There might not be much you miss about living at home, but admit it – having a lovingly made, delicious Sunday roast put in front of you every week was a definite perk.
These days if you fancy a roast dinner you either have to travel home to see the ‘rents or make some noise with the pots and pans in your own kitchen.
If you want to avoid a long car journey or excessive washing up, though, we’ve picked our top 10 places to get a fantastic Sunday roast in Edinburgh that will give even your mum’s handiwork a run for her money.
They’re big on their beef at Kyloe and pride themselves in serving up a posh but extremely tasty Sunday roast every week – just like your mum made it, but better (we won’t tell her if you don’t.) Watch your very own roast rib of beef (or fillet for two people) being carved at the table before it’s served up with fluffy roast potatoes, huge Yorkshire puddings, vegetables and home made gravy. Though it’s on the pricier side, Sunday lunch here is a true experience and you’ll get a pudding thrown in too – if you’ve got any room left, that is.
1-3 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE – more info
It’s a fairly new addition to the Edinburgh restaurant scene, but the chefs at gastropub The OX on London Street are seasoned pros when it comes to Sunday roasts. Here you’ll get rare roast rib of beef with all the trimmings (as well as gravy and horseradish sauce) for less than £15 a head, which has to be one of the best Sunday lunch deals the city has to offer.
49-51 London Street, EH3 6LX – more info
The Sheep Heid Inn
It’s somewhat off the beaten track, but don’t write off the famous Sheep Heid Inn for your Sunday lunch in favour of something more central. Instead, take a leisurely stroll through Holyrood Park and work up an appetite before sitting down to one of Edinburgh’s most varied Sunday roasts. Whether you’re in the mood for beef, pork, chicken, lamb or even a trio of roasts, you won’t go hungry here. While all the meaty Sunday roasts are served with goose fat roasted potatoes, vegetarians can look forward to a tasty parsnip, stilton and cranberry nut roast with veggie-friendly roasties.
43-45 The Causeway, EH15 3QA – more info
The Antiquary Bar
You might have walked past basement bar The Antiquary in Stockbridge a thousand times without realising, but this hidden gem is a cosy haven for hungry locals on a Sunday. From one o’clock you can feast on roast venison, beef or a nut roast and – if you’re in the mood – wash it all down with your choice of beer, wine or cocktails.
72-78 St Stephen Street, EH3 5AQ – more info
George Street Bar & Grill
Every Sunday the chef at George Street Bar & Grill prepares two top-notch roasts to be carved and served up with the usual veggie suspects. It’s a first come, first served situation once 12:30pm comes around, so you’d better get in there quick. Plus, if you and your lunch-mate have room for a starter and a dessert before and after your roast, the restaurant will throw in a complimentary bottle of wine – not a bad way to bid the weekend farewell.
130 George Street, EH2 4HQ – more info
The Malmaison brasserie on Leith’s Shore has a luxurious Sunday lunch on its menu, served in suitably splendid surroundings. Diners can choose from a prime rib of Black Angus beef with thyme Yorkshire puddings, or corn-fed roast half chicken with pork sausage and cranberry jus. Of course parsnips, carrots and roast tatties come as standard with either option so you won’t feel like you’re missing out either way.
1 Tower Place, EH6 7BZ – more info
The Cumberland Bar
Roast Beef Dinner at The Cumberland Bar, Cumberland Street, Edinburgh being consumed now. Pudding awaits. pic.twitter.com/FXw2eRDaHw
— Gerry Bennison (@AlresfordBear) April 26, 2015
Booking ahead is vital for this one as The Cumberland Bar’s traditional Sunday roasts are famous city-wide. Their menu changes on a weekly basis – which is pretty exciting for any serial Sunday roast eaters – so be sure to ask what the options will be ahead of time. You can commit to either one, two or three courses and eat yourself silly because, after all, that’s what Sundays are for.
1-3 Cumberland Street, EH3 6RT – more info
Hotel Du Vin
Ever wondered how a classic French restaurant does a traditional British Sunday roast? Now you can find out with a trip to Edinburgh’s Hotel Du Vin bistro. Served as part of Sunday brunch, you’ll be treated to four courses here, the most highly anticipated of which being the hearty roast meat and veggies you’ve been craving all week.
11 Bristo Place, EH1 1EZ – more info
The Queens Arms
Hidden at basement level on Frederick Street, The Queens Arms is another welcoming gastropub that you may never even have spotted before. Their Sunday roast deal is fairly epic – two courses for two people, costing under £30. You’ll get the roast of the day, Yorkshire puddings, seasonal veg and gravy, as well as a dessert and coffee to make sure you’re so full you may have to roll home. If that all sounds a bit much, The Queens Arms also have their ‘roast on a roll’ option – a full roast dinner sandwich, complete with gravy.
49 Frederick Street, EH2 1EP – more info
The Lioness of Leith
A great location for pints and cocktails, The Lioness of Leith should also be high on your list of Sunday lunchtime city haunts. This cool, quirky pub has individual roast dinner platters on offer every Sunday, with a choice of beef, chicken or mushroom stroganoff for any veggies. The chef’s twists on traditional Sunday lunch fare – for example, roasting the beef shin in beer and orange – make eating at The Lioness a bit of a culinary adventure that anyone who’s sick of the same old meat and two veg will welcome.
21-25 Duke Street, EH6 8HH – more info
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