Or so you might think. Many diners would disagree, according to TripAdvisor, with one particular branch of the restaurant chain particularly battered on the review site.
A Toby Carvery in Chadderton Park in Oldham, Greater Manchester has been called “the worst place to eat ever”, has Manchester Evening News reporter Hana Kelly to go check it out – same.
‘Horrible food, even worse service, worst place to eat ever,’ one review read, while another guest wrote: ‘Don’t have Yorkshire puddings unless you want to lose a tooth or two . “
However, others share very different experiences, as one reviewer wrote: “Amazing food, nice and warm, good service and great options. The waiter was quick and the food was cheap, ”but what did Hana think? Here is his opinion.
What is cooking?
A delicious plate, full to the brim of fluffy but crispy roasted potatoes, a Yorkshire pudding so crispy and rosy that it almost feels like a shame to coat it with a thick, rich sauce.
The vegetables should have a crunchy, sweet flavor to counter the savory taste of the meat, and the mix of toppings, from stuffing to sauces, should capture your senses before you’ve even taken a bite.
At this Toby’s, the offer has reached maybe 50% of that description.
Yorkshire pudding: truly flawless. It was golden with a crunch to match the fall leaves. The sauce: thick, tasty, available in both meatysaurus and vegetarian options. The rest: Uh, acceptable.
The turkey was dry. The kind of dry that meant that when the sculptor carved it, he didn’t cut it into slices but into small, frayed pieces like sawdust. The potatoes, in roasted form, were crisp on the outside and that’s it, no fluff, not a lot of flavor. Meanwhile, in mash form, they were soft and gooey. The veg was okay, certainly nothing worth considering.
Are you Being Served?
Customers at Chadderton Park Toby Carvery have definitely missed the fun of post-Covid self-service.
One reviewer, who left one star on Tripadvisor, described the lack of self-service during the pandemic as “not pleasant at all”.
They said, “The sculptors throw it all on a plate on top of each other to make it look like a dog dinner. “
But there you have it, self-service is back, once your meat and Yorkie are safe on your plate, you can choose yours.
A smiling waiter walks you to a table, takes your drink order, and lets you know you can head to the minced meat when you’re ready. I sat for a few minutes thinking about what it meant to be ready before realizing I just needed to eat my dinner.
However, that does not mean that there is not confusion on the systems yet. A couple waited at their table for over 15 minutes wondering if they had been overlooked before reporting a waiter and finding they were supposed to serve themselves.
What is the damage?
If there is one thing for sure, for a complete roast the price is right. At wonderfully affordable £ 7.49, it’s a steal and great value.
As a newbie to Toby Carvery the meal was sadly disappointing. The staff were polite and relaxed, explaining the process and serving drinks and bill quickly.
The atmosphere was warm and friendly, with laughter heard from many tables and the smells of savory gravy wafting through the pub.
There was no queue at the meat station, which meant my food was still piping hot at the table.
There was ample parking, but the pothole covered parking lot could have destroyed a car’s suspension.
But for a pub that sells on its roast, I definitely cooked better.
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