Trencherman’s trio: gourmet Sunday lunches

Fancy rounding off the week with a gourmet Sunday lunch? From Somerset to Cornwall, we share our pick of Trencherman’s restaurants where the weekend roast is a dining ritual

The Barrington Boar, Ilminster

Refined comfort food’ is how chef Alasdair Clifford describes his style of cooking – and that extends to the Sunday lunch offering. Visitors to the contemporary country pub can choose between slow‑roast Somerset sirloin, Yarrow Hey Farm pork belly and broad bean and grelot onion vol‑au‑vent, all of which are served with roasties cooked in dripping, sky‑high yorkshires, glazed carrots and cauliflower cheese.

Working closely with local farmers, foragers and cheesemongers to craft his menus, Alasdair’s gratifying dishes offer a taste of the local terroir.

Ronnie's of Thornbury

Ronnie’s of Thornbury, Bristol

In 2007, chef Ron Faulkner established Ronnie’s in a 17th-century building in the centre of Thornbury and it’s since become a reliable go-to for discerning diners, in part thanks to its cracking Sunday lunch offering.

Ron runs a tight ship to deliver beautifully prepared seasonal dishes that go way beyond the usual Sunday fare. Expect to tuck into starters such as crispy crab cannelloni with charred pineapple and pepper gel, and mains like 32‑day‑aged roast sirloin with yorkshire pudding and watercress salad, plus all the trimmings.

Everything is crafted from scratch on-site using local ingredients, and served in the cosy, intimate restaurant.

The Longstore Lemon Street, Truro

This stylish bar and grill is a fabulous destination for all manner of occasions, from an express lunch with friends and after‑work cocktails with colleagues to a leisurely Sunday lunch with the family.

Soothing tones of potted‑shrimp and sage, plus a glass atrium featuring gleaming handmade oyster chandeliers, add contemporary glamour to the recently refurbished Georgian townhouse. However, if the sun is shining, we recommend enjoying your roast outside in the picturesque courtyard.

Sunday lunch centrepiece picks include low and slow roast Cornish beef, house-dry-aged Cornish pork, roast chicken supreme, and lentil and mixed nut roast. Whichever you decide on, it’ll be paired with all of the staple sides you could wish for, including red wine and beef gravy, yorkshire puddings, sausage meat stuffing, rosemary and garlic roast potatoes, cauli-cheese, roast root vegetables, seasonal greens, and swede and carrot mash.


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