The Sunday roast is a British institution, along with great pub food. We love roast dinners and there’s nothing better for Sunday dinner. We’ve created an expert guide to the Sunday roast, including recipes for classic roasts and twists on the Sunday roast.
Expect roast chicken and classic roast beef with Yorkshire puddings, vegetarian roast ideas, inspiring roast pork (including an expert guide to create the perfect pork crackling), plus many alternative Sunday roast ideas including ham, duck and guinea fowl. We’ve also come up with the best ever roast potatoes and some epic sides to make Sunday dinner a really indulgent affair. Cheers, and Happy Sunday!
Roast chicken is the most popular Sunday roast as it’s super easy to make and you can spruce up your recipe in many ways. We have the best and most succulent roast chicken recipes, including a quick alternative for those in a hurry.
Check out our easy roast chicken recipe with crunchy sage and butternut squash. This recipe makes full use of the chicken roasting juices, which are soaked up by the fregola. If you can’t find fregola, substitute with giant couscous or a hearty grain such as pearled spelt or barley.
Everyone loves a Sunday roast, and this roast chicken with garlic and thyme croutons makes it even better. Big chunky pieces of sourdough make a trivet for roast chicken and soak up all the delicious juices while it cooks.
Roast chicken with a twist! Make a simple, spicy marinade from store cupboard ingredients and cover the chicken with it before roasting. This recipe includes potato wedges.
Koji is a natural umami-packed seasoning made of rice fermented with special mould pores, a key component in Japanese cooking. In this recipe, it is used to marinate the meat and makes a really succulent roast chicken full of delicious flavours.
Check out our super simple roast chicken recipe with a quick spicy yogurt marinade. Serve this easy chicken dish with basmati rice and naans to mop up the juices.
This method of quick-cooking a chicken is very popular in the US, where it’s also called ‘brick chicken’ as a foil-wrapped brick is often used as the weight. Serve with our homemade green sauce and some warm crusty bread to soak up all those delicious juices.
Our recipe for roast chicken and Jerusalem artichokes with lemon and sage butter is a great alternative to your usual roast chicken. The flavours work brilliantly together, it serves 6 and is ready in under an hour.
Want a Sunday roast idea? Check out this poussin recipe with preserved lemons. This easy dish makes a great alternative to any weekend roast recipe. Serve with freshly chopped tabbouleh salad and a smooth saffron yogurt.
Classic roast beef recipes
Sunday dinner in a local pub often involves roast beef, so we’ve come up with recipes to make the best roast beef at home. Try our expert beef with red wine gravy, or gourmet beef fillet, and don’t forget the Yorkshire puddings and gravy!
Check out our easy one-pot beef brisket with gravy. Slow cooking brisket in stock and aromatics produces tender meat and a rich gravy.
Need a beef recipe? Cooking a huge rib roast can be quite daunting so we love this simplified method and the bone marrow butter takes it to the next level. Ask your butcher to split the bones for you.
Check out this simple slow cooker beef brisket recipe. This easy melt-in-the-mouth beef makes a perfect Sunday roast for when you have guests for dinner.
A classic Sunday roast with a fruity redcurrant and wine sauce to serve the whole family. This roast beef recipe is great for an Easter roast.
This recipe for beef fillet with spiced pears and chestnut pickle is easy to make but offers something a little bit different during the colder months. Buy chestnuts ready-peeled for ease.
You can’t have roast beef without Yorkshire puddings, so here’s our ultimate guide to Yorkshire puddings.
And, of course, you need a foolproof gravy recipe for any Sunday roast!
Roast pork with crisp crackling is the ultimate comfort food. We have mastered the art of roast pork and perfect crackling with our recipes, from rolled stuffed pork belly to slow-roast pork shoulder.
Check out our impressive pork belly with crunchy cabbage and super creamy mash. There are two tricks here for perfect crackling: salting the skin overnight to dry it out, and giving it a final blast of heat while the meat rests so it can puff up and crisp.
Check out this easy roast pork with apple horseradish sauce and super crispy crackling. This comforting pork recipe is easy to make and will make for a show-stopping family dinner.
Follow these guidelines to create the perfect crackling on your Sunday roast pork belly, every time. Impress your friends and families with our simple step-by-step guide to the best pork crackling.
Looking for a pork recipe? This slow roast pork recipe includes fennel seeds and seasonal shallots for extra flavour. It is easy to prepare and perfect for a Sunday roast dinner with your family and friends.
’Ndjua is a spicy spreadable salami from Calabria and it adds a special twist to Tom Adams’ pork belly recipe. This special recipe is worth the effort. Love pork belly? We have plenty more pork belly recipes here.
Want a pork belly recipe? Check out this punchy, easy, crispy pork belly with Chinese five-spice. This flavoursome pork recipe is great with rice, noodles or bao buns.
Slow-roasting pork shoulder at a low temperature turns a tough, economical cut into tender ‘pulled pork’. Try something a bit different here with the flavours of miso, chilli and orange.
Roast lamb recipes
Whether it’s roast lamb and mint sauce, or a slow-roasted leg of lamb, the unique flavour of lamb is a real crowd pleaser. Try our rosemary stuffed lamb recipe, or a complete recipe for slow roast shoulder of lamb with all the trimmings.
Check out our lamb roast with aromatic ras el hanout and an easy spiced aubergine pilaf. A spicy alternative to a traditional roast, lamb is perfect for soaking up Middle Eastern flavours.
Check out our easy slow-cooked lamb with crunchy autumnal veg. This hearty one-pot is lovely served with cooked grains such as pearl barley or spelt.
Check out our succulent lamb rump recipe with soft and tender flageolet beans and an easy aromatic sauce vierge. Make this easy roast lamb recipe for an alternative Sunday roast.
Want a roast lamb recipe? Learn how to stuff your own leg of lamb with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen, ideal for a Sunday lunch.
Our recipe for slow-roasted lamb with roasted salsify, brussels sprouts tops and bagna cauda comes from Bernardi’s in London, a more gourmet Sunday roast idea.
Check out our pulled lamb recipe with a sweet plum-sriracha marinade. This lamb is slow cooked for six hours for the ultimate melt in the mouth meat, serve in the middle of the table for perfect sharing food.
Just the ticket for a special Sunday dinner with the family, roast shoulder of lamb is served with baked Jerusalem artichokes and parsnips. Making your own onion gravy is really worth the extra effort.
Vegetarian roasts and sides
Veggies are an important part of a roast dinner, so we’ve given roast vegetables proper attention in this collection of vegetarian mains and side dishes.
Check out our impressive butternut squash recipe with veggie stuffing and a side of crunchy kale. This veggie main becomes a real centrepiece when carved into slices at the table.
Earthy beetroot and roasted parsnips and carrots provide a great contrast to the rich, creamy goat’s cheese in this dish. This is a really simple vegetarian roast idea that requires very little hands-on time.
Our easy recipe for roasted cabbage steaks makes a subtly sweet and zesty low calorie vegetarian main for four. A great side dish or alternative for a Sunday roast.
Check out this super easy roasted butternut squash with sriracha sauce. This hasselback recipe for butternut squash is a simple but great way to spice up your veggies, plus it’s low in calories, too.
Check out this easy baked cauliflower with manchego cheese and crunchy almonds. Make this veggie traybake for an indulgent recipe for your roast dinner.
Other delicious ideas for Sunday roasts
Move away from the classics and go for a centrepiece of duck or ham to make your roast dinner extra special.
This maple-glazed gammon recipe from Dan Doherty is a clever update on a classic roast. Serve it with bittersweet chicory and a fresh slaw to cut through the salt.
This tender and sticky duck serves four and would make for a great centre piece for Sunday dinner. Get everyone involved and carve this one on the table before you serve it up with basmati rice and pak choy.
A traditional Thanksgiving favourite in southern Maryland, this unusual recipe from Felicity Cloake stuffs brined ham with a piquant mix of highly spiced greens. Not only does this cut through the rich meat beautifully, but it looks great on the plate. Choose a long, thin gammon joint rather than a wide, fat piece as this will be easier to stuff. You’ll need cheesecloth and butcher’s string for this recipe. The glaze is less traditional (and optional) but will give the ham a nice finish.
Roast potatoes are key to a roast dinner – click on the link above to find easy recipes for goose-fat roasties, crisp schnitzel roasties, plus indulgent recipes for dauphinoise, potato gratins and mash.
This is a delightful and different way of cooking parsnips. The thin parsnip fries are tossed in Parmesan, polenta, English mustard powder and salt and fried until crisp. A delicious side for a Sunday roast.
Our epic side dish is a meal in itself, and makes any Sunday roast extra indulgent. Serve this gratin on the side of your Sunday dinner.
Cauliflower cheese makes any Sunday roast that bit more indulgent. This cauliflower and three-cheese gratin is the ultimate comfort food and a must-have side dish.
A great way to jazz-up carrots for your Sunday roast. Clementines add a festive touch, and lemon lifts the whole dish. Roasted whole baby carrots look beautiful, and feel that little bit more special than ‘carrot coins’.
Now, what’s for pudding?? Save room for one of our indulgent dessert recipes
The perfect way to finish Sunday roast is with a really indulgent dessert or a comforting pudding. Try our recipes for bread and butter pudding, sticky toffee pudding and more.
Better still, follow your Sunday roast with a classic British pudding: crumble! Here are our crumble recipes.