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Surrey’s best Sunday roasts

One of life's real pleasures: a succulent Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Here's where to go to find Surrey's best Sunday lunches.

The ritual of the Sunday roast is a great British tradition but, let’s be honest, it takes hours of prep, cooking time and don’t get me started on the tidying up… urgh. Close the kitchen, and head out for your weekly Yorkshire pud fix. Here are a few of the best Sunday roasts in Surrey. Go ahead and add yours in the comments…

 

The Bull Inn, Limpsfield

Found in picturesque village of Limpsfield – not far from Oxted – this 16th-century pub has just had a major refurb thanks to a merry band of local investors and is now looking super-foxy. On Sundays, you’re looking at beef, chicken, slow-roast pork belly as well as The Bull veggie roast option, with all the trimmings. And if you need to seat a big group, there are private dining options upstairs as well as in the Grain Store, a beautifully restored barn. thebullinnlimpsfield.com

The Cock Inn, Headley

The Cock Inn at Headley, is a traditional pub with a winning combination of cosy atmosphere, friendly staff and fabulous great food. It’s not far from Headley Heath, where there are lots of different walks you can do – including a 13km round trip to Box Hill for those who are feeling particularly energetic, and dogs are welcome. There’s a good choice of roasts – chicken, pork, beef or all three if you can’t decide – plus veggie and gluten free offerings with all the trimmings. cockinnheadley.co.uk

Fox and Hounds, Englefield Green

Just a stone’s throw from the Bishopsgate entrance to Windsor Great Park, this is a great pub to park your butt in for a filling Sunday roast after a romp in the 2000ha parkland. The pub is cosy and unpretentious, although the restaurant at the back is elegant and a tad more formal than the bar area at the front if you’re after something a bit more special. The Sunday menu offers up things like roast beef, lamb and nut roast, with all the trimmings including Yorkshire puds.  thefoxandhoundsrestaurant.com

The Percy Arms, Chilworth

If you like your Sunday lunch with a side order of wow, pull up a seat at the Percy Arms. Serving modern British food with strong South African influences, the Sunday carvery is a meat eater’s nirvana with a choice of five different meats, plus roasties, Yorkies and veg. There’s also an impressive vegan menu for non-carnivores. The South African theme spills over to the decor, with authentic artefacts in abundance to help create the style of a colonial hunting lodge. Aaaand relax. thepercyarms.net

Runnymede on Thames, Egham

If you fancy a Sunday roast with water views, the Lock Bar and Kitchen at the Runnymede on Thames is the spot. Offering a hearty two-course set Sunday roast menu (£23) with a choice of Dingley Dell pork, slow roasted rump of beef or half a roast chicken, served with the trimmings, there’s also a good selection for those not in the mood for a roast with traditional faves like fish pie, burgers and fish and chips.  runnymedehotel.com

The Victoria, Oxshott

 

A traditional pub with oodles of character – low beams, polished timber floors, slate tiles in the bar and open fireplaces – and on a Sunday the tradition continues with a menu of roast dinners with all the trimmings that runs alongside the usual a la carte menu. There’s roast beef, pork or chicken served with rich gravy, roasties plus cauliflower cheese and seasonal vegetables. victoriaoxshott.com

Stag on the River, Lower Eashing

Watch the world go by and your kids do cartwheels at The Stag in Lower Eashing. If it’s all about location, location, location, this pub has it all. Tucked away down pretty country lanes not far from the A3, The Stag sits right on the River Wey.  It’s a pretty red-brick 18-century pub with a meaty Sunday roast offering including beef, lamb and pork – or a trio of roasts for the hungry. There’s also a fab gluten-free menu, as well as good veggie options.stagontherivereashing.co.uk

Sands and Bleak House, Horsell Common

This popular pub just outside Woking balances the art of being a welcoming local and a foodie destination. The food is fab, offering the traditional roast options of pork (with crackling), beef and chicken alongside other traditional dishes. Kids are well catered for too. Plus there are some lovely walks nearby to avoid a food coma. Pass the gravy. sandsatbleakhouse.co.uk

The Talbot, Ripley

Revamped and reopened a few years ago, The Talbot is a lovely combo of old and new – exposed beams, cosy nooks and roaring fires at the front flowing into a contemporary conservatory restaurant overlooking the vast summer terrace. Sunday lunches are a mix of the traditional roast alongside traditional faves like steak, burgers and fish and chips. There’s a two (£20) or three-course (£25) option, depending how greedy you’re feeling. thetalbotripley.com

The Running Horses, Mickleham

The Running Horses is a pub with rooms – think Four Weddings cosy – in the pretty village of Mickleham near Dorking. The pub defies the normal sittings, offering a Sunday menu from 12pm-8pm, meaning you can rock up at any time for a late lunch or early tea, if that’s how you roll. They’re serious about their meat here with all beef, pork and lamb coming from Taste Tradition, the specialist butcher in rare breed meat. All roast dinners are served with bacon and sage cauliflower cheese, buttered savoy cabbage, fat-roasted potatoes, glazed root vegetables & gravy. therunninghorses.co.uk

Brooklands Hotel, Weybridge

Step back to the glamour and elegance of the 1920s and 1930s at the 1907 Restaurant at the Brooklands Hotel. Sit down to a traditional Sunday roast (two courses £22.50, three courses £26.50) in the restaurant overlooking the Mercedes-Benz World track where every second Sunday resident musicians add to the cultured atmosphere. brooklandshotelsurrey.com

The Black Horse, Reigate

Sitting just on the edge of Reigate, this cosy gastro pub – with wonderfully big garden – is a fab option for a Sunday roast – choose between beef, pork or half chicken all served with roasted potatoes, seasonal veg and Yorkshire puds – ooh just pass me the gravy! theblackhorsereigate.com

The White Horse, Hascombe

The White Horse in Hascombe is one of those traditional country pubs that ticks all the boxes: roaring fires to hunker down in the winter and a brilliant large garden with lush country views. There’s the option of the slightly more formal (and kid-free) Dining Room or the relaxed and family-friendly Saloon Restaurant. There are some lovely walks nearby too so you can justify a massive blowout. Tuck in. whitehorsepub.net

One One Four, Teddington

Well helloooo beautiful. If you like to wash down your Sunday roast with a gin cocktail, this is most certainly the place for you. As well as a Sunday menu (two courses £20, three courses £25) that includes roast Sutton Hoo chicken, Surrey Farm rump of beef, Welsh lamb and a delicious sounding roast butternut squash and goats cheese Wellington, there’s an extensive cocktail menu. Bottoms up. oneonefour.co.uk

The Plough Inn, Coldharbour

You can easily make a day of Sunday lunch at the Plough Inn. Sitting at the base of Leith Hill, the highest point in south-east England, it’s blessed for walking opportunities. And as well as offering great food, the pub also has its own microbrewery on site. In the warmer months there’s a lovely garden out the back, but on cold days the pub is cosy and welcoming. Perfecto. Oh, and the roast dinners are the business – Southdown lamb, Surrey Farm beef and locally-sourced chicken plated up with roasties, Yorkies and fresh seasonal veg.  ploughinn.com

Denbies Gallery Restaurant, Dorking

It’s lunch with a view at the Gallery Restaurant at Denbies Wine Estate – with the first floor restaurant providing panoramic views out over the 265 acre vineyard and Box Hill. Lunch is a set menu £23.95 two courses, £27.95 three courses) with choices of Surrey Farm roast beef, slow-roasted pork belly or lamb, plus fish and veggie options. And you’re guaranteed of a superb local wine to wash it all down with. denbies.co.uk

 

 

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