Pub with UK’s most popular Sunday roast sells out bookings for 2024 in two hours

FILE PHOTO - A roast dinner at The Bank Tavern. Bristol. Photo released January 3 2024. See SWNS story SWLNroast. A pub fills its 2024 Sunday roast bookings for the entire year - in two hours.The tucked away Bank Tavern, in Bristol, is the most difficult eatery to get a reservation - anywhere on the planet. Located in John Street, the pub reopened bookings for its famous Sunday lunch after clearing a four year waiting list last year.It opened spots for tables at 10:00 GMT on New Year's Day for the year and all dates were filled by midday.
An elusive roast at The Bank Tavern, Bristol, that only a few people will be able to get their mouths around this year (Picture: SWNS)

A pub that offers Britain’s most popular Sunday roast sold out all its reservations for 2024 in just two hours.

The Bank Tavern in Bristol has become the world’s most difficult place to get a reservation and once had a four year waiting list.

It opened for the prized reservations at 10am on New Year’s Day, only to sell out by 12pm.

Sharing the exciting news on Instagram, the pub wrote: ‘Tables sold out quicker than we could have imagined’.

It later wrote: ‘We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who supports us and wants to come in for a Sunday roast.

‘We didn’t expect bookings to sell out quite as quickly as they did today.

‘If you didn’t manage to book a table this time – please check the calendar on the booking section of our website every so often.

‘If someone else cancels their table, their slot will automatically become available. Thank you all for the continued love for our little boozer. Happy New Year.’

FILE PHOTO - Tom Lee puts the finishing touches on a roast dinner at The Bank Tavern. Bristol. Photo released January 3 2024. See SWNS story SWLNroast. A pub fills its 2024 Sunday roast bookings for the entire year - in two hours.The tucked away Bank Tavern, in Bristol, is the most difficult eatery to get a reservation - anywhere on the planet. Located in John Street, the pub reopened bookings for its famous Sunday lunch after clearing a four year waiting list last year.It opened spots for tables at 10:00 GMT on New Year's Day for the year and all dates were filled by midday.
Tom Lee puts the exquisite finishing touches to a famous roast dinner at The Bank Tavern, Bristol (Picture: SWNS)
FILE PHOTO - The Bank Tavern. Bristol.Photo released January 3 2024. See SWNS story SWLNroast. A pub fills its 2024 Sunday roast bookings for the entire year - in two hours.The tucked away Bank Tavern, in Bristol, is the most difficult eatery to get a reservation - anywhere on the planet. Located in John Street, the pub reopened bookings for its famous Sunday lunch after clearing a four year waiting list last year.It opened spots for tables at 10:00 GMT on New Year's Day for the year and all dates were filled by midday.
The pub even looks really cute from the outside (Picture: SWNS)
FILE PHOTO - Customers enjoy their roast dinner at The Bank Tavern. Bristol. Photo released January 3 2024. See SWNS story SWLNroast. A pub fills its 2024 Sunday roast bookings for the entire year - in two hours.The tucked away Bank Tavern, in Bristol, is the most difficult eatery to get a reservation - anywhere on the planet. Located in John Street, the pub reopened bookings for its famous Sunday lunch after clearing a four year waiting list last year.It opened spots for tables at 10:00 GMT on New Year's Day for the year and all dates were filled by midday.
These are some of the lucky people who have gobbled up the roast dinners already (Picture: SWNS)

Seats at the pub are so elusive it has been compared to getting a Glastonbury ticket by some.

The pub has just seven tables and can accommodate up to 40 diners lucky enough to get their mouth around the Sunday roast.

It won the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2019 – turning a six month waiting list to four years – because demand became unmanageable.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020, it meant some bookings across two years were missed, and cancellations were offered to those who missed out.

The pub could then open the diary again for 2024 when the backlog from last year was cleared.

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