Last call for Best British Roast Dinner competition entries

By Nikkie Sutton

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Deadline looming: entries close soon for Best British Roast Dinner contest
Deadline looming: entries close soon for Best British Roast Dinner contest

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Time is running out for pubs to enter this year’s Best British Roast Dinner competition before the deadline on 1 October.

Last year’s competition winner was the Bunch of Grapes in Pontypridd, south Wales, and licensee Nick Otley lauded the competition, outlining how winning had increased sales at the pub.

He said: “We’ve always been busy, but after winning the Best British Roast Dinner competition, we’ve been taking bookings for Sunday service weeks in advance.”

Last year’s finalists,​ which were picked by an expert judging panel , showcase the epitome of the very best in pub roast dinners.

They were:

  • The Granville, Canterbury, south of England
  • The Narrow Boat at Weedon, Northampton, Midlands
  • The Blue Pig, Manchester, north of England
  • Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd, Wales
  • Kyloe Restaurant, Edinburgh, Scotland

Winning prizes

Last year, the judges focused on the sourcing of ingredients, the quality of the cooking and service and the positivity of customer feedback.

The winner will take home £10,000 worth of PR and the competition will also crown regional champions for south England, north England, Midlands, Wales and Scotland.

With the exception of the national winner, each regional winner will receive a runner-up prize of £2,500 of PR to help put their pub on the map.

To enter, pubs need to explain what makes their roast dinner great and should visit www.britishroastdinnerweek.co.uk​ for full entry details, terms and conditions and to enter the competition online.

Inspiring pubs

Now in its sixth year, the Best British Roast Dinner competition is part of British Roast Dinner Week (24 September to 1 October 2017).

The campaign, which is sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions, inspires pubs to serve a roast every day.

Meanwhile last year, pub giant JD Wetherspoon scrapped its Sunday roast offer​ to focus on its core menu in a move that left customers devastated.

A spokesman for the pubco said it understood some customers would be disappointed but it had to “make decisions which were right for the company”.

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