The Sunday roast is perhaps the most British of meals you can get and also one of the most eaten-out too. So if you want someone else to cook and do the washing up at weekend, here’s our pick of 8 of the best Sunday lunches in Buxton.
Well, we’ve tried and tested quite a few local Sunday lunches and when Explore Buxton visited Gilbert’s, we decided to rate it the top spot. The others listed here are good but this one was tastiest in our opinion. There’s the standard size at £8.95 or a small at £6.95 and you get plenty too. Massive Yorkshire pudd, lovely roast potatoes that were cooked just right and not too over done, tasy parshnips and the 2 sides – sliced potatoes in a creamy sauce and brocolli in a cheesy sauce were just mmmmm. Oh the gravy was lovely too. A must try – and Gilbert’s itself is a lovely little rustic cosy haven with a nice open fire and the staff and great too.
Upon opening, Barbarella’s quickly earned a reputation for its really tasty food and generous portions and the Sunday lunch certainly scores on both here. When we visited it was Turkey and beef on offer but meats change weekly. The Turkey (it was succulent and felt apart too) arrived with 4 mammoth, delicious roast potatoes, yorkshire pudding and bacon wrapped stuffing. Then came the veg – brocolli, carrot and savoy cabbage accompanied with cauliflower cheese and gravy to finish it all off. Certainly the biggest Sunday lunch we’ve come across as yet and it all tasted really very good with no over cooking on the veg either, it was a struggle to finish actually, superb value for £10.
Owned by local micro-brewery Buxton Brewery, the roast dinner on offer here can be enjoyed with a vast array of craft ales and is a place you can take all the family for the afternoon, including the dog (as long as he behaves). There is a 2 meat & 1 vegetarian option on offer weekly and they’re served with seasonal vegetables – all sourced from local suppliers. And…the gravy, well you’ll just have to try it, arguably the best gravy up north. Adult meal £9.95 and children’s size £5.95.
The homely and cosy feel of The Tea Chest feels like you never really left your own front room. The Sunday lunch offers a different meat every week, it was beef when we visited. The portion of meat is very generous and they’ll cook it how you like it too – rare, well done etc. Home made Yorkshire was huge and delicious and it was all served with crispy roast potatoes and vegetables which vary. The carrot and swede mashed together is something you don’t often see eating out so that was a novelty and lovely too. It’s £8.95 or a children’s version is £3.50.
The restaurant here feels special with its quiet ambiance coupled with the fact that your in a building steeped in history that dates back to the 16th century where Mary Queens of Scots famously stayed. Lunch is £22.50 per person and includes a 3 course lunch. The meat was beef or chicken the day we visited served with seasonal vegetables which were delicious and the beef was rare and very succulent. The pudding’s were to die for and the toffee sponge and toffee sauce were so rich but so good. To finish is also tea or coffee included in the price.
The Railway is a traditional English cosy, comfortable pub with have plenty of space so if your party is big, this might be the place. Big appetite? The perk here is that the Sunday Roast comes as a Carvery at £7.49 and so its unlimited roast potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables and gravy and there’s a veggie option on request. Even better, they have classic English deserts on offer such as Knickerbocker Glory, Rich Black Forest Gateaux and Kentish Apple and Blackberry Crumble. It’s standard fayre but it’s good standard for what it is.
Just a short 10-15 minute drive from Buxton, on the outskirts of town, the Royal Oak is everything you would expect from an English country pub with chunky oak furniture and cute brass adorning the walls. They have a set menu for Sundays and its pretty varied if you fancy a rest from the roast including fish, veggie and chicken dishes. The beef, pork or lamb Sunday roasts at £10.95 are fast becoming legendary and they’ve won numerous food and drink awards in the last few years to prove it. Families are welcome with a children’s roast lunch at £4.95.
There’s a home from home feel to The Duke, with 2013’s stunning refurbishment and its modern rustic and cosy interior. Meat changes weekly and is sourced locally served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, fresh veggies and homemade gravy. The outside seating area takes some beating in summer. Available from 12 Noon and served until they’re all gone. The large is £9.95 and a small £6.95 for a lighter option and there’s also a children’s menu. The meal was not only nicely presented, it all tasted amazing and very fresh and the veg was cooked to perfection. The roast potatoes are superb and it was nice to see creamy, buttery mash served with the lunch, topped off with possibly Buxton’s best gravy.