30 best Sunday roasts with the most in Kent
Bring on the Yorkshire puds! But no point slaving away in that kitchen yourself. Where are the best spots for a weekend nosh up? Here's 30 of the best places to try in Kent...
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 Kentish Hare, Bidborough, near Tunbridge Wells
Winner of Best Destination Pub in Kent, in the 2019 AND 2021 Muddy Awards, this is both a family-friendly venue and one for the foodies too. Nestled in suburban Bidborough, owned and run by brothers Chris and James Tanner, there’s plenty of choice for roasts on the Sunday Menu. And you can enjoy watching the chefs prepare your dishes through a glass window in the main dining area.
The Lantern Inn, Dover
A hidden gem nestled between Deal and Dover, The Lantern Inn is a 17th century cosy pub with timber beams, room to stay and delicious food. There is of course the classic Sunday roast, with locally sourced meat (cider braised pork belly is a favourite), crunchy roast potatoes, yorkshire puds and seasonal veg. Delicious gastro-pub food, tick. Roaring fires, tick. Fabulous interiors, tick.
The Duck Inn, Pett Bottom
Set in the beautiful Kent countryside, the kitchen has steadily gained a strong reputation for dining excellence. Plus there’s a James Bond connection – what more could you want? Visit on a Sunday and they’ll have you with their House Baked Bread & Butter – and that’s before you’ve even stiffed their spectacular roasts. Guests are guaranteed a warm welcome, but the exceptional food is the real star.
The Black Horse, Pluckley
This beautiful beamed country bar and restaurant is rich in history, located in the heart of the UK’s most haunted village plus its menu has plenty of locally sourced dishes on offer. Enjoy top side of Bethersden beef and roiled loin of Egerton pork all supplied by the butcher who is literally across the roast so you can’t get much closer! Rich, creamy cauliflower cheese with Smoked Ashmore Cheddar, triple cooked roast potatoes finished in duck fat, home made Yorkshire puddings with buttered greens, chantanay carrots, Cumberland sausage stuffing and pigs in blankets from from Cumberland chipolatas. Book us a table stat!
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. Perfect!
The Eight Bells, Hawkhurst
This gorgeous country pub is within easy reach of the Kent and Sussex borders and is perfect for a hearty post-walk lunch or cosy dinner. It was recently named winner of the Best Meat Roast Dinner in the Knorr Professional’s Great British Roast Dinner competition. The winning roast was a rump of local beef served with all the trimmings. So it’s clear the traditional Sunday roasts are exceptional – we know the Yorkshire puds are excellent!
The Rose Inn, Wickhambreaux
Quintessential English vibes set in a picture-perfect location deep in the Kentish countryside with stunning British food, sourced from local farms and producers, with an exceptionally talented chef at the helm. The Rose Inn Pub stands proud in the heart of Wickhambreaux village. There is no official menu here – just a blackboard listing the daily creations from Billy’s kitchen using what meat and vegetables he has laid his hands on for that day.
Bowley’s at The Plough, West Malling
Nestled in the picturesque village of Trottiscliffe is Bowley’s restaurant at The Plough and what’s particularly charming about it even though you can expect Michelin-esque food with exquisite attention to detail, there is still an incredibly laid-back feel to the pub. Perfect for a cosy Sunday lunch! There’s two roast options to choose from with Beef Sirloin or Corn-fed Chicken with local vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings.
The Ferry House, Isle of Sheppey
Check out this stunning luxury accommodation and dining destination! The Ferry House is a beautiful 16th century venue on the Isle of Sheppey that boasts edge of the world surroundings. You’ll love the AA Rosette restaurant, a two-time Taste of Kent award winner. The Ferry House firmly believe that local is best – as evidenced through their use of bountiful produce form their large kitchen garden, beef and game from their family farm and local estate, plus award-winning spirits distilled from their own grains. You’ll be in safe hands with your beloved Sunday roast here.
The Granville, Canterbury
Did you know this popular pub was crowned the regional winner for South England in the Best British Roast Dinner competition? Run don’t walk! Their roast menu changes weekly but usually there’s Beef, Pork, Lamb and veggie 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 Dove, Dargate
The Dove in Dargate ticks all our boxes, 15 minutes from the pretty seaside town of Whitstable or 15 minutes from the beautiful city of Canterbury – so you are in the right surroundings for a bracing walk afterwards on the beach or a potter around the shops in Canterbury. But now onto the food! There’s Treacle cured Sirloin of Beef, Free range Turkey Breast, Porchetta (rolled and deboned pork loin and belly with herb stuffing) and a Beetroot, Butternut Squash and Red Onion Wellington – all served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and a mix of seasonal veg. Yum!
The Red Lion, Stodmarsh
If you’re after a winter warmer pub then you’ve come to the right place. The menu is changed regularly to reflect the seasons so you can expect hearty fayre, executed beautifully and with a contemporary twist, plus log fires burning to ensure that you really will find it impossible to leave – we love the beer garden too which bleeds seamlessly into the English countryside, views aplenty!
Leicester Arms, Penshurst
A brilliantly located pub in the heart of Penshurst village, with a view of the entrance to Penshurst Place from the front and stunning fields from the beer garden at the back. Offering decent grub and boutique bedrooms – it’s one for over-nighters and locals alike! They always have 3 roasts available using only local ingredients, their beef is sourced from the field next door and the lamb from the field over the road (impressive!).
Frasers is a unique, bespoke 2 AA rosette restaurant with 9 luxurious 5* Gold guest rooms. Popular with weddings, corporate events and private dining but no mistake, it’s a favourite foodie destination in its own right. The award-winning restaurant will ensure you dine in style! Enjoy a selection of seasonal starters followed by a delicious locally-sourced joint of meat and dessert for the whole table to share. Salivate over the Sunday lunch menu before you go. Yum.
The Curious Eatery, Boughton Monchelsea
This super cute, quirky converted pub serves up a cracking Sunday lunch. 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 so get in there first!
The Crescent Turner, Whitstable
Sitting just outside the cool seaside town of Whitstable, The Crescent Turner offers great food, a friendly service and it’s the best sundowner spot in Kent. This boutique hotel has become our go-to place for a weekend away plus it’s a pretty good spot for a roast. Like the sound of Kentish beef that’s been rubbed in black treacle and whole grain mustard before being backed on a bed of onion, thyme and garlic until beautifully medium rare? Or what about slow cooked, tender pork with a lovely apple ketchup, or chicken that’s been marinated in honey, garlic, tarragon and thyme? We thought you would. And we’ve not even got started on the cauliflower purée…!
The Quay, Faversham
This boutique hotel, bar and restaurant is a real foodie favourite within the Faversham area and a destination for anyone coming from further afield. Enjoy a roast beef (pink) with homemade horseradish, roast leg of lamb with homemade mint sauce or for veggies try their lentil, mushroom and mixed nut roast and there’s roasted halibut with prawn, mussel and chorizo paella. Yum!
Papermakers Arms, Plaxtol
Finalists for Best Destination Pub in Kent, as voted by you, in the Muddy Awards 2021, this popular rural pub and restaurant – sitting in the pretty village of Plaxtol – is well worth a visit… This is a popular gastro pub and restaurant situated in the beautiful village of Plaxtol, Kent. The friendly vibe, pretty rural setting and well delivered dishes have made it a hit with both locals and destination diners alike.
The Old Bank, Westerham
For fine-dining spoilation and a special meal out look no further than The Old Bank in Westerham! Situated on the Market Square in bustling Westerham, spoil yourself and sample some fine dining, wine or cocktails in uber-stylish surroundings. But first decide between these absolute beauties! Roast rib eye salt aged cumbrian beef, roast creedy carver duck or roast belly of salt aged pork – all served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and veg!
The Dog, 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 Valiant Sailor, Folkestone
Nestled at the top of the White Cliffs in Capel le Ferne, also known as ‘the Village in the Clouds’ between Folkestone and Dover. This pub dates back to 1782 and is still loved by locals. Their delicious roasts earned them a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017 and 2018. Cuddle up next to the open roaring fire or enjoy the large beer garden with a children’s play area.
Restaurant and bar serving cocktails in the heart of Sevenoaks, with a heated outdoor seating area in the town’s pretty courtyard. Fine dining, wines and cocktails sourced from local suppliers – what’s not to love?
Bank House, Chislehurst
If you’re after more a swanky bar vibe, you’ll love Bank House on the Chislehurst High St! During the week they serve modern European small plates of artisan food and have an impressive wine bar serving natural and carefully hand-selected wines and creative classic cocktails. But Sundays are a little bit different for the rest of the week here, they have a fab roast offering with a choice of 3 different meats – varying on seasonality and served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, vegetables and cauliflower cheese. There’s also a children’s roast too!
The Chequers, Lamberhurst
This pretty 15th century pub in the heart of Lamberhurst village is a must-visit with a gorgeous beer garden outside, for sunny days, and log fires and wooden beams inside, for cosy winter drinks and dining, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy grass fed beef, supreme cut chicken, Kentish reared pork shoulder or their nut roast all served with crispy roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, veg and lashings of gravy.
The Beacon, Tunbridge Wells
With a wonderful simple Sunday Menu – targeted and perfectly executed – there’s one meat dish and one for vegetarians. Think Longhorn beef with horseradish hollandaise or Roast butternut squash & celeriac pithivier washed down with White chocolate mousse and spiced pea.
The Red Lion, Hernhill
We love this stunning quintessential English 13th Century pub. Not only is the roast here exceptional (the cauliflower cheese is to die for!) but the pub sits on a village green where you can listen to jazz after your Sunday lunch in the summer and there’s also a brilliant kids play area – so something for all the family here.
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. 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 Garden Room, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve
Why not enjoy your Sunday nosh in the Garden Room at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve? Originally the stableyard of Sir Philip Sassoon’s country estate, dine in the same surroundings as Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin and many other famous former guests to the historic Kent mansion (ooooh!). Choose from succulent cuts of roast aged topside of beef, roast corn fed chicken or roast middle white pork loin. All served with cauliflower puree, red cabbage, walmestone growers greens, chantenay carrots, roast potatoes topped with a Yorkshire pudding.
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 George & Heart, Margate
A Grade II listed building which dates back to the 18th century. Lovingly restored, this former Coach Inn now hosts a cosy pub, restaurant and hidden Nook all leading onto a private garden. Overflowing with personality and charm we hope that you’ll feel the love that’s gone into bringing this historic building back to life.
Vittle & Swig, Tunbridge Wells
In the heart of Tunbridge Wells you’ll find Vittle & Swig, a small plate restaurant and bar who serve exceptional roasts. Choose between the Dry Aged Scotch Ribeye & Horseradish Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, Mini Corn Fed Chicken, Orchard Farm Pork Belly with Apple – or can’t decide? Have a 2 meat roast! Not forgetting veggies, enjoy the BBQ Courgette & Polenta option. Complete with cauliflower cheese, roast potatoes, hispi cabbage, carrot mash, honey roast red onion and of course, Yorkshire puddings! We luuuuurve it here.
If you’re on the hunt for a brilliant Sunday roast (always!) outside of Kent, then check out team Muddy’s insider info on the 52 best places across the counties to get your Yorkshire pudding and gravy fix.