The clocks have gone back and winter is on the way, but there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to cheer us up: a good Sunday roast.
Whether you want to stay in the city centre or head out of town, these are the places that do Sundays in style.
The roast is elevated to new heights at Hawksmoor on Deansgate, where beef is the star. Slow-roast rump comes with beef dripping roast potatoes and bone marrow gravy, and if you’re in the mood for sharing, the slow-roast prime rib serves two or three. Leave room for the superb sticky toffee pudding. From £20pp; they can’t guarantee roasts will be served after 5pm.
Gary Usher’s neighbourhood bistro Hispi in Didsbury offers a set Sunday lunch including roast beef, pork belly or chicken breast with seasonal accompaniments – or a dry aged sirloin to share, for a supplement. Follow with English apple and plum crumble with burnt honey custard. Served 12pm-4.30pm, two courses £25pp.
This Bavarian bier palace on Peter Street does a Sunday service complete with a live gospel choir. Start with a croquette fest (spiced lamb, Alpine cheese and ham, pea and mint), then there’s Cheshire chicken and pork belly, Lancashire beef or leg of lamb with proper gravy, or a mushroom and butternut strudel for the veggie option. Served 12pm-9pm, roasts from £15.
Set in an old Methodist church with art deco features, city centre favourite Gaucho is known for its Argentinian steaks – but they also do a top Sunday lunch. Roast sirloin comes with roast potatoes and unlimited Yorkshire puddings cooked in dripping, plus carrots in churrasco marinade, broccoli and red wine gravy. £20pp; they can’t guarantee roasts will be served after 6pm.
Pack Horse Hayfield
Further afield but well worth the trip, this country gastropub on the edge of the Peak District serves Sunday lunch celebrating the best regional produce: Derbyshire beef sirloin or slow-roast Chisworth lamb shoulder (or spiced falafel for veggies) with beef fat potatoes, glazed parsnip, carrot and swede, greens, Yorkshire pudding, and bone marrow gravy. From £15.
Sunday mains are a cut above the usual at this restaurant in Hotel Indigo next to Victoria station: Cheshire beef with ox cheek suet pudding, Goosnargh chicken with Blackstick blue dauphinoise, or Lancashire Beef Wellington for two carved at the table. Alternatives include Dover sole with Morecambe Bay shrimp butter or spinach and goats cheese pie with roast celeriac. Served all day, mains from around £16.
James Martin Manchester
This Great Northern restaurant offers a great British roast served with all the trimmings – think slow-cooked rump of beef with dripping potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and anise-braised carrots. Puddings include indulgent white chocolate and whiskey bread and butter pudding with single malt ice cream and honeycomb. Served 12pm-5pm, two courses £20.
There are individual roasts at the Refuge on Oxford Street, but it’s worth pushing the boat out with a sharing platter: roast beef, suckling pig and chicken with roast potatoes, Chantenay carrots and parsnip, Vimto-braised red cabbage, buttered greens, Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese and pan gravy. Sides include pigs in blankets. Served all day, £17 for individual roasts, or £39 for the sharer.
The Sunday offering at this Ducie Street newcomer includes roast beef, chicken or nut roast with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, honey roast parsnips, carrot and swede mash, green beans and cauliflower cheese for the table. For an extra £10 you can add regional cheeses from the trolley. Served 12.30pm – 5pm, two courses £25.
Mr Cooper’s House
Head chef Rebecca Richardson has launched a range of new Sunday dishes using the Midland Hotel’s in-house butcher. Making the most of Yorkshire Black Angus and Limousin cattle, the grill section includes T-bone, ribeye, chateaubriand and English tomahawk, while roasts include topside of beef, half a roast chicken, pork belly and roasted squash. Served 1pm-8pm, mains from £14.95.
White Hart Inn, Lydgate
This award-winning pub dates back to 1788 in the picturesque village of Lydgate, close to Saddleworth. Sit by the roaring fire and tuck into seasonal starters such as game terrine before trying the pork belly with savoy cabbage or roast beef which comes with cauli cheese as standard. Don’t miss the impressive wine list. Served 12pm-7.45pm, three courses £27.50.
Alongside pork belly and beef, more unusual Sunday lunch options at Gary Usher’s King Street bistro include confit duck leg with roast potatoes, or roast cauliflower with butterbean mash and salted lemon, as well as aged sirloin on the bone to share (for a £15 supplement). Leave room for Yorkshire parkin with butterscotch sauce and Chantilly cream. Served 12pm-4pm, two courses £20.
Take the train out to the edge of the Peak District for Sunday lunch at Hyssop, which has recently moved from Old Glossop to Glossop High Street. Local options from award-winning butchers Mettricks include roasted sirloin of Derbyshire beef, leg of lamb, chicken or hispi cabbage served with beef fat potatoes, Yorkies and all the trimmings, plus hearty puddings. Two courses £20.
Call 01457 861054 to book a table.
It’s not a traditional roast, but this Basque style pintxo bar in Ramsbottom offers some great charcoal grilled dishes from their Pereruela oven served whole and cut at the table for two to share. There’s incredible Rubia Gallega or Txuleton steaks on the bone, lamb breast roasted in beer, whole lemon sole cooked over embers, or at weekends a whole chicken roasted in the wood-fired oven, perched upright Withnail & I style. Served all day, whole chicken £26.
Craft beer bar, gastropub and music venue Mash Tun’s Sunday roast is a seriously beery affair. Their homemade stout gravy is a speciality, as are the giant, beer-infused Yorkshire puddings. Served from 12pm, choose from beef, roast chicken or nut roast with roasties and seasonal veg included.
Recently awarded a runner-up title in the Observer Food Monthly awards, TNQ’s Sunday roast is taking on establishments across the country. The meat (beef rump, lamb leg, pork belly) is well-sourced, crisp but fluffy potatoes are roasted in dripping and four seasonal veg options complete the plate. It’s £12.95 for the roast alone, £16.95 for two courses or £19.95 for three.
If your idea of a great Sunday roast involves a mountainous plate drenched in gravy, look no further than the multi-award-winning canteen, bar and music venue Soup Kitchen. Enjoy a pile-it-high Sunday feast with plenty of veg and great Yorkshires, lamb shank, chicken or nut roast.
The kitchen at Gorilla churns out all sorts of wonderful dishes, not least their epic Sunday roasts. Choose from slow-roasted Lancashire topside of beef, crispy free-range Cheshire pork belly, mushroom and celeriac Wellington or roast garlic and thyme chicken breast. A plate with all the trimmings will set you back £14. And for an extra £4, level up with add-ons like pigs in blankets, cauli cheese, extra roasties and buttered greens. Served from 12pm.
The original home of the NQ roast, Trof’s Sunday dinners are legendary. Choose from chicken, beef, pork, lamb, or Trof’s amazing vegan roasts. All served with seasonal veg, good old roasties, homemade sauces and proper gravy from 12 noon. Prices start at £13.50.