Finalists announced in search for Britain’s best roast dinner


British Roast Dinner Week

A restaurant and four pubs around the UK have beaten off competition from more than 440 hopefuls to make the final of this year’s Best British Roast Dinner Competition.

They are:

  • Kyloe Restaurant & Grill, Edinburgh
  • The Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan
  • The Larwood & Voce Pub & Kitchen, Wollaton, Nottingham
  • The Duke of Wellington, East Horsley, Surrey
  • The Crown Inn, Woolhope, Herefordshire.

The competition is linked to British Roast Dinner Week, which runs from September 28 to October 4 and is sponsored by Knorr Gravy and supported by Colman’s Mustard.

Chris Brown, channel category manager for Unilever Food Solutions, said: “Congratulations to our five finalists. Every year the judging process gets harder as the standard of roast dinners gets better. Our mystery diners are now scouring the country to find Britain’s best pub roast.

“What we’re really looking for is roasts that stand out from the crowd – prime cuts of meat, locally sourced, innovative sides and lashings of gravy. And we’re looking for it to be presented with a top-notch level of service in a warm and welcoming setting.”

Judge and renowned food critic Charles Campion, agrees: “As soon as you walk into the dining room your nose will tell you there is a treat in store. Perfectly cooked roast meat, Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, rich gravy and a supporting cast of fresh vegetables.”

The finalists are currently receiving visits from mystery diners, who will use a 20-question scorecard to grade the roast, staff and venue. After these visits, the winner will be announced on October 4.

British Roast Dinner Week encourages pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and staff canteens to serve roasts every day. Unilever Food Solutions is supporting it with a Pub Roasts How to Guide, full of tips for bringing in bookings.

Visit www.britishroastdinnerweek.co.uk for tips on how you can get involved during the week.

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