Generally speaking, in Ibiza, the days as we know them don’t carry quite the same weight. It’s well documented in the summer with the midweek feeling like a perpetual Saturday. In the winter, the days roll more so into one. The island shuts down, work slows down and it can all feel like a dreamy lull. One thing that does keep a week together, however, is a Sunday. Particularly, the ritual of a Sunday roast. Gathering with your nearest and dearest and sinking into a plate of pure comfort – for us Brits, at least – really is the end-of-week pinnacle. More so hungover – even more so on a dreary winter’s day.
Luckily, the island plays host to some incredible eateries which do an immeasurable service of staying open all year round. And, by gum, serving some fantastic roasts. Potatoes crisped and fluffed on the inside, succulent meat, fresh gravy and all of the trimmings combine to create the ultimate multi-layered, sensory-stacked concoction. Read on to find out the best places for the experience!
Another Santa Eulalia gem, Project Social has amassed with it a following of local expats. Conveniently positioned in the heart of town, a few stops from the port, the roasts here feature fully local meats – lemon and thyme ‘campo’ chicken and Angus sirloin beef are a couple of the dazzlers. Vegans and veggies are welcome, too, with a mouthwatering anise gravy that is heavenly with the honey glazed parsnips. The hip and funky lounge-style interiors are a match for the service which always comes with a smile and chat. While away the hours with their well-curated drinks list and relax into plush corners or at a table outside amongst the action. A stroll along the beach afterwards and you have a winning combination!
Who needs the pub? Dine alfresco under the shade of a fig tree, practically atop of Playa D’en Bossa beach. FortyFives is a firm favourite amongst locals and you can be sure to catch the same friendly faces week on week. Inside you’ll find both owner James and his colourful collection of vinyls – all character, none of the dispensable frill. To the point, at FortyFives a premium is placed on well done, proper, grub. Portions come insatiably hearty and the homemade desserts taste just like your nanna would make. On a clear day, this spot is a must.
Factory Bar & Smokehouse
Central to the majority of major towns, Factory Bar & Smokehouse lays a stone’s throw from Amnesia. Boasting stylish, cigar room interiors and a contemporary, upbeat atmosphere, you’ll regularly find DJ events happening alongside dinner service. Given that smokehouse is in its name, you’d think to have high expectations for the roasts. And, rightly so. An elegant spread comes part and parcel with the juiciest meat stacked high and enough of the rest to take home for a late-night peck. Vegans and veggies do rejoice, you’re also well catered for here.
The Queen Victoria
For those who crave a more traditional, touch-of-home setting then this Santa Eulalia haunt is the go-to. In a pub, on the east-coast, owners Stuart and Natalie know a thing or two in guest relations at The Queen Victoria. Watch the latest game on the numerous flat screen TVs, sip a cold one in the courtyard and then delight in a Sunday dinner that’ll transport you straight back to the British isles. Our recommendation? Undoubtedly, the lamb. What’s best is the welcoming atmosphere that’ll have you trading banter with the regulars until last orders.
The Ship Inn
Known as the meeting point for seasonal workers in San Antonio, The Ship Inn is traditionally the first port of call for any newbie arrival. A place where advice and bulletins are shared, the menu certainly keeps up. Inside, the vibe is laid-back and reflective of the young and vibrant neighbourhood. The roast dinners routinely sell out with a three-course offering and, the best part? A free bottle of wine for those who choose two or more!
Quaint and charming Can Mimosa sits in the heart of the idyllic town of Santa Gertrudis. On a blissful, sunny winter’s day, take a seat in the reformed finca’s flora-drenched gardens and delight in a menu that celebrates the highest calibre produce – from farm to table. Quintessentially Ibicenco in its setting, the Mediterranean take on a roast here is a little more upscale yet still every bit as relaxed. The pork belly with crisp, crackled skin is the hot favourite with vegetarians suitably looked after. A dizzying array of desserts await for afters – our pick, the banoffee pie!
We haven’t finished yet! More to go so stand by for part two!