Super Sunday Lunches

It’s Sunday lunch season and the roast beef, lamb, pork, chicken and nut roasts are firmly back on the menu. A great warming and traditional meal that all the family enjoy around the table, here are a few different alternatives for enjoying a plate piled high with a wonderful roast dinner with all the trimmings.


The Taverners in Godshill pushes all the buttons for a wonderful Sunday meal – local meats, seasonal vegetables and a traditional pub setting, especially in the front dining room overlooking the street, which was the original ancient pub. There are open fires and real ale too and a shop to the rear of the pub that sells great cookery ingredients, utensils and all things foodie related.

Traditional Modern

Located just off the sea front in Apply, Ryde, Three Buoys deliver a great traditional roast, in a modern coastal styled environment. These guys understand what it takes to create a great British roast so their chefs are up early every Sunday ensuring the potatoes are crispy, the beef is pink and the Yorkshire puddings have risen. Isle of Wight beef is on the menu every week as well as another seasonal meat. Available every Sunday from noon, booking is advisable. 

In the Country

Set in a tranquil setting on the old railway line in Yarmouth with views out over te countryside, Off the Rails just keeps on delivering and their Sunday Lunches are no different. Each week they have a chosen roast with their special twist; choose from roast chicken with creamed leeks, carrots, lemon thyme gravy, Beastie’s bread sauce, roast potatoes and stuffing one week; or Sirloin of beef marinaded in Darkside of the Wight Ale and black treacle, carrots, tenderstem broccoli, celeriac cheese purée, outrageous gravy and homemade Yorkshire pudding the next. Served from 12noon- 3pm the roasts are served on a first come first served basis, so get there early and grab a banquette by the log fire and settle in for a great feed. All aboard!

By the Sea

Right on the water in Gurnard, The Little Gloster has a panoramic view of the Solent and yachts sailing by, while you tuck into rare roast beef or roast pork with all the trimmings – both are usually on the ‘specials’ board on a Sunday. There’s a Danish influence to the menu so you can have house cured Gravadlax or home-made crab cakes for starters and the puddings are to die for. This is one that must not be missed while on the Island.


The carvery is back thanks to the clever people at the Ocean Deck in Sandown. But don’t think overcooked, cold plates of dried up meat – as this carvery is brought to you by owner/chef Alan Staley – whose prestigious culinary background includes working at the Savoy with the likes of Anton Edelmann and Marcus Wareing – before a 17 year stint at Ventnor’s Royal Hotel and then latterly the Seaview Hotel both as Head Chef. Now running his own establishment, Alan brings all this experience and flair to bear on a great menu in a relaxed beachfront setting. Served every Sunday between 12noon and 3pm the very popular Sunday Carvery offers roasted meats, including Isle of Wight beef, roasted potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, fresh seasonal vegetables and gravy. The renaissance of the Sunday lunch carvery has begun - so get booking now!

Buy & Cook Your Own

For the best roast, just how you like it, sometimes cooking your own is the only way forward. So grab some fantastic local, Isle of Wight produce and cook up a storm!

Farmer Jacks, Briddlesford Lodge Farm Shop & Freshwater Co-op all stock some great local meats perfect for that Sunday roast.

Alix Robinson

2 October 2017

By Alix Robinson in Articles