With the days getting shorter and darker, all many of us want to do is sit in front of a fire with a tasty and gravy-laden meal - so there is no better antidote for a grey winter Sunday than a roast dinner!
Using Trip Advisor, we have compiled a list of the best spots for a Sunday roast in County Durham, with options to suit all budgets and diets. So, read on to discover your new favourite place for pub grub!
The Three Horseshoes
Running Waters, Durham, DH1 2SR
One of the top restaurants in Durham, The Three Horseshoes has secured itself a reputation for affordable but delicious food.
As well as tasty meals, the Three Horseshoes has a rich history of serving County Durham patrons, as it has stood in its current location for over 100 years. In times gone by, it served a thriving mining community but has transformed over the last few decades into a popular destination for food and real ale.
Their Sunday lunch menu has options to suit all tastes - ranging from the traditional roast pork loin to gastro-specialities such as slow-roasted brisket, and even a vegetarian haggis option.
Aykley Heads House, Aykley Heads, Durham DH1 5TS
Included in the Michelin Guide, it is no surprise that reviewers have found all of the Sunday lunch options at this restaurant absolutely delicious.
Located in a beautifully converted farm building on the edge of the city, this restaurant is the full package if you are wanting an upmarket Sunday roast - but you should be prepared to shell out a pretty penny, with all of the main courses costing between £21.50 and £41.50.
Bridge Street Metal Bridge, Durham DH6 5LQ England
Deemed by one reviewer to be "the best place in the area", The Poachers in Durham has an extensive menu, with plenty of options suitable for a Sunday dinner, including lamb chops and gammon.
Those aren't your only options, though with plenty of other pub classics available - from hearty burgers to curries, and an extensive vegetarian menu.
The Church Mouse
Waldbridge Front Street The Vintage Inns, Chester Moor DH2 3RJ England
The Church Mouse pub serves a range of hearty roasts, bringing plenty of cheer to a chilly winter weekend. All of the classics are available, with beef, turkey, and pork on the menu, as well as a candied vegetable roast if you fancy something a little lighter.
Online, reviewers are fans not only of the food but also of the "lovely staff" and "convenient location".
The Farmers Arms
South Side Shadforth, Durham DH6 1LL England
Known for being a little bit quirky, this classic community pub "with a twist" has built a name for itself on its home-cooked food - meaning it is usually busy with loyal patrons.
In addition to its bright and busy atmosphere, you can expect great food for a fair price; especially when it comes to Sunday lunches.
One happy customer wrote: "Service was excellent, food was excellent and the overall atmosphere in the pub was upbeat and enjoyable. We will be visiting again very soon!"
Bistro Citron Vert
1 Wellington Street High Pittington, Durham DH6 1AZ England
This canny little bistro has carved out a name for itself by serving Sunday dinners - despite specialising in French cuisine.
One reviewer labelled the restaurant "consistently fabulous", and another promised to be back again to try the whole menu.
With the Sunday lunch being so popular, it is necessary to book in advance to ensure a table at this gorgeous independent restaurant.
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