If you ever find yourself wondering what to do in Yorkshire on a Sunday, the answer is a simple one… sample one of Yorkshire’s finest Sunday dinners. When it comes to a roast dinner we know our stuff (just look at the Yorkshire Pudding, the pinnacle of any Sunday lunch) and no matter where you are in Yorkshire we guarantee Sunday will quickly become your favourite day of the week. Discover our lists of the best roast dinners in Yorkshire below - and roll on Sunday!
Harrogate & Yorkshire Dales
This 18th century coaching house boasts surroundings as beautiful as its food. Nestled in Yorkshire’s glorious Nidderdale Valley just outside Harrogate, this Michelin Starred restaurant is famed for excellent food with a creative flair. The Sunday lunch consists of a classy take on seasonal ingredients: grouse, turbot and red deer are roasted alongside Dexter beef with trimmings. This truly is a Sunday lunch for a very special occasion.
You’ll be hard pushed to find a cosier pub in a more beautiful Yorkshire village than this. Inside you’ll find flagged floors, log burning fires and a range of good local ales. The menu consists of mainly local produce and all the trimmings you would expect from a country pub roast dinner. The perfect pit stop for ramblers and potholers alike.
If you’re more of a city dweller than a rural rambler, try The Fat Badger in the heart of Harrogate’s historic Montpellier quarter. Serving modern British pub-grub with a contemporary twist, The Fat Badge merges old England with the modern metropolis, serving real ale alongside their famous ‘Pink Badger’ cocktail. The two or three course Sunday Lunch menu consists of traditional favourites include roast beef, prawn cocktail and creme brulee, each with a delightfully modern twist.
North York Moors
Fox & Hounds - Carthorpe ££
The Fox & Hounds in Carthorpe champions locally sourced ingredients, with everything from the veg to the honey being produced in North Yorkshire. The Sunday roast is a very traditional affair with a wide selection of roast meat served with veg and gravy. The starters and desserts also err on the side of traditional, think duck liver pate, prawn cocktails and sticky toffee pudding. Despite its humble offerings, this Sunday roast is cooked to perfection and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. A true reflection of Yorkshire hospitality.
The second Michelin Starred restaurant on our list, the Star Inn has been consistently voted the favourite northern restaurant by industry professionals. The food is exceptional in every way and the whole experience feels special as soon as you walk in the door. The real gem of this place is the incredible outside seating and dining area, perfect for pre-dinner drinks or an after lunch coffee in the warmer months.
If you’re more of a cheese board than a dessert person, you’ll love the White Horse & Griffin in Whitby. The busy ‘bistro style’ restaurant boasts a well-stocked wine cellar and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The Sunday Lunch menu hosts traditional roast beef and roast loin of pork with some more seafaring options for those inclined: traditional fish and chips and white wine and garlic mussels. They offer a small range of desserts but a huge range of cheeses including Flatcapper Yorkshire Brie and Stinking bishop. This really is a must visit for anyone visiting or staying in Whitby.
York & District
Guy Fawkes Inn - York ££
Sitting in the shadow of York Minster, this medieval inn was the birthplace of the notorious Guido Fawkes. You’ll find the Sunday Lunch offerings on the specials board with the choice of meat changing weekly. The cuts are fantastic and the side dishes plentiful, with fresh crisp veg and cauliflower cheese on offer. And to wash it all down? The inn offers an extensive wine list and has won awards for its local real ales which change regularly.
Don’t be fooled by the name, Warmgate Ale House isn’t just a pub, the 17th-century building houses not only a wonderful ale house but also a bistro, serving brunch from 9:30 am right through to evening meals. Sunday Lunch offerings include huge Yorkshire puddings, side dishes of fresh veg and choice cuts of roasted meat. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with friendly staff and of course, plenty of ales to choose from.
If you fancy venturing out of York for your Sunday roast try the Woodman Inn at Bishopthorpe - only 5 miles from the city centre. More than just meat and veg, the chefs here love to play with flavour. Gravy gets a hint of red wine, carrots become excellent bedfellows with star anise and the swede mash gets a delightful splash of garlic, all served alongside perfectly roasted cuts of meat. As we’ve come to expect, the bar hosts a range of wines and beers with monthly guests ales readily available. If you’re heading to York then a traditional roast and pint of the Landlord's finest should be top of your to-do list.
West & South Yorkshire
Fancy treating the whole family? Shibden Mill Inn offers a Sunday Lunch to please all. With a full menu of starters, roasts, mains, desserts, an impressive cheese board and a range of coffees, liqueurs and brandy, you’ll want to come hungry. Alongside the traditional meat, veg and gravy they offer a variety of gluten-free options, veggie choices and fish dishes to suit all pallets. This hidden gem of an inn boats roaring log fires, scenic outdoor seating and enough country pub charm to last a lifetime. Trust us when we say, you’ll never want to leave.
While it’s fair to say us Yorkshire folk like nothing more than tucking into our Sunday roast surrounded by wood beams, roaring fires and with a pint of guest ale on the side, on occasion we do enjoy the upmarket restaurant experience, and this is just what Gaucho provides. The Argentinian restaurant has it’s own take on the classic roast dinner, with South American influences marrying unexpectedly with roast topside and free range chicken. The meal is served as a sharing platter, making it perfect for those looking to marry romance with roasts and to top it all of, of course, there’s the obligatory Yorkshire pub and they never skimp on the gravy portions.
If you’re on a budget but still conscious of the food you're eating, the Rutland Arms is perfect. At only £9 for a Sunday roast the value is exceptional, considering the generous portions, and if asked, the kitchen staff could happily tell you exactly where every ingredient came from, and how to get there - the chefs are rigorous about using local produce. The whole ethos of the restaurant is unfussy, simple well-cooked food and that’s exactly what you get. If all you want is a simple Sunday roast like the one mum used to make… you’ve found it.
We hope our run down of the best Sunday Lunches in Yorkshire has wetted your appetite. Of course, these are just a few of our favourites and Yorkshire is home to plenty more traditional, and not so traditional, roast dinners. There’s plenty to choose from right across the county and while we might be biased, we strongly believe that any Sunday spent out in Yorkshire is not complete without a Yorkshire pud or two. Why not tweet us your favourite @Go_Yorkshire and see if it makes it onto our next list!