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The pub roast is coming home

Release the Yorkies! No need to slave over a roast or wrangle with the new socially distant dining. We've found 10 of the best Sunday lunches all available to takeaway. Eat, drink, stay in your PJs

I love a big ol’ roast dinner as much as the next woman but, my goodness, aren’t they a faff to make? Hours of peeling, basting and washing up of roasting tins… and then it’s scoffed in 10 minutes flat. So in an attempt to take things easy this weekend, I’m gathering my brood and ordering takeaway from these brilliant local pubs. A great idea if you’re quite ready to eat out yet. Yorkshire puds ahoy!

The Crown, Bray

Pub roast delivered to your door. It’s what Sunday dreams are made of. No cooking and you don’t have to put a bra on to venture out. The Crown at Bray offers the full three courses or the main event. Depending on how big your pants are that day. The prawn cocktail is epic, the beef and pork are Muddy faves and do not pass go without adding sticky toffee pud to your basket. It’s a super-relaxed, down-to-earth booze with a passion for quality, seasonal ingredients. Order online and reserve a delivery time between Midday and 3pm.

The Royal Oak, Yattendon

Country pub The Royal Oak Yattendon Berkshire

The Royal Oak has always served up a banging Sunday roast, including a 12-hr slow-roasted lamb and mini roasts for the kids. From today you can get your Yorkshire pud fix without lifting a finger or having to negotiate the new DS rules. This weekend whole roast chickens, lamb and crispy pork belly with all the trimmings are up for grabs. They’re also offering other dishes ton order on other days you can’t be arsed to cook. Call on 01635 201325 to place an order.

The Winning Post, Winkfield

The Winning Post Winkfield is a pub with rooms, think Four Weddings cosy, and is popular with celebs and polo people. If you love a Sunday scroll, cast your eyes over the menu online, decide on starters, main, puds and sides, place your order by phone and arrange a time to collect. Simples. What’s coooking? Beef, pork, chicken and a nut roast, plus Yorkies, honey roast potatoes veg and gravy. Tel. 01344 882242.

The Newbury Pub, Newbury

The Newbury Pub Roast

Sunday roast at The Newbury is an event in itself. A lot of love goes into this great British dish from the overnight roasted beef to the Roast Sharing Board that comes with a combo of beef, pork and chicken – perfect for the greedy *ahem* or indecisive. This Muddy award-winning pub is a gastro hotspot that distills its own gin. Call on 01635 49000 to order and add a bottle of Country Garden gin to your basket.

The Dog & Duck, Wokingham

The Dog & Duck in Emmbrook is a down-t-earth stylish pub on the outskirts of Wokingham. It is now open for business offering their menu to eat in or takeaway. So roast me up, baby, cos we’re starving. All the roasts come with glazed carrots and parsnips, steamed greens, fat roasted potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy. Just choose between beef and ham. Not a meat-eating carnivore? There’s a vegan Wellington and everyone appreciates the generous spread of veggies

The Sherlock Inn, Sherlock Row

Shurlock Inn roast beef with yorkshire puddings and roast potatos

Hot off the press (or even out of the oven) are RARE Roast Sundays. The Shurlock Inn in Shurlock Row, part of the Rarebreed Dining Group, is passionate about serving the best of British ingredients whether it’s on a plate or in your glass. The Sunday lunch menu offers slow-roasted sirloin beef for four, pork belly, chicken, lamb and vegetarian Wellington, all served with crispy roast potatoes and lashing of red wine gravy. Yum. Call 0118 934 9094 to order.

The Old Boot, Stanford Dingley

The Old Boot Stanford Dingley Berkshire white vitorian pub with horse riders visiting

Skip breakfast, you’ll need to leave room for this bad boy. The Old Boot in Stanford Dingley is known for having portions as generous as the welcome you get when you walk through the door. The roast takeaway is currently off the menu but will be back from Sun 19 Jul. Plenty of choices here with fully loaded plates of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and venison to devour – just call (0118 974 5191), email, or slip into their social DMs.

The Swan, Pangbourne

Pale blue exterior Swan at Pangbourne riverside pub Thames Berkshire Red tile roof

The Swan in Pangbourne is a historic pub with a Sunday menu offering a traditional roast with a sharing board of sides fully loaded with crispy spuds and hitting the 5-a-day on the veg. They’ve made it super-simple to order. In fact, it’s as easy as drunk shopping on Net-a-Porter at bedtime. Choose your dishes – beef, chicken and Vegan Wellington, add your extras, choose your collection time and check out.

Roux at Skindles, Maidenhead

Roux at Skindles Maidenhead Berkshire contemporary tables floor to ceiling glass doors

I’m cheating on pubs (just this once) with a restaurant – but one with Roux over the door and on the floor with lots of French foodie flare. Roux at Skindles is a modern French brasserie that understands our obsession with the traditional Sunday roast, offering beef striploin, Blythburgh pork rack and Cotswold White chicken with all the trimmings all available to eat in and takeaway. View the menu online and call the restaurant to order by midday on Saturday.

The Pheasant Inn, Hungerford

Galloping gourmets will be champing at the bit for Sunday nosebag, courtesy of The Pheasant Inn. Found in the heart of National Hunt country, this is characterful pub has a foodie rep, using local, seasonal ingredients – and it’s now available to takeaway. Choose between rare roast Wiltshire striploin, Kelmscott slow roast pork belly and Cotswold chicken, served with herb and garlic roasties and veg. Yum. There’s a separate vegan menu and you can even add a cocktail or three.

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4 comments on “The pub roast is coming home”

  • Leah July 10, 2020

    I can’t fault The Belgian Arms in Holyport! Top notch Sunday Roasts

    • rachel July 10, 2020

      Leah, I’ve never been. I’ll have to add it to my list.

  • Emma July 10, 2020

    We order Sunday lunch from Valpy St in Reading and its amazinggg. (we have their veggie version)

    • rachel July 10, 2020

      Ooh, I must try a roast from Valpy St, Emma.


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