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What's winter without a hearty roast dinner and a flavoursome brew on a chilly Sunday?

The Dove and Olive

They like to change things up for their Sunday roasts, but on our visit we are pleased as punch with half a chook served with a hearty gravy, big chunks of roast potato, pumpkins and carrots, and a sprinkling of chives. It’s a budget-friendly bet at $15 and comes in generous portions, putting that post-roast nap pretty high on the agenda. Surry Hills.

Four in Hand Hotel

The Four in Hand kitchen is all over the roast meats business. The sunny bar is significantly less crowded at lunch and it means you are guaranteed a plate – they sold out by 6pm on one of our visits. For our $24 we receive two generous slices of roast pork belly with crisp salty crackling, roast carrot, cauliflower, pumpkin and potato with a rich gravy. It’s a lot of food so if you want to sleep in and have a combined breakfast/lunch roast you’ll have our full support. Paddington.

Hotel Centennial - restaurant

The Centennial The Sunday roast at the Centennial is best enjoyed up at the zinc bar with a glass of wine, friendly Irish banter from the bartenders and a good view of the dining room. It’s not cheap at $38, but it is delicious. On our visit it is sliced flank steak in a light, peppery jus joined by silky mash, roast heirloom carrots in an alarming shade of indigo, sweet cubes of beetroot, Dutch carrots and cress. Woollahra.

The Local Taphouse

The Sunday roast here pulls a serious crowd. For $25 you get two slices of perfectly pink roast beef, roast tatties, one enormous roast carrot, broccoli, a swipe of mustard and a big, puffed-up Yorkshire pudding with a well of gravy inside. They will reserve tables, which is a particularly good idea if the weather is suspect, or you can book for ten people and host your own roast. Lunch is your best bet either way. They often sell out by dinner and all the craft beer in the world isn’t much consolation when your heart was set on a roast. Darlinghurst.

Newtown Hotel

On any other day you can build your own dinner from a selection of coal-roasted meats and sides at the Animal, but on Sundays they’ll plate you a $24 Greek-inspired roast with the lot: tender pulled lamb topped with a dollop of tzatziki, golden baby potatoes and braised green beans with tomato. A squeeze of lemon juice cuts through all the richness and pale ale from James Squire, Cricketers Arms or Coopers completes this picture of wintry bliss up on the sunny balcony. Newtown.

The Riverview

The Sunday roast is a hot ticket. Forty-five minute wait times are not unheard of, but with winter sun streaming through the windows of the British-styled gastro-pub and a James Squire Orchard Crush cider or a Little Creatures pale ale in hand there are worse places to kill some time. As a reward for our patience we get a pink slice of roast beef with peas, asparagus, roast potatoes, a Yorkshire pudding and a golden fried ball of goat’s cheese and cauliflower for $25. Plus you get an excellent condiments trifecta of gravy, mustard and horseradish cream. Balmain.

Woolwich Pier Hotel

The elegantly refurbished establishment does a Sunday roast that will set you back $29 for a serve of roasted rack of pork with crackling, baked potatoes, pumpkin mash, roasted apple puree, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Or if you don't fancy pork they also do a saddle of lamb with mint jelly and all the trimmings. Pair it with a Peroni, a 4 Pines or a James Squire amber ale out of the fridge and you've got a solid Sunday session right there. Woolwich.

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Updated on 23 Jun 2015.

By Emily Lloyd-Tait   |  

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