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6 of the best Sunday roasts in Lincoln

You’re never too far away from a good Sunday roast in Lincoln. From snug pubs to fancy restaurants, the city boasts an eclectic range of eateries, each putting their own twist on a traditional roast dinner.

Whether you’re recovering from Saturday night, or catching up with friends, a Sunday roast is the perfect way to round off the weekend. If you’re in the mood for some comfort food, we’ve tracked down some of the best places to enjoy a big old roast dinner in Lincoln.

  • Duke William

Much loved by locals, the Duke William is one of the most popular spots for a roast in Lincoln. With candlelit corners, cosy seating and a roaring log fire, this warm and welcoming pub is the ideal place to snuggle up on a Sunday afternoon. All of the roasts here are served with a generous selection of seasonal veg, along with stuffing balls, Yorkshire puds, and lashings of thick gravy.

To accompany your meal, you can choose from an extensive wine list, or sample one of the Duke’s many local ales. We also recommend leaving room for a dessert - the sticky toffee pudding here is absolutely delish!

  • Royal William IV

Similar to the Duke, the Royal William IV offers a quintessential roast experience. Packed with history, this lovely listed pub dates back to 1840. Inside, rustic wood, stone walls and low ceilings help to create a warm and cosy space, perfect for hunkering down on a wet and windy Sunday.

Roasts here include British beef, slow roasted pork and butter roasted chicken, all of which come with a Yorkshire pudding, a generous serving of veg, and some excellent roast potatoes. The veggie option is equally as impressive, with a squash, sage and chestnut en-croute on offer for non-meat eaters. If you can squeeze in a pud (or fancy a starter) two courses will set you back just £21.95.

  • Marco Pierre White Steakhouse

If you want a more sophisticated dining experience, the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse is the place to be. Located on the 5th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, this trendy dining spot use only the finest, locally-sourced produce to create their mouth-watering cuisine.

On the menu, you will find roast loin of pork, roast chicken breast, and roast beef. If you can’t decide what to have, you can always order Marco’s Mixed Roast, which features a slice of each. All roast dinners are served with a selection of traditional trimmings, with some tasty little extras thrown in too (year-round pigs in blankets? It’s a yes from us!)

6 of the best Sunday roasts in Lincoln
  • No.Thirty8 at the Tower Hotel

Just a stone’s throw from Lincoln Castle, No.Thirty8 is one of the city’s most popular fine dining restaurants. Whilst famed for their tasty afternoon teas, this restaurant also offers a fantastic Sunday lunch. As three courses cost just £27.50, it is also one of the best value roasts in Lincoln.

On the menu, you will find beef, chicken and pork, as well as a vegetarian option. All of the roasts here are served with a selection of seasonal vegetables, along with stuffing, Yorkshire puddings and the most delectable dripping potatoes. If you’re feeling particularly peckish, you can order extras of everything – including gravy!

  • The Old Bakery

Did you know going for a Sunday roast could also help support the local community? The Old Bakery is a not-for-profit restaurant, which trains school leavers and adults in technical qualifications. Owned and operated by Lincoln College, every penny of profit goes back into the college to improve the education and training on offer.

Although the team here may still be learning, the food and service at the Old Bakery are both exceptional. Small but refined, the menu here features a selection of creative dishes - at very reasonable prices. On Sundays, you can enjoy two courses for £27.00, or three for £34.00.

Depending on the time of year, you can usually choose between beef or lamb, both of which are served up with a selection of locally sourced veg and a sizeable Yorkshire pudding. There is also always a delicious vegetarian option on offer - and it’s never just a nut roast. ​

  • Antlers Restaurant

Situated in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, Antlers Restaurant is located within the newly refurbished White Hart Hotel. Considered to be one of the finest roasts in Lincoln, you can choose from a selection of succulent meat, accompanied by all the classic trimmings.

Combining traditional flavours with a taste of adventure, options include Black Treacle Cured Rump of Dry Aged Beef, Rosemary and Pistachio Crusted Rump of Lamb and Wholegrain Mustard and Maple Glazed Pork Fillet. Each of these delicious dishes are served with a curated selection of veg, Yorkshire puddings, goose fat roast potatoes, clotted cream mash and Lincolnshire Poacher cauliflower cheese. It doesn’t get much better – or more local - than that!

6 of the best Sunday roasts in Lincoln

Sunday roasts worthy of a road trip

You can find plenty of Sunday roasts in Lincoln, but if you fancy making a day of it, there are also some great options out in the surrounding area. Take a short drive from the city and you can enjoy a lovely walk in the countryside, followed by a heart warming meal at one of these top restaurants.

  • Doddington Hall

Just 8 miles from Lincoln, Doddington Hall is the perfect place to spend a relaxing Sunday. There are some beautiful gardens here, and acres of parkland and woodland to explore. If you want to feel like you’ve really earned your roast, you can follow one of the longer walks around the estate, before circling back to the café.

All of the dishes on offer at Doddington showcase estate-grown produce, and the Sunday roast is no different. You can enjoy Lincoln Red beef from Doddington’s own herd, dripping roast potatoes, beef fat heritage carrots and vegetables from the kitchen garden – zero food miles and incredibly fresh. Topped with a Yorkshire pudding and a delicious homemade red wine jus, this roast is a real taste of Lincolnshire.

  • The Queens Head, Kirkby La Thorpe

The award-winning Queens Head is situated in the village of Kirkby la Thorpe, around half an hour from Lincoln. Over the last few years, this popular pub and restaurant has become synonymous with fine dining. In 2023, Head Chef Barry Liversidge was crowned Lincolnshire Chef of the Year, impressing the judges with his innovative menu and use of locally sourced ingredients.

The Queens Head are passionate about sustainability, and their menus are designed to showcase homegrown produce. All of the meat and veg served here are produced and grown in Lincolnshire, helping to reducing food miles and support local farmers. On Sundays, there are usually three roasts to choose from, all of which are served with a selection of Lincolnshire vegetables, cauliflower cheese, duck fat roast potatoes and and a fluffy Yorkshire pud.

  • The Pig & Whistle at Healing Manor

Tucked away just outside Grimsby, The Pig and Whistle is Healing Manor Hotel’s award-winning bar and restaurant. Serving up British classics with a creative twist, the chef here is renowned for his unique approach to food. Each dish has been designed to champion local ingredients, all of which are sourced from Lincolnshire’s fields, forests and coastline.

Sympathetic to how sacred a Sunday lunch is to most households, the Pig & Whistle offer a traditional roast, with all the trimmings. The menu is dependent on the season, but there are usually three meats to choose from, with roast sirloin of beef a staple. All of the roasts here are served with mashed and roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, seasonal greens and, of course, an obligatory homemade Yorkshire pudding.

Planning to visit Lincoln during cosy season? You may also be interested in:

- Winter Walks in Lincolnshire
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