Restaurant Brighton's guide to

Sunday Lunch

Our top picks

Brighton

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 with a 3-meat roast if you can’t choose, there’s a kids roast choice for the little ones, and for special dietary requirements, there’s gluten-free and dairy-free roasts. If a Bloody Mary’s calling you then they have specials with the ‘around the world’ Bloody Mary’s on the cocktail menu. 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

The Cleveland Arms is an independent pub that has been family run for over 30 years. Current owners Jamie and Sarah Davies have a long history in hospitality, in particular, pub and restaurant managing, and this is very obvious when visiting The Cleveland Arms. As well as their A La Carte menu, the award-winning Sunday roast at The Cleveland Arms is a massive hit with guests, with a variety of meats from local butcher Barfields, as well as plenty of choice for non-meat eaters and children too.

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. 

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 delivers 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.

Sunday roasts at The Dyke Alehouse and Kitchen are delivered to an excellent standard. They offer a staggering eight roast options, which include; Slow cooked pork belly, slow-roasted shoulder of lamb or locally sourced beef rump sous vides.
If you’re feeding a monster meaty you also have the option of the triple or quad meat lunch. Or, for the herbivore they offer; Vegetarian wellington mushroom, brie hazelnut and cranberry. They also serve an extremely tasty plant-based friendly nut roast.

The Hartington in Hanover once held a reputation as the place to go on Sunday’s for a roast, sadly things changed, but happily, things have changed back! New ownership in autumn 2018 set to reestablish the glory of “The Harty” bringing in head chef formerly of the Three Jolly Butchers to create a roast whose reputation sent out waves of excitement into the neighbourhood. These are classic roasts, that get the balance of elements just right, with strong vegan and vegetarian options served until 7.30pm with live jazz starting from 6 pm to keep the end of the weekend satisfyingly full and relaxed.

Local Chef Russell Tisbury heads up the kitchen in this family-friendly pub in the heart of Patcham. Here 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 and beetroot, root mash and extras such as cauliflower cheese, pigs in blankets and stuffing balls.

The Mesmerist pub in the centre of Brighton’s Lanes takes the much loved Sunday Session to the next level with Funday Bottomless Lunch. Choose from one of their delicious, Gok Wan endorsed, roasts from the kitchen of Space + Thyme and add to that two hours of limitless Bloody Marys, Prosecco Cocktails or Laine Brew Co Beers. Advanced booking essential and you might also want to advance book Monday off (failing to prepare is preparing to fail!)

The ever so popular and super-cool New Club joined the roast party, and in their super-cool way, they did it late. If Saturday night spilled into Sunday morning and you’ve missed lunchtime service there’s no need to worry with The New Club bringing 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. Their signature burgers stay on the Sunday menu, should you be hankering for a Dirty Burger.

Check their Sunday Roast menu here.

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.

The Roundhill pub won Best Roast in the 2020 Brighton Restaurant Awards. The Roundhill is an entirely vegan pub, making their achievement in the BRAVOs even more remarkable, and gaining them national attention too. Nothing is missing in this plant powered feast, they serve classic vegan options such as a nut roast or wellington as well as ‘meat’ style main events such as maple glazed seitan ‘lamb’. All come with all the trimmings and even a Yorkshire – something any vegan chef will tell you is a hard thing to achieve. 

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.

Sunday roasts and great British pubs seem to go hand in hand. And you can expect great things from the roasts served at this 19th-century beauty. The Station Hotel is often referred to as a hidden gem. So, let it be known far and wide that this charming family-run establishment gives Aunt Bessie a run for her money with their roast tatties and serve unwaveringly excellent roast lunches every Sunday.

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 west-facing aspect, 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. 

Hove

Serving Sunday Roasts from 12pm to 5:30pm. Choice of 4 meats, and 2 vegetarian options, and children’s portions for £7.95. Choose from Roast Rib of Beef, Roasted Rosemary and Garlic Leg of Lamb, Slow Cooked Pork Belly in Somerset Cider, Lemon and Thyme Pot Roast Chicken, Mixed Nut and Vegetable Loaf, or Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable and Cheese Pie. Sunday Roast Review

Hove place is a traditional Hove pub that has recently undergone a great transformation with a tasteful refurb and a great new menu. With lots of space under shelter in their large gardens this is a traditional setting with a good selection of ales and wines – a good locals venue. Bistro style. Delivers a quality Sunday roast!

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 quality of the food at Wild Flor is never compromised, and rather excitingly they have shown this in their sumptuous Sunday offerings. For the omnivores, you can enjoy the finest of Sussex meats served with Yorkshire pudding, crispy beef fat potatoes, Savoy cabbage, carrot, cauliflower cheese and gravy. Herbivores don’t fear because you won’t be left disappointed with options like; risotto of Jerusalem artichoke, pecorino and chervil on the table.

Sussex

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. 

A trip to the hamlet of Dial Post, in Horsham is well worth it on a Sunday, with roasts at the village pub, The Crown Inn being quite the event. The owners, Penny and James, are passionate about local produce with Penny being a local from a nearby farming family. Unlimited veg is an extra offering that makes the trip even more worthwhile.

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 the Morleys 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 sessional 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 with four or five roasts on the menu, including a vegetarian option, children can join in with a smaller portion at half price.

Amongst the vineyards and some of the best views over Cuckmere Haven there are in Sussex sits the historic buildings that make up the Flint Barns. A large, welcoming dining room boasting open fire places and a snug serves locally sourced Sunday roast dinner options to guests who can enjoy a walk around the grounds to work up their apatite. Book a table here.

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 a classic pub menu along with an innovative Gastro Menu this venue caters for everybody. Great for a Sunday stroll.

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.