Sunday best: One in four Irish people enjoy weekly carvery

Mark McCarthy with rugby star Tommy Bowe celebrating the great carvery of the year competition's previous winners
Mark McCarthy with rugby star Tommy Bowe celebrating the great carvery of the year competition's previous winners
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21 March 2016 | 0

New research carried out by Unilever in association with Knorr and the Great Carvery of the Year contest has confirmed what many of us know to be true: Irish people do love their carvery meal. According to the result of the survey, 24% of Irish people sit down for a carvery meal at least once a week. In addition, the research shows that hotels and pubs are a major destination for a weekend meal, Sunday lunch in particular. More than 50% of respondents cited one or the other, with food quality and value for money cited as important factors when making the decision.

As for the contents of the plate itself, carrots came out on top as the respondents’ vegetable of choice. Peas and brocolli are opted for by two-thirds of people, while more people choose tea or coffee over a soft drink or alcoholic beverage.

Unilever’s business development chief MarK McCarthy said the stats underline Ireland’s love of carvery food. “I would echo the public’s sentiments in what makes a good meal,” he said, “quality, cleanliness and value for money.

“Carvery is an important culinary tradition across Ireland, and I believe this new research along with the Great Carvery of the Year competition can increase focus on the hospitality industry and encouage local people to support their local pub and hotel,” McCarthy added.

The nationwide Great Carvery of the Year competition is now accepting registrations for entry at greatcarvery.com. A public vote begins on 23 May and ends on 3 July, at greatcarvery.com/vote.

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