties and veg. It’s not the cheapest at £50 a pop, but it’s worth it.

Hilltop Farm Cafe, Hunningham

Like to know where your food is coming from? This family-run cafe keeps everything local, with all lamb and beef from the onsite farm. Plates are piled high with beef dripping roasties (is there any other way to have them?) and honey roasted veg. You can have two courses for £23 (we’re eyeing up the chicken liver parfait to start) or three courses for £28 (and the raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake for dessert – well, it’d be rude not to.)

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WILTSHIRE

The Langley Tap, near Chippenham

So much more than a cosy pub with a roaring fire, this village bolthole does one of the most delicious roast dinners Wiltshire has to offer. It has a super laidback vibe, so you don’t feel guilty whiling away hours of your Sunday here. As well as beef and pork, The Langley Tap has an impressive vegetarian option of stuffed mushroom and roasted vegetable wellington which had our tastebuds tingling. Another big tick from us in the gluten-free roast dinner – it’s rare a pub shouts about their GF options, so this is certainly noteworthy.

The Crown and Anchor, Ham

On the border with Berkshire, this pub is the perfect meeting spot when we’re rendezvousing with friends from London. As well as five-star food, it has flagstone floors, antique furniture, a roaring fire and friendly staff, plus stylish rooms if you want to make a night of it. The roasts are terrific: we had the locally sourced black treacle cured beef sirloin and it immediately competed for best ever. Book a table pronto!

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WORCESTERSHIRE

The Fleece Inn, Bretforton

This lovely, rustic CAMRA Pub of the Year 2020 is owned by the National Trust and just oozes character. Find a cosy corner by the fire in this half-timbered building, 600 year old retreat and try one of its famous roasts; from chicken and lamb to beef, pork and nut roast, along with very generously-sized Yorkies. There are gluten-free options on the menu and a large range of craft ciders and ales.

The Baiting House, Upper Sapey, Worcester

If you want a Sunday roast a cut above the rest The Baiting House is spot on. Award-winning food, local ales and ciders and an eclectic wine list make this place stand out. Even the spirits are sourced locally from the Chase Distillery, so gin lovers are in luck. The menu is delicious, from Roasted Sirloin of Hereford Beef and Shoulder of Lamb with Mint Gel, to Wild Mushroom Risotto and even Roasted Shetland Cod with a Shellfish Bisque – all served with Cauliflower Cheese, potatoes and the trimmings.

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