It has to be one of the best things about living in the UK. The glorious Sunday roast enjoyed in a traditional English pub, with a roaring fire in winter and a sun-drenched garden in summer – that’s correct, sun-drenched rather than just drenched.
So if you’re hankering for a great Sunday lunch in a great pub, go and stuff yourself full of roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and all the rest at one of these top locations.
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Ye Olde Beverlie
In a secret corner of Canterbury, away from the tourist throng, lies the beautiful “Old Bev”. Built in the 16th century, the pub boasts a huge log fireplace, and a large garden which plays home to the resident bat and trap team.
Sunday roasts are generous in size, and reasonably priced. For anyone who fancies something different they also serve sizzling fajitas, but let’s be honest – that’s probably not why you’re there.
The Coach & Horses
Another hidden gem can be found in Harbledown, a stone’s throw from the London road roundabout and recently featured by the Journal’s resident food critic. Set against a steep rising slope, the garden is terraced and offers great views over the valley.
Beside the garden lives the resident black pig. Great entertainment for the children – as long as they don’t think too carefully about what they’re eating. But sausages come from the supermarket don’t they?
The food is excellent, and there are some great walks on your doorstep if you feel the need to work it off.
If you prefer something a little more central, the Journal recommends the Parrot, found on Church Lane in St Radigunds, just round the corner from the Mint Yard Gate. Known as Simple Simon’s until 2008, it is believed to be the oldest pub in Canterbury, and is one of the oldest buildings in the city.
The nearby Dolphin and the Millers Arms are both notable pubs, and literally metres from the doorstep, but the Parrot just pips them to the post in our opinion.
The Sunday lunch is excellent, and the interior is quirky and charming. There’s also a hidden courtyard garden for the summer.
The Dog Inn
The recently renovated Grade II* listed public house in Wingham, is a particular treat. Located five miles outside Canterbury, it’s situated directly opposite a handy bus stop which will return you to Canterbury in around 20 minutes (but check the frequency on a Sunday).
The historic building is everything a village pub should be and the Sunday roast won’t disappoint.
And after a couple of glasses of wine, it’s hard to stifle a titter over the slightly unfortunate name. Let’s just say the Dog Inn in Wingham comes highly recommended.
The George and Dragon
Topping the list of the Journal’s favourite pub roasts is the George in Fordwich. About an hour’s walk alongside the river from Canterbury, visitors are welcomed by a long bar, a log fire, a garden overlooking the river, and probably the best Sunday roast to be found locally. It’s not the cheapest, but boy is it worth it!
Considering the competition, this is quite a controversial boast, but whenever we’ve sampled the Sunday lunches, they’ve been nothing short of superb. This is truly the one to beat.