Property Finder Spotlight on best places in East Sussex for a Sunday Roast


“Sunday lunch is a sacred thing” according to Jean-Christophe Novelli, the acclaimed Michelin-starred chef. He was one of the high profile figures publicly backing the Independent on Sunday’s Sunday Lunch Campaign. Mr Novelli, a Frenchman who has lived in Britain for 24 years, said that he considered the Sunday roast the most important meal of the week as it is a time for talking and laughing with the family.  He also saw it as an invaluable time to catch up with close family and friends after the stresses of the week.

Our clients often put leisure and family time high in their list of priorities. They are keen for their home finder to secure a property with easy access first of all to fine dining for those special occasions and additionally that good old English pub so popular for a relaxing traditional Sunday roast with friends and family. GPS has looked at five of the best of the latter(be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment!)


Busby and Wilds 8-9 Rock Street, Brighton BN2 1NF

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Located in the nicer end of Kemptown and named after the architects responsible for many of Brighton’s Regency properties, this neighbourhood public house serves great food (and booze!).

The food is home cooked from fresh locally sourced ingredients. The beers are from all over the world but include local real ales and an extensive hand-picked wine list. Groups of all sizes are catered for and there’s a quaint and quiet outside courtyard garden for the warmer months. The ambience is warm and family friendly, they also welcome dogs. Tender meat, large and billowy Yorkshire puddings, delicious gravy (lashings of it) a selection of fresh vegetables and sublimely crispy roast potatoes. Stand out desserts. As a result you could while away many hours here on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Roast main courses start at £13.95. Busby and Wilds

The Cock Inn, Old Uckfield Road, nr Ringmer, Lewes BN8 5RX

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Tucked away down a South Downs cul-de-sac, The Cock’s famously traditional food ensures a full house most lunchtimes and Sundays. Mind you, that still leaves plenty of room outdoors, with two stoutly hedged garden terraces and a view of the pub’s pretty, white weatherboard exterior. This family-run business prides itself on both a range of good home cooked pub food and a great selection of drinks. They include a range of cask conditioned real ales, Harvey’s Best Bitter and regular guest beers. Serving traditional Sunday roast (usually beef and lamb) with all the trimmings all day every Sunday (until sold out). There is also the usual varied menu. Service is fast, friendly and efficient even on the very busy days. Portion sizes (including children’s) are generous. Well worth a visit. The Cock



The Nevill, 214 Nevill Road, Hove BN3 7QQ

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The Nevill is a hidden gem and a bit of a find. It boasts award winning food in a clean and modern environment. They dish up an excellent Sunday roast which is always beautifully presented.  A great choice of vegetables including asparagus, carrots, roast potatoes, leeks and cauliflower cheese, topped off with crispy parsnips. There is a good selection of meats (chicken, beef, lamb and pork) accompanied by delicious Yorkshire pudding.   You can see the chefs preparing it all as the kitchen is open plan. Reasonably priced at around £11 for a roast dinner (drinks on top).  The Nevill



The Robin Hood, Main Road, Icklesham, TN36 4BD

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This is a friendly family-run beamed pub with fine Brede Valley views. Local atmosphere and good value unpretentious home made food (all day Sun). Lots of copper bric-a-brac, log fires in winter and a games area with pool. Big garden with childrens’ play area  has sand pits and a full size boat for children to entertain themselves. For the adults, boules. Dogs are welcome in the main bar area where you can enjoy the same menus as in the restaurant. Tasty good sized portions with a choice of beef, pork and turkey and excellent value for money (£7.50).  The Robin Hood




The Pig and Butcher, Five Ash Down, Uckfield

Under the relatively new management of landlord David Gardner the Pig and Butcher now wins rave reviews. He introduced the Sunday Carvery at the start of 2016. Between 50 and 60 people each week enjoy a two-meat adult roast for £11, or a three-meat roast for £13. They also cater for Senior citizens and children at £6 each. This small village pub has undergone a lot of work as part of its recent face-lift. The atmosphere is warm and cosy as use is made of both its fires during the winter. Cristian the head chef, takes responsibility for the excellent home cooked food with the Sunday Carvery offering a good choice of meats and selection of vegetables. Generous portion sizes and wonderful deserts.


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