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13° & RAINY ON MONDAY 18 JUNE IN SYDNEY
By Dominic Gruenewald
June 13, 2018
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Sydney's Best Hearty Sunday Roasts

Warm up on a wintry weekend with juicy roast meats and plenty of gravy.
By Dominic Gruenewald
June 13, 2018
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SYDNEY'S BEST HEARTY SUNDAY ROASTS

Warm up on a wintry weekend with juicy roast meats and plenty of gravy.

With the days growing shorter and the nights growing colder, comfort food is coming into its own and nothing is more comforting than a traditional Sunday roast. Perhaps previously associated with stodgy British pub fare, or laborious home cooking, the Sunday roast is becoming more of a gourmet affair in Sydney pubs, with great care taken to recreate and reimagine the classic British meal. The following is a list of our pick of the finest pub roasts in Sydney, sure to chase away the winter blues and provide a hearty feed. 

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    Serving the long-standing crown jewel of Sunday roasts in Sydney, the Taphouse continues to serve high quality traditional English-style roast dinners. With a change of ownership last year, the Thorpe brothers have breathed new life into this beautiful Darlinghurst pub. The beer selection favours all Aussie, fully independent breweries across twenty taps, rotating for freshness and seasonality. The roast offered is a choice of nine-hour slow cooked beef or crispy pork belly (with crackling, of course) complete with yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, carrots, steamed broccoli and lashings of gravy for $25. Due to it’s popularity, it can be hard to get a seat, so best to book in advance and get in early as they have a habit of selling out later in the evening. Grab a seat on the outdoor rooftop terrace and then all you have to decide is what beer you should have.

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    Devonshire Street may resemble a bit of a bomb site at the moment — with the ongoing light rail construction now seeming like a permanent feature of the area — this, however, should not stop you from heading to one of the best pubs the area has to offer. Featuring 26 taps largely focusing on craft beer with a token VB or Resch’s thrown into the mix, the Dove also offers tremendous value for its Sunday roast. Rotating between beef, pork, lamb and chicken, the roast is served with carrots, potatoes, yorkshire pudding and plenty of gravy for $19.90. This is the perfect place to hunker down with a pint after a day exploring Surry Hills.

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    Named after the hammer of the Norse God of Thunder Thor, this smartly refurbished bar is, as you might expect, viking themed. It narrowly avoids being gimmicky and instead embraces wholeheartedly the grandeur of the viking aesthetic, fur-lined seats and dark wood panels with a tasteful array of horns, axes and knives adorn the space. Similarly, its Sunday lunch offering is typically viking-esque — a whole glazed ham hock served with seasonal vegetables and and an actual horn of mead or juniper witbier. At $45 for the lot, it’s a little on the pricey side, but it’s definitely a fun experience to treat yourself to.

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    Recently under new owners, the Alfred Hotel is a charming old art deco pub, just off Parramatta Road in Camperdown. Chef Jamie Dyball in the kitchen serves up a Sunday roast that never disappoints. The $20 roast special changes weekly but always features a beautiful gravy and of course a yorkshire pudding. Keep an eye on the rotating craft beer taps, too, which offer new selections pretty much every week, alongside classic offerings from larger multinationals to keep all thirsty punters happy.

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    Right in the heart of the CBD, this British styled tavern ticks all the boxes. Tastefully decorated to give the authentic vibe of an upmarket British boozer, its roasts are something to behold. Featuring a variety of roasted meats and vegetables, alongside pints of cask-conditioned ales, this is the perfect spot for British expats missing a traditional English alehouse. Roast prices range from $23–$27 — depending on which option you pick: beef sirloin, pork belly, mushroom and cod — and there are an array of condiments to complete the full experience. Grab a pint of Old Speckled Hen extra special bitter and settle in for a roaringly splendid roast.

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    Finding an independent, family run boozer is becoming harder and harder in Sydney these days, which is why we are so grateful for Woollahra’s The Lord Dudley. Family owned and operated for thirty five years, this charming old pub pays homage to all the best elements of British pubs, yet improves tenfold on the cuisine. Both the bar and restaurant menus are of superb quality and they boast a fine roast on Sundays consisting of roast pork with crackling, crispy potatoes and roasted carrots topped off with a a fine gravy. There are often hand-pumped English bitters available, alongside a great range of tap beers. Great spot to drop in for lunch or dinner if you’re in the area.

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    Recently renovated, the Four In Hand continues to impress with its cuisine. Not the least of which is its attractively priced Sunday roast — at $24 for roast beef, golden roast potatoes and a crisp yorkie, it’s a difficult one to beat. Couple that with traditional bar snacks such as scotch eggs and pork scratchings, as well as a great drink list (check out their whiskey paddles), and you have your Sunday sorted. For larger groups, a whole suckling pig can be pre-ordered, as well as a slow roasted lamb shoulder for two, if the beef doesn’t take your fancy

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    One of Sydney’s best pubs is now even better. The Courthouse, already well known for serving up some of the finest pub grub around, has added a Sunday roast to its repertoire. It offers a rotating meat as the star of the dish — beef brisket, pork belly, lamb or chicken —  alongside a heap of roast veggies and plenty of gravy all for $25. Grab a pint of Young Henrys Newtowner (it’s brewed just down the road) and set yourself up in the beautiful leafy courtyard. Dogs are welcome, and with Camperdown Park a stone’s throw away, this is a great venue for a family Sunday lunch.

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    If you feel like splurging on a Sunday, head to nel. for a feast of fairly epic proportions. The food changes each week, but it’s always a roast with all the trimmings. The first winter roast — on Sunday, July 1 — will see the table filled with golden-roasted organic chicken, cauliflower cheese, honey-glazed carrots, broccoli, crunchy duck fat potatoes and yorkshire puds overflowing with gravy. It comes in at $78 a head, which is kinda hefty, but it also includes dessert — either a cheese board or a warming sticky date pudding. Nel.’s Sunday roast doesn’t run all year long, so head in between July 1 and September 2 if you want to check it out.

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