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 Lord Dudley Hotel

Bar

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.

236 Jersey Road, Woollahra

The Oxford Tavern

Bar

Each weekend at the Ox, around 200 kilograms of meat is smoked in its Black Betty smoker. A whole bunch of it is then set aside for the Sunday roast; choose from beef brisket, pork belly or pulled jackfruit accompanied by carrots with honey, gravy and a house-made Yorkshire pudding.

1 New Canterbury Road, Petersham, Petersham

The Taphouse

Bar

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.

122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst

The Duke of Clarence

Bar

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.

152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney

Forresters

Restaurant

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. And in July, he’s trading beef for turkey to celebrate Christmas in July.

Corner Foveaux and Riley Streets, Surry Hills

The Glebe Hotel

Bar

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.

63 Bay Street, Glebe

The Roosevelt

Bar

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: slow-cooked lamb shoulder or roast beef with all the trimmings. Fancy a cocktail? The team's roving drinks trolley is never far away.

32 Orwell Street, Potts Point

4 Pines Brewpub

Bar

Where most breweries stop at burgers and pizza, 4 Pines HQ serves a full pub-style menu with a $25 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.

29 43-45 East Esplanade, Manly

The Golden Sheaf Hotel

Bar

This old 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. It’ll set you back $28, and you can add a house beer or wine for an extra $7.

429 New South Head Road, Double Bay

Hello Auntie Darling Square

Restaurant

Auntie’s Sunday Roast is anything but British – it’s goi cuon, a DIY feast involving lemongrass chicken, roast pork belly and Angus brisket grilled over charcoal, which you roll up in vermicelli sheets or salad leaves. And it’s $35 every Sunday at both Darling Square and Marrickville locations.

Shop 2 16 Nicolle Walk, Haymarket

Four in Hand

Restaurant

In a suburb full of homey pubs, the Four in Hand is one of the best. And it does an intensely comforting Sunday roast for $29 with all the trimmings. Throw in a cracking wine list and you’ve got a solid option if you’re in the east.

105 Sutherland Street, Paddington
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Rocker

Cafe

This Bondi favourite does a three-course roast for $45 – plus you can customise your plate with extra Yorkies, roast spuds and double serves of Wagyu rump or rolled free-range porchetta. For the vege crowd, there’s spiced roast pumpkin with almond cream, roast spuds and carrots, plus apple and fennel slaw. For dessert? Basque cheesecake or a chocolate brownie.

5 39-53 Campbell Parade, Bondi

The Royal Leichhardt

Bar

At $24, 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.

156 Norton Street, Leichhardt