The origin of a Sunday roast goes way back to old time England (15th Century Britain, actually). It was a meal that signified a bit of reconnecting over a lot of roast meat, veggies and gravy. So it should come as no surprise that the good people of Sydney love a solid end-of-the-week feast, featuring all the best parts of a Sunday roast—and there's a plethora of epic venues across our city dishing this out.
Here are 14 of the best Sunday roast offerings across Sydney.
Chiswick’s Woollahra outpost is renowned for plating up one hell of a Sunday roast. On Sunday nights, the team here works a rotating feast with live Jazz performances from The Tilly Street Trio. You’re in for the likes of roasted fennel seed pork belly, roast turkey and sides of duck fat and thyme roast potatoes. On the sweeter side of things, you can load up on a steamed golden syrup pudding or even a rhubarb crumble sided with vanilla custard. These feeds sit at $75 per person, so head here to book your spot.
Endeavour Tap Rooms
Up in the heart of The Rocks, the folks over at Endeavour Tap Rooms are providing you with a juicy roast every single Sunday. For only $29 per person (paired with an Endeavour house-brewed beer straight from the tap), the kitchen will whip up a roast sirloin steak with hassle back potatoes, Dutch carrots, brussels sprouts and broccoli all smothered in gravy. And who could forget a tasty Yorkshire pudding to end it all?
The Royal has been a winner on the Sydney pub scene for over 125 years and yes, it nails the staple winter Sunday roast. Kicking off from 12pm every week, The Royal is whipping up a no-frills, traditional roast meal with absolutely all the trimmings until sold out, which means you’ll need to get here right on time. And in case you’re sticking around, its Sunday karaoke sessions go off.
The Riverview Hotel
The Riverview Hotel is sticking with their English roots and nailing the classic Sunday roast this winter. Served with all of the trimmings and a Yorkshire pudding too, their traditional roast beef will only set you back a cheeky $28. To add to the already strong pub vibes, live music kicks off at 3.30pm every Sunday.
Always the crowd pleaser, The Taphouse is dishing out Sunday roasts weekly with plates piled high with beef or pork belly, potatoes, seasonal vegetables and jumbo Yorkshire puddings. The rules are simple—head here before they all sell out and don’t leave a single bit on your plate.
The dining room at the Tilbury Hotel is known for its fine dining take on traditional pub food and their Sunday roast is no different. The line-up changes each week, but the braised lamb shoulder with mint sauce is the stuff of dreams. Expect a plate heaped with beef, lamb or pork surrounded by seasonal roasted vegetables, peas, cauliflower cheese and drizzled generously with gravy.
The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen
Most of us aren’t willing to make the trip away from our heaters on a Sunday afternoon unless there are Yorkshire puddings involved and thankfully that’s the case at The Duck Inn. This gastropub has all of the Sunday roast bases covered, with a rotating menu that takes advantage of the local seasonal produce like green beans, carrots and potatoes all covered in gravy.
Dove & Olive
An affordable and home-style roast with all of the trimmings is happening at the Dove & Olive in Surry Hills every single Sunday from 11am. Costing $19.90, these guys change up their meat offering each week with lamb, chicken, pork and beef on rotation. The portions are generous and the food is flavourful. We have no doubt that you’ll leave with a full feeling that forces you to take a well-earned afternoon nap.
Woolwich Pier Hotel
If you’re ever in search of a full on Sunday roast with all the extras, head to Woolwich Pier Hotel. Their roast is all about the pork belly, topped with crackling, roasted vegetables, pumpkin mash, sweet apple puree and gravy. Or go for the lamb, where they’ll plate up a similar stacked feast. They’ll be slinging their roasts every Sunday until sold out.
The Lord Dudley
For peak traditional English pub vibes and a cracking roast that will sling out a plate with all the trimmings, head to The Lord Dudley. Keep out of the winter cold and get cosy in front of the fireplace, and make sure you grab a pint while you’re at it.
The Oxford Tavern
The Oxford Tavern recently underwent a thirsty restoration and let's just say, actual roast aside, this is very much the bustling place to be every Sunday. With the kitchen headed by chef Neil Mudie (who’s an absolute legend and specialist when it comes to smoking meats), you can expect a strong flex during its “Smokehouse Roast” every Sunday with a BBQ twist. That means all the smoked brisket, pork belly, lashings of gravy, roast potatoes, carrots, broccoli and a moreish take on the Yorkshire pudding.
The Clock Hotel
This Surry Hills local gets you. Yes, they’re serving up an extra special roast every weekend and only charging $25. But this is where the fun starts—the cost also includes either a schooner of selected tap beer or a glass of Rightbank wine. Head outside onto the balcony of The Clock Hotel for some prime Surry Hills people watching, or stay inside and play some free pool—the choice is yours.
Charing Cross Hotel
The Charing Cross Hotel is whipping up a delicious roast every single Sunday. For only $29 you can score yourself a roast sirloin of beef alongside a feast of roast potatoes, carrot, swede mash, gravy and of course, a Yorkshire pudding on the side. Guaranteed you’re suddenly feeling very hungry.
For the most extra roast in Sydney, you’ll want to head to nel.. This July and August, chef Nelly Robinson's family style roast will involve organic chicken with a lemon stuffing or 12-hour slow cooked lamb shoulder. As well as this, you cauliflower cheese and truffle, Beechworth honey-glazed carrots, charcoal duck fat potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and more sides. It’ll be on the costlier side, but it does involve a lot of courses and a sticky date pudding, so that’s a win in the books.
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