Best Pubs for Sunday Roasts in the Lake District

A Sunday roast with all the traditional fixings

If you’re wondering what Sunday lunch is, you’ve probably never been to the UK before. Let us educate you. This is something you definitely need to try during your visit, as it is a quintessential English tradition. A Sunday lunch typically involves a roast of some sort - usually beef, pork, chicken, lamb, or a vegetable equivalent like a nut roast with all the trimmings. Think Christmas dinner with roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings, sausages wrapped in bacon, vegetables like carrots, parsnips, and brussel sprouts, cauliflower cheese - we could go on. It is a true feast!

So, where do you find such a thing, you ask? To be honest, most pubs in the Lake District and throughout the UK will offer this type of thing on a Sunday, so we have narrowed down what we think are the best ones in the Lake District. As always, please check ahead of your visit to ensure they are still offering this menu and be sure to book a table as Sundays are extra busy due to this delicious occasion.

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The Traveller’s Rest (Grasmere)

The Traveller’s Rest (Grasmere)

Dunmail Raise, Grasmere, LA22 9RR

The Traveller’s Rest at Grasmere is an excellent choice for those seeking a hearty Sunday roast. Guests can opt for two or three courses for a set price, and the choice of dishes includes chicken, beef, pork, fish, and a vegetarian dish. All of the dishes are homemade with meat sourced from local farms, along with much of the produce.

The Sun Inn (Crook)

The Sun Inn (Crook)

Main Street, Crook, Kendal, LA8 8LA

The Sun Inn in Crook, near Kendal, is a very popular place for diners seeking a traditional Sunday roast dinner. Food is served on Sundays between noon and 7pm, and there is a choice of three meats, a fish dish, and a vegetarian option. These home cooked hearty dishes use locally sourced ingredients, and half portions are available for children.

The Ship (Dovenby)

The Ship (Dovenby)

Dovenby, Cockermouth, CA13 0PN

The Ship at Dovenby by Cockermouth is an excellent choice for a traditional Sunday lunch. It’s popular with local residents for a good reason. Diners can choose from either beef or turkey sourced from local butchers, with a weekly special also available (often lamb), served with all the trimmings including Yorkshire puddings. Smaller portions are available for those who require it.

The Royal Oak (Keswick)

The Royal Oak (Keswick)

Main Street, Keswick, CA12 5HZ

If you are looking for a delicious, filling, and freshly cooked Sunday roast dinner whilst in Keswick, then look no further than the Royal Oak. Conveniently located on Keswick’s high street, this up market pub serves a classic roast dinner each Sunday with all the trimmings. Everything is cooked from scratch using locally sourced ingredients where possible, topped with fabulous homemade gravy.

The Red Lion (Hawkshead)

The Red Lion (Hawkshead)

Main Street, Hawkshead, LA22 0NS

The Sunday lunch at the Red Lion in Hawkshead is a tasty treat. Using locally sourced joints of meat the dish is all cooked on site, and there is usually a choice of meats available. You will find all of the trimmings with your meal, including giant, fluffy Yorkshire puddings, and real, homemade gravy. A vegetarian option is also available.

The Mill at Ulverston

The Mill at Ulverston

Mill St, The Gill, Ulverston, LA12 7EB

Sunday Dinner at the Mill at Ulverston is simply exquisite. The roast beef is cooked slowly for eight hours making it beautifully tender, the fluffy Yorkshire puddings are prepared from scratch on the day, the vegetables are seasonal and locally sourced, and the potatoes are roasted in goose fat. Treat yourself to a delectable sticky toffee pudding at the end if you have room!

The King’s Head (Thirlmere)

The King’s Head (Thirlmere)

Thirlspot, Thirlmere, Nr Keswick, CA12 4TN

The King’s Head is a popular place to visit for Sunday lunch, thanks to its wide choice of meats. Diners can choose from beef and Yorkshire pudding, pork with baked apple, chicken with bread sauce, a poached salmon fillet, or a vegetarian dish, all served with roast potatoes and vegetables. The set price menu has one, two, or three courses.

The Kellbank

The Kellbank

Gosforth, Seascale, CA20 1JA

If you are a fan of carvery style roast dinners then head over to the Kellbank in Gosforth, west Cumbria. Between noon and 3pm each Sunday the pub puts on a fantastic spread, with three types of meat to choose from, and all the trimmings you could wish for on a self service buffet. Finish up with ice cream made on the owner’s farm.

The Farmers Arms (Ulverston)

The Farmers Arms (Ulverston)

Market Street, Ulverston, LA12 7BA

The Farmers Arms in Ulverston is a vibrant pub that has received high acclaim for its food. On Sunday between noon and 2.30pm and then again from 5pm until 8.30pm the pub serves a wholesome and delicious roast dinner with a choice of two meats. The ingredients are locally sourced wherever possible and the pub uses the best of seasonal produce.

The Eagles Head (Satterthwaite)

The Eagles Head (Satterthwaite)

Satterthwaite, Ulverston, LA12 8LN

The Eagle’s Head is well regarded locally for its Sunday roast dinners. A choice of three meats are available each week, sourced from local suppliers wherever possible. Roasts come with all the trimmings, including fluffy Yorkshire puddings and proper, homemade gravy. For children and those with smaller appetites, half portions are available. Follow it up with the local classic, sticky toffee pudding.

The Royal Oak Inn (Cartmel)

The Royal Oak Inn (Cartmel)

The Square, Cartmel, LA11 6QB

Traditional Sunday lunches at the Royal Oak Inn in Cartmel are simply divine. Diners can opt for tender roast beef or succulent pork loin, served with a selection of vegetables including the inn’s signature star anise and cinnamon carrots, as well as a giant Yorkshire pudding. The gravy is proper gravy, made at the inn with shredded beef and pork. Booking is highly recommended.

Romneys (Kendal)

Romneys (Kendal)

72 Milnthorpe Road, Kendal, LA9 5HG

Carvery pubs are a great choice for those seeking a classic Sunday roast dinner, and at Romneys in Kendal you can enjoy the experience seven days a week with a daily carvery. There are four meats to choose from and diners can help themselves to as many portions of potatoes and vegetables as they like. Booking is advisable as it’s very popular.

The Queen’s Head (Troutbeck)

The Queen’s Head (Troutbeck)

Town Head, Troutbeck, Windermere, LA23 1PW

The Queen’s Head at Troutbeck has a fabulous reputation for its food, and the best can be enjoyed on Sundays when a traditional roast dinner with a choice of meats and all the trimmings, including Yorkshire puddings, are available. Seasonal and local produce is used wherever possible and there are choices for vegetarians. Leave room for pudding, as the choices are truly scrumptious.

The Punchbowl Inn (Askham)

The Punchbowl Inn (Askham)

Askham, , CA10 2PF

The Punchbowl Inn at Askham near Penrith is very popular on Sundays when a full roast dinner is available. The inn offers a choice of local meats and the dish is served with two types of potato, fresh vegetables, homemade gravy, and Yorkshire pudding. The portions are generous and half portions are available for children. Reservations are recommended.

Old Kings Head (Broughton-In-Furness)

Old Kings Head (Broughton-In-Furness)

Broughton-in-Furness, , LA20 6HJ

Each Sunday many residents and visitors in Broughton-In-Furness flock to the Old Kings Head pub where a delicious roast dinner is served all day from noon until 8.30pm. Two different meats are served, often sourced locally, and they are accompanied with a full range of trimmings and sauces. Diners can top it off with a scrumptious dessert or exquisite cheese board.

The Kirkstile Inn (Loweswater)

The Kirkstile Inn (Loweswater)

Loweswater, , CA13 0RU

The Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater is a local favourite for a Sunday dinner. It always has two different joints of meat available with all the trimmings, including giant Yorkshire puddings for those opting for roast beef as well as some imaginative choices for vegetables. Locally sourced ingredients are used wherever possible. Booking a table in advance is highly recommended.

The Hare & Hounds (Bowland Bridge)

The Hare & Hounds (Bowland Bridge)

Bowland Bridge, Grange-Over-Sands, LA11 6NN

The Hare & Hounds at Bowland Bridge has received high praise for its Sunday lunches. Using local joints the meat is cooked slowly to produce tender dishes that melt in the mouth. The portions are generous and completed with the addition of giant, fluffy Yorkshire puddings. Vegetarian and children’s options are available. It’s very popular, so do book your table in advance.

The George & Dragon (Clifton)

The George & Dragon (Clifton)

Clifton, Penrith, CA10 2ER

The George & Dragon in Penrith serves a traditional roast dinner each Sunday. The pub, part of the Lowther Estate, is dedicated to local produce, so almost everything you eat will be sourced from within a 20 mile radius. A choice of meat is available and it is served with all the trimmings, including fluffy Yorkshire puddings and locally grown vegetables.

Dockray Hall (Penrith)

Dockray Hall (Penrith)

Great Dockray, Penrith, CA11 7DE

If you are in Penrith and want a delicious Sunday roast dinner then head to Dockray Hall in the town centre. This beautiful medieval building is the perfect setting for a relaxed lunch and on Sundays diners have a choice of local meats served with all the trimmings, with other options also available, followed by a scrumptious dessert.