Original article from Kent Live
Nothing will ever beat a good Sunday roast.
With a seemingly neverending winter and months of lockdown – Sunday lunches have been one of the small crumbs of comfort in recent times.
Of course, home cooked roast dinners are the best – we wouldn’t want to offend the family name – but there are plenty of amazing restaurants in Kent that provide high quality roasts too.
We asked KentLive readers on Facebook to suggest the best places to get a Sunday lunch in Kent – and they didn't hold back.
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While the thought of sitting outside in a beer garden may not be too appealing, from Monday (May 17) indoor hospitality venues will be able to open up again.
That means you’ll no longer have to bring a big coat to enjoy the food and drink.
Are you looking for the best place to go? Fear not – our list features 13 of the best recommendations from all over the county.
If we’ve missed any out or you want to give your favourite a mention, let us know in the comments below and we’ll add them to the list.
Black Horse, Pembury
Our Facebook post received more than 700 comments but one name kept appearing – The Black Horse at Pembury.
The unassuming but rustic looking pub on Pembury High Street has built up a reputation as one of the best in the county.
Back in 2019 The Black Horse was voted as the best place in Kent to get a roast and it seems nothing has changed.
Run by Gary and Michelle, The Black Horse has been receiving accolades for decades.
The carvery is served 12-6 every Sunday for less than £20.
The George, Trottiscliffe
West Kent has a number of high quality restaurants offering Sunday lunch.
Situated on Taylor’s Lane in West Malling, The George is known for its quality food and service.
Options on the menu include lamb, pork, beef and turkey and are accompanied by four speciality roasts.
Jane and Alan Selfe have owned The George for over 20 years and are still going strong.
The Rose, Dartford
The Rose is a family run pub and restaurant on Overy Street in Dartford.
The restaurant has built a reputation in north Kent for it’s ‘wonderful’ roast dinners.
The large beer garden may have been good but now the indoor restaurant can reopen it is sure to be busy!
Beef, turkey and gammon are on the menu on a Sunday so don’t miss out!
The Curious Cat, Herne
The most recommended Sunday lunch in the Canterbury district was at The Curious Cat.
The restaurant has a rating of 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor, with one reviewer saying the roast had a generous portion size.
The traditional Sunday roast is served from 12-5pm every week.
Beef, pork, lamb, chicken and a nut roast are all on the menu so don’t miss out.
Little Albion, St Peters
Thanet has a number of restaurants offering a roast overlooking the sea but the best dinner was voted as one away from the seafront.
The Little Albion rates highly on TripAdvisor and Google Reviews with a rating of 4.6 out of 5.0.
One reviewer said: “Friendly pub, nice atmosphere and good Sunday lunch”
The Dog at Wingham, Dover
The Dog at Wingham has been one of the most successful pubs in east Kent and the Dover district.
The pub was named as the best pub in Kent in 2017 and 2018 by the national pub and bar awards.
On Sunday’s the options are beef, chicken and pork for just a shade over £20.
Last year one KentLive reporter experienced the delights of The Dog at Wingham… and it’s fair to say they were impressed!
The Flying Horse, Ashford
The Flying Horse was named by a handful of readers as one of the best places to get a roast in Ashford.
Situated on Wye Road the restaurant has been offering takeaway roasts throughout lockdown at a very good price.
Beer, gammon, pork, turkey and vegetarian options with all the trimmings were being served for just £10.
If it’s good at home, it’ll be sure to be even better in the pub.
The Five Bells, Halling
The Five Bells lie on the high street in Halling, Rochester and is immensely popular with people all across Medway.
The dog friendly restaurant which overlooks the River Medway has a wonderful reputation for its traditional food and the classic Sunday roasts are no different.
The restaurant will be open from 1pm-5pm next Sunday, after lockdown eases.
The Little Place Next Door, Folkestone
The Little Place Next Door is located on Cheriton Place in Folkestone.
Ranked second out of 130 restaurants in Folkestone, the cafe offers a wonderful and reasonably priced Sunday roast.
A one course Sunday roast comes out at less than £11 while a two course meal is less than £15
One reader described the roast as ‘exceptional’ so you'll want to get in there and try for yourself.
Four Horseshoes, Graveney
Situated on Head Hill Road in Graveney, The Four Horseshoes carvery has been gaining plaudits for years.
Two courses can be snaffled up for just £12 with a variety of meats on offer.
One reader said they had always wanted to try the Sunday roast there and described it as ‘good quality and a generous portion’.
The North Pole, Maidstone
Sunday roasts are perfect when it’s cold outside so it’s no surprise to see The North Pole pub in Wateringbury receive plenty of praise.
Dating back to 1826, the charming and cosy atmosphere inside the pub makes it one of the finest restaurants in Maidstone.
One user on TripAdvisor said they would ‘highly recommend’ the pub for a Sunday lunch… and it seems our readers would too!
Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend
The Clarendon Royal Hotel in Gravesend is a boutique hotel which sits on the riverfront.
You can order a three course Sunday roast for less than £23 with plenty of great options for desert.
One reader said: "We’ve had a Sunday lunch in one of their pods. Lovely views of the river. Food was amazing.”
The George and Dragon, Sevenoaks
Last but by no means least is The George and Dragon in Chipstead.
The local village pub has been building up an impressive reputation of late.
One review on TripAdvisor described their Sunday lunch as 'fabulous'.
They said: "The management have done a tremendous job transforming the garden area, the food very good and the service faultless."