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

Who’s keen for a wintery walk and a pub lunch? You don’t have to eat out to enjoy classic English pub food. Get the gorgonzola in the fridge, the pie in the oven and the crumble on the cooling rack and head out to work up an appetite, then come home to reap the rewards of your home cooking.



Potted gorgonzola with figs and candied walnuts

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

Fried cheesy polenta chips, smoked chilli & lemon

These fried cheesy polenta chips with smoked chilli and lemon come from Duck & Waffle and make a great starter

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

Brisket roll

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

Barbecued squid with charred lemon and caper dressing

This recipe 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. Recipe by Rosie Birkett

Cheesy garlic dough balls

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

Cheesy garlic dough balls


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

Chicken normandy

Make a batch of this comforting, freezer-friendly chicken dish. If you’re feeling fruity, fry cored apple wedges in a knob of butter until golden, then stir through before reheating

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

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

Beef bourguignon

Classic, easy beef bourguignon to eat now or freeze for later, this French inspired recipe serves 8 people

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.

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. Cook the pork a day ahead if you like, then glaze and reheat to serve – just make sure it’s piping hot all the way through

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

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 to make on New Year’s Day

Ham hock, cider and green peppercorn pie

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

Mini lamb hotpots

Make a batch of these mini lamb hotpots and freeze them for later. They’re easy to make and under 500 calories each


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 pud with croissants, but then you’d miss out on that extra chocolate hit

Gingercake trifle

We’ve upped the Christmas factor on this easy trifle by adding ginger cake – you can make ahead for easy festive entertaining

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.

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 dish is packed with banana, cream and an oaty-biscuit base, decorated with a drizzle of dark chocolate

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.

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

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


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 a dinner party or for your own personal enjoyment.