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A proper sit-down dinner with the family has long been lamented as a dying relic in the States. For many broods, too many other factors prevent everyone from chowing down together.

But the Brits have an easy way to get everyone to eat a complete Sunday dinner. It’s called the Sunday roast, and it’s a traditional way to gather the family in one place.

The Sunday roast consists of roasted meat and a generous host of accompaniments. Nearly every pub you’ll saunter into on a Sunday will be serving some variation of the meal.

Along with a choice of roast beef, lamb, roast pork or chicken, British staples such as roasted potatoes, vegetables and hearty gravy will round out your Sunday dinner. Topping it all off is Yorkshire pudding, which is basically a batter pastry cup that holds the gravy.

Sunday roasts are believed to have originated in the 18th or 19th century. It is believed that the tradition started because the meat could be left in the oven to cook before church on a Sunday morning and would be ready when the family came home.

Another variation on the Sunday roast is the Sunday carvery, which is more like an all-out Sunday roast buffet.

Between the rigors of work and family, cooking for everyone on Sunday can be hard. So let the nice folks at your nearest pub serve you up some Sunday roast. And revel in the afternoon unity of your family.

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