Brits crown gravy as most important item of a roast dinner

Most Brits love a roast dinner on a Sunday, especially when it comes to Autumn and Winter.

However, what part of the roast is most vital?

Well wonder no more, as a new poll has found what part of a roast dinner that British food lovers find most essential – and it's not what you may think.

When it comes to roast dinners, most people will instantly think of roast potatoes usually.

However, roasties were beaten to the top spot in the data, collected by Last Minute Cottages, by gravy.

The firm found that out of 10,000 Brits questioned, gravy was labelled the most important component – with 97% of participants selecting it.

This was followed by roasties (94%), meat (84%), Yorkshire pudding (84%) and carrots (81%).

Meanwhile, the five least important items, according to the British public, are leeks (2%) Brussel sprouts (31%) pigs in blankets (31%), cabbage (36%) and cauliflower cheese (44%).

Beef was the nation’s favourite roast dinner meat, with nearly two fifths (39%) of the votes, followed by ham and chicken, both of which were selected by 21% of respondents. Weird and wonderful roast dinner items identified by the research include a pancake, boiled egg, prawns, pork pie, chips and cheesy pasta to name a few.

The poll also found the top ten ‘Roast Hotspots’ in the UK, with Canterbury being named top of the list.

This was followed by Newquay, Norwich, Belfast and Brighton.

Finishing up the top ten were Nottingham, Newcastle, Portsmouth, Southampton and Cheltenham.

To curate the list, Last Minute Cottages used Google and TripAdvisor reviews to reveal the total number of restaurants serving roast dinners with an overall star rating of 4.5 or above. In order to award a fair ranking across all of the destinations, regardless of size and population, the brand worked out the number of 4.5+ star roast dinner restaurants per 100,000 residents.

Matthew Fox, CEO of the Snaptrip Group, said: “Although the festive season is still a good couple of months away, the cold weather has already begun to creep in, and people are once again beginning to crack open the tins of tomato soup, dust off their winter jackets, and get back into the rhythm of the weekly Sunday roast. So, we decided it was time to find out what a British roast dinner looks like and where in the UK you’ve got the best chance of eating a top-rated one.

“It was interesting to see Canterbury at the top of the list and London at the bottom, however when you look at the number of top-rated-roasts per 100,000 residents, it’s clear London just doesn’t have enough to go around! Our survey also threw up some surprises – nearly half of people don’t think pigs in blankets should be an all-year-round item – all I can say is I know which side of the fence I sit on…”

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