As Autumn and Winter loom, our tummies can’t stop craving the homely, delicious dish that is the traditional Sunday roast. An institution here in Yorkshire – and an absolute signature on the cooler days – nothing screams ‘wholesome day out’ more than ending it with a plate swimming in gravy complete with all the trimmings. So next time you’re out on the cobbles in York, be sure to check out our guide to the best Sunday roasts right here on The Yorkshireman.
1. The Star Inn The City
The Star Inn The City is well-known for its genius Yorkshire-themed menu, so it’s no surprise that they also serve up a bloody good Sunday roast.
Sitting on the side of the majestic River Ouse by Lendal Bridge, you couldn’t ask for a better backdrop for a chilled Sunday roast with friends & family. The charming restaurant offers up an elegant-looking plate of Yorkshire-sourced beef, with meats including sirloin of beef and Yorkshire lamb, served with huge Yorkshire puddings, roasted, braised and even stock vegetables, all finished off with a tasty ale gravy. The Star Inn The City, Museum St, York, YO1 7DR.
2. The Botanist
A classic choice for a cosy Sunday lunch, The Botanist boasts a beautiful venue in York, oozing traditional, medieval charm right on Stonegate.
There, guests can indulge in a choice of sirloin of beef, roast chicken, pot roast lamb shoulder, honey glazed pork belly or a vegan wellington, with each dish finished off with a Yorkshire pudding, maple glazed carrots, roast potatoes, minted veggies, and, of course, plenty of gravy.
The decor is just as beautiful as the roasts, too, with quirky English charm flowing throughout, and plenty of botanical nods with florals and cottage touches. The Botanist, 15-19 Stonegate, York, YO1 8ZW.
Recently acquiring a Michelin Star, Roots is, unsurprisingly, right at the top of our list when it comes to good grub in York.
Hosting an ever-changing menu for the occasion, guests can expect a rotation of delicious meats such as sourdough chicken, salt-aged pork, sirloin of beef and more, all served with sour bread and seed crackers, smoked butter mash, Hasselback potatoes, cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire puddings and veggies. Roots, 68 Marygate, York, YO30 7BH.
4. The Rattle Owl
A bright and beautiful venue in the medieval centre of York, The Rattle Owl is as cosy and modern as the food is delicious, with a well-loved Sunday lunch on offer.
Choose from sirloin of beef, roast mutton rump, or roasted cauliflower, with sides such as beef shin fritter, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, plenty of gravy and even specific wine pairings for each dish.
The desserts are just as show-stopping, too, with the likes of peanut butter parfait, York Cocoa House chocolate delice and Hebridean blue cheese on the menu. The Rattle Owl, 104 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX.
5. The Whippet Inn
Considered ‘Yorkshire’s finest steak house’, The Whippet Inn is a solid choice for a fantastic Sunday lunch in the city.
Boasting classic steakhouse interior with plenty of beers and wines on the menu, guests can dig into plates filled with British beef or Brandy buttered chicken breast, with sides such as roast potatoes, honey and fennel roast carrots, sautéed spring cabbage, cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy.
Keeping it classic, for dessert guests can choose from sticky toffee pudding, dark chocolate parfait, or a refreshing strawberry cheesecake pavlova for the fruit lovers among us. The Whippet Inn, 15 North St, York, YO1 6JD.
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