Most people believe that Turkey is the star of the British Christmas dinner, but this new-fangled bird has only been gracing the British table since the 16th century when it arrived here from America. Before that a traditional Christmas roast would be the Christmas Goose (think Dickens and A Christmas Carol and the Cratchits off to get their goose from the baker's oven...).
A roast bird isn't always the meat of choice for many, growing up we had 2 roasts on the table, a roast Capon (now not available) and a roast leg of pork. My family didn't care for the turkey and these were our preferred meats.
Whatever Christmas roast you choose there's a wealth of accompaniments that go alongside, most are interchangeable and all are part of the traditional menu for a British Christmas.
Flick to the next page for the first of our British Christmas Roasts.