The Social is more of a bar / café than a pub and accordingly its menu is more breakfast and brunch focused than dedicated to all that is Sunday Roast.
Situated on Cheltenham Road, The Social is in an ideal location to get passing trade. Its a very popular bar in the evenings and is rapidly becoming a ‘must slob about on Sunday morning’ brunch location. I should point out that I thoroughly disapprove of brunch, believing that breakfast and lunch should remain separate entities, especially on a Sunday.
One of the bars main selling points is the large glass fronted seating area that it has overlooking the main road and its array of armchairs and sofas to lounge about on. There is also plenty of seating towards the rear of the bar though it feels a bit corridor like in my opinion, so grabbing an spot in the window is definitely preferable. The bar offers a very child friendly environment, even providing toys and games for the little blighters, and to the rear there is a small courtyard garden where they can play in the sun (when we get any). You’ll also often find a few chairs and tables out on the main road if you like to recreate the Parisian café culture to enjoy in Bristol’s Montpelier.
Roast wise I have to say I was a little disappointed. The food in The Social is normally pretty good, however the focus on Sundays seems to be on serving a breakfast menu to the slovenly brunch-bunch who can’t be bothered to get up for breakfast or hold fire for lunch proper.
The portions size is OK and you get a Yorkie with every roast, but the veg was boiled to death and the meat over cooked. There was little if any gravy on the plate and the 2 roast potatoes that I had with my beef were pretty insubstantial. It struck me that they only offer a roast to plug that gap and they weren’t really that committed to serving the best meal they could.
That said I have had far worse roasts and for the price it wasn’t a bad deal. In essence this is a great offering if you are recovering from the night before and want a simple quick bite to eat, however I wouldn’t recommend that you take your parents there unless they are also hungover.
This is a definite ‘could try harder’ review.