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What Makes Ours the Best Sunday Roast Lunch in Devon?

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Nestled in the heart of scenic North Devon, the Bay Brasserie here at the Woolacombe Bay Hotel invites you to indulge in the ultimate Sunday dining experience: Sunday roast by the coast. Our devotion to traditional Devon culinary delights is matched only by our passion for crafting the best Sunday roast lunch in North Devon!

In this article, we’ll take you on a culinary journey through the exquisite world of Sunday roast lunch. It is this rich history that brings us to where we are today: proud custodians of the traditional roast! From perfectly roasted meats to fluffy Yorkshire puddings, we leave no stone unturned in delivering the ideal Sunday lunch experience.

Join us as we explore the history, the key ingredients, the cosy atmosphere, and the impeccable craftsmanship behind our claim to the hard-fought-for title of the “Best Sunday Roast Lunch in North Devon”!

The tradition of the Sunday roast holds a special place in the hearts of many Brits, and in our picturesque region of Devon, this sentiment is particularly profound.

As we delve into the essence of the perfect Sunday lunch, it’s important to appreciate the profound significance it carries in this charming part of the world.

In its simplest form, a traditional Sunday roast dinner is a feast that gathers family and friends around a table, celebrating both culinary craftsmanship and togetherness.

A ritual of sorts, friends and loved ones will get together around a succulent roast, often of meat such as lamb, beef, chicken, or even a vegan option such as nut roast, cooked to perfection and served with a delightful array of accompaniments.

However, in Devon, the Sunday roast has transcended the boundaries of a mere meal and a gathering! It has become a showcase. The best local Devon pubs and restaurants take great pride in presenting their unique takes on this classic dish, with each dining den vying to offer the very best!

The History of the
Traditional Sunday Roast
The origins of a


Before we get into the delicious intricacies of the modern Sunday menu, let’s take a look back at why the tradition of the Sunday roast holds a special place in the heart of quintessential British culture. Rooted in history and celebrated as a weekly ritual, the Sunday roast is one culinary journey that has stood the test of time…

The origins of this beloved English tradition date back to medieval England, and the reign of Henry VII. It was during this era that ovens were inefficient and not suitable for roasting meat. Hence, communities would gather at their local church for the Sunday service, leaving a joint of meat to cook slowly in the communal oven or over a spit.

By the time the congregation returned, the roast would be perfectly cooked and ready to be enjoyed as part of the Sunday meal. This practice was both practical and communal, symbolising the spirit of togetherness.

Over time, the Sunday roast evolved. As ovens improved and moved into individual homes, families began to host their own Sunday roasts. Roast beef was the primary choice for many, adorned with flavourful gravy, yorkies, and a selection of fresh seasonal veg. For others, roast lamb, pork, or poultry took centre stage, each region having its own unique preferences.

The Bay Brasserie restaurant in Woolacombe


of Sunday Roast


Today, while the essence of the Sunday roast remains the same – bringing people together over a sumptuous meal – it has also embraced contemporary influences. Diners can explore a wide array of roast options, from traditional meat roasts to innovative nut roasts for vegetarians, each with its unique twist.

The use of locally sourced ingredients and seasonal vegetables is a hallmark of Devon’s commitment to a sustainable and authentic dining experience. Many roast meats and seasonal vegetables will come fresh from Devon’s rich agricultural larder.


The county’s proximity to the sea means that seafood has also started to find its way to the Sunday table. As have elevated accompaniments – such as crispy duck fat roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, and rainbow-tinged heritage carrots!

As we move forward in our exploration of this treasured tradition, we’ll uncover how the Bay Brasserie at Woolacombe Bay Hotel pays homage to the roots of the Sunday roast, while adding its own distinctive flair to create the “Best Sunday Roast Lunch in Devon.”

The Most Delicious Sunday Lunch is Locally Sourced


from farm to plate


From the first satisfying bite of the deliciously crispy roast potatoes, to the last mopping up of the homemade gravy,  every part of our classic Sunday menu exemplifies our dedication to using locally-sourced ingredients. And how could it not? Devon is graced with fertile farmlands, coastal abundance, and a cornucopia of flavours!

At Woolacombe Bay Hotel in North Devon, we take pride in forging strong bonds with local farmers and suppliers.

By sourcing our the best seasonal produce from the very community that surrounds us, we not only ensure the freshest ingredients grace your plate, but we also contribute to the sustenance of local livelihoods. It’s a celebration of the close-knit relationship between the plate and the land.


There’s a lot of pressure when it comes to researching places for Sunday lunch. If you want to find the best Sunday roast in the South West, we believe there are four essential elements that are guaranteed to delight:

1. A choice of the finest meats

2. Dishes to suit dietary requirements (veggie, vegan, and gluten-free)

3. Seasonal sides to tuck into

4. The whole family is welcome!

We take our quest to serve the  best Sunday lunch in Devon very seriously! Our indulgent Sunday menu has these things in spades…

Exmoor countryside


and beyond

Meat, undeniably, is at the heart of our favourite Sunday lunch. For many, it’s the centrepiece of this beloved tradition. Whether it’s perfectly roasted beef, tender chicken, or flavoursome pork, the meat often defines the very essence of the Sunday roast experience.

When you enjoy a Sunday roast in the beachside Bay Brasserie, a choice of three or four meats is typically available.

Favourites from our menu…


Illustration of beef

Exmoor National Park Sirloin of Beef

Nestled in the heart of Devon, Exmoor National Park is a treasure trove of exquisite flavors. Here, the grasses are greener, and the air is cleaner, allowing livestock to flourish in a natural and unspoiled environment. It’s from these pristine landscapes that we source our succulent Exmoor National Park sirloin, a cut of Devon roast beef renowned for its tenderness and rich marbling, delivering a sumptuous roast that’s truly a cut above the rest.


Butcher's chicken illustration

Devonshire Free Range Chicken Breast

Devon’s rolling landscapes and open pastures provide the ideal conditions for free-range chickens to thrive. Our Devonshire free-range chicken breast boasts a level of taste and texture that can only be achieved through a life of freedom and natural foraging. The result is a tender and flavourful poultry experience that graces our Sunday roast with a delightful, rustic charm – and the taste sensation that is chicken crackling!


Butcher's pig illustration

Organic Saddleback Pork Loin

These heritage pigs are raised in a manner that reflects a deep respect for animal welfare and environmental sustainability. The naturally reared pork loin boasts a succulent and robust flavour profile that captivates the senses. And lovers of pork crackling won’t be disappointed either, you’ll get a satisfying serving of this naughty but nice delight!

Main meal at Bay Brasserie


Something for all tastes

While we honour the classic English roast with succulent meats like Exmoor National Park sirloin, Head Chef at the Bay Brasserie – Eddie Grecu, goes beyond the beef to cook up the best roast! His ever-changing seasonal menu features exquisite alternatives for non-meat eaters, such as delicate Roasted Loch Duart Salmon, and hearty Root Vegetable Filo Pie (the latter is expertly crafted to satisfy vegetarians and vegans).

Gluten-free? We’ve got you covered too!

It’s our commitment to inclusivity, ensuring that everyone can partake in the joy of a hearty Sunday roast that not only pleases the taste buds but also warms the heart. Join us at the Bay Brasserie for locally sourced produce and a roast experience that redefines tradition. Every dish is a testament to our dedication to quality and variety.

Cauliflower cheese roast dinner side

Seriously good sides


When it comes to our commitment to fresh twists and local produce, our Sunday sides elevate the English roast to a higher plane! Not only is every main dish served with roast potatoes and your favourite trimming – whether it’s crackling, seasonal veg, or Yorkshire pudding… there’s also the bright colours of deliciously roasted heritage carrots and a homemade gravy to complement every meat on the menu.

Take a seat in the Bay Brasserie and you can choose from one, two, or three courses, plus an extensive menu of scrumptious sides. Including delights such as:

Chunky triple cooked chips
Mashed potatoes
Cauliflower cheese
Mixed leaf salad
Vine tomato & red onion salad
Green beans / snow peas

Bay Brasserie restaurant at Woolacombe Bay Hotel


The perfect family ‘meat’-up!

If you’re looking for a family-friendly Sunday lunch, you can rest assured that, at the Bay Brasserie, we’ve ensured that the Sunday roast experience, is warm and welcoming affair for the entire family.

We believe in ensuring that everyone, no matter their age, can indulge in the pleasures of a Sunday roast. Portions are available specifically for the under 12s, so young ones can join in the English roast tradition!

But it’s not just the human members of the family who are welcome. We’re a dog-friendly restaurant so well-behaved dogs are welcome too.

At the Bay Brasserie, family isn’t just a word; it’s the heart of what we do. Come and experience the warmth of our fine dining Sunday roast, where there’s a place for everyone at our table. If you prefer, you can book a Courtyard Suite, they are the perfect choice for those seeking a relaxed family meal, away from the hubbub.

Sunday Leftovers(sorry, conclusion!)

Devon’s Sunday roast tradition isn’t just a meal; it’s an experience that encapsulates the region’s warmth, flavour, and community spirit.

From the traditional pub carvery you’ll find tucked in charming Dartmoor villages to coastal fine dining at The Bay Brasserie, every plate tells a tale of dedication to quality and a love for locally sourced ingredients.

As you journey through the scenic landscapes of Devon, exploring the culinary treasures it offers, the beloved Sunday roast becomes more than just a dish; it becomes a shared moment, a memory, and a celebration of tradition. In Devon, the Sunday roast is more than food; it’s a cherished ritual that promises heartwarming hospitality and unforgettable flavors, inviting you to experience the essence of this delightful region.

The Bay Brasserie’s Fine Dining Sunday Lunch MenuRoast by the coast

Located in the heart of Woolacombe Bay Hotel, The Bay Brasserie is more than just a place to dine; it’s a place where coastal charm meets culinary excellence. It is one of the most popular places to eat in North Devon. Each Sunday our delicious roast takes centre stage, offering a range of options to delight every guest. Savour the flavors of Devon, where local ingredients and a dedication to quality come together in each dish. 

Sunday Lunch Serving Times

Join us from 12pm – 2:30pm to experience the warmth and indulgence of our Sunday roast.

The whole family is welcome! The Bay Brasserie is dog-friendly and child-friendly.


How to Book a Table

Reserve your table for a delectable Sunday roast experience by calling 01271 870388, or by booking a table online.

Situated on the North Devon coast, around 90 minutes from Exeter, 30 minutes from Barnstaple, and just steps from the sands of the stunning Woolacombe Bay, and the Bay Brasserie is the perfect place families and friends to gather together for delicious food. And why not make a day of it? Blow away the cobwebs with a clifftop walk on the South West Coast Path, before hunkering down for some Sunday comfort food? Free beachside parking is available (off peak).

Experience the charm of the coast,
one plate at a time!


Common Questions About Sunday Roast Dinner

All your questions, answered…

While the title of “Britain’s favourite Sunday roast” may be hotly debated, we know one thing for certain: the classic roast dinner holds a special place in the hearts of many.

Here at the Bay Brasserie, our chefs tell us that the roast sirloin – from nearby Exmoor – is the most popular roast. However, other roasts, like Devonshire roast chicken, Saddleback pork, and English lamb, also have dedicated fans.

Whether you prefer the comforting familiarity of a traditional roast or you’re enticed by modern twists, the beauty of the Sunday roast is that it’s a tradition, but one that’s open to interpretation. At Woolacombe Bay Hotel, we celebrate the diversity of this cherished tradition, offering a range of options to suit every palate. You’ll just have to book a table to join us to discover your own favourite Sunday roast!


A traditional Sunday roast is a collection of flavours that starts with a star of the show – succulent, slow-roasted meat. Often, you’ll find classics like roast beef, pork, or lamb, perfectly cooked to tender perfection.

It’s served alongside perfectly roasted potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and a medley of seasonal vegetables – from buttery carrots and vibrant greens to sweet parsnips. Lashings of gravy ties it all together. This is the essence of a traditional Sunday roast – a plate brimming with warmth, comfort, and the celebration of flavours.

At Woolacombe Bay Hotel, we honour this tradition while also adding our own creative touches, offering you a choice of classic or innovative roasts to choose from.

The timing of a Sunday roast is a cherished tradition in Britain, a moment when families and friends come together to share a special meal. But this heartwarming tradition isn’t confined to a strict schedule! It’s about creating moments of togetherness, and it’s as much about the joy of sharing a meal as it is about the time it’s served.

Most often, you’ll find that the time Sunday roast is served varies family by family! Some families insist it’s a lunchtime meal, while others argue it’s definitely dinner… and then there are the ‘inbetweeners’ who swear 3pm is the ‘roasting hour’! Whatever the time, it’s usually a time that has been passed down by the generations, and is the subject of strong debate between households!

At the Bay Brasserie, our Sunday roast menu is available during lunch hours – 12pm to 2:30pm. We invite you to enjoy this indulgent tradition at a leisurely pace, leaving time to explore the stunning coastal delights of Woolacombe, either before or after your meal.

Traditionally, Sunday roast dinner is enjoyed on Sundays, as the name suggests. However, today’s culinary landscape is all about flexibility and celebrating traditions on your own terms. While it’s a beloved Sunday tradition, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying a sumptuous roast any day of the week.

At the Bay Brasserie, we offer our delicious Sunday roast only on Sundays, but we also believe that exceptional dining should be an everyday delight. So, while for us it’s traditional for Sundays, a midweek roast when the mood strikes is one of life’s greatest pleasures!

The selection of meat for your Sunday roast is a personal one, and it often depends on your tastes and traditions. Classic options include roast beef, pork, lamb, and chicken, each with its own unique flavour and texture. At Bay Brasserie, we celebrate this diversity by offering a selection of traditional and innovative roasts, ensuring there’s a perfect meat for every taste.

The ideal vegetables for your Sunday roast are a matter of personal preference, but some classic choices include roasted potatoes, carrots, parsnips, cauliflower, green beans, and Brussels sprouts. These seasonal selections offer a balance of flavours and textures that complement your roast beautifully. But, more and more, we’re seeing some colourful newcomers adorning the plate too – beetroot or purple-sprouting broccoli anybody?

At Bay Brasserie our chefs embrace these classics while also adding creative twists to our Sunday roast sides, ensuring a delightful variety of vegetables to please every palate. Currently, we’re in love with the bright hues of heritage carrots!

For those seeking a meat-free alternative to the Sunday roast, there are plenty of delicious options. Nut roasts, vegetable Wellingtons, and hearty stuffed peppers are just a few delightful choices that capture the essence of a roast without meat.

At Bay Brasserie, we offer love a seasonal Filo Pie – a scrumptious vegan alternative that showcases the best of seasonal vegetables in a flaky pastry, served with classic roast accompaniments. Or why not tuck into some incredible Roasted Loch Duart Salmon for a nice, light Sunday roast alternative?

A Sunday carvery, often found in a charming country pub or a thatched inn, is a beloved British tradition. It’s a dining experience where you can choose from a variety of roast meats, such as succulent beef, tender lamb, or juicy pork, carved to your liking. Alongside the meats, you’ll find a buffet of delicious sides, including roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, and seasonal vegetables, to which you can help yourself – all you can eat style!

The Sunday roast at the Bay Brasserie is served in a more fine dining style, where you get more time to settle in, peruse the extensive wine list, and spend time with friends and family while we do all the serving!

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