There’s nothing better than getting all snug in a nice warm pub and tucking into a big fat roast on a lazy Sunday afternoon. At least we don’t think so anyway. Crisp tatties, plump yorkshire puds, lashings of gravy, ALL the trimmings and a lavely glass of red. Lush.

If like us, you enjoy traversing Brighton’s eclectic and goddamn delicious food scene, here are just some of the city’s best Sunday Roasts to keep you and your tum happy. 

Or if you're after something a bit lighter and healthier, why not check out our guide to vegan roasts in the city

The Walrus is quite possibly one of Team Wriggle's favourite recent additions to Brighton's historic Lanes. This absolute beast of a pub are knocking out some well decent Sunday bites. Beef, they’ve got it, Lamb, you bet, Pork, hells yeah, Chicken, obvs, there’s even a Mushroom, Spinach and Vegan Cheese offering. Lavely. Accompanying your main is roasted golden beetroot, honey Chantenay carrots, braised red cabbage, seasonal greens, roast potatoes & a Yorkshire Pudding. And just because well sometimes you can’t quite make it, or you’re totally craving a roast on Monday, those thoughtful chaps have decided to launch MONDAY ROASTS! How’d you like them apples.

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Sandwich masters Social Board have joined forces with Cloak Room and are bringing their vast array of culinary skills to The Cloak Room where fine dining and exquisite roasts will be on the menu. Chefs Tomasz and Atilla can cook up a mean roast, and they're not afraid to show it. In this new venture with Cloak Room you'll discover them in a whole new light: as roast dinner masterchefs. Everything you'll love in a roast dinner will be there, and cooked to absolute perfection.

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It's Sunday, and let's not beat around the bush – there's only one thing that matters on Sundays: roast dinners. Today, though, save yourself from slaving over a hot stove and take the stress out of the best meal of the week by wandering over to Hove Place for an outrageously delicious roast dinner. The food is simply stunning; the perfect way to round off the weekend. With main such as Roast chuck of Earl Shoneham Wagyu beef and Rolled belly of Plantation pigs pork you'll be be fighting off the the hoards that want a taste. And just listen to this for a pud - Spiced pain perdu, Granny Smith apple sorbet, apple crumble, apple gel, ginger, cobnut. Must.Eat.Right.Now.

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What's better than a Sunday roast? A bottomless Sunday roast! Wriggle over to The Caxton Arms for the Sunday indulgence you deserve: all the best of a roast dinner, paired with bottomless booze. All roasts are served with fluffy, crispy spuds, a Yorkshire pudding and chef Viktor's choice of seasonal vegetables, and your choice of sauce. Choose from beef, lamb, pork, chicken, veggie wellington or vegan cashew and almond nut roast.

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North Road’s newest crafthouse were clever enough to stick Humble Plates in the kitchen, and boy o’ boy are you in for a treat. Tempting roast options include lemon and thyme free range chicken, 100 day aged rump of British beef, cider braised pork shoulder or mushroom bean and nut roast. Some of the moreish sides you can look forward to - sausage, sage and onion stuffing croquettes and three cheese and truffle cauliflower cheese. If you’ve still room after all that, why not finish your Sunday lunch off with an apple crumble or triple chocolate fudge brownie. Perfecto!

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The Westie is a real local’s favourite and oh em gee do they cook up a cracking Sunday Roast. Here’s what you’ll find on the menu: Topside of Beef, Lemon & Thyme Roasted Chicken, Cider Roast Pork Belly with Crackling or Mushroom & Lentil Loaf with Tomato & Balsamic Glaze (V/VG), all served with yorkies, roasties, carrot & swede mash, honey roasted parsnips, seasonal greens, braised red cabbage, creamed leeks and gravy, of course. This family and dog friendly boozer is a real Brighton gem.

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Step into one of Brighton’s oldest pubs for a Sunday lunch like no other. Among their roastie delights are Thyme & Horseradish Marinated Beef, Slow Roasted Lamb Shank and Cheddar, Squash & Mushroom Wellington. If the prospect of having to chose between these nawty, not-so-little lunches gets your tinsel in a tangle, why not opt for the ½ and ½. Wash it all down with a pint of Bloody Mary and while away your afternoon in one of their many nooks or crannies. Lovely jubbly!

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Get ready to dive into a Sunday lunch of epic proportions. Rosemary and garlic leg of lamb, Sussex Pork Belly with Apple Sauce or a Sirloin Steak, whichever of these meaty options you chose we can guarantee you’ll be left wanting for nothing. Being an organic pub, the Earth & Stars menu offers some real IG worthy options for veggies and vegans. Say hello to dishes such as Oyster Mushroom, Hazelnut & Kale Tart, Soy & Date Glazed Seitan and Spiced Pumpkin & Cashew Filo. These roasts are better than your mumma makes.

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Famed for its immense sausage and mash menu, this hidden gem of the Dials also plates up an impressive Sunday Roast. So what’s on their Sunday munching list we hear you ask, let us enlighten you. Braised Lamb Shank, Lemon Roasted Sussex Chicken, Slow Roasted Pork Belly and Top Rump Roast Beef. Vegan options include Vegan Nut Roast and Oregano and Basil or Sage and Marjoram sausages. All served with garlic and rosemary roasties, braised red cabbage, cauliflower cheese, glazed parsnips, roasted carrots, seasonal greens and big fat yorkshire pud. Phew, got room after all that? The flour pot flourless brownie and ice cream will hit the spot. Sunday. Sorted.

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Even though it’s US themed (we won’t hold it against them), this seafront hotspot sure know how to make a banging British roast. Pop a squat and decide whether you’re gonna opt for a 40 Day Angus Angus Rump Steak, Chipotle Beer Can Roast Chicken, Slow Roasted Pork Belly, or Veggie or Vegan Wellington. Trimmings included are savoy cabbage, carrots, beetroot galette, cauli cheese, roasted shallots, taties and red wine gravy. If you’re looking for an alt roast get their dirty burger in your gob, Shortlist Magazine gave them a 5* for it don’t cha know.

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This Hove hostelry has had roast enthusiasts from all over the city raving about its Sunday lunches. And with a menu like this we can see why, Striploin of beef, braised ballotine lamb shoulder, supreme of chicken with crispy skin, crispy pork belly, mushroom, spinach, sweet potato & cashew nut roast. Finished off with orange & honey glazed carrots, peppered root mash, greens, roasties, stock pot gravy and a yorkie. Bliss. For you sugar fiends we highly recommend the dark chocolate torte with fresh berries and raspberry coulis. Treats ahoy!

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This list wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of The Coal Shed’s big ol’ Sunday Sharing Roast. 500g of Black Aberdeen Angus in the form of a 35 day aged roast Sirloin, topped off with beef fat potatoes, leek gratin, honey roast carrots, buttered greens, Yorkshire pud and bone marrow gravy. At £40 for two people, this is an absolute bargain from a Michelin Guide listed restaurant. If it’s a roast with a view you’re after, the Shed’s sister restaurant The Salt Room do the same offer every Sunday 12-4pm.

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The Chimney House is one of those rare pubs that manages to combine gastro quality food whilst maintaining a propa pub setting. Hidden up above Seven Dials, head here for a quality Sunday lunch. In our personal opinion the veggie option is one of the best in town, Jerusalem artichoke, barley & walnut roast or for something a little meatier opt for Roast Chicken, Roast Pork Belly or Topside of Beef. All are plated up with the usual culprits, roasties, yorkshire pud and seasonal veg. Grab a table next to the fireplace for a real cosy afternoon sesh.

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Named after the architectural duo who laid out much of Brighton, Busby & Wilds is a top-drawer gastropub with an international slant to the beer menu. Check out their mouth wateringly good Sunday lunch menu, Sirloin of Aged Darenth Valley Beef with Horseradish Cream, Slow Roasted Shoulder of Sussex Downs Lamb with mint sauce, Roast Kentish Hop Pork Belly rolled in Apple & Rosemary with crackling and Apple sauce and last but not least, Walnut, Hazelnut & Almond Veggie Roast. How about a scoop of Boho Gelato’s nawty ice cream to finish you off. This is a Sunday afternoon we could get used to.

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The flagship of this fancy popular local franchise needs to be booked well in advance, but trust us, it’s worth it. The Sunday menu changes regularly but here are some of the dishes you can expect, Confit Pork Belly, Sirloin of Beef, Braised Short Rib Croquettes, Celeriac Soup and Blackberry Souffle. Meat dishes are deliciously tender with crunchy roast potatoes and rich luxurious gravy. With an air of fine dining, minus the formalities this is an establishment that if you haven’t been to yet, shame on you.

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Ye ole Yeoman has itself a mighty fine reputation among us Brightonians. Here’s why. Decorating their Sunday lunch menu are dishes such as Wild Sussex Venison Haunch, Slow Roast, Pulled Shoulder of Sussex Pork and Free Range Local Chicken. Veggies and Vegans are well catered for with plates of Butternut Squash, Red Onion & Goat Cheese Wellington and Beetroot, Walnut, Sweet Potato & Polenta Bake with Cashew Cream. Keep your peepers peeled for daily changing specials too. All their produce is locally sourced, free range and organic meaning you can tuck into a hearty, award-winning roast with a clean conscience and by the end of it, a squeaky clean plate too.

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Although slightly out of town, this Patcham eatery is a Sunday Roast institution unto its own. Every weekend a hoard of famished, meat and tatty lovers descend on Tisbury’s Kitchen at The Ladies Mile for their weekly fill of roastie goodness. Each roast is served with garlic and herb roasted duck fat potatoes (there are veggie alternatives) glazed beetroot & carrots, root vegetable mash, cauli cheese, buttered seasonal greens, flavour filled gravy and a big fat Yorkshire pud. The only tough part of your lazy afternoon will be deciding between Rump of Beef, 12 hour Roasted Pork Belly, Free range chicken, Leg of Lamb, or the Garlic Mushroom Vegan Cutlet. Decisions, decisions!

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Hanover residents have a blinding little boozer on their doorstep. For non locals it’s worth a trip to The Constant Service for one of their epic roasts. For £11 choose from Slow Roasted Rib of Scotch Beef, Garlic & Rosemary Leg of Lamb, Slow Roasted Belly or Shoulder of Pork, Herb crusted chicken, now here’s where it gets exciting, there’s not one, not two, but five veggie and vegan options. Plant based eaters, listen up, there’s a Nut Loaf topped with red onion marmalade, butternut squash, feta & olive tartlet, stuffed portobello mushroom wrapped in pastry, vegan mixed bean & corona tartlet with vegan gravy AND a vegan nut loaf. The holy grail of herbivorous roasts.

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You only need to peep at the Brighton Sunday Roasts Facebook Group to witness the adoring praise for this off the beaten tracks pub roast options. So what’ll it be? Lemon & Thyme Free-Range Chicken, Rosemary & Garlic Lamb Shank, Slow Cooked Pork Belly, 28 Day Aged Fore Rib of Beef, Aged Corner Topside of Beef or Roast Pepper, Portobello Mushrooms, Gorgonzola & Sweet Potato Wellington? Whatever you chose, you can bet your bottom dollar it’s gonna be delish. All come with roasties, braised red cabbage, sweet potato & swede mash, spring greens, parsnip crisps, gravy and a yorkie, obvs.

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Declaring itself Brighton’s most dog friendly pub, this Kemptown boozer are renowned amongst locals for their hearty Sunday lunches. For the meat munchers there’s Beef, Chicken, Pork, Lamb or Gammon to choose from or Veggie Nut Roast or Wellington for the plant based. Served with the the usual roastie trimmings as well as a hearty portion of cauliflower cheese (our fave). After your feast grab a board game and a pint and settle in for a lovely lazy afternoon. Pro tip - if it’s sunny grab a seat in the beautiful Moroccan inspired garden.

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We have to hand it to The Geese; despite healthy competition in the "Best Sunday Roasts in Brighton" category and the challenge of its hidden location, they've built a sea of regular customers whose Sunday wouldn't be complete without flocking to the pub for a hearty Roast Dinner. It’s a small place - which makes it cosy and welcoming but can make it tough to bag a table. Wriggle tip: book ahead if you can, and if you're going to wing it, then a mid-to-late afternoon trip is your best bet. And if you can plop yourself on the big table on the left as you come through the main door, then you're onto a winner.

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The Farm Tavern is a friendly, cosy, local pub in Hove serving a top selection of browns and quality gins. So great is its brown selection the pub has been Cask Marque accredited, meaning you’ll get one of the tastiest and freshest brews in town. Known for its artisanal bread, cheese and charcuterie as well as its gluten free and vegan roasts. Gingham clad, and bunting littered, this hidden gem is well worth discovering.

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Slap-Bang in the middle of the Lanes, the Black Lion transforms daily from bustling foodie pub, to one of Brighton’s busiest late night venues. All the are served with rosemary roast potatoes, a selection of seasonal vegetables, lashings of gravy, and a homemade Yorkshire pudding. The hard bit is deciding which one to go for ... Pressed Pork Belly with Crackling; Roast Chicken Breast; Rolled Shoulder of Sussex Lamb; Roast Strip Loin of British Beef; Goat Cheese, Red Onion & Mushroom Wellington or Seasonal Vegetable Wellington? Whatever you chose, we can assure you that both you and tum will be happy.

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Published -30th November 2018