Sunday Yummy Sunday : The Best Sunday Lunches in Britain
For many, the good old Sunday lunch remains the highlight of the culinary calendar. Mark Southern discovered that life’s moved on from the traditional roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, and finds the best spots in Britain for a spectacular Sunday lunch.
Lucknam Park, Chippenham, Wiltshire
Sunday Lunch has returned to The Park restaurant at Lucknam Park by popular demand, and it’s been well worth the wait. With its Michelin star you can be assured of a gourmet dining experience from award winning Executive Chef Hywel Jones and his team.
If that name sounds familiar it’s because Hywel is currently starring on The Great British Menu on BBC2, and he uses all his know-how to produce simply sensational Sunday food every day of the week. Afterwards, walk it off in the vast manor grounds or take a horse from the stables for a hack around the woods. A tip though, if we may: make sure you save room for dessert; simply magnificent.
Baumann’s Brasserie, Coggeshall, Essex
Essex may not be the first place you think of for a cracking Sunday lunch, but hidden in the charming market town of Coggeshall, Baumanns Brasserie regularly attracts plaudits from its clientele and food critics alike.
Unlike some of the cast that make up the county’s current TV persona The Only Way Is Essex, Baumann’s is a relaxed, stylish environment with top-quality locally sourced ingredients. Sundays tend to get busy thanks to the reputation owner Mark Baumann has developed, so book in advance and venture forth into Essex without a sun-bed in sight.
Tylney Hall, Hook, Hampshire
The imperious Tylney Hall stands proud above vast grounds of stately gardens, croquet lawns and hidden alcoves. Stepping into the building brings thoughts of a more gentile past coursing through your veins, and the relaxed ambience is perfect for a Sunday treat.
Head Chef Stephen Hine prides himself on using the best ingredients available to create classical dishes with a modern approach. Lunch is served in the wood-panelled Oak Room Restaurant, with delightful views of the gardens, and we recommend taking dessert and coffee in front of the fire in the Grey Lounge, or on the terraces in summer.
The Frogmill, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
The Cotswolds is blessed with a wide range of great boutique bolt-holes, but few places are worthier of a Sunday trip than the newly re-launched, The Frogmill. Not only a stunning boutique hotel, but its restaurant Adam’s Pantry, headed up by the talented Adam Murray, is perfect for a relaxed Sunday lunch.
What it lacks in size (just intimate dining for forty), it makes up for in quality as Murray serves hearty home cooked dishes for Sunday lunch using all locally-sourced ingredients, and using his years of international experience. Genuinely a thrilling culinary experience, and all in the leafy Gloucestershire countryside, this is the only restaurant here serving up frog’s legs on a Sunday!
The Duke of Wellington, Marylebone, London
The original Duke of Wellington may have risen to prominence in the Napoleonic Wars, but this one rises to prominence by offering a gem in London which stands out for its quality, gimmick free Classic Modern European Food, using the best seasonal British produce.
Vintage Sputnik lighting, gilt frames and electric blue walls create a contemporary backdrop whilst staying true to a welcoming “old pub” feel. Upstairs is where the real culinary magic happens though, with an intimate space for thirty diners to enjoy the splendid food, watch the world go by, and pretend the following day isn’t Monday.