There’s something rather ritualistic about settling down on a Sunday for a gigantic roast dinner. You’ve worked hard all week and now nothing is going to satisfy you quite like a monstrous portion of Sunday dinner happiness.
But no longer will the British populous endure lumpy gravy and soggy broccoli; now we want glistening joints, posh presentation, giant yorkies and hipster gravy boats. We want the lot.
Dining establishments have responding to our new Sunday dinner standards by upping their roast game, and as a result, you can now find some cracking roast dinners across our fair city. Luckily for you, we've taken it upon ourselves to guide you through some of the most fabulous roast dinners available in Cardiff with our roast round-up, helping to ensure that everyone gets the Sunday dinner they deserve.
What goes perfectly with a roast dinner? Why, 32 types of craft beer of course! Small Bar is a warm and inviting bar adorned with wooden panels, pump stickers on the wall and a banging bar menu that includes a knock out roast on a Sunday. Come for the ale, stay for the roast and feast upon a generous portion of either IPA Chicken, pink-in-the-middle beef, or the veggie-friendly option. The best part of this roast is that you will be served a Yorkshire pudding the size of your face!
Those looking for a swanky Sunday should head straight to Park Plaza for an upmarket dining experience in their Laguna bar. Enjoy a 3 Course Sunday Menu, created using the finest of ingredients from a classy menu that changes with the seasons. Typical choices include Usk Valley Pork, roast chicken wrapped in smoked bacon or courgette, chilli, and pea linguini.
Uber cool Society Standard serves extremely Instagrammable roasts that you can enjoy surrounded by slick, urbanized décor. This place feels as if it were designed for a foodie flatly and indeed I have seen many patrons teetering precariously on a wooden chair to get that perfect shot. Their sumptuous offerings include sirloin of beef and horseradish, or loin of pork, all served with generous helpings of roasties, root veg, braised red cabbage and an impressive Yorkshire pudding.
Victorian pub The Flora has undergone extensive refurbishment to become a progressive foodie hipster paradise complete with wooden chairs, mismatched lamps and bargain £5 cocktails. You can choose between a variety of flavourful meats or a veggie option served with an enormous Yorkshire and slightly more inspiring veg selection than you might expect from a roast, including celeriac puree and cauliflower cheese.
Dine underground in style in a former bank vault at this highly acclaimed Cardiff restaurant. The Potted Pig is a hip place for a Sunday dinner session with its rather stripped back, cool interior that’s all high ceilings, exposed brick work, low lighting and original bank features. You can enjoy a creative two-course Sunday lunch for £15 that has options including local welsh mullet with braised octopus, Monmouthshire topside of beef or roast carrot & halloumi salad.
The coolest veggie hangout in town dishes up an ethical and veggie friendly nut roast on Sundays with all the trimmings, including seasonal veg and roasties on a menu that changes weekly. Enjoy your roast in a chilled-out atmosphere surrounded with eclectic décor, decent tunes, sofas to curl up on, a great selection of crafted cocktails, or hang out in their outside Mongolian yurt for an alternative Sunday dining experience.
This family-friendly gastro pub is one of those lovely upmarket boozers that you can take the kids to with a traditional bar area, fireside sofas, blackboard menu and a cosy ‘living room style’ dining room. You can opt for a traditional Sunday dinner including roast beef or pork, or if you are a tad more daring in your dining choices, how about a bit of pan roasted cod with chorizo?
Porro has two restaurants in Cardiff and embraces the Italian philosophy of ‘celebrating simple, quality ingredients’ and they strive to use locally sourced ingredients where possible. Both sites have rather classy and understated décor meaning you can have a relaxing roast of a Sunday. Their menu changes with the seasons but typical options include roast beef, garlicky lemon roast chicken, and roast lamb served with crunchy vegetables and lashings of gravy.
This proper pub in Canton is everything you want in a watering hole: snug surroundings, craft beers, pub quiz, homemade pub grub and a highly regarded Sunday dinner that is simply sublime. Enjoy lavish portions of meat, crunch veg, parsnips, crispy potatoes, luscious gravy and a cheeky little side dish of bubbly and moreish cauliflower cheese.
This small and mighty independent bistro, serves both traditional café fodder as well as French Influenced bistro dishes of an evening, in an adorable setting that looks entirely like an enviable Pinterest account. Sunday lunch offerings include Boeuf Bourguignon, Welsh lamb, pork tenderloin and a delectable vegetarian ‘Basque piperade’ that combines onions, peppers and tomatoes in a tomato sauce served with egg & baby roast potatoes.
The Grange is another example of a slightly worn traditional pub that has been given a new lease of life with an extensive refurbishment and upmarket revamp. There’s an impressive bar selection of craft beers and ciders sourced from Welsh breweries to accompany high quality home cooked dishes. Sunday lunches are very popular with succulent roast beef, roast herb chicken and mushroom, leek and per las loaf on offer.
Bully’s is an award-winning restaurant that in recent years has relocated from Llandaff to trendy Pontcanna. Here you’ll find a warm welcome kooky, vibrant décor, friendly and knowledgeable staff and a commitment to creating quality dishes using Welsh produce. Sunday dining changes with the seasons and availability of produce and typical options include Welsh beef, seabass, roast chicken and vegetable and couscous parcel.
So there we have it; the top 12 Cardiff Sunday roasts to crawl out of bed for. Think we've missed any? Let us know your favourites at email@example.com. With thanks to Portia Jones for this article. Portia is a Cardiff blogger, foodie, and lover of roast potatoes.