Pubs and roasts in top 10 things Brits miss when abroad

By James Evison

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Research by Mitchells and Butlers brand Toby Carvery has shown Brits miss the pub and a Sunday roast when on holiday.

Almost one third of British holidaymakers get “homesick" halfway through their sunshine break, according to the research carried out among 1500 adults.

Researchers also discovered 31% miss everything from friends and family to their own bed and roast dinners while they’re away.

By day eight of a typical two-week trip is the point when people first start to look forward to returning home - including their local pub.

It also emerged Londoners are the most home-sick holidaymakers, with 39% admitting they miss the city if they leave it to go abroad.

Rachel Westwood, brand manager at Toby Carvery, said: “We're not surprised to learn that people start to miss home comforts so early on in their trip.

“There’s nothing like coming home to your own bed, seeing your family and tucking into a proper British roast dinner with all the trimmings.”

The study found the first thing we begin to miss is our own bed (40 per cent) as we come to terms with the uncomfortable mattress in the hotel, villa or guest house.

Surprisingly, it also emerged that we do miss our work colleagues, although that doesn’t really kick in until around three or four days before we are due to fly home.  

Additionally the results show more than half make an effort to have a mixture of British and local foods while away, in order to embrace the culture whilst still indulging in familiar foods that remind us of home.

The Top Ten Things we Miss on Holiday:

1. Own Bed

2. Family

3. Pets

4. Friends

5. British TV

6. Own Pillow

7. Tea

8. Roast Dinners

9. Local pub

10. Football

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