20 Sunday Roasts! But not all at once…
Bring on the Yorkshire puds! Where are the best spots for a weekend nosh up? Here's our round up of our fave cosy pubs for you to try...
It’s the most heart-warming meal of the week and a proud British tradition – but where do you head for a stonking Sunday roast? Here are a few of the best Sunday roasts in Kent. Go ahead and add yours in the comments…
The Dog at Wingham
Found in picturesque Wingham, which is rather superbly located on the road that links Canterbury and Sandwich, this pub offers beef, chicken pork and veggie roast options. You voted it best destination pub in Kent in the Muddy Awards 2018 and it was the county winner for The National Pub and Bar Awards 2018. You’ve got great doggie walking territory near by, world class golf courses and Kent’s coastline. Cheeky Sunday drive, anyone?
The Mount Edgecumbe, Tunbridge Wells
In the heart of Tunbridge Wells, only a few minutes walk from The Pantiles, The Mount Edgecumbe is nestled in between the sandstone rocks. This cosy gastro pub – with a cave (pictured) – is a fab option for a Sunday roast – choose between beef, lamb, half chicken or nut roast all served with roasted veg, roasted potatoes and yorkshire puds – ooh just pass me the gravy!
The Granville, Canterbury
This popular pub was crowned the regional winner for south England in the Best British Roast Dinner competition. The interior is divided into a comfy sofa area, a bar area and an eating area, with a central fireplace. Outside, there is an enclosed garden with a patio area, not that you’ll be dining al fresco, but still worth a mention. Sunday roast menu changes weekly but there’s usually Beef, Pork, Lamb and Vegetarian options. And you get the works with it Sage and onion stuffing, Yorkshire pudding, Roast potatoes and Cauliflower cheese (made with Kentish Blue Cheese). Mouth watering, much?
The Poet, Matfield
Situated in the middle of picturesque Matfield and fairly off the beaten track this pub strikes the perfect marriage between traditional relaxed feel and serious food credentials. The Sunday Lunch Menu offers everything from roast rump of beef or shoulder of pork to pancetta wrapped chicken supréme or wild mushroom and nutmeg tart (3 courses cost a reasonable £25.95). Each dish has a suggested wine pairing – definitely one for the foodies.
The Duke William, Ickham
Sunday Lunch is a bit of an institution at this Mark Sargeant pub (he’s Gordon Ramsay’s protégé) where they pride themsselves on serving up a smashing classic roast. On the menu is Roast Sirloin of Beef, Shoulder of Pork, Leg of Lamb or Rump of Beef. There’s even a Sunday Roast Platter which consists of a bit of everything so you can enjoy all three. Great Kid’s Menu too, including a child-sized roast on Sundays. If you can move after all that then there’s Howlett’s Wild Animal Park and Wingham Wildlife Park near by. Or, if you’re too stuffed to move, relax in front of the fire, perch at the bar or tuck yourself away in a cosy corner.
The George & Dragon, Chipstead, nr Sevenoaks
In the cute village of Chipstead just outside Sevenoaks, this pub has been offering hospitality to locals and visitors alike since the time of Henry VIII. Cosy inside – think open fire and heavy oak beams – there’s friendly staff and where possible meat is organic. The traditional Sunday roasts on offer includes roast pork, beef and chicken options – children can have half portion beef at half price.
The Kentish Hare, Bidborough
Another gastropub with a great reputation, this one is run by brothers Chris and James Tanner and is only a stone’s throw from Tunbridge Wells. The Sunday menu always includes at least one roast offering, topped off with crispy crackling, apple sauce, vegetables, roast potatoes. A foodie friend ate here recently and raved about it.
Kings Head, Wye
There’s a lot to love about the King’s Head. The pub sits in the pretty historical village of Wye, there’s lots of lovely walking nearby in the North Downs and the owners, Mark and Scott, go to great lengths to make sure you are well looked after. What’s more Sunday Lunch is a bit of a speciality at this pub – with Beef, Lamb, Pork, Turkey (all quality and locally sourced where possible) or a Vegetarian option (it’s currently Roast Vegetable & Lentil Wellington) all on the menu. For those of you as indecisive (and greedy) as me there’s the ‘mixed roast’ option with cuts of Beef, Lamb, Pork all on one plate. If you’re making a weekend of it, the there’s some newly refurbed and tastefully decorated rooms to stumble towards upstairs.
The King Henry VIII, Hever
Tradition reigns supreme at The King Henry VIII, a historic English pub in Hever. There’s been a pub here ever since 1597, and from its dramatic chimney stacks to its authentic oak beams, open fires and panelled bars, the whole place captures the charm and character of Tudor craftsmanship. With the pub close to Hever Castle, where Anne Boleyn spent her early years, this half-timbered, peg-tiled pub is a gem of a place. Sit inside, with a roaring fire to keep you cosy and choose
The Curious Eatery, (at The Albion Inn), Boughton Monchelsea
This super cute, quirky converted pub serves up a cracking Sunday lunch and is situated near Leeds Castle, so you could start your trip there. On offer is chicken or rib of beef or shoulder of lamb, cooked over-night so super tender, and sold on one platter by weight, with Yorkshire puds, steamed veggies and crispy roast potatoes. Turn up early as it’s first come first served with the size options. Chef Nicole (also known as Pixie) has cooked for Richard Branson, amongst others and he recently posted on Facebook that he’s looking forward to coming and trying the place out. Even better – there’s a little shop upstairs in here too.
The Windmill Pub, Hollingbourne
Run by TV chef, Richard Phillips this pub has a superb roast menu – with a variety of meals on offer if you visit on a Sunday (the usual meats, pork beef, chicken and they can do a veggie option if you so wish). This pretty pub, which is just two minutes from the entrance of lovely Leeds Castle, is very good at sourcing local and seasonal fare. Better still, children under 7 years old eat free. Sorted.
The Duck Inn at Pett Bottom, Canterbury
The Duck Inn at Pett Bottom just outside Canterbury, is a traditional pub with a winning combination of cosy atmosphere, friendly staff and fabulous chef. I hear from a reliable source that the Roast pork belly, crackling, apple sauce & roasting juices is to die for. Mind you the Slow roast beef rib-eye (served pink), Yorkshire pudding & gravy doesn’t sound too shabby either. This pub has built up a great rep in the foodie world, added to that, James Bond novelist, Ian Flemming, wrote You Only Live Twice here in 1964 and it was the first pub in Kent to earn a Michelin star.
The George & Dragon, Speldhurst
The George & Dragon, in Speldhurst, is a handsome old 13th Century Inn – with flagstone floors, dramatic oak beams, and huge roaring log fireplaces (oh, and have I mentioned it won the Best Destination Pub in Kent category in the last Muddy Awards?). On Sundays it serves Prime Aged Rump of Beef or Slow Roasted Belly of Pork with all the trimmings or other winter-warming dishes like Speldhurst Sausage and Mash or Venison Beef Pie. One for those that like history and character.
The Three Chimneys, Biddenden
This charming, rural pub has lots of great walks nearby. As well as the usual menu there’s always at least one roast on offer on a Sunday, either beef, lamb or roast pork. Read the black board menu to see where the food is from – it’s almost always local and the quality is always impeccable.
The Chaser, Shipbourne
Sitting overlooking the village church this ex-country-house has high ceilings, walls covered in a pleasingly random selection of books and pictures and fat candles on tables – all in all the definitive English country pub. And it’s one that has won, or made the finals of ‘Sunday Lunch Pub of the Year’ more than once over the years. Makes for a great day out – start with a slap up Sunday meal then walk to nearby Ightham Mote (NT) – the Greensand Way walking route passes the front door.
The Mark Cross Inn, Mark Cross
Just 5 miles from Tunbridge Wells in the heart of the countryside. Open 7 days a week and serving food all day, The Mark Cross is a down-to-earth destination, great for families – with a stunning view, lots of outside space and decent children’s play area.
The Hare, Langton Green
Cosy Edwardian pub with a fine choice of drinks and yummy food! In the village of Langton Green just outside of Tunbridge Wells, The Hare is the perfect place to stop off for a roast. Dogs are welcome around the bar, where there’s stools around the counter and bench seats. The dining room is separate with old-style wooden tables and chairs and quirky decor. Options for a roast beef, pork or chicken – if you can’t decide try the mixed beef and pork option that comes with all the trimmings. They have a fab desert menu too – if you have room!
Ye Olde Yew Tree Inn, Canterbury
The Inn was built in 1348 (yes, Mudlets, that makes it older than Mummy) and boasts bags of history – Queen Anne and the Archbishop of Canterbury are reputed to have stayed here, as well as Dick Turpin. Highly recommended by a friend who is a local, this pub oozes olde worlde charm and offers every kind of roast imaginable – chicken, lamb, sirloin of beef, pork belly, nut (veggie) and even seasonal game specials from time-to-time. There’s a smaller kids version too. The food is reasonably priced and there’s lovely walks around the nearby lakes to be had too (and a decent beer garden for when the weather warms up).
Mu Mu, Maidstone
Have Sunday lunch with a difference at this part time cabaret, part time Sunday Club Cinema and part time eatery, where you’ll be surrounded with eccentric but luxurious décor. Try pork, lamb or the loin of beef served pink in the middle with horseradish sauce and a red wine jus accompanied by both roast potatoes and mash, cauliflower cheese, seasonal veg and Yorkshire pud. If you’re struggling to decide which meat to have, there is the ‘indecisive medley’ featuring beef, pork and lamb.
The Great House, Hawkhurst
Fancy a white weather-boarded pub with a pretty beer garden that you reach through a traditional lynch gate sitting in the heart of the Kentish weald? Perfectly located for a day out, visit near by Bewl Water or Bedgebury Forest to work up an appetite then hoover up the menu. Roasts include Traditional Sirloin of English Beef, Rosemary infused Leg of English Lamb, English Pork, Roast Turkey or Nut Roast. All served with the usual sides. Decent children’s menu too at great value – a firm family favourite.