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 responded 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. 

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.

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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.

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A restaurant in the grounds of a Category B prison, staffed by prisoners working towards their City & Guilds NVQs in food preparation, food service, and customer service? Sounds a lot like a Wes Anderson movie waiting to happen - but trust us, it’s a real-world thing that exists smack-bang in the centre of Cardiff. Now look, we know you’re probably expecting some sort of ‘slum tourist’ restaurant, themed like a Charlie Chaplin film, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The Clink happens to be an award-winning, charity-driven establishment offering up first-class food, with an overarching theme of ‘rehabilitation’. The only noticeable difference between the Clink and other high-end restaurants in Cardiff is the lack of alcohol, but they more than make up for it with their Sunday roasts. Whether you go down the vegetarian route, or go full carnivore - the Clink has you covered.

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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 brickwork, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sit down, carnivores - this is strictly for the vegans (just joking, you can still eat here. There’s no rules against it). On Sundays, one of our favourite restaurants, Anna Loka, offers up a nut or seitan roast, both complemented by roasties, parsnips, carrots, seasonal veg, and homemade gravy. They even do a kids roast, which is a great way to get some healthy food into your offspring (an act often akin to pulling teeth). If you leave this restaurant without feeling like you could have a really long nap, something went horribly wrong.

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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.

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The Cricketers - which is situated next to the National Cricket Centre in Pontcanna - is your typical Victorian townhouse style pub, packed with all the things you’d expect (live music and local beers). What you might not be prepared for is the Sophie’s Choice decision you’ll have to make when picking out your Sunday roast. If you go with the roast beef, you get a giant Yorkshire pudding; if you go with the roast pork, you get crackling sticks; and if you go for the roast lamb, you get stuffing balls. How are you supposed to choose?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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If ‘location’ is high up on your list of requirements for a good Sunday roast, let us introduce you to the Fig Tree in Penarth. The former Victorian beach shelter looks out across the Bristol Channel, which is certainly an improvement from say a road, or a string of high street shops. Typically, people like hitting up the Fig Tree for breakfast - something about eating greasy food while bathing in the morning sun evokes a sense of romance - but on a Sunday you can guzzle on some Champagne while tackling their substantial, yet reasonably priced roasts. And like most respectable restaurants, both meat eaters and vegetarians are catered for.

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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?

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Given that they were recently slapped with an award for being the best restaurant in Cardiff by the Food Awards Wales, it may come as no surprise that Llandaff’s Seren Diemwnt does a pretty fantastic Sunday roast. During the week you can expect to see dishes such as marinated rabbit leg and pork tenderloin, but on a Sunday prepare to dive into roast beef, a leg of lamb, and tender chicken. They’re all separate dishes, obviously, but one bite and you’ll wish your appetite was large enough to tackle all three.

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Published -24th September 2018