Sunday Roast

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. 

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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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