Your guide to the best Sunday Roasts in Yorkshire

13 February 2019

Meat being carved


When it comes to Sunday, there really is nothing better than closing the kitchen door, gathering the family together and heading off for a roast dinner that you don’t have to cook, and Yorkshire is one of the best places in the country to enjoy this hearty tradition.

Ben from York on a Fork describes here: “Sunday lunch deserves to be a drawn out indulgence, ideally ending with an hour spent lounging with the Sunday papers and a pint afterwards.”

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect Yorkshire pudding, then the next few paragraphs are really going to get your mouth watering!



An independent kitchen and bar in the heart of Leeds, offers a contemporary yet relaxed space to enjoy foods of all flavours. Using seasonal and local produce, the range of honest and classical inspired dishes are what makes this spot a favourite amongst roast hunting locals.

Serving traditional roast dishes with seasonal veg, crispy potatoes and Yorkshires like you’ve never seen them before, right through to Plaice fillets and Ham Hock.

We spoke to Nic at Shears Yard to see why he thinks people love their roasts so much: “Forever in search of the perfect Sunday roast? You’ll find it at Shears Yard, where only the finest ingredients are served in laid-back surroundings.”

Renowned for fine dining without the fuss, Shears Yard’s Sunday lunch is no exception. The beef is sourced from Yorkshire’s Sykes House Farm and roasts for 12 hours, while the shoulder of pork is left overnight to maximise flavour. Each roast is served with foraged vegetables cooked in rhythm with the seasons, crispy potatoes and huge Yorkshire puddings your grandma would be proud of. Add an indulgent jus gravy and homemade condiments, and you can finally call off the search for the perfect Sunday roast.

Vegetarians are well catered for with a delicious nut and mixed seed loaf. Add to your Sunday experience with a Bloody Mary on arrival, and a cheese board before you go. Guaranteed to be the highlight of your weekend.”


Shears Yeard


Image credit: Shears Yard



Situated in Walmgate and in the capable hands of Lucy and Michael Hjort, the Chopping Block has become a renowned destination for not only its mouth-watering roast dinners but its friendly atmosphere and its homely feel.

We spoke to Stella from The Chopping Block about their Sunday roast options: “Our restaurant, Chopping Block, is situated in a listed 17th Century building in the centre of York. there’s lots of history and a few ghost stories that lurk within the walls! The second floor and loft space house the restaurant, which serves homemade dishes always using Yorkshire local produce. Our Traditional Roast is served every day on our Set Menu & Lunch Menu, however, both beef and pork are available on Sunday all day. Our roast beef is butchered in house & sous vide at 55 degrees for 2 days, served medium rare, juicy and tender, our roast beef is a firm favourite here!”


Chopping Block




This gem nestled in the Shibden Valley offers a picture postcard setting for a feast of the senses. Dating back to the 17th century, Shibden Mill doesn’t disappoint when it comes to history and the same goes for the array of roasts that leave their kitchen at lunch on Sundays.

Only serving up fresh, seasonal dishes cooked to the highest quality, you’re not going to be disappointed by the quality and choice offered to you when dining here. Enjoy all the classic Sunday lunch options along with some less traditional, but still as tasty alternatives, Roasted Loin of Cod and Chicken and Leek pie are just some of the offerings available to you.

“Down at The Shibden Mill Inn we do Sundays properly. We’ve made a name for ourselves locally as one of the best places to visit for a Sunday roast. Our head chef Will Webster has created the perfect plate, whether it’s lamb rump, sirloin of beef or our vegetarian nut roast. He has brought together a range of locally sourced ingredients to create his masterpiece. It has secured us the title of Sunday lunch pub of the year previously and no doubt helped us to become ‘Yorkshire’s favourite pub’ for the second time last year.” Says Max Heaton from the Shibden Mill.


Shibden Mill


Image credit: The Shibden Mill



If you’re heading on a walk through the historic dwelling of Malham, it won’t take you long to spot The Lister Arms sitting pretty in the Yorkshire Dales.

“Food served in our lively restaurant, full of character with a few low beams and the original fireplace for a warm, cosy glow.”

If you’re looking for a location full of character, you won’t find one more special than The Lister Arms. Serving morning through till evening, offering 5 food menus, you’re bound to experience dishes of the highest quality. Serving traditional roasts with all the trimmings every Sunday, you’re going to struggle to find a dish that’ll rival that of the Lister, you truly have to try it to believe it.


Lister Arms


Image credit: The Lister Arms



When talking about the best roast in Yorkshire, there is no doubt that the Carvery Lunch we offer here at the Raven Hall is one of the best! Served in the Panorama Restaurant you can choose from locally sourced cuts of Topside Beef, Leg of Pork and Turkey, all accompanied by rich gravy, fluffy roasties and traditional Yorkshire puddings. Our roast has been loved by many and is renowned in the local area, come and experience it for yourself and enjoy the wonders that Raven Hall has to offer.

Finish the perfect Sunday off with a sweet dessert and a walk around the breath-taking grounds that surround us here, it’s the perfect day out for the whole family. Here’s what some of our happy customers have to say about us:

“Had Sunday carvery, lovely food at a good price. Fantastic views looking out over the bay to Robin Hood’s Bay.”

“Great location, excellent value for money. Staff are very efficient, and things run very smoothly. Food is really outstanding at the price point.”


Raven Hall




“The Brunswick in Leeds is my place of choice when it comes to the Sunday roast. Their mix of eclectic art, modern design and amazing food, is a big draw for me. They have one of the best roasts I’ve eaten, apart from my own that is. Their chicken supreme is a delightful mix of juicy chicken, glazed vegetables and the crispiest roast potatoes I’ve ever eaten. They also have the most amazing, baked to perfection, Yorkshire puddings, which are fluffy in the middle and crispy on the outside. The perfect recipe for the most scrumptious roast!” says Michaela from Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum.

An alternative take on the traditional Sunday roast eatery, The Brunswick attracts guests from across the country searching for their infamous roast offerings. Situated in the centre of Leeds, visit here on a Sunday and expect Topside of Beef, Chicken Supreme and Yorkshire puddings all washed down with a complimentary mini Bloody Mary, what more could you ask for?


The Brunsiwck


Image credit: The Brunswick



Serving modern Yorkshire food with the best locally sourced and seasonal products the Starr Inn Sunday roasts are renowned in the local area for being some of the best in Yorkshire.

Serving all your classic roast meats with all the best trimmings and fluffy Yorkshire puddings, if you’re looking for a location that offers cosy, comfortable and elegant dining then this is the location for you.


The Starr Inn


Image credit: The Starr Inn



Serving delicious and hearty roast dinners every Sunday from 12am-4pm, you’ll struggle to find a roast dinner quite like the one that The Half Moon serves.

Jade from Girl Up North has told us how much she loves a roast at the Half Moon: “I do love a good Sunday roast and there’s nothing better than homemade Yorkshire puddings; cauliflower cheese and a proper meaty gravy. Mashed potato is also an absolute must for me; don’t get me wrong I do like a roast potato but a roast dinner without mash just isn’t the same for me. The Half Moon in Reedness (a tiny village in East Yorkshire) is a real hidden gem for a Sunday roast; it’s in a traditional pub setting with really friendly staff and they have the most mouth-watering selection of meats. Not only do they do the traditional meats like beef and turkey, they also do an amazing joint of belly pork with the best crackling you’ve ever seen served in a carvery style so you can load up on as much veg as and gravy as you like.”




After a delicious Sunday lunch, you’re going to need somewhere to rest your head, why not also book yourself in for a night at our hotel in Scarborough? Our cliff top location overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay is the perfect mix of comfort and quality, and on a Sunday you’ll be able to try one of the best Sunday carvery’s in Yorkshire for yourself.

Our range of rooms and lodges along with the entertainment and activities we offer makes us the perfect home away from home when looking to book a getaway in Yorkshire.

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