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Our favourite Sunday lunch venues in the South West

Posted by Sophie Hesp on Apr 10, 2019

Nothing beats a classic Sunday lunch


From Venetian-style antipasti and seafood specials to vegetarian feasts and traditional roasts, the South West is home to some fantastic Sunday lunch venues. Whether you’re treating someone special, refuelling after a coastal walk or simply craving home comforts over a lazy weekend, we’ve rounded up our favourite lunchtime locations in Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset.

Amélies in Porthleven, Cornwall

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Enjoy panoramic views and an award-winning Sunday lunch at Amélies in Porthleven. This Cornish gem prides itself on beautifully fresh and flavourful dishes, from rich Malaysian curries to wood-fired pork and local fish from the harbour.

With a string of local accolades, Amélies is home to the ‘Best Cornish Sunday Roast’, named by Cornwall Life in their Food and Drink Awards 2016. While you can expect an informal café atmosphere by day and a relaxed restaurant vibe by night, Sundays at Amélies are extra special. Take to the terrace to experience lunch with a view.

Nearby property: Bodillian in Praa Sands. From its arresting architecture to its incredible sea views and clever reverse style living.

The Galley Restaurant in Minehead, Somerset

Set in a vibrant coastal location in one of Somerset’s most iconic towns, The Galley Restaurant at The Beach Hotel is a must-visit destination for a seaside lunch. Watch as a team of talented chefs prepare modern and creative dishes from the theatre kitchen, serving everything from gourmet burgers to sumptuous roasts and mezze sharing dishes, every day of the week.

Nearby property: Willow’s Rest (part of the Upcott Farm estate) in Dulverton. A blissful countryside escape, Willow’s Rest sits just on the edge of Exmoor, with plenty of local culinary delights to explore nearby.

The Seahorse in Dartmouth, Devon

Serving a Venetian-style antipasti from its coveted Dartmouth location, The Seahorse is all about Sunday lunch with a twist. With an ever-changing menu featuring new dishes each week, enjoy a selection of cured Italian meats before indulging in a three course lunch with your choice of main. For a pre-dinner tipple, try an in-house aperitif at Joe’s Bar before taking your seat at the table.

Nearby properties: Phoenix House and Blue Moorings in Dartmouth. Bubble away and relish breath-taking views across the water from Phoenix House’s elevated hot tub, or enjoy unlimited use of the Dart Marina Health Spa with a stay at Blue Moorings.

Star and Garter in Falmouth, Cornwall

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Serving up hearty Sunday lunches each week and making the most of its prime harbour front location, Star and Garter combines the best local produce with astonishing views across Falmouth Bay. With menu favourites including slow roasted lamb, dry aged moorland rump and pork loin with apple and sage, this trendy Falmouth hotspot is sure to prove popular with carnivores across Cornwall.

Book a table and tuck into crispy duck fat roast potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables, with the finest locally sourced produce served on every plate. A collection of world class whiskies and much loved rums make Star and Garter the perfect place to take in glistening views with a drink in hand.

The Pig at Harlyn Bay, Cornwall

Book a table at The Pig at Harlyn Bay and bring the family together for an extra special feast. Headed up by a team of prestigious chefs and preparing a simple menu of quintessentially British food, The Pig presents a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Cornwall.

With each ingredient grown or sourced nearby as part of the restaurant’s ’25 mile menu’, its spectacular dishes are inspired by coast and country, from Fowey duck and Johnny Murt's Padstow crab to the walled garden salad and beetroot hummus. After a luxurious lunch in the greenhouse restaurant, savour the luscious garden views or take a stroll along Harlyn Bay’s iconic sandy shores.

Railway Dining Trains, Devon

If you prefer to drink and dine on the move, don’t miss the popular railway dining experience making its way through South Devon. Setting off from Buckfastleigh station, book your ticket and climb on board a dining train to enjoy a Sunday lunch with a difference.

With availability across selected dates for tables of two or four, this unique restaurant car experience will include a freshly cooked three course lunch from a menu of locally sourced produce. With an at-table bar also in operation, ease into the weekend over a glass of fizz and watch the world go by from the window.

Nearby property: Waterside in Salcombe. Tranquil estuary views from the balcony make this South Devon home a splendid setting for a week away.

Duchy of Cornwall Nursery in Lostwithiel, Cornwall

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Enjoying pretty views over Fowey Valley and Restormel Castle, the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery and Café is a tranquil spot to while away the weekend over a classic Sunday lunch. After a morning spent wandering the nursery, pop into the café for an extra lunch treat.

Enjoy a drink on arrival and take a seat and sample a spectacular three course menu amongst truly peaceful surroundings. Choose from beautifully baked cod loin, slow roasted lamb from nearby Kilhallon Farm or sun blush tomato arancini – not forgetting a delightful selection of desserts for a little weekend indulgence.

Black Venus Inn in Challacombe, Devon

A traditional country pub boasting a sociable beer garden, a cosy bar and a selection of comprehensive menus, the Black Venus Inn occupies a picture-perfect setting in North Devon. Beautifully presented and showcasing the finest local ingredients, the pub’s indulgent Sunday lunches provide the perfect excuse for a lazy weekend well spent.

The Masons Arms in Knowstone, Devon

For a traditional Sunday roast set within the gently rolling hills of the Exmoor countryside, The Masons Arms is a Michelin-star thatched inn serving three exquisite courses on the first Sunday of each month. From smoked haddock starters to duck confit mains and poached rhubarb desserts, expect award-winning cuisine and an extensive wine list to match.

Nearby property: Nightjar in Dulverton. Nightjar features four luxurious bedrooms, a sociable kitchen and an elevated deck for sleepy nights beneath the stars.

Posted by Sophie Hesp

When she's not out for brunch, Sophie loves exploring the coast path with her partner and their golden retriever pup, Obi. She writes about all things Cornwall and is a strong believer that there’s no such thing as too many house plants.

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