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The Sunday roast, a traditional British staple that’s been loved and devoured across the UK for hundreds of years.
In fact, did you know that in the early 15th century, the King’s royal guards ate roast beef every Sunday?
That’s how they became known as the Beefeaters!
Beefeaters were named after their favourite Sunday meals. Photo by Jeremy Oakley via Creative Commons.
Originally featuring beef roasted for hours over a large fireplace or at the local baker’s premises, the humble roast has been taken to new heights in recent years with some of the UK’s best chefs each adding their own flair to it.
There are some brilliant Scottish restaurants and pubs offering their take on the roast, but which one should you try first?
We’ve put together a list of some of the best Sunday roasts in Scotland for treating your friend, loved one or colleague to a delicious meal out.
Here are our top 10 Scottish Sunday roasts:
- A unique and characterful pub located on a traditional site.
- A focus on producing great tasting food in a relaxing atmosphere.
- Their signature beef roast is accompanied by Yorkshire puddings, duck fat roast potatoes, beans, carrots and gravy.
- Go all out with sides and choose from pigs in blankets, sage and onion stuffing, roast potatoes or cauliflower cheese.
- Vegetarian and vegan Sunday roast options are available.
- Sunday lunch is served between 12pm and 5pm.
Edinburgh is home to many brilliant Scottish roasts. Photo by Saifullah Hafeel.
“Great value for money”
- A cosy and relaxing independent pub with charming tweed covered seating, exposed walls and outdoor seating in their beer garden.
- A focus on using seasonal local produce.
- Choose from a Sunday roast pork loin, beef striploin, chicken supreme or butternut squash served with all the usual - Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower cheese and gravy.
- Enjoy a 3 course Sunday lunch for just £24.
- Open Sundays 10am – 12am.
3. The Sheep Heid Inn, Edinburgh
“Full of flavour with gigantic Yorkshire puddings”
- One of the oldest surviving pubs in Scotland and one of the oldest restaurants in the world with links back to the 14th century.
- A restored, stylish and charming pub for relaxed dining.
- Choose from a beef, chicken or pork roast dinner - or get them together with their Trio of Roasts!
- Enjoy all the usual accompaniments roast potatoes, sauteed greens, roasted root vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and gravy.
- Choose from a range of sides including cauliflower cheese, stuffing wrapped in bacon, dauphinoise potatoes, broccoli, green beans and spinach.
- Their Sunday roast for vegetarians features a fig and dolcelatte roast with all the trimmings and lashings of onion gravy.
- Open Sundays 12pm – 10.30pm.
The Sheep Heid Inn is one of the oldest surviving pubs in Scotland. Photo by Edinburgh Blog via Creative Commons.
4. The Loveable Rogue, Glasgow
“A mighty roast in a welcoming environment”
- A welcoming gastropub serving seasonal food made from locally sourced ingredients.
- Space is limited so make sure to book ahead.
- Their hearty Sunday roast features classic Speyside beef with beef fat garlic roast potatoes, brisket mac and cheese, honey root vegetables, Yorkshire puddings, vegetable écrase and red wine gravy.
- Tuck into three courses for just £32.
- Vegetarian Sunday roast options are available.
- Open Sundays 12pm – 10pm.
“Generous portions in a relaxed environment”
- A relaxed Scottish restaurant tucked away in Glasgow’s west end.
- A focus on using farmed and foraged seasonal produce to create classic dishes.
- Enjoy a traditional roast with honey and thyme roasted root vegetables, duck fat roast potatoes and a rich jus.
- Perfect for those wanting a full-on Scottish experience with its rustic interior and wait staff dressed in traditional kilts.
- Open Sundays 11am – 11pm.