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The best places in Exeter to go for a Sunday roast

For when the chicken, rice, and broccoli just aren’t cutting it for ‘home-cooked meals’ anymore


We all know the feeling, pre-Christmas, the weather is appalling, and the deadlines have hit you like a tiki-fire shot on a Wednesday night. All you want to do is go home and sit in a house with sufficient heating, have a bath and enjoy a home-cooked meal. If this doesn’t seem possible at the moment, I have the next best solution: A Sunday roast complete with all the trimmings.

Sunday’s in Exeter feel ghostly, the streets of Sidwell empty from the Saturday TP goers the night before, freshers tucked away on campus and the houses of Vic Street and Springfield rising late to spend a day in front of a TV (it is a day of rest, so how could you turn down The Office on a Sunday). If this sounds like you on a Sunday, it’s time for you to get yourselves out of bed and straight to the first place serving roast dinner. A roast is a healing meal, bringing much-needed home comforts to a very cold term at uni. So, tried and tested by yours truly, here is a definitive ranking of the best places to grab a Sunday roast in Exeter.

The Old Firehouse

Firehouse remains on top for every corner of Exeter fine dining. Whether you’re getting a pizza with your housemates in the summer, taking your parents here to show them a refined corner of Exeter’s mass drinking culture or if you’re coming here on a Sunday for a classic roast dinner. The Firehouse roast has a great array of sides, complete with year-round pigs in blankets (what more could you want!) If you accompany your roast with a Firehouse cider you’re guaranteed to have a blissful Sunday lunch experience which will definitely result in you and your mates all going home and collapsing on a sofa to sleep through some classic Sunday-night TV.

Double Locks

A classic for when the parents are in town, you can’t go wrong with a Mill on the Exe Sunday lunch. A classic British pub lunch (and dogs are welcome!), Mill on the Exe is right next to the quay so in a perfect place for those of you in Birks. Follow up your meal at Mill on the Exe with a walk down to the quay to truly have the perfect Sunday.

The Prospect Inn

Another quay-based location, The Prospect Inn is a more secluded understated pub that does a fantastic selection of comforting meals week-round. If you don’t fancy one of their roasts on a Sunday then try visiting during the week for a fish finger sandwich which hit every spot during deadline season when all you needed to do was walk down to the quay to escape the stress of it all.

The Terrace

The Terrace proved to be a brilliant surprise for a roast. After a day of shopping in town; fighting left, right and centre to walk straight down the High Street, what more could you want? Pop into The Terrace for a drink, and accompany said drink with a fantastic roast. Not only was the roast incredible, but the pigs in blankets were the stuff of dreams. So, if you’re ever walking through town and see a group of people walking home from The Terrace with a takeaway box of pigs in blankets, bat no eyelids and leave them on their merry way, those people have had a fantastic Sunday and you’re simply jealous!

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