Five Good Places for an Out-of-Town Sunday Lunch
Sunday paper not included
The Perch, Binsey
The gorgeous beer garden and charming staff are enough to perk up anyone's Sunday, before you've even got your hands on the gravy. You'd better book a table or you'll be fighting ramblers for one, and those nutters carry sticks.
The Fish, Sutton Courtenay
This is Tim Burton's out-of-town local, although his hair might not fit in the teeny bar. The Fish has a wide selection of homemade dishes, not all of which involve things from the sea. Eat in the sizeable garden on a sunny day, or pretend you're outside in the conservatory if it rains.
Lakeview Restaurant, Frilford
This dining hall above Millet's Farm Shop only opens on Sundays, so as you'd suspect, roasts are their thing. You'd be a fool not to go for the carvery. A lovely view and friendly staff are great additions to a traditional set lunch.
The Black Boy, Headington
A relative newcomer to the Oxfordshire gastropub scene (management-wise not building-wise – it's been there since before 1930 for God's sake) is getting rave reviews all over the shop. Well, Jay Rayner likes it, and people tend to trust him.
The Bear and Ragged Staff, Cumnor
The pub may be 500 years old (we live in Oxford, people, that's standard) but the food is fresh as a daisy, and no-one can complain at Set Lunch Menu mains costing £7.50. Their traditional English food is well worth skipping town for.