12 Winter roasts with the most
Can't be bothered to baste potatoes with goose fat? I hear you. Instead grab your gang and head to one of these local gastropubs and let the experts do the hard work
The Sloop Inn, Bantham
Beach first, slap-up Sunday lunch later! Both are excellent, this being an award-winning 14th century pub a stone’s throw from the beautiful Bantham sands with views of Burgh Island.
The Nightjar Inn, Aylesbeare
Pigs in blankets to share, garlic roast potatoes, bottomless gravy…we’re on our way! This Muddy Awards 2021 finalist knows how to serve up a Sunday lip-smacker: Fordmore Farm topside of beef, chicken supreme with sausage and cranberry stuffing, and pork belly from the excellent Kenniford Farm (and all for just £13). So tough to choose.
The Bear & Blacksmith, Chillington, nr Kingsbridge
Here won Best Pub in the highly regarded Trencherman Awards 2021 and they’ve just announced their drool-worthy roasts are back on Sunday nights. Plus, with its own butchery and kitchen garden, you can forget the food miles as what head chef and landlord Malcolm Church doesn’t raise, he sources from farms within just a few miles away.
Muddy’s bete noire is a rubbish wine list (“What wines do you have? White or red.”) so hurrah for The Duck, who not content to let chef James’ blow you away with his brilliant cheffery, do over 20 wines by the glass. No surprise it’s on Sawdays’ list of 40 Best Pubs in the UK for a Sunday Roast. Chicken or beef costs £14, and there’s a grilled John Dory fish option and a tasty homemade ravioli for the veggies. Do. Go.
Furzeleigh Mill, Buckfasteligh
Planning a stomp on Dartmoor this Sunday? How about a home-cooked lunch with all the trimmings at this hidden gem on the east side of the moors? A 16th century former mill, it’s family run and if you fancy making a night of it, there are 10 en suite rooms, blending modern four posters with ancient beams nicely.
Ask anyone who lives in Dartmouth where to eat since Andria opened in 2020, here’s the name on their lips. A little unassuming from the outside, but chef Luca Beradino’s classic European menu is bursting with local character. Sunday lunch Andria-style is a sharing course for two, with a choice of starter or dessert for £60. Mains is either 18oz black Angus sirloin or roasted lamb rack with proper mint sauce, and just look at that dessert – chocolate marquise with burnt toast, Andria olive oil and hazelnut. Boom.
The Terrace, Exeter
Not into thatched pubs and old beams? Be a thoroughly modern Millie and book yourself in at Exeter Guildhall’s glass-sided rooftop restaurant. Muddy knows it as a cocktail and clubbing sorta place but come Sunday you can pair a Pornstar martini with home-cooked beef, chicken, pork and whole chargrilled spiced cauliflower. Got a date for two? Chow down on a mixed roast board to share for £15.50pp.
Pig & Pallet, Topsham
Missing the summer bbq? Topsham’s Pig & Pallet are known for their local meat cred and Sunday Smokehouse Roast and a witty, hipster vibe (the walls are pig pun-packed). Their Yorkies are as big as your face and if that’s not big enough for you try their mainstay of burgers, dogs and ribs on the menu. Pig & Pallet’s sister biz, Good Game, is at Exeter Market so go grab your Christmas charcuterie while you can.
The White Hart, Dartington, nr Totnes
Muddy’s go to when we fancy a slap-up lunch with the fam, all from local farmers, and somewhere close to walk it off – Dartington estate’s beautiful gardens with its ancient yew trees and Barbara Hepworth sculpture.
The Black River Inn, Black Torrington
Love the taste of wood-fired food? Alex and Gill at Black River Inn made the unusual move to replace their gas fired oven with a hearth during lockdown and now everything from their tapas, to curry and Sunday roasts is cooked in this sustainable way.
Winslade Manor, Clyst St Mary
Sunday lunch sharing platter for two in a cool, Georgian manor with silky cocktail skills and a brilliant chef in Matt Mason? Don’t mind if I do. Tuck into roast sirloin of beef, free-range chicken breast, slow braised shoulder of lamb, boned and rolled pork belly, beef fat roasties, cauliflower cheese, swede, braised red cabbage, Yorkshire pudding and proper gravy.
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