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Weekend Warmer: Pub roasts & Sunday strolls

It’s mighty cold out and the days are short, so what better way to spend a Sunday than with a cheek-glowing walk and a hearty roast lunch? We’ve sought out the perfect pubs to hunker down by a roaring fire and tuck into tasty roast dinners. What’s more, they’re all dog friendly and each tees up with a classic local walk.

Norway Inn, Perranworthal

Between Falmouth and Truro, the traditional, low-beamed Norway Inn has long been popular for its Sunday carvery. Succulent local meats include rib of beef, rare breed pork and wild venison haunch, served with homemade Yorkshire puds and delectable veg including roast squash, braised red cabbage and cauliflower cheese.

Main course: £12.95

Bag a table: 01872 864241, www.norwayinn.co.uk

Sunday stroll: Blustery winter’s days beckon the wellie brigades to Trelissick Gardens, where you can scamper through woodland and tumble through cow meadows to a beach on the River Fal. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick

The Port William Inn, Trebarwith Strand.

Stare out to Atlantic-ravaged shores from a cosy, fireside table – if you like your roast with a side order of rugged scenery, this is the place to come. Meats vary between beef, pork, lamb, gammon and turkey, served with all the traditional trimmings from creamed swede to honey-glazed parsnips.

Main course: £8.50

Bag a table: 01840 770230, www.theportwilliam.co.uk

Sunday stroll: At low tide there’s a mile of sandy beach at Trebarwith Strand, or for a more serious leg-stretch it’s a couple miles along the cliffs to Tintagel and the sea-wrapped ruins of King Arthur’s fortress.

The Cornish Arms, St Merryn

When Stein took over The Cornish Arms there was some concern it might be transformed into an over-egged gastro-pub. But it’s still a quintessential village inn, just one that now serves classic pub food to Stein-standards. Keeping it easy, there’s just pork or beef on the roast menu, accompanied by fresh, seasonal vegetables.

Main course: £12.95

Bag a table: 01841 520288, www.rickstein.com/The-Cornish-Arms.html

Sunday stroll: Strike out along the lanes and footpaths to Constantine and Booby’s Bay, and follow the South West Coast Path around Trevose Head to Mother Ivey’s Bay or Harlyn.

The Sloop, St Ives

One of Cornwall’s oldest inns, The Sloop has long been favourite haunt of fishermen, artists and tourists – all of whom still regularly fight for a table at Sunday lunchtime. And where decent roasts come at such excellent value (meat and trimmings, plus chocolate pudding for under a tenner, and a free bottle of wine when you buy two) punters will often line the tables outside in mid-winter.

Main course: £9.95 for 2 courses (buy two and get a free bottle of wine)

Bag a table: 01736 796584, www.sloop-inn.co.uk

Sunday stroll: The 6.5 undulating miles of South West Coast Path from St Ives to Zennor is one of the most awe-inspiring coastal walks in Penwith. Alternatively, amble to Carbis Bay and hop back on the train.

The Old Coastguard, Mousehole

Recently revamped and named Cornwall’s Dining Pub of the Year in the Good Food Guide, you’d expect good things of The Old Coastguard’s Sunday lunch. The likes of grilled figs, honey and blue cheese, followed by roast pork, duck fat potatoes and apple sauce won’t disappoint. Just make sure you save room for dessert.

Main course: £12.50

Bag a table: 01736 731222, www.oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk

Sunday stroll: Leave St Michael’s Mount behind as you duck under the conifer canopies of the Kemyel Crease Nature Reserve and curve around the coast to Lamorna.

 

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