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The Best Sunday Roasts The Fox Hole
Eat and Drink
November 2023
Reading time 5 Minutes

We all look forward to a Sunday roast at the weekend

Here's our pick of the top places to enjoy a delicious traditional roast with friends and family.
Lord Crewe Arms Lord Crewe Arms

The Fox Hole

Enjoy a relaxed Sunday roast washed down with a locally brewed, hand-pulled beer here. Using locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, The Fox Hole’s menu includes rump or sirloin of beef, pork, chicken or nut roast served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, a Yorkshire pudding and lots of gravy. Enjoying your Sunday with family or friends? Order the sharing platter for a taste of all the meats, plus you can order extra mash, roasties and Yorkshire puddings.
Piercebridge, Darlington DL2 3SJ
01325 374 286

Lord Crewe Arms

In the honey-stone village of Blanchland, this historic inn is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious roast. Head up the stone staircase to The Bishop’s Dining Room and start with the ham hock terrine with piccalilli on sourdough. Sunday roasts here are served as a sharing platter for the table, but expect to find rump of beef, roast chicken and pork loin served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and plenty of seasonal veg. If you can manage a dessert, it’s got to be the sticky toffee pudding.
The Square, Blanchland DH8 9SP
01434 677100

The Broad Chare

The Broad Chare offers all the best bits of a traditional ale house – well-kept beer, honest food, and their roast menu includes the best topside beef and Yorkshire puddings, slow roast shoulder of lamb and pork shoulder with Bramley apple sauce. It’s a meat-eater’s paradise, but don’t miss out on their delicious puddings – think steamed apricot jam sponge and custard or chocolate pudding with ice cream, cherries and hazelnuts.
25 Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ
0191 211 2144

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Pleased To Meet You

Sunday isn’t complete without a traditional roast and Pleased To Meet You’s award-winning roasts include four meat options, as well as vegan alternatives, served with locally-sourced seasonal vegetables and tasty Yorkshire puddings. If you’re feeling extra hungry, order the three meat roast served with your choice of beef, pork, lamb or chicken, plus there are plenty of extras – think truffle mash, spring greens and tenderstem broccoli with spiced hazelnuts.
Bridge Street, Morpeth NE61 1NB
01670 333970

Glasshouse Café at Bradley Gardens

Housed in the original 19th century glasshouse which once grew fruit for Bradley Hall, The Glasshouse Café serves freshly prepared dishes created by a team of talented chefs. We recommend starting with the homemade soup of the day or French pâté on sourdough, followed by roast local pork with apple sauce and sage stuffing, served with a Yorkshire pudding, and if you can manage a dessert, the warm pear and almond frangipane is delicious.
Sled Lane, Wylam NE41 8JH
01661 852176

Träkol Träkol


This popular neighbourhood restaurant can be found on Heaton’s bustling Chillingham Road. Born out of a love of good food and fine wine, Nest is all about indulgent dining but in a relaxed, make-yourself-at-home environment. Their Sunday menu includes 32-day-aged sirloin, pork belly with proper crackling, 12-hour braised lamb shoulder or wild mushroom, spinach and feta Wellington, all served with seasonal veg, roast potatoes, buttered mash, Yorkshire puddings and cauliflower and broccoli cheese.
258–260 Chillingham Road, Heaton NE6 5LQ
0191 276 1112

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Overlooking the River Tyne, Träkol showcases seasonal cooking with a fresh focus on preservation, dry-ageing and cooking over fire. The dishes reflect the seasons and the menus are ever-changing, so it’s no wonder they’re Michelin-recommended. Diners can enjoy ham hock terrine with pease pudding, followed by a choice of Northumbrian leg of lamb, rare breed beef rump or lentil and nut roast, served with roast potatoes, buttered cabbage, root vegetables, a Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Plus, there are a selection of sides such as cauliflower cheese and extra roasties if you’re in the mood for feasting.
Hillgate Quays, Gateshead NE8 2FD
0191 737 1120

The Whittling House

After a walk along Alnmouth’s sweeping sandy beach, head here for a delicious Sunday roast. Using local suppliers and sourcing only the finest and freshest Northumbrian produce, the menu includes pan-fried king scallops, Northumbrian twice-baked cheese soufflé or smoked haddock chowder to start, followed by traditional lamb, beef, pork, chicken or homemade nut roast served with all the trimmings.
24–25 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth NE66 2RA
01665 463001

The Bay Horse

Set in a beautiful 15th century coaching inn, The Bay Horse at Hurworth is an award-winning pub that has retained its traditional charm and added two elegant dining areas, perfect for Sunday feasting. In the restaurant, where dining is split over two floors, sit down for a scrumptious Sunday roast, starting with truffle and celeriac soup, followed by belly pork with mustard mashed potatoes, seasonal veg, roasties and apple sauce, before finishing with the coffee panna cotta served with coffee flapjack, mascarpone ice cream and macerated cherries.
45 The Green, Hurworth DL2 2AA
01325 720663

The Bay Horse The Bay Horse

The Owl and Otter

This family-run gastropub in Burnopfield is a real gem and their Sunday roasts are popular, so be sure to book a table. Start with tiger prawns with garlic, chilli and tomato sauce, followed by braised beef featherblade served with all the trimmings, including mash, stuffing and giant Yorkshire puddings. Save room for dessert as the peach and pear crumble is delicious.
Mountsett, Burnopfield NE16 6BA
01207 571113

The Impeccable Pig

Serving bistro-style food using fresh, honest ingredients, a Sunday lunch here is a real treat. Start with smoked salmon, spinach and dill tart, followed by roast lamb, chicken, pork belly or 30-day matured sirloin of beef. Each roast is served with duck fat roasties, mash, carrot and swede mash, seasonal greens, carrots, Yorkshire puddings and gravy. If you can manage a dessert the indulgent chocolate brownie with caramel popcorn and chocolate ice cream is our favourite.
Front Street, Sedgefield TS21 3AT
01740 582580

The Dirty Bottles

Known for the Curse of the Dirty Bottles which apparently afflicts any who touch the legendary bottles in the window, this iconic pub in the heart of Alnwick is steeped in Northumbrian history and has been open for more than two centuries. After undergoing a recent renovation which has given the pub a fresh look and a host of new dishes, The Dirty Bottles is a great spot for Sunday lunch. Choose from Northumbrian topside of beef, shoulder of lamb, butter-basted turkey or nut roast, each served with creamy mash, herb roasties, stuffing, swede mash, seasonal veg, Yorkshire puddings and rich gravy.
32 Narrowgate, Alnwick NE66 1JG
01665 606193

Cáscara Cáscara

The Pickled Sprout

Tuck into Sunday lunch washed down with a carefully selected fine wine at The Pickled Sprout. Using locally sourced ingredients, head chef Richard Ferebee and his team create Sunday roasts with a selection of meats, plus a popular vegan alternative served with vegetables, gravy and Yorkshire puddings. Choose from Yorkshire beef, pork with apple sauce and crackling, or lemon and thyme chicken with stuffing. There are plenty of sides too – think cauliflower cheese, Marmite roast potatoes or fine green beans.
1 John Street, Harrogate HG1 1JZ
01423 706700

Star Inn The City

Andrew Pern’s award-winning brasserie-style restaurant nestled on the banks of the River Ouse in York is the perfect place for an elegant Sunday roast. The menu changes regularly but expect Yorkshire reared pork with crackling, salt-aged beef or rosemary roasted chicken with sage and onion stuffing, all served with duck fat roasties, buttered seasonal greens, carrot, swede and horseradish mash, proper gravy and a Yorkshire pudding. Finish with sticky toffee pudding with homemade custard and one of their speciality dessert wines.
Lendal Engine House,
Museum Street, York YO1 7DR 
01904 619208


Nestled in the heart of Hessle, near Hull, Cáscara create scrumptious dishes cooked over wood and charcoal using their traditional Argentinian parrilla grills. The Sunday roasts here are popular, so be sure to book. Start with seasonal soup, steak empanadas or carrot and coriander bhajis, followed by roast beef, chicken supreme, belly pork or mushroom pie. Feeling hungry? Order the chateaubriand sharing board served with beef dripping roasties, sweet potato mash, thyme and molasses carrots, garlic buttered tenderstem, sausage stuffing, pigs in blankets, gravy and horseradish.
38 Prestongate, Hessle HU13 0RE 
01482 644222


In the heart of Sheffield city centre, this modern British restaurant serves a taste of Yorkshire using the finest ingredients from the best local suppliers. Book a table for their mouth-watering Sunday lunch and enjoy chicken supreme or topside of beef served with roast potatoes, seasonal greens, carrots, and a Yorkshire pudding. There are plenty of vegan options too – think vegan pot roast cauliflower or lentil and mushroom Wellington. Whichever roast you choose, make sure to order a side of cauliflower cheese to go with it.
111 Arundel Street, Sheffield S1 2NT
0114 270 6160

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The Homestead Kitchen

Enjoy a relaxed Sunday lunch inside this converted 18th century farmhouse in picturesque Goathland. The menu changes regularly as chef and owner Peter Neville showcases the finest locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, as well as the Homestead’s own homegrown produce – no wonder The Homestead Kitchen is Michelin recommended. We love the roast sirloin of beef with organic vegetables, roast potatoes and a Yorkshire pudding, followed by the local cheese board with caramelised onions and Homestead’s own poppy seed crackers.
Prudom House, Goathland YO22 5AN
01947 896191

Eric’s Eric’s


Bosun’s iconic riverside restaurant and terrace is the perfect place to enjoy Sunday lunch. Using innovative cooking techniques to create a contemporary yet honest menu, quality locally-sourced seasonal ingredients are at the heart of each dish. Start with soup of the day served with local bread, or goats’ cheese, baby beets and pecan crumb salad, followed by topside of beef, pork loin or honey roast ham served with duck fat roasties, a Yorkshire pudding, seasonal veg and lots of gravy. If you can manage a dessert, the salted chocolate delice with caramel crumb and honeycomb tuille is delicious.
The Boatyard, Ferry Lane, York YO23 2SB
01904 704442


This award-winning, fine-dining Huddersfield restaurant is all about seasonality and creative flair. Sourcing ingredients locally where possible, we’d order the pan-fried king scallops with crispy pancetta and pea purée to start, followed by the chargrilled pork loin with creamy mash, buttered carrots and spinach and candied apple purée. For dessert, choose from glazed lemon tart with autumn berries and raspberry and sorrel sorbet, or a selection of artisan cheese served with chutney and grapes.
73–75 Lidget Street, Lindley, Huddersfield HD3 3JP

01484 646416

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Three’s A Crowd

This modern gastropub in the heart of Leeds serves seasonal food alongside a bespoke wine list. The menus are ever- changing and the team of talented chefs serve everything from garlic butter prawns to beef ragu arancini for starters, followed by rare breed porchetta with Italian sausage stuffing, shoulder of Yorkshire lamb, beef rump or butternut squash and chestnut roast. Each Sunday roast is served alongside garlic and thyme roast potatoes, carrots, peas and pancetta, a Yorkshire pudding and lashings of gravy. Room for dessert? Order the sticky date and cardamom pudding with muscovado toffee sauce and bourbon ice cream and thank us later.
76–78 North Street, Leeds LS2 7PN
0113 295 6060

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The Hawthorn

A real Georgian gem in the heart of Haworth, packed full of period features (including roaring log fires, wooden paneling and large windows overlooking the cobbled main street), this gastro pub is the perfect place for a delicious Sunday roast. The menu is forever changing with the seasons, but expect dishes such as heritage topside of beef, Swaledale shoulder of lamb, or leek, pea and parmesan crumble, served with garlic roast potatoes, tenderstem broccoli, green beans, roast carrots, leeks and peas, cauliflower cheese and Yorkshire pudding. If you’re in the mood for feasting, order a selection of sides including pigs in blankets, parmesan truffle roasties or extra cauliflower cheese.
103–109 Main Street, Haworth BD22 8DP
01535 644477

Pearly Cow Pearly Cow

Pearly Cow

Bring the week to a close with a traditional Sunday lunch at the Pearly Cow. Choose between 45-day salt aged beef sirloin, roast chicken or wild mushroom and tofu Wellington, served alongside proper Yorkshire puddings, roast parsnips, cauliflower cheese, glazed carrots and roast potatoes. Finish with something sweet like the chocolate tart with malted milk ice cream.
1 Clifton, York YO30 6AA
01904 946299

Beck & Call

This family-friendly pub is a popular choice for many so booking a table is a must. All roasts are served with seasonal greens, buttered carrots, roast potatoes, a Yorkshire pudding and lots of proper gravy. Choose from topside of beef with creamed horseradish, pork belly and apple chutney, slow roast lamb and mint sauce or vegetarian haggis. There are plenty of sides including pigs in blankets, cauliflower cheese and creamy leeks if you’re wanting more, but there’s kids roasts or beef and Yorkshire pudding sandwiches if you’re after something smaller.
Stainbeck Road, Meanwood LS7 2NP
0113 266 1192

The Malt Shovel

This quaint 16th century country village pub is filled with rustic charm, and there are plenty of walks in the surrounding area so you can work up an appetite. Start with the deep-fried brie with redcurrant and horseradish sauce, or order The Malt Shovel soup with homemade croutons, followed by the beef, chicken, pork or lamb all served with roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, roast parsnips, honey-glazed carrots, seasonal green veg and a Yorkshire pudding. Can’t decide which meat to order? Ask for The Malt Mix and sample your choice of three.
Main Street, Brearton, North Yorkshire HG3 3BX

01423 862929

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