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Tasty Alternatives to a Traditional Sunday Lunch

The experts at our New Forest restaurant bring you something other than a failsafe roast dinner to sink your teeth into this Sunday

The age old British tradition of Sunday Lunch has been around for hundreds of years now and we at The Bell Inn are pretty sure this isn’t about to change. After all, a huge helping of roasted meat with all the trimmings and lashings of gravy – what could top it? Well, we have some tantalising alternatives for when a traditional roast just doesn’t cut the mustard.

Pie & Mash

Another British favourite and one that is just as warm and hearty. Get experimental with fillings such as kale, chestnut and parmesan for vegetarians or a classic Fish Pie, like ours at The Bell Inn. The best part about this one? All the prep can be done hours beforehand, you just need to heat it up, giving you more time to spend with your guests.

Toad in the Hole

Another sharing great, Toad in the Hole is a huge Yorkshire Pudding filled with sausages, served with a side of vegetables and gravy – what’s not to love! Just as warm and just as delicious as a classic Sunday Lunch.

Pasta Bake

Minimal effort and just as delightful. Load up a Macaroni with leeks, broccoli and lots of cheese before topping it all off with breadcrumbs and baking in the oven. Add pancetta if preferences will allow. Or, make it like the wonderful chefs at our New Forest restaurant and serve up a vegetarian answer to Lasagne filled with root vegetables and spinach. Simply divine.


Gather friends and family around the table for a dose of Spanish ‘surf n turf’ and bring a little summer to your Sunday afternoon, whatever the season. Another great sharing dish full of flavour, surprise your dinner guests with something from across the seas. This traditional Spanish fare is bound to please.


A Lamb Roast is hard to beat, so if you can’t keep your mitts off it but want to try something new, cook a Lamb Tagine. A Moroccan casserole served in a clay dish, this will be sure to surprise your Sunday lunch guests. For good reason, of course.

So there we have it, some exciting alternatives to the classic Sunday roast.

Should you wish to try out something other than our classic roast lunch option, browse the menu at our New Forest restaurant and book your table today.