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Sunday lunch, sorted: the best takeaway menus to munch on

From Yorkshire puds to Michelin-star plates, we've rounded up the county's tastiest spots to order a weekend nosh up from. (You'll still need to do the washing up, though – sorry!)

Food by John Lawson restaurant Leigh-on-Sea
Photo: Luke Ayling

The Lexden Crown, Colchester

Delivering Great British pub classics direct to your door (providing you live within a three-mile radius, that is), it doesn’t get much better than a takeaway roast from this gorgeous gastro. Stoke the log burner before unpacking everything from roast chicken and beef to pork belly, leg of lamb or vegan nut roast, plus ALL the trimmings (hello, cauliflower cheese and pigs in blankets). Yep, they even throw in the gravy…. 

Galvin Green Man, Great Waltham

Run by the Galvin brothers – award-winning Essex-born chefs – this upmarket foodie favourite is ticking a lot of boxes for stress-free Sunday suppers right now. And it’s not all roast beef and Yorkshire puds, either: diners can opt for a fancy three-course Michelin-star meal from the Galvin At Home menu or sample trad pub classics done right (think burger deluxe or beer battered fish ’n’ chips). Plates change from week to week, so check out the most current menu before click and collecting.

The Hoop, Billericay

This characterful Stock stalwart is big on heritage, hearty pub plates and charming village cheer, so it should come as no surprise to learn it’s also serving up a mean takeaway menu right now. Check the site for up-to-date info, but Sunday roasts, gourmet grazing dishes and Friday-night fish’ n’ chips are all on regular rotation, alongside specials for Mother’s Day. Just be sure to get your pre-orders in pronto, as these guys sell out in record timing each week.

The Lion Inn, Boreham

Set in the rolling hills of Boreham, this stylish bistro is just the ticket for a takeaway Sunday feast. You’ll have to order online and collect on-site (no bad thing given the interiors are pure French theatre), but there’s a wealth of worthy plates to choose from. Whether you’re partial to a pot roast lamb shoulder or a sucker for the slow roast belly of ‘Gloucester Old Spot’ pork, you won’t be disappointed. 

Food by John Lawson, Leigh-on-Sea

Nestled slap bang in the heart of Leigh-on-Sea’s buzzy cafe culture, Food by John Lawson is big on locally sourced, seasonal plates – and the takeaway offerings are no different. From the plant-based Four Course Restaurant Experience, which boasts a unique culinary experience, to the Three-Course Sunday Roast, which comes complete with grass-fed, free-range organic meats, this is honest food at its finest. The only catch? There has to be a minimum of six guests to order, so if you don’t quite have the numbers, consider bulking up the fridge with a couple of extra servings. Mondays never tasted so good…

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