Four pubs and one restaurant have beaten off stiff competition from almost 200 hopefuls to make the final of the Best British Roast Dinner Competition 2013.
Running as part of British Roast Dinner Week, 30 September to 6 October, the following venues are now fighting for the title of Best British Roast Dinner:
- Kyole Restaurant & Grill, Edinburgh
- Roast, London
- The Phoenix Inn, Hampshire
- The Woodman, London
- The Plowden Arms, Henley
Chris Brown from British Roast Dinner Week, says: “With more entries than ever before, it’s been a tough job to whittle the list down to just five finalists.
“We’ve looked for the roasts that stand out from the crowd – those that offer fresh, local produce, good quality meat, variety and value for money. A staggering 90% of consumers say gravy is vital for the perfect roast, so we’ve taken this into account when judging too.”
Independent judge, blogger and TV personality Chris Blackburn, says: “Roast dinners are more than a meal, they’re part of our heritage and in fact one of the things we as a nation love best about being British. The finalists are all very different but have one thing in common – a first class roast which encourages the customer to sit down, relax and enjoy this time honoured British tradition.”
Mystery diners from British Roast Dinner Week are currently visiting the shortlisted pubs to cast their votes.
The title of Best British Roast Dinner, sponsored by Knorr and supported by Colman’s, will be announced at the end of British Roast Dinner Week on 6 October.
Keep up to date on the latest ‘Best British Roast Dinner’ competition news on our website: www.britishroastdinnerweek.co.uk.
Did you know? Some facts on the roast dinner:
· There’s a lot of love out there for the roast dinner – They top the list of things we love most about Britain
· Beef is the nation’s favourite roast (30%)
· Stephen Fry is the ultimate celeb to eat roast dinner with (20%)
· 90% of consumers say gravy is vital for the perfect roast
· According to UK consumers it’s ok to have Yorkshire pudding with a roast other than beef (76%)
· Almost half (44%) of consumers would choose mash with their roast
· Carrots are the nation’s favourite vegetable accompaniment (74%) to the roast dinner