Best UK pubs for Sunday Lunch

As we transition to jumper and boot season, it is safe to say we find ourselves craving a good old Sunday roast.  I know I do anyway! There’s been quite a lot in the media about Sunday lunches and roast dinners, and quite rightly so. It’s one of the things Great Britain does best! So we wanted to jump onboard the roast dinner train and round up some of the best UK pubs for Sunday lunch. 

The Boot, Repton, Derbyshire

Pork Belly at The Boot Inn

Located in the South Derbyshire village of Repton, The Boot is a wonderfully cosy 17th century coaching inn.  Their delicious food offering includes a combination of British classics and contemporary dishes, which also reflect the seasons. During the week, The Boot offers a range of varying menus which include Champagne and regular breakfasts, delicious sandwiches, an Autumn taster menu, a contemporary and classics menu, and of course, a Sunday menu. For those looking for a hearty roast, you’re in for a treat at The Boot. Choose from corn fed roast chicken, roast ribeye beef, pork belly and roast salmon.  

For beer lovers, you can expect to find the Boot’s own range of ales, including the citrussy pale Clod Hopper and Boot IPA.  

The Meikleour Arms, Meikleour, Perthshire 

Sunday Lunch at Meikleour Arms

The Meikleour Arms is situated close to the famous Meikleour Beech Hedge, a Perthshire landmark, recognised for being the highest hedge in the world. As well as its superb food, The Meikleour Arms is known for its beautifully decorated rooms which have been likened to a French style of interior design. Their award-winning restaurant serves produce which has been sourced from their estate and farm, which includes the meat for their roasts. Their menus feature pub classics and more adventurous daily specials, often showcasing game, venison, wild produce and seafood. 

The Cotley Inn, Wambrook, Somerset

The Cotley Inn, Wambrook


Voted VisitEngland’s Pub of The Year 2022, The Cotley Inn is a multi award-winning gastropub with rooms nestled on the side of a hill at the foot of the Blackdown hills. The pub is an old stone farmhouse on the Cotley estate with fabulous views of the Somerset countryside. A perfect place for a Sunday lunch, The Cotley Inn sources its produce from the estate farm, including beef and lamb, rare-breed pork, chicken and veg.  

Moreover, the pub has a wide offering of game, with local venison, pheasant, partridge, and rabbit making regular appearances in autumn and winter.   

Sculthorpe Mill, Sculthorpe, Norfolk 

Sculthorpe Mill, Norfolk

What was once a watermill, the Sculthorpe Mill is now a beautifully restored country pub. Set amongst weeping willows and the River Wensum, Sculthorpe Mill is an award-winning pub with 7 ensuite bedrooms. The pub offers contemporary menus that use locally sourced produce. Currently on their Sunday specials menu, choose from a selection of delicious hearty dishes including Norfolk roast chicken, beef on the bone, pan friend venison loin and roasted silver mullet.  

The Bell & Crown, Zeals, Wiltshire

Pan Friend fish and vegetables

The Bell & Crown is a 200-year-old coaching inn located just off the A303 between London and the south-west, making it a handy stop off if you’re travelling to Devon or Cornwall. Open log fires, flagstone floors and candlelit tables make it an incredibly cosy place to visit, especially on a cold and wet Sunday.  

The pub changes its menu frequently, serving fresh and seasonal produce which is sourced from small and family-run suppliers. You can expect to find old classics dotted throughout their menu, as well as more contemporary dishes such as salt baked celeriac and Exmoor venison haunch with mushroom puree.  

On a Sunday, the pub serves delicious classics with a modern-day twist, such as roast sirloin and horseradish crème fraiche, as well as chargrilled courgette with orange and beetroot reduction.

For a full list of the best UK pubs for Sunday lunch which feature 14 of our pubs, visit The Guardian.  


Written by Melanie Phipps