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Yorkshire Best Sunday Lunches
Eat and Drink
November 2018
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You're guaranteed to get the best from the home of the Yorkshire pudding

There’s no better English tradition than a Sunday roast and nowhere better to tuck into the finest cuts of meat and fluffy Yorkshire puddings than right here in Yorkshire – here’s our pick of the best.

The Star Inn 

Harome, Helmsley YO62 5JE
01439 770397
If you’re on the hunt for a Sunday lunch with star quality then you’re in the right place. Andrew Pern’s Michelin-starred restaurant has just been ranked 59 out of 500 of the best dining experiences in the world by Lonely Planet. The menu focuses on the best of what Yorkshire has on offer – it changes with the seasons but you can count on an array of complex and delicious flavours. In the past they’ve offered little foie gras toad in the hole to start, roast loin of pork with artichoke purée, salted hazelnuts with ale-infused gravy to follow and a selection of sublime desserts (if you have the room).

The George & Dragon 

Hudswell, Yorkshire DL11 6BL
01748 518373

You could be tempted to stop by this pub for their award-winning selection of real ales alone, but what pulls us in is their delicious selection of roasts which rotate weekly between Yorkshire’s finest beef, nut roast, lamb and pork. There’s plenty of enjoyable walks in the area too, making this pub the perfect pit-stop on your Sunday afternoon stroll.

The Black Swan 

Main Street, York YO61 4BL
01347 868387

Dating back to the 15th century, this half-timbered pub has a sense of tradition all over it. Try a premium ale by the bar before enjoying a mammoth portion of roast beef with Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings. In the heart of the city, it’s the perfect place to tuck into lunch before a spot of shopping or stroll along the river.

The Brasserie

The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel,
Bolton Abbey BD23 6AJ
01756 718111

This vibrant brasserie and bar is modern and chic, with an award-winning menu. Take your time mulling over the impressive selection of wines and deciding whether to go for a classic roast beef or pork roast, or try a tempting fish or vegetarian option. When it comes to desserts they’ve got you well and truly covered with the classic sticky toffee pudding with lashings of toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream rarely leaving the menu.

The Yorke Arms

Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale, Pateley Bridge HG3 5RL
01423 755243
Nestled in the Nidderdale Valley with breathtaking views of the North Yorkshire Dales and with a Michelin star to its name, this restaurant is the perfect place for a real treat. The site was a monastic cheesery in the 11th century that was transformed into a coaching inn in the 18th century, and continues to show its rustic charm today. Chef Frances Atkins has perfected a menu rich in produce from the kitchen garden, surrounding moors and the East Coast. They only serve Sunday lunch once a month – but it’s well worth the wait.  

White Horse & Griffin

87 Church Street, Whitby Y022 4BH
01947 604857

Built in 1681 by Sir Hugh Cholmley, the White Horse & Griffin was a meeting place for explorers Captain James Cook and William Scoresby, who hired their crews at the inn. It’s still the perfect place to meet today, with a giant beef-filled Yorkshire pudding accompanied by all the trimmings and plenty of gravy to douse it in. They also have an irresistible selection of gin cocktails to test as you tuck into your roast.

Shibden Mill Inn

Shibden Mill Fold, Shibden, Halifax HX3 7UL
01422 365840

This picture-postcard 17th century inn is nestled within the Shibden Valley opposite Red Beck – the millstream that provided the vital power for the inn’s corn and spinning mill beginnings. Their fresh, seasonal dishes use the best locally-sourced ingredients combined with produce from their own kitchen garden. Try classic chicken liver parfait with red onion jam and toasted brioche to start, a roasted leg of Yorkshire Dales lamb with dripping roasties, a Yorkshire pudding and rich homemade gravy to follow, and a pot of gooey brownie with fresh clotted cream to round things off.  

Rutland Arms

86 Brown Street, Sheffield S1 2BS
0114 272 9003

If you’re on the hunt for a proper pub for Sunday lunch then look no further. The Rutland Arms have real ales with from breweries across the country, as well as ciders and craft beers to start you off on the right foot. After a pint in the bar, sit yourself down and feast on a generously portioned roast of pork, beef, lamb or chicken and finish with a homemade dessert.

The Bull at Broughton

Broughton, Skipton BD23 3AE
01756 792 065

This rustic pub, close to the stunning Yorkshire Dales, makes for a lovely option for a post-walk feast. Every Sunday they offer a list of roasts – with the 21-day-aged roast beef cooked to your liking, on a plate packed with puddings, potatoes and seasonal vegetables. After you’ve mopped up the last of the gravy, prepare yourself for dessert, because you’re going to want one. Our pick? A bowl of golden bramley apple and gooseberry crumble layered in creamy vanilla custard.

Shoulder of Mutton

Main Street, Kirkby Overblow, Harrogate HG3 1HD
01423 871205

Built in the 1880s, this pub and restaurant is packed with charm and steeped in history. It’s the kind of pub you want to settle into on a relaxed Sunday afternoon, enjoying a couple of local ales and browsing their detailed Sunday menu. They have sirloin of beef, honey-roast ham or shoulder of mutton with redcurrant gravy and dauphinoise potatoes on offer, as well as a selection of salads, fish and chips or steak and ale pie if you’re in the mood to mix up your routine. The desserts are plentiful, with profiteroles pumped with fresh cream and dipped in chocolate sauce top of the bill.

The Fountaine Inn 

Linton-In-Craven BD23 5HJ
01756 752210

Snuggle up by the roaring log fire and tuck into slow-roasted brisket of beef with mash and Yorkshire pudding dripping in ale gravy at this classy inn, or mix it up with duck in ginger and honey or Yorkshire gammon with egg and chips. Surrounded by wonderful countryside, take your pick of the many glorious paths to explore after building up an appetite.

The Airedale Heifer

Bradford Road, Riddlesden, Keighley BD20 5LY
01274 515870

The Airedale Heifer is situated between Crossflatts and Riddlesden, in a little village called Sandbeds. They have a bar stocked with their own Bridgehouse Brewery ales to go along with a tempting Sunday menu. Our pick – golden ham hock fritters with traditional chip shop curry sauce to start, roast pork with crackling and all the trimmings to follow and a totally moreish chocolate and seville orange bread and butter pudding with creamy vanilla custard to finish things off on a fabulous note.

The Kestrel 

Plompton, Knaresborough HG5 8LY
01423 797979

This country pub is set in the tranquil landscape surrounding Plumpton Rocks, and makes for a charming stop off when exploring the area. You can take your pick between traditional sirloin of beef, bacon-wrapped pork loin, lamb shank or turkey roasts – all served with a fluffy Yorkshire pudding, ruffled roast potatoes and as much gravy as you like. For a light dessert we like the sound of the coconut sorbet with freshly-chopped strawberries sprinkled on top.

The Coach House 

Middleton Lodge, Kneeton Lane, Richmond DL10 6NJ
01325 377977

The Coach House is one of two dining options on Middleton Lodge’s 200-acre rural estate. It’s a casual dining space where you can tuck into the ultimate Sunday feast of local produce, foraged vegetables and irresistible desserts. We’d go for the wild mushrooms with slow-cooked duck egg and smoked hollandaise to start, Yorkshire pork belly with creamed cabbage, apple and boudin noir to follow and their baked pistachio Alaska to finish.


33 Victoria Park Avenue, Scarborough YO12 7TR
01723 363871

Don’t let the sophistication of Jeremys put you off making it a destination for your lazy Sunday roast. Cooking up seasonal local produce, in a relaxed dining environment, is award-winning chef-de-patron Jeremy. Take your pick from Yorkshire beef, chicken, slow-roast belly pork or seabreem, and with a mouthwatering selection of starters, including truffle ravioli and stuffed wood pigeon, not forgetting desserts too, it would be rude not to try the full three courses.

The Punch Bowl Inn 

Marton-cum-Grafton YO51 9QY
01423 322519

Lazy Sunday afternoons would be well spent at this inn where we recommend you go for the full three-course menu, with potted pork with piccalilli and sourdough to start, roast chicken breast with creamy cauliflower cheese, golden roast potatoes and a Yorkshire pudding lathered in gravy to follow, and the most decedent chocolate and cherry cheesecake with toasted hazelnuts and vanilla ice cream to finish.

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