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Best ever pub food recipes for Sunday lunch

The British love pub lunches and long walks, so we've pulled together our best pub classics, roasts and British pudding recipes for you to easily make at home for your guests

Looking for pub meals? Check out our guide to the best pub food to make at home. We’ve got recipes for bar food snacks like polenta chips and garlic dough balls, and crowdpleasing recipes like chicken pie, beef bourguignon and vegetarian recipes including coconut, aubergine and peanut curry. For more vegetarian curry recipes, click here

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Don’t forget classic pub desserts, whether you want a classic chocolate pudding recipe or an easy cobbler recipe. We’ve got recipes for easy sticky toffee pudding and banoffee pie.

Here are our recipes from our favourite gastro pubs (you can visit them here) and some of our own classic pub food recipes.


STARTERS

Looking for starter recipes? We’ve got ideas for bar food like polenta fries and garlic dough balls. Check out our best ever starter recipes, here.

Potted gorgonzola with figs and candied walnuts

This recipe for potted gorgonzola with figs and candied walnuts makes a great dinner party starter.

Potted gorgonzola with figs and candied walnuts

Fried cheesy polenta chips, smoked chilli and lemon

These fried cheesy polenta chips with smoked chilli and lemon come from Duck & Waffle and make a great bar snack style starter before a hearty main.

Fried cheesy polenta chips, smoked chilli and lemon

Wild salmon, pickled gherkins, crème fraîche and dill

This recipe for wild salmon with pickled gherkins, creme fraîch and dill is a perfect example of how quality ingredients prepared simply but well make a vibrant dish with clean flavours. This comes from The Camberwell Arms pub in South East London.


Brisket roll

Brisket rolls make the perfect beer snack. This recipe from Smokehouse in Islington is a little effort but totally worth it for a classic bar food snack.

Brisket roll

Barbecued squid with charred lemon and caper dressing

This recipe from Rosie Birkett for barbecued squid with charred lemon and caper dressing is really quick and easy to make, but it tastes delicious and looks really impressive – perfect for entertaining. The simple charred lemon and caper dressing works really well with the fresh squid for a fresh starter.


Cheesy garlic dough balls

Want an indulgent starter to your Sunday lunch? Give our tear-and-share gooey cheese-filled dough balls a go at home with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen. They’d make a great starter for the kids or something to kick off a laid back dinner party at home.

Cheesy garlic dough balls

MAINS

We’ve put together our best comfort food recipes for a Sunday lunch, from roast lamb to vegetarian currie recipes. If you want more comfort food recipes, click here

Rosemary and apricot-stuffed leg of lamb

Learn how to stuff your own leg of lamb with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen. This classic roast is perfect for a Sunday lunch to serve alongside your roast potatoes.

Roast Leg of Lamb Recipe With Rosemary and Apricot Stuffing

Chicken normandy

Make a batch of this comforting, freezer-friendly chicken dish for a Sunday lunch you can make ahead.

Chicken normandy

Salt and pepper côte de boeuf

This salt and pepper côte de boeuf with easy béarnaise sauce looks really impressive but is easy to make. Perfect for a show-stopping main course for your Sunday roast.


Chicken, leek, tarragon and bacon pie

Check out Edd Kimber’s chicken, leek, tarragon and bacon pie. This classic British pie is a great warming recipe for those winter months; what’s more, it will be a winner with the whole family.

Chicken, leek, tarragon and bacon pie

Tea-smoked salmon with cucumber and lemon

Tea-smoking your own fish is much easier than you’d imagine. Earl grey adds a lovely flavour, but if you’re a real smoke-lover, try lapsang souchong.


Stilton, chard and walnut wellington

This veggie wellington is packed with big, bold flavours and looks impressive but is still easy to make. This makes a great main for vegetarians at Christmas or as an alternative for your Sunday roast.

Vegetarian Wellington Recipe With Stilton, Chard and Walnut

Beef bourguignon

Classic, easy beef bourguignon to eat now or freeze for later, this French inspired recipe serves 8 people and is a hearty dish for your Sunday lunch.

Beef Bourguignon Recipe

Spelt, spring onion and Cumberland Yorkshire pudding to share

Our twist (quite literally) on a classic toad in the hole, uses spelt flour in the batter to create a dreamy texture and subtly nutty flavour. This makes a great alternative to a roast dinner on a Sunday.

spelt, spring onion and cumberland yorkie to share

Korean slow-roast shoulder of pork

This is a great way to serve a big crowd of people – get all the accompaniments ready and let everyone dig in and make their own lettuce wraps.

Korean Slow Roast Pork Shoulder Recipe


Spitfire-braised ox cheek with mash, red cabbage and English mustard clotted cream

An easy, slow and low recipe for spitfire-braised ox cheeks from The Compasses Inn in Canterbury. Ultimate comfort food for a Sunday lunch.

Spitfire-braised ox cheek with mash, red cabbage and English mustard clotted cream

Coconut and peanut aubergine curry

This creamy coconut and peanut aubergine curry is vegetarian, under 300 calories and ready in just 30 minutes, making it the perfect comforting meal for a Sunday lunch.


Raclette burgers

Check out these moreish raclette burgers. This quick and easy recipe makes 4 super succulent patties for all the family to enjoy. Serve with homemade chunky chips for the ultimate comfort food.

Raclette Cheese Burgers Recipe

Ham hock, cider and green peppercorn pie

This is a delicious, warming pie, ideal for a Sunday lunch. If you want to skip cooking the ham hocks, some butchers and supermarkets sell them ready-cooked at the deli counter.

Ham hock, cider and green peppercorn pie

Mini lamb hotpots

Make a batch of these mini lamb hotpots and freeze them for your Sunday lunch. They’re easy to make and under 500 calories each so a lighter option for a Sunday roast.

Mini lamb hotpots

PUDDINGS

Whether you want a classic winter dessert like a berry cobbler and sticky toffee pudding, or fancy an easy recipe like banoffee pie or chocolate pudding, we’ve put together our best pub food desserts. Click here for our best ever chocolate pudding recipes

Pain au choc bread and butter pudding

This is a real show stopping dessert but it’s incredibly easy to make. You can make this indulgent chocolate pudding with croissants, but then you’d miss out on that extra chocolate hit.

Pain au choc bread and butter pudding

Raspberry jam steamed sponge and custard

Check out this easy raspberry jam steamed sponge and custard dessert from Terry Blake of Sparrow. This jammy pudding is a real winter winner for all the family to enjoy.

Raspberry jam steamed sponge pudding and custard served in a blue and white round bowl

Gingercake trifle

This classic trifle recipe is easy to make and uses ginger cake. Make this showstopping dessert for your Sunday lunch.


Quince and plum crumble

Serve six with this unbeatable homemade crumble featuring plums and quince. These mouth-watering crumbles are cooked slowly for nearly 4 hours. Serve it with lashings of good, vanilla-y custard.

Quince and plum crumble

Old-school apple crumble

Check out this really easy old-school apple crumble. This classic dessert is a firm family favourite and you won’t go wrong with this foolproof recipe.

Apple Crumble Recipe

Banoffee pie

We know you love this classic olive magazine recipe – it’s been one of our most popular recipes for years! Banoffee pie is a much loved family-favourite. This delicious easy banoffee pie recipe is packed with banana, cream and an oaty-biscuit base, decorated with a drizzle of dark chocolate.

Banoffee pie

Spiced berry slump

A slump is similar to a cobbler but with less fuss. Berries bubbling through the topping give this a more rustic feel. It cooks from frozen with ease for your Sunday lunch.

Spiced berry slump

Spiced banana tarte tatin

This spiced banana tarte tatin recipe comes from Cinnamon Club. It’s easy to make but looks impressive if you want a showstopping pudding.

Spiced Banana Tarte Tatin Recipe

Perfect lemon meringue pie

A classic, impressive lemon meringue pie with crisp pastry, tart curd and fluffy meringue that’s easy to make. What more could you want from your dessert?

Lemon meringue pie

Sticky toffee pudding

This is a great sticky toffee pudding recipe – the perfect winter warmer! Buy Medjool dates if you can – they have a lovely natural toffee flavour and sticky texture which is just what you want in a sticky date pudding.

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Sticky toffee pudding

Malted brownies with sea salt

The malted element to these brownies add another dimension, making them even more indulgent and irresistibly gooey than usual. Serve with a scoop of ice cream for a decadent dessert at your Sunday lunch.