National Roast Dinner Day…on a Wednesday? Here at Arbor, Bournemouth’s newest 2 AA rosette restaurant, we prefer to keep things traditional – our roasts are reserved for each Sunday, giving you time to relax with family and friends over a long, leisurely lunch.
In fact, National Roast Dinner Day, a very worthwhile event on November 4th, was held mid-week because it took place during National School Meals Week, part of a timetable of events celebrating the school food industry and everything great about school food and food education.
Schools across the country threw open their doors to parents, grandparents and members of their local community, to enjoy a freshly prepared, locally sourced roast dinner.
It’s something we wholeheartedly endorse. As founder members of Bournemouth’s Green Goals Initiative , the Green House Hotel, Bournemouth’s eco-friendly luxury boutique hotel, is deeply involved with schools in our local community and actively supports them in setting up green and healthy living and eating projects. And of course, freshly prepared food made from local, ethically sourced ingredients is our raison d’etre here at Arbor.
So it’s all good. But that doesn’t mean we were wrong to be a little sceptical – these days it doesn’t seem to take much for a new National Day to be designated. In fact, a quick internet search just this morning has turned up another contender for National Roast Day – June 29th (which in 2015 was a Monday incidentally).
Why June 29th? Well, according to the website whatnationaldayisit.com (yes, really!) “Our algorithms show the date for Roast Day as being on the June 29, 2015 based on how many people tweeted about ‘National Roast Day’. Our algorithms display this ranking automatically. We suggest if you want to change the date for National Roast Day you get more of your friends and followers tweeting about it, by sharing fun and social content.” Apparently it takes just 1632 mentions on Twitter for a new National Day to be inaugurated these days.
“This crowdsourcing of data method to assess the National Roast Day date is used as opposed to being connected with any government-sanctioned lists,” the site continues. As well as National Roast Dinner Day there is already a National Roast Leg of Lamb Day (May 7th) and a National Roast Suckling Pig Day (December 18th).
The puzzling thing is, why would anyone need a national day to celebrate something which is already a weekly tradition? It is quite honestly beyond us!
Here in Bournemouth at least, every Sunday is a celebration of this treasured institution. Treat yourself to a traditional Sunday Lunch at the 2 AA Rosette award winning Arbor restaurant. Lunch is served from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.
At only £17.00 per person for 2 courses, or £20.00 per person for three courses the Sunday Lunch roast menu changes weekly. Sample dishes include:
• Roast Turkey Breast, Cranberry Sauce £12.95
• Roast Rib of Beef, Yorkshire Pudding £15.95
• Roast Pork Belly, Apple Compote £13.95
All our Sunday Lunch roasts are served with garlic & thyme roast potatoes and gravy, and vegetarian options are also available. To round off your meal, you can sample Arbor’s wonderful home-made desserts.
So forget this once a year nonsense – book a table at Arbor for Sunday Lunch in Bournemouth this week – and celebrate this great British tradition with us! Click here to book online or call us on 01202 498900.