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To wonder why anyone would get a takeaway roast?

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NewAgeWiccan · 03/04/2021 19:17

I get supporting local pubs, but I just don't understand why anyone would get a takeaway roast?

Pubs are charging £15 for a one course Sunday roast (every week, not just Easter). Which isn't exactly cheap. I would have thought this would be pretty grim once you get it home, and a home cooked roast is far superior.

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JovialNickname · 03/04/2021 19:33

I don't want to be the "I had to walk 10 miles to school dressed in sackcloth and ashes" poster, but I don't have cooking facilities where I live, other than a microwave. So a takeaway roast sounds like heaven to me! For me it sounds great because it's a treat, and also because it's the closest thing you can get to an oven cooked, home cooked meal in takeaway form. It's also healthy for a takeaway - proper meat, veg and potatoes. It makes you feel well after you've eaten it.

gurglebelly · 03/04/2021 19:34

We like to support our local in the hope it may still be there after all this, they are two minutes away and do an amazing home cooked roast with the bonus of no washing up afterwards.

It isn't £15 though

Shehasadiamondinthesky · 03/04/2021 19:34

i would buy it if my parents came over because there is no way I'm cooking meat in my house. The smell would linger for days.

islockdownoveryet · 03/04/2021 19:34

I think it sounds like a great idea but not £15 each tbh that’s expensive for a car very anyway in a pub/ restaurants.
If people want to pay that then fine .

megletthesecond · 03/04/2021 19:34

Because they don't have trays and pans to wash afterwards.

mummydoris2006 · 03/04/2021 19:34

My husband works Sundays and isn't a massive fan of a big roast dinner. I on the other hand love them and a local bistro does takeaway roasts for £5. All the ingredients are fresh and the gravy is made from the meat juices so is just like a home cooked roasts. I have a number of chronic illnesses but still work full time so the weekend is my rest and recuperate time.

midnightstar66 · 03/04/2021 19:35

I make a roast on Sunday then plate up one for me to have on Mondays when my DC eat at my parents. It's amazing so I can't see why I take away roast would be an issue. Bet they do all sorts of extras I can't be bothered with and you don't have to slave for 2 hours. Seems a fantastic idea to me!

midnightstar66 · 03/04/2021 19:38

Also for people comparing the prices. The price will be relative to the area and the standard of the place making it. I'm sure they're are cheaper ones out there. They might be 40 miles away though or not have as many extras, the same quality meat etc

HeronLanyon · 03/04/2021 19:38

Well I haven’t had any takeaway since March last year. Am vegetarian. Cool a lot.
But I totally understand this and it might be one of the few times I would think about a takeaway - roast dinners with all trimmings are time consuming, can be complex to get timings right/ create a lot of dishes wtc etc. Why not ? Just as long as roast potatoes heat up and stay crisp.

nancy75 · 03/04/2021 19:39

Not roast but we’ve been ordering lunch one a week from a local cafe. I’m perfectly capable of making sandwiches myself but the cafe is lovely, the man that owns it works his arse off & I want it to be there when things are allowed to open.
If we had a local pub doing roasts we’d probably order that for the same reasons

StCharlotte · 03/04/2021 19:41

I cba to do a roast and we got one last year during lockdown from a very good local gastro pub on DH's birthday. I think it was about £15 each including pudding (which we were too stuffed to eat until dinner time). It was delicious and a real treat.

GoldilocksAndTheThreePears · 03/04/2021 19:41

Gosh I wish I could have this! I've had exactly one cooked meal this past year, on christmas my parents very kindly drove a plated cooked meal to me and even had a jug of gravy with clingfilm over. I'm disabled, struggle to hold and carry things and to stand for long so most cooking is out of the question. If I could find a way I'd get this once a week! But sadly I live in a stupid flat, upstairs with no buzzer at the front door so no way to get deliveries.

This seems like another 'why would people pay extra for pre-cut veg, it's soooo lazy' and all the disabled people or those with limited cooking space or time can say actually, it isn't lazy at all it's needed.

JovialNickname · 03/04/2021 19:42

Also, even though the question of why anyone would buy a takeaway roast is a good one, I feel that anyone asking this overlooks certain things!

To make a roast at home, you have to have:

  • Full cooking facilities and a big oven, meaning you have a reasonably comfortable home.

  • Space and time - no other people (housemates etc) needing to use the oven or sink, or fridge, or cupboards. Room to keep seasoning, condiments, oils, pots, pans. The leisure time (ie not at work) to cook everything.

  • People to cook for and family support! No one cooks a massive roast for themselves. If you're cooking a roast you have family, support people, extended relatives.

  • You are fine! You have the wellness and mental energy to cook huge meal when you don't really have to. You have plenty of emotional and mental reserves.

  • A fair old amount of money. Cooking a full roast for lots of people, buying all the ingredients, the electric/ gas is expensive.

If you don't have the big house, the affluence, the time the space, the family, the company, the money..... you buy the takeaway roast.
Kaydogsdinner · 03/04/2021 19:43

Because we're all looking for a little bit of light in what has been a dark time. And if a roast is what some people want then why not?

user1497207191 · 03/04/2021 19:45


Got better things to do with their time than spend 2 hours cooking a roast?

But you don't have to stand there and watch it. You can go off and do lots of other more useful/fun things whilst it's cooking.
Horizons83 · 03/04/2021 19:48

I’ve done it almost every weekend during lockdown. Gives me more time to play with my daughter and not spend the time preparing 6 different vegetables. Means DH and I can have different meats. Our pub does a ‘finish at home’ one so you keep it in your fridge and reheat it in 10 minutes when ready.

The only downside.. no leftovers!

Sillybillypoopoomummy · 03/04/2021 19:49

Ok, I have not rtft as the answer should be simple... we do it to support our local pub. It is wonderful in operation, the hub of the village and as a small community we need it. Is it fab? No.. Is it as good as in the pub, not by a mile but what do you expect. Does it mean I Don’t have to cook, yes... is the pub brilliant and award winning, yes.

Alsohuman · 03/04/2021 19:49

But you don't have to stand there and watch it. You can go off and do lots of other more useful/fun things whilst it's cooking

You still have to do loads of veg prep and then there’s the mad scramble to get it all on the plates while it’s still hot. I hope it continues after lockdown ends.

Jangle33 · 03/04/2021 19:50

Gosh! Very budget OP. Not everyone can or likes to cook you know!

Good on local pubs I say

Oblomov21 · 03/04/2021 19:50

A roast doesn't take 2 hours. Mine is a monumental effort. Roast lamb goes in on a slow low temperature first thing in the morning, peeling the spuds, getting everything ready, boiling the spuds, roast potatoes in, prepping all the veg.
get it done. monitoring it, turning roast potatoes, pigs in blanket's, stuffing, Yorkshire pudding, making sure the steam veg is done at the right time. making gravy. it's an absolute Pfaff and a half. and getting the timings perfect is a skill.

Suzi888 · 03/04/2021 19:50

We’ve done it, to enjoy a nice roast but be able to crack on with other chores too.

Confusedandshaken · 03/04/2021 19:51

Roasts aren't easy. A good one requires a lot of pans, a lot of hob and oven space, a lot of washing up, excellent cooking skills and good timing. Lots of people don't have any or all of these things.

A takeaway roast dinner isn't a patch on a good homemade one but having eaten some absolutely dire roast dinners in other peoples houses I can completely understand why some people prefer to take the easy but expensive option of a takeaway.

DemobHappy · 03/04/2021 19:52

I wouldn’t fancy it myself, but I can see the appeal. I have a young, single colleague who often gets a takeaway pub roast. Why bother doing a roast for yourself? Totally get it.

saraclara · 03/04/2021 19:52

I really dislike cooking a roast dinner. It's one of those meals that means you can barely leave the kitchen, because there are so many elements, and timing is such that you've always got to be doing or watching something.

It's probably just about the best thing to get as a gastropub takeaway, in that regard. So much less effort, and more time with the family/guests.

Lipz · 03/04/2021 19:52

The only reason I wouldn't buy it would be because of cost and portion size.

I make roast dinners a few times a week. Tbh I find them the easiest to do.

We do like going for carvery lunch, but most of the time some of us order something different, plus the teens are never full. Ours cost in euros between 12.00-15.00. The portions are tiny.

I seen take away carvery being 'plated', in the plastic trays things and it looked smaller than the usual size.

If I buy a big piece of beef and a load of veg, it's so much cheaper for 7 people, then the portions are much bigger😎 I get about the washing up etc but that takes no time to do.

I've had carvery in the UK lots of times and it is wayyyyyy better than Ireland, the choices and portions are much better and much cheaper too.

We do get takeaway but that's Chinese and chipper as I can't cook like them 😁

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