1. For a traditional roast
The Noah's Ark Inn, Lurgashall, West Sussex

This is a quintessentially English pub overlooking the prettiest village green, with roaring fires and locals with their dogs at the bar. Starters to order before your roast might include a twice-baked cheese soufflé or a homemade scotch egg with spicy apple sauce. Mains are all around £15 and there's also a children's menu .

2. For fish lovers
Crab and Lobster, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

If you're a fish fan, this Yorkshire find is worth a look. Pan-fried squid with bacon and Bloody Mary dressing (£7.50), or Shetland mussels (£8), followed by half a roast garlic lobster with chips and mayo (£22) or salmon with Whitby crab crust (£16) might be right up your street. Herbivores fear not – there is still plenty of choice for you.

3. For great value
The Elm Tree, Elmton, Derbyshire

A firm favourite with locals, the Sunday lunch here includes chicken and apricot terrine or a proper prawn cocktail with Henderson's spiced Marie Rose sauce. To follow, we have our eye on the 10-hour roast beef served with 'bottomless jug of gravy' and then the sticky toffee pudding. It's great value, too – three courses for £18 (elmtreeelmton.co.uk).

4. For locally sourced ingredients
The Wellington Arms, Baughurst, Hampshire

This idyllic country pub serves organic, locally sourced produce. Pigs, chickens and honeybees are all kept in the garden, and many of the vegetables served are home-grown. Try the duck liver and ruby port parfait with pickled shallots and chargrilled toast (£7) followed by roast rack of Jacob lamb on Sicilian caponata (£21). There are also plenty of fish and vegetarian choices (thewellingtonarms.com).

5. For seasonal produce
The Angel Inn, Hetton, North Yorkshire

Charming and atmospheric, The Angel regularly updates its menu to make use of the freshest seasonal produce from around Yorkshire. We are keen to try the roasted cod with spring onion, pea and chorizo dressing, or the pumpkin and sage ravioli with ewe cheese, watercress and truffled rapeseed oil. With three courses for £24.50, the famous sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and crème Chantilly is a must.

6. For a country-pub feel in the city
The Anchor & Hope, London SE1

This central London pub serves delicious starters such as sautéed ceps on toast (£10.80) or wild venison tartare (£8.80). The mains are equally as inviting, including roast Berkshire pork middle, mashed potato, crackling and apple sauce (£16.80) or roast Elmwood chicken, gratin dauphinoise and watercress (£16). Perfect for a relaxing Sunday afternoon .

 

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Sarah Alcock