Best Pubs for Sunday Roasts in the Lake District

BAHA’s Top 5

From succulent cuts of roast beef (pork, or chicken), to crispy roasties, oven-roasted vegetables, and Yorkshire puds filled with gravy,
a classic roast is just made for a cosy Sunday afternoon in the Lake District. 

But, when it comes to making one at home, there is so much mess and work that it is sometimes nice to leave the pots and pans in the cupboard and go out to the pub for a Sunday roast instead.  So, as the Lake District is home to some fantastic home-grown produce, it is no surprise that our county has a wide range of pubs that offer quality Sunday roasts like nowhere else in the UK! 

Therefore, no matter what type of atmosphere you prefer – from a cosy country pub to an exciting modern bar – there is bound to be somewhere to suit your taste.  However, we’ve done some research and found some of the best pubs for Sunday roasts in the Lake District.  You’re welcome!

BAHA (Bowness on Windermere)

Ash Street, Bowness on Windermere, LA23 3EB

Served 12-5pm

Not that we don’t want to blow our own trumpet, but BAHA’s extraordinary roast menu has its name for a reason. Come for the warm welcome and stay for the roast of all roasts, and an excellent family-friendly atmosphere in the Lake District.

Infused with flavours from the pacific-rim with chargrilled locally sourced meats, roasted pacific veggies, giant, fluffy Yorkshire puds, and homemade Asian-inspired gravy (which is unlimited by the way). It’s everything you love about traditional Sunday roasts and more. 

You can either share these for two people or enjoy a single roast for one person – those who like to keep their Yorkshire puds all to themselves!

Additionally, some moreish sides will make every Sunday roast special: stuffing balls (infused with umami flavour), smoked paprika corn on the cob, and chimichurri pigs in blankets.

Sunday roasts are available from 12pm-5pm on Sundays – and vegetarian, vegan, and kids options are also available.


The Traveller’s Rest (Grasmere)

Dunmail Raise, Grasmere, LA22 9RR

Served 12-5pm

The food here is well-known for its quality and decent portion sizes in a relaxed atmosphere. For those seeking a hearty Sunday roast, the Traveller’s Rest in Grasmere is an excellent choice. A set price covers two or three courses, and the choice of dishes includes chicken, pork, beef, fish, and vegetarian options. Most of the dishes are homemade with meat sourced from local farms. Most of the produce is also sourced from local sources.

The Sun Inn (Crook)

Main Street, Crook, Kendal, LA8 8LA

Served 12-5pm

You’ll receive a warm welcome at The Sun Inn in Crook, near Kendal. This restaurant is very popular with diners seeking a traditional roast dinner on Sundays. On Sundays, roasts are served from noon to 7 p.m. In addition, there are three options, including a choice of three types of meat, a fish dish, and a vegetarian option. However, children can have half portions of these hearty, home-cooked dishes, which use locally sourced ingredients.

The Royal Oak (Keswick)

Main Street, Keswick, CA12 5HZ

Served 12-5pm

The Royal Oak in Keswick is a great place to enjoy a delicious, freshly cooked Sunday roast dinner. A classic Sunday roast dinner with all the trimmings is served each week at this upmarket pub on Keswick’s high street. Similarly, every dish is made from scratch with local ingredients where possible, topped with delicious homemade gravy.

The Red Lion (Hawkshead)

Main Street, Hawkshead, LA22 0NS

Served 12-5pm

The Red Lion in Hawkshead offers an excellent Sunday lunch. Using locally sourced joints of meat the dish is all cooked on-site, and in addition, there is usually a choice of meats available. You will find all of the trimmings with your meal, Yorkshire puddings, and real, homemade gravy. However, a vegetarian option is also available.

Sunday Roast in the lake district… your faqs!

What we’ve heard makes a good Sunday roast?

Traditionally, the classic Sunday roast comprises beef, veggies, and Yorkshire puds, but ideally it’s all about adding flavour.  Whether it’s slow-cooked and chargrilled meat, homemade rich gravy made from your meat’s juices, or golden and crispy roast potatoes with fluffy insides and plenty of seasoning. Our salt & pepper roasties are a hit. 

‘And last but not least, those sides to accompany your roast. No roast would be complete without a gloriously puffed-up pudding, veggies roasted to perfection, and pigs in blankets glazes in delicious chimichurri! 

So if you’re a bastion of proper roast rules, and would love to make it at home in BAHA style, then you’ll love our extraordinary roast recipes, which you can find HERE.

Why is it called a Sunday roast?

Oh, the origins of the Great British Sunday roast… Traditionally, Roman Catholics and Anglicans traditionally abstained from eating meat on certain days of the week, the Sunday roast was seen as a celebration because all meat and dairy could be consumed on Sundays.

So, during the industrial revolution, before going to church, people would put a joint of meat into their oven along with vegetables and potatoes. However, when they returned from the church service, their meal would have been slowly cooked over time and ready to eat. Juices from the dish were used to make gravy, which was poured over the meal.

Whilst there are many reasons for its origin, this is the most popular.

What we’ve found is the most popular meat for a Sunday roast?

The nation has decided! A recent survey by YouGov has revealed that the nation’s most popular meat for a Sunday roast is Beef. Coming in at 33%, followed by chicken at 27% and lamb at 20%.

However, this is split when it comes to men & women. The survey found that women are more likely to opt for chicken than men (32% vs 21%). While men are more likely to choose beef (37% vs 29%).

But, that’s not the most interesting thing that came from the survey. Those crispy, fluffy potatoes of goodness we all love Sunday roast lovers came in with 89% of the trimmings popularity!

So, what’s more important in your roast? The meat or the gravy?

Do you have mash on a roast dinner?

Whilst we are a big fan of the trusty mash potato, we’ve stuck to our pacific-inspired salt & pepper roast potatoes on our roast dinner. However, over 200 Mumnet users discussed the topic on a recent thread and debated what makes up the ideal Sunday roast feast! Some Mums agreed with a double helping of both mash and roast potatoes, but traditionally a traditional roast dinner usually consists of roasted meat, roasted potatoes, and accompaniments such as Yorkshires puds, stuffing, veggies and gravy!

What’s the best cut of beef to roast?

If you’re thinking of cooking up your very own roast beef Sunday roast at home, you may be wondering what the best cut of beef is, especially when there are so many to choose from! For roast dinners, we recommend fore ribs, sirloin, top rump, and fillet. If you’re rushed for time try a fillet, ribeye, sirloin or rump steak – but ensure you let the meat come to room temperature before you cook it!

Can you prep a roast the night before?

Sunday roasts are a big family affair, and you may have grandparents, children, and grandkids around for this delicious meal. To get ahead of the game, it’s a good idea to plan your menu and prep some of your roasts the night before! This can be prepping veg the night before, parboiling your roasties a day ahead, or making your dessert in advance so that it’s ready to pop in the oven!

how do you spice up your sunday roast?

See our 4 top tips below!

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