It’s time for our yearly Roast Round-Up, say Richard Dash and Jamie Carter, so prepare to be impressed

Much like a religious annual pilgrimage, we like to round up our favourite roasts of the year into one place. We painstakingly make our way through pubs, cafes and restaurants to find our faves and get them into one place for you. It's a tough job, but... We have a full Roast Guide on our website, but here are some of our new entrants.

The Grove, Wilmslow

You may have seen The Grove in our previous pages. We must confess, we love their cosy woodland vibe, and it's right on our doorstep. So we really do enjoy a wet autumn walk followed by a Sunday Stop at The Grove.

Great British Life: The Grove, Wilmslow. Photo: Outsauced MediaThe Grove, Wilmslow. Photo: Outsauced Media

This time, however, they’ve made it back onto our list as they have recently launched BOTTOMLESS GUINNESS GRAVY served in a Fondue pot. Perfect for dipping those roasties and warming your cockles after that cold walk around The Carrs Park. What a fabulous idea!

Lilac Cottage, Prestbury

Our friends at Lilac Cottage are making an appearance and I can already hear you asking why is a tapas restaurant has found a place in a roast dinner guide. Well, Haseena and her Brazilian husband Felipe have recently launched their ALL YOU CAN EAT Latin-inspired roast dinner.

Great British Life: Lilac Cottage, Prestbury. Photo: Outsauced MediaLilac Cottage, Prestbury. Photo: Outsauced Media

Yes, it’s the roast that just keeps on coming… Served on small plates (but not small portions), this roast includes a whopping ELEVEN dishes: two delicious meats roasted to perfection, homemade pigs in blankets, creamy mash, Latino-style roasties, tenderstem broccoli, couve (fried Brazilian greens), cauliflower cheese, three different types of gravy and pouring sauce, Brazilian stuffing balls and Yorkshire puddings. If you manage to eat your way through any of these dishes, simply ask for a refill. If that’s not enough, you get all of this, a bottle of wine AND some churros for dessert for £35pp. It’s a Sunday steal!


The Inn at Huxley

The Inn at Huxley stumbled onto our radar by accident. We received a couple of messages about a family-run country gastropub that serves up sensational food, so with our interest piqued we hopped into the car and headed over to Huxley (just outside of Chester).

Great British Life: The Inn at Huxley. Photo: Outsauced MediaThe Inn at Huxley. Photo: Outsauced Media We’re absolutely astounded by this place. With its impeccable build and faultless service we got that rare feeling that we’d unearthed an absolute gem. Owned by husband-and-wife team, Sherril and James, The Inn at Huxley takes refined dining and seasonal food then sprinkles it with an elevated and relaxed country charm. We loved our mid-week visit so much we came back for a roast fix.. and would happily come back every Sunday. Per-fec-tion!

Freemasons at Wiswell, Ribble Valley

Okay, so we’re heading a little out-of-county here, but bear with... The Ribble Valley is stunningly beautiful and if you’re heading that way to walk, you’ll be wanting a fabulous Sunday lunch. Let us introduce The Freemasons at Wiswell, nestled in the medieval, chocolate-box village of Wiswell, just south of Clitheroe. Chef Owner Steven Smith serves fabulous food in an elegant and relaxed rural setting. This decorated Gastropub has a string of awards: Michelin Guide, AA 3 Star Rosettes, Estrella Top 50 Gastropubs and The Good Food Guide, to name a few.

Great British Life: Freemasons at WiswellFreemasons at Wiswell

We spoke to Steven, who attributes the popularity of his roast to using the best produce he can get his hands on; locally sourced Lancashire beef, a potato man in the know and decades of experience

The White Horse, Churton

Having only opened in March 2023, The White Horse in Churton is the newest addition to Elite Bistros’ portfolio. Funded through Kickstarter, the team behind Sticky Walnut raised 200k in 24 hours - absolutely smashing their target. So, with the funding behind them and zero ties to any breweries, Gary Usher and his team got to work renovating this vacant village pub.

Great British Life: The White Horse, ChurtonThe White Horse, Churton The community quickly rallied themselves around this project and got involved, providing tools, helping with labour, making brews and serving up lunch for the team. It’s very clear just how important to the community this build was, so it really had to deliver… and with the Elite Bistros team, how could it not? The White Horse is the first Elite Bistros Pub and has set the bar very high. Just look at that tender beef, and the size of that Yorkshire pud!