Nothing pairs more perfectly with a chilly winter’s day than a Sunday roast, good company, crisp wine and a side of Yorkshire puddings. Thankfully, there are plenty of Sydney restaurants and pubs that have heard your cries for an epic Sunday roast loud and clear—these are our favourite places that are doing roasts right.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Spending the day Bay-side is one of the prettiest reminders that we live in a seriously beautiful city. Add into the mix the fact that Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel has recently introduced their winter roast feasting menu and you’ll be feeling warmer in no time. The three-part meal will start with a glass of mulled wine to get your taste buds firing before you move on to the roast kurobuta pork served with an impressive selection of sides such as rosemary and sea salt roast potatoes, glazed heirloom carrots and Yorkshire puddings all covered in gravy.
Four In Hand
Guillaume Brahimi is probably one of the most qualified people in Australia to deliver a shockingly good roast dinner, or any meal really. So it is hardly surprising that the winter roast menu at Four In Hand is both generous and delicious. Simplicity is king here with $26 earning you a big serving of roasted meat served with seasonal roasted vegetables. We also recommend that you take advantage of their wine list, which features more local and imported bottles than we can count, because that’s what a lazy Sunday is all about.
The Riverview Hotel
The Riverview Hotel isn’t re-inventing the wheel—sticking with their English roots and nailing the classic Sunday roast this winter. They claim that their roasts are even better than mum makes and while we value our lives far too much to back that one up, they are pretty damn good. Served with all of the trimmings and a Yorkshire pudding (if there isn’t a Yorkie, is it really a roast?), their traditional roast beef will only set you back a cheeky $25. To add to the (already admittedly strong) pub vibes, live music kicks off at 3.30pm every Sunday.
Sunday is roast day at glass brasserie and we can confirm that it involves absolutely everything you want (and need) in a roast. Here, they go all out, with a mandatory three-course menu that starts with an entrée of wood-roasted prawns doused in dashi, garlic and lime butter and ends with a bruléed bake cheesecake. We know you’re actually here for the roast though, which does not disappoint, with the slow-roasted black Range Valley Onyx rump cap taking centre stage, surrounded by hearty winter veg and a generous drizzle of gravy. Did we mention the truffle mash? Yep, that’s also here.
Butcher & The Farmer
These guys are mixing it up, serving their spit roast daily (so yes, you can get make roast day happen errrrryday), with baked potato, sour cream, and rosemary with a blackcurrant or chilli jelly. Now, if you’re sitting there saying “uuuuh guys, that’s not a real roast dinner” then think again, because a spit roast totally counts, we promise. We also can’t tell you the specifics on the type of meat they’ll be serving on the day when only a big ol’ plate of meat will do because it changes on the reg, but we can promise that it’ll be damn good.
The Local Taphouse
Always the crowd pleaser, The Local Taphouse is dishing out Sunday roasts weekly, with plates piled high with roast beef or crispy pork, potatoes, seasonal vegetables and Yorkies. The rules are simple—head here before they all sell out and don’t leave a single bit on your plate. Their roast service kicks off each Sunday at 12pm and continues until sold out (generally around 6pm).
The dining room at the Tilbury Hotel is known for their fine dining take on traditional pub food and their Sunday roast is no different. The portions are generous enough to fill you up but also show enough restraint to hold you on this side of stuffed silly, thus leaving room for dessert. The line-up changes each week, but the roasted pork belly with crispy crackling is the stuff of dreams. Expect a plate heaped with beef, lamb or pork (depending on the week) surrounded by seasonal roasted vegetables, peas and drizzled generously with gravy. Service starts at 12pm and finishes up at 5pm every Sunday.
The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen
We just aren’t willing to make the trip away from our heaters on a Sunday afternoon unless there are Yorkshire puddings involved and at The Duck Inn there is certainly Yorkies involved. This gastro pub has all of the Sunday roast bases covered, with a rotating menu that takes advantage of the local seasonal produce like green beans, pumpkin and potatoes all covered in gravy. Side note: take your pup.
Dove & Olive
An affordable and homely roast with all of the trimmings is happening at the Dove & Olive every single Sunday from 11.30am. Only costing $19, these guys change up their meat offering each week with lamb, chicken, pork and beef on rotation. The portions are seriously generous and we have no doubt that you will leave with that full feeling that will lead you straight to a well-earned Sunday afternoon nap.
Manly Wharf Hotel
Does a warm roast by a log fire on a cold winter’s day sound like a solid Sunday plan to you? Yeah, us too. Serving up a traditional roast with all of the trimmings, including roast vegetables, gravy and a complimentary glass of wine for $25, Manly Wharf Hotel is making the summer location more than winter suitable this year. You can ditch the kitchen and trade it in for the Sydney Harbour outlook, while you snuggle in with your loved ones for the afternoon. Now that sounds like the perfect plan to us.
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Manly Wharf Hotel | Image credit: Alana Dimou