There are few meals more satisfying than a hearty roast dinner on a Sunday afternoon, and luckily for you Exeter has plenty to offer when it comes to this famous British dish. Whether you drown your potatoes in gravy or are a mint sauce fanatic, we’ve wrapped up some of the best places to enjoy your roast this Sunday in Exeter.
Tea on the Green
As its name would suggest, Tea on the Green is perched overlooking the Cathedral Green, with outside seating on the cobbled street and beautiful views of Exeter Cathedral. The café has a relaxed and friendly feel inside the walls of a Sixteenth Century building, set over two floors. Independently owned, Tea on the Green focus on buying directly from local suppliers – one of the farms is so close it can be seen from their upstairs dining room! The Sunday Roast menu is served from midday onwards, offering everything from Roast Beef or Fillet of Salmon to a vegan Nut Roast option, served with seasonal vegetables and crispy leek straws!
You’ll find The Oddfellows gastropub just a short stroll from the main high street, their eclectic yet cosy interior drawing you in and their mouth-watering menu bringing you back for more. Choose from a selection of Topside of Beef, Turkey Ballotine, Lamb Shank, Chicken Supreme or a vegan Bean and Lentil Oat Loaf. Traditional vegetables, roast potatoes and of course Yorkshire puddings will accompany your meal, which you can finish off with a range of delicious desserts.
Across the road from The Oddfellows stands a favourite with students and locals alike – Old Firehouse. With its range of ale and cider, generous portions of rustic food and ceilings adorned with colourful bunting and twinkling fairy lights, it’s easy to see why this place is always buzzing. Get your gravy fix every Sunday with ample servings of freshly cooked meat, vegan and gluten-free options that vary week by week. Served from midday until they sell out, get there early to avoid disappointment!
South Street Standard
Relatively new to the restaurant scene in Exeter, South Street Standard has made its mark in the city with a varied menu, trendy interior and relaxed atmosphere. Head Chef Ben and his team cook up delicious dishes every day, but a Sunday is where you can really treat yourself. Sit down and tuck into Sirloin of Beef, Loin of Pork, a mixed of both or Grilled Seitan – with all the trimmings, of course, including Yorkshires and a leek and broccoli cheese bake. Got room for a sticky toffee sundae for dessert? How could you resist!
Tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of the high street, Circa 1924 delivers irresistible cocktails and locally-sourced dishes in a stylish and atmospheric setting. Spend your Friday and Saturday dancing the night away upstairs to local live bands, before indulging in a heavenly roast on Sunday. The menu changes weekly but you can guarantee it’ll be cooked with love, care and of course a little flair.
For even more great independent places to eat and drink within Exeter, take a look at our ultimate foodie guide.