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15 Sunday roasts in Somerset you need to try

PUBLISHED: 12:38 23 March 2017

Roast beef and roast potatoes - yum! (c) stockcreations / Shutterstock

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Whether you fancy diving into a delicious, filling carvery or sharing a platter of succulent meat and seasonal vegetables, we pick 15 of Somerset’s tastiest Sunday roasts

1. The Babbling Brook, Shurton

Winner of ‘Best Somerset Sunday Roast’ in 2015 and finalist in the same category at the Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2016, it’s safe to say we think rather highly of The Babbling Brook’s Sunday lunch. The traditional lunch also includes gluten free and vegetarian options and with three meats to pick from each week, visitors truly are spoilt for choice. Nestled at the foot of the Quantock Hills, what better way to end a morning’s bimble than by tucking into a delicious roast dinner?

2. The White Horse Inn, Mark

Finalist in the ‘Best Chef of the Year’ and ‘Best Somerset Sunday Roast’ categories at the Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2016, you’re guaranteed ‘proper home cooked food’ for your Sunday lunch. Think juicy, melt-in-the-mouth meats, homemade condiments, local fresh vegetables and delicious cauliflower cheese. The charming country village inn promises a warm welcome and friendly service, and it’s easy to while away an afternoon with an award-winning ale or glass of wine in hand. To avoid disappointment, make sure to book – The White Horse Inn gets busy on a Sunday!

3. Clavelshay Barn, North Petherton

Winner of ‘Best Somerset Sunday Roast’ at Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2016, there were a number of reasons Clavelshay Barn in North Petherton was worthy of the top prize. A lot of care and passion goes into creating the perfect Sunday roast here – and diners can expect superbly cooked local meat, great roast potatoes, excellent English mustard and, according to the judges, the best Yorkshire puddings ever served at a restaurant! Tucked away on a dairy farm in the middle of the Somerset countryside, the location is gorgeous too.

4. The Woolpack, Worle

Just a short drive from Weston-Super-Mare, in the St George’s District of Worle, you’ll find The Woolpack, a much-loved inn known locally for serving a delicious, traditional carvery on a Sunday. Tuck into a range of meats, plenty of veg and tasty Yorkshire puddings alongside an extensive menu of beers and wines to choose from. This proper pub with a vibrant atmosphere is worth a visit whatever the season; open fires welcome visitors in the colder months while during the summer, seats can be found on the outside patio and pub gardens.

5. The Anchor Inn, Hillfarrance

Quintessential countryside pubs don’t get much more charming than The Anchor Inn in Hillfarrance, nestled in the countryside, around four miles from Taunton. Boasting a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the Inn was highly commended in Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2015 for ‘Best Somerset Sunday Roast’ and winner in 2014 and 2013. Call beforehand to avoid disappointment, and visit when hungry, the portions are very generous! If you can try to save room for dessert, there are plenty of homemade puddings that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

6. The Crown Inn, Catcott, Bridgwater

Exuding charm, character and popular with locals and visitors alike, it’s little surprise that The Crown Inn, between the towns of Bridgwater and Street, is so popular. You’re certain of a warm welcome at the Inn, whether you fancy a pint from a selection of well-kept cask ales or a sit-down meal. With a passion for imaginative home cooked fare, expect a menu brimming with pub classics with inventive twists including a delicious Sunday carvery. Succulent meats (and crackling) are available alongside perfect roasties, parsnips and seasonal veg. Try an indulgent, homemade pud for £2 following your roast! Missed your chance on Sunday lunchtime? The carvery is available on a Wednesday and Sunday evening too.

7. Windwhistle Inn, Chard

Well known for satisfying hungry visitors on a Sunday; if a tasty, filling carvery is what you’re after then look no further than the Windwhistle Inn between Chard and Crewkerne. Expect tempting meats, from beef brisket to tasty pork and more, with all the trimmings and lashings of gravy. If you’re visiting in the summer, enjoy a few afternoon drinks in the pub garden – breathtaking panoramic views of Glastonbury Tor and the Bristol Channel can be admired.

8. At the Chapel, Bruton

Minimalist interiors and chic furnishings all housed in a Grade II listed former chapel, locations don’t get much more Instagram-worthy than At the Chapel on Bruton’s High Street. Alongside pizzas served straight from a wood fired oven to Mediterranean influenced dishes full of the best West Country produce, At the Chapel also rustle up a delicious roast dinner every Sunday. Quell your hunger with pork, crackling, apple sauce and all the traditional trimmings – yum!

9. The Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton St George

Recently named as one of the Sunday Times’ 100 Best Restaurants and ‘National Dining Pub of the Year’ by the Good Pub Guide, The Lord Poulett is serious when it comes to serving up the finest fare for their diners. Nestled in the small village of Hinton St George, The Lord Poulett Arms exudes the appeal of your typical countryside pub: think a roaring log fire, charming interiors, a warm welcome from staff and plenty of choice when it comes to real ales. The Sunday lunch is delicious, we suggest treating yourself to three courses – you won’t regret it!

10. Oakhill Inn, Oakhill

A great base for exploring some of Somerset’s iconic landmarks and attending popular events within the county, The Oakhill Inn is an award-winning pub offering bedrooms for weary walkers in need of a rest and refuel; and, of course, a tempting Sunday lunch at the end of the week with plenty of choice alongside the a la carte menu. Roast dinners are served until 4pm and again at 6pm.

11. Bear Inn, Street

Homemade Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, buttered kale and leeks, red cabbage, cauliflower cheese and carrots, alongside a selection of meats from half rotisserie chicken to roast silverside of beef – sound tasty? Pay a visit to the delightful Bear Inn in the village of Street with a tempting two or three course Sunday lunch that’s bound to tantalise your taste buds. Vegetarians can enjoy a delicious cauliflower, caramelised shallot and ale tart.

12. White Hart Inn, Bath

Ideally positioned close to the Bath’s city centre, the White Hart Inn offers a peaceful tranquillity away from the bustling city centre. Simple, home-cooked fare with locally sourced ingredients and local real ales is the game here; and the delicious Sunday roast is exceedingly popular with locals and visitors alike. Settle in the Inn’s cosy surroundings where you can tuck into a selection of meats, fish or a vegetarian option accompanied by crispy roasties and seasonal vegetables.

13. White Horse, Haselbury Plucknett, Crewkerne

Gather family and friends and make your way to the White Horse in the charming countryside village of Haselbury Plucknett where you can enjoy a sharing platter of roasted meats every Sunday. The cosy, comfortable interiors and roaring fire as well as a pretty pub garden make the 17th century coaching inn a wonderful spot for Sunday lunch whether you’re visiting in the summer or winter. Tuck into a choice of three meats including pork belly, beef and chicken all cooked to perfection with roast potatoes, plenty of fresh vegetables and topped with gravy.

14. The Old Thatched Cottage, Weston-Super-Mare

Positioned on Weston-Super-Mare’s seafront, The Old Thatched Cottage is the perfect place to relax and indulge after a Sunday morning strolling along the beach or entertaining younger ones on The Grand Pier. With a warm and generous atmosphere, all within a beautiful grade II listed building dating back to 1774, it’s a wonderful location for lunch out. The roast dinner is delicious – think tasty meats, roast potatoes and all the much-loved trimmings.

15. The Merry Monk, Monkton Heathfield

Sat on the outskirts of Taunton in the village of Monkton Heathfield is The Merry Monk, famous for its carvery and serving up generous portions of the nation’s favourite dish throughout the week as well as on a Sunday. Fill up on succulent meats or a nut roast alongside all the tasty roast dinner accompaniments. Chosen as one of our favourite cosy countryside pubs, we love settling down and enjoying a tasty roast at The Merry Monk on a cold winter’s evening.

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