With frosty mornings and chilly sunsets a plenty, explorers the country over are making the most of the light hours by getting 'out and about' in the crisp winter air. Lacing up your walking boots, tugging on your woolly hats and pulling on your gloves, there's nothing quite like the feeling of fresh air nipping at your nose and blowing through your hair; but after you've had your fill, a Sunday's never quite complete without a decent roast.
Luckily for our guests, we've got the inside track on where to settle in if you're embarking on one of our cottage holidays - log-burners, well-stocked pumps and extra gravy, we know the ingredients for the best Sunday Lunches...
Polgooth Inn, St Austell, Cornwall
Best For: Trewhiddle Village
Just a five minute drive (or a bracing 30-minute walk!) from our luxury cottages in Cornwall, the Polgooth Inn is the epitome of a good old-fashioned Cornish pub with plenty of character to match. The interior is comfortable and relaxed with a cosy, roaring fire (complete with the occasional well-behaved pup snoozing in front of it), plus a gorgeous beer garden for a crisp pint of local ale.
The extensive menu runs throughout the week, with an additional Sunday Lunch offering that runs from 12-3pm (we thoroughly recommend booking as it's extremely popular!). Many of the vegetables are grown in the kitchen garden with the meat sourced from local Cornish butchers. For veggies and vegans there is an incredible Bean Curd Pie that is out of this world too!
(Y Llong) The Ship Inn, Edern, Wales
Best For: Nature's Point
Ideally suited to couples and older families (families with little ones are welcomed on Sunday's only), the Ship Inn offers fantastic food and equally brilliant service just 10-15 minutes from our cosy cottages on the Llyn Peninsula.
Their sumptuous Sunday offering consists of 3 courses for just £19.95 (2 for £16.95 for smaller appetites) with guests tucking into treats such as marmalade roast ham, roast rib of Welsh beef and pistachio nut loaf, plus a variety of indulgent puddings to choose from. Once you're suitably full, enjoy a bracing stroll on PorthDinllaen, taking in the spectacular views of Snowdonia and the Irish Sea, whilst digging your toes in the sand.
The George & Dragon, Hudswell
Best For: The Yorkshire Dales
We can wholeheartedly say from experience, that this award-winning pub was voted CAMRA Yorkshire Pub Of The Year (four years in a row) for very good reason. Perched in the heights of the traditional village of Hudswell and an incredible 45-minute walk from our luxury lodges, The George & Dragon perfectly blends beautiful home-cooking, a wide selection of epic ales and unforgettable views of the valley.
Whilst they're famous for their flaky-pastry pies and chunky hand-fried chips during the week, on a Sunday they serve hearty roasts; think melt-in-the-mouth beef, vegan nutroasts or juicy lamb - with all of the trimmings and a 'reet good' yorkshire pudding.
Lewinnick Lodge, Newquay, Cornwall
Best For: Fistral Beach
Within just a 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive, Lewinnick Lodge is just a hop and a skip from our penthouse apartments overlooking Fistral Beach. With possibly the best views on the Newquay headland (towards both Fistral and Crantock), this boutique restaurant is ideal for a bite to eat throughout the week, but especially on a Sunday.
Served between 12-4.30pm (make sure to get there early!) their delicious roast consists of either topside of beef, pork belly, lamb shoulder or nut roast with roasties, Yorkshire, seasonal veg and lashings of gravy. If you have room for dessert, tuck into delights such as sticky toffee pudding, poached winter fruits or rich chocolate torte whilst you watch the powder-blue waves crash in the distance.
No 1. Bistro, Wick, Scotland
Best For: John O'Groats
The Eastern stretch of the North Coast 500 is blessed with some of the most incredible landscapes on the whole of the North Coast 500. Luckily for our guests, on the scenic journey North towards our sea-view lodges in John O'Groats, a well-timed stop-off in nearby Wick allows for a tempting Sunday Lunch at the Mackays Hotel.
Whilst they offer Sunday favourites such as silverside of beef and oven-roasted chicken, their sumptuous side dishes include delicious additions of hasselback potatoes, fluffy yorkshire puddings and caper butters, plus nostalgic crumbles and rich brownies for dessert - superb!
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