Looking for the ultimate Sunday lunch? Well, look no further. We’ve done all the hard work for you and found some of the best places to enjoy a Sunday roast.
A run for your money: The Earl of March
This eighteen century coaching inn overlooks the picturesque backdrop of the South Downs with a view said to be the inspiration for William Blake’s poem, Jerusalem. Choose between an excellent roast sirloin of beef or the roast of the day. Why not walk off your lunch with a trundle up nearby St Roche’s Hill, an old hill fort, with magnificent views across Goodwood racecourse, and to the sea.
Best for meat free roasts: The Fox & Hounds
The cosy yet elegant The Fox & Hounds in Funtington offers a carvery on a Sunday with a delicious vegetarian option as well. This is a pub that offers varied and imaginative meat free and fish options on the menu. If you feel like a take-out, the pub offers a special call ‘n collect carvery on a Sunday between 12-4pm.
Local pub for local people (and visitors too!): The Blue Bell
The Blue Bell at Cocking is now owned by the village and is once again the heart of the community. Not only a pub, it is also an official South Downs information centre and you can have you bicycle repaired on site as well. Enjoy a good honest roast of the day with locally sourced ingredients and a beer from local brewery, Langham. Small lunch portions are available for little tummies.
Fun in the city: The Chichester Inn
Shop till you drop in Chichester or attend a Sunday service at Chichester Cathedral, then relax over a Sunday roast at The Chichester Inn conveniently located within the city walls.
Cosy up and settle down: The Fox Goes Free
At the foot of Levin Down and a stone’s throw (well, a mile) from Goodwood racecourse, the 400 year old The Fox Goes Free is a cosy choice for your Sunday roast. Enjoy a peaceful spring morning exploring the glorious gardens of West Dean then relax by the fire at “The Fox” and enjoy a choice of four meat and one vegetarian roast options. Children’s portions are available.
Traditional British dining: The Walnut Tree
Treat yourself to a traditional Sunday roast with a friendly atmosphere at The Walnut Tree in the village of Runcton followed by a gentle stroll around your choice of lakes in Chichester just a 15 minute walk away.
Never leave hungry: The Royal Oak
Make the most of the seasonal veg and generous portions at The Royal Oak’s Sunday roast, located in Midhurst in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Tired of nut roasts? Try the Oak’s vegetarian Wellingtons instead.
Family friendly: The Partridge Inn
The Partridge Inn is a family-friendly pub and with the weather improving take the dog along too and make the most of the lovely garden with lots of outdoor seating and a new children’s play area. Sunday lunch is a choice of three roasts (or a little of all three) and two meat free options.The Weald & Downland Living Museum is close by where your furry friends and little people are also very welcome.
Down by the waterside: Black Rabbit
Situated on the banks of the Arun with views of Arundel Castle, the Black Rabbit is an idyllic setting. Hit the water kayaking on the River Arun and then warm up with a Sunday roast and enjoy the beautiful view of the river from the Black Rabbit in Arundel. The owners of the Black Rabbit are proud of their Sunday roast so why not judge for yourself? A choice of two roasts and a vegetarian option. Children’s portions available.
Best for a traditional roast: St Mary’s Gate Inn
St Mary’s Gate was built during Henry VIII’s reign and was originally a thatched farm building. It became an ale house in the eighteenth century and has served up generous hospitality ever since. There are four choices of roast including a vegetarian option and both adult and children’s portions available. St Mary’s Gate houses a selection of real ales including the award-winning Badger First Call. Situated next to the glorious Arundel Cathedral, the pub is an easy walk to Arundel Castle, boutiques and tea rooms.
Lunch in the Sussex Winelands: Tinwood Estate
Tinwood has Sunday lunch sittings every week at 12.30pm. Enjoy a sharing board of roast chicken, pork and beef with all the trimmings and pair your lunch with a selection of wines on arrival. The set price lunch (£28) includes a choice of puddings including brownies, pavlova and dame blanche. Why not work up an appetite before lunch with a walk to the Halnaker Windmill taking in the amazing tree tunnel on your way.