How Did The Sunday Roast Dinner Become An English Tradition?

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How Did The Sunday Roast Dinner Become An English Tradition?

For what it's worth, I really hate Sunday dinner. It's just an edible reminder that tomorrow is Monday, the start of another bleak week where you contemplate all the things you're yet to achieve.

Even so, most Brits still love it, and if they're not roasting a joint at home, they're shoveling potatoes into their mouths down the local gastro-pub.

So how did the Sunday roast come to be a fabled British tradition?


Well, it actually dates back to the 19th century, a time when everyone was killed off by diseases that could be cured today by going to Superdrug, and ASDA Smart Price meat didn't exist.

The 19th century was not a great time to be alive.

According to About Food, lesser off Victorians could not afford to eat giant portions of meat on a daily basis, so they scrimped and saved for a larger meal at the weekend.


"The less well off did not have the luxury of a large fireplace or the money for much meat, so the smaller weekly roast would be dropped off en-route to church."

The meat would be dropped off at a local bakers and cooked in the ovens there, because bread was not baked on Sundays. When the people returned from church, they picked up the roast on their way home. Seeing as we Brits like archaic traditions and lots of meat, the Sunday roast is still going strong today.

But that may change. A report from 2014 found that only 58 per cent of Brits still gather at the dinner table for a Sunday roast.

Matthew Cooper

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