There’s something about the British institution of Sunday lunch that’s pretty special. Whether you opt for turkey, beef, pork or nut roast – nothing quite beats a plate piled high with roast veggies, Yorkshire puddings and a generous helping of gravy. So, when Rumour Restaurant in Totnes got in touch and asked us if we’d like to try their Sunday roast, we were all too happy to oblige!
Sunday lunch at Rumour certainly isn’t your typical carvery affair. Lunch is served between 12pm – 3pm every Sunday and you get the option of several different types of roast starting from just £14. For vegetarians, there’s a mushroom Wellington with spinach and wild garlic; while fish lovers can opt for dishes like pollock with a provencal crust and fennel cream. Meanwhile, carnivores will be spoilt for choice with beef, lamb, pork and roast chicken regularly on the menu (depending on what they can source from their local butchers that weekend).
Starters (or ‘snacks’)
As well as conventional ‘starters’, Rumour lets you choose from a range of ‘snacks’. These are effectively small plates which can be enjoyed either in place of your first course or alongside your main meal. Options are varied and include dishes as simple as sliced sourdough through to polenta chips or butterbean falafels.
We personally ordered halloumi fries (which came with a pesto dip) and grilled chistorra chorizo. To say that our choices were decadent is an understatement. The halloumi fries were thickly cut, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Meanwhile, the chorizo was somehow both smokey and sweet – which was exactly what I’d hoped for. The latter came in a moreish sauce/glaze which I promptly used to dip my halloumi fries in. I only wish I’d also opted for sourdough to mop up the rest!
For our mains, we went for roast beef and roast pork respectively. These both came with some very generous side dishes of monstrous Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, cauliflower cheese and Rumour’s thick 72-hour onion gravy. In my opinion, the roast potatoes were perfectly cooked and I couldn’t have asked for a crispier coating and fluffier inside. Likewise, the cauliflower cheese was delicious and I could quite happily have eaten a portion on its own. My beef was a touch chewy and a little hard to cut, but the flavour was wonderfully smokey thanks to the use of the robata grill. This made the texture somewhat forgivable and there was no doubt that the accompanying gravy was delicious. Meanwhile, the pork was very well cooked, as was the crackling. You certainly won’t be leaving hungry with the generous portion sizes either…
By the time dessert rolled around, I was already pretty full. However – in the spirit of giving a fair review – I managed to make room for an apple tart with mascarpone ice-cream and a try of the sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream. Both of these were the perfect size following a full roast dinner and the sticky toffee pudding was particularly tasty.
Our Thoughts: Rumour Restuarant, Totnes
We will certainly be returning to Rumour Restaurant after our experience of their Sunday roast. The ambiance in the wine bar is very relaxed and we thought that there was plenty of variety on the menu. The drinks list was fairly extensive and we felt that there was something for everyone. Overall, from our experience on the day, we’d argue that Rumour offers one of the best roasts in the area and the relaxed atmosphere and good value make it well worth a visit.
*It’s worth noting that Sundays are also Rumour’s popular Steak Nights and you can get two 8oz rump steaks and a bottle of wine for £29.95. Parking on the High Street (outside) is also free on a Sunday!
Book your table at Rumour Totnes by visiting their website rumourtotnes.com; or calling 01803 864682.