‘Perfectly cooked meats’ help Stocksfield pub win national roast dinner award

The winner of this year’s Best British Roast Dinner 2017 has been revealed as The Feathers Inn in Stocksfield.

According to expert judges, it was the pub’s offering of a “variety of well-cooked and locally sourced meats” that helped it take away the national award.

“The roast dinner is a signature dish for the whole nation - this is Britain at its very best,” said food critic Charles Campion, who led the judging panel.

“At The Feathers they care about their roast dinners and it shows. Yorkshire puddings like savoury clouds; dark rich gravy; perfectly cooked meat from local farms; and shrapnel roasties. We all deserve a local like The Feathers, and we all deserve a roast dinner this good.”

Alongside the recognised award, the establishment has also been presented with £10,000 worth of PR activity to help make the now famous roast known across the nation.

“We’re delighted to have won Best British Roast Dinner 2017,” added Rhian Cradock, head chef and owner of The Feathers Inn.

“It’s a monumental achievement and a real crowning jewel in the year The Feathers celebrates its 10th anniversary.  Our roast is a real team effort and we’re enormously proud of our talented team for winning this award; their contribution has been invaluable.”

Alex Hall, Unilever Food Solutions executive chef and judge, explained that the competition this year was tougher than it has ever been. “Congratulations to all our finalists and our national winner, The Feathers Inn. Lifting a Best British Roast Dinner title has done fantastic things for pubs in previous years. And I’m sure this year will be no different.”

This is the sixth year that the competition has run, forming part of British Roast Dinner Week (24 September-1 October). The competition is sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions and was created to inspire pubs to serve a roast every day of the week.

Each of the four regional winners will receive £2,500 words of PR work to help spread the word.

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