There's no better way to end a weekend than with a mouth-watering Sunday roast. From succulent roast chicken to slow-cooked sirloin, Sunday lunch isn't complete without a plate of meat and gravy. Want to know which ones are worth booking? These establishments have not only mastered the traditional roast, but they take it to a whole new level. Below are some of our favourite places to hang out come Sunday afternoon.
The Royal Paddington’s Pig & Pinot is not your average Sunday Roast. Each Sunday you can indulge in the ultimate feast, including a two-hour wine package, a succulently stuffed porchetta and rolled pork belly with fig and apple stuffing. Accompanied by delicious sides like broccolini, roasted baby chats, green salad and harissa spiced cauliflower, and a glass of Robert Oatley’s finest, you will be so full that you won’t even think about eating dinner.
$80pp (Minimum of six guests)
237 Glenmore Road, Paddington
Most likely the chicest pub you'll ever encounter, The Paddo Inn, in trendy Paddington, is the up-market pub of your insta-dreams. For an authentic British roast, Head Chef and Yorkshire local Mark Holland knows how to dish it up. Every Sunday from noon, till sold out, you can get a taste of a traditional roast with all the trimmings for just $27. Indulge in Riverine sirloin beef, crispy roast potatoes, and kale and honey-mustard root vegetables, immersed in a heavenly red wine jus. Exactly how Sunday's should be spent.
338 Oxford Street, Paddington
Fellow Brits (and Aussies) gather in tow for a taste of Endeavour Tap Rooms' classic English roast. Steeped in character, this cosy pub comes with all the trimmings. Dark woods, snug fireplaces and heritage finishes feature throughout, whilst local craft beers and and a weekly-changing menu of showstopping roasts provide the perfect recipe for a lazy Sunday feasting session. Settle in for the afternoon with a glass – or three – of red, and tuck into succulent cuts of roast sirloin, smoked paprika roast chicken, roast lamb and slow-cooked pork, all served with fluffy Yorkshire puddings, crispy roast potatoes, seasonal veg and lashings of house-made gravy. Mmmm.
Available every Sunday until sold out, $29
39/43 Argyle St, The Rocks
This legendary boozer has been lovingly restored to its former glory as Petersham’s favourite local. The new ‘Tav’ sports a list of locally owned and independent brews, alongside a revamped food menu that has excited locals queuing at the door. Sundays are a particular highlight, their Smoker Sunday Roast is served from 12pm until they sell out, and comes with your choice of beef brisket, pork belly or pulled jackfruit and roast potatoes, honey roasted carrots, steamed broccoli, English gravy and a house-baked Yorkshire pudding. Oh and did we mention they serve $12 Bloody Marys all day too? Winning.
Available every Sunday until sold out,
1 New Canterbury Rd, Petersham
Nothing soothes the soul quite like sharing a delicious Sunday roast with loved ones to the tunes of a live jazz band. This July, Chiswick Woollahra will be bringing winter creature comforts to your Sunday nights with a rotating roast and live performances from The Tilly Street Trio. Start your evening early at 3:30 pm in the communal bar with some music before heading in for dinner when the roasts kick-off at 6 pm.
Sundays, from 3:30pm
$75pp (Min 2 people)
65 Ocean Street, Woollahra
This beloved Paddo haunt is impeccably appointed with modern touches in a simple yet considered dining space. Come Sunday this local haunt turns into an afternoon hangout as diners wait to sample the Four in Hand’s delicious traditional feast. Serving up a delectable roast teamed with a Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings, you won’t want to be anywhere else each Sunday.
105 Sutherland Street, Paddington
Glammed up prohibition-style gives this Potts Point venue the serious cool factor. Sink back into leather-backed chairs and hide from the world for a few hours. Their Sunday roast special – roast beef sirloin served alongside Yorkshire pudding and all the extras – teams beautifully with their very own mulled wine. It would be rude to say no.
32 Orwell Street, Potts Point
This ultra-cosy pub is revered around Darlinghurst for its signature roasts. Serving up until dinner time, you can indulge in their roast and dessert special of the week. Tuck into 9-hour slow roasted wagyu beef or pork belly served with crispy roast potatoes, honey roasted carrots, steamed broccoli, house gravy and house baked Yorkshire pudding. Vegetarian and vegan options are also catered for, and for big groups you can opt for the 'Host a Roast' sharing banquet. This bumper menu caters for all tastes, with the likes of zuchinni and corn fritters, fish tacos and salt and pepper squid to start, roast wagyu beef, pork belly, roast chicken or nut roast for main, and poached pear and rhubarb crumble butterscotch pudding slathered in a sticky whiskey sauce for dessert. Served alongside an array of sides, you won’t be needing dinner – especially if you add a craft beer (or three) to your order.
Sunday Roast $25
Host a Roast $45 for two courses; $55 for three courses
122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst
Every Sunday the Pier dishes out dozens of their famous roasts to devoted locals who appreciate just how quickly these numbers sell out. The pork belly and the crackling is served with roast vegetables, pumpkin mash, apple purée, Yorkies and gravy, while the Riverina saddle of lamb subs out the apple purée for mint jelly, and boy does it go down a treat.
2 Gale Street, Woolwich
Available each Sunday till sold out, The Horse’s Sunday roast is the stuff of legend. The Surry Hills establishment boasts one of the largest ranges of Aussie spirits and craft beer and its rooftop terrace is a total treat. Be sure to secure your seat from noon to enjoy pink roasted beef, duck fat roasties, market veg, Yorkie pudding and Grandma’s gravy.
381 Crown Street, Surry Hills
One of the Northern Beaches’ best bars, 4 Pines' Newport outpost is proving a favourite for the top end of Sydney. Think weathered wooden interiors, booth seating and lots of craft beer. On Sunday's, the Sunday roast is what the locals come for. With all the trimmings and $16 craft beer jugs, its the perfect way to end the weekend with a group of friends.
313 Barrenjoey Road, Newport
Comfy couches lined with bookcases and an intimate beer garden, The Duck Inn is one of our favourite spots to spend a Sunday afternoon. During summer make the most of the outdoor seating, and in winter get close to the firepit. To accompany the quality wine on offer, each Sunday, they serve a traditional roast with all the trimmings.
74 Rose Street, Chippendale
Shorties, Lane Cove’s only real small bar, has homegrown wine, craft beers and innovative share plates. The space is intimate with a touch of indie and is perfect for a Sunday tipple alongside their moreish Sunday Roast. The slow-roasted beef brisket comes with salt and vinegar potatoes, roast carrots and gravy, but the real wow factor is that it’s served inside a giant Yorkshire pudding!
96 Longueville Road, Lane Cove
Delicious, quirky, and innovative pub grub is the Dove and Olive’s mantra, but when it comes to the Sunday roast, nothing but a classic approach will suffice. Get your fix of the roast meat special of the week served with seasonal vegetables and all the trimmings, and $5 schooners to sweeten the deal. You’ll be eminently comfortable and reluctant to leave the charming establishment.
156 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills