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The Shortlands Tavern, Bromley, Kent

The Shortlands Tavern, Bromley

We had visited The Shortlands Taverns to watch some rugby previously, when I saw they offered Sunday lunches I made sure we visited the following Sunday. Make sure you reserve a table, there were a lot of disappointed people would hadn’t. A very good place for families, with a menu for children, low salt Sunday lunches and clean baby changing facilities. Also, they are members of Brestfeeding Welcome Scheme, so mothers with young babies should also feel welcome here. Overall, the Sunday lunch was nice and worth a visit, if just to experience the local community pub.



Rose and Crown, Farnborough in Kent

Rose & Crown, Farnborough

Don’t let the outside of The Rose and Crown in Farnborough put you off, the venue inside was kept in good repair and nicely decorated. The facilities for children was excellent with clean changing areas and a large activity area in the garden. The huge Sunday lunch was good, especially the roast potatoes. A place to visit for families and people with large appetites!



The Winning Hand in Theale, Reading

The Winning Hand, Theale

I was looking for a Sunday lunch in Theale, near Reading, and found The Winning Hand. As it was a country pub, the outside had character. The standard of food presentation was high, each course looked inviting. The speed of service near the end of the meal did tarnish the experience a bit, but only because we were in a hurry to get back.

Overall, a recommended Sunday lunch at The Winning Hand and we would visit again.


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The Phoenix, Denmark Hill in London

The Phoenix, Denmark Hill

I have visited a number of times for beers over the years, so I was looking forward to reviewing the Sunday lunch at The Phoenix in Denmark Hill, London. The venue is part of Denmark Hill rail station, and they carry a train theme through the pub (with a large clock hanging from the ceiling). They have a great selection of craft beers available, as well as decent priced wine. The Sunday lunch was reasonably priced between £11.75 for Roast Chicken to £13.00 for Roast Beef. The roast was ok, I wasn’t keen on the vegetables, but the desserts were superb. they scored a respectable 3.5 out of 5.


The Windmill, Hollingbourne near Maidstone in Kent

The Windmill by Richard Phillips, Hollingbourne

We had visit another of Richard Phillips’s establishments, Pearson’s Arms in Whitstable. So, when I found out he has another in Hollingborne in Maidstone, we had to give it a shot. Sunday lunch here was superb, our roast very tasty (especially the potatoes). It was great that the kids roast was free, making the Sunday lunch really good value (3 courses for £19.95).

The Windmill is definitely one for families to visit for Sunday lunch. Top Rated!


The Crown & Castle, Orford in Woodbridge, Suffolk

The Crown & Castle, Orford in Woodbridge

We wanted to visit Ruth Watson’s Crown & Castle in Orford in Woodbridge, Suffolk for a while and had the opportunity to review. It was based almost opposite Orford Castle, with a beautiful white Tudor style frontage. The venue inside was just as nice. The service was good, we were looked after throughout the meal. We did feel quite awkward with JW though, not the place to bring a 7 month old baby! The food was mostly excellent, although the desserts were disappointing. It was a bit difficult to justify the pricing of this, at £28 for two courses it’s one of the most expensive we have reviewed.

Overall, a good Sunday lunch at The Crown and Castle in Orford, one to visit if you have some deeper pockets, and without a child!