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There’s few things we Brits love more than a good hearty pub roast. So make sure you get down to your local for British Roast Dinner Week (24 September – 1 October 2017) – when pubs up and down the country will be laying on a roast every day of the week.

And if you think your pub does a particularly cracking roast – you should make sure they enter the Best British Roast Dinner competition too. There’s a grand prize of £10,000 of PR for the winner – and £2,500 worth for the regional finalists – to make sure the pubs and chefs that serve the country’s greatest roasts get the fame they deserve.

Nick Otley, the owner of last year’s national winner – The Bunch of Grapes – said: “Since British Roast Dinner Week we’ve been serving an extra 20 to 30 covers every Sunday and roast sales have shot up by 15%. It would be even more – but we just don’t have the room. We’re fully booked three weeks in advance now, which never happened before.” All pubs have to do to enter is fill in a short entry form online explaining why they boast a top roast. Deadline for entries is 23.59 on 1 October 2017 – so get crackling!

Fun roast facts

  • 15% of people said they’d most like to share a roast with Stephen Fry [1]
  • 40% of people want to see a roast on pub menus every day [2]
  • 85% of people want a Yorkshire pudding with every roast meat [3]
  • Consumers want 3 slices of meat, 3 roast potatoes and 2 Yorkshire puddings [4]
  • The world’s biggest Yorkshire pudding was almost 46.5m2 – about 2/3 of a squash court [5]
  • The world’s largest roast dinner fed 1,632 people and used up 280kg of beef, 300kg of cauliflower and 264l of gravy – enough to fill a bath tub [6]

[1] OnePoll survey, August 2014, commissioned by Unilever Food Solutions, n=2,000 consumers who eat roast dinners [2] OnePoll survey, August 2014, commissioned by Unilever Food Solutions, n=2,000 consumers who eat roast dinners [3] OnePoll survey, August 2014, commissioned by Unilever Food Solutions, n=2,000 consumers who eat roast dinners [4] OnePoll survey, August 2014, commissioned by Unilever Food Solutions, n=2,000 consumers who eat roast dinners [5] Yorkshire Post: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/vickery-to-celebrate-glories-of-the-yorkshire-pudding-1-3771748 (accessed on Wednesday 17 August 2016) [6] Guinness World Records, largest simultaneous roast dinner: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/largest-simultaneous-roast-dinner (accessed on Wednesday 17 August 2016)

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