Our Favourite Restaurants for a Sunday Roast in Cardiff
There are few British traditions as sacred as the Sunday roast, but whilst many of us like to take control and cook it ourselves or make the weekly pilgrimage to our parents, many more prefer to take the stress out of the situation and go out for a Sunday roast. Whether opting for a full three courses or a more affordable carvery, there are plenty of options to choose from in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff, which is famous for its melt-in-the-mouth lamb. However, if veggies, chicken, beef or pork are more your speed then you’ll still find yourself spoilt for choice.
The Clink (HMP Cardiff, Knox Road, CF24 0UG)
If you really fancy a Sunday roast with a difference, how about a roast dinner cooked by prisoners The delicious, high-quality meals at The Clink Restaurant at HMP Cardiff are all cooked and served by prisoners in training who are working towards gaining food and beverage qualifications to use upon their release. The Clink not only allows prisoners to learn useable skills and earn a qualification that should help them get back on the career ladder but allows them to engage with the public and take their first steps towards a new life. It’s not just the food either, even the furniture in the restaurant is hand-crafted by prisoners at HMP Frankland and the poetry lining the walls is all from former Clink trainees. Consistently placed in the best 10 restaurants in Cardiff, Sunday lunch at The Clink is a decadent delight, with a choice of meats and veggie/vegan options served for just under £20 for two courses. Note, however, that as it’s located on prison grounds, it’s a strictly non-alcohol restaurant. A discretionary 12.5% will also be added in place of a service charge to help support the work of the charity.
The Potted Pig (27 Hight Street, CF10 1PU)
Located in a former bank vault beneath the city, The Potted Pig restaurant boasts an ever-changing, seasonal menu and even offers up a whole suckling pig for those hungry enough. The Potted Pig menus aren't based on any single concept; they simply serve the kind of food they love to cook and have managed to forge great relationships with local suppliers, ensuring that you get to eat only the finest seasonal produce. The Sunday lunch is a real treat, with 3 courses for just £20 with some surprisingly deep veggie and vegan options given the name of the establishment. For meat eaters though, it’s all about the port. Speaking of which, The Potted Pig also serves its whole suckling pig feast for up to 12 guests, so if you want to invite the whole extended family out for a Sunday roast they’ll never forget, look no further! The restaurant also has a particular fondness for Gin, serving up over 30 unique flavours and brands and a number of delectable Gin-based cocktails.
Anna Loka (114 Albany Rd, Cardiff, CF24 3RU)
Cardiff’s first 100% vegan café and a place where not only vegans but all food lovers, can experience delicious vegan food in a relaxed and friendly environment, Anna Loka boasts an exciting and constantly evolving menu that will challenge the way you think about vegan food. At the heart of Anna Loka is the vegan, Hare Krishna monk Adam - an entrepreneur who’s passionate about spreading the message of veganism through his delicious creations. Adam’s food proves that a plant-based Sunday roast isn’t only a possibility, but an incredibly tasty one at that, with the4 Sunday special nut or seitan roast, served with all the trimmings. Anna Loka offers an eclectic, authentic and healthy experience that facilitates principled, conscious choices but doesn’t compromise on quality or taste.
The Market Place Restaurant (66 High St, Cowbridge, CF71 7AH)
One of the most magical dining destinations in South Wales, The Market Place creates a relaxed yet sophisticated lunch and dinner dining in the heart of idyllic Cowbridge, just a short drive from Cardiff city centre. Located in a grand, historic building comprising the main restaurant and three enchanting private dining options, which are perfect for personal celebrations. There’s also the possibility of al fresco dining, as the restaurant opens up into a secluded and utterly beautiful walled courtyard garden, hidden within the old medieval town wall of Cowbridge. The Market Place is the perfect venue to chill and enjoy a sunny Sunday lunch. The menu is incredibly eclectic, with a locally famous ‘featured list’ of special items. The Sunday roast is what really brings in the punters though. All of the traditional choices are served alongside special mains of the day, all for a reasonable price of around £15 for a main meal.
The Conway (58 Conway Road, Pontcanna, CF11 9NW)
Nestled in the comfortable Cardiff suburb of Pontcanna, The Conway is a traditional pub with a contemporary spin that has been warmly welcomed into the local community. The Conway has a traditional bar area, a living room style dining room and cosy fireside sofas. There is also a small outdoor seating area at the front, great for outside eating and drinking (weather permitting, of course). The blackboard menu offers classic pub favourites, daily seasonal specials, mixed in with our chef’s own quirky dishes, whilst the bar serves a selection of guest ales and a great wine list that is available by the bottle and glass. Run by the trio of Sharon Noakes, Sean Murphy & Serge Luceau, who amongst them boast some incredibly rare credentials (one of them even worked with Gordon Ramsey). Sunday roast at The Conway ranges from succulent seafood to traditional selections, with just £13 for a main meal and £6 for dessert, with the Snickers tart a particular draw.
The Fig Tree (The Esplanade, Penarth, CF64 3AU)
Set in a beautifully restored Victorian beach shelter just down the coast from Cardiff in the town of Penarth, The Fig Tree boasts the best views in the Vale of Glamorgan! Whether you sit in the Restaurant, on the veranda or the roof terrace, you are treated to some knockout views of the Bristol Channel towards Somerset, Flat Holm and Steep Holm. The award-winning restaurant offers affordable traditional and contemporary fresh food for all the family. What really sets apart The Fig Tree as a Sunday roast destination is the range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available, as well as the exceptional price of only £22 for three incredibly filling courses.
There is something undeniably ritualistic about sitting down to a succulent Sunday roast and thankfully, Cardiff is no slouch when it comes to the best traditional and less conventional roast dinner options.
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