Where to Get The Best Sunday Roast in Exeter
There can be few British dining traditions as sacred and as tried and true as the good old-fashioned Sunday roast. Originally a meal that was prepared to be devoured after church, it's managed to transcend its religious trappings to become a favourite meal of Brits with and without faith.
Given the enduring popularity of the roast, many of the UK's biggest and best restaurants pride themselves on offering the best quality roasts for the right prices. Here, we're putting the spotlight on the Sunday roasts offered in the Devonshire city of Exeter; a city that dates back to the Roman era and boasts not only one of the most spectacular cathedrals in the country, but some truly glorious restaurants.
All of the restaurants below provide ample opportunities for those of us who love a good roast but would rather leave the preparation (and the washing up) to the professionals.
| | 60 New North Road, EX4 4EP
If you like your traditional British pubs, but also desire something with a little modern quirk, Oddfellows is the perfect location for your Sunday roast when visiting Exeter. Located right by the central train station, the aptly-named Gastro Pub boasts an “epic” Sunday roast delivered in an eccentric location with warm service and even warmer gravy. They not only offer vegetarian and vegan options, but they understand that meat is a luxury, which should be afforded respect. As such, all of their produce is locally and responsibly sourced. The speakeasy-style cocktail bar upstairs also offers an extensive craft beer and wine selection and whilst the price might be a little on the pricier side, you're certainly getting what you pay for.
The Ley Arms
/ | The Ley Arms, Kenn, EX6 7UX
A 12-century thatched country inn that stands as not only the quintessential, family-run country pub but a bastion of ethically-sourced produce, The Ley Arms, situated in the idyllic suburban village of Kenn, is also locally famous for its decadent Sunday roasts. Choose from chicken, pork, beef or a succulent mushroom and vegetable nut roast and if you don't think you can stomach a full meal, there's even the option of a smaller serving for half the price!
The Digger's Rest
| Woodbury Salterton, Exeter, EX5 1PQ
Housed in a quaint and characterful 500-year-old thatched cottage complete with original beams and a toasty log fire, The Digger's Rest is the kind of pub that you could quite comfortably call your local. The village pub is located in the Exeter-adjacent village of Woodbury Salterton, but just because it's a village pub, that doesn't mean it can't compete with the big city boys. The former cider house uses organic and locally-sourced produce and an extensive, reasonably-priced Sunday menu with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
The Cridford Inn
| The Cridford Inn, Trusham, TQ13 0NR
The “oldest country pub in the UK” is more than just a tourist attraction; it's a Sunday roast institution! Located just south of Exeter in the town of Trusham, the old Devonshire longhouse plays host to some of the finest food in the region, all of which is locally-sourced and priced fairly. Dating back to 825AD, the house itself is worth the visit alone, but whilst it's the décor that brings them in, it's the food that keeps them coming back. The Cridford Sunday roast is a thing of local legend, with less conventional options such as Pan Fried Bream and Chorizo and Roasted Shallots and Cauliflower Puree served proudly alongside the traditional staples.
| 19 Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3FB
Named for the rooftop bar that makes the venue one of the city's most popular haunts for revellers young and old, The Terrace is a sophisticated and undeniably modern bar and grill located in the city's Guildhall Shopping Centre. It also offers a deceptively wonderful Sunday roast! It might be one of the city's only rooftop restaurants, but the food is also exceptional and reasonably priced given the location. The Sunday roast (with gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian options) is served until 7pm every week and is also accompanied by live music most weeks.
The Hunstman Inn
| 2 High Street, Ide, EX2 9RN
Situated right by the famed College area in Ide on the outskirts of Exeter city, The Huntsman Inn represents the place where traditional style and warmth meets modern convenience. Sunday lunch is very reasonable, at just a shade under £11 for adults and a shade under £8 for children with a choice of 2 types of meat or a vegetarian option.
The Double Locks
| Double Locks Canal Banks, EX2 6LT
Arguably the best location in the city, the famous Double Locks is situated on the Exeter Ship Canal, making it perfect for Summer drinks by the waterside. The log fires and abundance of snug rooms, however, also make it a perfect Winter haunt and a perfect location for a rich and warming Sunday dinner! The roasts might be a little on the pricier side, but the quality is undeniable and the fact you can add a bowl of pigs in blankets and stuffing balls to your meal makes it one of the most popular destinations in the city for Sunday roast fanatics.
Whether it's because you value the variety, the flavour, or just the sheer comfort of a cracking roast and whether you favour chicken, beef, lamb, pork or even a succulent vegetarian roast, it's a meal that doesn't discriminate and a meal that never gets boring. With the options above, it's also a meal that you'll never have to go another Sunday in Exeter without. So it doesn't matter if you're just visiting or if you've been looking for that perfect local roast to relive those golden family dinner memories without the mountains of washing up that invariably follow; Exeter has you covered!
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