In our family, we absolutely love roast dinners and eat them as much as we can. I do enjoy cooking roast dinners but I do get annoyed doing the washing up that comes after eating them. Therefore, I was very happy when Toby Carvery invited us to try their new Family Platter and get all our roast dinners on one massive plate!
We arrived on a busy weekday lunchtime and could not believe how full the restaurant was already. It was only 12.30pm. My dad, Stuart, Thomas, Daniel and I ordered our drinks/food and then Stuart and I went up to the queue for the carvery itself to get our family platter. While we waited in the queue, I had a look at the food on offer and was very impressed. It all looked freshly made and as soon as something had run out, it was replaced very quickly by a member of staff. Before long, it was our turn and we asked for the family platter for five people and one of every type of meat they had. The meat was roast turkey, roast beef, roast pork and gammon. Next we were passed the massive plate and were tasked with putting all the vegetables on for all of us. It was a two man job with Stuart filling up one half of the platter with me doing the other. Once we had got a variety of vegetables and enough Yorkshire Puddings to please everyone, Stuart and I encountered our first problem with the platter. How were we going to get enough gravy for everyone on the platter?
I stopped our waitress and asked for a jug to put the gravy in and she disappeared into the kitchen. Meanwhile, Stuart put some gravy on everything on the platter to stop it going dry and to keep it warm. After a short while, our waitress came back but gave me two mugs to put the gravy into. This was far from ideal and I was very disappointed as it showed no organisation on their part. Our waitress knew we were having the family platter so why didn’t she arrange a proper gravy jug, plates and cutlery beforehand? The family platters were very new when we tried them and I can understand that it takes time for staff to get used new things but surely, a tiny bit of forward thinking would help.
Once we were sat down and had managed to get the food onto everyone’s plates, without any additional serving cutlery, only knives and forks, we were impressed at how good the food was. The Yorkshire puddings were massive, light and crisp. They were much better than what I make at home, too be honest! All the meat was moist, tasty and cooked to perfection. The roast potatoes were home-made and very tasty too. We all cleared our plates and said we could understand why it was so busy. It is good food cooked simply and well.
Despite feeling very full, Thomas, Daniel and I decided we had enough room for dessert. I had the Lemon Tart with ice cream and the boys had an ice cream sundae of the children’s menu with a Flake and chocolate sauce. Thomas and Daniel enjoyed their ice creams especially has it was the ice cream van type and it was generously covered in chocolate sauce. My lemon tart was ok as the pastry was light and crisp, however there was nowhere near enough lemon in the filing for me. I ordered the tart as a palate cleanser for the rich meal we had before it but it just didn’t have the wow factor for me at all.
Overall, we enjoyed our family platter at the Toby Carvery and will quite happily go back and have one again once the service issues have been resolved. The food is all freshly cooked, good quality and delicious to eat.
Do you enjoy a carvery meal? Where do you go to eat yours?
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