So we need to clarify straight away - nothing can beat your Nan’s roast. If Tom Kerridge served me a Sunday Roast and asked me “Is that better than your Nan’s?” I’d just stare at him with a blank, cold expression. His question doesn’t even dignify a response. 

No. Actually, I would respond. “Kerridge you clown” I’d say “My Nan’s roast is 40 years of refinement and dedication. Your Michelin stars mean nothing in this arena”. He would nod, knowingly, that he had been vanquished. Silly Tom. 

Now that we’ve laid the ground rules, there are chefs out there whose Sunday Roasts will come within a whisker of your Nan’s. A big portion of flavourful meat (or vegan haggis - yum) as the centre piece. Plentiful fluffy in the middle, crispy on the outside potatoes that are soaking up that rich, intense gravy it’s smothered in. Veg that hasn’t been treated as an after-thought , and of course, a whopping, great big Yorkshire pud. 

Go forth, hungry Bristolian, knowing full well that your Sunday Roast cravings will be 99.99% satisfied with our top picks. Maybe take your Nan as well?

Slap bang in the centre of town, this gem is tucked away behind the back of the Lanes on John St. Renowned for being one of the best roasts in the city (and the Bristol Good Food Award Sunday Roast winner for 2018!), it’s advised that you book ahead to ensure your spot among other hungry revelers. Offering a three course menu of food that often includes locally sourced game, seasonal vegetables and the biggest yorkie this side of Yorkshire, for a very reasonable £14.95. No where else can you eat like this and still get change from a £20 note!

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Bedminster’s finest pulls out all the stops to ensure they remain the undisputed champions of Bedminster roast dinners. Serving a comprehensive and regularly changing menu, everyone is catered for, including vegans. Expert pink beef, confit chicken, cripsy roasties and rich, red wine gravy. Desserts are rich and stodgy (and therefore the correct finishing flourish to any Sunday Roast) and the bar is stocked with banging local beers and spirits. The Old Bookshop ensure the roast is an event, not just a meal.

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If you’re looking for a Michelin star-approved roast dinner then make a pilgrimage to the Pony & Trap, located just outside the city in Chew Magna. Three courses will set you back an eye-watering £35, but with a mouth-watering selection of local produce on offer it’s certain to be one of the best roasts of your life. In winter you can nab a spot by the fire and enjoy a very nice bottle of red. Get someone else to drive and you have yourself a very fine afternoon out of the city.

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The best choice for roast lovers looking for something a little bit different, the Cauldron has been making ripples in the Bristol food scene since opening its doors last year. Their wood-fired roast dinners are served with all the accouterments taste like nothing else you have tried, with every part of the meal taking on the taste of the flames and smoke. This incredible take on the Sunday lunch can be followed by a brilliant pud selection if you’ve got room, with a stellar choice for vegans, too. Flame on!

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Another good spot for the herbivores in your party, the Gallimaufry has made some fantastic menu changes in recent months to include a fantastic array of vegan options. Alongside the usual Sunday fodder that often includes something a little left field (venison haunch when in season is an absolute joy) are a selection of mouth-watering mains and small plates if a roast doesn’t tickle your fancy. All the meats come with their own perfectly paired extras, yorkie with beef, bread sauce with chicken and you can request extras with no problem. Enjoy your meal either outside whilst people watching, in the bar or in the mezzanine dining area. The Bloody Mary's are pretty good too!

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Going from strength to strength over the years, the Old Market Assembly has proved to be a big hit with the veggie and vegan crown in Bristol for its inventive and spectacular menus. On a Sunday, expect delights such as saddleback pork belly or mushroom nut roast, with a roaring fire in their wood burner to keep things toasty inside when it's cold and one of Bristol's best roof terraces when the weather warms up. OMA love local produce so expect everything from the beer to the food to have been sourced as close to the pub as possible.

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I mean, just look at it! Beautiful roast dinners served waterside and until 5pm! We can't think of anything better than heaps of pink, roast beef, crisp and fluffy roasties, cauliflower cheese oozing with punchy cheddar sauce and the obligatory a glass of wine. Watching the light fade over the harbour Perfect.

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Bar 44 needs little introduction. They have received national attention and admiration for their Spanish-influenced dishes, and although it might sound unorthodox, their Spanish inspired Sunday roast is absolutely heavenly. It's a sharing style roast, so summon a pal and tucking into a choice of either overnight sidra roast Belly pork, morcilla (it's a bit like black pudding), apple and roasting juice, or sirloin of 45 day dry aged Hereford beef, chorizo Yorkshire pudding and roasting juices. Both choices come with roast bravas potatoes, jamón fat, thyme, garlic truffled Manchego cauliflower cheese, Heritage carrots, hazelnut, aubergine, Tenderstem broccoli, kale and piquillo peppers – what a feast!

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We at Wriggle love The Hillgrove and are often torn between shouting about it from the rafters and wanting to keep this brilliant pub to ourselves so we are guaranteed a seat. Never the less we can't do a top Sunday roast piece and not mention them. They don't start serving til after 4pm which means even the most lazy Sunday-ers are catered for. Plates are served piled high and with an entire bulb of roasted garlic. Each clove ends up caramlised, soft and sticky and perfect for spreading on potatoes.

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Family owned and proving itself in a often crowded food scene in the city, The Malago is making waves on the online roast chats. You know somewhere is nailing their offering when people rave about the sides more than the main event (in this case, the cheesy leeks seems to have stolen the hearts of many a patron) but don't be fooled into thinking the rest isn't worth writing home about. Served beautifully expect melt in the mouth meat, perfect yorkie puds and plenty of fresh veg all bathing together in a lovely gravy. Definitely one to add to the list.

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This Church Road establishment is a bit of a "dark horse" when it comes to its roast reputation. Alongside the usual, delicious-looking meaty offering is an absolutely killer veggie haggis, plus there’s the option of a mini dinner in a bowl for your four-legged friends! After you have stuff yourself full, relax by the fire or have a stomp around St Georges Park opposite to work off that full feeling.

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You would be absolutely right to think that Rosa is slinging some of the tastiest small plates in Bristol right now but that's not the only place where their talents lie. Head in on a Sunday and you will be greeted by an absolutely banging Sunday lunch made with the same talent, care and love as their usual tapas menu. Choose between beef, pork, chicken, a butternut squash number or a Catalan fish stew and succumb to the gorgeous surroundings and brilliant wine list.

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If yer Nan used to stuff you fuller than a Christmas Turducken then Steam is the place for you. In order to invoke those memories of feeling so full you couldn't even contemplate a wafer thin mint,you have to try their Bottomless Brunches. After grazing on some mezze style starters, you can enjoy a tower of roast, choosing between either roast beef, boned & rolled belly with a slice of porchetta & crackling, half rotisserie chicken or a veggie wellington. They come with all the trimmings (cauli cheese comes as standard here!) and of course, bottomless beer or wine for 2 hours. Luckily they are right by the train station so the waddle home shouldn't be too bad.

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The doors have finally been reopened by a new team at The Rose Of Denmark headed up by Mike Cow who cut his teeth behind the bar at The Bank Tavern, amongst other places. The bar is stocked with great ales, fine wines and local spirits and the kitchen will be continuing the legacy of enormous Sunday Roasts as well as hosting some fab pop-ups. If you've missed one of Bristol's best-hidden gems, it's time to reacquaint yourself.

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Published -24th September 2018