Nothing says it's Sunday quite like a classic Sunday roast. While we struck out on our own many years ago, we’ll gladly hang onto this very British tradition of roasted meat, veg and gravy to end the week—warm smiles and full bellies guaranteed.
Whether you prefer a classic pub serving or a creative twist, your carrots caramelised or an extra helping of peas, your meat falling off the bone or no meat at all—Sydney's got some seriously standout options for Sunday roast. If it’s served up on a Sunday, accompanied by a drink, covered in gravy and topped with a Yorkshire pudding—well, it doesn't get much better than that.
Here are the best Sunday roasts on offer in Sydney right now.
Marrickville, Darling Square
Sydney’s ever-iconic new-school Vietnamese joint, Hello Auntie Restaurant, is bringing back its re-imagined Sunday roast. The four-part Sunday roast looks like a glorious mash-up of smoked lemongrass chicken, juicy roast pork belly and wagyu wrapped in betel leaf (grilled over charcoal). The best bit? Hello Auntie’s Sunday roast will only set you back $35 per person and is available at both its Darling Square and Marrickville venue.
No part of Sydney says an old-school Sunday roast quite like the historic Rocks area. For our money, the place to find one of the area’s best is at Tap Rooms. Not only is it one of the slickest and best-looking joints for some craft brews, but they make a mean gravy-covered lunch too. For an easy $35pp, expect a weekly rotating protein, with the usual trimmings of roast, seasonal veggies and Yorkshire puddings, accompanied by a house-brewed beer or a glass of wine. You can book in here.
The Royal Hotel
The Royal Hotel in Leichhardt has been a winner on the Sydney pub scene for over 125 years, and yes, it nails the staple Sunday roast. Kicking off from 12pm every week until sold out, this classic roast with all the trimmings is an absolute local’s favourite—so we’d recommend heading in earlier rather than later. And if you’re asking, the best spot to enjoy that roast this summer is upstairs on the heated balcony overlooking Leichhardt’s Norton Street. Make sure to book here.
If there’s one inner-city roast we know and trust, it comes from The Taphouse. The seasonal roast from head chef Axel Chilton is directly inspired by his grandma’s recipe hailing from the UK—so you know it’s legit. For $25, choose between the 14-hour slow-cooked beer brisket, the crispy pork belly with "rock hard" crackling and apple sauce or the vegetarian beetroot loaf, accompanied with all the trimmings and a traditional Yorkshire pudding, of course. Whether you want to cosy up downstairs with an endless selection of craft beers on tap or head upstairs for the recently renovated Elm Rooftop overlooking the Darlo streets below—you’ll be pleased you dropped by on a Sunday. Book yourself a table here.
The dining room at The Tilbury is known for its fine dining take on traditional pub food, and their Sunday roast is no different. The line-up alternates each week, featuring the likes of roast chicken, Coorong beef sirloin, pork loin and roasted Lamb leg–each accompanied by matching trimmings sure to melt away your end-of-week blues. The Sunday roasts are $35, and you best make a booking here to secure a spot.
The Duke Of Clarence
You may not first think of Sydney's CBD for wholesome, cosy pubs, dishing out top-tier Sunday roasts—but The Duke of Clarence is here to change your mind. The Victorian-era joint is brimming with cosy pub energy, with comfy couches, bookshelves, a working fireplace, an endless spirits list, and even a dedicated Scotch Egg menu on Saturdays. And the Sunday roasts on offer are no different—with five different and delicious options to choose from. Whatever your fancy on the day, decide between the British-bred roast beef sirloin, roast pork belly, lamb shoulder, roasted barramundi fillet, or the roasted pumpkin with wild rice. You can even add more wonderful things like pigs in blankets, cauliflower cheese, or an extra Yorkshire pudding. Answer the call your stomach is making and book a table right here.
The Oxford Tavern
If you’re not one to stick to traditions and you don’t mind shaking things up, then the Inner West’s The Oxford Tavern is the spot for you. Daily, the local watering hole loves nothing more than plating up big, meaty plates of BBQ straight from the Southern states of the US. And as the week is ending and you’re looking for a place to nurse your hangover, Black Betty BBQ Sunday is showcasing the best of the best. Expect some speciality smokehouse roasts with a BBQ twist, like smoked brisket, pork belly, all the trimmings, and, because some traditions must be adhered to, a Yorkshire pudding. As an added bonus for frail souls, you can also nab some cheap Bloody Marys. Make a booking here.
If we’re strolling around Surry Hills of a Sunday arvo, thirsting for a pint of Guinness and a good roast—you’ll likely find us heading in the direction of The Trinity. Kicking off at midday until sold out, you can choose between crispy roast pork with cauliflower puree or tender beef brisket with a pumpkin puree, each accompanied by all the usual roast trimmings. So popular is the offering with locals that you can actually pre-book your roast to secure not missing out. Sit downstairs in the public bar with the footy on the big screen or upstairs in the sky-lit Tilly May’s bar, order up a $10 Bloody Mary with lunch, and your Sunday is sorted. Book here.
The Charing Cross Hotel
There’s nothing quite like heading to the East where the sun shines a little brighter, and the beaches stand out as some of Sydney’s best attractions. But for the purposes of this list, we’ve got a warm, roasted reason you should visit in summer. Starting at 11am on Sundays, The Charing Cross Hotel in Waverly (or Bronte, depending on who you ask) serves up a mean roast. Choose between the pasture-fed sirloin, roasted belly of pork, slow-roasted leg of lamb, each brimming with trimmings, or opt for the vegan roast, with miso-glazed roast Japanese pumpkin, sage and onion stuffing hazelnut granola and seasonal vegetables. You can book yourself a table right here.
Kitchens On Kent
Housed within the stunning Langham hotel in The Rocks, Kitchens on Kent is one of Sydney's most beautiful (and impressive) hotel buffets. If you're keen to dial up your standard Sunday Roast affair, this is the spot to do it. Featuring premium produce like Riverina striploin, Southern Highlands lamb shoulder, free-range roast chicken, and Byron Bay Berkshire pork belly, your roast is served with Yorkshire pudding, crispy roast potatoes, classic vegetables, and gravy—plus you'll have access to bottomless treats at the buffet too. From $130 per person, for every full paying adult, two children under 12 years old dine complimentarily. Book here.
In August 2020, this iconic Surry Hills boozer was added to the Applejack hospitality portfolio—the same group responsible for a collection of Sydney pubs and restaurants that are well-known for their Sunday roasts, like The Botanist, The Butler, and Tap Rooms in The Rocks. So naturally, Forrester's is dishing out a tasty roast too. Here, head chef Laura Tello has a weekly roast special for $29 served with all the usual trimmings including Yorkshire Pudding. Book here.
The Riverview Hotel
If you’re looking to keep it casual and grab a good feed, look no further than the main bar inside The Riverview Hotel in Balmain. Pull up a seat near a window at the dog-friendly local’s joint and order yourself a classic Sunday roast. You can grab a traditional roast beef with baked vegetables, seeded mustard jus and a Yorkshire pudding, or split lunch with someone by opting for the roast lamb shoulder ($85) with pomme puree, gremolata and tahini. Either way, if you pair that with $12 cocktails and live music, those Sunday blues should be easily forgotten. Book a table here.
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