Last week we met up with some friends and ventured to Toby Carvery Sheldon for Sunday lunch. I haven’t been to a Toby Carvery for quite some time, but I always find there’s something extremely appealing about the prospect of a carvery when you’re starving and can’t be bothered to cook. Not to mention the amount of washing up which follows since I always manage to create complete carnage in our kitchen when I cook a roast dinner at home.
Upon arrival, the staff were all super friendly and quickly seated us at a table. There were six of us in total including two toddlers so we took it in turns to go to the serving station and plate up (ladies first of course!). As the little ones are both under 18 months we didn’t bother ordering separate meals from the children’s menu and the serving staff were very obliging, giving us additional bowls for veg and a little extra meat from the carvery.
For myself I opted for the roast beef and turkey. I always have a case of ‘eyes too big for my belly’ and proceeded to mount up the veg on my plate – each time thinking that I’d finished and then spotting a dish I’d missed (“how did I forget cauliflower cheese?”) I also like how you get a Yorkshire pudding, no matter what meat you order, and there’s pork crackling for everyone – not quite the ‘real thing’, but pretty tasty all the same. I’m also a complete gravy advocate, so had to do my usual and walk back to my table whilst concentrating on not letting my gravy spill off my plate!
The men being men had to go extra large. Made no sense to me, but apparently it’s a man thing. Yes it was large, and no, neither could actually finish it.
The best bit? All of us were tucking into our roasts within ten minutes of walking through the door, which anyone with young kids will agree is a bit of a result.
The food itself is pretty good and the choice of veg and meat on offer means that there really is something for everyone. The meat was tender, if not a little on the sparse side. The veg is all well cooked, not ‘al dente’ as I prefer mine, but I get that Toby is catering for the masses and most like their veg a little on the softer side. Taylor loved tucking into the cauliflower cheese and her ultimate favourite – Yorkshire pudding.
I would like to say that our plates were all empty, but as we all got a little too greedy (eyes too big for our bellies) we were all completely stuffed before we got to the final mouthful. But nevertheless, we made a pretty good effort and our stomach’s were most definitely satisfied.
So obviously we didn’t want dessert did we? Of course we did! But not wanting to be too greedy, we chose to share the winter fruit crumble with custard and the chocolate brownie with ice-cream. For the little ones we ordered a scoop of vanilla which arrived at the table with a flake – much to their delight! I think both got so engrossed in the flakes that their ice-cream melted before they realised it was there! But hey, whatever works.
Both the crumble and the chocolate brownie really were delicious and just enough to fulfill our craving for something sweet.
All in all, we had a great meal and couldn’t wait to get home and chill out on the sofa for the rest of the afternoon, bellies satisfied and no washing up to do…Yeah right, those were the days before children! Countdown to 7pm it was…
Disclosure: We were compensated for our meal in return for an honest review