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Roasts are a social affair and Arcobaleno in Kemptown is all about creating an inclusive and welcoming space for all. The LGBTQ+ hub serves a mix of Maltese inspired food during the week but on Sundays, it’s all about the roast. Fun pop-culture inspired cocktails and entertainment from local talent make Arcobaleno a destination where you come for the roast and stay for the night.
The DaddyLonglegs team has introduced a delightful twist to their Sunday Roasts, now offering BBQ-inspired mains instead of the traditional roasts. Indulge in mouthwatering options like BBQ dry-aged sirloin steak, Bone Pork chop, whole grilled Gilt Head Bream, and BBQ Hasselback butternut squash. The sitting times remain at 12.30, 2.30, and 4.30 pm. The BBQ roasts come with lighter accompaniments, including baby potatoes, glazed carrot, grilled courgette, grilled asparagus, mixed greens, Yorkshire pudding, and jus. This special menu will be available until the end of August, possibly extending into September, depending on the weather.
The Basketmakers Arms in the North Laine is a traditional style pub. It’s cosy with low ceilings and always buzzing with locals and visitors. The Sunday roasts are something of an event, where you’ll really get the full Brighton ‘Sunday session’ experience of coming together with friends and family for good ales and beer and generously portioned roasts. There are normally around seven roast options including vegetarian and vegan options. Meat is given serious consideration with roast lemon and thyme chicken breast, 6 hour slow cooked pork loin and 35-day aged sirloin all served with plenty of veg, crispy potatoes and generous lashings of gravy.
One of Brighton’s well-known pubs, The Black Lion, is situated in the heart of The Lanes just near the seafront on Black Lion Street. Serving a wide selection of roasts, there’s a kids roast choice for the little ones, and for special dietary requirements, there’s gluten-free and plant-based roasts. Every week a surprise ‘guest roast’ is featured including options like duck, lamb or gammon. Also, if a Bloody Mary’s calling you then look no further! Pre-order option is available for late roast bookings.
Bohemia is a deceptively large bar, all day eatery and music venue in the heart of the Lanes. Set over three floors with a mix of gothic and modish interior. Sunday lunch is served with chicken, beef and vegan options as well as children’s portions. All come accompanied with seasonal veg, lashings of gravy and obligatory roasties in plentiful quantities.
Formerly the Marquess of Exeter, The Chimney House serves a very good selection of Sunday Roasts. Situated just north of the Seven Dials and the Old Shoreham Rd and east of Dyke road. A great relaxing boozer with a different slant on its delivery. Very locally sourced and foraged produce. Sunday Roast Review
A unique alternative to the traditional Sunday Roast. Try different cuts of excellent quality meat, carefully prepared on their unique Josper oven. 500g of their 35-day dry-aged roast sirloin or a whole roast chicken with stuffing anyone? One of the hottest tickets in town so make sure you book well in advance.
The Cleveland Arms is a popular local pub with a warm atmosphere and a friendly team. Popular with families due to its excellent kids’ menu and nearby parks, Sundays, however, are a particular favourite. The Cleveland roasts have scored a top-10 spot in the 2022 BRAVOs as well as national awards. They pride themselves on using local producers, making the most of the fabulous bounty on our doorsteps, which really shows in the flavoursome Sunday offering.
DoubleTree by Hilton Brighton Metropole is renowned for its exceptional Sunday roast options, providing a delectable dining experience for guests. They offer a variety of mouthwatering roasts, including succulent roasted beef, tender roast chicken, and flavourful roast lamb, all served with an array of traditional accompaniments like Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, and seasonal vegetables. Whether you’re a meat lover or prefer a vegetarian option, the DoubleTree by Hilton Brighton Metropole ensures that everyone can savour a delicious Sunday lunch. With its elegant ambiance and impeccable service, it’s the perfect place to gather with family and friends and indulge in a hearty and satisfying meal.
Adjoining The Cricketers saloon bar is a coach house dining space with ample space for getting together for some Sunday lunch. In addition to a classic Sunday lunch menu the kitchen also serves a range of sandwiches and classic pub fare, so you’re not stuck for choice. But let’s face it, if you’re on this page, you probably want the full works, which The Cricketers deliver excellently.
New to Brighton during winter 2019, Cyan brings a different feel to Sunday roasts in our city, saturated with pubs and bistros that we so love for serving us brilliant hearty plates of food. Cyan, however, brings a little elegance to the occasion for those searching for something special on a Sunday. A two course menu is on offer here for just £18, including an expertly cooked roast dinner with all the trimmings and some traditional, delicious pudding options that we think are worth visiting for alone…
The Dorset brings you everything you long for in a country pub, right in the centre of town – A rustic interior, a classic pub grub menu, alfresco dining and a welcoming, friendly front of house team. Not only is their A La Carte menu top notch, but they also offer a brilliant Sunday Roast menu with plenty of variety. Choose from a selection of meats or vegetarian options, all served with roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, seasonal vegetables and a good old Yorkshire pudding.
Venturing up the Muesli Mountain is very rewarding when it comes to Sunday Lunch. Haus on the Hill, at the very, very top Southover Street, serves a superb roast as is evidenced by the hordes of Hanovians that fill it every Sunday. And since winning Best Roast in the 2022 BRAVOs, you’ll find visitors from all over Brighton and Hove and beyond daring the hilly heights to sample the Sunday selection. The portions are generous with a selection of all the classics, plus a veggie wellington and a vegan nut roast and smaller roasts for tiny tums. All to be enjoyed with a pint of locally brewed and award-winning Brighton Bier (or one of their guest ales, ciders, beers, wines, spirits…)
At Ladies Mile Pub you will find a serving of all the classics, together with vegetarian and vegan options. All are served in ample portions with garlic and herb roasties, glazed carrots, root mash and extras such as cauliflower cheese, pigs in blankets and stuffing balls. A kid’s menu is available and booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
The Watershed on Brighton Marina harbour front is the spot to go for a Sunday lunch sundown. With views over the marina inner harbour and a large west-facing deck, it’s the sort of place you want to take your time over. Sunday’s are the day to tuck into a quality roast from the kitchen of Space + Thyme, sip wine or local craft beer and fantasize about your yachting lifestyle. With late evening sun in the summer you can eek every last drop of the fantasy out before needing to think about Monday.
For many Roast aficionados in Brighton the association of Phil Bartley Kitchens with the Sunday service is a mark of trusted quality. During the week The West Hill serves up artisanal sourdough pizzas but on Sunday Phil’s team deliver their honed roasts, featuring locally sourced, excellent quality ingredients and seasonal veg given the Phil Bartley finesse. Always a good option for meat and plant eaters alike.
The Lewes Road Inn is a large pub that’s friendly and fun. During the week you’ve got a predominantly Italian menu on offer but on Sundays, it’s all about the classic roast. As a pub that’s popular with students and the young families of the surrounding area you’ll find a bit of something for everyone on the Sunday menu; vegetarian and vegan options as well as the classic four meat options and kids’ portions too. As a spacious and bright venue with a large garden, it’s good for larger get-togethers of friends and families who are looking to make the most of the weekend.
Petit Pois is a popular French style bistro on Ship Street serving a delicious roast menu on Sunday’s. Three meat options are available, plus one vegetarian option, all served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, honey roast carrots and a red wine jus. With a purely French wine list to choose from, sip on a heady Bordeaux or a lighter Gamay for the ultimate Petit Pois dining experience. Booking in advance is advisable as this is a popular spot for Brighton roast seekers.
Post House, in the Lanes, is an all day eatery that moves from cafe culture by day to intimate evenings of sharing plates. But on Sunday it’s all about Brighton’s favourite tradition, the roast. They offer a good selection of classics: beef, pork, chicken, lamb and a plant packed vegan option. All served with seasonal veg, lashings of gravy and garlic and herb roasties. The venue itself is suitable for all sorts of gatherings – feeling more like a pub downstairs and a restaurant upstairs (plus a lovely big garden for the summer). Roasts are served from midday until they’re all gobbled up, so booking is advisable.
The Mesmerist pub in the centre of Brighton’s Lanes takes the much-loved Sunday session and delivers it with an exciting Caribbean twist. Jerk roasts and tropical bakes adorn the menu from the Vital Ingredient kitchen. All served with your classic roast taters but then woah, curveball, this roast comes with rice and peas, fried plantains, Caribbean greens and fried dumplings. So if Sundays are feeling a bit samey mix it up at The Mes!
But isn’t the Salt Room all about fish? Well, friends yes it is, however, their famous Josper Oven cooks meat too well to pass up the opportunity of providing Brighton a banging roast dinner! Meant for sharing, their roast comes with plenty of options for sides, and with their meat being the highest quality you can be sure that it will be melt-in-the-mouth standard.
The ever so popular and super-cool New Club joins the roast party each autumn, and in their super-cool way, they do it late. If Saturday night spilt into Sunday morning and you’ve missed lunchtime service, there’s no need to worry. The New Club bringins Brighton The Last Supper – roasts from 3.30-7pm. Keeping with their usual way of doing things, these are roasts with a slight American/ Deep south note about them and seasonally selected ingredients. Under 12’s get a half price and half sized portion and amazingly the vegan option even includes that holy grail, the vegan Yorkshire pudding. Roasts at the New Club are seasonal so check their website to see if it’s on.
Always a hit with lunchtime diners, Curry Leaf Cafe‘s great-value thali platters can now be enjoyed anytime on Sundays (12-3pm and 5:30-9pm). These nutritionally balanced meals for one include poppadums, street food, your choice of curry, rice, naan, sides and dips, and are priced from £15.95. Vegan and gluten-free options are available. Here’s to new Sunday traditions – best enjoyed with friends and family!
If you’re looking to add to your Sunday Lunch hotspots, the Hotel Du Vin should be high on your list. The Roast Du Vin is something to behold – and at a reasonable fixed price for two or three courses. The incredible starter option is a buffet of delights – The French Market Table is loaded with everything from soups and seafood to meats, salads, and bread. The main course is the classic Roast Sirloin of Beef or Roast Chicken and Stuffing, or a choice from the Plats Principaux Menu. The great thing about the Roast Du Vin is if you’re dining with the kids, or more particular eaters – there is something for everyone. The sweet finishes include light mousses, sorbets or the classic apple and blackberry crumble served with custard.
Once a month Wild Flor host their Sunday Club where they serve their Sunday feast. A seasonal three course set menu is available with a vegetarian option if you let them know when booking. The feast will begin with a welcome drink and selection of table snacks to start your Sunday feast experience. As the menu changes monthly you’ll find a new offering at each sitting and there are always exciting wine pairing suggestions for each new course. The three course feast with snacks is £65 per person. If you opt for the wine pairing this is an additional £30 per person.
The Better Half is a traditional pub that serves great food. Located in Hove, it’s one the oldest pubs in the area and is tucked away. The cosy pub is decorated with traditional furnishings yet with a modern twist, and the log burner is the perfect spot to sit in the winter. Serving Sunday Roasts from 12pm to 6:30pm. There’s the choice of four meats, two vegetarian options, and children’s portions for £8. Choose from beef, lamb, pork or chicken. From the vegetarian options there’s a seitan roasted ‘lamb’ or seasonal wellington which come with all of the delicious trimmings. If you have room for something sweet, there’s a dessert menu with four sweet dishes or a cheeseboard to choose from. Be sure to book in advance so you don’t miss out.
Carne in Hove, offers an excellent Sunday roast menu that promises an extra special dining experience. The menu features a range of delectable mains, including a delicious vegetarian option, but the standout dish is their slow-cooked dry aged beef sirloin. Served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, cauliflower cheese, gravy and Yorkshires, this Sunday roast is unmissable. Carne is a perfect choice for those seeking a comforting and satisfying Sunday feast with family or friends in a relaxed and stylish environment.
The George Payne in Hove is a family and dog friendly pub that’s spacious and light. It’s great for get-togethers over a roast and a few drinks to eke out the last of the weekend. The roast menu changes frequently but usually features around four meat options and vegetarian and vegan options, with smaller roasts for kids. The roasts at The George Payne get some serious flavour treatment, with each element delivering something special from slow cooked herb stuffed porchetta to garlic and rosemary confit roast potatoes, sauteed carrots with caraway and a hint of fennel on the roasted parsnips. There’s a lot going on and it all works together perfectly.
If you’re looking for a relaxed, friendly and vibrant place to quaff some wine or treat yourself to some lovely grub then look no further! Libation offers a well thought out wine list, a list of bubbles that won’t be beaten in Brighton & Hove, and a splendid Sunday roast. The Sunday menu will lead with a selection of roasts whilst offering some alternatives from the usual menu.
The Market Restaurant offers a slightly different approach to Sunday dining by switching out the traditional roast meat, potatoes and two veg approach with a £20 per head a la carte sharing steak plus tapa accouplements. For the traditionalist amongst you, you can always add the potatoes and greens back in. They’ll be running their usual daily menu and other daily specials alongside this Sunday best. Served from midday
The Farm Tavern in Hove serve the traditional Sunday spread with a delicious vegan roast and children’s menu. Tempting sides such as cauliflower cheese and pigs in blankets are the stuff Sunday dreams are made of. For those who enjoy a Bloody Mary, there’s The Farm Tavern’s signature Mary’s to choose from.
Hove Place is a traditional Hove pub with one of the biggest outdoor spaces to eat and drink in the area. There is lots of sheltered seating in their large heated garden which makes for a traditional setting with a good selection of ales and wines. Hove Place also deliver a quality Sunday roast – book in advance to avoid disappointment.
The Railway Inn in Portslade is a popular local pub that’s family and dog friendly. Sunday’s are very popular with friends and families getting together to enjoy a classic, well cooked roast. The large and open plan bar and large rear garden make this a great option if there’s a sizeable gang of you looking to eke out the last of the weekend in true ‘Sunday session’ style. The Sunday roast menu changes frequently with around five meat options, veggie and vegan options and kids portions.
Off the beaten track and nestled in a residential community is popular Hove pub, The Stirling Arms. Monday to Friday they run a menu of Mediterranean grill inspired plates, but on Sundays, it’s all about the traditional Roast. You’ll find a great selection of meat and plant options, all served with crispy roasties and plenty of seasonal veg given the full roast treatment. Stick around until 7pm for the Gin and Jazz sessions to round off your weekend with some chilled live music.
The Poets Ale and Smokehouse serves a superb roast that benefits from in-house butchery and smoking. Options include duos of smoked pork lion and cider braised belly, Saddlescombe farm leg of lamb and hickory smoked Sussex beef brisket. There’s veggie and vegan options and smaller portions for kids. All roasts come with roasties (essential) and a medley of veggies that all get given some flavoursome treatment for a roast that’s a cornucopia of taste sensations. The Sunday menu also includes a few burgers and small plates should you not be in the mood for a roast but do want the end-of-week traditional get-together.
Enjoy the unique Sunday offering at The Cider Tap in Sussex, where they’ll elevate your Sunday roast expectations forever. Sustainability, quality and excellence are the values which underpin this charming, countryside restaurant. Food here is provided by exceptional kitchen outfit The Syndicate Kitchen and the three-course Sunday menu showcases their culinary flare. Each menu highlights one meat and one veg, pairs them with seasonal vegetables and tantalising sides and finishes with decadent desserts. You can partner your meal with an unparalleled choice of cider, or with other locally produced beverages. The venue can cater for any dietary requirements as well as offering an ‘under 5s dine free’ policy and under 12s at half price.
Currently roasts are served every two weeks.
The Cricketers in Worthing takes pride in offering an elevated Sunday roast experience that has become renowned in the area. From 12-8pm, they serve a delectable Sunday roast menu, bringing the famous Brighton standard to Worthing. Indulge in mouth watering roast beef, tender roast chicken, or a delicious vegetarian nut roast, accompanied by perfectly roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and rich gravy.
The Crabtree is a family run public house, located in the beautiful Sussex countryside south of Horsham serving great local, seasonal food, organic wines and fabulous real ales in warm and welcoming surroundings. Sunday Roasts are served between 12-5pm and it’s advisable to book as they get very busy! Meat is locally sourced and there are plenty of vegetarian and fish options also.
Make the most of Sunday at Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate. Even if you’re not a fan of golf there’s plenty to explore in the grounds including their vineyard and fishing pond. A traditional Sunday lunch is served from 12.00 – 4pm. Made using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients, this is a lavish roast served in opulent surroundings.
A 50% deposit is required. Bookings are essential.
The Brits are well known for their love of roasts, and Morley’s Bistro does not let the team down. They offer a great Sunday menu for both the omnivore and herbivore alike. Their ingredients are sustainable and locally sourced, so expect a fantastic selection of seasonal veg to accompany your choice roast.
Situated in the foot of the Southdowns National Park and only 15 minutes outside of Brighton is The New Inn, a gastropub with Grade II listed charm and a heartfelt welcome. Meat is locally sourced and a lot of vegetables are grown in their own garden making freshness a real key to their success, Sunday roasts are an event at The New Inn and booking is strongly recommended. Serving five roast options on the menu where the meat is finished in the Josper oven for the ultimate Sunday roast experience. There’s also a vegetarian option and children can join in with a smaller portion at half price
From November to April you can enjoy Sunday lunch in the idyllic settings and comfort of The Rathfinny Wine Estate at their cosy Flint Barns dining room. The estate is just a short train journey to Seaford and a quick taxi ride away (who wants to drive to an estate where every wine is vintage?) Expect hearty roasts featuring dishes such as Sussex Downs beef, rare breed pork and beetroot wellington, complete with winter greens, Yorkshire puddings, cauliflower cheese and roast potatoes. And of course, some delicious Rathfinny Sussex wines. Book a table here.
Formerly two pubs, the Magpie and the Sportsman, the Grade II listed buildings were knocked through into one over recent years and this traditional ‘beer house’ has been part of the villages heritage ever since. Situated north of Hurstpierpoint at Goddards Green, the Sportsman public house has been serving great food and real ales for including a cracking Sunday roast.
Just ten minutes east of Brighton one will find the exquisite village of Rottingdean nestled on the Sussex coastline, and it is here you will find the vibrant local pub, the Plough Inn. Offering Phil Bartley’s classic pub menu with a modern twist along with his famous ‘Bartley Roasts’, this venue caters for everybody. And a great spot for a Sunday stroll.