From hearty family-friendly roasts to decadent three-course feasts, SoGlos has selected a host of Gloucestershire eateries offering delicious Sunday lunches for all budgets and taste.
So, this weekend leave the cooking and washing up to someone else and discover where to tuck into a leisurely Sunday lunch across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.
The lowdown: The Hollow Bottom, a charming country pub in Guiting Power, offers the perfect Cotswold setting for enjoying a laidback Sunday lunch with friends and family. The cosy pub offers a home-from-home feel, with exposed beams and an open fire adding to its ambience, while it’s also dog-friendly so you can enjoy a walk in the countryside before tucking into a hearty weekend feast.
Menu highlights: The pub prides itself on serving a traditional yet varied menu that incorporates local and seasonal ingredients where possible. Diners have plenty to choose from on Sundays, with roast lamb, beef, pork and nut roast served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy, with sittings at 12pm, 2pm and 3.30pm. If you want a change from a roast, you can also order from the pub’s full menu, which offers the chance to savour dishes such as sirloin steak with pan-fried mushrooms, roasted cherry tomatoes, handmade slaw, and rustic fries; cod and chips; handmade pork and leek sausages with mash; the famous Hollow Bottom burger; and homemade aubergine, courgette and roasted red pepper lasagne. Round off your day of indulgence with one of the delicious desserts, with dishes such as dark chocolate mousse with salted caramel base and vanilla ice-cream; Strawberry Eton Mess; and a British cheese plate to choose from.
SoGlos loves: On Sundays the pub invites diners to enjoy entertainment from an impressive close-hand magician, while those wanting to have a drink or two, can take advantage of The Hollow Bottom’s free courtesy bus home.
How much?: The traditional Sunday roasts are £13.95 per person, with smaller children’s portions £6.
For more info: Call (01451) 850392, email email@example.com, or visit hollowbottom.com directly.
The lowdown: The Shutters Inn is an independent family-run pub located in the village of Gotherington near Cheltenham. The classic country inn provides a charming setting for enjoying a leisurely Sunday feast with friends and family, and prides itself on using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients for its dishes.
Menu highlights: Expect a variety of meats when dining at The Shutters Inn, with choices including beef, shoulder of lamb, chicken, and turkey, along with a vegetarian option. Served with seasonal vegetables and gravy, diners have all the ingredients for a hearty Sunday feast. In addition to roasts, the pub’s main menu is also available to order from, with dishes spanning steak and ale pie; sausage and mash; toad in the hole; gammon steak and chips; lasagne; and fish and chips. Save room for dessert, with options including Eton Mess; warm chocolate brownie and ice-cream; and the chef’s hot dessert of the day, giving a flavour of what to expect.
SoGlos loves: On sunny days, diners can enjoy eating alfresco in the pub’s garden, while there’s also a restaurant that’s available for private hire – making it the ideal choice for family celebrations.
How much? Sunday roast is £10.75 per person, a smaller portion is £9.25, and a children’s roast is £6.95.
For more info: Call (01242) 300240, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit theshutterinngotherington.co.uk directly.
The lowdown: Housed in a restored engine house, The Fire Station is a lively restaurant and bar that offers a laidback setting for enjoying Sunday lunch with friends and family.
Menu highlights: The Sunday lunch menu features the likes of chicken liver parfait with grape chutney, truffle butter and toast; charred king prawns and gremolata; and crab risotto with samphire, pea shoots and lemon oil, to start. The roast dishes span pork belly, Aberdeen Angus sirloin, and chicken, served with roast potatoes, whole roast carrots, greens, peas and Yorkshire pudding; while there’s also a veggie option of roast squash, sage and mushroom pithivier. If a traditional Sunday lunch doesn’t take your fancy, the menu also features the likes of grilled lemon sole with sauce vierge; a cheeseburger and fries; and guinea fowl shish kebab with smoked aubergine, tzatziki and flatbread. The fine selection of desserts include dark chocolate and salted caramel tart; lemon posset with raspberries and vanilla shortbread; and sticky toffee pudding.
SoGlos loves: You can also opt for the Bottomless Sundays offer, with two courses £35 and three £40 for a Sunday roast, plus unlimited prosecco or Bloody Marys. Or, if you’re an early riser, you can enjoy the same offer for brunch, with two courses £30 and three £35.
How much? Starters are from £5, main courses from £12, and desserts £5.50.
For more info: Call (01242) 809135, email email@example.com, or visit thefirestationcheltenham.co.uk directly.
The lowdown: Retreat to the relaxed setting of Montpellier Lodge for a delicious Sunday lunch in stylish surroundings. The independent restaurant is housed in a converted park-keeper’s lodge adjacent to Montpellier Gardens and specialises in offering a menu that features many ingredients from the south west.
Menu highlights: Montpellier Lodge’s Sunday à la carte menu offers diners a tempting selection of dishes to enjoy during a leisurely weekend lunch. Kick off your meal with a glass of fizz or a G&T and sample some of the menu’s appetisers, which span crispy whitebait and tartar sauce; rosemary and sea salt focaccia with olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar; and a selection of mixed olives. Diners have plenty of starters to choose from, including Cornish crab tian with lemon purée, brown crab beignet and a shellfish emulsion; and mozzarella and basil arancini with spiced tomato and black olive sauce, served with a rocket salad. For main course, go with the Sunday special of rare roasted Aberdeen Angus beef with all the trimmings, or choose from the catch of the day served with ratatouille, baby spinach, tapenade and sage beignet and tomato consommé; or slow cooked Gloucester Old Spot pork belly with carrot and star anise purée, spring onions, and potato and sage croquettes. Round off your meal with one of the delectable desserts which span dark chocolate and orange delice with salted caramel ice-cream, chocolate soil and sesame water; or warm banana cake with peanut brittle and caramel and banana ice-cream.
SoGlos loves: The extensive wine list features a wide range of reds and white, including many by the glass, offering diners plenty of choice to accompany their Sunday lunch.
How much? Starters are from £6.50, mains from £14.50, and desserts from £6.50.
For more info: Call (01242) 262666, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit montpellier-lodge.co.uk directly.
The lowdown: Located in the chic surroundings of Cheltenham’s Malmaison hotel, Chez Mal Brasserie offers the perfect setting for savouring Sunday lunch with friends or family. Start your lunch in style with a drink in the stylish lounge, bar or conservatory before heading into the restaurant for the main event.
Menu highlights: Chez Mal’s three-course Sunday Lunch menu kicks off with help yourself starters from the Chef’s Table, including an unlimited selection of hors d’oeuvres; Caesar, Caprese, and Greek salads; shellfish and seafood cocktails; Serrano ham; Ibérico chorizo; artisan breads, cheeses and chutneys. Diners can then choose to opt for brunch dishes such as eggs Benedict and a full English; main courses of salmon and cod fish cake with capers, gherkin, spinach and herb velouté, and mushroom and black truffle macaroni; or Sunday roasts served with all the traditional trimmings. Round off your day of feasting in style with treacle tart and clotted cream; sticky toffee pudding; apple and sultana crumble with vanilla custard; or classic vanilla crème brûlée.
SoGlos loves: If you want to make it an extra special Sunday, choose from one of the tempting cocktails or opt to have unlimited prosecco with your lunch for just £15 extra.
How much?: The three-course Sunday lunch menu is £24.95 per person, and £9.95 for children.
For more info: Call (01242) 370655, email email@example.com or visit malmaison.com directly.
The lowdown: Located in the charming village of Asthall near Burford, The Maytime Inn is an independently run Cotswold pub offering a relaxed setting for enjoying a laidback Sunday lunch experience.
Menu highlights: The pub’s award-winning chef uses the finest local ingredients to create a tempting choice of starters, mains and desserts on the two or three-course Sunday lunch offering. While the menu changes regularly, diners can expect starters such as goat’s cheese tart; cured ham salad; prawn and avocado cocktail; and soup of the day with crusty bread. The choice of meats span chicken, lamb and pork, which are all served with the traditional accompaniments, while the Cotswold beef also includes perfectly cooked Yorkshire puddings. Those looking for an alternative to roasts can expect main course dishes such as baked salmon with a samphire, cream and white wine sauce, along with veggie options including tomato and pea risotto with a Parmesan crisp and pea shoot garnish. Save room for dessert, with the menu featuring the likes of poached chocolate cake and vanilla ice-cream to Eton Mess, while those looking for a boozy end to the meal can sample the delicious gin sponge cake!
SoGlos loves: The Maytime Inn has an extensive wine menu and gives diners the chance to sample varieties not usually offered by the glass. There is also a fine selection of real ales to try, will the bar stocks in excess of 100 types of gin!
How much? Sunday lunch is £18.95 for two courses or £21.95 for three.
For more info: Call (01993) 822068, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
The lowdown: The Royal Oak is located in the heart of the town of Tetbury and offers a charming setting for cosy Cotswold Sunday lunches. The pub specialises in serving organic food, with its Sunday lunch offering changing weekly to ensure that you always get to sample exciting dishes when enjoying a weekend visit to The Royal Oak. Make sure you book a table in advance as the pub gets very busy on Sunday lunchtimes.
Menu highlights: Served from 12pm to 4pm, the seasonal dishes on offer include starters such as pickled herring and crème fraîche; wild garlic mushroom with toasted sourdough; Asian-style crab caked with chilli sauce; and confit of game with homemade pickles. For main course, sample dishes span homemade vegan nut roast; organic roast chicken with sausage, sage and onion stuffing; and organic rib of beef, with roasts served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, parsnips, seasonal veg and gravy, while there’s also a fish special of the day to choose from. Autumn berry crumble with vanilla ice-cream; baked vanilla cheesecake; and pumpkin and maple pie, give a flavour of the desserts on offer, and there’s also an artisan cheese board to tempt diners.
SoGlos loves: On Sundays, visitors can also take advantage of The Royal Oak’s DIY Bloody Mary Bar – perfect for banishing any Saturday night cobwebs – while there’s often live music to enjoy as well.
How much?: Starters from £5, main courses from £10 and desserts from £7.
For more info: Call (01666) 500021, email email@example.com or visit theroyaloaktetbury.co.uk directly.
The lowdown: Located in the heart of Gloucester, Café Rene is an historic pub, restaurant and grillhouse offering a relaxed and friendly environment for enjoying a get together with family or friends. Café Rene, housed in a former stable, has an authentic feel to it and is known for its unique décor that includes ceilings lined with wine bottles.
Menu highlights: Every Sunday, Café Rene serves a roast dinner, with pork, beef and lamb on offer, while there’s also the option to have a mix of all meats. Enjoy your roast with all the trimmings and make sure to save room for the tasty desserts, with choices including homemade cheesecake, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate fudge cake, strawberry and Champagne roulade, or cheese and biscuits. The regular restaurant menu is also available, with everything from homemade chicken and mushroom pie and fish and chips, to steaks and Café Rene’s famous Desperate Dan Burgers, with jacket potatoes, sandwiches and salads available for those wanting a lighter meal.
SoGlos loves: Make sure to sample the pub’s very own cider or enjoy a craft beer or two, with plenty of soft drinks and coffees also available.
How much?: The Sunday roast costs from £8.95.
For more info: Call (01452) 309340, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit caferene.co.uk directly.
The lowdown: Enjoy Sunday lunch in the elegant surroundings of 17th century manor house hotel, Hatherley Manor, set in 37 acres of rolling countryside on the outskirts of Gloucester. The hotel’s restaurant uses the finest seasonal ingredients and sources the best local produce for its menus, with the two or three-course Sunday lunch served from 12pm to 2pm.
Menu highlights: Diners can expect starters such as sun-blushed tomato and courgette soup with mustard cream and croutons; deep fried tempura prawns, or a duo of melon with cassis sorbet. Main course options include dishes such roast Stroud Valley beef with Yorkshire pudding; baked supreme of salmon with sweet peppers and a rich wine sauce; chicken breast wrapped in bacon with a mushroom cream sauce; or broad bean and sugar snap pea risotto. Dessert options span dishes such as strawberry cream meringue with a dark chocolate sauce; apple crumble with vanilla custard sauce; or local cheeses with chutney and biscuits.
SoGlos loves: Hatherley Manor’s Loyalty Membership scheme offers guests the chance to earn points when you eat, stay or have coffee, along with giving diners 20 per cent off food and drinks on Sundays.
How much?: A three-course Sunday lunch is £21 for adults and £10 for children aged two to 12, while there’s also the option for adults to have two courses for £16.50.
For more info: Call (01452) 730217, email email@example.com or visit hatherleymanor.com directly.
The lowdown: Situated between the Rivers Wye and Severn, Severn & Wye Smokery is an award-winning independent business situated on the edge of the Forest of Dean. Following an extensive renovation project, the smokery opened The Barn in 2017, encompassing an open-plan restaurant, modern theatre-style kitchen, fish market, café, deli and shop across two floors. The Barn offers a relaxed setting for guests, who can enjoy everything from classic breakfast dishes to cream teas, along with main meals on Sunday that offer an alternative to a traditional roast.
Menu highlights: The extensive restaurant menu comprises a variety of dishes, spanning tasters, smaller hot and cold plates, Severn & Wye classics, and seasonal fish cooked on a grill or over charcoal, in addition to a choice of seasonal sides, sauces, and children’s meals. Ideal for sharing, small plates include rock oysters, hot-smoked mackerel, whitebait, scallops, and crevettes. The restaurant classics encompass a fish platter of smoked salmon, hot-smoked trout, gravadlax and herring ceviche; kedgeree; deep-fried filled of cod; Mediterranean dish soup; and catch of the day. Meanwhile the choice of seasonal fish includes everything from yellowfish tuna loin and Dover sole, to seabass and Brixham red mullet. If you’re not a fish fan, there are also meat options such as free-range poussin and rib-eye steak. What’s more for younger diners, there are options including chicken goujons, sausage roll, and fishcake.
SoGlos loves: Diners at The Barn can take the opportunity to browse its fish counter, deli and gift shop. The impressive fish counter boasts a wide range of shellfish and fresh fish, whilst there is plenty of quality local produce on display in the deli, including an array of quality cheese. Over in the shop, there’s the chance to snap up thoughtful foodie gifts such as condiments, crackers and luxury chocolates, in addition to items such as cookware, coffee, wines and beer.
How much? Tasters start from £3, small plates start from £2.50, classic dishes start from £11.50, seasonal fish starts from £12.50, sides start from £2, children’s meals cost £6.
For more info: Call (01452) 760191, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit severnandwye.co.uk directly.
The lowdown: 17th century manor house hotel, Stonehouse Court, is situated in a picturesque location overlooking the Stroud Water Canal and offers a delightful setting. The hotel’s Court Brasserie serves up a two or three course lunch every Sunday – providing the perfect excuse to let someone else do the cooking and washing up on the traditional day of rest!
Menu highlights: The two or three-course set Sunday Lunch Menu includes starters of soup of the day with homemade cheese straws; deep-fried whitebait with paprika mayonnaise and charred lemon; ham hock terrine with piccalilli and chargrilled ciabatta; Stilton stuffed mushrooms with mixed leaf salad and spicy tomato salsa; and prawn cocktail with freshly baked break. Main course dishes include roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding and red wine gravy; crispy pork loin with sage and onion stuffing, apple sauce and gravy; fillet of cod with Parmentier potatoes, wilted spinach and creamed leeks; wild mushroom and spinach gnocchi with Parmesan salad, all served with a selection of seasonal vegetables. Diners can round off their meals with cinnamon spiced apple crumble with vanilla ice-cream; lemon tart with cream and mixed berry compote; bread and butter pudding with custard; sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream; or a selection of cheese and biscuits.
SoGlos loves: If you’re dining on a sunny day, enjoy a pre-lunch drink on the alfresco terrace and soak up the pretty gardens, while during the winter months the lounge makes the perfect aperitif spot.
How much? The Sunday lunch is £16.95 for two courses and £19.95 for three.
For more info: Call (01453) 794950, email email@example.com or visit stonehousecourt.co.uk directly.
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