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We sent avid foodie Imogen Hawthorne to investigate the top Sunday roasts in the city.


Imogen Hawthorne is a passionate foodie and cake-maker. You can read more of her adventures on her blog, Tea on the Ceiling.

What is more quintessentially British than a roast?

A cold, wet Sunday is not complete without a plate piled high with flavoursome seasonal veg, a slow-roasted joint and a big bowl of crumble to top it off.

It should always be consumed in excess, and if you don't finish the evening collapsed in a dishevelled heap, with a glass of red, contemplating whether that stolen leftover roastie was a good idea on the way through the kitchen, then frankly, you're not doing it right.

With winter on the way, and prime roast season upon us, I went in search of some bostin Sunday spreads...

Purecraft Bar and Kitchen

First on the list is a city centre favourite.

If you're a fan of real ale, and you've got a sweet tooth, we highly suggest that a visit to these guys should be on your list for Sunday fare.

Their offering for mains is a simple roast of the day, cooked to perfection.

But the real draw for me here is their novel selection of puds, all matched with beers and ales from the Purity menu. The Raspberry Beer Arctic Roll is to die for!

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The Highfield

For a homely atmosphere with a touch of class, The Highfield is a fantastic haunt for a lazy Sunday afternoon out with family and friends.

They offer a selection of three roasts: Beef, Pork and Vegetable Wellington, as well as a plethora of tasty starters and desserts to tempt.

I recommend kicking things off with their Sunday Deli Board and finishing with their crumble of the day, served grandma-style: at the table, with gallons of vanilla custard.

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The Church Inn

If you like a Sunday roast with a bit of a twist, a visit to The Jewellery Quarter's soul food gem is a must.

Their roast offering, 'Sunday Southern Dinners', blends all the best elements of a Sunday roast, with a Louisiana cooking vibe.

The French Quarter meets British pub atmosphere, making for a great quirky setting for your Sunday scran. And if the sun is shining their stunning roof terrace is a great place to while the afternoon away.

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The Green Man

For those looking for a Sunday escape, head north to the village of Middleton in Tamworth where you will find The Green Man, an old world village pub with a cosy atmosphere, classic British food and real ales.

As well as serving a cracking traditional Sunday roast, The Green Man dishes up a varied selection of contemporary dishes, or bites and nibbles if you're after a lighter meal. 

We recommend an evening visit - you can't beat first class comfort food served by candlelight with the cold outside, and a roaring open fire.

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Warehouse Cafe

If you're looking for a meat-free extravaganza for your Sunday kicks, look no further than the Digbeth veggie institution that is The Warehouse Cafe.

With a sustainable ethos, getting most of its vegetables from local allotments, The Warehouse Cafe is the place to go if you fancy a true Brummie roast with an ethical twist.

All of their Sunday options are vegan as well, with choices such as Toad in the Hole and Bread Pot Stew. Their vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding is an absolute winner to polish things off!

With a main, dessert, and glass of wine or beer, it won't break the bank either at £17.50.

Make sure you arrive early though, as they can get very busy and the roast is only available from 12-3pm!

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Another contender for a top class vegetarian spread is the oh-so-cool 1847, nestled in the beautiful Great Western Arcade.

Their stunningly presented dishes in a clean Scandi-style atmosphere make for a Sunday meal with an elegant twist.

With options such as Spatzle with confit tomatoes, goats cheese, almond, parsley puree; and baked yoghurt, blood orange, pistachio, candied orange and mint, you're bound to find something to make your taste buds pop.

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The Kings Head

Moving out of the city centre and seeing what the rest of Birmingham has to offer, I just had to throw in a mention of The Kings Head.

Established in 1898, this historical venue offers an extensive selection of hearty gastropub fare - perfect for a Sunday family get together.

If you want a cracking Sunday meal executed flawlessly, look no further.

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Posted by Imogen Hawthorne

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