We are very excited to announce the launch of our brand-new Sunday Carvery at the Royal Assembly Rooms in Great Yarmouth and what’s not to like about the Traditional Sunday Roast Dinner – It’s one of Britain’s all-time favourites!
But have you ever wondered how this tasty traditional meal originated?
Nowadays we choose from a selection of meats with our Sunday Roast but, to keep it authentic, beef is the option to go for…In 1485 during the reign of King Henry VII the Royal Guard would always tuck into beef each Sunday after they had been to church which is why they eventually became known as ‘Beefeaters’. Before long, the tradition of this meal soon spread to the general population.
A roast dinner just isn’t complete without the humble roast potato, golden and crispy on the outside with a white, fluffy centre. Strange though it may seem now, this foreign vegetable was not eaten in Britain until 1795, despite the Spanish bringing them back from Peru in 1536. And, in actual fact, this new vegetable did not go down well with the British public at all until the Board of Agriculture launched a huge campaign to promote them!
One of the most popular vegetables to accompany a Sunday Roast is the carrot which, as well as being sweet and flavoursome, also adds a vibrant colour to the dish. But, did you know that until the 17th Century most carrots were purple! – It was only when Dutch growers bred mutant strains in tribute to William of Orange that the appearance changed forever, and it became the colour we expect today.
Traditional Horseradish sauce got its name quite by accident and was simply a case of the Brits mispronouncing ‘Meerrettich’ the German word for Sea Radish!
Last, but certainly not least, is the iconic Yorkshire Pudding, which is uniquely British. These were originally eaten as a starter, designed to satisfy the appetite and make up for the lack of quantity in the meat and veg which were to follow as the main meal. They were typically cooked under the joint of beef to infuse them with the tasty dripping.
If you are a lover of the Sunday roast and particularly a Sunday Carvery come and give us a look at the Royal Assembly Rooms in Gt Yarmouth.
For details on Prices and booking, head over to the Sunday Carvery page.