The Best Pubs For A Sunday Lunch Roast in West Essex

Picture the scene: a roaring fire in a cozy pub with timber beams, your plate piled high with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, vegetables all covered in gravy and a perfectly cooked roast. While not everyone of these pubs serves up the Yorkshire puddings with its Sunday dinners they are mostly traditional English pubs with 100s of years of history.  Whether you are travelling out from London or you are looking for a local Sunday lunch in West Essex then check out this list. Everyone has been added following recommendations from locals.

As these pubs cook food fresh for the Sunday lunch they will be subject to availability. If you visit towards the end of the serving time there may be reduced options. All of these pubs have been included after recommendations from people who have eaten there, but I can’t guarantee the quality of your meal or your service during your visit. 

Popular pubs will need the table booking in advance so if looking for a last minute place for Sunday lunch give them a call to avoid disappointment.

A roast dinner with all the trimmings and where to go in West Essex to get one
Where to go for a Pub Sunday Lunch in West Essex

The Horseshoes, Upshire

The Horseshoes, Horseshoe Hill, Upshire, Essex, EN9 3SN
Sunday lunch served 12 to 5pm. Booking recommended on 01992 712745
Roasts served in small, medium and large size which is great for different size appetites.
Vegetarian option (of sausages on the sample menu) available.
Parking opposite.

The Woodbine Inn, Waltham Abbey

Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3QT
Sunday lunch served 12 to 6pm. You can book via the websites.
Roasts from £15.95
Vegan nut roast available (and vegan puddings).
Range of local real ales and ciders.
Dog friendly.
Small car park, but in day light hours you can park in the Epping Forest car park opposite too.

Rainbow and Dove, Hastingwood

Hastingwood Roadd, Hastingwood, Harlow, CM17 9JX
Sunday lunch served 12 to 4.30pm. You can prebook online, but for same day bookings call 01279 415419
The free house has a long history, listed in the Domesday Book as a Farmhouse and a stop over point for Cromwell's soldiers in 1645. The post coach travelling between Cambridge and London also stopped here. In short it has a lot of history.
Dogs not welcome on Sundays.
Plenty of parking. 

The Rabbits, Stapleford Abbots

Stapleford Road, Stapleford Abbotts, Romford, Essex, RM4 1RP
Sunday lunch served 12 to 6pm. Booking advised, especially for larger groups. You can book online.
Roasts from £15. Child size roast available.
Nut roast available, but not clear if vegan. Vegan sorbets available for pudding.
Range of real ales.
Beer garden with small play area.
Plenty of parking.

The Thatchers, Hatfield Heath

Stortford Road, Bishop's Stortford, CM22 7DU
Sunday sittings times at 12.30, 1, 3, 3.30, 5.30 and 6pm. Card details required when booking with a £10 cancellation fee per head if less than 24 hours notice. Maximum table size is 8. Book online.
Roasts from £19. Children's roast available (for under 12s)
Vegetarian option.
Beer garden.
Limited parking.

The Black Bull, Fyfield

Dunmow Road, Fyfield, Near Ongar, Essex, CM5 0NN
Sunday lunch served 12 to 7.30pm. Call 01277 899225 to book.
Grade 2 listed building dating back to the 1400s
Roasts from £17
No vegetarian or vegan option currently.
Beer garden.
Plenty of parking.

The White Hart, Moreton

The White Hart, Bridge Road, Moreton, Essex, CM5 0LF
Sunday lunch served 12 to 5.30pm. To make a reservation please call 01277 890 890 or email
Roasts from £15.50
Vegetarian option.
Children's roast.
Real ales.
Outside seating area.

The John Barleycorn, Threshers Green 

Threshers Bush, Harlow, Essex CM17 0NS
Sunday lunch served 12 to 6pm. Call to book a table on 01279 422675
Vegetarian nut roast available.
Beer garden.
Plenty of parking.

The Black Swan, Nazeing

Common Road, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2DF
Sunday lunch served 12 to 4pm. Call to book on 01992 892123
Roasts from £14.95
Vegetarian and children’s roasts available.
Real ales.
Beer garden with children's play area.

The Bricklayers Arms, Stondon Massey

Ongar Road, Stondon Massey, Brentwood, Essex CM15 0EQ
Sunday lunch served 12 to 3pm. You can make a reservations via the website.
Real ales.
Beer garden with play area.
Plenty of parking.

The Chequers, Matching Green

The Chequers, Matching Green, Near Harlow, Essex, CM17 0PZ
Sunday meals served 12 til 8pm.
Roasts from £19.50
2 vegan options (including a gluten free choice). Dairy free roast options available. Vegan ice cream available.
Children's roast available.
Terrace and garden area.
Dogs welcome in the bar area, but not the restaurant or terrace.
Car park for 30 cars and street parking.

The Queens Head, Fyfield

Queen St, Fyfield, Ongar CM5 0RY
Sunday lunch available 12 to 6pm, book via Open Table
Roasts from £19
Nut roast available (vegan and gluten free, although they warn of risk of cross contamination).
Beer garden.
Dogs welcome in the garden, but not inside.
Small car park, but some street parking

Kings Head, North Weald 

High Road, North Weald, Epping, CM16 6BU
You can book a table online.
Roasts from £15.25
Vegan roast option (and pudding) available.
Dog friendly area available in the bar.
The King's Head is one of the oldest pubs in Essex, with parts of the structure dating back nearly 450 years. The main building is a beautiful half wood construction which dates back to the 17th century, and was originally built using old ships' timbers.
Beer garden.
Plenty of parking.

The Standard, Loughton 

126 High Rd, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4BE
Sunday lunch from noon til late. You can book a table online.
Roasts from £15
Vegetarian roast available.
This gastro bar in Loughton High Road is a popular place for Sunday lunch and you can also enjoy one of their wide range of cocktails.
They have no car park, but there are nearby pay and display car parks (if the small ones are all full head to Sainsburys in Station Road). Walking distance from Loughton Station (Central line).

The Owl, Loughton

Lippitts Hill, Waltham Abbey, Loughton IG10 4AL
Reservations 0208502 0663 or email
Large beer garden and outdoor play area
Car park

You might also want to check out things to do with children in Loughton.

The Bull, Theydon Bois

Station Approach, Theydon Bois, Epping, CM16 7HR
Sunday lunch served 12 to 4pm. Reservation 01992812145
Draft real ales
Pub in a 17th century Grade II listed building near Theydon Bois station (Central line)

Theydon Oak, Epping

9 Coopersale Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 7QJ
Sunday lunch 12 to 5pm. Call to book 01992 572618 (£10 deposit required)
Roasts from £16.50
Vegan roast option. Children's roast.
Real ales available
Outdoor play area

Dog & Pickle, Ongar

Church Road, Moreton, Ongar, Essex, CM5 0LF
Sunday meals served 12 to 9pm
Book table on 01277 600 501 via website or email. £10 booking fee per head, non refundable if cancelled less than 24 notice, more than 24 hours notice and you can transfer the date. More than a months notice and you can get a refund. For Sunday lunch you will probably need to book several months ahead. 
Roasts from £24
Vegan and vegetarian option, Gluten and dairy free option. Childrens roast available.
16th century pub with beer garden.

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