A proper roast makes for a cracking weekend

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Image: The ultimate Sunday lunch recipes

Photograph: Jonathan Gregson

Nothing says "Sunday" better than a proper roast lunch complete with tasty trimmings. All you need is the right recipes (we can help with that), some good tunes and a gaggle of friends and / or family to polish it off and help with the washing up!


We've compiled our ultimate roast recipes into one tastebud-tingling list of gorgeousness for you to enjoy. PS: you're very welcome ...


The lamb

This hearty rack of lamb with salsa verde and grilled little gem lettuce from Tom Kerridge is a lesson in how to master fancy pub grub.

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Tom Kerridge rack of lamb

Photograph: Jan Baldwin


The chicken

Ah, roast chicken. Nothing says Sunday lunch quite like a succulent chook with crispy potatoes. 

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The veggie option

Lose your fear of the soufflé and put your carrots to good use with this light veggie dish from Allegra McEvedy. You can serve any leftovers to meat-eaters with the Sunday roast too.  

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Carrot souffle

Photograph: Karen Thomas


The beef

Sunday lunch sorted: roast beef with a paprika and thyme crust is a real crowd-pleaser. Try adding chunks of sweet potato to the roasting tin for last 30 minutes of cooking. 

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Roast beef

Photograph: Martin Poole


The spuds

Crunchy on the outside and pillowy soft inside, Marcus Wareing knows how to master the Sunday lunch spud.

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Roast potatoes

Photograph: Jonathan Gregson


The pork

This rich roast pork and fruity chutney are the perfect partners in (flavour) crime. Do as Anna Hansen suggests and serve it with roast sweet potatoes or shredded cabbage stir-fried with some chilli and garlic. 

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Roast pork belly

Photograph: Jonathan Gregson


The gravy

Gravy is a very easy thing to get right, yet it seems to send people into a tizz. Do as Kate Titford and Ghillie James do: get ahead, ditch the shop-bought granules and get stirring.

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Get-ahead gravy

Photograph: Tara Fisher


The veg

Raymond Blanc’s buttery slow-roast veg will go perfectly with any Sunday roast. 

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Slow-roast vegetables

Photograph: Jonathan Gregson


The Yorkshire pud

This is one of the most exciting parts of a Sunday lunch. Here's how to get a better batter ...

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