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The best Sunday lunches in Melbourne

Whether you're packing family or just a hangover, these are our picks for a fuss-free Sunday session

Photograph: Graham Denholm

While tradition dictates making Sunday lunch yourself, we'd rather make someone else do it for us. From traditional pub fare to modern Australian fusion to yum cha, Melbourne offers so many great Sunday lunch options that you can happily leave the hard work to these pubs and restaurants and simply enjoy the company. 

Should the Sunday lunch turn into a Sunday session, we've found the best spots for you. Or if breakfast is more your cup of tea, tick off our best breakfasts list on the weekend.

Venues for Sunday lunch in Melbourne

1

Middle Park Hotel

Chef Paul Wilson may love playing Mexican (see Acland Street Cantina) but he’s a Brit, and on Sundays, his dark and swarthy gastro-pub dishes up a meat-heavy serve of roasted beast backed up by treacle tart. Your $55 gets you a ticket to a party of crackling capped Tamworth pork with pimped out sides and bread and butter pudding.

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Middle Park
2

Stray Neighbour

A cracking Preston local with the finely judged balance between drinks and food, entertainment (pool table!) and sweet al fresco areas, Stray Neighbour has the kid-friendly neighbourhood pub ethos down pat.

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Preston
3

The Local Taphouse

Got a posse of ten? Outsource the legwork to the Local Taphouse. They’ll do you up a beef rib rack, or beer-can chicken with all the trimmings and let you serve yourselves. You’ll have access to the best craft beer menu in town and, if you book the downstairs room, the bocce pitch.

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St Kilda
4

The Commoner

Yep, they’re still the champions of the Sunday roast at Fitzroy’s cosy mod-Brit bistro. The team are friendly, your goat/beef/duck is wood fired in the courtyard oven so it’s always got that smoky edge, and they’re sticklers for produce, so you’re guaranteed quality beast and some amazing local booze like super-dry Bress cider.

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Fitzroy
5

Northern Git

This kind-of English bar and eatery looks a bit like a fish and chip shop from the 86 tram stop, but offers up a world of sophisticated small plates, offal and steak. Each Sunday, chef Michael Slade dishes up a traditional roast with all the Yorkshire sides.

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Thornbury
6

Golden Dragon Palace

We define family-friendly as no-one getting in trouble for spilling the tea. Since it’s Sunday and you’ve got time, do the voyage to the outer ’burbs for serious yum cha action. Golden Dragon offers fast, delicious chaos, worth the trek for tasty open-faced pork siu mai with XO sauce – king of spicy dippers – and the softest mango pancakes in the city.

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Templestowe Lower

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By: Time Out editors

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