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Best Sunday Lunch in York

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Nestled in God’s Own Country, York brings together the region’s best produce to create a brimming plate of nostalgia. With many options for Sunday Lunch in York available, we’ve put together a list of restaurants that provide the epitome of classic Sunday lunches in deeply comforting spaces.

If the humble roast has fallen from your view, this list will excite your taste buds and tempt you into these fantastic York restaurants faster than you can say “more gravy please!”

Rattle Owl Sunday lunch York

The Rattle Owl

The Rattle Owl tops our list of the best Sunday lunch in York. Located on one of the city’s most historic streets, this Michelin recommended casual dining spot draws upon Yorkshire’s Sunday roast pedigree. With the region’s abundance of fresh produce. An unfussy menu that doesn’t overcomplicate your plate with side upon side – because what are Sunday lunches for if not to be uncomplicated?

Simply pick a light but flavoursome starter, a hearty main event with a choice between Lamb, Beef, Cod or roasted cauliflower for the veggies, then finish with a splendid dessert. The Roast Lamb Rump with Apricot, Bone Marrow Fritter and Yorkshire Pudding is a particular delight as it is unusual but reassuring all the same. Their Rhubarb Pavlova finishes the meal off perfectly with comfortingly familiar flavours in a light and refreshing form.

The Rattle Owl, 104 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX – 01904 658658

No 1 York Sunday lunch - best Sunday lunch in York

No 1 GuestHouse, York

Located close to the city’s iconic Minster, No 1 GuestHouse is a charmer of a boutique hotel with restaurant and spa. Their Sunday roast promises great things from the off. With a selection of award-winningly high-quality meats, perfected gravies, vegetables, sauces, stuffings and puddings. There’s also always a non-meat option on the menu too.

1 Clifton, York YO30 6AA

Star Inn The City York Interior

The Star Inn The City

Reclining delightfully next to the River Ouse, beside the Lendal Bridge and Tower, The Star Inn The City is a destination restaurant like no other. Its unequalled riverside location provides glorious views of the city and could distract from the food, were the dishes not equally excellent.

Their selection of decadent starters moves from Kings Ginger-cured Salmon with Caviar, to Ale-braised Ox Cheek Fritter and a biblical Honey’d Ribblesdale Goats Cheese. The Yorkshire reared beef, in Rump, Fillet or Burger form cannot be missed and all come with all the trimmings you could imagine. The Star Inn The City is the eatery to go to when you want to take your time with an indulgent Sunday lunch in York while gazing into gorgeous views.

The Star Inn The City, Lendal Engine House, Museum Street, York – 01904 619208

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Guy Fawkes Inn York Sunday Lunch Destination

Guy Fawkes Inn

Sundays are often for planning the following week out – and at the 1-AA-Rosette-awarded Guy Fawkes Inn, you can delight in the conspiratorial atmosphere of wooden floors lit by candle and gas as you feast Elizabethan style. The menu has a nostalgic touch, with Whole Roasted Quail, Prime 35 Day Aged Steaks, Garlic and Thyme Chicken Breast and a Mushroom Wellington just being the tip of this fire.

They rightly boast their Guy Fawkes Steak Pie which is made to order and comes with a merry band of thieves including Mash, Baby Onions, Mushrooms and Smoked Bacon Gravy. To complete the devilish experience, the Guy Fawkes Inn offers a King’s ransom of White, Red and Rosé wines and an extensive hand-pulled cask ales and draught lager range.

Guy Fawkes Inn, City Centre, 25 High Petergate, York  YO1 7HP – 01904 466674

Pubs in York - Walmgate Ale House

The Chopping Block at Walmgate Ale House

The Yorkshire Puds make a Sunday lunch in York. So, The Chopping Block makes their Puds huge. Served with their whopping Yorkshire Pudding, this sturdily simplistic meal comes with either Roast Pork or Beef and seasonal vegetables with lashings of gravy.
Proud of being independent, the team’s passion for food shows in the flavours on the plate and smile in the service. Michael and Lucy Hjort have created a picturesque landmark steeped in the history of saddle and rope making the building began with. The rustic bar area is a wonderful place to retire after a hearty meal to sample their locally-sourced ales from Yorkshire breweries which they change regularly.

Walmgate Ale House, 25 Walmgate, York YO1 9TX – 01904 629 222

Sunday Lunch in York at The Whippet Inn

The Whippet Inn

This hidden gem set inside York’s historic walls has a twist of tantalising weirdness in their risqué décor and outlook. Tucked away from the tourist trail, it is one of York’s best-kept secrets with its classically Yorkshire atmosphere and fashionable restaurant. For a Sunday Lunch in York, the Whippet Inn invites you to ‘Get Roasted’ with their sumptuous Sunday roast menu, comprised of only the freshest, finest Yorkshire fare. With this set menu, the chefs have designed it to take the stress out of your meal, leaving you to do as Sunday does – simply relax and eat.

Specialising in steak, they know how to make a mean roast and the team are proud to bring to your table what has been described as ‘the best Sunday roast in York’. To complement your roast and further swell your good mood, the Whippet Inn has an extensive wine list with changing Magnums and vintages displayed on their blackboard.

The Whippet Inn, 15 North Street, York YO1 6JD – 01904 500660

Lamb and Lion York Sunday Lunch Restaurant Exterior

Lamb & Lion Inn

Step back in time as you rub shoulders with the pillars of one of four ancient roman entrances to York and laugh with friends undercarriage lanterns in this evocative parlour-style restaurant. Detach from the modern swell and unwind with the Lamb & Lion’s wonderful Sunday menu featuring Beer Battered Haddock Fillet with Hand Cut Chips and the Confit Lamb Shoulder with Minted New Potatoes. No Lion on the menu – just in the hearts of the passionate chefs. For that truly Roman vibe, grab yourself a Chicken Caesar Salad with a flagon (or just a large glass) of one of their sensational house wines.

Sunday lunch in York has never been so historic. The spectacular private beer garden has been described as the best in the city, with unmatched views of York Minster. When enjoying food, drink and friends in this cosy little bolt-hole of a Sunday lunchtime, you’ll feel like a Roman emperor or empress and never want to leave your claimed land.

Lamb and Lion Inn, 2-4 High Petergate, York YO1 7EH – 01904 654112

The Refectory York Offer Sunday Lunch

The Refectory Kitchen & Terrace at The Principal York

The Refectory Kitchen is an oasis of chic London dining at the heart of York, just a stone’s throw from the station. The team here pride themselves on local, regional ingredients spun into world-class dishes that are sympathetic to tradition but big on flavour. It might be tradition to over-cook the veg, but at the Refectory Kitchen, the veg is always perfect and comes with roasties that are crisp on the outside with a delicious, fluffy centre.

This Sunday lunch in York is an absolute knock out, with a choice of R&J Butchers Roast Beef Rump, Slow-roast Pork Loin or Sea Trout and a vegetarian Gnocchi option. You can enjoy the dishes in their cosy and atmospheric dining room or al-fresco on their outdoor terrace overlooking the sweeping York City Walls.

The Refectory Kitchen and Terrace, Station Road, York YO24 1AA – 01904 688688


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Jozef Ashley


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