A juicy joint. Ginormous portions. Caramelised carrots. Crunchy yet fluffy spuds. Is it even Sunday without a roast? We doubt it. Luckily, the chefs of Brum are more than capable of meeting your carvery needs. Our favourite roasts are made with love at competitive prices, making tucking into a huge plate of gravy-filled goodness the ideal weekend activity. That’s right, eating counts as an activity in our book. If you’re happy to let someone else do the cooking – and why on earth not – go easy on brekkie and munch your way through the best Sunday roasts in Birmingham. 

A multi-award winning steakhouse just off St Paul’s Square, serving mouthwatering rare-breed beef and equally lavish roasts on the sabbath. Do yourself a favour and order the whole roast rump of purebred pedigree longhorn beef. It is outrageously tasty. Or for a fishy alternative, try the pan-roasted north Atlantic cod fillet, with buttered spring greens and chive beurre blanc. All roasts are served with spuds, honey-glazed parsnips and carrots, cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire pudding, and beef dripping gravy.

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Not only is The Old Crown a past haunt of Queen Elizabeth I (and the oldest secular building in Birmingham, no less), this popular Digbeth drinking spot also boasts some of the best Sunday roasts in town. Paired with roast root veg and lashings of gravy, the four options are: braised beef brisket and sirloin, roast Norfolk turkey, slow-roasted smoked gammon and a meat-free chestnut, squash and apricot number. And if there’s even a smidge of room for afters, it has to be apple crumble, complete with custard and ice-cream.

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You’ll find this appealing pub smack bang in the middle of town, on bustling Bennetts Hill. The Sun On The Hill prides itself on its homemade meals and its buzzy atmosphere. Sunday roasts are served from midday until they run out. Enjoy all the classics, from roast Hereford beef and horseradish sauce to roast loin of pork and apple sauce, and half a roast chicken with sage and onion stuffing. The pub’s wide-ranging menu offers a nut roast complete with vegetarian gravy, as well as a vegan range of light bites.

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Expertly prepared by Pint Shop's chefs are some out-of-this-world Sunday roasts. Choose from either beef rump with a Yorkshire pudding and horseradish cream or their juicy overnight pork belly with crackling and apple sauce. Both options are served with buttered kale and roasted roots. What a cracking way to spend your Sunday aye.

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Garden centre, eaterie and live music venue, the gloriously calm Kitchen Garden Café is a peaceful oasis in Kings Heath’s number one foodie destination, York Road. Tuck into one of their ginormous Sunday roasts between 12 and 3 pm. The menu changes weekly, so check the specials board for your meat of choice. Plates come piled high with gooey cauliflower cheese, cloud-like Yorkshire puds the size of your face and moreish roast potatoes. Get yourself down to the ‘burbs, grab a cold drink and start feasting in serene style.

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The Red Lion is a roaring example of a traditional pub serving premium and European lagers, draft ales and the finest pub grub. In fact, this Jewellery Quarter institution has been regional runner-up in the Observer food awards since 2013 for best Sunday lunch. A solid six roasts await, including slow roast pork belly, top side of British beef, braised roast lamb, lamb and beef, and a vegetarian sausage number. And if you’re craving a festive extra, order pigs in blankets and stuffing on the side.

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You’ll find The Wolf at a former solicitors firm at the base of the Bismallah Building, on the corner of Water Street and Constitution Hill, a short hop from Snow Hill Station. Unusually for a Sunday menu, the veggie and vegan options outnumber the meat. There is exactly one roast beef to wolf down, and two mushroom and spinach wellingtons, depending on your dairy preferences. All come with roast spuds, celeriac puree, shredded greens and peas. Get in on the beef or mushroom action from 12 pm till 5 pm.

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Sunday roasts don’t get much better than those served by multi-award winning street food trader, Baked In Brick. Now a permanent resident of the Custard Factory in Digbeth, chef Lee Desanges has been wowing customers since 2016 with his BBQ chicken tikka wraps and wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza. Come Sunday, you’ll be just as thrilled with the likes of spit roast spring lamb, served with oak smoked cheddar mac & cheese, Mayan gold heritage triple-cooked potatoes, wild garlic salsa verde and a Michelin star yorkie. And there’s always a veggie option.

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With its vibrant food and drink scene, Moseley is the perfect home for sophisticated Little Blackwood. Headed up by gastronomic maestro Ben Taylor, not only does the food pack a punch every day, it also knocks out Sunday roasts like a boss. Depending how growly your stomach is, choose just a main for a tenner, two courses for £13 or three for £16. The menu, which changes weekly, might include a leg of lamb, sirloin of beef, pan-seared cod, and a nut roast. As the name suggests, the place is on the small side, so book ahead to guarantee a seat.

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An example of casual dining in a gorgeous, historic setting, the excellent Edwardian Tea Rooms offers three solid Sunday roasts. Clad in coloured geometric tiles, with cosy booths and hanging pendant lights, the airy, vast space is a relaxed place to come for a hearty bite before or after soaking up the treasures of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Your options are roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, roast loin of pork with apple sauce and seasoning, and a wild mushroom wellington. All served with seasonal veg and roast spuds.

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Ju Ju’s is charmingly named after a mistaken pronunciation of the name Julia by the owner’s nephew. With panoramic views over the canal, this wholesome café is perfectly located for visitors to the NEC Birmingham, Symphony Hall, Brindley Place, Broad Street, The REP and Crescent Theatre. Its enormous menu includes oven-roasted thyme chicken on a bed of garlic greens, roasted pork belly with ‘sexy crackling’ and Ju Ju’s saucy faggots – in their words: big round balls of meaty joy. This is traditional comfort food at its very best. It’s best to book in advance.

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The Dark Horse is a much-loved late-night watering hole and party venue in the heart of Moseley. It’s equally at home on a Sunday afternoon, however, serving up a selection of hangover-soothing roast dinners. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, try the panko fried vegetable tower, complete with asparagus, aubergine, courgettes and peppers. Alternatively, get to work on their trad beef roast, with plenty of gravy, cauliflower cheese, cabbage, parsnips and the crunchiest of Yorkshire puds.

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Based in the historic Jewellery Quarter, The Button Factory has been transported into the 21st century while still staying true to its industrial roots. Think bare brick walls, dark wooden tables and soft lantern lighting. Doing a roaring trade in boozing and cooking, both the bar and restaurant are a hands-down hit. On Sundays, there are five roasts with all the usual trimmings: shoulder of lamb, sweet potato and lentil wellington, Shropshire chicken, 28-day Aberdeen Angus sirloin, and pork belly. And all this can be washed down with a selected cocktail for just £5.

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You’ll find the heartiest of pub fare at The Plough, down the M&S end of Harborne High St. The spacious interiors and humungous beer garden are a great match for the vast menu. Roasts include beef served pink or well done, vegetable wellington, as well as a roast of the day. The kitchen opens at 1 pm and closes at 5 pm – we recommend getting there early, before they sell out. In the mood for a pud? There are six flavours of ice cream, plus chocolate mousse, Belgian waffle, or strawberry and chocolate Eton mess.

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While craft beer is the order of the day at Purecraft Bar and Kitchen (whodathunk it?), that doesn’t stop them from serving up a mean roast on the sabbath. In fact, you’d better arrive with an appetite because the portions are enormous. Typical roasts include pink beef accompanied by a Yorkshire pud, leeks, potatoes, cauliflower cheese and a jug of gravy. And our top pick from the small plates: the scotch egg with beer ketchup and potato straws. To say it’s eggcellent would be an understatement.

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The Sunday menu at The Village offers top-notch, straightforward comfort food that caters to meat eaters and veggies alike. Expect all the classics – turkey crown, herb-stuffed belly of pork, topside of beef – plus a root vegetable and herb roast. Help yourself to more spuds and gravy, which are limitless on a Sunday. And don’t leave without trying the cappuccino brûlée with homemade shortbread. Yes, pur-lease. You’ll typically pay £12.95 for a roast.

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Published -24th September 2019