Traditional British Sunday Dinner

Freshly baked bread in the morning

Freshly Baked Bread in the Morning

Freshly Baked Bread in the morning.

Freshly Baked Bread in the morning.

One of the special things about staying at GlenMyu Estate on you holiday in Sri Lanka.

Our guests love it.

Ru and the team get up early and make a variety of breads, rolls and sweet buns to tempt you put of bed in the morning.

Freshly Baked Bread in the morning.

Something to look forward to on holiday

We find that our guests at GlenMyu Estate really look forward to a relaxing and lazy breakfast.

It’s important to Ru and the team that you get a nutritious start to the day. 

If you plan to go out and explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country you will be expending a bit of energy. There is nothing better to start you on your way with a great filling breakfast which will give you the energy to tackle your walk.

After eating a healthy and heart breakfast you can probably skip lunch and look forward to a delicious dinner in the evening.

Breads, tea and coffee

What type of breads do we make and serve?

Sri Lankan Roast Paan (curry bread)

This bread is great for dipping into sauces and therefore is known as a curry bread.

We also serve roast paan with some of our evening meals as it’s great to dip into the sauces for our Chilli & Garlic Prawns or Mushrooms in Cashew Sauce dishes.

Roast Paan
A roast paan sandwich
Eat a healthy breakfast

Baguettes

Although we are limited on the varieties of flour that we can purchase in Sri Lanka we do make a good quality baguette.

A selection soft breads and a hopper

Brioche – our version

One of the things that our French and German guest really enjoy is the brioche that we make at GlenMyu Estate. I love it when I see a French guest dip the brioche into their cup of Sri Lankan coffee.

Buns and our version of Brioche

Rolls and rolls

We make a variety of rolls for breakfast, some with wholemeal flour, some mixed or white baps.

Breads

Different days, different breads

It’s great if you are staying two days or more as Ru changes what types of bread she makes each day. 

Other breads for other meals

Ru and the team also make ciabatta and focaccia which accompany some of the meals on our dinner menu. 

It would not be right to serve an Italian style bread with our homemade Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli or our Mushroom Risotto.

You can see our current food menu by clicking the following link.

What about Sourdough?

Ru does make a sourdough bread occasionally.  

If we know a guest has some dietary restrictions and we have enough notice ahead of time we have made sourdough rolls and loafs for our guests.

It's not all about the breads.....but

A stay at GlenMyu Estate is not all about the food we serve, however it’s a really important part of your stay.

If you read our reviews on Google, Booking.com and Airbnb you will regularly see Ru being complimented on her food.

Here is a taste! of what our guests say.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate, enjoy the food and explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Making pasta at GlenMyu Estate

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GlenMyu Estate food reviews. read what our guests say.

Read our food reviews. 

We are extremely proud of what our guests write about the food that we serve at GlenMyu Estate, Sri Lanka.

Some of the homemade food we serve at GlenMyu Estate

Not comfortable in accepting praise

Like may people we are a little bit shy about receiving praise from people. For me it’s probably a trait from being brought up in the UK. 

However, for my wife I think that it’s because Sri Lankans are naturally a little bit shy.

We love what we do

Both my wife and I are not from a hospitality background. Creating GlenMyu Estate was a change in career at the right time of life for us.

We didn’t know whether we would like the hospitality industry. Sri Lanka went through lots of difficulties when we were building the accommodation and creating the garden. Beregala was not an established tourist location as most people just stay in Ella. 

It turns out that we love what we do and the guests that come love it here also.

We have tried to create an atmosphere where you feel that you are staying with friends and not in a formal hotel or B & B.

We are happy to share

At GlenMyu Estate we are happy to share what we do. We have had lots of requests for recipes, videos of cooking and even a cookbook. 

We provide a complimentary Sri Lankan cooking demonstration when our guests order our Sri Lankan sharing platter.

Our guests find this an enjoyable experience and try to make some dishes when they return home from their holiday.

Cooking Classes
Ru & her mum preparing the ingredients for our informal cookery class.
Amma's Sri Lankan sharing platter.

Using locally sourced ingredients

At GlenMyu Estate we try to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and spices on the five acre estate.

We do buy fish (after all we live on a small island) and chicken, however most of our dishes are plant based.

The ingredients are sourced locally from the estate or from Beragala, Haldumulla, Haputale or Bandarawela. 

Supporting local suppliers

Although self sufficiency was a dream for us we realised that we need to support the local community and merchants. We didn’t think that it would be very neighbourly coming to a community and not supporting them by buying some of their produce.

Nevertheless, we were not in a position to meet the demands of production from the estate when GlenMyu Estate is busy with guests.

We are also very new to growing the variety of produce at GlenMyu Estate and we know that it will take several years before we get it right.

So, what do the guests at GlenMyu Estate say about the food?

As we are still a little bit bashful, here are some extracts of what our guests have written in their Google, Booking.com, Airbnb and Tripadvisor reviews.

It makes us so proud!

We are so proud of what we have created at GlenMyu Estate and are also humbled at what people say.

It’s all about teamwork, of course, and we are supported by staff in the kitchen and who work on the gardens around the estate.

Cooking Classes
Ru and Mike

Stay at GlenMyu Estate and enjoy the food that we serve

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and enjoy the meals that we offer to our guests.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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A elf welcome at Christmas

A European Christmas in Sri Lanka.

A European Christmas in Sri Lanka.

A European Christmas in Sri Lanka.

This year we have guests from Germany and Scandinavia staying at GlenMyu for Christmas.

Here is what we are planning to do for our guests.

A European Christmas in Sri Lanka - Decorating the house.

As we have an artificial Christmas Tree, we make some of our decorations from natural materials sourced from the estate.

All our workers, whatever their faith, participate in making the decorations. This provides a sense of community and a break from their day to day roles.

Ru's Mother makes some decorations.

Apart from being an excellent Sri Lankan cook, Ru’s mother is also a seamstress. 

She has made some decorations for the house which are quite cute. 

Sri Lanka is a multi faith country. Although Ru’s mum is Buddhist, like many other local people, she is happy to contribute to the festivities.

It would be normal in Sri Lanka for Buddhists and Hindus to visit each others temples in times of celebration. Many Sri Lankan Buddhists do a pilgrimage to Kataragama Hindu Temple.
 
There are often Hindu Kovils attached to Buddhist Temples as well.

A homemade Santa

A European Christmas in Sri Lanka - Decide on a menu.

Ru has been thinking about what she will serve to the guests.

As one of the parties are arriving several days before the big event, she will canvass the guests before making a final decision.

We normally serve only Chicken or Fish dishes at GlenMyu Estate. This is because we are limited on what good produce we can source locally.
A goose, turkey, ham or beef would be an exorbitant price as it is mainly imported.

We don’t see the benefit of serving ingredients that guests can buy better quality at home. They can ensure it is organic and costs a reasonable price. This is also the reason why we recommend that guests bring some wine with them. Sri Lanka doesn’t produce wine and therefore it is an expensive import.

At GlenMyu Estate we are getting a reputation for our Roast Chicken Dinner.
This is especially enjoyed by British Expats who reside in Sri Lanka.

I guess what we will serve will be a variation of this dish with some additional festive trimmings.

We were able to source Christmas Crackers and we can play some Christmas Tunes so there will be some feeling of the festive season in the tropics.

A Traditional British Sunday Roast

A European Christmas in Sri Lanka - The 24th or 25th December?

One of our German neighbours advised that Christmas is celebrated on the 24th December by both Germans and Scandinavians.

We had only experienced a Christmas in the UK where it is celebrated on the 25th December. 

As we have guests on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it looks like we will be celebrating twice. 

I must admit I won’t mind – two Christmas Dinners in two days for me! 
It looks like I will be swimming twice a day in the swimming pool at GlenMyu Estate to burn off those extra calories!

A plant based Christmas?

Our food menu at GlenMyu Estate is mainly Plant Based as we can source good ingredients to make these dishes locally.

As mentioned we do serve some fish and chicken dishes too.

Ru has been researching Plant Based Festive Dishes. We would hope to be in a position to offer this to guests for Christmas 2024. 

I’m looking forward to being the test dummy for the dishes (looks like more lengths in the swimming pool for me).

A European Christmas in Sri Lanka - an update will follow.

When the event has conclude, I will provide a pictorial update on what we did for our European Christmas in Sri Lanka.

I will also let you know what Ru served to our guests for their Christmas Dinner.

In the meantime, we at GlenMyu Estate, wish you the compliments of the season.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate and enjoy the Festive Season.

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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A Traditional British Sunday Roast

Sunday Roast in Sri Lanka

Sunday Roast

Sunday Roast is not just for Sundays at GlenMyu Estate.

Our guests are able to order this traditional British dish when they stay at our hotel in the beautiful Sri Lankan Hill Country.

Sunday Roast - a part of British heritage.

We would consider he British love of a Sunday Roast a part of the national identity. At GlenMyu Estate. Beragala, Sri Lanka, we have found to be popular with our guests whatever the day of the week.
It’s not just the ex-pats living in Sri Lanka and those visitors from the UK that love our Roast Chicken Dinner. We have found that visitors from all parts of Europe and local Sri Lankans are keen to sample this traditional dish.

Yorkshire Pudding is something that not many people have sampled and once they do there is no turning back.

Roast beef is eaten as the main meat accompanying the Traditional Sunday Roast.
In the 18th Century the Roast Beef dinner was eaten so often that even the French started calling Englishmen “rosbifs”. It is heard often at England v France rugby matches at Twickenham Stadium.

The Sunday roast is as much a tradition today in the UK as it was a few hundred years ago. It has even made its’ way from the family dinner table to pubs and other days of the week.

What is a Traditional Sunday Roast?

In essence, it is the main Sunday meal. Sunday roast is a British meal that normally has roast beef (or Chicken, Lamb, Pork or Nutloaf) as the main contingent. It also includes a series of other tasty products and sauces, served in the same plate, to celebrate Sunday together with loved ones. There is also a variation of the format on important occasions, such as Christmas and special family gatherings. 
Traditionally, a Sunday Roast is eaten around 3pm. However, many people eat Sunday meals around dinner time, especially if they have had a large traditional English breakfast with bacon, eggs and other delicacies which are usually reserved for the weekend. 

The preparation of the Sunday roast can be long and laborious process. The meat can be roasted for several hours in advance of the meal, depending upon what cut it is and how the diners like their meal.

What does a Sunday Roast consist of?

What does Sunday roast normally consist of?

Around the UK, the contents will vary a little however the key items in additional to the meat or poultry are:
Roasted vegetables
Primarily carrots, and parsnips.

Potatoes – cooked both in the oven and as mash.
Other vegetables – peas, broccoli, cauliflower

On special occasions such as Christmas also added are ‘pigs in blankets’ (pork sausages wrapped in bacon).


And ……Yorkshire pudding.

Yorkshire Pudding?

One of my favourites of a Sunday Roast.
Bathed in gravy there is little better.

Such a simple dish, really hard to get right…. but when it does…..yummy!

And what about Yorkshire Puddings?

This is a baked batter with a shape similar to that of muffins.

Originally knowns as “dripping puddings” they were originally baked sitting under the roast beef so as to collect the meat drippings. 
The first written record of the recipe is found in a book called “The Whole Duty of a Woman” (1737).

Nowadays, Yorkshire pudding is no longer cooked under the meat. The batter is roasted in the oven and it takes some practice to get the dish right. Ideally it should be crispy on the outside and gooey in the middle.
I love dousing the Yorkshire Pudding with gravy – it is just heaven!.
The gravy can be made from the meat juices in the roasting tray and thickened with a little flour.

There are commercial ready made powdered gravies, both meat based and vegetarian on the market which is a quick option. However, there is nothing that tastes like homemade gravy.

Is it not too hot to have a Sunday Roast in Sri Lanka?

The climate here in the Hill Country is more akin to a Summers Day in the UK regularly being between 22 – 26 degrees Celsius during the day.

You can see what the weather is like in Beragala on websites such as  Climate-Data or Wanderlog or Just Weather.

The Modern Day Sunday Roast

The modern oven has taken over from roasting meat in front of the fire!
On Sundays, throughout the U.K., there is a high demand in both pubs & restaurants for a Roast Dinner. (there new some pubs that serve this every day of the week!).
Instead of slaving over the stove many people choose to go out for Sunday lunch rather than prepare it at home.
Having Sunday Roast with families or friends is great opportunity for people to get together, share and enjoy great food.

Traditional Sunday Roast now includes roasted potatoes and root vegetables, green vegetables like cabbage and spring greens, cauliflower cheese, and lots of gravy.

Roast Beef is usually on the menu, however, there are usually other options including Lamb, Ham, Chicken and even a Nut Roast for vegetarians.

We listen to our guests!

What inspired you to offer a Sunday Roast to guests?

The inspiration came from one set of our guests to highlight that we offer a Sunday Roast. They were long term in Sri Lanka from the UK and clearly missed a bit of home comforts. 

They loved the Roast Chicken dinner prepared by Ru and it was a memorable part of their time at GlenMyu Estate.

We, of course, were delighted with their reaction. 

Read our reviews at Booking.com and Airbnb

Find us on Booking.com and Airbnb where you can also read the full guest reviews.

What will I find at GlenMyu Estate

3 Kingsize Double Bedrooms with Spectacular Views

The Cinnamon Room - One of the three luxurious bedrooms at GlenMyu Estate, Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Haputale, Sri Lanka.

2 Spacious Lounges with views over the hills below the house

A Natural Spring-Fed Infinity Swimming Pool

The Natural Spring Fed Infinity Swimming Pool at GlenMyu Estate
10 Reasons Why We Love Our Swimming Pool. Our best decision when we built GlenMyu Estate B & B in Sri Lanka.
Showing our guests around GlenMyu Estate on the garden tour.

5 Acres of land to explore.

We provide a garden tour for our guests so that they can see the different types of fruit, vegetables and spices that we grow on the estate.

Sometimes, whilst on the tour, you will pick some of the ingredients used for your evening meal.

Delicious bespoke meals freshly prepared by the host

A selection of places to dine

A place to relax and be closer to nature

Within reach of the following tourist sites

Diyaluma Waterfall and Upper Diyaluma Pools
Horton Plains National Park – Mini Worlds End, Worlds End and Bakers Falls
Adisham Bungalow
Lipton Seat
Dambetenna Tea Factory
Bambarakanda Waterfall
Thangamale Bird Sanctuary
Ella Town: 9 Arch Bridge, Little Adams Peak & Ravanna Waterfall

Any other delicious food on offer?

Off course! Please look at our menus via the following link.

Sunday Roast Recipes

There are lots of recipes that you can find online that will give you inspiration to try to make the Sunday Roast for yourself.

Ru’s favourite chef is Delia Smith who she finds really clear and easy to follow. The fact that she has early success when learning the ropes in London did help. You can find out more about this story when you stay with us at GlenMyu Estate.

Delia Smith

Delia (Ru’s favourite) gives great detail on her Roast Beef dinner recipe.

The Hairy Bikers

The Hairy Bikers recipe for Sunday Roast uses Beef which we don’t tend to offer at GlenMyu Estate

Nadiya Hussain

Our favourite winner of The Great British Bake Off recipe is for Chicken as the main meat accompanying the traditional Roast Dinner.

Mary Berry

A National Treasure and British Institution Mary Berry’ Roast Chicken recipe is accompanied with  Tarragon Butter and melting onions.

Michael Caines

Michael Caines recipe uses a roast leg of Lamb as the main meat for the dish.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Hugh’s Chicken Sunday Roast recipe has a twist using Kale and Leeks.

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A Traditional British Sunday Roast

Traditional British Sunday Roast

Roast Chicken Dinner in Sri Lanka

A Traditional British Sunday Roast or a Roast Chicken Dinner in Sri Lanka appeared to be a bizarre concept to me. 

Whenever I went on holiday to a warmer climate, after a few days my appetite would reduce and, I would only want lighter meals. 

It seemed very odd that I would want a Roast Chicken Dinner when living in Sri Lanka.

When we lived in the UK a Sunday Roast was almost essential on a weekend, especially during the Autumn and Winter months. I would return from my junior coaching rugby session around 1 p.m on a Sunday afternoon and look forward to a sumptuous late lunch cooked by Ru in the mid afternoon.

When you have been running around a cold rugby pitch for a few hours a warming hearty meals was really appreciated.

Other days outside the rugby season would provide the opportunity to go to the local pub and try out their Sunday lunch.

Originally, when we were living in Colombo, a traditional British Sunday roast was not even considered in the heat of the mid 30’s. Getting the oven to the right temperature in the City would result in an exodus from the house as the heat would be unbearable.

The Sri Lankan Hill Country

Up in the Hills we experience a temperature much similar to a comfortable UK Summer ranging from 22 – 26 degrees.

In the evenings it can be chilly and fall to 14- 16 degrees.

When I was in the UK I would still have found the night time temperature to be comfortable and would not even consider adding an extra layer or two.

Having lived in the Hill Country for 4 years I am now a little more acclimatised and do sometimes put on a long pair of trousers or a long sleeved shirt.

A Traditional British Sunday Roast
Enjoying a Roast Chicken Dinner at GlenMyu Estate.

Is it too warm for a Traditional Sunday Roast Dinner?

Although the climate for most of the year is like many English Summers I experienced whilst living in the UK it does not inspire the desire for a Traditional British Sunday Roast Dinner every week.

However, as an occasional treat which brings back great memories and a sense of comfort, it is something that I look forward to. 

Ruwanthi does a great Yorkshire Pudding and they are truly delicious smothered in gravy. I also cannot get enough of her roast potatoes (this was always a problem for me even in the UK!).

If you have left “space” you might even consider finishing the meal with another classic of Sticky Toffee Pudding. 

I am normally sensible and opt for Pineapple and Cinnamon Sorbet which brings me back to a taste of Sri Lanka at the end of the meal.

You can see our full menu on our website 

Where can I get a traditional Sunday Roast in Sri Lanka?

So, a Traditional British Roast Chicken Dinner is something to look forward to when you stay in the Sri Lankan Hill Country at GlenMyu Estate.

Of course, you don’t have to wait until Sunday to order your Traditional Roast Chicken Dinner. It is on our menu and is available to order at any time during the week – provided you give Ru enough time to prepare it.

If you want to find out more about a “Stay in the Sri Lankan Hill Country” please visit our website and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

Please contact us directly on WhatsApp 94-752-999-272 for bookings and our best rates.

Work of that Roast Dinner by visiting the sights near GlenMyu Estate

You can work off those delicious additional calories from your Traditional British Sunday roast dinner by visiting some of the fantastic places of interest near GlenMyu Estate.

Diyaluma Waterfall and Upper Diyaluma Pools

Horton Plains National ParkMini Worlds End, Worlds End and Bakers Falls

Adisham Bungalow

Liptons Seat

Dambetenna Tea Factory

Bambarakanda Waterfall

Thangamale Bird Sanctuary

Ella Town 

9 Arch Bridge

Mini Adams Peak

Ravanna Waterfall

There are great places for hiking such as 

Thank you to our lovely guests, Jack and Lauren, for suggesting that the Sunday Roast should be added to our menu.

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