Find your perfect Sunday lunch with our roast round up (2022)

There’s something a little ritualistic about settling down on a Sunday for a gigantic roast dinner. You’ve worked hard all week and now nothing is going to satisfy you quite like a monstrous portion of roasted happiness and smotherings of gravy.

Our ongoing love affair with roasts has evolved over the years to include Instagrammable veg, giant Yorkies and hipster gravy boats. No longer will we have to endure lumpy gravy and soggy broccoli - we want glistening joints, posh presentation and a smoked salmon starter.

Dining establishments have responded to our new, Sunday dinner standards by upping their roast game, you can now find some cracking roast dinners across Cardiff, you can pick a different every Sunday and eat your way around if you so wish.

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And yes, we know that no-one makes a roast that's as good as your mam's, but here are our picks of the places we think do some of the best Sunday roasts in Cardiff (in no particular order).

Meanwhile, if you're after the best grub for other days of the week in Cardiff you can try out our definitive guide to eating in the city.

Bar 44

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We know what you're thinking. Why is a Spanish tapas restaurant on our list of superb roast dinners in the city? Well, it may come as a surprise but alongside doing tantalisingly tasty tapas dishes, Bar 44 - whose sister restaurant is Spanish grill and wine house Asador 44 - does an absolutely amazing roast dinner platter on Sundays.

That's right. Not just a plate, but a whole platter-full of deliciousness. Recommended for two or more, this roast comes with the choice - for meat-eaters - of a 35-day dry aged picanha (type of cut) of Hereford beef with horseradish alioli and served rare or an overnight slow-roasted Duroc pork belly with Amontillado sherry apple sauce.

Both are served with a sumptuous selection of chorizo yorkshire pudding, jamón-fat roast potatoes with rosemary, garlic and thyme, manchego cauliflower cheese, savoy cabbage with herb butter, roast carrots with honey and thyme and, to top it off, a smothering of red wine gravy. Not a meat-eater? Fear not. For veggies, you can have a celeriac steak with the same sides, although the meaty aspects are substituted for something equally as delicious.

Where: 15-23 Westgate Street, Cardiff

Pasture Cardiff

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If you've ever been to Pasture then you'll know that they do steak incredibly. And so it should come as no surprise that their roast dinners, which heavily feature said steak - which is cooked over coal and cherry wood, yum! - in a variety of options, is equally as mouth-watering.

You can get two steaks in one, sirloin and fillet, cooked on the bone (£8 per 100g), the “dinosaur” steak, Chateaubriand (£13.00 pe 100g) - which is the prized cut from the fillet, or house cuts of beef. Not a fan of beef? They also do a lamb dish which comes as a sharing feast for two or more to share.

What's more is that this Sunday lunch is a gravy-lover's dream. Let us explain why. With your meat cuts served with the usual cohort of roasties, leek gratin, cabbage "in the coals" and yorkshire puddings, you also get a helping of bottomless gravy. Oh yes.

Not a meat-eater? Its website states it can cater for any allergens, so you're in safe hands.

Where: 8-10 High Street, Cardiff

Brewhouse & Kitchen

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Described by one TripAdvisor reviewer as "the best Sunday roast in Cardiff", Brewhouse offers a myriad of roast options. From half a free range "beer can" chicken, beef and pork loin to a squash and lentil filo pastry veggie delight, you'll have a Sunday well spent - and fed - here.

Starting at £12.95, your roast will come with all the trimmings - and you can even get more potatoes and gravy free of charge.

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Where: Sophia Close, Pontcanna

The Old Cottage

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As the winter months draw in, you may be looking for the perfect place in which to fill your bellies after a long Sunday walk. And this cosy pub with a fireplace is just the ticket. With a hearty roast that's been freshly cooked, its Sunday Roast menu is vast and has an option for every dietary requirement. Prices start at £14.25

It's a firm favourite in Cardiff, with one TripAdvisor reviewer recently writing: "Our favourite place in the area by a long way. Guaranteed a warm welcome and good food. The Sunday roast dinners are amazing. "

And our reviewer was more than impressed with Sunday lunch when she visited after the pub's recent revamp. Read what she said here.

Where: Cherry Orchard Rd, Lisvane

Bully’s

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Pontcanna is a haven for delectable cafes and restaurants. And the family run french restaurant Bully's, which has been running for over 25 years, is no exception. With such experience behind them, it's no surprise that this restaurant knows how to do a good old roast dinner. If you're extra hungry, you can have a three course meal or just the Sunday roast main.

Its menu hosts a variety of options for your roast dinner's main - beef, guinea fowl, a vegan butternut squash, kale and pine nut pithivier and even fish - but keeps the sides nice and simple. Seasonal veg and bacon and cheese mash. Is your mouth watering yet? Ours is.

Where: 5 Romilly Crescent, Pontcanna

Thackeray Pub and Kitchen

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Looking for pub grub with flair? This gorgeous country-style pub on the edge of the city has you covered. With prices starting at £11.50, it is another pub, full of charm and rustic character, that has been recognised as doing one of the best roasts in Cardiff by customers. And one whose seasonally sourced Sunday lunch isn't limited to cuts of meat or a nut roast. For those among us who aren't as enamoured by the classic roast dinner, you can opt for a breaded scampi and chips, cod loin or vegetable tart.

One reviewer on TripAdvisor wrote: "It has to be said, I’ve had my fair share of Sunday roasts over the years but this has to be the best ever. I had the turkey my wife had the beef, everything was piping hot, cooked to perfection and full of flavour. The service as always was second to none and all at a reasonable price. Thank you Thackeray, you’ve done it again!" If that doesn't convince you to try its Sunday Roasts, we don't know what will.

Where: 635 Newport Road, Rumney, Cardiff

The Brook Bistro

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Winner of the best bistro in Cardiff in 2022, The Brook Bistro focuses on always sourcing the highest quality ingredients and cooking with passion - and that is shown to utter perfection in its Sunday lunches. Beautifully slow-cooked beef brisket, roasted lamb and chicken - as well as veggie Glamorgan sausages and vegan nut roasts - make up this Sunday lunch dining experience that will make you want to come back and try absolutely everything. And if that wasn't enough to choose from, they even have Sunday specials.

Where to go: 76A Merthyr Road, Cardiff

Heaney's

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Heaney's is a laid back bar and restaurant brought to the leafy suburbs of Pontcanna by chef Tommy Heaney. Dining in Heaney's is somewhat of a culinary experience in Cardiff and the chef has had heaps of praise for his exquisite culinary skills.

Their set Sunday lunch is £27 for two courses and £32 for three courses. Expect beautifully prepared and cooked dishes such as Dry Aged Beef, Cornish Skate Wing and Chalk Stream Trout Ceviche.

Where: 6-10 Romilly Crescent, Cardiff.

Society Standard

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You'd know if you followed this Whitchurch Road bar on Instagram that they love doing roasts and are pretty efficient at making multiple Yorkshire puddings.

Their banging Sunday roasts are available from 12.30pm until sold out, choose from beef sirloin, pork loin or Seitan, all served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, roasted root veg, red cabbage, gravy jus & cauliflower.

Where: 79-81 Whitchurch Road.

Chapel 1877

Sunday dining opulence can be found in Cardiff in the form of Chapel 1877, a fine dining restaurant within a gorgeous converted chapel.

It’s not often you enter a restaurant and are immediately impressed by your surroundings, but Chapel is a standout venue in terms of elegant design. It’s all gloriously high ceilings, beautifully restored ornate features, chandeliers and gorgeous lighting. They also have a smashing terrace where you can enjoy their sublime roasts.

All their roasts come with garlic & rosemary roasted potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, lemon & thyme roasted carrots, hispi cabbage, peas, French beans, broccoli and gravy. Choose from 28-day aged sirloin of beef, half a roast chicken with sage & onion pork belly, or Mushroom & cashew nut Wellington.

Where: Churchill Way, Cardiff.

The Grange

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The Grange has a hip interior for dining and a large, inviting beer garden featuring traditional benches that are perfect for a Sunday catch up with friends. They serve outstanding roast dinners and also have a selection of real ale, craft beer and fine wine.

Their Sunday roasts are served between noon and 4pm and booking is essential as they are a very popular place for Sunday dining.

Where: 134 Penarth Road, Cardiff.

The Cricketers

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Set in a classic Victorian townhouse, The Cricketers offers a seasonal menu and only uses local suppliers. Sunday lunch is a big event at The Cricketers and they always recommend reserving a table early.

There's great variety on the Sunday lunch set menu, ranging from the traditional roast beef with Yorkshire pudding to their popular Cricketers' beef burger topped with cwrw rarebit, smoked bacon, onion rings and tomato jam.

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Where: 66 Cathedral Road, Pontcanna.

Potted Pig

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Dine underground in style in a former bank vault at this highly acclaimed Cardiff restaurant. The Potted Pig is a hip place for a Sunday dinner session, with its rather stripped back, cool interior that’s all high ceilings, exposed brickwork, low lighting and original bank features.

All their exported cooked roasts are served with roasties, seasonal vegetables, cauliflower cheese, yorkshire pudding and proper gravy. Choose from confit pork belly, pressed lamb shoulder, braised beef brisket or Glamorgan sausages.

Where: 27 High Street, Cardiff.

The Conway

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The Conway is a family-friendly pub that has a traditional bar area, a living room style dining room and cosy fireside sofas.

They offer a varied Sunday menu, offering the traditional - roast ribeye, Yorkshire pud and red wine jus, as well as the less conventional - roast fillet of grey mullet on crushed new potatoes and sweetcorn.

Where: 58 Conway Road, Cardiff.

The Lansdowne

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The Lansdowne pub in Canton is known for its tasty homemade food and great atmosphere - and they also do a great roast.

You can expect the traditional roast meats, as well as dishes like butternut and cashew roast, all served with proper Yorkshires, roast potatoes and parsnips, seasonal veg, proper gravy and cauliflower cheese.

Where: 71 Beda Road, Canton.

Laguna

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Those looking for a swanky Sunday should head straight to Park Plaza for an upmarket dining experience in their Laguna bar. Enjoy a three-course Sunday menu, created using the finest of ingredients, from a classy menu that changes with the seasons.

Typical choices include roast loin of Usk Valley pork, with wholegrain mustard mash and caramelised shallot & wild mushroom wellington.

Where: Park Plaza Hotel, Greyfriars Road.

Porro

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Porro is located in the 'burbs of Llandaff and serves up modern British food, inspired by Italian cooking. Their menu includes some impressive and pretty plates of food, lovingly made using locally sourced products from as many independent and local suppliers as possible

With all the trimmings and proper gravy, their roast dinners are definitely worth a Sunday punt. Choose from roasted lemon & thyme chicken, Welsh topside of beef Welsh pork belly or leg of Welsh lamb.

Where: High Street, Llandaff.

Anna-Loka

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Anna Loka's mission is to bring you the tastiest, freshest vegan food in Cardiff.

It's an essential vegan option in the city for Sunday dining. Anna-Loka's nut roast comes with all the essentials you want in a Sunday dinner. Feast upon baked herb tempeh or Seitan with seasonal root vegetables, roasties, mushrooms and homemade gravy.

Where: 114 Albany Road.

Heathcock

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Popular gastro-pub The Heathcock brings the classic Sunday lunch from the Hare & Hounds at Aberthin (its sister pub) into the capital with a bang.

Succulent Torgelly beef is totally lush, but the opportunity to tuck into one of their sharing dishes, like braised lamb or crispy pig's cheek must not be missed. Their menu changes regularly - "twice a day with the seasons" - so you'll always find something new to try at Heathcock.

Where: 58-60 Bridge Street, CF5 2EN

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