Barnett Hill
Guildford , Surrey GU5 0RF
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Sunday Lunch

At Barnett Hill Country House Hotel

Traditional British Feast with Friends and Family

Every Sunday at Barnett Hill Country House Hotel...

At Barnett Hill, Sunday lunch is served in The Oak Hall  within the grand surroundings of our magnificent country house. Join us for a wonderful three course lunch based around some traditional favourites, with some contemporary twists. For any guests looking for an intimate Sunday Lunch with family and friends, please ask about our private dining function suites.

Three Courses - £29.50pp | Sunday Lunch is served between 12noon - 2.30pm and we recommend pre-booking your table.

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The History

It is widely believed that the people’s love of beef began during the reign of King Henry the VII in 1485. His Yeomen Warders – the royal guard – would dine on fresh roasted beef every Sunday after church, and this became such a ritual that the guards were affectionately referred to as “beefeaters”.

Throughout the Industrial Age, almost every household would pop a roast on before heading to church on a Sunday. It had become an all-inclusive act with a kind of religious and social importance to it, and as playwright Henry Fielding exclaimed, “it ennobled our brains and enriched our blood”. The nobility would hang an entire animal on a spit in front of a huge fireplace and slowly roast it, while those who could not afford the larger cuts of meat, let alone a fireplace, would drop off a more modest cut to their local baker en route to church. The baker would use their empty bread ovens to cook the meat and hand it back to the villagers in time for lunch.

No doubt in those times this was the best meal anybody had all week, and why the Sunday roast became such an important part of the week.