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Aug 16, 2011 11:14 PM

Good pub for Sunday roast, yorkshire pudding & gravy ?

OK this foodie question originates with the missus (mine would have been something to do with xiao long baos or dan dan noodles). I guess given her Scottish/English heritage she's entitled to [wink].

It's been a loooong time since we ventured into a real English pub for some grub. Our last pub visits were, IIRC, The Frog & Firkin (RIP), Raven Pub, Mountain Shadow Pub and Cheshire Cheese. Looking back I s'ppose the pub definition can be rather broad here in Metro Vancouver.

So, where would one find a memorable Sunday roast, yorkshire pudding & gravy ? And maybe some prawn cocktail, split pea soup and English trifle would be a bonus.


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  1. The Cascade (Main St) does a Sunday roast with all the trimmings. I've had a version of it one Guy Fawkes Day (?) or some other obscure English non-holiday. I thought it was pretty good.

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    1. re: fmed

      Just checked their website. Whowouldhavethunk ??

      Thx Fmed :-)

      1. re: LotusRapper

        Doolin's used to have one on Sunday. No idea if it's still on/any good but I remember it was cheap :-).

        Johnnie Fox's? Blarney Stone? Irish Heather?

        ETA: I just realized that these are all Irish-type places so may not be what you're after...

        1. re: LotusRapper

          It doesn't look like it from the outside or from their logomark, but Cascade's branding is inspired by England-ism ("Keep Calm Carry On" posters etc).

      2. It's not an English pub at all but Engima on West 10th does a fabulous roast dinner with all the fixins

          1. re: el_lobo_solo

            Thought of that too....but I hadn't heard that they do a Sunday roast.

            1. re: fmed

              Interesting thought, but doesn't look like it (unless it's off-menu):


          2. Irish Heather's Long Table Series often has a Sunday dinner of roast beef and yorkshire pudding. I can't speak to how good it is though.

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            1. re: twinkienic

              The particular beast roasted varies each Sunday. Next 2 are lamb and chicken.
              The fall lineup hasn't been announce yet. Watch here for details
              I've not been for Sunday dinner, but have to a few others (but not for many months now). On the whole, it's a good feed and fun.

            2. Sorry if I expand a bit on my original question. Who out there are focused on authentic downhome British fare these days ? I mean a place where most or all of their menu is British.

              (not counting "The Diner" on W.10th)

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              1. re: LotusRapper

                It's not something I seek. I would imagine there are pubs in the burbs that do authentic pub food. There is one place I can recommend on the Island (in Cedar - south of Nanaimo) called The Crow and Gate that does a great job.