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Best restaurants for Sunday lunch

Lorna Cowan / 01 March 2019 ( 07 July 2021 )

Our pick of the top chains across the country for a traditional Sunday roast.

Sunday roast dinner
Enjoy a Sunday lunch with all the trimmings at hundreds of restaurants across the country.

When you’re taking it easy on a Sunday, you don’t want to worry about what’s for lunch. So why not go to a restaurant or pub and enjoy a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings. There are lots of great places to choose from — here are some of the best chains up and down the country, but remember to check out your local independents too.

Best for everyday roasts

Toby Carvery

If you’re hungry for a great British roast, then head to a Toby Carvery. And you don’t even need to wait for a Sunday to tuck in, as traditional roast dinners are served every day of the week. Choose from five carvery options (all the meat is UK sourced and meets Red Tractor standards), then pile on the trimmings — crispy roast potatoes and a choice of seasonal vegetables. Oh, and don’t forget the Yorkshire puddings.

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Best for a family lunch


Sunday lunch at a Beefeater restaurant is often a family affair, and you’ll find plenty of family favourites on the menu. Tomato soup and prawn cocktail are among the starters, with beef, lamb or chicken as regular mains. Vegetarians are not left out either, and there’s a value-for-money kids’ meal. What’s more, if you’re feeling particularly peckish, you can get an extra portion of roast, another Yorkshire pudding and a jug of gravy for just 99p.

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Best for a brasserie lunch


At this stylish brasserie chain, chefs create classic and contemporary dishes using the best seasonal ingredients. And that continues during Sunday lunchtime, when traditional roast dinners are on the menu. Choose from a succulent sirloin of beef, juicy pork belly or chicken infused with garlic, thyme and lemon. Or perhaps a nut roast is more appealing. Whatever you prefer, there are 24 Browns Brasserie & Bars around the country.

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Best for hearty pub grub

Greene King

Traditional pub grub is always enjoyed at the 800 Greene King pubs found in villages, towns and city centre high streets across England, Wales and Scotland. And if you pop in for Sunday lunch, you’ll be given a warm welcome along with a hearty roast dinner. Served with all the trimmings, it’s the perfect weekend treat — and if you’re in the heart of London, an ideal pick-me-up for more sightseeing.

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Best for lunchtime choice

Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery

Not everyone in your Sunday lunch gang may want a traditional roast, so if that’s the case visit Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery. Those who love a slow-cooked roasted joint will still be happy — and you can go large, ask for a small plate and swap seasonal vegetables and potatoes for salad. But if you’d rather have a stone-baked pizza or a burger and chips, then you’re well-catered for too. Perfect!

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Best for a lunch deal

Brewers Fayre

Sunday lunches start from 12noon at Brewers Fayre, and it’s a good idea to arrive at your local restaurant nice and early as the popular Sunday carvery menu is available for under £10. Enjoy some soup for starters, then choose a roast and add as many sides as you like. There’s traditional roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings, but you’ll also find root vegetable mash and cauliflower cheese. If you’ve any room left, add a dessert for just £2.

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Best for a good craic


The original Irish bar, there are O’Neill’s pubs across the UK, so there’s sure to be one near you. And if you’re looking for somewhere relaxed to eat Sunday lunch, and perhaps even catch a sporting event, then there’s no better place for a good craic. The low-cost lunch is also enticing, and served every day from 12pm to 5pm. Ok, so there may not be a traditional roast on the menu, but can you resist Irish sausages and colcannon?

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Best for fizz with friends

All Bar One

A great place to catch up with friends, especially over Sunday lunch, All Bar One has an extensive menu to suit all tastes. There’s sharing plates, burgers, nutritious power foods and at some locations on a Sunday, between 10am and 4pm, you can enjoy a Bottomless Brunch — a full breakfast, smoked salmon or fillet steak sandwich, plus unlimited fizz and cocktails. Choose a glass of prosecco or a bloody Mary or mimosa and then have another! Cheers!

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Best for dog walkers

Vintage Inn

If you’ve been on a nice long Sunday walk and now want to enjoy a Sunday lunch, make your way to your local Vintage Inn, a charming country pub serving traditional pub fare. With logs fires waiting in the winter, and outdoor tables to eat al fresco when the weather is warm, you can even bring along the four-legged member of your family. Sunday roasts are served with Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes, carrots and parsnips, as well as seasonal greens.

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Best for the best of British


If you like nothing more than enjoying a classic British dish in a great historic British pub, perhaps with a pint or glass of wine, then check out Nicolson’s. You’ll feel right at home in their collection of authentic locals, and if you arrive in time for Sunday lunch, you’ll find traditional roasts on the menu, as well as fish and chips, sausages and mash and a hearty portion of macaroni cheese. See you there!

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