WITH temperatures slowly dipping and leaves beginning to turn, it's time to dig out the warmer clothes, put the wellies in the back of the car, and head out for a lovely autumn walk in the Cotswolds.

And what better way to finish your stroll than with a delicious, hearty Sunday roast by a roaring fire in a country pub.

To help you decide where to go, we have compiled a list of some of our favourite Sunday lunch venues in the area.

With numbers restricted, tables do get booked up quickly, so ensure you call in advance.

Golden Cross, Cirencester

Situated in Cirencester's Black Jack Street sits the Golden Cross Inn.

Be prepared for the gigantic portions served on a Sunday.

Perfect beef, lamb, pork or chicken with plenty of vegetables, including cauliflower cheese will greet you, all served with lashings of homemade gravy.

The landlord has won awards for his magnificent Yorkshire puds so perhaps choose the beef.

20 Black Jack Street, Cirencester, GL7 2AA

01285 652137

W: thegoldencrossinn.com

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Téatro Bar & Restaurant, Cirencester

Téatro Bar & Restaurant has been wowing diners for a couple of years now.

It is tucked away underneath the Ingleside House in Cirencester's Beeches Road and offers a great Sunday lunch option for all the family.

5 Beeches Road, Cirencester, GL7 1BN

01285 648238

W: Click here

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Bathurst Arms, North Cerney

The Bathurst Arms in North Cerney is a relatively new kid on the block, with Jordan Pelly only taking over in July, but they are already establishing a name for themselves with their Sunday roasts.

Purton Farm brisket, Yorkshire pudding and horseradish cream or their vegetarian beet and mushroom Wellington are all a marvel on the eye.

North Cerney, Cirencester, GL7 7BZ

01285 832150

W: bathurstarms.co.uk

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Seven Tuns, Chedworth

The Seven Tuns in Chedworth has developed a reputation for its food offering since chef Tom Conway and business partner Simon Wilson-White took over the country inn. The Sunday roast is a real feel-good family experience and one not to be missed.

Queen Street, Chedworth, GL54 4AE

01285 720630

W: seventuns.co.uk

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Firehouse at Upton near Burford

The Firehouse at Upton has recently added a Sunday roast to its weekend options.

Chefs Sam and Jak have put a Firehouse twist to the menu.

The aged sirloin of roast beef comes with their famous slow cooked brisket as well while also popular is a deliciously smoky wood-fired chicken breast.

All served with a Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower and leek cheese, roasted potatoes, greens and gravy. Yum!

Upton Downs Farm, Burford, OX18 4LY

01993 823612

W: theuptonfirehouse.com

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King's Head, Bledington

The award winning King's Head in Bledington near Stow is the perfect Cotswold venue for a family Sunday roast as they offer a marvellous sharing option.

All served to your table safely on a large board which you can then share out among your guests. Heaven!

The Green, Bledington, OX7 6XQ

01608 658365

W: thekingsheadinn.net

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Swan at Swinbrook near Burford

The Swan Inn at Swinbrook has been a dining mecca for many years and their Sunday roast is just one of the reasons.

The beef and lamb all comes from the village and the nearby Swinbrook Farm so it will come as a surprise that the pub sometimes runs out of roasts!

This is purely down to their popularity.

Swinbrook, Burford, OX18 4DY

01993 823339

W: theswanswinbrook.co.uk

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