Meat, roasties and a variety of greens are the staple ingredients of a roast dinner, but when it comes to cooking Sunday lunch at home it appears that many of us like to be a little more experimental.
Whether it’s a pile of creamy cauliflower cheese, a dollop of horseradish or a more unusual addition such as sweetcorn or tomato ketchup, everyone likes to put their own stamp or twist on the traditional Sunday Lunch.
We asked our Individual Restaurants family how they like to eat theirs. Here’s what they had to say…
Dave Barton (Director of purchasing)– “My family’s traditional Sunday dinner has to include all the trimmings, roast potatoes, greens, Yorkshire puds with lots of gravy and my guilty pleasure, cauliflower cheese.”
Sarah Rennie (Food and Beverage Development Manager) – “ I eat mine lathered in gravy, with tons of bright yellow, super sweet sweetcorn and no matter what the meat, I have a good few Yorkshire puddings! Sunday roasts are carb fests for me, I eat as many roasties & Yorkshires as possible.”
James Gingell (Development Chef for Piccolino)– “Whether its beef, chicken or lamb you have got to have loads of gravy over the meat, veg and potatoes. The gravy needs to be reasonably thick, I hate wishy washy gravy. I also like to have a Yorkshire pudding with all roasts to help soak up that extra gravy and if we’re having beef despite serving it medium rare, I like the end crispy bits.”
Andrew Owen (Development Chef for The Restaurant Bar & Grill) – “For me you can’t beat a forerib of beef, roasted on the bone and served with lashings of gravy, horseradish and plenty of Yorkshire puds. Plus any leftover roast beef makes for great beef & horseradish sandwiches through the week.”
Cherryl Pennington (Head of Event Sales) – “I’m not a big ‘greens’ fan, so I have a pile of mashed carrots & turnip instead.
Antonio Ricci (Operational Head of Piccolino)– “I like my roast with a little bit of gravy, extra roast potatoes and I save my favourite crispy bits to last.”
Vernon Lord (Managing Director) – “I like my Sunday roast with a glass of red, some gravy on the side and I always save my potatoes till last.”
Polly Barnard (Head of HR) – “I like lots of gravy, lots of seasonal veg (especially parsnips and carrots) and I always save the crispiest roast potatoes till last as they are my favourite.
Traditionally a day of rest, Sundays are the perfect time for relaxing in front of the television, eating comfort food and spending time with loved ones.
We also asked our team “What does Sunday mean to you,” here’s what they had to say…
Sarah Rennie – “Sundays are my lazy days; long lie ins, cups upon cups of tea in bed, bacon & brown sauce butties with Sunday brunch entertaining me well into the afternoon.”
Dave Barton – “Sunday is a family day in our house and the one where I make sure we all eat together, even if we go out.
Cherryl Pennington – “Sundays for me are a big family affair, 3 o’clock around the table.”
James Gingell – “Sundays are about eating together as a family at the table. Sometimes the preparation is also a family affair.
Antonio Ricci – “Sunday is a family day in my house. We always enjoy a lamb, pork or beef roast together.”
Vernon Lord – “I spend Sunday swimming with the kids, reading the Sunday Times and we always visit somewhere nice for a Sunday roast.”
Polly Barnard – “Sunday means relaxing family time. We don’t always have time to sit around the table for Sunday Lunch but I do try and get the whole family together as often as possible, especially during the winter.”
Andrew Owen – “I honestly don’t know anybody who doesn’t look forward to, and love, the wonderful tradition of sitting down with the family for a classic roast dinner. Because of Britain’s climate, we’ve always had access to amazing meat, and there are so many ways to enjoy it, whether it’s a forerib of beef, leg of lamb, free range chicken, or revisiting an old classic, like goose. All in all plenty of excuses to sit down with the family and enjoy the end of the week together.”