Posted 22nd June 2010
Well it’s been a couple of years since we started this post and we’ve been updating it each time we’ve found another Bristol gem. A huge thanks to all of our readers who have left comments and recommendations. Please keep them coming!
A decent Sunday Roast can be hard to find, and when everyone knows that a good roast dinner will cure all ills (most notably hangovers and colds) Foodie thought it best that we give you a helping hand with some of our favourite Roast Dinner retreats…
The Rummer Hotel, City Centre
All Saints Lane, Bristol, Avon BS1 1JH
t: 0117 929 0111
Relaxed yet sophisticated, enjoy great food and wine with an open fire, soft jazz in the background (the cocktail list could also help you pass the time!) Roasts are served 1-5pm on Sundays and cost £10.50 or three courses for £17.50.
Yorkshires – Clearly homemade – huge in size, puffed up and fluffy.
Gravy – Came in a separate boat rather than pre-poured which I like as you can have as much or as little as you like, it’s down to personal preference after all. The gravy tasted rich and meaty. Beautiful flavours. Really good.
Meat – We chose beef, it came very rare and tasted fabulous. Very tender and had a real wow factor.
Veg – Seasonal veg, we had roasted beetroot and curly kale amongst others. A welcome change the the broccoli and carrots I normally cook at home.
Potatoes – Very well cooked, crispy on the outside. fluffy in the middle. Just how they are meant to be.
The Richmond, Clifton
33 Gordon Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1AW
t: 0117 923 75 42
A traditional pub with ales, wines, an open fire and a good roast. Price is under £10 and roasts are served til 8pm on Sundays.
Yorkshires – light, fluffy and home made – what more could you ask for?
Gravy – Rich, tasty and again, home made. I’d prefer a gravy boat to ‘on the plate’ but this is me being finicky
Meat – Beef was beautifully rare, just how I like it. Request it well done if rare is not to your taste though. The slow cooked lamb simply fell apart, very tender albeit a little fatty.
Vegetables – Too much variety: swede, parsnips, carrots, peas, green beans and red cabbage. Peas, carrots and beans were fine, nothing special. Cabbage was delicious as were the swede and the parsnips.
Roast Potatoes – Crispy on the outside, fluffy in the middle and a great taste. Roasties can make or break the meal but these were spot on!
8 Clifton Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1AF
0117 973 4949
Big weekend, friends have come to stay, Saturday night on the town. Sunday = ROAST DINNER! And I honestly haven’t found one to beat the Lansdown. Rare beef, red cabbage, crunchy roasties and carbie yorkshire puddings, and the pork and chicken both looked amazing too! Relaxed, family atmosphere, with outdoor seating. For under £10 you really can’t go wrong. I struggle to bring myself to try anywhere else when I know it is so good here!
The Cadbury House
68 Richmond Road, Montpelier, Bristol BS6 5EW
0117 924 7874
Hippy chic and tucked away in Montpelier, the Cadbury does a good roast. Ample gardens to hang out in, decent ales and ciders to choose from and priced at less than £10 for slow roast belly pork with tons of crackling you really can’t go wrong! And there is a corner shop round the corner to buy the Sunday papers. Bonus!
Browns Bar & Brasserie Bristol
38 Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol
Telephone 0117 930 4777
Now, as an already huge advocate of Browns Brasserie, this review is slightly biased… nonetheless their roast dinners are pretty damn good and I wouldn’t hesitate to eat there time and time again. At £11 – £13 a head they’re not the cheapest however the portions are large, the Yorkshire puddings are homemade and the service is fantastic – not only that but they serve a Sticky Toffee Pudding to die for – the perfect end to a good old fashioned Sunday Dinner.
A great roast. The beef is served rare, succulent and melt-in-the-mouth good, served with goose fat roast potatoes and homemade gravy. Portions are generous (albeit whenever we eat there, there’s little left over). The atmosphere is warm and welcoming – in fact with the roaring fire within the bar and a very extensive wine list it is all too easy to sit back, relax and spend the entirety of your Sunday afternoon in the pub. The only negative is price, The Albion is definitely not a cheap Sunday afternoon out although a very good way to celebrate Sunday in style.
Our Readers’ Favourites!
We’ve been overwhelmed with how many comments and recommendations we get on this post. We haven’t tried all of the below but you lot certainly have! The top roasts recommended by you include:
In addition to our post, I’d like to give a bit of a shout out to the Bristol Sunday Lunch Club. A newly discovered Facebook group, run by a lovely chap called Ben, which is a great resource for quick recommends and has even helped us find some new places to try. You can join the group here.