Pub welcomes home astronaut Tim Peake home with roast dinner '˜portrait'

A pub is welcoming British astronaut Tim Peake home with a portrait of the space explorer made entirely from roast dinner ingredients - his favourite food.

Wednesday, 15th June 2016, 12:58 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th June 2016, 2:03 pm
Mansfield pub welcomes Tim Peake home with roast dinner Gastronaut and free meals for locals

The four-foot ‘Gastronaut’ design was commissioned by the Badger Box on Derby Road in Annesley to celebrate Tim’s return to earth this Saturday 18 June, after it was revealed that the traditional British roast dinner was one of the meals he would miss the most during his six-month space mission.

The culinary creation, designed by renowned food artist, Prudence Staite, took 20 hours to build and contains 2.5 kg of roast potatoes, 500g carrots, 400g garden peas, 3kg cauliflower, 46 Yorkshire puddings, 2.5kg of meat and 1 litre of gravy.

The finished portrait weighs in at a staggering 12 kg and also features the words ‘Welcome Home Tim’ written in peas, carrots and gravy.

To celebrate the grand unveiling of the design, the Badger Box announced that it will be offering free Sunday Roast Burritos to the first 10 guests who say the word ‘Gastronaut’ when ordering their food on Sunday 26 June between 3pm and 4pm.

The pub will also be offering Tim and his family free roast dinners for life when he returns to earth next week.

Dennis Gill, general manager at the Badger Box, said: “It’s been so exciting to follow Tim’s journey over the last six months and to see how he has become an inspiration for adults and children of all ages.

“We’re big fans of the traditional roast dinner here at the Badger Box, so it was great to hear that it was also one of Tim’s all-time favourite meals. We wanted to commemorate his return to earth with a gastronomical memento to celebrate his achievements – as well as a free treat for local foodie families.

“I hope Tim is looking forward to enjoying a delicious roast dinner with his family when he returns next week.”