ON a cold Sunday night, there is nothing better than cuddling up for a fried dinner.
But after a week of work, you may not want to go out and cook for yourself.
It is also a challenge to decide where to go for roasting as you have to choose a restaurant that serves gravy and the best Yorkshire puddings.
For our readers who enjoy a Sunday roast, we have compiled a list of five of the best rated Sunday roasts in the area.
Queen Victoria, Maldon
This traditional pub also serves home-cooked food and boasts a five-star rating on TripAdvisor.
Reviews of the pub, run by James and his team, are full of praise for its roast beef dinners.
A happy TripAdvisor reviewer, who gave it five stars, said: “Fantastically efficient and easy pick-up service and the roast beef dinners were amazing, very happy wife.”
Another five star reviewer added: “We were not disappointed, the staff friendly, welcoming and very efficient, the food absolutely wonderful, roast beef for me and roast pork for my other half – lots of it and nice and warm.”
Bells, Woodham Walter
The Bell is a historic inn with two wood burning stoves to keep you warm during the winter months.
Its Sunday menu changes from week to week, but always receives lots of praise from visitors.
A TripAdvisor reviewer called it the best roast dinner in Essex.
They said, “Have eaten a fried dinner there and it was absolutely delicious.
The roast beef was incredible, perfect amount of vegetables as well as all cooked to perfection.
“The staff are so friendly and always made sure we had enough to drink, checked to see if the food was ok, very welcoming.”
They added: “The price was also very reasonable all in all the perfect Sunday roast. The Bell is one of the best.”
Rubino Kitchen, Maldon
Tucked away on Chigborough Farm is this intimate restaurant, which is a former fisherman’s cottage.
It was awarded the Michelin Plate Prize for Good Cooking, which mixes English and Italian influences.
A review of its Sunday lunch on TripAdvisor says: “This was a perfect Sunday lunch, beef, Yorkshire pudding and a really good selection of vegetables; beef just melts in your mouth.
“The portion size is perfect, as is the lovely dessert with rice with poached pear.
“This is definitely a pleasure and excellent value for money as the quality is top notch. Already booked to return.”
The Ship Inn, Burnham-on-Crouch
This pub and restaurant is in the heart of Burnham on the High Street.
It serves good food and classic pub breakfasts, backed by a 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor.
A five-star reviewer commented: “Come to Sunday dinner with my wife and her parents.
“What an absolutely amazing dining experience. From the moment we arrived until we paid the bill, it was all excellent.
“They have a special Sunday menu, which still has a good choice. I especially enjoyed the pink beef. Lovely starters and lovely roasts – complimented by a good selection of desserts,” they continued.
“Wonderful experience and will definitely eat here again.”
The Victoria Inn, Burnham-on-Crouch
This dog-friendly pub has it all – outdoor seating, a pool table, dart board and it shows all sporting events.
It is also known for good Sunday roasts.
Many of its Google reviews, with an overall 4.4-star rating, praise its Sunday roast.
A happy customer gave it five stars, leaving the review: “Loved the Sunday roast. Fantastic service, good taste, good price and almost managed to fit it all in.
“If you’re in or around Essex, it’s an absolute must. Thank you.”