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The Ultimate Roast: Where to spend Sunday Lunch in Cardiff
If you’re lucky enough to be in Cardiff on a Sunday, then there might be something that crosses your mind. The perfect Sunday roast, is ideal for those feeling a little weary from the night before, bringing people together and featuring quality, locally sourced produce.
Whether your ideal roast crowned by turkey, tender roasted beef or a flavourful nut roast, find what you’re craving at some of Cardiff’s top Sunday lunch spots.
RIGHT IN THE CENTRE
In the heart of our city centre, find plenty of places that’ll keep you well-fed for exploring the many delights of the heart of the Welsh capital.
1. THE WELSH HOUSE
Backed by four former Welsh rugby and Lions players, this new city centre venue promises quality, hearty food that’s not pretentious and locally sourced within Wales. Enjoy slow roast pork belly, beef topside, Pembrokeshire turkey and mutton shoulder as a family sharer platter with all the trimmings.
Reasonably priced fine dining with a hidden garden area, just off Queen Street, the Daffodil promises a quality family Sunday roast, dishes up with duck fat roasties, leeks baked with smoked cheese, seasonal vegetables and gravy. Dishes include pork loin with crackling and lemon and thyme marinated half chicken.
3. BAR 44
A distinctive Spanish take on the British classic, full on flavour is on the menu at this tapas bar with passion flowing through their modern menu. Designed for two to share, chose from Hereford beef or Duroc pork belly for your Sunday roast platter, that are accompanied with Manchego cauliflower cheese, jamon fat roasties and chorizo Yorkshires. Celeriac steak headlines the vegetarian alternative.
4. POTTED PIG
Bank vault turned restaurant and gin lounge, serving modern, flavourful British dishes, with care and portions that satisfy. Their Sunday roast offering features braised beef brisket and Glamorgan sausages as part of its offering, dished up with roasties, a selection of veg, Yorkshires and ‘proper’ gravy.
5. THE CORNER HOUSE
A stylish but homely public house in the heart of the city centre, with the buzz of the capital as the bar’s backdrop. The roast menu offers a Duo of Beef, with boneless beef rib alongside aged sirloin; a flavour bursting Fig and Dolcelatte Roast and others, all with roasties, sauteed greens, root veg, Yorkshires and gravy. For those feeling something different, a full menu is still served with dishes such as King Prawn, Crab and Chorizo Linguine.
6. THE MOON
Meat is off the menu but you’re still in for a tasty treat that’ll leave you feeling over the Moon at this city centre club. Tuck into their Roasted Seitan with Herby Sausages, dished up with creamy leek, cheesy broccoli, roasties, Yorkshires, parsnips, maple-roasted carrots and gravy. All vegan and with a gluten-free option also available when pre-booked, enjoy a delicious roast that meets any dietary requirements.
One of our oldest pubs, almost on the doorstep of Cardiff Castle, has stood proud since 1813. Expect a hearty and budget friendly Sunday lunch served by friendly staff in a traditional Welsh pub. Choose Roast Beef or Half Chicken which both come with roasties, baked leeks, Welsh honey parsnips and all your regular veg accompaniments.
There’s a lot more to Cardiff than our city centre so we’ve ventured a little wider to find some of the best haunts in our neighbourhoods, including the popular Pontcanna, that’s made a name for itself as a foodie hub and quarter of independent venues.
8. BREWHOUSE & KITCHEN
Idyllically placed within the beautiful Sophia Gardens, with a roof terrace great for watching the world goes by, craft beer gastropub B&K is nothing if not multifunctional. Highlights on their Sunday roast menu include a half British beer can chicken, butternut squash and lentil filo parcel and a three-meat roast – all generously served with roasties, seasonal vegetables, homemade Yorkshires and rich gravy.
A cosy venue in the centre of Cathedral Road, the pub with rooms has built up a reputation for quality hearty food. Highlights on their Sunday roast menu include a Leg of Lamb or Mushroom and Cashew Nut Wellington, both served with roasties, all the veg, Yorkshires and red wine gravy. Or try one of their other Sunday dishes, such as the Korean Chicken Burger with chips and slaw.
10. THE CRICKETERS
Promising one of the warmest welcomes in the heart of Pontcanna, this pub and restaurant is known for quality dishes and a range of ales. Their roast sharing board is perfect for couples, with a trio of meat, array of vegetables, pigs in blankets, Yorkshires and gravy.
11. PLYMOUTH ARMS
Housed within the village, most known for its namesake open-air museum, the Plymouth has the feel of a country pub despite being a short drive from the city. Arguably an ideal place to enjoy a scenic Sunday roast, their menu features Turkey Breast with maple bacon crumb, Candied Vegetable Roast with pumpkin seeds alongside others; and other dishes on offer include a 10-oz rib eye with triple cooked chips and southern fried onions.
12. QUILL & QUOTE AT THE THACKERAY
A few miles east of the centre, this public house focuses on serving up a refined but relaxed Sunday dining experience. A menu with something for everyone, Slow Roasted Belly Pork and Roast Turkey make an appearance alongside fine beans, carrots, parsnips, cabbage, roasties and Yorkshires. Also worth a try is their Cod Fillet with parsley sauce, veg and new potatoes.
WANT IT ALL & WANT IT NOW
If we’ve tantalised your tastebuds, so much that you can’t wait for Sunday, why not help yourself to a midweek carvery.
13. COOPERS CARVERY
Driving into Cardiff from the west and you’ll encounter Coopers, a cosy pub serving carvery and plating classic pub dishes throughout the week. Walk in and you’ll be served a generous portion of Beef, Turkey or Honey Roasted Ham (or all three) on your choice of a small, regular or large plate and help yourself to leeks, carrots, mash, peas, stuffing, gravy and sauces.
14. CEDAR TREE FARM
Alongside an impressive menu, for those pondering a pie, plant-based dish or other pub classic; on Sundays and throughout the week, this carvery serves up a trio of slow-cooked meat to choose from on a small, large or ultimate plate, with fluffy Yorkshires, crispy roasties, with a selection of vegetables, gravies and sauces.