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Sunday Lunch

5 Unique twists on the traditional roast dinner

The Sunday roast dinner is a British classic and, no matter where you go, it remains a firm favourite on most pub menus today. 

Everyone has a favourite way of eating it – whether it’s covering their veg in honey before it goes in the oven, soaking the goods in gallons of gravy, or even (don’t shoot the messenger) adding a splodge of ketchup on the side. 

But do you often find yourself limited to this very traditional way of consuming a Sunday roast? Sometimes, we just need to shake things up in the kitchen for something a little different. 

Here, we’ve rounded up some unique takes on the Sunday roast that you might not have tried yet… 

Roasted fish and all the trimmings 

Have you ever tried your roast with a fishy twist? This option offers an ocean of flavour – and takes less than half the time to cook from start to finish. 

Enjoy your favourite seafood alongside sprouts, parsnips and your usual helping of carrots. A sprinkle of rosemary and a drizzle of olive oil will really set this dish off (but maybe skip the gravy for this one?). 

You can find some recipe inspiration right here. 

A plant-based delight 

We now see more and more people turning to plant-based options in the kitchen – but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your beloved Sunday roast! And, don’t worry, you don’t have to limit yourself to a simple nut roast, either. 

Today, there are thousands of recipes which offer fun and unconventional vegan options to replace meat and spice up the dinner plate each weekend, from stuffed roasted cauliflower to sweet potato parcels. 

 The real deal for us, however, is this beetroot and squash wellington, packed with homemade kale pesto. Serve with the usual veg and lashings of gravy. 

Something sweet 

Got a bit of a sweet tooth? This Coca Cola ham is a Nigella favourite, and will be a showstopper on the dinner table. It’s also incredibly easy to make, which means it could easily become a Sunday roast regular. 

Our advice? When baking this one, maybe avoid honey-roasting the veg – one can only take so much sweetness on the roast dinner plate! 

A Mediterranean twist 

In the summer months, a hearty roast isn’t always that appetising, especially on a swelteringly-hot day. 

So, on those days where you still want a little taste (without the stuffed belly that usually comes after a good roast), try this lighter take on the nation’s favourite meal, with melt-in-the-mouth, slow-roasted lamb, feta and peppers.

All about the cheese 

If you’re all about the cauliflower cheese side when it comes to your roast, change it up with cheesy polenta goodness instead. 

This option of slow-roasted lamb and chargrilled veg is perfectly topped off with this rich flavour, and has all the colour of an Italian masterpiece


…But nothing beats the classic 

 While you may dip your toes into the unknown with these five unique Sunday roast options, we all know that nothing beats the real thing. Sure, like a new sweater, we all like to try something different every now and again, but the old one was always comfier anyway. 

Well, here at the Plume, don’t worry – we like to keep things classic. Our cosy Cornish pub is often celebrated for its delicious Sunday roast offer, and we even have accommodation so you can enjoy your Sunday nap after. 

So, whether you’re looking for pubs with accommodation in Cornwall, or one of the top local roast dinner destinations, you’ve come to the right place. 

To book your stay at The Plume of Feathers, get in touch with our team or reserve your room online today.