English Sunday Roast: Decor, Menu, & Music

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The Sunday Roast is a traditional British meal and get together at a local pub, but it can easily be replicated in one’s home for a more personal feel. The English Sunday Roast is a great excuse to get friends together on a Sunday afternoon and spend time with them before the holidays and family drama all arrive in a few short weeks.

The history of the English Sunday roast is theorized to be that during the Industrial Revolution, families would put a cut of meat in the oven to cook while they were at church, and enjoy the meal in the afternoon. The recent popularity of gastropubs in London has brought new life to the the decor and food in pubs and brought the quality up to Zagat standards.

The Decor:

The best part about the gastropub look is the mash-up of styles, with traditional British furniture influenced by French antiques, and touches from the Industrial revolution. This style is perfect for throwing together in your own home, as there is no standard formula. The most important principle in pub style is comfort and warmth.

1. Milk Glass Filament Pendant from Restoration Hardware, $99

2. Salvaged Trumeau Chalkboard from Restoration Hardware, $325

3. Cow Wood Cheese Board from Fishs Eddy, $39.95

4. Korken Water Bottle from IKEA, $3.99

5. Picardie Juice Glass from Fishs Eddy, $3.95

6. Falcon Enamelware Pie Dishes from Heals, £45

7. Classic Salt Cellar from Crate and Barrel, $8.95

8. Harvest Dining Table from Williams-Sonoma Home, $1,999

9. Thonet Chair 18 from SCP, £112

10. Aaron Wood Seat Chair from Pottery Barn, $269

11. Madeline Barqoue Mirror from Horchow, $575

12. Vintage Danish Leather Sofa from Jayson Home and Garden, $3,995

The Menu:

The meal may start with a Scotch egg, which is basically a hardboiled egg wrapped in ground meat and deep fried. Other starter options include a meat pâté or a fresh salad, or tomatoes or beets. A traditional English roast consists of a roasted meat, vegetables, potatoes, and a Yorkshire pudding. Historically and even still today, the leftover meat and veggies are then used during the week in sandwiches or shepherd's pie. For dessert, you can't go wrong with a sticky toffee pudding or in the summer an Eton Mess. Don't forget to add in some craft brews for beverages!

The Music:

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