The Journal: Sunday Dinner Gorilla Style

For many people, the thought of Sunday dinner brings up memories or thoughts of grandparents slaving away at the stove, mounds of food on the table and frequent questions as to whether the food is hot enough whilst it scalds your mouth. Unfortunately for me, having never really lived close enough to my grandparents to indulge in this Sunday tradition, my thoughts of Sunday dinner have no such recollections.

That's not to say we don't do Sunday dinners well in my family. My mum makes a mean chicken roast and although she gets a bit flustered, everyone always ends up with groaning bellies and rosy cheeks from one glass too many.

I really do think that Sunday dinners are one of the best things in the world! Matt and I often make our own, although granted it is no longer a weekly tradition for us. A few weeks ago we decided to head to one of our favourite places, Gorilla.

Gorilla is a great little haunt. It's built into the viaduct arches, meaning it has incredibly cool arched ceilings, and a cosy feel that's less stuck-in-a-time-warp and more come-join-the-clan. It always has a really great atmosphere, the staff are fantastic, and they make some mean gin cocktails in the gin parlour upstairs.

So, we headed there for Sunday lunch with rumbling stomachs and the promises of a traditional roast dinner making us salivate.

Matt opted for the beef roast after hearing that all of the crispy pork with crackling had been gobbled up (devastated), and I went for the chicken because to be honest it is one of my favourite meats! Unable to wait until our dinners came, we also indulged in the delightfully sticky chicken wings, and the naughty (but bloody good) sourdough bread and beef dripping. The roasts are only £12.50 which I think is great value for the amount of food you get, and the fantastic atmosphere and service.

In the true spirit of cheat day, I also washed it down with one of their malted vanilla milkshakes... okay, I had two. They're that good.

The gin parlour (upstairs)
Malted Vanilla Milkshake
Sticky Chicken Wings
Beef Dripping & Warm Sourdough Bread
Chicken breast roast, vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, crispy roast potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce.
The food was, as expected, delicious. We'd already tried the starters before - they also happen to do a delicious burger and hot dog which I'm sure I'll share with you soon! The roasts were really top notch though, my only criticism being that I'd have preferred actual slices from the chicken rather than the breast on the bone, as it felt I didn't really get that much meat and it was a bit fiddly with the lashings of gravy. The vegetable was nicely cooked and not too soggy, and the Yorkshire pudding and crispy roast potatoes would have made any grandma/mother/etc proud! Matt's plate was well stocked with three huge slices of beef cooked to perfection, I'm telling you the melt-in-the-mouth meaty goodness is just about making me want to head down there again this Sunday!

If you fancy checking out Gorilla, for Sunday lunch or otherwise, here's their website, twitter and Facebook. They also have a lot of music events so you might fancy checking out their event listings. 


  1. What an absolutely wonderful blog you have. I found you via the Blog Party on The Perfect Pear and I'm now your newest follower on Bloglovin! Looking forward to more beautiful posts. :) x

    1. Thank you lovely! Nice to have you around xx

  2. This place looks AMAZING! Roasts, chicken plus and Gin Parlour!! I must go!
    Fab blog, glad to have found you :)

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  3. all this food is killing me!! It all looks so delicious, gahh, now I'm hungry! :) looks like such a cool eclectic place! :)

    1. It is one of my favourite places! Such a nice atmosphere there too. :) xx

  4. Oh my gosh that food looks incredible! I love sourdough so much, it's the best!