Top pubs in Guildford

for a Sunday roast

January 2024 ■
Words by Georgie Ashworth

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Guildford – the commuter’s perfect home.

This is the ideal spot that benefits from being nestled in the heart of green, leafy county of Surrey. Whilst also just a quick 40-minute train away from central London. Guildford has rich historical charm and a small, town-like feel about it, whilst also boasting great walks, entertainment and a good food and pub scene.

Wintery country walks and a Sunday roast in a lovely pub is a regular ritual for some people living in the UK. Guildford is blessed with really good walks and some great pubs. This guide will help you to plan your Sunday activities to find the top pubs in Guildford where you can savour the perfect British Sunday roast.

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    The Royal Oak: A traditional gem

    We are starting strong. Topping the list of Guildford's best pubs for a Sunday roast is The Royal Oak. This historic pub (undatable in-fact as it pre-dates the records that are kept!), is nestled in the heart of Guildford. This is a quintessential British pub experience. Prop up the bar with a pint of ale, and soak up the warm and inviting atmosphere. The Royal Oak serves up a Sunday roast that is nothing short of delicious. Feast on locally-sourced meat (chicken, beef, pork and lamb often grace the menu), perfectly roasted vegetables and roasties that your mum would be proud of. Not forgetting their famous rich gravies are the highlight of their roast dinners. Highly reviewed pub with

    4.5 stars on Tripadvisor

    4.5 stars on Google.

  2. 02

    The Keep: A fusion of history and comforting grub

    Step back in time at The Keep, a pub that seamlessly blends history with good food and a great pub vibe. This family run pub is nestled near Guildford Castle. Your roast at The Keep promises to deliver a Sunday roast that pays homage to traditional homely British fare. The cozy interiors and friendly relaxed ambiance is the perfect setting for a leisurely Sunday meal. Come for a quick lunch, stay for the day!


    4 stars on Tripadvisor

    4.4 stars on Google  

  3. 03

    The March Hare: Where classic meets contemporary

    If you're in search of a pub that sits in perfect balance of classic and contemporary, look no further than The March Hare. A beautifully enticing pub with serious appeal. Make sure you book your table in advance, but come hungry and ready to tuck into succulent meats and top tier sides and gravy, all served in a cosy and comfy restaurant or eat in the dog friendly bar. With 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor.

  4. 04

    The Weyside: Riverside charm with a Sunday roast feast

    Head down to the river on a clear day for a delicious Sunday roast with a view. The Weyside has an amazing spacious terrace overlooking the River Wey. There is no doubt that this pub provides a beautiful riverside setting for a hearty Sunday roast, but don’t be alarmed – they also serve a mighty roast. The chefs pride themselves in using locally-sourced ingredients to serve a roast to remember. With 4 stars on Tripadvisor & 4.4 stars on Google.

  5. 05

    The Charterhouse Pub

    A sure winner, the Charterhouse Pub is always a good idea. The perfect country cosy pub with open fires, a fully stocked bar and plenty of activities such as a pub quiz and karaoke nights. Enjoy delicious roasts with all the trimmings from amazing yorkies, to big fluffy roasties. Make sure you save some space for a delicious dessert too. With 5 stars on Tripadvisor & 4.6 stars on Google.

If you're up for a short drive and a walk from Guildford, there are several pubs in the surrounding Surrey Hills areas that also offer really delicious Sunday roasts. Pick and plan a walk, use our handy blog to help you find a route, the Boxhill Loop and North Downs Way take in some lovely pubs on their circuits.

If a Sunday roast is not for you then you’re in luck, all of the pubs above also serve their regular menu on a Sunday. There are plenty of restaurants in Guildford that caters for all tastes and occasions. Including the Ivy Asia, Beirut Beirut, Gurkha Kitchen and so many more.

Guildford's residents are lucky to have a buzzing community and amazing diverse culinary scene on the doorstep. There’s plenty of local options for a delicious Sunday roasts, from pubs on the river, to historical charm to the modern swanky vibe at The March Hare, We can guarantee you will find a great Sunday roast in Guildford.


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