It’s well and truly roast season. When it’s woolly outside the comfort of a hearty slow-cooked roast lamb or chicken alongside golden crunchy potatoes (gravy optional but recommended) quells just about everything. We went on the hunt for the best roasts in Melbourne, locking down the favoured spots across the city that are prime for the winter staple.
Here's where to find the best roasts in Melbourne for 2022:
The Orrong Hotel
One of Melbourne's oldest pubs dating back to 1875, The Orrong Hotel has seen a bit of a glow-up of late; with more modern accompaniments like craft beers on tap, but the timeless roast has remained a permanent fixture. Every Sunday you'll find a rotating roast special, from a staple pork leg to a slow-cooked lamb.
Neighbourhood Wine and its intimate dining space just off Nicholson Street is an absolute haven for some of the best roast in Melbourne. Every Sunday from 1pm until 4pm they host a three-course roast set menu featuring small plates of crispy brussels sprouts with horseradish, a braised fennel dish and then beef porterhouse with all the trimmings including potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, and even a brown-sugar caramel pudding to finish.
Marquis Of Lorne
The Marquis's quintessential Melbourne charm has earned them the favourability of punters from all over the city. Pulling up a chair in the dimly-lit dining room with the fireplace roaring and ordering the roast is one of the simplest pleasures of winter. The Sunday special, which features a changing roast dish each week is always a knockout.
The Wolf Windsor
A favourite among the region and one of the go-to destinations for some of the best roast in Melbourne, The Wolf Windsor is serving it up every Sunday. Each week the team reveal the Sunday roast rotation which can be anything from a banging porchetta with all the trimmings to a 12-hour slow-cooked lamb.
Mount Erica Hotel
A southside favourite, the Mount Erica Hotel throws a roast like few others. Happening all day on Sundays, the Mount Erica team dish up a rotating selection of staple roast dishes alongside every side you could lust after. Pair it with a couple pints from their very well-stocked bar and you're on your way to closing out the weekend with a bang.
The warm allure of The Lincoln in Carlton is hard to pass up at the best of times, so when they're throwing down their Sunday roast, it's not one to miss. One of the hottest commodities in town, the Lincoln's roast sells out quick, each week features a rotation between beef, pork, chicken and lamb; it typically comes brimming under a hotbed of gravy and Yorkshire puddings.
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Image credit: The Orrong Hotel (supplied)