UK Pub Has A Three-Year-Long Waiting List For A Sunday Roast
The Sunday lunch at The Bank Tavern was named as the best in all of Britain last year, and - should you wish to turn up and sample their delights - you'll be looking at April 2023 before a table is available.
At least there's a chance that we'll all be allowed to enjoy a roast dinner in relative normality by then.
The pub itself has only seven tables and can take up to 40 covers, but for the incredibly reasonable sum of just £9.95, diners can enjoy a beef, chicken, pork, or veggie roast with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, creamy leeks, pureed swede, and seasonal vegetables.
If you want the full three courses, it's still only £14.95.
Such is the popularity of the Sunday menu, the chefs serve around 160 roasts every week, and tables can only be seated for one hour and 45 minutes each before they have to be shuffled off for the next lot.
They source their meat from local West Country farms, but that is sometimes supplemented by veg from the allotments owned by regulars, and deer and rabbit hunted down personally by the landlord, Sam Gregory.
A spokesperson for the pub said: "We're fully booked until April 2023. There is nothing standard about our Sunday roasts."
Just last year, the pub was voted as serving Britain's best roast at the Observer Food Monthly Awards.
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It also won the 2018 Bristol Good Food Awards, too.
During the lockdown earlier this year, Sam and the team moved to a takeaway model and delivered hundreds of roasts to the public in the comfort of their own home.
He explained: "We don't repeat the same menu and although we always have beef we also do pork, some vegetarian options and perhaps venison or poultry.
"We change the starters and desserts weekly so the menu is never the same."
On their official website, The Bank Tavern describes itself as 'uniquely inhospitable' and says that they're 'tucked away from the hustle & bustle of the city centre'.
The website continues: "The Bank Tavern has stood since the 1800's. Surviving an alarming number of riots, two world wars, Bristol City Council town planners and Thatcher.
"An independent free house, it prides itself on an award winning ales and ciders, excellent food and not taking itself too seriously."
Well, if the roasts are that good, we'll have to start taking getting a table a bit more seriously.
Featured Image Credit: The Bank Tavern
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