DISH OF THE DAY: WEST SUSSEX SUNDAY LUNCH EDIT
The humble roast has long been the nations favourite meal, a quintessentially British offering to mark the end of one week and the start of another. In times gone by, was there anything better than waking up to the smell of the meat cooking on a Sunday morning? I think not. It was always a real family affair, that stirs up fond memories from childhood. From succulent pork with crackling to melt in the mouth roast beef with all the trimmings, there were so many options. Never was there a more acceptable time to over indulge. As a child it was like Christmas every Sunday. Sadly, the tradition of cooking every Sunday with the family has ever so slightly died a death and paved the way for dining out. Yet, this is not a reason to be disheartened, the country pubs have stepped in to offer some incredibly unique variations of this hearty meal.
Fear not, here at The Sussex Splendour, we have rounded up a local guide to the best hearty Sunday lunches in West Sussex. In no particular order, we suggest…..
Noah’s Ark Inn - Lurgashall
The Noah’s Ark is tucked away, off the beaten track, in the picturesque village of Lurgashall. Their menu uses the best of local, seasonal ingredients, with a modern British twist. Of course, there is always a classic Sunday roast on offer, but on their current menu you can also choose from dishes such as homemade gnocchi with wild mushrooms and blue cheese velouté. Miles of walks from the door, and landlord Henry’s signature Bloody Mary, make this the ideal Sunday destination.
The Green, Lurgashall, GU28 9ET
The Crown Inn - Dialpost
Famed for one of the best Sunday roasts in Sussex, you would be hard pressed to find better food or better service. With a locally produced menu, the choices such as Petworth pork belly or the duo of roasts will have you salivating at the mouth. The Crown is always fully booked, so it is best to book weeks in advance to ensure that you get a table.
The way the roast dinners are flying out of the kitchen, The Crown is one to watch.
Worthing Road, Dial Post, RH13 8NH
The Gun Inn - Findon
Sunday Lunch is what the Gun Inn is all about, a warm welcome, great selection of drinks, open fire and sumptuous roasts.
Perfect location to dine after a walk on the south downs national park.
There is something for everyone in your group with fresh fish and Vegan roasts available too.
The lamb is generous and tender the beef sirloin is slow roasted and rare.
The pork is the Gun’s signature dish slow roasted for 5 hours with the crispest of crackling and who said Turkey is just for Christmas its available every Sunday, trimmed with stuffing and 5 different vegetables.
Once it is warm enough enjoy dining alfresco in the recently updated Garden area.
High Street, Findon, BN14 OTA
Tel: 01903 872 235
The Hollist Arms - Lodsworth
The Hollist Arms is a quintessentially English country pub, in the heart of the village of Lurgashall; roaring fires, a cosy snug, and a bar thronged with locals and visitors alike. Upstairs there are a couple of lovely private dining rooms that are perfect for larger families or groups to enjoy Sunday lunch. There is always a roast or two, of course - but the Hollist is also well known for its ‘Pie of the Day’, as well as the sticky toffee pudding.
The Street, Lodsworth, GU28 9BZ
The Earl of March - Lavant
Giles Thompson, former Executive Head Chef at the Ritz Hotel in London, took over The Earl of March in 2007, and it is still leading the way in fine dining. Set against the stunning backdrop of Goodwood, The Earl of March is original and exciting, the menus are robust with bold combinations of flavours and a hint of sophistication. The Sunday lunches are infamous but be sure to book to avoid disappointment.
The 18th century Gastro pub is a work of art, combining great views, stupendously succulent food, great service and stylish interiors. Creativity and sustainability pave the way for an outstanding dining experience.
Lavant Road, Chichester