Ah, Sunday lunch. It’s a meal with an immense cultural significance to the British, with everyone claiming that their mother, grandmother, or friend does the best Sunday roast imaginable. Naturally, most pubs you come across will have a roast lunch option on Sundays, and with so many to choose from, we can’t claim to have the definitive list. But we want to reassure you that, yes, you can find Sunday lunches that are every bit as good as homecooked ones with some that are even better!
As the ‘best’ was so hotly debated amongst the team, we shifted our focus slightly and decided to pick just three. Our criteria were to choose prominent town locations but focus on ones that may have slipped under your radar. We’re still arguing over it, so this might have to become a regular feature!
Penycomequick, Killigrew Street, The Moor, Falmouth.
TripAdvisor reviewers have this cosy pub dating from the 1700s as their number one recommendation for Sunday lunch. Expect generous portions of locally sourced meat and vegetables (beef or pork) and a seasonal menu that changes monthly. A nut roast option is available for vegetarians. We give it bonus points for its crispy roast potatoes and friendly service.
The Rising Sun, Mitchell Hill, Truro
Although it’s close to the city centre, The Rising Sun is in a quiet historic area and has some great views of Truro Cathedral. Families are welcome, and dogs are allowed in the bar and Adit room. Sunday lunch features Cornish top side of beef, slow-roasted shoulder of lamb and pork loin and crackling options. Fish is also roasted, and there is a spinach and mushroom wellington option for vegetarians. Bonus points here are for the dessert options. Sticky toffee pudding, anyone?
The Cornish Arms, St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, St Ives.
It’s trickier than you’d think to find a good Sunday roast in a pub setting in St-Ives. There are plenty of menus in fancy settings, butfinding that genuine pub roast is challenging. So we suggest you take a short walk from the centre to give the Cornish Arms a try. It has an old school feel, with separation between the bar and the family dining area and pork scratchings behind the bar. Nothing pretentious here, just good wholesome cooking, and every Sunday, you’ll find a choice of three types of meat, and a fish or vegan option at a very reasonable £12 per main meal for adults, and £7.50 for kids.