Best Roasts in Sydney

Updated 4 months ago


The classic roast might seem like a holdover from the past, but it’s a damn delicious one. A dish of roast meat – traditionally beef, but these days you’ll usually get a few different options – and an assortment of vegetables can of course be eaten on any day of the week, but there’s something particularly excellent about eating it on a Sunday. Add in Yorkshire pudding and a good drenching of gravy, and you’re in heaven.

So, where to find a piece of heaven in Sydney? Head to an inner-west stalwart for smoked brisket, a Vietnamese spot turning tradition on its head, and a Glebe classic where the Yorkshire pudding is as big as your face.

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  • The whole menu at this great grandfather of Sydney pubs is a masterclass in comfort food. But the hot tip is the Sunday roast – choose beef, chicken or Japanese pumpkin with all the trimmings. Otherwise it's Wagyu cheeseburgers and live jazz in the front bar. You can’t go wrong either way.

  • Built in 1869, this old English boozer has two roasts to rule them all: succulent pork paired with apple sauce, or a half-chook. Both come with roast potatoes and pumpkin, steamed greens, Yorkies and gravy. Wash it all down with a couple of pints and you’ll be feeling barmy in no time.

  • Home of the “The Big Yorkie”: a plate-sized Yorkshire pudding brimming with roast beef, crispy spuds, peas and carrots. It’s chef Patrick Friesen’s solution to an age-old problem of never having enough pudding to mop up the inevitable sea of gravy.

  • The Taphouse – one of the city’s best craft beer venues – has long been a bastion of the Sunday roast. Its version comes with either beef brisket or pork loin with all the trimmings, plus there also vegan and vegetarian options on request. Pair your meal with one of the pub’s natural Australian wines or funky beers for a solid Sunday session.

  • Down an alley in the CBD, you’ll find this cosy little tavern with a serious set of roasts. And just like a classic English pub, each meat comes with the appropriate sauce and sides. With beef sirloin, pork belly and lamb there’s gravy, Dutch carrots, broccolini, peas, beef-fat roast potatoes and Yorkies, while the roast pumpkin comes with wild rice.

  • At the Glebe, $30 gets you a choice of two roast meats (they change every week) plus all the trimmings. For an extra $7 you can get dessert. And the Yorkie? It’s face-sized. Beef and Guinness pie with mash, Cumberland sausages, and fish’n’chips with mushy peas are also available all week.

  • For a roast with a side of old Hollywood, Roosevelt is your destination. Start with oysters and champagne mignonette before moving onto the main event: pork roll or beef rump with all the trimmings. Fancy a cocktail? The team's roving drinks trolley is never far away.

  • The London has been one of Paddington’s favourite watering-holes since 1875. And for a couple of years at least, it’s been serving one of the area’s best Sunday roasts. It’ll set you back $29, with a choice of pork or beef, available until sold out.

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  • Where most breweries stop at burgers and pizza, 4 Pines HQ serves a full pub-style menu with a budget-friendly roast from midday every Sunday. And from 6.30pm, there’s free live music to go with the brewery’s sterling range of craft beers.

  • This art deco dame is an eastern suburbs destination for many reasons – heaving party nights and a top beer garden are just a couple. But, just quietly, the Sunday roast has been pulling locals for decades.

  • In a suburb full of homey pubs, the Four in Hand is one of the best. And it does a comforting Sunday roast for $30 with all the trimmings. Throw in a cracking wine list and you’ve got a solid option if you’re in hunting down a feast in the east.

  • This north Bondi favourite serves up free-range rolled porchetta with carrots, potatoes, braised greens, house mustard and a Yorkie drenched in gravy every Sunday. Roll in lunch for lunch from 12pm, then stay on for the happy hour from 4pm–6pm.

  • At $27, the Royal’s roast is a little more wallet-friendly than most around town. Served from midday every Sunday, it’s best enjoyed from a spot on the balcony; if you’re early enough to nab a table there, you’ve officially won Sunday – with change to spare.