Best Sunday Roasts in Norwich

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close up of a plate full of a sunday roast from the Red Lion Bishopsgate in Norwich

Is there better comfort food than a Sunday Roast? Especially in the winter months that type of food just warms my soul and puts a smile on my face.

A roast dinner is one of my favourite British traditions. Luckily, we have a lot of establishments in Norwich that know how to serve up a good one.

Let me share some of the best places to get a Sunday roast in Norwich.

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What is a Sunday Roast?

A Sunday Roast is a traditional British meal that typically includes roasted meat (or vegan alternative), roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, gravy, and vegetables. Most establishments only offer this roast dinner on Sundays.

Best Sunday Roasts in Norwich

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to roast dinners in Norwich. The top Sunday roasts are quite popular, so be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Also keep in mind some establishments only offer Sunday roasts during the colder months.

Rooftop Gardens

Address: The Union Building 51-59 Rose Lane NR1 1BY Norwich, UK

If you want to enjoy your roast with a view of Norwich Cathedral and Norwich Castle, you can’t beat the Rooftop Gardens. The food is excellent and so is the service.

You can choose from pork belly, roast beef, gammon, or a sampler of all three. There is also a vegan roast option.

The vegetables are served family style. They gave us a big plate with roast parsnips, carrots, and cabbage and a separate plate of cauliflower cheese. Just like the meats, the portions were generous.

Everything that was part of the roast was gluten-free except for the Yorkshire pudding and cauliflower cheese.

They also have a long drink menu with cocktails, mocktails, beer, and wine.

Read more reviews here.

Unthank Arms

Address: 149 Newmarket Street NR2 2DR Norwich, UK

a full plate of food for the sunday roast at the unthank arms
My Sunday Roast at Unthank Arms was filling, but if this is not enough food for you, you can get the all the meats option.

A short walk from the Norwich city centre, you will find the Unthank Arms. They do have a small car park if you want to drive.

For their Sunday Roasts, you can choose from beef, chicken, pork, or nut roast. If you can’t choose they have an ‘all the meats’ option which also comes with extra roast potatoes and two Yorkshire puddings. They offer a children’s roast dinner too.

In addition to the meats, you also get roast potatoes, braised red cabbage, roast carrots, smash swede, Savoy cabbage, parsnip, Yorkshire pudding, and homemade gravy. Everything in the roast dinner is gluten free except for the Yorkshire pudding and nut roast.

exterior of the Unthank Arms
The Unthank Arms is a bit outside of the city centre but worth the walk!

You can choose to sit inside or in the garden which is partly covered. The service was excellent and it’s a good value especially considering the generous portions.

It’s owned by the same team that also runs the William & Florence, the Trafford Arms, and the Red Lion Bishopsgate.

Read more reviews here.

Temple Bar

Address: 2 Unthank Road NR2 2RA Norwich, UK

lots of food from the sunday roast at temple bar in Norwich
We sat outside and enjoyed a delicious roast at Temple Bar.

At the Temple Bar, you get your choice of five different meats or vegan roast. I chose the pork and Russell had the beef. Whatever you decide, it comes with seasonal vegetables, cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, and red cabbage.

Our roasts came out on hot plates with the vegetables served family-style for us to share. It was all delicious but the standout for me was the red cabbage which was sweeter than most. I wish the cauliflower cheese would have been a little more cheesy.

exterior view of Temple Bar in Norwich
Sunday roasts are popular at the Temple Bar so be sure to book.

When the weather is nice, you’ll want to take advantage and sit outside in their garden. There is some shade and views of the Roman Catholic Cathedral. Inside they also offer live sports, pool tables, and darts.

Read more reviews here.

Red Lion Bishopsgate

Address: 79 Bishopgate NR1 4AA Norwich, UK

pork sunday roast at the red lion bishopsgate in Norwich
It’s nice to be able to enjoy a tasty roast dinner right by the river in the Red Lion Bishopsgate.

The Red Lion Bishopsgate is in a 16th century building that has been a licensed premises since the 1700s. This riverside pub reopened in May 2021 after a refurbishment thanks to the new owners, who also run The Unthank Arms, and William & Florence, the Trafford Arms.

Now, the inside décor is modern and light. During the summer months, you can enjoy your Sunday Roast outside by the River Wensum and even rent a paddleboard.

For Sunday lunch, you can choose from roast sirloin of beef, pressed pork belly, chicken supreme, or polenta roast (without a Yorkshire pudding but with extra veg!). We both went for the pork belly.

It is served with herb roast potatoes, braised red cabbage, maple glazed roasted carrot, cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire pudding, and gravy. The cauliflower cheese is some of the best I have ever had.

The portions are generous and prices are reasonable. They do have a gluten-free option but it doesn’t include Yorkshire pudding.

It’s located just a short walk from the Norwich train station, and there is a small free car park for customers in the back.

Read more reviews here.

Blue’s NR3 at the Rosebery

Address: 94 Rosebery Road NR3 3AB Norwich, UK

Blue’s NR3 has gotten so popular that now they will start serving Sunday roasts at the Crown Point Tavern, in Trowse, too. We were lucky to get their last reservation at 18:00.

They have five different options for your main course – beef, pork, chicken, vegetarian wellington, and the porcini mushroom and leek loaf which can be vegan. There is also an option to get all three of the meats if you are extra hungry.

Once we were seated the food came out quickly. Russell had the beef and I had the pork which was so tender I barely needed a fork. The Yorkshire puddings were huge – I’m not complaining!

It was plenty of food, so I wasn’t upset that they were out of cauliflower cheese which normally can be ordered as an add on. We were also too full to try dessert even though the apple and blackberry frangipane sounded amazing.

We did make room for drinks and they had a great selection of local beers. As we were finishing our meal, there was a band getting ready to play, but we didn’t stick around long enough for the live music.

Read more reviews here.

Last Pub Standing

Address: 27-29 King Street NR1 1PD Norwich, UK

the ham roast from the last pub standing
The Caribbean flavours at the Last Pub Standing make for a nice twist on a roast.

If you are looking for something a little bit different, try the Sunday Roast at the Last Pub Standing. It has a bit of a Caribbean influence as it is made by Norwich Soul Kitchen who has a residency at the pub.

Expect a bolder taste than other traditional Sunday Roasts. Russell had the jerk chicken which had lots of flavour without being too spicy. The gammon that I ordered had a nice sweetness to it.

They also offer topside beef, free-range chicken, mushroom cashew Wellington, and a cashew nut roast. All the options come with lots of different vegetables including red cabbage and an extra-cheesy cauliflower cheese.

It’s a great choice for families since they offer kids portions of their roasts at a lower price. If you visit when the weather is nice, you could have your Sunday Roast outside in their lovely garden.

Read more reviews here.

Pogue Mahon’s

Address: 72 Prince of Wales Road Norwich, UK

Pogue Mahon’s is an Irish Pub on Prince of Wales Road, but on Sunday afternoons it is a good spot to get a Sunday roast. The upstairs dining room has a homely feel with dramatic red walls.

They offer chicken, pork, and topside beef. If you are extra hungry, there is the option to get a plate with all three meats. Russell went for it and it didn’t disappoint. Additionally, they do a vegetable pithivier which can be made vegan. They also have a smaller roast portion for kids 13 and under.

All their roasts come with Yorkshires, large roasted potatoes, and seasonal vegetables. The generous portion of cauliflower cheese was served in a separate bowl.

Read more reviews here.

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