There’s a lot of debate over what makes the perfect Sunday lunch. Is it about having the family gathered round the table? How about great slabs of roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, buttery mash or crispy roasted potatoes, half an allotment’s worth of vegetables and a moat of gravy?

We say the secret of a perfect Sunday lunch is to save yourself hours of preparation and a mountain of washing up. Head out for lunch and let someone else do all the work. Here are our favourite places for a traditional Sunday lunch…

Malmaison 40-53 Queen’s Road, AB15 4YP

Probably the most sophisticated of our choices for Sunday lunch, Malmaison elevates Sunday lunch to an almost a religious event. The menu always o ers new delights, starting with a home-made soup and some wonderful bread, then a trip to the Chef’s Table for a bottomless bu et of tempting little hors d’oeuvres. Next up, there’s a choice of roast chicken or beef sirloin with thyme scented Yorkshire puddings, or a large selection of main courses.

Vegetarians and vegans won’t feel left out with a choice of earthy mushroom pasta or a delightful spiced falafel and chickpea burger. Setting on a dessert is di cult, but both the pumpkin pie and the hot chocolate pudding should please. Children are welcome, Mal provides good value for families.

No. 10 Bar & Restaurant 10 Queen’s Terrace, AB10 1XL

No.10 has long been a West End favourite and they certainly know how to do a traditional Sunday lunch with air. It’s a great place to kick back with some friends or family in a relaxed a friendly atmosphere while taking advantage of the generous portion sizes.

There’s a choice of two roasts on a Sunday, including No. 10’s Black & Gold Aberdeen Angus Rib Eye Beef, alongside daily specials. New sharing dishes are a recent introduction to accompany your roast. These include cauli ower cheese and an oozy mac and cheese which is good enough for some diners to become a little territorial over.

No.10 offers free on street parking on Sundays and has a children’s menu.

The Cults Hotel 328 North Deeside Road, Cults, AB15 9SE

The Cults Hotel is another good choice if you’re looking for an informal approach to Sunday lunch. The carvery is the most popular option with a choice of gammon, turkey, roast beef and – rather unusually – venison on o er, alongside crispy roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and a bewildering array of accompaniments, sauces, gravies and vegetables all for £14.95 per person.

If you’re not up for a stacked plateful, then the regular lunch menu is also available. You’ll nd everything from burgers to steaks, and the popular Cults Chicken Cranachan; chicken breast served in a whisky cream & mushroom sauce topped with skirlie and cheddar cheese toasted under the grill. Go old school with mince and tatties or liver and bacon. Vegetarians can try the veggie noodle stir fry or a homemade veggie burger.

Make sure you leave some room for the epic sticky to ee pudding before heading home for a relaxing afternoon nap!

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