One of the things we look forward to when visiting Devon is a good Sunday Lunch. This British tradition is still common and many families look forward to gathering together at home for a traditional roast meal on a Sunday lunchtime. However there is also something special in having a Sunday Lunch down the local pub, where you can enjoy a warm and friendly atmosphere with others (especially as you won’t have to do the washing up!).
Most local pubs and many hotels offer a Sunday Lunch. The quality varies from ‘OK’ to ‘outstanding’ but the quality of the service and the ambiance can significantly enhance or detract from the experience. On the whole, venues will serve Roast Beef and at least one other meat, such as Pork, Lamb or Chicken. Some will serve all of them as well as other options. You will almost certainly be given a Yorkshire Pudding with any roast and not just with the traditional beef.
Here are a few of the places we have tried and would recommend. In most cases it is worth booking so that you are not disappointed.
Journeys End Inn, Ringmore – A true local 13th Century pub with one of the best Sunday Lunches in the area and plenty of atmosphere. If you try the Pork you will get some of the very best ‘crackling’. Conor, the former head chef at the Burgh Island Hotel, can always be relied on for good food.
The Sloop Inn, Bantham – The Sunday lunch in this traditional pub is so popular they have two sittings. A really good Sunday roast with excellent service. We like to eat in the bar whenever possible and enjoy the real fire in the winter.
The Church House Inn, Churchstowe – This 13th Century Village pub offers a very good carvery each Sunday with a choice of roast joints and traditional vegetables. Good value for money for those with a hearty appetite.
The California Country Inn, California Cross – The Sunday Lunch here is good value but fairly basic. We suggest you book a table in the bar where the ambiance is much better.
Turtley Corn Mill, Avonwick – This lovely mill set in its own grounds, just off the A38, has an extensive menu and in our experience the food has always been good. It’s good for families as the children can run around outside and they serve kid size portions too. The Sunday Lunch is good and if you have a large appetite you can attempt the Beef and Pork combo.
Pickwick Inn, St Ann’s Chapel – This is the nearest pub to Bigbury and serves a traditional roast each Sunday. They always have beef and either chicken or ham as an alternative.
Cottage Hotel, Hope Cove – A more traditional waitress service in this seaside hotel. There are great views over Hope Cove to enjoy with your lunch
Cott Inn, Dartington – A very beautiful old 12th Century pub, which is mainly a restaurant now. They do a superb Sunday roast, well worth a visit
Treby Arms, Sparkwell – If you want to try out a fine dining experience then the Treby Arms is a place to try. A limited space dining area is overseen by the winner of the 2012 Master Chef competition. You are guaranteed a good meal with a range of unusual combinations to try.