The classic Sunday roast is the British people's favourite pub grub, according to new research.

Almost one in five of those surveyed said that they would choose a roast over any other dish on the menu (17 per cent). Fish & chips were a close second, followed by steak & chips.

Britain's top five favourite pub dishes:

1. Sunday roast
2. Fish & chips
3. Steak & chips
4. Hunters chicken
5. Scampi

However, the people of Belfast are breaking the mould with more of a taste for food inspired from overseas. The club sandwich came out as top choice, followed by lasagne and fish & chips.

The research, conducted by catering equipment supplier Nisbets, also looked at what Brits consider the most important aspect of eating out.

43.5 per cent said that quality of produce is the most important part of eating out, followed by value for money (33 per cent). However, 40 per cent of 18 to 25-year-olds said value for money is crucial. 

The 25-34-year-old group are the most avid pub goers with 17 per cent dining out several times a week, followed by one in ten 18-24-year-olds. 

Portion size is also a consideration for people when eating out with one in four Brits admitting that they eat more in a restaurant than they would at home. For those of us who struggle to finish the bigger portions, asking to take our leftovers home is something of a taboo with one in ten admitting they would be too embarrassed to ask - something a new campaign against food waste is hoping to change.

Dean Starling, head development chef at Nisbets, added: "As a nation, eating out at our local is something most of us enjoy. A Sunday roast is the epitome of classic British cuisine so it's not that much of a surprise it came out top of the list alongside fish & chips.

"It's great to see that quality of produce is such a big factor for so many consumers as chefs are more conscious than ever of the quality and source of the ingredients they use. For consumers to be so aware just goes to show that this message about produce being key is filtering down.

"When it comes to presentation, consumers prefer a simpler approach – not too many additional extras on the plate and let the ingredients to do the talking."


Watch: check out this video of the winner of the 2018 in association with Nestle Professional MAGGI, revealing what makes his roast a worthy winner.