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A classic roast dinner topped the list with 45 percent of the vote, while steak and chips were favoured by 23 percent. Another one in five most look forward to a chicken curry. Other mealtime classics included shepherd’s pie and chili con carne.

It also emerged that for 60 per cent, a mutual love of these meals brings the family closer together.

But 34 per cent have found it difficult to feel close with their family when they’re not physically able to share a meal together.

A spokesman from Bisto, which has released new limited-edition gravy drums ahead of Mother’s Day and commissioned the research, said: “These results celebrate the classic dishes that bring families together.

“In these particularly challenging times, the results have shown many long to spend quality time together over one of the top meals, like a roast dinner.

“This is something we will look forward to even more after lockdown restrictions on household mixing is lifted.”

The iconic roast also topped the dishes Brits wish they could share with their family this coming Mother’s Day.

For 39 percent, cooking has helped families maintain togetherness at a time when they’re physically apart, while 29 percent have tried to maintain their closeness via video calls.

And two thirds of adults miss being able to share the classic dishes with their nearest and dearest as they did before.

Mum’s cooking has also been missed by 49 percent since the pandemic began, while more than a quarter (27 percent) said they were taught to cook by them.

It also emerged spending time in person with family has become more important than ever to 30 per cent of those polled, as 27 percent keep in close contact whatever way they can currently.

More than half (51 percent) have sent or received pictures of culinary attempts from other members of the family, while 32 percent talk about cooking on the phone.

And 28 percent of those polled, via OnePoll, have asked for cookery advice from their relatives, and a quarter have asked for a recipe from their parents.

However, how gravy is served has proven a bone of contention to one in five households, as families disagree on how thick it should be.

 It also emerged 35 percent believe food tastes better when someone else has made it for you, a feeling no doubt influenced by 24 percent having had to cook more than ever since the pandemic began.

A spokesman from Bisto, who’ve created three special edition gravy drums, added: “Food brings families together and mealtimes are often a moment to re-connect and enjoy time with your nearest and dearest.

“While we might be celebrating Mother’s Day differently this year, families are looking forward to a special meal – some virtually – to create a sense of togetherness.

“For those lucky enough to be spending the day with their mums, it looks like cooking a roast dinner is the way to go to put smiles on everyone’s faces.”


1. Roast dinner

2. Fish and chips

3. Pizza

4. Spaghetti Bolognese

5. Steak and chips

6. Lasagne

7. Chicken curry

8. Sausage and mash

9. Shepherd’s pie

10. Chili con carne

11. Cottage pie

12. Fajitas

13. Pasta bake

14. Stir fry

15. Burgers/vegetarian burgers

16. Steak pie

17. Stew

18. Casserole

19. Jacket potato

20. Macaroni cheese

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