Best British Roast Dinner finalists announced

The five finalists for the Best British Roast Dinner Competition 2015 have been announced. 

The finalists – which were chosen from over 440 entrants from England, Wales and Scotland – are now fighting it out for the title of Best British Roast Dinner.

The finalists are Kyloe in Edinburgh, The Bunch of Grapes in Pontypridd, The Larwood and Voce Pub and Kitchen in Nottingham, The Duke of Wellington in East Horsley, Surrey, and The Crown Inn in Woolhope, Herefordshire.

The finalists are currently receiving visits from mystery diners, who will use a 20-question scorecard to grade their roast, staff and venue. The winner will be announced on 4 October.

Part of British Roast Dinner Week 2015 (28 September-4 October) the competition aims to find Britain’s best roast dinner and is sponsored by Knorr Gravy and supported by Colman’s Mustard.

Chris Brown, channel category manager, said: “Congratulations to our five finalists. Every year the judging process gets harder as the standard of roast dinners gets better. Our mystery diners are now scouring the country to find Britain’s best pub roast.

“What we’re really looking for is roasts that stand out from the crowd – prime cuts of meat, locally sourced, innovative sides and lashings of gravy. And we’re looking for it to be presented with a top-notch level of service in a warm and welcoming setting.”

Judge and food critic Charles Campion added: “As soon as you walk into the dining room your nose will tell you there is a treat in store: perfectly cooked roast meat; Yorkshire puddings; roast potatoes; rich gravy; and a supporting cast of fresh vegetables.”

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