Two of the UK’s top rated Sunday roasts are a short drive from Manchester

The two Sunday roast spots were hailed for their exquisite roasts and cosy country pub aesthetic.

By Charlotte Puckering | 25 October 2022

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Two pubs located within short proximity to Manchester have been named among the best in the country for their Sunday roasts.

The Cholmondeley Arms in Malpas, Cheshire, featured in the Guardian’s top thirty Sunday roasts list for 2022, where it was praised for its ‘pedagogic tradition’ and ‘nostalgic puddings’. 

Known locally as ‘The Chum’, the pub and B&B is found within an old schoolhouse that was converted in the 1980s, and boasts a menu of food made lovingly with locally sourced ingredients. 

On the starters menu, there are pheasant goujons, devilled lamb’s kidneys and a ‘pub and seafood’ platter to share.

And as for the roast itself, The Chum is famed for its twenty-eight-day-aged sirloin steak, which is served with all the trimmings including Yorkshire puddings, duck fat roasted potatoes, seasonal greens, and a homemade red wine gravy.

There’s also roasted chicken supreme, a selection of fish dishes and even a game menu including a braised venison haunch. 

Also mentioned in the Guardian’s list is the Higher Buck in Waddington, Lancashire, which was hailed for delivering ‘technically rigorous dishes while maintaining a warm country-pub buzz’. 

This pub was celebrated not only for its traditional roast selection, but also for its homely ‘pub grub’ dishes that double down as an excellent Sunday lunch.

The Guardian writes: “Expect a friendly welcome, Thwaites beers and a crowd-pleasing kids’ menu, plus cooking that, even with pub staples such as smoked bacon and Lancashire cheese burger or beer-battered haddock and chips, is consistently elevated by Heathcote’s assured touch – and high-quality ingredients from the surrounding Ribble Valley.”

The Higher Buck’s cheddar soufflé, king prawn bhajis and crispy duck and chorizo salad also got a mention.