BRITAIN’S TRADITIONAL SUNDAY ROAST
By Tara | Helford River, Cornwall
A tradition as quintessentially British as the red telephone box.
For a lot of people, Sundays are reserved for family. For some that may look like a nice breakfast outing, an outdoor gathering of sorts, or attending church together. Sunday has been the long-standing day of choice for spending quality time with those you are close to.
To this day, my family gets together for a shared meal every Sunday evening. We’ve been topping off the weekends with Dad’s Tri-Tip barbeque (Santa Maria-style if we’re lucky), for as long as I can remember. While I can’t say there’s a specific Sunday meal tradition in America, my family’s casual Sunday gathering has certainly become a tradition of our own. However, the idea of communing around a bountiful feast is a value that transcends cultures.
It was in a country much different than my own, that I discovered a similar tradition, one that would become the only constant that reminded me of home: Britain’s Sunday Roast. The best way I can describe a Sunday Roast is that perfect feel-good, hearty meal that you crave on a bleak Winter’s day. It’s comfort food at its finest. Think slabs of roasted meat, an assortment of fresh vegetables, and lashings of gravy. The food alone is reason enough to gather, but it’s the shared company that makes it uniquely special. While it’s the ultimate home-cooked meal, the emotional resonance of the Sunday Roast can be found from London’s poshest neighborhoods to quaint coastal villages. Our personal preference: a gluttonous afternoon in a countryside pub with 300-year-old charm.
THE FERRY BOAT INN
The Ferry Boat Inn is a family run pub serving simple, seasonal food in one of Cornwall’s most iconic locations. The North Helford Passage is surrounded by stories of pirates, smugglers, and secrets, and the Inn’s ideal location allows visitors to explore it all. With direct access to the beach, you’ll easily make your way through unspoiled coves or opt for a magical woodland walk. Enjoy the outside seating for long sunny days or cozy up next to the open fire during Winter.