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On a lazy Sunday there’s nothing better than a hearty roast. Especially when someone else is cooking. Here are the best spots to grab one in Bristol…

The traditional Sunday Roast is both comforting and satisfying in equal measure. Nothing beats the crispiness of roast potatoes smothered in unctuous gravy, crispy crackling or slow roast lamb. And don't forget the Yorkshire puddings! 

Bristol is a haven for food lovers, and when it comes to the quintessential British Sunday roast, the city does not disappoint. Whether you're after a luxurious dining experience or a cosy, laid-back meal, here's a guide to the best places in Bristol to enjoy a Sunday roast.

Hotel Du Vin

The Sugar House, Narrow Lewins Mead, BS1 2NU

Starting off with our most up-market pick, why not head over to the Hotel du Vin, a long-standing feature of the Bristol dining scene. Here you can enjoy your Sunday special amongst their 18th century architecture mixed with chic, contemporary accents. They’ll put together either an Aberdeenshire beef or Normandy chicken roast with all the trimmings, your essential Yorkshire pudding and a selection of vegetables.

For those that don’t want to go the roast route, they also offer less traditional Sunday dishes, from a HDV classic burger to Cod provençial alongside their popular ‘burnt chips’ (don’t worry, they’re not charred scraps) that are part of the ‘Burnt Chef Project’ - a charity working with challenging the stigma on mental health. It’ll set you back a good £29.95 for a four course spectacular, but for that special occasion, it’s worth the expense.

The George Inn

Bristol Barkers

Manor Rd, Abbots Leigh, BS8 3RP

Stunningly ‘gastro’ and just under a mile out of the city in Abbots Leigh, the George Inn is easily reached by car a short drive from the Clifton Suspension Bridge. This cosy little 18th Century village pub was erected in 1719, although refurbished since, it’s still managed to maintain its heritage alongside its friendly, relaxed pub atmosphere whilst providing its customers with a full bistro experience.

A Sunday roast will see you back about £19, but the surroundings, the garden (weather permitting) and the impressive selection of local drinks make it worthwhile. Because of the petite size of the pub we recommend you book a table in advance.

The Knowle

Bristol Barkers

Leighton Road, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 2LL

A former hotel that overlooks Knowle and Brislington, the Knowle is the go-to place for Sunday lunch. A does-what-it-says-on-the-tin venue, the roasts are affordable, well portioned and delicious. Served from midday until 4pm and packed with your all too familiar roast options from chicken and stuffing to pigs in blankets.

Prices start from £14 upwards and there a pub garden to soak up the sunshine over the warmer months.

The kensington Arms

35-37 Stanley Road, Bristol, BS6 6NP

In the heart of Redland is The Kensington Arms, a quaint pub serving seasonal fair attracting many a drinker and diner. The pub combines a Victorian inspired interior with mismatched, antique furniture alongside views into the open kitchen that serves modern British dishes a pub classics including their popular Sunday roast.

The team pride themselves on preparing their dishes all by hand and going to great lengths to source their produce locally and responsibly ensuring great quality and flavour. A set menu at the Kensington Arms costs £38 for three courses or £32.50 for two. Select from their range of succulent meats or if you’re not necessarily feeling meat, opt for the mushroom, hazelnut and cheddar loaf. 


First Table via ABOE

109 Whiteladies Rd, Redland, Bristol, BS8 2PB

ABOE, the new kid on Whiteladies Road, has you covered on contemporary roasts with a feast that's anything but ordinary. This spot, helmed by Michelin-trained chef Seb Merry, puts a fresh twist on the traditional roast. Think Korean glazed truffle-stuffed chicken, umami short rib, and a tempeh cake that's tofu-tally unique. Each of these mains is paired with classic sides like roasties, cauliflower cheese, red cabbage, chard, Yorkshire puds, and, of course, lashings of gravy. Prices are as comforting as the food, ensuring you leave both your belly and wallet pleasantly full.

ABOE, which stands for 'a bit of everything,' lives up to its name by showcasing the best of fresh, seasonal, and local produce while drawing on global influences. This playful take on fine dining, without the usual stiffness and price tag, makes it a must-visit. Whether you're after a hearty Sunday meal or a culinary adventure, ABOE promises a roast that's a bit of everything and a lot of yum.

The Bank Tavern

The Bank Tavern has earned legendary status for its award-winning Sunday roasts. Crowned the best in the UK by the Observer Food Monthly Awards in 2019, these roasts are so popular that bookings fill up years in advance. 

Every Sunday from 12pm, diners can indulge in generous portions of locally sourced meats, accompanied by all the classic trimmings, while vegetarians and gluten-free options are also available. The attention to detail and commitment to excellence make each meal a memorable experience, drawing regulars and newcomers alike to this cosy, dog-friendly pub.

The Clifton

The Clifton

The Clifton pub stands out with its rustic charm and culinary excellence, especially renowned for its sumptuous Sunday roasts. Here, tradition meets innovation with dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients and cooked to perfection on their custom-built Parrilla Grill. Led by Head Chef Cory, formerly of the Hare & Hounds, their menu evolves daily but always promises hearty classics like braised Torgelly Farm lamb and indulgent desserts such as apple crumble soufflé. 

Awarded a Bib Gourmand by Michelin and celebrated in the Top 100 Gastropubs list, The Clifton blends a laid-back vibe with culinary sophistication, making it a must-visit for food enthusiasts seeking a memorable dining experience.


Bristol Live

At BANK Bristol, Sundays are elevated to an art form with their renowned Sunday roasts.  This former bank-turned-restaurant offers a contemporary take on the traditional British roast. Head Chef Jack Briggs-Horan showcases his culinary expertise by sourcing locally within a 30-mile radius, ensuring each dish bursts with freshness and flavor. Whether indulging in Middle White pork belly adorned with black garlic and miso or savoring Salt Marsh lamb shoulder complemented by green harissa, every bite is a testament to BANK's commitment to quality and innovation. 

Accompanied by smoked garlic potatoes, charred savoy cabbage, and a luscious red wine gravy, these roasts redefine Sunday dining with a perfect blend of tradition and modern flair. As a top contender in the UK's best roast scene, BANK Bristol promises a dining experience that leaves patrons eagerly anticipating their next Sunday visit.