6 Cornish roasts with the most
Maybe no-one will ever top your mum's Sunday lunch but these Cornwall-based chefs are giving it a good crack(ling)
It’s the most heart-warming meal of the week and a proud British tradition – but where do you head for a stonking Sunday roast? Here are a few of our favourites. Go ahead and add yours in the comments!
Halsetown Inn, St Ives
Just outside the bustling harbour town of St Ives, the Halsetown Inn is a local favourite. This one-time mining pub is nestled in the quiet countryside and has bags of character and an eco ethos, sustainably sourcing everything from food to power. The perfect place to hole up after a weekend walk, the Muddy clan went for the first time a few months ago and have recommended it to so many people since.
Expect a super friendly atmosphere and a classic roast with all the trimmings. The veggie option, a lentil, nut and mushroom bake looked tempting too and definitely leave room for pud – or a lush dessert cocktail if you don’t have to drive. Children and dogs welcome! Mains £12.50 / Puds £5.50-6.50.
Mexico Inn, Long Rock
The Mexico Inn is one of the best pubs we discovered while scoffing our way around Cornwall last year and it deservedly bagged a Muddy Award in 2017. Named for the miner who opened it, after he moved home to Cornwall from the mines of Mexico, there is a quirky history here and a passionate and creative, husband and wife team at the helm.
Tom and Amy are both talented chefs, who have worked side-by-side in the kitchens of some of the South West’s best known eateries, including The Scarlet and The Gurnard’s Head. So you know the food’s going to be good and the vibe is relaxed and welcoming too. It’s just down the road from St Michael’s Mount, if you fancy a beach walk before or after. One course £12.50 / two courses £17.50 / three courses £20.50.
Penrose Kitchen, Truro
Penrose Kitchen sits on a picture perfect water garden a short drive away from Truro. The newly relaunched restaurant has a relaxed, welcoming feel with comfy sofas, an open dining room warmed by a log burner and large terrace for sunny days. Chef Ben Harmer has taken great care to source the finest local meats from around the area to create the best Sunday roast, including Etheringtons’ beef rump, Cornish Lamb Co. lamb rump, Primrose Herd pork loin with crackling and Keith Wickett’s chicken crown.
Served on a sharing board so everyone can tuck in, it comes with a selection local seasonal vegetables, crispy roast potatoes, towering Yorkshire puddings and gravy. £13 per person for a minimum of four people – must be pre-booked by the Friday before.
Talland Bay Hotel, Looe
This luxurious yet characterful hotel overlooks the sea, midway between Looe and Polperro just off the South West Coast Path. The fine dining restaurant boasts two AA rosettes and was recently named ‘Best South West Restaurant’, thanks to the skills of stellar chef Nick Hawke. Nick, who trained under Michelin starred chefs, including Cornishman Chris Eden, is all about fresh local produce with flair. Sunday roast is particularly popular with guests and locals alike. There’s a choice of juicy roast meats, served up with duck fat roasties, rich gravy and seasonal veg. A special note to gin lovers – come early so you can sample the extensive bar menu or (hell, it’s Sunday) get stuck in with a Gin Taster board, it would be rude not to. 2 courses £25 / 3 courses £30
Star & Garter, Falmouth
Although its an ancient maritime pub, there’s a chic, urban feel to The Star & Garter on Falmouth’s old high street. The kitchen team is led by Andi Richardson and Stephen Knowles, who met while working together at Fifteen Cornwall. Mad about meat, they butcher, cure and smoke, locally sourced cuts in-house. So as you might imagine, the Sunday roast here is something special.
When we went, strategic ordering allowed us to try all three of the slow-cooked meats on offer, which were heaped on a sharing platter, giving the experience the communal feel. All were served with duck fat roasties, horseradish and thyme Yorkshire puddings and caramelised, roasted carrots and fennel. The best tables look out across the water but they’re in demand, so book well ahead. Mains £14-16 / Puds £5-6.
The Watch House, St Mawes
With its picture-postcard views and lazy pace, St Mawes is such a perfect place to be on a Sunday. The Watch House on the harbourside is well known for its superb seafood (and especially fish and chips) but their Sunday roast is a thing of beauty too. All roasts need to be pre-booked the Friday before and for a minimum of four people.
This allows you to pick your favourite cuts rather than be restricted to a single weekly special and gives the chefs time to make a fuss of them (as my mum would say). Pick from eight options including Primrose herd Cornish pork belly, porchetta style; dry aged grass fed Bodmin Moor rib of beef, day boat roast fish or Brill Bourguignon (yes, it’s a thing!). Mains £15-17 / puds £7.
I have been recommended loads more roasts around the county, including The Polgooth Inn, The Victoria Inn, Tremenheere Kitchen, Trevaskis Farm, Gurnard’s Head, Old School Bar & Kitchen, The Rosevine, The Old Coastguard and Lewinnick Lodge to name a few. So stretchy trousers at the ready – I shall update you as I go!!