Autumn roasts with the most
Can't be bothered to baste potatoes with goose fat? I hear you. Instead grab your gang and head to one of these local gastropubs that do roasts with the most.
I love a big ol’ roast dinner as much as the next woman but, my goodness, aren’t they a faff to make? Hours of peeling, basting and washing up of roasting tins… and then it’s scoffed in 10 minutes flat. So in an attempt to take things easy this season, I’m gathering my brood and whizzing off to one of these brilliant local pubs for a lazy lunch. Yorkshire puds ahoy!
The Packet Inn, near Penzance
We’re looking forward to trying the extended Sunday lunch on the menu at Ben Tunnicliffe and Matt Smith’s new place at Rosudgeon near Penzance – it opened in August and we’re already hearing good things.
Mexico Inn, Long Rock
The Mexico Inn 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.
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.
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. The best tables look out across the water but they’re in demand, so book well ahead.
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.
The Old Coastguard, Mousehole
Head Chef, Jamie Porter, leads the kitchen at The Old Coastguard, and was previously at Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow – the team also own The Gurnard’s Head. Sunday lunch runs from 12-3pm, book ahead.
The Bowgie Inn, Crantock
Serving traditional English pub food, but what a view! Perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to eat outside with a spectacular view – you’ll need to book a table as you can’t just turn up these days, and all ordering is done through their bespoke app.
Punchbowl & Ladle, Feock
Back under new management from August 2020 (Roan used to be part of the team who ran the place previously, and now he and his wife Rachael have taken over together) The Punchbowl near Trelissik has a new autumn menu and start roasts on Sundays from 13 September. Perfectly located for a walk at Trelissik before or after.
The Mariners at Rock, Near Wadebridge
Sunday lunch is served by Ainsworth’s team from 12-6pm and somewhat of an institution in Rock during the autumn and winter. As you’d expect, roast Cornish meats and seasonal veg is on the menu (plus some decent veggie options too). Dogs welcome on the ground floor but not in the slightly more formal restaurant on the first floor. Nab a balcony table if you can to enjoy the sunshine with fab views of the boats on the Camel Estuary.
The Gurnard’s Head, West Penwith
A Muddy favourite destination pub, down in the wilds of West Penwith beyond Zennor. Makes a great pub for a hearty Sunday roast after a morning roaming the moorland and coast paths near to Zennor, which are looking glorious and mysterious as they turn brown and purple in the autumn sunshine (and spectacular in the autumn mists).
Have we missed off your favourite? Let us know in the comments!