With the days getting shorter and darker, all many of us want to do is sit in front of a fire with a tasty and gravy-laden meal - so there is no better antidote than a roast dinner!

Using Trip Advisor, we have compiled a list of the best spots for a Sunday roast in County Durham, with options to suit all budgets and diets.

The Three Horseshoes

The Northern Echo:

Running Waters, Durham, DH1 2SR

One of the top restaurants in Durham, The Three Horseshoes has secured itself a reputation for affordable but delicious food. 

As well as tasty meals, the Three Horseshoes has a rich history of serving County Durham patrons, as it has stood in its current location for over 100 years. In times gone by, it served a thriving mining community but has transformed over the last few decades into a popular destination for food and real ale. 

The Poachers

Bridge Street Metal Bridge, Durham DH6 5LQ England

Deemed by one reviewer to be "the best place in the area", The Poachers in Durham has an extensive menu, with plenty of options suitable for a Sunday dinner, including lamb chops and gammon. 

The Church Mouse 

Waldbridge Front Street The Vintage Inns, Chester Moor DH2 3RJ England

The Church Mouse pub serves a range of hearty roasts, bringing plenty of cheer to a chilly winter weekend. All of the classics are available, with beef, turkey, and pork on the menu, as well as a candied vegetable roast if you fancy something a little lighter. 

The Farmers Arms 

The Northern Echo:

South Side Shadforth, Durham DH6 1LL England

Known for being a little bit quirky, this classic community pub "with a twist" has built a name for itself on its home-cooked food - meaning it is usually busy with loyal patrons.

In addition to its bright and busy atmosphere, you can expect great food for a fair price; especially when it comes to Sunday lunches. 

One happy customer wrote: "Service was excellent, food was excellent and the overall atmosphere in the pub was upbeat and enjoyable. We will be visiting again very soon!"

Bistro Citron VertThe Northern Echo:

1 Wellington Street High Pittington, Durham DH6 1AZ England

This canny little bistro has carved out a name for itself by serving Sunday dinners - despite specialising in French cuisine. 

One reviewer labelled the restaurant "consistently fabulous", and another promised to be back again to try the whole menu. 

With the Sunday lunch being so popular, it is necessary to book in advance to ensure a table at this gorgeous independent restaurant.