Best Sunday Roasts in St Ives and Cornwall

I think we can all agree, there is something very comforting about eating a hearty Sunday lunch with loved ones every week.

I am sure, there are families across the country that will say that Sunday lunch was a mainstay of their week growing up. It still is a firm family tradition in our house!

So, where did the tradition of Sunday Roasts come from anyway?

In homes across Great Britain, there is a deep and meaningful bond with the traditional Sunday Roast. So, what’s the story behind the tradition of Sunday Roasts?

It is claimed to have started back in 15th century Britain during  King Henry VII’s reign. His royal guards would enjoy a ritual of eating freshly roasted beef after attending Church each Sunday. This is where the affectionate term “Beefeaters” came from and our love for Sunday lunches!

Sunday Roasts in St Ives

If you stay at a holiday cottage in St Ives and want to let others do the hard work of preparing and serving a traditional Sunday lunch for all the family, click on the name of the pub below to make that all-important Sunday Roast table booking!

The Cornish Arms

In between Carbis Bay and St Ives, The Cornish Arms serves Sunday lunch all year round. You could walk to this pub from the heart of St Ives as the walk back is all downhill. Perhaps the walk is welcome after a large Sunday Roast and a bottle of wine!

Here you can order a roast beef, turkey, or pork (mmm crackling!) plus they have a nut roast option. All roasts are served with a yorkshire pudding, double-roasted Cornish potatoes, honey glazed roast parsnips, locally grown carrots and savoy cabbage.

If (for some reason which we can’t get our heads around) you don’t fancy a roast, then the rest of the menu is standard, traditional pub grub.

Your dog is welcome to go with you for your weekly tradition of Sunday lunch, they will love the roaring fire while you tuck in to great, wholesome food!


The Western

The Western Hotel is located in Royal Square, St Ives. It has been a part of the town since the mid 19th century and with its open fire, it is a wonderfully warm and welcoming location for a Sunday roast.

The Western Hotel’s roast is in the style of a carvery. You have the choice of roast turkey, pork or beef alongside a vegetarian option and then you can get tuck in to the fun part. You’ll find a spread of tasty vegetables including carrots, broccoli, red cabbage as well as roast potatoes, bubbling hot cauliflower cheese and of course, stuffing and a Yorkshire pudding.

There is the option for both adults and children’s carveries and The Western is open on Sundays from 12-2pm and then again from 6-8pm.

Porthminster Kitchen

Porthminster Kitchen run their impressive Sunday lunch menu all year round (apart from Christmas and New Year’s Eve). Their scrumptious Sunday roasts are made just that little bit better as you can enjoy them with spectacular sea views over the St Ives harbour front.

Need a teaser of what you can expect on a Sunday at Porthminster Kitchen? Take a look at this..

Roast Beef with Horseradish & Yorkshire Pudding
Slow Roasted Port with Apple Sauce
Winter Vegetable and Chestnut Pithvier

Served with roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, carrots, confit shallots and seasonal greens – YUM!

The Sloop Inn

The Sloop Inn is right on the harbour front in St Ives. On warm, winter days you can sit outside at their benches drinking in the sunshine, Cornish Ale and incredible Sunday Roast smells! They cook traditional roasts every Sunday apart from during the summer months. What better incentive to book yourselves a short break to St Ives and plan a wonderful beach walk followed by a slap up roast at The Sloop Inn.

The Sloop Inn, St Ives, Cornwall

Photo Credit: The Sloop Inn on Tripadvisor

The Lifeboat Inn

The Lifeboat Inn in St Ives, Cornwall is a traditional coastal pub serving good food and great portions with splendid sea views! The ambience is relaxed and informal where your dog is absolutely welcomed with open arms too. There is a well-stocked St Austell Brewery bar and their roasts will leave you feeling totally stuffed and ready for a Sunday stroll on the beach followed by a snooze.

Served from 12 pm every week, enjoy a traditional roast at the Lifeboat Inn – with a choice of three meats, plus vegan and vegetarian options, topped with plenty of gravy! Save some space for the dessert too …Rhubard and Apple Crumble anyone?

Sunday Roasts in Cornwall

Cornwall is a big place and many pubs and restaurants deliver an incredible Sunday Roast in Cornwall experience all year round! We’ve listed our favourites below and hope they get your juices flowing..

The Gurnards Head, nr. Zennor

Who can resist a rural yet coastal pub with a roaring log fire, great ales and wine and an unbeatable reputation for great food? The Gurnard’s Head is one of our personal favourites because it offers that hug as you walk through the door. You know the hug we mean; delicious smelling food, friendly welcome, charm and characterful and the promise of pure relaxation. It is a popular destination for Sunday lunch so be sure to book well ahead! So, make your way along one of Cornwall’s most scenic roads, gather the family (and the dog) for a bracing coastal walk and then tuck in to a proper Sunday lunch!

A log fire burning in The Gurnard's Head pub in Cornwall

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Nr. Marazion

Tremenheere Kitchen, located in the Tremenheere Gardens, is an idyllic setting for a Sunday roast. Their kitchen and dining area are located near the entrance of their grounds and the dining area oozes with natural light. Another added bonus is that they have a log burner too, perfect for Sunday’s!

The Sunday lunches are served from 12-4pm and their roast options are:

Cornish pork shoulder, apple sauce, apricot and sage stuffing, duck fat roast potatoes and a special ‘TK’ gravy.

Roast rump of beef, Horseradish cream, Yorkshire pudding, duck fat roast potatoes roast potatoes and TK gravy.

Almond, Parsnip & lentil nut roast, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, mushroom and red wine gravy.

To top that all off, the Sunday roasts are served with carrot and nutmeg puree, glazed carrots, cauliflower cheese and seasonal vegetables.

The Thomas Daniell, Truro

The Thomas Daniell is a grade 2 listed building in Truro and we love visiting there when we’re looking for a slight change of scenery from St Ives.

Their Sunday roast menu is served from 12-8pm and includes the choices of:

Roasted strip loin of beef
Slow roasted belly pork
Lentil bake served with balsamic onion gravy

Once you’ve chosen your key roast component, it will be served with rosemary roasted potatoes, home made pork and apple stuffing, honey glazed carrots and parsnips, seasonal vegetables, cauliflower cheese homemade Yorkshire puddings and a red wine gravy.

We have to admit, the cauliflower cheese here is up there with the best!

Red River Inn, Gwithian

The Red River Inn in Gwithian is fast becoming the locals place to go for a delicious Sunday Roast! Gwithian is on the north coast of Cornwall and has miles and miles of beach. It’s also a surfers’ paradise. So, put all those together it makes for a perfect Sunday for all the family.

Their Sunday lunch menu is varied and caters for those wanting a great joint of meat but also caters for fish lovers and vegans too. Choose from beef topside, Tregothnan venison haunch, or vegan loaf all served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy. If you don’t fancy a traditional Sunday lunch but prefer something locally caught, reared or grown then you can choose fish and chips, double beef burger with red onion marmalade or a roasted butternut squash risotto.

Whether you’re a fan of traditional roast beef or a flavorful vegetarian option, the Red River Inn’s Sunday Roast is sure to satisfy your cravings and leave feeling very satisfied!

The Longstore, Truro

The Longstore in Truro is a relatively new addition to Lemon Street and is already a firm favourite! You can visit the Longstore from 12-3pm and then again from 5.30pm until late on a Sunday.

Their beautiful decor paired with the delightful roast means that there is always an excellent atmosphere on a Sunday and if that doesn’t tempt you enough, check out what they serve…

Low and slow Cornish beef
12 Hour roasted pork belly
Roast chicken supreme
Lentil and mixed nut roast

Their beef, pork and chicken roasts are served with a rich red wine and beef gravy, Yorkshire pudding, sausage meat stuffing, rosemary and garlic roasted potatoes, cauliflower cheese, swede and carrot mash, roasted root vegetables and seasonal greens. Yes, you heard correctly, all of that deliciousness!

If you’ve opted for a vegetarian option, you’ll get all of the above but with a vegetarian gravy instead.

Nancarrow Farm, Nr. Truro

Who can resist a proper Sunday Roast during the colder months of the year? For so many families across the UK, it’s one of life’s simplest and most treasured pleasures. Between September and April, at Nancarrow’s Oak Barn go immerse yourselves in an experience like no other. Well-spaced tables, a roaring wood burner and live music set against a pretty backdrop of their Millpond, you will feel a new person once you leave!

Expect all your Sunday  favourites plus their home-reared organic meat (beef or lamb). Vegetarian’s do not go hungry either but do specify when booking to be sure you are all happy.

In the summer months, May to August, the farm is open for lighter lunches on Sunday’s. They still showcase their home-reared produce but also the best of what the season has to offer from the salad and veg gardens. With the longer daylight hours and the warmer weather, you also get the added bonus of having time to take a stroll around the farm before or after your lunch.

Sunday Roast at Nancarrow Farm near Truro

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