Kent’s Best Sunday Roasts
Mouth-watering meat and glorious gravy, yummy Yorkshires and tantalising tatties, cracking crackling with all the trimmings. We could only be talking about the good old Sunday roast, the pinnacle of weekly dining.
This month, insideKENT has teamed up with Visit Kent to bring you a list of some of our favourite Kentish roasts, as recommended by various attractions and businesses across the county.
So, keep those hunger pangs at bay as you feast your eyes on some of the county’s most spectacular Sunday roasts…
Our top recommendation:
Kings Head, Wye
This lovely pub in the heart of picturesque Wye village recently underwent a major refurbishment, and is a great spot for food and drink any day of the week – but the Sunday roasts attract people from far and wide. Enjoy great local ales with your meal, and then take a stroll through the village or across the nearby Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Dolphin, Canterbury
Hidden a few cobbled streets away from Canterbury’s bustling city centre and glorious cathedral, this gastro-pub boasts a fine Sunday menu, glorious garden and welcoming atmosphere. After lunch, head to The Canterbury Tales or relax on one of the city’s Historic River Tours.
The Duke William, Ickham
Relax in front of the fire, perch at the bar or tuck yourself away in a cosy corner to enjoy the superb food, drink and atmosphere of this quintessential Kentish pub. Just a stone’s throw from Howlett’s Wild Animal Park and Wingham Wildlife Park, this Mark Sargeant pub is the perfect spot to fuel up before an afternoon at one these fantastic conservation parks.
Sea Salt, Beckenham
With delicious offerings such as Scotch sirloin roast with garlic and rosemary, leg of lamb with oregano and garlic, traditional roast chicken breast or grilled salmon steak, Sunday lunch at Sea Salt is an event not to be missed.
The Hythe Imperial, Hythe
Bottomless fizz with your roast? Admire stunning sea views as you test out the Imperial’s brand new three-course Italian lunch with ‘Free Flow Fizz’ hosted in the Coast Restaurant. Burn lunch off with a brisk seafront walk or jump on board the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway for unique afternoon trip.
The Bottle House Inn, Penshurst
The historic Bottle House is a handsome sight from outside, and step over the threshold to discover a spectacular Sunday menu. Located in picturesque Penshurst, this pub is surrounded by a number of standout attractions including Hever Castle, Chiddingstone Castle and Penshurst Place and Gardens.
The Windmill Pub, Hollingbourne
A superb Sunday menu, just two minutes from the entrance of lovely Leeds Castle. Local and seasonal fare are as much of the experience as the proud heritage of the village. One of top chef Richard Phillips’ outlets, this pretty pub retains the quality, passion, and attentive service for which his restaurants are known.
The Bickley, Chislehurst
Perhaps after a brisk morning stroll around Chislehurst’s high street you can pop into The Bickley for a delicious Sunday roast. Start with a warming bowl of the chef’s homemade soup, follow with your choice of meats with all the trimmings, and finish with a scrumptious pud. Delicious!
Dover Marina Hotel & Spa, Dover
With a fine view of Dover’s seafront, enjoy a hearty Sunday carvery before taking a stroll along the seafront promenade. For the more adventurous, why not join the Blue Bird Trail in front of the restaurant and explore the delights of Dover’s heritage?
The Leicester Arms, Penshurst
With two roaring fires for those colder winter days, The Leicester Arms invites you in for a seasonal Sunday lunch with friends and family. It’s also a dog-friendly establishment with treats on the bar and bowls of water for your four-legged friends, so you really can enjoy a relaxed Sunday lunch with all the family.
Hooden on the Hill, Ashford
If you fancy a day of shopping and a spot of lunch, plan a date at McArthurGlen’s Ashford Designer Outlet with over 80 of your favourite brands, then take a quick 10-minute journey to Hooden on the Hill for a cosy Sunday lunch. The pub offers plenty of choices for food, including roast sirloin of beef, and even a tempting burger for those not in the mood for a traditional roast!
Hever Castle Golf Club, Hever
A round of golf and a good roast could well spell the perfect Sunday for some. Indulge in both at Hever Castle Golf Club, where The Astor Restaurant offers a cosy atmosphere for lunch (check dates for availability) before or after the golf fanatics have conquered Hever’s beautiful course. Plus, the non-golfers have stunning Hever Castle and gardens to explore. Sublime!
The Sands Hotel, Margate
This beautiful boutique hotel’s terrace over Margate Sands is the perfect place to find a moment of peace before tucking into your traditional roast dinner. Treat yourself to something sweet to finish before heading out to one of Margate’s fantastic attractions such as Turner Contemporary, Dreamland, the Shell Grotto or any of the Old Town shops and galleries.
The Ambrette, Margate
For something a little bit different, head to the much-loved, award-winning Ambrette to sample their ‘exotic Sunday roast’. The restaurant is famed for its delicious twist on Asian cooking, so you’re sure to have a unique and lip-smacking experience at this delightful spot.
Wyatt and Jones, Broadstairs
Beloved by the Good Food Guide and Financial Times, and with great views of Viking Bay, this Broadstairs bistro offers exceptional dining in a relaxed atmosphere – a great spot for a Sunday roast your friends will envy. After your meal, explore the Dickensian towns sites such as the original Bleak House, the Dickens House Museum, the harbour, independent shops and art galleries.
The Empire Room, Ramsgate
Part of the fabulous Royal Harbour Hotel and close to Royal Harbour and marina, this small yet sumptuous restaurant serves classic British dishes in an elegant club setting. Warm red walls, proper linen napkins, history books, a roaring fire – Sunday roast never felt so decadent.
Pradas Mediterranean Bar and Grill in Bexleyheath offers a mouth-watering selection of dishes, using a combination of fresh, simple ingredients. Just a 15-minute drive from Kent’s largest shopping centre, Bluewater, you’ll be spoiled for choice at Pradas for a delicious Sunday roast.
The Corner House, Minster & Canterbury
Word is spreading fast about this much-loved Minster restaurant, and even its new Canterbury restaurant is full to bursting these days. The original restaurant offers a fab Sunday roast, and why not head to nearby Quex Park for a winter stroll after your meal?
The Chaser in Shipbourne
After you gorge on Sunday lunch at this cracking pub, burn off the calories with a charming cross-country walk to the beautiful Ightham Mote for a truly special Sunday outing. Beautiful scenery, a good walk and great grub – what more could you ask for?
The Yarrow Hotel, Broadstairs
This recently opened boutique hotel prides itself on its service and quality. And it should do – it’s the only restaurant run and owned by a local college. The student staff are expected to give top-quality service, and are trained by some of the best in the businesses.
Chartwell’s Landemare Café, Chartwell
Pop in for a historic Sunday roast at Chartwell’s Landemare Café, named for Sir Winston Churchill’s beloved long-standing cook and her notoriously delicious creations. Afterwards, take a stroll in the stunning grounds of Churchill’s family home. Plus, every roast you tuck into will help support a fundraising appeal to acquire Churchill’s possessions at Chartwell for the future.
The Cliffe Pub and Kitchen at The White Cliffs Hotel in St. Margaret’s-at-Cliffe
Slap-bang in the middle of White Cliffs Country with Dover Castle, Walmer Castle, the White Cliffs of Dover within a 10-minute drive, this Sunday roast is a popular choice after a bracing morning stroll along the clifftops. Open all day long with welcoming log fires in the winter.
Eastwell Manor, Ashford
Indulge your inner lord or lady, and enjoy Sunday lunch at one of the most beautifully elegant hotels in the county. Enjoy a drink on the terrace overlooking the glorious gardens then enjoy your meal in the Jacobean manor house, with the resident pianist tinkling ivories in the background. Enjoy a digestif or coffee by the fire in the Great Hall or explore the mesmerising grounds.
Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa, Fawkham
Enjoy a fine traditional Sunday lunch with your friends and family at this grand country house, featuring signature dishes such as sirloin of beef, seared fillet of cod with smoked bacon and baby onion fricassee, and apple and cinnamon crumble. Plus, you’re a stone’s throw away from some serious racing action, if the mood takes you.
The Boat House Bistro, Bewl Water
Enjoy panoramic views across Bewl Water Reservoir while you feast on the most delicious Sunday roast. The perfect start, or end, to a day out at Kent’s largest stretch of open water, with the site covering 800 acres in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Three Daws, Gravesend
Enjoy a meal at the oldest pub in Gravesend, right on the Thames River, full of fresh local produce. This lovely pub’s aim is to ‘Buy British’, ‘Buy Kentish’, and ‘Buy Local’, so celebrate all things Kentish and tuck in!
Walnut Tree, Aldington
An historic Shepherd Neame pub situated opposite the cricket green in the village of Aldington, this 14th-century building still boasts many original features, including oak beams and an inglenook fireplace. It is renowned for its excellent home-cooked fare, particularly its Sunday roast and large family-friendly garden.
The Sun Inn, Faversham
The Sun Inn oozes history, charm and character in the heart of Faversham’s conservation area, with inglenook fireplaces, oak beams and a lovely courtyard garden. Just a short stroll from the Shepherd Neame brewery, The Sun Inn naturally serves distinctive Kentish cask ales in peak condition, and is also renowned for some of the best pub food in Faversham, including a fantastic Sunday roast.
Tudor Park Marriott Hotel, Maidstone
After an explore of the stunning Leeds Castle or enjoying an autumnal walk across Bearsted Woodland Trust, step into Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club for a hearty Sunday roast that satisfies the soul. And while you are savouring every mouthful, take in the beautiful views across the hotel’s 18-hole championship golf course and lush grounds that were once a medieval deer park. Children aged under 5 eat free, and 5-12 year olds are half price, so bring the little ones too!
The Vine, Goudhurst
This charming 17th-century building sits in the very heart of this pretty and historic Wealden village, featuring a brand new grill restaurant upstairs as well as the pub and pub restaurant downstairs. Meat comes from Chart Farm in Sevenoaks, who hang their beef for the pub before they butcher it. Now THAT’S local!
The Bull, Wrotham
Trained by Michel and Alain Roux, The Bull’s executive chef Adam Turley has designed a brand new menu for this chic yet trendy hotel and restaurant, so expect a feast for all the senses! And you won’t be too far from the splendour of the National Trust’s Knole House, with its ancient deer park and gorgeous period buildings.
Hotel Du Vin, Tunbridge Wells
Nestled in stylish Royal Tunbridge Wells, this Grade II-listed mansion is one of the spa town’s architectural landmarks. The hotel oozes style from the moment your step through the door, so settle into a leather sofa for your aperitif and then head to the bistro for a delicious roast. You won’t want to leave before enjoying a digestif and cigar in the atmospheric Cigar Bothy.
The Tyler’s Kiln, Canterbury
A sprawling, warm pub a couple of miles outside of Canterbury, The Tyler Kiln is visually stunning and the perfect spot to huddle in on a wintery Sunday afternoon. Tuck into a roast in front of the fire, and head back in the spring to enjoy your meal outside in their elegant garden. There are great meal choices for children too.
The Queens Inn, Hawkhurst
Fresh, locally sourced ingredients combined with stylish yet welcoming surroundings – this Hawkhurst pub is worth a trip for your Sunday fix. Pride and passion for great food and an excellent dining experience are evident here, making it a great place to kick back and catch up with the family over a long leisure lunch in the countryside.
The Lodge at Princes
After a satisfying round of golf in the fresh sea air, head straight for this famous golf course’s Brassiere for an exquisite Sunday lunch with beautiful views and fine wines. A great places for a long weekend too, with excellent accommodation on site.
If you like waterfront views, great service and food to die for, then Rocksalt is the place to be on Sundays. This Folkestone restaurant is beloved by national critics and locals alike, serving wonderful fresh fish as well as the traditional Sunday menu. Sit back with a glass of wine, and watch the boats weave in and out of the harbour through their floor to ceiling windows. If you’re lucky, you could even bag a room for the night.
The Singleton Environment Centre and the Footprints Café
A great spot for Sunday lunch with a difference – the tranquil setting of the Singleton Environment Centre is a great spot for Sunday lunch, and gets you back in touch with nature. It is run by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV a national charity) and the entire building is environmentally friendly and is a gorgeous green hideaway in Ashford. Their café is beloved by locals, give it a try!