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16 best Sunday roasts to order-in

Can't be faffed to juggle seven pots at once? Hey, just order in! Try one of these Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Sunday roasts for a crackingly easy end to the week.

OXFORDSHIRE

The Wild Rabbit, Kingham

We’re massive fans of the The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, and a Cotswolds Sunday lunch takeaway is just what the bunny ordered. You’ll find your roast lovingly served with organic vegetables grown in their own market garden. That cancels out the giant Yorkshire pudding and cauliflower cheese, right? Choose from slow-braised beef, lamb shoulder, and a quite glorious pithivier of mushroom, spinach & walnut pesto. £15 for the meat options or £11.50 for the pithivier.

Orwells Restaurant, Shiplake

You’ve got to be quick if you want one of the Orwells’ excellent roasts — they sell out fast! All come chilled, ready to reheat with simple instructions, and have the option to add a starter and a dessert (I will definitely be opting-in). The options are extensive and mouth-watering: seven different meats, or a beetroot wellington. Prices from £14, or £10 for a kid’s portion. Pre-order online for collection or delivery on a Sunday.

The White Hart, Wytham

A country gastropub in the ancient village of Wytham, just northwest of Oxford, The White Hart has pivoted with ease to lockdown takeaways, offering an extensive Sunday lunch menu for collection or doorstep delivery from 12pm – 2.30pm. Everything is pre-prepared for you to assemble, heat up or oven cook with full instructions and a step-by-step video guide. Treat yourself to a Sunday Lunch box of roast rump of beef with Yorkshire pudding, beef dripping roast potatoes, braised red cabbage, buttery leeks and carrots for £18, or roast celeriac risotto for £15.

The Bell Inn, near Burford

A COTSWOLD CLASSIC! The Bell Inn’s roast option changes weekly as they respond to the produce that’s best (so: huzzah, I don’t have to cook a roast until May). Check the pub’s Facebook or Instagram for details, but expect delicious things like pork loin with apple sauce. Collection from 12pm – 3pm, email info@thebelllangford.com.

The Kitchen Farnborough, near Banbury

The roasts at The Kitchen Farnborough also change every week. But, for £20 a person they always include the essentials: goose fat roast potatoes, seasonal roots & veggies, gravy, and a comfort food classic pudding. The menu this week is roast Cornish lamb followed by apple and pear crumble, with lashings of custard (obvs). Place your order by email between Mon – Fri at takeaway@thekitchenfarnborough.co.uk, for picking up Sun 10am – 2.30pm.

La Table d’Alix, Great Haseley

Formerly in residence at The Swan in Tetsworth, Antoine and Camille took their Gallic flair over to Great Haseley, and thank God for that. Available between 12pm – 3pm on Sundays, La Table d’Alix offers wood-roasted fore rib of local beef or slow-cooked pork belly, served with duck-fat roasted potatoes, roasted seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, and gravy. Priced from £15. Order by email alixrestaurant@gmail.com or call 01844 279283.

The Baskerville, Shiplake

Shiplake’s food haven The Baskerville is offering a lip-smacking Sunday roast menu. Available between 12pm – 3pm, it costs between £16.50 – £19.50 per person and is worth every penny. Expect beef, pork loin, chicken, or their homemade nut roast, all served with Yorkshire puddings, cauliflower cheese, braised red cabbage, roasted potatoes, glazed carrots, and broccoli. Place your orders by calling 01189 403332, or by emailing enquiries@thebaskerville.com.

The Five Horseshoes, Henley

High in the Chiltern Hills, The Five Horseshoes releases a new menu each week for its weekend takeaways, to be booked by 5pm Thursday. Expect options like roast pork belly ‘porchetta’ or roast rump of beef with all the trimmings, or a vegetarian option. Dessert, you say? Why, of course: expect comfort classics like apple crumble and custard, or steamed ginger pudding. All the food is served on fully compostable takeaway dishes. Order online.

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

The Jolly Cricketers, Beaconsfield

Bang in the heart of Seer Green village, the award-winning gastropub (and former Muddy gastropub finalist) The Jolly Cricketers is doing takeaways available for collection. Choose between rare Aberdeen Angus beef and the house nut roast, both served with Yorkshire pudding, roasties, carrots, parsnips, and greens. The food comes nattily-packaged in smart cardboard boxes, priced at £15 per adult or £7.50 for a child.

The Ivy House, Chalfont St Giles

It’s hearty, rib-sticking stuff at The Ivy House, priced from £10.95. Choose between roast sirloin beef, stuffed roast chicken, and a vegetarian nut roast. All are served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, mixed vegetables, red cabbage, parsnips and house gravy. It’s only an extra £3.50 for cauliflower cheese, and if you’re springing for that, you might as well go for a pud — rhubarb and apple crumble, anyone? Order by 8pm on a Friday for collection on Sunday 12-4pm. Call on 01494 872184 to place an order or email at info@theivyhousechalfont.co.uk.

The Old Thatched Inn, Adstock

If you like your portions generous, head straight for The Old Thatched Inn in Adstock, a stone’s throw from Buckingham, for roasts served with roast potatoes, seasonal veg, cauliflower cheese, and gravy. The pub’s Yorkshire puds are so popular they’re included as an extra side, so you can add as many as you like with your dinner. Choose between pork belly, beef topside, lemon and thyme chicken, and vegetable nut roast — or don’t choose at all, and opt for the mixed roast for a selection of all the meats. Priced from £9.95. Call 07464150211 to place an order.

The Three Oaks, Gerrards Cross

Bib Gourmand winners for years now, The Three Oaks nails the gastro Sunday takeaway. Choose between the full roast beef or free-range roast chicken, but don’t miss out on the cauliflower cheese. The Three Oaks meal kits come in recyclable packaging with full ingredients, instructions, and allergens to be completed at home in under 20 minutes. For collection on Sunday between 10am – 12pm. £33 for two people or £49 for three. Order online.

The Spade Oak, Bourne End

Roast beef sirloin, pork belly, or roast chicken, or £15.95 for all three. Vegetarians will be excited that their option branches away from the nuts into a fig & dolcelatte roast (woohoo, am I right?). All are served with the good stuff: roasted potatoes, seasonal greens, roasted vegetables, Yorkshire pudding & gravy. Order from The Spade Oak’s Dine at Home menu by calling 01628 520090.

HOP ACROSS THE BORDER…

Roasted by Jack and Scott, nationwide

If you have a hankering for a roast dinner try one from Michelin-trained chefs Jack Blumenthal and Scott Perkins. They do 90% of the cooking, all you have to do is reheat (read the Muddy review here). The Sunday Roasts regularly sell out, and you have to order by 9pm on the Tuesday. Choose pork belly, beef or butternut Wellington, with roast potatoes, Yorkies and loads of veg. You can add more sides and puds are available too. Roasts £28.50. Nationwide delivery so we’ll forgive them living in Berkshire.

The Greene Oak, Windsor

A Michelin-rated pub just over the border in Windsor without pretension. Portions sizes are good, no frills or foam just seriously good food available for takeaway. It’s a crowd-pleasing menu of roast classics – 35-day aged sirloin, Tamworth pork and Suffolk chicken, with all the trimmings. Great value at £14.50pp. You can add snacks, hello salt and pepper squid, and pick out a pud (£5 each) from the takeaway menu too. To order call 01753 864 294. Pre order by email: info@thegreeneoak.co.uk

Rarebreed Dine Inn, Shurlock Inn, Reading

A hop, skip, and a jump away from Oxfordshire is The Dine Inn, part of the Rarebreed Dining Group. With a three-course Sunday Roast kit, they offer a real showstopper of a dinner, and include kids portions too. Orders need to be placed by 9pm Tuesday on the week of collection or delivery. You get a starter, choice of mains: beef, lamb, pork or veggie Wellington and all the traditional sides, plus puds. Don’t forget to add a bottle of wine if you’re in the 8-mile delivery zone. From £55 for two adults. Kids, from £24.

Oaks @ Home, The White Oak, Cookham

A weekly sell out, so don’t leave ordering from here to the last minute. Sunday roast at The White Oak in Cookham (sister pub to The Three Oaks in Gerrards Cross) is an event in itself. Ordering opens on Monday at 10am and closes on Wednesday at 5pm for the same weekend orders. Choose from beef, chicken, pork belly. Each kit comes fully loaded with Yorkies, veg, roast potatoes and gravy and you can add extra sides like cauliflower cheese and a pud. From £33 for two.

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