The Manc Asks: What’s the best part of a roast dinner?

Nothing says Sunday quite like a roast dinner in the UK, so we asked Mancunians what their favourite part is.
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Nothing says Sunday in the UK quite like a roast dinner.

It’s a pillar of family life for many. The quintessential British meal. A time to get together around the dining room table and enjoy one of the heartiest meals you’re likely to have all week. You don’t always have to follow conventions and have one on a Sunday either – a roast is enjoyable any day you have it.

For some reason though, what goes onto a roast dinner plate, now that always seems to cause a stir.

A 2018 survey by YouGov into roast dinner staple foods found that “Brits are heavily split on the ideal centrepiece for their roast”. The most popular option is beef at 33%, followed by chicken at 27% and lamb on 20%. A further 8% would prefer a vegetarian option, while only 6% would opt for pork.

When it comes to the all-important trimmings, roast potatoes come out as king at 89%, gravy came in at 76%, Yorkshire puddings at 69% and then everything else is up for debate.

Is this the case in Manchester though?

Here at The Manc, we always want know where you stand, even if it’s about the topic of roast dinners. You might think it’s a tad trivial in the grand scheme of things, but we all know that a roast is important to the public. It just is. There’s no denying it.

We also know that people can be very opinionated when it comes to what belongs on a roast plate, what doesn’t belong on a roast plate and what the best part of a roast is, so we asked you, our loyal audience of Mancunians on Facebook, what you think to all of this and hundreds replied.

This is what you said:

Well, there you have it.

If there’s one thing we can truly take from this is that there’s an awful lot of love for Yorkshires, roasties, gravy and not being the one to cook or wash up in Manchester.

If you’re about to took into a roast dinner today – enjoy, r kid.


We received hundreds of replies to our question, so we unfortunately haven’t been able to include every single one in this article. Instead, we chose to feature a few that seemed to resonate the best with our audience and received the most interactions overall.

If you want to have a read of the rest of the replies, then head on over to the Facebook post here.

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