This relatively new carvery is situated just off the main A2 road a mile or two from the town centre. There is plenty of car parking space, which it shares with a Travelodge. Although living in the area we had never been so decided to try it for a mid-week lunch. We went without booking and were seated straight away, although I would imagine that Friday, Saturday and Sunday a booking is necessary to avoid waiting.
They do offer waitress served alternatives to the roasts, but the self-service carvery roast is the principal style of restaurant. This costs £6.99, which includes a choice of four meats (pork, turkey, gammon and beef) plus a wide variety of vegetables, gravies and sauces. There is also the option of a larger plate for more meat at an extra £1.50 or so and a ‘vegetables only’ option for round about £1 or so less (can’t remember the exact other prices as we had the standard £6.99 carvery).
We found the standard carvery portion more than ample as, apart from the meat which is carved for you, you can help yourself to the vegetable selection and return to the veggies as many times as you like if you wish and your stomach can stand it (just to clarify a recent review that says you can eat as much as you like, this refers to vegetables only and not the meats!)
We had the pork, turkey and beef between us and all were well cooked and tasty - moist and tender with no fat. The veggies were also nice, and the fact it was busy with a regular turnover of veggies from the kitchen meant they were always hot and freshly produced. The only thing that didn’t quite come up to the advertising and expectations were the roast potatoes which, although looking appetising on the outside, were rather hard inside (or mine were at least – maybe it was just that batch). A word of warning with the potatoes – the roasties are the first you come to, so there is a temptation to take all you want, but after that there are mashed potatoes and potatoes dauphinoise. Personally I wish I had gone for one roast potato and filled my potato quota with the dauphinoise, which I thought was better. Just a thought, but you can have the lot if you wish!
Although a carvery roast is not my favourite choice for eating out, we thought the food was good for a fast-food style carvery and very good value overall. The restaurant is modern and clean, the service good and friendly and the toilet facilities clean. The tables are easy-to-clean wipe down tables and some are fairly close together which, because it is busy and has a lively atmosphere, may not be ideal for an intimate romantic cosy evening meal, but for value, modern ambience and the reassurance that you won't leave hungry, then it it just the job.
Despite carveries not being my first choice, I would be happy to return, as no doubt we will in due course.
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